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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Diabetes (Prameha) Management in Ayurveda

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The disease currently affects more than 62 million Indians, which is more than 7.1% of India's adult Population. An estimate shows that nearly 1 million Indians die due to Diabetes every year. The average age of onset is 42.5 years.

Charaka Samhita Chikitsasthana Chapter 6 deals with Prameha its causes, symptoms, types, treatment and diet for various urinary disorders and diabetes (Madhumeha).

Diabetes is also known as Madhumeha. Diabetes is also called Maharoga (Major Disease) as almost all parts of the body and every cell of human physiology is affected.

CAUSES OF PRAMEHA

आस्यासुखं स्वप्नसुखं दधीनि ग्राम्यौदकानूपरसाः पयांसि|

नवान्नपानं गुडवैकृतं च प्रमेहहेतुः कफकृच्च सर्वम्||

The main cause of prameha (diabetes) are lack of exercise, indisciplined eating habits, sedentary life style, and day time sleep, excess intake of curd, heavy diet, excess intake of milk products, new grains, jaggery and consumption of excess food which is oily and heavy (snigdha andguru) in nature.

Even modern medicine considers obesity, living standards according to urban life style as main causes of Type II Diabetes.

This kind of diet and lifestyle aggravates kapha in the body.

In Diabetes all doshas like kapha, pitta and vata are involved.  It is a major disease (Maharog) as important body tissues (dhatus) are vitiated in this disease.

THESE VITIATED TISSUES (DUSHYAS) ARE

Nutrient plasma (Rasa), Blood (Rakta), Skin (Mansa), Adipose tissue (Medas) , Marrow (Majja), Semen (Shukra) Lasika (Lymph), Body fluid (Jal), Ojas (Immunity factor), Fat underneath skin (Vasa) are involved. These are 10 dushyas of prameha.

ORIGIN OF THE DISEASE (PRAMEHA SAMPRAPTI – PATHOGENESIS)

Due to the above said factors, Kapha dosha is dominantly aggravated (in association with other doshas) and it vitiates medas (fat), mamsa (muscles), udaka (lymphatic channel), liquid elements of the body and causes different types of  prameha.

Vata gets imbalanced in prameha in two ways:

  1. Through obstruction in vessels due to Kapha (srothorodha)
  2. Degeneration of the body components (dhatu kshaya)

When vata draws tissue elements like Ojas, Majja and Lasika into the urinary tract and vitiates them to cause Madhumeha (Vataja Meha). 

PRODROMAL SYMPTOMS (POORVARUPA)

Sweating, bad body odor, laziness, exudation of excreta from eyes, tongue and ears, bulkiness of the body, excessive growth of hair and nails, liking for cold things, dryness of the throat and palate ,sweet taste in the mouth, burning sensation in hands and feet and appearance of ants on the urine.

If these early symptoms are there one must be cautious about one's lifestyle.

THE MAIN SYMPTOMS MAY INCLUDE

  • Constant hunger
  • A lack of energy
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Excessive thirst
  • Frequent urination
  • Dry ness of mouth

CLASSIFICATION OF PRAMEHA (DIABETES)

1) Sthula Pramehi – Those who are obese and strong
Nidana parivarjana is very importantfor Madhumeha. In sthula Madhumeha there is obstruction (margavarodha) of vata by increased kapha and fat (meda).

2) Krusha Pramehi – Those who are emaciated and weak.

These are classified in Ayurveda on very similar grounds as Diabetics are classified as NIDDM and IDDM respectively.

OTHER NAMES FOR THIS CLASSIFICATION OF PRAMEHA (DIABETES) ARE

Apathaya nimmitaj (Due to overeating and wrong eating habits)- Type II Diabetes

Sahaj pramehi (Congenital)-Type 1 Diabetes

OTHER CLASSIFICATION OF PRAMEHA (DIABETES) ON BASIS OF TRIDOSHA

According to Ayurveda, Prameha (diabetes) is a tridoshaja vyadhi. However the predominance of any one dosha and dooshya enables its classification into Vataja, Pitaja & Kaphaja Pramehas.

They are further sub classified into 20 sub categories according to characteristics of urine, its volume, dhatu being excreted through urine.

Kaphaja Prameha are of 10 types and they are curable.

Pittaja Prameha are of 6 types and they are only palliable (Yapya)

Vatika prameha are of 4 types they are incurable because of their extremely serious nature.

