Septicemia – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment
Septicemia is the presence of bacteria in the blood and is an indicator of severe infection. The infection may arise from anywhere in the blood and may spread rapidly, often with serious, life-threatening consequences. Initially, there is a high fever, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate and the symptoms may progress rapidly to include signs of shock – low or very high temperature, falling blood pressure, mental confusion and blood disorders. This condition can lead to Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, which in turn can have a cascading effect and cause multiple organ failure. This condition is managed by immediate hospitalization in intensive care, intravenous fluids, oxygen and antibiotics.
While the term septicemia indicates generalized, severe infection and leads one to think that it could be controlled by appropriate antibiotic therapy, in reality, the situation is quite different. A major part of the ensuing morbidity and mortality is not due to the actual infection but the effect the infection has on the body and the resulting body response to it. Acute infection can lead to a severe inflammatory response in various body systems; organ damage from reduced circulation; a compromised immunity which fails to control the infection and inflammation; and a skewed immune reaction in which the body targets its own organs and gradually destroys them. Ayurvedic medicines can play a very important part in reducing both the primary infection and also the destructive reaction that it generates in the body.
Ayurvedic medicines like Triphala-Guggulu, Sukshma-Triphala, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Chandra-Prabha-Vati and Ras-Manikya can be used to control generalized infection in the body. Medicines like Triphala (Three fruits), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Daru-Haridra (Berberis aristata), Kutki (Picrorrhiza Kurroa), Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris),Saariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Pippali (Piper longum), Bhumiamalaki (Phyllanthus niruri), Surya-Kshar, Yav-Kshar, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Gokshuradi-Qadha, Bhunimbadi-Qadha, Panchamrut-Parpati, Kutaj-Parpati and Suvarna-Parpati are used to eliminate dangerous toxins from the body and to preserve the functioning of important organs like the heart, lungs, liver, intestines and kidneys.
Medicines like Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani, Maha-Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Nardiya-Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Siddha-Makar-Dhwaj-Ras, Hem-Garbha-Ras and Shrung-Bhasma can be used to maintain body circulation and proper organ-perfusion so that the organs do not dysfunction and fail. The inflammatory response and immuno-compromised state can be treated using medicines like Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Tulsi, Yashtimadhuk, Gokshur, Punarnava, Ras-Sindur, Suvarna-Sutshekhar-Ras, Kamdudha-Ras and Chandrakala-Ras.
A Judicious and timely use of Ayurvedic medicines in septicemia can thus help to reduce mortality and morbidity which is known to be very high in this condition. Since all patients are severely ill, medicines need to be powdered and mixed with honey and milk and then administered through a naso-gastric tube. All patients need to be treated in an intensive care unit. Ayurvedic treatment can be commenced after taking adequate care of medico-legal issues.