PEPTIC ULCER

What is

PEPTIC ULCER


Ulcers or Kunmam (more commonly referred to as Vayitruppun in Tamil) are generally defined as any open sores. So any open sores that happen in the lining of the stomach or duodenum (the upper part of the small intestine nearer to the stomach) are termed as Peptic ulcer. An ulcer that happens in the stomach is referred to as Gastric ulcer or stomach ulcer. Similarly, an ulcer that happens in the upper part of the small intestine is referred to as Duodenal ulcer. Gastric ulcer and duodenal ulcer are together referred to as Peptic ulcer.

As per Siddha Medical system, Kunmam can occur only when the Vatham humor gets deranged. Kunmam is classified into 8 types according to Siddha. They are Vali Kunmam, Azhal Kunmam, Iya Kunmam, Mukkutra Kunmam, Vayu Kunmam, Eri Kunmam, Sakthi Kunmam, Vali Kunmam.

Causes of Peptic Ulcer

  • A bacteria called Heliobacterium pylori or more commonly H. pylori is responsible for causing a peptic ulcer in most of the cases. Though this bacteria is present in almost everyone, what causes this bacteria to trigger peptic ulcer is still researched. It is generally agreed that factors like smoking, alcohol, lifestyle changes like eating and sleeping at odd times, stress, certain types of food can cause peptic ulcer. These factors might also play a major role in inducing H. pylori to trigger peptic ulcer.
  • Regular use of drugs like painkillers and certain other drugs can also increase the chances of peptic ulcer.
  • As per Siddha, increased intake of soar taste and fibreless tuber (கிழங்கு) elevates the tendency to develop a peptic ulcer.

Specific Symptoms as per the Eight Types of Kunmam in Siddha


Vali Kunmam

– Pain in the stomach
– Weight loss
– Inability to walk
– Constipation
– Mouth becoming dry
– A headache and fatigue
– Blood in vomit


Azhal Kunmam

– Giddiness
– Loss of weight
– Dark-colored urine
– Constipation
– Yellowish face


Iya Kunmam

– Acid Reflux
– Body tremors
– A general aversion to food
– Skin turning pale in color


Mukkutra Kunmam

– A feeling of abdominal fullness or bloating
– Acid Reflux
– Salt taste in the mouth


Vayu Kunmam

– Pain in the abdomen which seems to arise out of a crampiness
– Indigestion
– Weight loss
– Inability to walk
– A feeling of abdominal fullness
– Sweating heavily


Eri Kunmam

– Acid Reflux
– Bad pain in the abdomen
– A bloated feeling
– Loss of weight
– Sweating heavily


Sakthi Kunmam

– Pain in the abdomen accompanied by vomiting
– Giddiness
– Constipation
– Nauseated feeling
– Loss of taste in the tongue


Vali Kunmam

– A feeling of a bloated abdomen
– Sleeplessness
– Loss of appetite
– General pain in the body


Normal Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer

In most cases, people do not get any symptoms at all. If all they get, following are the normal symptoms associated with the presence of a peptic ulcer.

  • Burning pain in the stomach
  • A sensation of heartburn or GERD-like symptoms
  • A feeling of being a full or bloated sensation.
  • Nausea
  • The pain in the stomach might increase with increased intake of fatty food.

Severe Symptoms of Peptic Ulcer

  • Vomiting blood
  • Dark tarry black stools
  • Sudden weight loss
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Change in appetite

A BRIEF ON THE DIAGNOSIS OF PEPTIC ULCER IN SIDDHA MEDICINE

Derangement of three humors – elevation of Vatham in Nadi reading along with signs and symptoms


A BRIEF ON THE TREATMENT OF PEPTIC ULCER IN SIDDHA MEDICINE

Antacid syrups – மாதுளை மணப்பாகு (pomegranate syrup) – Drugs containing Kadukkai (Teminalia) – Vilvam, Seeragam (cumin), and minerals like rock salt.


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Siddha system is a holistic medical system preaching a codified lifestyle with care to health as an essential primary element. The medical system was perfected many thousands years ago in the Tamil-speaking peninsular India, referred to as Tamizhagam or Tamilakam. This medicinal system is also popularly referred to as Tamil Maruthuvam, Chinthamani Maruthuvam or Arivan Maruthuvam. Since the days of Thirumoolar, this system is popularly called as the Siddha Medicine or simply Siddha system.

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