Juvenile diabetes for children (for unhealthy dietary practices of parents)

ACCORDING TO CHARAKA : THREE TYPES OF PROGNOSIS OF PRAMEHA

  1. Sadhya – Curable (Kapha type)
  2. Yapya – Disease remains under control as long as proper medicine is taken.(Pitta type)
  3. Asadhya – Incurable (vatatype) e.g. Madhumeha & inherited diabetes (Sahaja), Lean patients (krish)

INVOLVEMENT OF OJAS IN PRAMEHA (MADHUMEHA)

Ojas is the essence of life, an extract of the seven dhathus Rasa (Chyle), Rakta (Blood), Mamsa (Muscles), Meda (fat) Asthi (Bone), Majja (Marrow),  Sukra (Sperm & Ovum), Ojas represented as of the body. The ojas in a healthy person determines the physical and mental health of a person.

which is reddish, white, or yellowish in colour it is in heart and other vital organs of the body. If ojas is distrubed, degeneration will be fast and result in decreased life span.

MANAGEMENT OF PRAMEHA (MADHUMEHA)

According to Ayurveda the line of treatment for prameha is dependent on various factors:

  1. The prakriti of the patient
  2. Dosha dominance in disease
  3. Dooshya vitiation
  4. Obstruction in srotha
  5. Manasika Prakrithi
  6. Ahara & Vihara
  7. Hereditary factors etc 

PLAN OF TREATMENT

Apatarpana Chikitsa: It is done as light diet plan (langhana) and purification (shodhan) for obese patient.

Santarpana Chikitsa: These formulations should be prepared such that they cause santarpana without causing vriddhi of kapha and medas. Vataja prameha patients are advised to have Bhrimhana medication & diet which increases dhathus in the body.

THE OTHER MANAGEMENT MODALITIES FOR DIABETES MELLITUS

  • Vyaayam (Exercise),
  • Pathya (dietary regulation),
  • Panchakarma (Bio-purification procedures)
  • The use of Ayurvedic medicines.

HERBS USEFUL IN TREATMENT OF DIABETES

The herbs used in the management of Prameha are bitter, astringent and pungent in taste. Some of the widely used herbs for the management of diabetes is as follows:

  1. Eugenia jambolana (Jamun beej churna) 
  2. Gymnema sylvestre (Gudmar patra churna) 
  3. Pterocarpus marsupium (Vijaysar churna)  
  4. Ficus bengalensis (Nyagrodha twaka churna) 
  5. Shilajeet in case of generalized weakness.
  6. Tejpatra
  7. Fenugreek seeds powder (Methi seeds churna) 
  8. Momordica chirantia (Karela juice) upto 10-20 ml
  9. Emblica officinalis (Amla juice) upto 20 ml
  10. Curcuma longa (Haridra) Haldi powder along with Amla juice is a very good combination in patients of Diabetes.
  11. Kirat tikata (Chirayata) A decoction of this plant is to be taken daily every morning. 

Read also:- Herbal Remedies for Diabetes

HERBAL DECOCTION AS MENTIONED IN CHARAK SAMHITA

Decoction of Darvi ( Berberis aristata),Triphala and Musta (Cyperus rotundus) mixed with honey

AYURVEDIC COMBINATIONS/PREPARATIONS

  • Chandraprabha vati: In a dose of 500 mg twice or thrice daily. This is specially used in patients having Diabetes with Urinary tract infection.
  • Trivang Bhasma: This is a combination of three bhasmas namely Naga, Vanga and Yashaha Bhasma. It is to be taken in a dose of 125mg twice daily available in the form of powder..
  • Dhatri Nisha: A combination of Haldi powder and Amla and has to be taken early morning and is especially useful in Diabetic Retinopathy.
  • Vasant kusumakar rasa: A very useful tonic for diabetics especially useful in the stage of complications it has to be consumed in a dose of 125 mg twice daily.

RECOMMENDED FOOD ITEMS (PATHYA)

  • Amalaki (goose berry), Yava (barley), Wheat, Jamun. Karela (bitter gourd), Blackpepper, Garlic are generally recommended.
  • Vyayama (Exercise) is very important for management of Diabetes.

