The AYUSH Effect – How Ayush is helping the people of Kolli Hills
Mother and Child Health
A healthy start in life
Mrs. Kasthuri is a Post Natal Mother, lives in Ellakiraipatti village, Kolli Hills. She is a 22 year old woman and she has given birth to a male child, who is three months old now. Her husband is an agricultural laborer and this is her first child. She is our targeted beneficiary who has been undergoing our mother and child care intervention for the last four months..
She was reportedly having 7.8 gm/dl of hemoglobin in her blood which is a very low level at the beginning of third trimester and she had been suffering from anemia. It is considered to be a risk to get normal delivery and healthy baby with such a level of Hb. So she has been repeatedly visited by our MCH team and has been given nutritional supplements and AYUSH medications to improve her hemoglobin level and also to ensure to deliver a healthy baby. She has also been educated by our experienced staff about proper diet, risks involved in pregnancy, self hygiene to be practiced, and controlling anemia. She understood her situation and regularly consumed the nutrition supplements and medicines that we provided to her.
She was trained to do yoga practices meant for the pregnant women. Eight types of asanas and other yogic practices such as AUM meditation and Sukha kriya were also offered to her. These yogic steps helped her to overcome the psychological issues such as fear, anxiety, nervousness that a pregnant woman will usually go through. A specially trained yoga teacher has visited her and motivated her to do yoga regularly.
After that, she has given birth to a healthy male child with 2.6 kg of birth weight. She has consumed our medication continuously for four months and now her Hemoglobin level has also improved from 7.8gm/dl to 11gm/dl which is a very good improvement. She is continuing the medication and hopes to develop her Hb level much more and also to improve her baby’s health through proper lactation (as the AYUSH medicines provided to her improves the lactation) and thus providing him a healthy life.
Getting rid of anemia
Mrs. Vennila is a 23-year-old post-natal mother living in Ellakiraipatti village, Kolli Hills. Her husband is an agricultural laborer. She gave birth to her first child, a girl, two months ago.
Mrs. Vennila has been our Mother and Child Health (MCH) beneficiary since her 7th month of pregnancy. When our MCH team first checked her hemoglobin level, it was at a very risky 7gm/dl. This could have caused severe problems to her and also to her child during delivery.
She was included as our targeted beneficiary and has been given supplementary nutrition and medication from that day on. She has been regularly visited by our MCH team and educated regularly about self hygiene, diet, risks involved in pregnancy and controling anemia. She also cooperated very well and properly consumed all the medication regularly and followed the instructions given by our team.
Two months ago, she has delivered a healthy female child with 2.5kg of birth weight. She had a normal delivery and she also feels hale and hearty after delivery.They were very happy about their child. When we checked her hemoglomin level 20 days ago, it shows her Hb level has improved from 7gm/dl to 11 gm/dl. She is happy about this progress and promised to consume the medication continually, given by our project.
Mobile Health Services
Healed from chronic ulcer
Mrs. Sujatha is a housewife living in Perungiraipatti village, Kolli Hills. She was suffering from an ulcer for a year. Her ordeal began during a fever, when she took a lot of tablets without having enough food.
She couldn’t eat properly because of this. Even if she takes a little spicy food she says she gets severe stomach pain. She underwent several treatments but couldn’t cure it completely. Whenever she gets any medication to cure it, she says, it becomes alright for some period of time until the medication course finishes and then again the same pain would start. She was never satisfied with any medication so she stopped taking them and just accepted the illness as a part of her daily life. She spent a lot of money for treating the ulcer and everything went in vain.
After our mobile health clinic intervention at Kolli Hills, a lot of people have been cured of their ailments like this. Hearing all these, she got a little hope, so she decided to try our system of medicine. She visited our mobile health clinic once and got counseling and medicines from our Doctor. But still she was not sure that it could cure her illness. She just tried it for the sake of trying and after a month she was not that much cured.
She visited our MHC for the second time and our Doctor gave her hope and promised to cure her completely. She took the second course of medicines and avoided tea, coffee and tamarind as per Doctor’s suggestion, to her surprise she noticed that her pain was reducing day by day. She got very happy with the results and visited the clinic for the third time. Our doctor encouraged her to continue one more course of medication and she did accordingly. Now she got completely relieved and was very happy with our system of treatments. Later, she suggested that her aunty, who is also suffering from an ulcer, undergo AYUSH treatment and she claims that there is good progress in her aunt’s health status.
AYUSH healed my illness
Mrs. Kalyani is an agricultural labourer who lives in MGR Nagar near Semmedu, Kolli Hills. She had an abortion a year ago. Since then she has been suffering from an ulcer because she has been consuming a lot of tablets. She had been taking treatment for this ailment at various hospitals but was unable to find relief. She says, “If I take a little spicy food or tea or coffee it just starts to burn and gives me a lot of pain, I tried in many ways to cure it but never could”.
AYUSH mobile health clinic used to visit villages in a regular interval giving free treatment through our traditional medical practices. After seeing this several times, she decided to try this too. She was checked by our doctor and given the necessary Siddha medicine and counseling to cure it completely. After that she stopped consuming tea, coffee and tamarind and took the prescribed medicines regularly. She has been given 3 cycles of medicine and after completing them, she now says she is completely relieved from the pain and is very happy. She now says she can take any kind of food she desires and it doesn’t disturb her in any way.
