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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Ayurvedic Treatment for Kidney Failure

Kidneys and its Functions

Kidneys are bean shaped organs located retroperitoneally on either side of the vertebral column. These are the biggest drainage system of the body which flushes out all the toxins and waste products of metabolism that are produced inside the body.

What is chronic kidney disease?

Kidney disease is better known as chronic kidney disease. It is characterized by a gradual loss of function of both the kidneys over a period of time. Initially it may remain asymptomatic after which symptoms of a full blown kidney disease are evident. Chronic kidney disease if left unchecked or unnoticed may lead to permanent loss of kidney function leading to kidney failure which is an irreversible condition.

How diabetes can affect the kidneys?

This condition is also called as diabetic kidney disease or “Diabetic nephropathy”. In people with persistently high blood sugar levels (Diabetics), there is damage to the glomeruli which leads to micro seepage of albumin proteins from the blood into the urine. This is called as “micro albuminuria”. If left untreated it may progress to macro albuminuria or “Proteinuria” in which large amounts of proteins are passed into the urine. This leads to a slowly progressive development of kidney disease. Diabetic kidney disease in fact, is one of the major causes of kidney failure today. It affects both type -1 and type -2 diabetics.

How does high blood pressure affect kidneys?

The kidneys have a dense network of arteries, veins and capillaries around them. The kidneys of a hypertensive patient consistently receive blood at this raised pressure in its surrounding blood vessels. This continuously causes damage to these blood vessels which are not able to function as efficiently and get damaged, and may thicken and harden over time. This in turns affects the blood supply to the nephrons damaging them as well. As a result there is a slow and gradual impairment of the renal function leading to CKD and ESRD in later stages.

What are the other causes of kidney disease?

Besides Diabetes and Hypertension (High Blood Pressure), there are a number of factors and disease which lead to chronic kidney disease and then ESRD. These are listed below:-
  • Congenital malformations of the kidney
  • Poly cystic kidney disease
  • Glomerulonephritis
  • Pyelonephritis
  • Illegitimate use of drugs like Lithium, NSAIDs and Aspirin
  • Blocked channels in conditions like renal stones and BPH.
  • Viral infections like - HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis - B, C.

What are the symptoms of kidney disease?

SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY DISEASE

  • Shortness of breath
  • Generalized weakness
  • Lethargy
  • Mental confusion
  • Abnormal heart rhythms - related to potassium imbalance
  • Nausea - vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sleep irregularities
  • Abnormal urine output
  • Frequent cramping in the muscles
  • Persistent itching
  • Chest pain
  • High blood pressure
  • Swelling around the ankles
  • A bad taste in the mouth
  • Feeling cold
  • Pain in laterals/ flanks

What is the Diagnosis for kidney failure?

Various tests are recommended on the basis of clinical findings, signs and symptoms on the basis of which the final diagnosis of kidney failure and the degree of its damage and prognosis are decided. The tests are as follows:-

BLOOD TESTS

I. GLOMERULAR FILTRATION RATE




STAGE FINDINGS G.F.R. (mL/min/1.73m) DIAGNOSIS
Stage 1 Hypertension, Urinary infections and abnormal urine analysis 90 or above Normal kidney function
Stage 2 Same as in stage 1 60 - 89 Impaired kidney function with mild
Decline in G.F.R.
Stage 3 Low blood cells, tingling and numbness, bone pain 30 - 59 Moderate decline in G.F.R.
Stage 4 Severe complications like Anemia
Uremia, Anemia, malnutrition
15 -29 Severe damage in G.F.R
Stage 5 Hyperparathyroidism,
Swelling in the hands, legs, eyes, lower back, shortness of breath
< 15 Kidney failure

II. SERUM CREATININE

A serum creatinine level of > 1.2 for women and > 1.4 for men indicates kidney disease. The value rises with progressive renal impairment.

III. BLOOD UREA NITROGEN

The normal value is 7 - 20. As the disease progresses, the value may rise consistently.

URINE TESTS

I. URINEANALYSIS

This is a dipstick test which is used to analyze the constituents present in the urine sample such as blood cells, sugar, pus cells, proteins etc. This test is a routine examination carried out in disease like Diabetes, Urinary tract infections, CKD, bladder and kidney stones.

II. URINE PROTEIN

To determine the albumin: creatinine ratio in the urine sample.

III. MICROALBUMINURIA

To determine the amount of albumin in urine, which is common in diseases like CKD and Nephrotic syndrome.