PROHIBITED DIET FOR DIABETICS (APATHYA)

  • Sugar cane juice. Refined oil. Ghee, Jaggery, Alcohol. Carbohydrate rich foods. Curd and new grains.
  • Day time sleep is responsible for bad prognosis of Diabetes.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Chronic Constipation Treatment in Ayurveda

Chronic Constipation

Due to weak digestive fire, food is not digested properly that leads to indigestion. It is a common chronic disorder of lower digestive system in which the solid wastes of body are eliminated at irregular intervals or inefficiently and non-eliminated wastes starts accumulating in the large intestine.

Constipation may manifest in different ways - not passing bowels even once a day or a sense of incomplete evacuation. Although constipation is often looked upon as a common problem, if not treated or if treatment is delayed, it can lead to further problems such as fissures, fistulas, piles, lack of appetite and indigestion. Disease of constipation has not been discussed separately in Ayurvedic texts, it is occurrence as a symptom of various diseases and ways to tackle it has been described. Constipation is mentioned in Ayurvedic texts by the name of Vibandha meaning obstructing or binding of stool. Vibandha occurs when something is wrong somewhere in our food habits.

Causes

  • Irregular eating habits
  • Fasting excessively
  • Overeating
  • Incompatible food intake
  • Intake of excessive hot, cold, sour, pungent or dry food
  • Intake of water immediately after food
  • Stress
  • Excessive physical exertion
  • Suppressing natural urges
  • Heavy spicy foods
  • Sedentary lifestyle, lack of proper exercise
  • Poor dietary habits like consuming diet insufficient in fibres, fruits, fresh vegetables lead to difficult hard stools
  • Secondary causes like Ano-rectal disorders such as piles, tumors, rectocele, psychological factors like Excessive stress, mental exhaustion etc are some of the triggering causative factors causing constipation

PATHOGENESIS

Causative factors lead to Ama (toxin formed due to improper digestion) formation and abnormal movement of Apana vata (a sub type of vata dosha which helps in expulsion of the stool). This makes the stool dry, slowed peristalsis and retention of stools in colon or pakvashaya . Hence the person feels difficulty in passing stools leading to Vibandha or Constipation. The vitiation of the Apan vata and the failure of the expulsion make the stool harder causing Vibandha.

Symptoms

  • Constipation
  • Hyper Acidity
  • Lack of appetite
  • Flatulence
  • Uneasy

Ayurvedic Medicines for Constipation

Planet Ayurveda provides 100 percent pure and vegetarian products. Here is a combo pack from the house of Planet Ayurveda for healthy stomach and intestines. This pack contains three products in it and they are Triphala capsules, Yakritplihantak churna and Kumari saar. All these products are free from chemicals and are safe to use.

1. Triphala Capsules

It is a blend of three (3) herbs like Haritakai, Bibhitaki, & Amlaki. The combination helps in natural cleansing of colon in a natural way, clears the channel blockages, improves digestion, and hence improves functioning of digestive system. Individually each herb has a unique property through which the disease is taken care viz:

Haritaki: commonly known as Harad, acts as a mild laxative. This helps in reliving chronic constipation and improves digestion by increasing the digestive fire.

Bibhitaki: commonly known as baheda, the fruit and kernel of the herb contains edible oil and gallic acid which has a laxative property. It acts on the Digestive system, lubricates and loosens up the accumulated mala/ fecal substance and propels it out of the body.

Amlaki: Due to the presence of Tannin, Vitamin C present in Amla does not perish even if amla is boiled. It acts on the digestive system and helps in improving taste, appetite and removing constipation through its properties of digestion, laxation and rasayana.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily after meal with water.

2. Vara Churna

A great combination of herbs - Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) that helps to keep bowel clear timely. Amalaki is a richest source of Citric acid and Ascorbic Acid that build strong immune system. Haritaki helps in improving the functioning of the digestive system. It prevents blockages in the pathway of the digestive system. Bibhitaki helps in improving metabolism of the liver and provides cleansing of the colon significantly.

3. Yakritplihantak Churna

It contains a combination of herbs like Bhumi Amla, Kalmegh, Bhringraj, Sharpunkha, Kaasni, Katuki, Makoy, Punarnava, which help in improving the functioning of liver by clearing the toxins.

Herbs like Bhumi amlaki, Kalmegh, bhringraj, Katuki are bitter in taste and stimulate the taste bud, increase appetite, laxative and liver stimulant and there main action is on liver. They improve the bilious flow hence help in digesting ama, removing channels blockages.

