Severe abdominal pain is aften referred to as colic, which lasts with fluctuating intensity, with waves of pain lasting for a few seconds/minutes.
Types of Colic
Here, we are dealing with abdominal colic but, for the convenience and guidance of our readers, following distinctions may be of some importance.
Stomach or Abdominal Colic
Causes & Symptoms
Aggravation of wind (Vayu) causes pain. Other causes being excessive food intake, flatulence, constipation, exposure to cold/damp, hernia, appendicitis whose presence confuses the matter but, since symptoms are quite different in each case, there is no difficulty in earmarking actual cause and location of pain. In Ayurveda, Colic is known as 'shula'.
Sometimes the pain is so severe that the patient writhes with pain, squeezes the painful part with his hands, rolls on the floor, moans and cries due to severe impact of paroxysms of pain, bends double. If wind is the cause, he will feel relieved after the wind gets expelled.
In fact nothing should be given anything to eat or drink during an attack. But, when the crisis period is over, some light, liquid diet may be advised. Sometimes, colic also occurs due to delayed food intake or by not taking anything for quite a long time these situations can be met by proper food regimen/intake. Generally boiled vegetables, liquids, aerated water, coconut water may be given. Avoid giving starch, fat, carbohydrates, fried foods, spices etc. Encourage the patient to walking and exercises.
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