IV. CREATININE CLEARANCE

This determines how much blood is being filtered through the kidneys.

IMGAING TESTS

I. ULTRASONOGRAPHY

It helps to determine the size, shape and presence of any calculi or tumor in the kidneys.

II. C.T. SCAN

It is an advanced technique used to determine the abnormal structural configuration of the kidneys and their functional inefficiency.

III. KIDNEY BIOPSY

It is done to ensure the extent of damage and whether a kidney transplant is essential or not.

What modern medicines have for kidney disease?

There is no medicinal cure for a depleting renal function in modern medicines. The line of treatment is based only upon the management of symptoms like High blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. In addition, a stage - 4, 5 CKD patient generally may be considered for a kidney transplant.
Once the condition of Kidney failure is established, the only options remaining are Dialysis, Kidney transplant and certain lifestyle modifications. The first two are highly invasive and expensive and lifestyle modifications are an adjuvant therapy that varies from person to person in terms of the degree of response.

What is dialysis?

In people having kidney failure, the kidneys no longer perform their function of removal of excess wastes and water from the body. In such patients the process of dialysis helps by artificially taking over the function of the kidneys. It is done in case of both acute and chronic renal failure. It is done by two ways and hence is of two types:-

1. HAEMODIALYSIS:

It is done by making an intra-venous line through a blood vessel in the arm. The blood from this line, known as the fistula is passed into the hemodialyzer and is filtered off the various toxins and impurities present in it.

2. PERITONEAL DIALYSIS:

In this condition the blood is cleansed within the body by attaching a catheter to the abdominal wall. A fluid called dialysate is filled in the peritoneal cavity and filters out the waste products from the surrounding blood vessels.

Kidney transplant

It is the process of replacing the damaged kidney of a patient of ESRD (End stage renal disease) with a normal working one taken from another individual. This is the best alternative for a patient with total kidney failure, the other one is dialysis, which though an effective procedure but a very tedious one and painful on the part of the patient. Kidney transplantation also has its own demerits as it is also an expensive procedure and requires kidney that has a matching allograft. Unmatched kidneys are rejected by the body tissues resulting in failure of the whole process. Other than this, it is only performed under the supervision of a specialist doctor who is capable enough to carry out the process effectively.

Ayurveda and kidney disease

Chronic kidney disease is a condition of the mutravaha srotas (The body channel that is related to the urinary system of the body and its normal functioning). The damage to the tissues is contributed by the imbalance in the three doshas (body humors - Air, Fire and Ether/ Vata, Pitta and Kapha) mainly the vitiated Vata element and the raised Kapha element which leads to the blockage of various channels of the Mutra vaha srotasa leading to impaired functioning of the kidneys.
In the above discussion, we have thrown light up on the modern methods of managing CKD and ESRD through various techniques. They have their own set of difficulties that they pose on the patient and the adverse effects associated with them. This is where Ayurvedic treatments come to the rescue. They have a miraculous blend of natural medicinal herbs which rejuvenate the kidney tissues and also boost the effective production of urine output. A combination of herbs which are diuretic and rejuvenating is used in the Ayurvedic treatment of kidney disease. Researches have also proved today that Ayurvedic medicinal therapy is very effective in controlling the levels of urea and creatinine in patients of kidney disease and in improving kidney function in general.

Diet and Lifestyle for kidney patients

The first line of treatment described by most ancient Ayurvedic texts is: - "NIDAAN PARIVARJANA" or the modification of diet and lifestyle. It is the most effective and easy way of bringing back a state of health in a diseased body. Following are some of the recommendations that should be followed by patients of kidney disease and kidney failure for an improved renal function and longer and better life.

GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

  • Drink plenty of water but only in ample amounts. Don't overdo it if you don't feel thirsty. Prefer taking Luke warm or just normal water.
  • Don't hold on to your urge to urinate. Keep on evacuating the bladder at regular intervals.
  • Keep the genitalia and pubic area clean to prevent catching any secondary infection.
  • Manage blood sugar levels if you are diabetic. High blood sugar levels are detrimental to the kidney function and may cause rapid deterioration of kidney function.
  • Avoid medications that may be unknowingly harming the kidney tissues, for example, NSAIDs.
  • Refrain from the use of alcohol and tobacco. They both cause kidney damage.
  • Exercise regularly according to the capacity.
  • Manage blood pressure well and try lead a stress free life, maintaining a positive attitude in every situation.