Dosage: ½ to 1 teaspoonful twice daily, with plain water or fruit juice, after meals.

4. Kumari Saar

Made with the pulp of Aloe vera, which has laxative, anti-flatulent and ante-helminthic properties. Also the pulp contains Aloe Emodin lipases and proteases which break down food and aids digestion, clears the toxins from system. It increases the secretions of small intestines and promotes the peristalsis of large intestine, since its action is slow the laxative effects is observed after 10-12 hours. After taking this regularly stools are observed to be soft.

Dosage: 20-30ml twice daily, empty stomach with equal quantity of water.

For the chronic constipation cases, Other than the above following medicines as available at Planet Ayurveda can also be administered as per the guidance of physician and depending upon the severity of disease:

1. Digestion Support Capsules

Digestion support is purely herbal formulation without any chemical added to it.
It contains blend of unique herbs like Amlaki, Haritaki, Bahera, Sounf, Dhania, Pippali, & Jeerak which has digesting & carminative properties and is very useful in disorders caused by disturbance in Agni like flatulence, loss of appetite, indigestion leading to constipation. The combination also stimulates liver, pancreas and intestines to secrete digestive juices properly and adequately, aids in complete digestion of food.

Dosage: 1-2 Capsules twice daily in middle of meals with little water

2. Detox Tea

In constipation undigested food material remains in intestines and colon region producing toxins, over the years these toxins gets accumulated in our body and starts producing various symptoms like not feeling fresh after getting up in the morning, bitter taste in the mouth, drowsiness, belching etc.

Detox tea is a blend of pure herbs like Taruni, Arjuna, Bhumi amla, Punarnava, Saunf, Bari ellaichi, Daal chini, Chhoti Elaichi.

Oils present in these herbs seeds like that of Saunf , bari ellaichi , chhoti ellaich and Daal chini acts on the digestive system through its deepan , anuloman properties, act as an appetizer, digestive and laxative. Hence it helps in agnimandya (weak digestive fire), and constipation. Other herbs like Taruni, Arjuna, Bhumi amla, Punarnava through their properties, cleans the liver, strengthen & increase the blood flow to organs hence remove the toxins through excretory routes.

Dose: It should be taken daily instead of caffeinated tea for complete detoxification without any side effects. It's a blend of 100% natural herbs and free from caffeine, artificial colors and tasters.

3. Chitrakadi Vati

The unique combination of herbs like Chitraka, Pippali, Sajikakshar etc. stimulates the digestive fire and helps in removing Aam dosha, which is formed due to lack of Digestive fire.

Chitraka due to its hot pungent properties act as appetizer& digestive therefore useful in indigestion and stimulating the liver.

Pippali is an appetizer, carminative with mild laxative properties is effective in the symptoms which are caused by constipation viz: anorexia, loss of appetite, indigestion, and colic, liver disorders etc. it regulates the functions of liver hence useful in treating agnimandya or less digestive fire.

4. Triphala Guggul

For Chronic constipation Triphala Guggul should be taken instead of Triphla tablets: it has a unique combination of herbs like Haritaki, Bibhitaki, Amalaki, and Shuddh Guggulu

Here Gugglu through its tikshna and snigdha properties acts as a laxative and liver stimulant, found to be effective in chronic constipation.

Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice daily

Diet

  • Avoid diet like meat eggs, oils, fats cheese, refined starch products like bread cakes or food which require lot of energy for digestion in summer season
  • Avoid starch, substitute fruits, vegetables, lots of salads bean sprouts, whole grain flour, dried fruits like figs, raisins, prunes
  • Drink plenty of fluids and water, fresh fruit juices reduce intake of salt.
  • Moderate walking after meals.
  • Avoid sleeping immediately after food.
  • Take outdoor exercises like brisk walking, cycling swimming
  • Take Steamed boiled vegetables, fresh fruits vegetables, vegetable soup, Turnip sprouts, prunes, apples, pears, grapes, berries, ginger, cumin seeds, lemon juice, figs, raisins, fenugreek.
  • Fresh prepared food, meals should be taken regularly.
  • Lifestyle modification, like maintaining the routine for eating, exercising, and sleeping.

Exercise

Yoga, swimming, walking, meditation, breathing exercise are found to be beneficial in constipation.

