Recently many children are suffering from Chamki fever in India. It is also called acute encephalitis. This fever is a kind of inflammatory fever. It occurs due to inflammation and irritation in the brain. Encephalitis can occur due to several causes. Some are here:
- Viral infection.
- Malfunction of the immune system.
Viral infections are the most common cause of acute encephalitis. The second case is the Immune system malfunction. In this case, our immune system starts attacking our brain tissue mistakenly. Both causes result in irritation in the brain tissues, which cause inflammation. This inflammation results in the following symptoms:
- High fever.
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Hypersensitivity to light.
- Weakness or fatigue.
- Stiffness in neck and back.
- Muscular pain.
- Joint pain.
- Speaking and hearing problems.
- Memory loss.
This disease generally occurs in children under the age of 15 years.
Ayurvedic Perspective of Encephalitis (Chamki Fever)
Based on symptoms and pathophysiology, this fever resembles Vatapittaj Jwara in ayurveda. So, it is a kind of Vata Pitta fever. The good news is it is treatable with ayurvedic medicine. We have very effective ayurvedic medicine for Encephalitis or so-called Chamki Fever.
Ayurvedic Medicine of Encephalitis (Chamki Fever)
Patients with Encephalitis or Chamki Fever require the following medicines.
You can find its preparation method and ingredients detail here: How to Make Shadanga Paniya. Please prepare it with the method described under “Our Preparation Method”. A child can easily take this drink.
Replace water intake with Shadanga Paniya. You can also add Misri (crystal sugar) in it for making it tastier for children. Whenever a patient demands water, you should give Shadanga Paniya only. You can give it the whole day. Just remember you should prepare it fresh after every 8 to 12 hours.
Guluchyadi Kashayam (Guduchyadi Kashayam) is based on Guduchyadi Ghan. It contains five ingredients. You can find its details here: Guluchyadi Kashayam (Guduchyadi Kashayam).
Guluchyadi Kashayam is available in three forms.
- Guluchyadi Kashayam Churna.
- Guluchyadi Kashayam Liquid.
- Guluchyadi Kashayam Tablet.
Guluchyadi Kashayam Churna: You can also prepare it at your home. Buy its ingredients and mix them in equal proportion. Take 48 grams of this mixture in 768 ml water in a saucepan. Simmer it on low flame. Simmer it until 1/8 part remains i.e. 96 ml remains. Then filter the decoction. The dosage is:
|Children||1.5 ml per Kg of Body Weight + 1/8th part Misri (crystal sugar)|
|Adults||96 ml + 12 grams Misri (crystal sugar)|
Guluchyadi Kashayam Liquid: This is readymade preserved formulation available in liquid form. It is a concentrated liquid decoction. The dosage is:
|Children||0.25 ml per Kg of Body Weight + 4 times of water + Misri (crystal sugar)|
|Adults||15 ml + 60 ml water + Misri (crystal sugar)|
Guluchyadi Kashayam Tablet: Decoction is further concentrated into a tablet form. It is difficult to digest for some patients. The dosage is:
|Children||½ to 2 tablets with warm water|
|Adults||2 – 4 tablets with warm water|
You should also dissolve Misri in warm water while taking these tablets for encephalitis.
Prepare the following mixture of ayurvedic medicines:
|Praval Pishti||10 grams|
|Santap Shamak Mishran||10 grams|
|Mukta Pishti||5 grams|
|Abhrak Bhasma||2.5 grams|
Dosage: 100 mg per Kg of Body weight, 4 times a day along with honey, Shadanga Paniya or mother’s milk (if breastfeeding child).
Kumar Kalyan Ras
Kumar Kalyan Ras should also be given in a dosage of 65 mg twice a day to the child suffering from Encephalitis or Chamki Fever. This medicine should be given along with milk. If a child also takes breastfeed, then it should be given with mother’s milk.
Ratnagiri Ras is not required in every case of Encephalitis or Chamki Fever. If you think patient suffer from encephalitis because of any underlying infection, most commonly a viral infection. Then Ratnagiri Ras can be highly useful.
Dosage: 3 mg per Kg of Bodyweight.
Precaution: This medicine is categorized under Red Category by Ayur Times, which means it might be very dangerous medicine if unwisely used. So, only prescribe this medicine if you are very sure that encephalitis originated from any infection. Secondly, this medicine also increases fever after the first and second dose. You must also take care of this. It starts alleviating fever after its 3rd dose.
With the above treatment, the child can get quick relief from Encephalitis (Chamki Fever).
I hope this article would be very helpful for the ayurvedic physician who wants to treat Encephalitis (Chamki Fever).