Use Of Herbal Decoctions In Fever -Kashaya In Jwara

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By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S

Kashaya means herbal decoctions. Like in any other diseases kashayas have a great role in the treatment of fevers too.

Decoction is contraindicated in acute fevers

As a rule, decoction is contraindicated in newly manifested or acute fevers. Decoction is mentioned among the different things contraindicated for usage during acute fevers.
Read – Charaka – Jwara Chikitsa 3rd Chapter

Principles for administration of decoction in fevers

Decoctions should be administered 6 days after the manifestation of the fever.

It should be given after the patient has taken the food. Food should be antagonistic to fever and causative doshas.

Two kinds of decoctions should be considered. They are –

  • Pachana Kashaya for apakva doshas – these decoctions target digestion of ama associated with fever causing dosha(s). When  ama is associated with fever the…

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