Monsoons and The Killer Disease
Leptospirosis (Lepto) is a zoonotic disease. This means it is a disease that travels between animals and humans and is transmitted primarily by bacteria. This bacteria is commonly found in the feces of animals like cattle, rats, dogs and cats. In India, it is especially prevalent during the monsoons. Therefore, leptospirosis causes can be attributed to the fecal matter mixing with the rainwater and spreading to people who come in contact with the water. In fact since 2016, cases of Lepto have been reported 6 times more often than before.
The WHO categorises the following as some of the symptoms related to Lepto:
Nausea and vomiting
Not having Lepto diagnosed and treated can lead to severe issues like kidney and liver failure, and even end in death. So it is best to consult a doctor if any symptoms persist longer than 24 hours, or if they worsen considerably please visit your nearest hospital.
In many cases, especially in areas of outbreak, a doctor may generally diagnose Lepto. If you have been diagnosed with Lepto and are looking for an Ayurvedic solution to dealing with it consult one of our doctors.
A true way of testing for lepto is to separate the bacteria from the blood itself, and the analyze for the appropriate bacterium.
Currently the vaccinations for lepto are in the, let’s say, beta phases. However, good personal hygiene can help. Also minimizing your exposure to animals and soil is another way to prevent lepto during the monsoons. Now if you have pets, there are dog and cat vaccines out there to keep you and your best friend safe and sound.
Leptospirosis in Ayurveda
This focuses largely around preventing and managing kidney failure or disease. Once again before consuming these medications you will want to consult a doctor.
Use Tribhuvankirti 1 twice daily.
Additionally you may also consume Ayurvedic medicines that can ease symptoms of indigestion like Triphala. Take two tablets twice a day.
Wisdom of the sages states that prevention is better than cure, so make sure you do all you can to stay clean and safe this monsoon season.