DIET

  • Drink fresh fruits and vegetable juices in plenty. Prefer herbal tea instead of the regular ones.
  • Avoid food products that are rich in potassium and sodium. These include table salt, potatoes, peas, nuts, beans, dry fruits etc.
  • Avoid use of too much fat in diet as CKD patients are prone to hypercholesterolemia.
  • Take the right amount of protein in diet. Green gram, lentil, pink lentil are some of the safe proteins that kidney patients should prefer. Avoid meat, eggs and non-veg food as far as possible. Red meat should be completely prohibited. Same goes for packaged and frozen foods and high sugar based artificial products.
  • Include a lot of vegetables, fruits and whole grains in diet such as, Pumpkin, Radish, Carrot, Onion, Eggplant, Cucumber, Lettuce, Turnip etc.
  • Fruits include Papaya, Watermelon, Apricots, Amla, Bael, Grapes, Blueberry, Olives, peaches, pears, figs, and Cranberry etc.
  • Avoid use of spices also if potassium levels are deranged.
  • Vitamin-D is also recommended in such patients.
  • Dont drink fruit juices as they are rich in Potassium. 

Ayurvedic medicines of kidney disease:

Planet Ayurveda is a leading company that creates best herbal medicines that are helpful in treating kidney failures. The remedies provided by them are very safe and are free from side effects and anyone can consume them. They provide a combo pack that contains all the essential elements, which are helpful in curing kidney disorders.

Herbal Remedies for Kidney Disease - REVIVE KIDNEYS PACK

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The elements of Revive Kidney Pack are as follows: 

The Ayuvedic treatment for kidney failure aims to reduce the urea and creatinine levels naturally. Various herbal formulations used in this combination help to maintain normal kidney functions.

1. Rencure formula- this formula works on the ancient principle, which is the best feature of this medicine. It fights with the toxins and the causes of kidney diseases. The herbs present in these medicines helps in avoiding dialysis. The ingredients of this formula are punarnava, varun, palaash, gokshur and kaasni. It is a complete herbal medicine and there are no chemicals in it.

Dose- 2 capsules daily twice with plain water after meals.
2. Mutrakrichantak Churna- it is an effective blend of herbs, which help in curing kidney disorders and painful urination situations as well. It also reduces high urea and uric acid levels in the body and is helpful in kidney stones. Apart from this disease, it also cures prostate enlargement. The contents of this powder are also the best. The elements are trin panch mool, shishir, apamarg, shigru, rakt Chandan etc.

Dose- 1 teaspoonful daily twice with plain water only after meals.
3. Punarnava Mandur- these tablets are the best ayurvedic medicines for reducing water and swelling in the body. These tablets also decreases swelling in feet, joint and fluid buildup. Punarnava Mandur tablets cure liver related problems, which is an additional feature of this medicine.

Dose- 2 tablets thrice daily with plain water strictly after meals.

4. Varunadi vati- these pills are made by using varun and other essential herbs that aid in kidney problems. It reduces pain that is caused by renal stones. It maintains creatinine levels in the body as well as saves from surgeries. Apart from the removal of toxins, Varunadi vati clears the urinary passage and provide a long lasting relief to the patient.

Dose- 2 tablets thrice daily after meals with water.
Kidneys play very crucial role in the proper functioning of the human body. Therefore, instead of giving chemical load to the kidneys they must be cured with ayurvedic medicines.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Alternative Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis


ULCERATIVE COLITIS - AN OVERVIEW OF THE DISEASE

INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE

It is a type of inflammatory bowel disease i.e. it involves inflammation of a part or whole of the intestine. Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are both grouped under this heading as they both affect the bowel in different ways leading to inflammation and ulcerations in the intestinal wall.

CROHN’S DISEASE AND ULCERATIVE COLITIS – WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?

As stated earlier, both these diseases are grouped under inflammatory bowel disease, the major difference is that while Crohn’s disease affects the intestine as a whole ulcerative colitis is the inflammation and ulceration of just the rectum and colon part of the intestine.
                           
ULCERATIVE COLITIS IS NOT IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)

IBS does not involve inflammation of the bowel and is also different from IBD in that it only affects the nature of peristalsis in the patient’s intestine. It should therefore, not be confused with ulcerative colitis.

IS ULCERATIVE COLITIS AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISORDER?

