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Heatwave Warnings: Recognizing Heat Stroke and Ayurvedic Remedies

Heatwave Warnings: Recognizing Heat Stroke and Ayurvedic Remedies

Scorching summer temperatures bring with them the risk of heat stroke, a serious condition that can affect people of all ages. From adults working outdoors to children playing in the sun, everyone should be aware of the symptoms. In this article, we will explore the symptoms of heat stroke in adults and children and share Ayurvedic tips to prevent and deal with this potentially life-threatening condition shared by the Ministry of AYUSH as Public Health Advisor.

Symptoms of heat stroke

a) General population

Heat stroke presents differently in adults and children. Here are some common symptoms to look for:

i) Adults

Elevated body temperature: A core body temperature of 104°F (40°C) or higher is a leading indicator of heat stroke.

-Altered mental status or behavior: Heat stroke can be accompanied by confusion, agitation, slurred speech, irritability, delirium, and even coma.

- Hot, dry skin: The skin may feel hot and dry to the touch and sweating may stop.

Headaches: Severe headaches are a common symptom of heat stroke.

- Dizziness or Fainting: Stress on the body can cause dizziness, lightheadedness, and even fainting.

-Muscle cramps or weakness: Painful muscle cramps, weakness or fatigue may occur, especially in the legs and stomach.

-Nausea and Vomiting: Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting and abdominal discomfort can occur.

-Rapid heartbeat: The pulse may be strong and fast, indicating the body's attempt to cool down.

-Rapid, shallow breathing: Breathing can be rapid and shallow as the body tries to cope with heat stress.

ii) Children

- Refusal to eat: Heat stroke can cause loss of appetite or refusal to eat, as the body is under stress and unable to properly digest food.

- Irritability: Children may become unusually irritable or fussy due to heat discomfort and distress.

-Decreased urine output: Heat stroke can lead to dehydration, which may manifest as decreased urine output or, rarely, wet diapers in infants.

-Dry mouth: Dehydration from heat stroke can cause a dry mouth and throat, which can cause thirst and discomfort.

-Absence of crying: Dehydration can reduce tear production, leading to dry eyes and absence of crying, even when a baby cries.

- Sunken eyes: Sunken eyes due to severe dehydration or deep frostbite in the eye socket.

- Lethargy: Children with heat stroke may become extremely tired, weak or lethargic due to the stress on their bodies.

- Convulsions: In severe cases of heat stroke, especially if untreated, children may experience seizures due to the effect of increased body temperature on brain function.

- Bleeding: Heat stroke can sometimes cause complications like disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC), a serious disorder that can cause abnormal bleeding throughout the body.

b) Population at risk

Although anyone can suffer from heat stress and heat-related illnesses at any time, some people are at greater risk than others and should pay extra attention.

These include:
-Infants and young children
-People work outside
-Pregnant women
- Those with mental illness
- Those with heart disease or high blood pressure

Dr Deepak, Ayurvedic Physician, BAMS, Health Content Editor of TATA 1mg Expert Advice :

- Move person to cool environment.
- Apply cold water to large rs of: skin or clothing.
- Use a fan to maximize air circulation around the purse

Ayurvedic Tips to Cope with Heatstroke

- Follow a pitta-calming diet: Include cooling foods like cucumber, watermelon, mint, coriander and coconut in your diet. Avoid spicy, oily and heavy meals.

-Drink cool drinks: Include naturally cooling drinks in your routine, such as buttermilk, coconut water, lemon juice or fruit-based drinks. They help to lower the body temperature and keep you fresh.

-Avoid direct sun exposure: Stay indoors during peak sunlight (usually between 10 am and 4 pm) to prevent heat illness.

Use cooling herbs: Include cooling herbs like coriander, fennel, cumin and mint in your diet to cool the body from within. Enjoy sattu-based drinks: Drink sattu (a coarse powder made from roasted barley or chickpeas) mixed with jaggery or rock salt for a cool and refreshing treat.

Apply cooling pastes: Apply pastes made from aromatic herbs like sandalwood and vetiver to your skin to help cool down in hot weather.

-Take cold showers: Take cold showers or baths several times a day to lower body temperature and relieve heat stress.

-Wear light and loose clothing: Choose light-colored, loose clothing made of natural fabrics like cotton to allow your skin to breathe and sweat to evaporate.

-Stay in a well-ventilated area: Keep your living and work areas well ventilated and use fans or air conditioners to circulate air and maintain a comfortable temperature in the room.

- Take an afternoon nap: Taking a 2-4 hour nap during the hottest part of the day can help reduce the risk of heat-related illness and help maintain your energy levels. A short nap in hot weather can be refreshing and beneficial.

Yoga exercises to combat heatstroke

-Pranayama techniques such as Shitila are designed to cool the body through controlled breathing.

-Certain yoga postures, such as those involving gentle stretching and relaxation (subtle exercises), can help keep body temperature down.

According to Dr Deepak, "Practicing yoga in a calm and cool environment enhances these effects".

3 Quick Ayurvedic Recipes To Beat Heat

1) Nimbukphala Panka (Lemon Freshness)


- Juice of 1 lemon
- 6 parts water
- Sugar to taste
- A pinch of cloves
- A pinch of black pepper

How to make:

Mix lemon juice, water and sugar.
- Add a pinch of clove and black pepper.
- Shake well and serve chilled.
Enjoy 50-100 ml of this mixture.

2) Amra Prapanak (Mango Refreshment)

1 raw mango pulp
- 6 parts water
- Sugar to taste
- A pinch of black pepper

How to make:

-Mash the ripe mango pulp.
- Mix with water and sugar.
- Add a pinch of black pepper.
- Shake well and serve chilled.
Enjoy 50-100 ml of this mixture.

3) Chincha Panaca (Tamarind Drink)

Tamarind pulp
- 6 parts water
- Misri (rock sugar) and honey to taste

How to make:

- Soak tamarind branches in water and extract the juice.
- Add sugar and honey as per taste.
- Shake well and serve chilled.
Enjoy 25-50 ml of this mixture.

Remember, being active can make all the difference in preventing heat-related illness. Stay calm, be informed, and enjoy summer responsibly.

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