External Types of fever in Ayurveda

External Types of fever in AyurvedaAyurveda categorize fever in two main categories:

  1. Fever due internal causes: It includes doshaj jvara i.e. caused by vitiation of doshas; 1. Vaataj  2. Pittaj  3. Kaphaj  4. Vaat-pittaj 5. Pitt-kaphaj  6. Vaat-kaphaj and 7. Sannipaataj jvara.
  2. Fever due to internal causes: It includes the following fever:

a)    Meningo-encephalitis i.e. Abhinyasa jvara

b)    Fever due to exogenous causes (Aagantuj jvara)

c)    Fever due to poison (Vishjanya jvara)

d)    Hay fever (Aushadhigandhaj jvara)

e)    Intermittent fever (malaria) i.e. visham jvara

f)     Vaat-balaasak jvara

g)    Pralepak jvara

h)   Antarveg jvara

i)     Bahirveg jvara

A)   Meningo-encephalitis: All the three aggravated doshas, following the channels going upwards from the chest, get localized in the areas of the sensory and the psychic centers and get accumulated due to excess of ama dosha (exudates). This produces a serious type of fever called Abhinyaas jvara. The ears and the eyes become functionally inactive and the patient does not like to do any movement. Neither the eyes are capable of seeing anything, nor there any sense of smell, touch or sound. The patient keeps on shaking the head, doesnot relish any food, makes sounds like that of pigeon, feels pain as if pricked, desires change in posture and speaks very little and infrequently. Very few would survive from it.

B)   Fever due to exogenous causes: Fever arising from exogenous cause may be due to any trauma and theses should be ascertained by the characteristics of the specific individual doshas.

C)   Fever due to poisons: The fever produced after poisoning is associated with cyanosis of the face, diarrhea and aversion of food, thirst with fainting.

D)   Hay fever: Fever due to the inhalation of the odour of herbal drugs is associated with fainting, headache, vomiting and sneezing.

E)   Intermittent Fever or Malaria: It is again of five types in ayurveda:

  • Santat jvara: The fever in which a rise of temperature continues without any break for a period of seven, ten or twelve days, is known as santat jvara.
  • Satat jvara: In this fever, there  is a double rise in temperature in one day.
  • Anyadhyushak jvara: Here, the temperature rises one in 24 hours.
  • Tertian fever or tritiyak jvara: Temperature rises on alternate days.
  • Quartan fever or chaturthak jvara: There is rise in temperature on every fourth day.

F)   Vaat-balaasak jvara: The patient suffering from this kind of fever has a low grade temperature rise all the time along with dry skin, oedema, fatigue and numbness of limbs. It is due to the predominance of shleshma i.e. sputum.

G)   Pralepak jvara: In this type of fever, the patient feels as if he is covered with sweat, has heaviness in the body along with low grade fever and sensation of cold.

H)   Antarveg jvara: It is characterized by  the burning sensation inside the body, excessive thirst, delirium, dyspnoea, hallucinations, pain in bones and joints.

I)     Bahirveg jvara: It is characterized by hyperpyrexia along with all the above symptoms.

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