Kerala Health Minister KK Shylaja has confirmed one case of Nipah virus infection. A 23-year-old has been diagnosed of being infected with the virus in Kerala’s Ernakulum. Last year, in an outbreak in the state, Nipah virus had claimed 17 lives.
Here, Ayurveda & Health Tourism magazine proposes how this disease can be managed with the help of Ayurveda.
What is Nipah virus?
Nipah virus was first identified in 1998 in Malaysia and pigs were identified as the intermediate host. It spread to humans after they came in contact with pig feces and excretions.
Later Nipah virus showed up in Bangladesh in 2004, where humans became infected with NiV as a result of consuming date palm sap that had been contaminated by infected fruit bats.
According to the World Health Organisation, Nipah virus or NiV infection is a newly emerging infectious disease that causes severe illness in both animals and humans. The natural host of the Nipah virus are fruit bats of the Pteropodidae Family, Pteropus genus.
The symptoms of Nipah virus range from asymptomatic to fever, headache, drowsiness, disorientation, mental confusion, and coma. Treatment is focused on managing fever and neurological symptoms and offering full support.
- Avoid contact with pigs and pig handlers, bats and horses.
- Maintain personal hygiene and intensive hand washing practices.
- Avoid consuming raw fruits and fruits should be washed thoroughly and peeled or cooked properly.
- Avoid eating or buying fruit and vegetables at unhygienic places or fruit fallen on the ground.
- Consume only well cooked clean homemade food till the outbreak settles down.
- Avoid unpasteurized juices.
- Preferably use N95 mask while travelling or working in public places to avoid person to person transmission.
- Person, who generally comes in contact with potentially infected animals, including laboratory personnel and health-care workers, should wear protective clothing, impermeable gloves, masks, goggles, and boots.
- Patients infected with NiV should be isolated and barrier nursing should be used while caring for infected patients because the virus can be transmitted from person to person.
- Measures should be taken to strengthen the immune system through healthy dietic habits.
- Amlaki Rasayana 3 gm, twice a day with water.
- Ashwagandadi Avaleha 10 gm twice a day with lukewarm milk.
- Haridra khand 5 gm twice a day with lukewarm milk.
- Samshamani vati 500 mg twice a day.
- Tulsi 3-5 leaves should be consumed a fresh or in tea twice in a day.
- Indukantha kashay 10 ml with 40 ml of warm water twice a day before food.
Symptomatic Management: Under the supervision of Ayurvedic Physician
For Fever, Headache, and Myalgia
- Amritottar kashaya 30 ml twice a day
- AYUSH- 64/Sanjivini vati 2 tablet thrice a day.
- Bilwadi gutika 2 tablet twice a day.
- If symptoms of upper respiratory tract involvement is present-AYUSH-64 with Tribhuvan Kirti Rasa.
High Fever with early neurological symptoms
- Swarna Sutshekhar Rasa 125 mg twice a day with honey for 7 days.
- Swarna Malti Rasa 125 mg twice a day with honey.
- Shadang Paniya/Drakshadi kwatha
Neurological symptoms with complications
- Refer to the Higher Centre.
- The dose and duration of the treatment may be decided by the physician according to the age and condition of the patient.
- This advocacy is for information only. However, the heath seekers may approach a qualified registered Ayurveda medical practitioner for necessary advice.