In most cases, the digestive fire will be low due to vitiated Kapha. This may lead to an undernourished child, even though the child is given nutritious food. Due to defective absorption & assimilation, many toxic waste metabolites are formed in the body termed as Aama in Ayurveda. The presence of this Aama again hampers the digestive fire and it becomes a cyclic process. Interference of this process is done with medicines like decoction, tablets or herbal powders. It is decided considering many factors including the body constitution of the child. So, the medicine is prescribed in a customised approach. While removing Aama and prevention of further Aama formation are the initial targets of treatment, it is also important to strengthen the body parts. This is done by alternate application of drying up (rukshana) and oleation (snehana) therapies in a single child. For example. Strengthening oil massage is done only after 3 days of herbal powder massage to remove bocks of Aama in the body channels. Switching of these therapies also enhance some areas in the brain and help in the process of healing.
Internal medicines to enhance the digestive power are given in the first stage. After the Agni is normalised, strengthening formulations and specific medicines for each disease can be administered with close monitoring. Like in any other Ayurvedic treatment, the prescription is derived in a customised approach and no two kids are the same. Even the medicines will be different for the same child in two different seasons. So, it is better to avoid OTC medications and neighbourhood quacks’ advice.
Procedure based therapies are done as per the strength of the child, without harming his innate strength. Switching between contradictory treatments open up a new way of development and the child responds well in most cases. While the first three days of treatment remove the blocks in body channels, the next three days are to fill those channels with strengthening therapies with medicated oils. It needs expert supervision and close monitoring in every case.
As development is a whole process including the child’s body and mind, treatment should be multidimensional. We, at Jeevaneeyam, incorporate other needed therapies like physical therapy, CBT, speech therapy, occupational therapy and counselling with Ayurveda medicines and treatment. Each child should meet the doctor for a detailed consultation and the medicines, treatments and therapies are decided according to the individual need.