Apana Vata
Posted by: "cmthite" cmthite@gmail.com cmthite
Date: Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:04 am ((PDT))

I would like to share this experience with you. This is relatively very simple case but I think this would help to explain how we can use Ayurvedic principles to treat different conditions in day-to-day practice.

Not exactly perinatal, but this case explains importance of a type of vata called apana vata. Main functions of apana vata are excretion of waste and also childbirth. Normal direction of apana vata is downwards. And therefore modalities such as anuloman (mild purgation), basti, and anal suppository helps regulate the function
of apana vata.

A 4-year-old girl was brought to me at 8.30 in the evening with the mother telling that she has not passed urine since last 24 hours. She has had diarrhea, fever, and vomiting since 3 days and was treated elsewhere for that with antibiotic and antiemetic. Fever subsided, but she was still throwing up. Diarrhea stopped but she had not passed any stool since the day before I saw her. The parents called the pediatrician who felt the anuria was due to dehydration and that the child may need admission and IV fluids. Although the parents had given her lots and lots of water and other fluids, but no urine still. When I saw the patient, she was alert and playful without any sign of dehydration with little abdominal distention. I asked them to stop all medications, stop pushing water, and I gave her little gokshur and yavakshar every hour to help her urinate. Nothing happened. Suspecting this was due to obstruction of apana vata, at 2.30 a.m. I decided to use anal suppository before giving her any basti treatment. This did the trick. She passed some stool and along with that she passed lot of urine and slept soundly afterwards.

I have posted this elsewhere on the internet but I felt I should also share this with you.

Dr Thite