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An acute, paroxysmal abdominal pain is known as colic pain. Depending upon the cause of pain, it is of several types. The common causes of colic are appendicitis, gall-stone, kidney stone, intestinal spasm, duodenal and gastric ulcer and inflammation of the ovary or liver. In Ayurveda, it is known as shula. It is mainly caused by the aggravation of vayu.

Colic pain may appear all of sudden, or gradually. Digestion and appetite are usually affected. The patient is constipated. The pain might spread to other parts of the body such as the scapular region, or the genital organs. There might be vomiting and nausea. Other signs and symptoms vary depending upon the organ or part of the body affected.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Colic pain: In the beginning, efforts are made to remove the constipation which alleviates vayu. This can be done by the administration of a mild purgative or a castor oil enema.

Shankha bhasma is the medicine of choice. This is given in a dose of 325 gm. four times a day followed by a cup of hot water. Mahashankha vati, which contains shankha bhasma as an important ingredient, is generally used by physicians. It is given in a dose of two tablets four times a day with a cup of hot water.

Hing and lasuna are also considered to be very useful in this condition. Hingvashtaka churna, which contains hing as an important ingredient, is used for the treatment of colic pain in a dose of one teaspoonful to be taken with water three times a day. Lasunadi vati containing lasuna is given in a dose of two tablets four times per day.

Abhraka bhasma is also useful in giving relief to all type of colic pain. It is given in a dose of 250 gm. four times a day mixed with honey.

The organs affected should be treated separately.

Diet to taken by Colic pain patients: Pulses, beans and fried things are strictly prohibited. The Colic pain patient should take sufficient rest. Exercise immediately after taking food should be avoided. Mental worry, anxiety and anger are responsible for the aggravation of vayu, which is responsible for the causation of this condition. They should therefore be avoided.