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Vettumaran Gulika/Pills are Carminative, Anti-pyretic, Anti-convulsive, Anti-emetic, Diuretic, and Analgesic.
Ayurvedic Text: (Sahasrayogam)
Vettumaran Gulika is a potent Ayurvedic analgesic, antipyretic and anti-inflammatory. Vettumaran Gulika is formulated with traditional Ayurvedic ingredients in a pill form and is an Ayurvedic medicine for fever. It is used in combination with other medicines under the guidance of a trained ayurvedic doctor to treat a variety of diseases that have inflammation as a symptom or cause. It is also used to treat different fevers.
A feverish feeling or a warm fevered brow is a classic sign of being unwell. Fever and inflammation are a common symptom of a range of different underlying problems. A fever signals that the body is having an immune response to some undesired stress, irritant or infection. While a fever is a more recognisable and severe symptom, there are many other problems that are caused by inflammation which also occurs as our body’s immune response.
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Ayurvedic Perspective on Inflammation and Fever
In Ayurveda, there are different names for inflammation, namely; Shotha, Shopha, Svayatu, Utsedha and Samhata. Ayurveda does not treat chronic inflammation as a symptom or immune response of the body. Instead, it is treated as a disease itself or a symptom or complication of a disease. Ayurveda defines the circulatory channels of the body as Shrotas. The leftover or waste matter from metabolism is called Ama. When this Ama is not efficiently eliminated and stays in the body for a long time it becomes a more dangerous form called Amavisha. The blocking of the Shrotas by the Ama is called Shrotodushti and is the root cause of inflammation. This causes the obstruction or inadequate activity of the area, abnormal movement, excessive function or abnormal growths.
Inflammation that has oedema is called Shotha and it is treated as an independent disease. The symptoms of the inflammation are treated as well as the underlying factor that has caused the inflammation and/or fever. Shotha is characterised by heat, discolouration, instability and thinning of the veins. Shotha is further classified as caused by intrinsic factors (Nija) and exogenous factors (Agantuja). The Agantuja type is classified as caused by Abhighata (Trauma), Bhallataka Pushpa Phala Rasatm (Allergies), Krimi (Infection), Visha (Toxins), Dahana (Burns) and Sagaravata/ Himavata (Climatic changes).
Inflammation due to disorders in the blood is called Raktaja Shopha which also includes inflammation in wounds. There are also definitions of inflammation that is caused by diabetes and obesity. Ayurveda recognises that metabolic disorders cause inflammation. Abscesses or Vidradhi, both internal and external are also considered as the result of inflammation.
Ayurveda recommends a proper diet and lifestyle to avoid inflammation. Ayurveda says that the suppression of the natural urges involving vomiting, sneezing, belching, urine,
faeces, flatulence and semen also disturb the body’s balance and cause inflammation.
Western Medicine and Inflammation/Fever
When the human body is exposed to infection or pathogens, the immune system gets triggered. The body responds with white blood cells, antibodies and proteins as a defence mechanism. There is increased blood flow to better carry these components of defence to the affected area. This enhanced blood flow is seen as redness and warmth in the area. When this process is acute it triggers a fever with acute inflammation.
Sometimes the body’s defence mechanism is triggered when there are no foreign substances. This is called an autoimmune disease. This immune reaction damages the body’s own tissues since the body mistakenly recognises its own tissues as abnormal. When this becomes a process that is sustained it results in chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation can also be triggered by factors such as stress, untreated infections or long-term exposure to pollutants and irritants. People who are exposed to chronic stress, who smoke, drink or are obese are also more at risk of chronic inflammation.
When the inflammation is in an area that is visible it is easy to detect it. When it is internally affecting organs it is harder to see the symptoms. The symptoms of acute inflammation are pain, redness, heat and swelling. The pain is because of the immune system stimulating the nerve endings while the increased blood flow to the area makes it red and hot. The buildup of fluids causes welling. All these factors impact the person’s ability to easily move and this affects mobility.
When the body is exposed to the stress and damage of chronic inflammation of a period of time it starts damaging tissues and organs as well as other healthy organs. It damages the DNA as well. It then puts a person at a higher risk for type 2 diabetes, asthma, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, cardiovascular diseases and obesity.
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