There are several assumptions and theories regarding the cause of this disease. The most accepted and popular one suggests an involvement of the immune system which goes haywire and starts attacking the healthy tissues of the rectum and colon instead of infections and other things that triggers the immune system to release antibodies.
It is unclear however, that what triggers the shift of this immune reaction. The possible understanding can only be that it is a result of some genetic response or probably an environmental effect.

ONSET OF THE DISEASE

The disease can affect any age group but most commonly it starts showing up between the age group of 15 – 26.
The ratio of women to men affected by the disease is 1:1. Its occurrence is however varied in different races groups. The Asians are said to be the most resistant to developing this disease. Caucasians and blacks are the ones who are most commonly affected by this disease.

SYMPTOMS

·       Bleeding from the rectum
·       Increased frequency of passage of stools
·       Mucoid discharge from the rectum
·       A continuous urge to evacuate the bowel
·        The disease has a gradual onset
·        Severe pain in the lower abdomen with cramps in serious cases
·        Severe dehydration due to frequent passage of stools
·       Distended abdomen
·       Weight loss

DIAGNOSIS

·       Stool test
To exclude any kind of infective pathology

·       Blood tests

Anemia is a common finding as there is a continuous loss of blood from the rectal region.
Raised TLC and ESR – due to the inflammatory condition.
·       Other routine tests – KFT, LFT, Lipid profile, Iron studies and etc. to exclude any other associated pathology.

· 
COLONOSCOPY AND  SIGMOIDOSCOPY ARE CONFIRMATORY

These are helpful in the diagnosis of the disease as they provide direct view of the intestines.

·       BARIUM ENEMA X-ray is also a confirmatory test for the diagnosis of ulcerative colitis.

·       CT scan and MRI also lead to significant findings required for the treatment of the disease.

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

The main idea behind the management of ulcerative colitis is the control of the symptoms and prevention of recurrence.

There is “NO CURE” for ulcerative colitis. The treatment plan is aimed at providing a better quality of life and least degree of severity in terms of the associated symptoms.

HERBAL SUPPPLEMENTS FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

As stated earlier, there is no known cure for ulcerative colitis therefore it’s important not to dope the body with analgesics and steroids. 
 The best way to deal with the disease is to follow a proper diet plan and lifestyle along with some herbal supplements described in Ayurveda as an effective alternative treatment for ulcerative colitis. These prove to be very beneficial in the long run. The best part to go all herbal with ulcerative colitis is that there are absolutely no side effects and they also provide general nourishment and cleansing of the body which in turns stimulates the immune system. This can help prevent worsening of the symptoms.

AYURVEDIC POINT OF VIEW OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

According to Ayurveda, any disease occurs due to the imbalance of the
·       Doshas (Vata, pitta and kapha body humors) and
·       Dhatus (seven tissues of the body namely Lymph, blood, muscles, fat tissues, bones, bone marrow, sperm and ovum)
·       Mala (Urine, faeces and sweat).

In case of Ulcerative colitis, the digestive fire is disrupted which leads to indigestion which in turn leads to the formation of toxins which cause imbalance of the Doshas, the Dhatus and the Malas.

PLANET AYURVEDA’S ULCERATIVE COLITIS CARE PACK

Realizing the importance of herbal supplementation in the management of Ulcerative colitis, Planet Ayurveda has put together a very effective combination of herbs which prove to be very beneficial in providing relief to the patients.

The pack has the following ingredients:-

1.   KUTAZ GHAN VATI
Kutaz better known as  Holarrheana  antidysentrica as the name suggests is the choicest herb for treating diarrhea of all kinds. It is equally beneficial for all disease related to the intestines. It is a tree and this "Vati" - tablet is made from the bark of this tree. It's 100 % natural. 

DOSE: 2 tablets, twice daily with plain water after meals.

2.   PITTA BALANCE CAPSULES

It is a calcium rich formulation which effectively heals intestinal ulceration and also replenishes the body’s natural calcium stores. It is cooling in nature. Pitta means fire element. It balances the fire element and helps to arrest bleeding and heal ulcers. 

DOSE: 1-2 capsules, twice daily with plain water after meals.

3.   ARJUNA CAPSULES
Arjuna or Terminalia arjuna tree bark is a wonder herb in Ayurveda widely known for its healing properties. It is very effective in ulcerative colitis to even out the internal lining of the intestines and stop bleeding. Arjuna is mainly popular for its heart healing properties but it is mentioned at many places in Ayurveda for its role in wound healing, ulcer healing. It is also cooling in nature. 

