One of the most certain and feasible ways to provide to reach the entire population by strengthening and taking the support and help of traditional medicine and its practitioners in cultures world wide.”
It is an emergency treatment which is very handy and can be practiced with minimal requirement.
The treatment modality called oothu is one of the most important therapeutic procedures performed in the initial stage of snake bite treatment, particularly in the stages of vata, kapha or vatakapha predominances and when the effect of visha is limited to the first three dhatus.
The textual reference for this method of treatment is jyotsnika.
Indications: A vishavaidyas mainly employs this treatment modality when any or all of the following symptoms appears in a snakebite victim
1. Delay in responses to verbal and physical stimuli
3. Drooping of the eyes
4. Numbness over the tongue, mouth and scalp 5. Pain all over the body
6. Paralysis of jaw, tongue, larynx and neck 7. Headache
8. Dizziness, vertigo
9. Excess salivation, formation of mucous and fluids in the chest, eyes etc.
Materials required: The drugs required are Sunthi(dried rhizome of Zingiber officinale), Dusparsha( root of Tragia involucrata), Maricha(dried fruits of Piper nigrum),Iswaramuli(root of Aristolochia indica).
In common practice the root of dusparsha is generally avoided, partly due to the difficulty in procuring the drug at short notice and partly due to allergic reaction it produces in certain individuals.
Method: Three persons who have not consumed alcohol or any such tiksna dravyas(because such dravyas being similar in nature to that of visha can aggravate it further) for the last 24 hours are needed for the treatment.
The patient should be seated in a comfortable position, either in a chair or a high pedestal, which is convenient for the treatment. One attendant should stand behind and the other two attendants on either sides of the patient.
The person standing behind the patient should blow air through his mouth onto the murddha of the patient and the two attendants standing on either side should blow air through their mouth to the ear on the respective side.
This should be done synchronously for at least 150 times. It can be increased as per the patient’s condition.
Improvements can be noticed in the responses of the patient after 75-100 blowing.