Vomiting in the early stages of pregnancy is common and many mothers go through it. Ayurvedic physician D.D.A. Hettiarachchi enlightens us on an ancient practice that has been forgotten in society.
Find some shards of a fresh and unused clay pot or buy a a water pot better known as a “Navum Kalaya” from a local pot vendor. Expose the pot to extreme heat by setting seven or eight coconut shells on fire. Place the clay pieces in the fire until the shards become change their colour (at a certain higher temperature they appear to be white in colour). Put the burning pot shards into clean lukewarm water. Let the water cool and remove the shards of clay. Filter the water using a cloth and administer the water in small quantities to the vomiting person. “This is the ancient saline used by our people” Dr. Hettiarachchi emphasized adding that special care of cleanliness in the process is a must.
The science behind the practice
Fresh clay in newly made pots includes salts. When the freshly-built clay in a pot is burned and added to water, the salts in the clay seep in, which is similar to saline that is given to the sick.
According to the experience of Dr. Hettiarachchi, this treatment can be used to stop continuous vomiting in a patient.
We also approached Consultant Community Physician – Dr. Shanthi Gunawardena to ask about the stance of Western Medicine in such a practice.
“It could have certain properties as mentioned by the Ayurvedic doctor. In western medical practice, it is difficult to approve this treatment without scientifically tested results,” Dr. Gunawardena said.