Monday, 31 August 2015


The infection of bacteria or viruses in the Liver cell causing inflammation is called Hepatitis. 

HEPATITIS A is the bacterial infection of the Liver. It spreads primarily through fecal contamination of food and water. It is a Communicable disease which is transferred from one infected person another normal person by pathogens.

(a) Loss of appetite
(b) Nausea on the sight of food and occasional vomiting
(c) Right hypochondria abdominal pain
(d) Pale yellowish discoloration of skin and eyes
(e) Fever

HEPATITIS B is the acute viral infection of the Liver. It is generally transmitted through blood contacts and body fluids contacts like transmissions of blood, by contaminated needles; sexual activities and from mother to new born babies. In some cases; in spite of having the disease; patients show no symptoms related to it; and are called as carriers of the HBV (Hepatitis B Virus).

(a) Severe loss of appetite
(b) Nausea and vomiting
(c) sever fever
(d) Dehydration of body and signs of anemia
(e) Abdominal pain
(f) Dark yellowish discoloration of skin

HEPATITIS C is the viral infection of HCV (Hepatitis C Virus). It Is the Chronic and long lasting and communicable disease. It spreads through blood contacts. This causes immunity deficiency in the body.

(a) The patient suffers from physical weakness for a long period of time
(b) Loss of appetite
(c) Anemia
(d) Flu like fever
(e) Allergic reactions in the form of allergic cold – asthma and urticaria
(f) Sudden feeling of shivering for a while
(g) Evening Weakness
(h) Severe loss of weight
(i) Joint Pains

Hepatitis is mentioned as ‘kamala’ in Ayurveda classics
Due to the aggravation of Pitta by excessive alcohol intake, too much heavy, oily, spicy food, etc. the liver can become diseased. When Pitta is out of balance and disease begins in the liver this can result in disease of the blood, muscle tissue, and billiary system. 
The manifestation of this disease will be Kaamala

The symptoms of "Kaamala include:
• Loss of appetite and taste
• Generalized weakness
• Yellowish discoloration of the eyes, nails, oral cavity, and urine
• Vague body pains
• Burning sensation
• Weakness in all sensory organs

Once hepatitis is advanced and the immune system is highly comprised emaciation will be present as well. Ayurveda teaches us that hepatitis involves all systems in the body including musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, and the gastrointestinal system as 
well as the skin.

Aacharya Charak describes two basic types of Kaamala (hepatitis or jaundice).

1. Shakhasrita is caused by the minimal aggravation of Pitta and Kapha, and is easily curable.

2. Kumbha Kaamala results from very high Pitta and is difficult to cure. It can become incurable if not attended to immediately.

 Symptoms of Hepatitis such as generalized edema (Shotha), excessive thirst (Atitrishna), bloody stools (Krishna Varna Mala Mutra), vomiting blood (Rakta Yukta Chardi), red eyes (Rakta Netra), dizziness (Bhrama), drowsiness (Tandra), total loss of appetite (Teevra Agni Mandya), and hepatic coma (Nashta Sanjna) indicate that the liver disease is at an incurable stage, and the patient is believed to be terminally ill.

According to Ayurveda, hepatic liver disease is caused by "Vimargagamana", which is abnormal flow of constituents in other Srotas resulting in abnormal accumulation of that constituent in the Srota in which it is abnormally flowing. Also, it causes its deficiency in its own Srotasa. In the case of Kaamala there is Vimargagamana of Raktamala Pitta into the Raktavaha Srota, which should be going to the Annavaha Srota and excreted trough the Purishavaha Srota.

                               Dr Rakhi Nagar
                               Maharishi Ayurveda Hospital

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