Dysentery is defined as inflammation of the intestine (especially the colon) which leads to severe diarrhoea. Patients suffering from dysentery experience mild to severe stomach pain along with cramps. While the disease itself is not life threatening, excess loss of fluids can become fatal.
On the basis of the antibody responsible, there are two main types of dysentery: Bacillary dysentery and Amoebic dysentery. The former is caused by the bacterium Shigella while the latter is caused by Entamoeba histolytica. Bacillary dysentery is more common than Amoebic dysentery. The bacterium Shigella causes about 120 million cases of dysentery every year. Amoebic dysentery is common in the tropics while Bacillary dysentery is more common elsewhere.
Symptoms of dysentery tend to be stronger in tropical countries. It usually appears one to three days after the person has been infected. Patients feel stomach ache along with cramps. They have to visit the toilet often because of the problem. Some patients while experiencing dysentery also become lactose intolerant. This particular symptom can take years to disappear. People with Amoebic dysentery tend to have fever along with stomach pain. They feel fatigued, nauseated and have watery and painful stools. Vomiting and frequent bowel movement can lead to dehydration. If the infection spreads to the liver, it may lead to liver abscesses.
In many cases, dysentery is caused by poor hygiene and lack of access to clean food and drinking water. People can prevent the disease by simply washing their hands thoroughly with soap before and after going to the toilet or preparing food. Most gastrointestinal problems are chronic in nature and can keep on recurring. However 'Naturoveda Health World' successfully employs a unique combination of Fundamentals of Ayurveda, Unani and Therapeutic Yoga to provide effective and long-lasting results without any adverse effect.