I recently met a gentleman in a senior ayurvedic practitioner’s clinic. He was about 70 years old and very emaciated. He had been diagnosed allopathically with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and Helicobacter pyloriinfection for which he had received treatment. However, his appetite never fully returned and his IBS continued to plague him on and off.
When I met the gentleman, he complained of tenesmus, a condition where the patient feels as if he needs to move his bowels, but nothing happens on a visit to the bathroom. It can be quite disconcerting and stressful to have this feeling. IBS causes anxiety as diarrhoea alternates with constipation making travel and even simple eating stressful and fraught with uncertainties.
Now to an allopathic practitioner, the treatment of H. pylori with medication and treating the symptoms of IBS would have been what his medical school would have taught him. For us ayurvedic practitioners, the treatment of the actual causes of IBS would have been paramount as an unsettled gastrointestinal tract is the cause of almost all diseases. Now this gentleman had had his IBS vaguely managed with allopathic medications, which led nevertheless to a tremendous loss of weight and which years later manifested as Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s is considered to be a disease brought about by the vitiation of the vatadosha. Now the loss of weight over four years resulted in mamsakshayam or muscle loss which vitiates the vatadosha....Read more
Source web page: New Indian Express