Regained the health
Mrs. Pappaathi aged 47 W/o Muthusamy lives in a small village Adukampatti, Selurnadu Panchayat, 16 kms from Semmedu, the major town in Kolli Hills. This village doesn’t have adequate transport facility. Her family includes her husband Muthusamy with four children. Her husband is an agriculture laborer.
Nine years ago Mrs.Papaathi was an active agricultural laborer but unfortunately due to CVA – Cerebrovascular accident (Etiology: Uncontrolled Hypertension), she lost her right side movement of the body. She got paralyzed throughout her right side of the body (Hemiplegia) and also became unable to speak properly. She couldn’t take care of herself and always relied on her family members to fulfill even her basic needs like having food, going to toilet, etc..,
Her husband took her to several hospitals and tirelessly tried to heal her somehow. He even took her to one of the popular hospitals in Salem and continued treatment there for six months and spent more than Rs.60,000/-, but she didn’t show any improvement.
Meanwhile, her daughter came to know about the AYUSH-Isha project and the health services provided. So she visited our mobile health clinic, which comes to their village regularly and provides free health care at their door steps and asked the doctor for help. After knowing the entire story, our Doctor visited their home and checked her mother’s status. Understanding her physical and family situation our Doctor gave active counseling and provided medicine (Amukkara Choorna tablet, karisalai Karpam, Seeraga Choornam, Pinda thailam) and insisted she continue the medication without fail. He gave hope to her and to her family.
For seven months, intense treatment continued. She also co-operated well and practiced the medication regularly. Now after all the treatment she has started to show good improvement and she is able to move her right hand freely and also able to move from place to place. She is very happy with her improvement and wants to continue the medication till she gets completely healing. She thanked our MHC team and also expressed her gratitude towards AYUSH-Isha. Her family also feels very happy and her husband got impressed with this treatment. These days when our mobile health clinic visits their village, she is the first one to come and get medicines.
Getting rid of diabetic ulcer
A 55 year old woman Mrs.Nallammaal W/O Panneer Selvam is living in Oorpuram colony, Selur Nadu. Her family includes her husband Panneer Selvam a daily wager and four children. She was suffering from diabetic foot ulcers for 18 months. One of her soles was injured and the wound was not healing. Her husband took her to private hospitals and no matter what they did her wound stayed unhealed. They spent up to Rs.15,000 but left unsatisfied.
During the situation like this, her husband, while working in the field used to see our mobile health clinic going around Kolli Hills. But he never thought about taking her wife there. One day after hearing from his fellow worker that AYUSH-Isha is providing good health services he decided to bring her wife and check for one time. When they visited MHC he got impressed with the way they treat patients and the care they show towards them. Our Doctor checked her completely and found out that she has high Blood pressure and high sugar. So he explained about her status and gave counseling on importance of taking medication immediately. She and her husband realized the situation and accepted to go under treatment continuously.
She co-operated well and regularly took the medications that our Doctor suggested (Madhumega Chooranam, Seeraga Chooranam, Karisalai Karpam, Mathan Thailam for wound dressing) and practiced the diet also as he recommended. After the regular treatment she started to notice that her wound was healing a little and got very happy about that. In the past, she was not able to walk freely and nowadays she walks casually and visits her neighborhood. 75% of her wound got healed and by seeing this people in her village got impressed with our treatment and started to show interest towards AYUSH treatments.
Feels happy being a health volunteer
Mrs. Saraswathi, is an ICDS worker in Veerakanoorpatti, Selur Panchayat, Kolli Hills. She is also one of the AYUSH-Sevak of our project. In the beginning she didn’t know much about our project other than that they are doing some health care services. She participated in the interface meeting organized by the AYUSH-Isha project with the ICDS staffs.
She was inspired by the project intervention shared by the project team, and requested them to extend their support for the successful intervention, which is going to make a change in the life of the people of Kolli Hills, and she decided to get involved in the programme. Our field team had identified her as one of the AYUSH Sevak to serve in her village; she was very happy to be associated with the project to render her service.
Siddha expert from the project trained her on the role of AYUSH Sevak and how to handle the medical kit. She also explained how it could be very useful for the people to have health care service at their doorstep. It always has been tough for them to come all the way to Semmedu for even a minor ailment. There is no proper transport facility also. So she said this could be a greater relief for the people. She has been successfully doing her service for the needy beneficiaries in her community. After some days when our cluster facilitator visited her village she showed him the register and proudly said that she has provided treatment to more than 100 people so far. She also explained that people are also very satisfied with the medicines. She expressed that they all saying it is healing well. She expressed her happiness to be a little doctor for her people.
Nowadays she became popular in her area. She says it is very easy for her to meet people, because she is already known to the people as an ICDS worker. She expressed her thanks to AYUSH-Isha for providing her with such an opportunity. She also participated in the yoga and fitness program specially arranged for AYUSH Sevaks at Semmedu. She said it was very joyful since it didn’t go like training. There were a lot of fun games and throwball was taught to them. She said the Surya Namaskar practice is very useful. With regular practice, she feels very relieved these days. She said that AUM chanting was very powerful, and she could feel the energy passing throughout her body. Altogether she is very satisfied with our intervention and feels proud to be a part of it.