ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: STANDARDIZATION OF SADYOVAMANA IN CHILDREN: EXCERPTS FROM EXPERIENCES
Article Category: Original Research articles
Author: Reena Kulkarni *, Srilakshmi Chandramohan and Reshmi Pushpan
Abstract: Vamana is a therapeutic bio-cleansing measure meant for the elimination of dosha mainly Kapha accumulated in the Amashaya and Urdhvashareera through oral route by inducing vomiting. It is the therapy of choice for Kaphaja disorders. Childhood is the Kapha predominant age and hence prone for Kapha related problems. There is very less documentation on therapeutic Vamana in children. Here is our experience of conducting Vamana in recurrent respiratory illnesses in children. A total of 12 children aged between 5 and 12 years with recurrent respiratory illnesses were induced therapeutic Sadyovamana. Attempt was done to draw inferences and standardize the same. An average of 600 ml akanthapana was done with sweetened milk or lassi. Vamana yoga used was powder of Vacha (Acorus calamus), pippali (Piper longum), Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra) and Saindhava lavana (Rock salt). Average yoga required was 8.5 g. Yashtimadhu Phanta was used as vamanopaga. Average of 7 Vega noted in children. There were 8 children with Pravara Shuddhi, 3 with Madhyama Shuddhi and one child with Avara Shuddhi. Amongst the clinical conditions 3 children were of tamaka shwasa, 8 were of Kaphaja Kasa and one was of Kaphaja Kasa with tundikeri. Average of 2 hours was taken to complete the whole procedure. Compliance to the therapy was appreciable. Major difficulty was in convincing the child for intake of vamana yoga and vamanopaga. Standard operative procedure for Sadyovamana in children developed. Vamana is highly effective in-patient therapeutic procedure in children with recurrent respiratory illnesses.
Keyword: Ayurveda, Children, Standardization, Panchakarma, Vamana