DOSE: 1-2 capsules, twice daily with plain water after meals.

4.   VATSAKADI CHURNA

It is an effective blend of herbs like Fennel, Pomegranate, Nutmeg, Green Cardamom, Coriander and Bael. Vatsak is another synonym of the tree - Halorrhena antidysendrica or Kutaz. Besides Kutaz bark, there are many other herbs like pomegranate peel, fennel powder, which are all astringents and healing.  All these herbs help to restore the normal digestive fire and prevent excessive mucous secretions in the intestine clearing out the colon and detoxifying the entire system. They help to arrest the excessive diarrhea and heal the ulcers. 


DOSE: 1 tsf, twice daily with plain water after meals.
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Ayurvedic treatment for Lichen sclerosis


This is a complicated disorder when the patient suffers a lot and keep applying various steroid creams and does not get relief. 

The inflamed area gets worse and worse and the skin becomes thinner and thinner leading to more itching, scratching and burning sensation. 

The sexual intercourse can also be very painful and sometimes can cause bleeding. 

According to Ayurveda, the treatment of Lichen sclerosis is focussed mainly on purifying the blood. 
According to aetiopathylogy as per Ayurveda-  It is  Vata in Rakta with Pitta imbalance ( especially Bhrajaka pitta) 

The reason is consumption of too much sour, salty, dry, stale food. Frozen, packaged food, packaged sour juices, late night sleep and consuming cold water or cold drinks along with the food.

The Vata and pitta gets vitiated and vata dries up the place which is weaker in the body. This is called "Kha-Vaigunaya concept" in Ayurveda. 

The weakest part is affected and the dosha accumulate there and affect the "Dushya" which is Rakta and Skin (Tvak) 

The treatment is pacifying Vata, purifying the Rakta ( Blood) and Pacifying the Pitta. 

Avoid - Sour fruits, Salty, pungent food, SUGAR, Alcohol, Non-Veg diet- Red meat, beef, pork,  Cheese, Milk and Milk products, Chillies, Spicy food, Beer, Wine, Smoking, Yogurt, Pineapples, Lemons, Kiwis, Biscuits, Salted snacks, Chips, wafers etc. Also avoid white flour and Sugar. Avoid Tomatoes, Pizza and Pasta and diet rich in Cheese. 

Advised -  Consume more vegetables like zuchini, Corn, Long gourd, bitter gourd, round gourds, pumpkin. Pumpkin is the best. 
Coconut water is excellent. Drink everyday. 
Turnips are good, Carrots, Radish, Beetroot, Cabbage, Peas, Potatoes are ok ( Don't take fried potatoes or french fries ) 

There are certain herbs and ayurvedic formulations for lichen sclerosis, which can be very helpful.
The remedies are mainly blood purifying and can help in itching and clearing the disease from the root. 


Herbs and formulations in Ayurveda for Lichen sclerosis - 

Mixture of the following - 

1. 
Praval Pishti - 5 gm 
Akik Pishti - 5 gm 
Swarn Makshik Bhasma - 10 gm 
Jahar Mohra Pishti - 5 gm 
Kamdudha ras- 5 gm 
Mukta Pishti - 4 gm 
Ras Manikya- 1 gm
Kaharawa Pishti ( Trinkant Mani Pishti) - 10 gm 
Giloy Satva - 10 gm 
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Mix all together, make 60 sachets, consume 1 sachet twice daily with 1 tablespoonful of Honey + 4 drops of almond oil ) 

2. Cap. Neem - 2 twice daily
3. Tab. Purim - 2 twice daily
4. Cap. Curcumin -2 twice daily
5. Tab. Kishore Guggul -2 twice daily
6. Tab. Purodil - 2 twice daily
7. Tab. Gandhak Rasayan - 2 twice daily
8.  Cap. Amalaki Rasayan or Amla juice - 2 capsules twice daily Or Amla Saar- 15 ml twice daily


For local application - 
1. Jatyadi Oil + Kumkumadi Oil  - Mixed together. Take 4 drops of each oil and massage locally at the site. 

With all these precautions, diet and ayurvedic medicines, the patient will see excellent results for Lichen Sclerosis. 

To get all these products at your doorstep or discuss your case with me, you can visit - www.planetayurveda.com or just write to us at - herbalremedies123@yahoo.com 


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