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Causes: A profound state of unconsciousness, from which the victim cannot be easily roused is termed as coma. The breathing of the sufferer may be stertorous, but it is deep and the heart beats strongly. It may be caused by apoplexy, high fever, diabetes, alcohol, epilepsy, cerebral tumors, meningitis, injury to the head, an overdose of insulin, carbon monoxide poisoning, opium or other narcotic drugs. If this state continues for more than 24 hours, the life of the victim must become forfeit.

Treatment: An easy expedient which should be tried is to block both the nostrils of the victim for brief periods intermittently. Coma of hysteria is usually relieved in this manner. Kavanch Phali should be rubbed on the body of the patient to revive him. When he has come to, he should be laid in a darkened room. If his blood pressure is high, medication should be started to bring it down to normal. And if coma has been caused by diabetes, steps should be taken to bring the blood sugar level back to normal.

Persons subject to fits of unconsciousness should lead a life free from worry and tension. Violent exercise should also be sunned. Such patient should see that they do not develop constipation, as it is likely to complicate matters.


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