Yoga

Suryanamaskara, -12 rounds
Asanas pawanmuktasana, vajrasana, shashankasana, halasana, tadaasna, tiryk tadasana, kati chakrasna, tiryak bhujangasna, udaraakarshanasna, matsyasana, ardha matsyendrasan, mayurasna,sit in vajrasana for 10 minutes after each meal.

Pranayam:

  • Bhastrika with mahabandha and kumbhaka-5 rounds each morning
  • Surya bheda-10 rounds
  • Mudras: Pashinee mudra, yoga mudra, ashwinin mudra.

Bandhas: uddiyana bandha, and maha bandha

Shatkriayas: Agnisar Kriya, nauli, basti, and moola shodhana, laghoo shankhaprakshalana should be practiced each morning in the guidance of yoga teacher.

Home Remedies

  • 1 tablespoon of Flax seeds should be grinded and mixed with warm water and should be taken early morning.
  • Soak few dates in milk and boil , this milk should be taken in the night to relive the constipation
  • 7-8 Figs soaked in water overnight in a glass of water, boil them and reduce the water to half, take it empty stomach. Figs due to their high fibrous content help in relieving constipation.
  • Add lemon juice and honey in warm water and consume it every morning empty stomach. It acts as a stimulant for digestive system, helps in flushing out  .
  • Add a spoon of Castor oil in warm water and take it in the night.
  • Warm milk should be added with a spoon of pure cow's ghee and should be taken before sleeping. This provides lubrication and increases the intestinal mobility and loosening up the stools.

Monday, July 11, 2016

Wonder Herb Gokhru For Management Of Kidney Failure

Gokhru fruit is an excellent cleanser of excretory system. It cures difficult micturition and kidney stones. It increases urinary output and reduces edema and swelling in kidney failure.

A patient of kidney failure is having great suffering due to edema and swelling, so Gokhru plays a significant role in reducing swelling.

WHAT HAPPENS IN KIDNEY FAILURE?

There is swelling of hands or feet. One may feel tired and weak because body needs clean blood to function properly. Uremia (presence of urea in blood), if left untreated may lead to seizures or coma and will ultimately result in death. If kidneys stop working completely, one will need to undergo dialysis or kidney transplantation.

SYMPTOMS OF KIDNEY FAILURE

Kidney failure symptoms from buildup of wastes in the body:

  • A metallic taste in the mouth
  • Smell of ammonia in breath
  • Aversion to Protein intake (one does not want to eat meat, eggs, kidney beans and Dairy products)
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Itching (pruritus)

Kidney failure symptoms from buildup of fluid in the body:

  • Swelling of face, feet and  hands
  • Shortness of breath
  • Collection of fluid in lungs

Kidney failure symptoms from damage to the kidneys:

  • Quantity of urine less than normal.
  • Blood in the urine (only seen through a microscope)
  • Urine that is foamy or bubbly (presence of  protein in the urine)

Kidney failure symptoms due to anemia:

  • Fatigue
  • Shortness of breath
  • Weakness
  • Mental confusion
  • Feeling cold all the time

CAUSES OF KIDNEY FAILURE

Renal function may be impaired by diseases or drugs that effect the renal parenchyma, or by acute circulatory failure or as a result of conditions in which there is obstruction to outflow of urine.

Major causes of kidney failure are as follows:

  • Reduced flow of blood to the kidneys
  • Acute dehydration
  • Liver malfunction
  • Heart diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Intake of medicines for controlling blood pressure
  • Prolonged use of antibiotics and painkillers
  • Blood loss from the body
  • Infection

Various other causes for acute renal failure is diseases like acute glomerulonephritis, bilateral pyelonephritis, high blood pressure and systemic lupus erythematous.

Chronic renal failure may result from conditions such as progressive glomerulonephritis, chronic pyelonephritis, polycystic disease of kidneys and tuberculosis of kidneys.

AYURVEDIC VIEW OF KIDNEY

According to Ayurveda, Kidneys are composed of rakta and meda dhatus (blood and fat). Kidneys are the roots of medhovaha srotas (channel of fat tissue). So diseases arising due to deformity of these dhatus (tissues) can affect kidneys and cause their failure. High blood pressure and Madhumeha (diabetes) are two main diseases responsible for kidney failure.

AYURVEDIC VIEW OF KIDNEY FAILURE

According to Ayurveda this disease is caused by the blockage of minute body channels called srotas. The body channels involved in this case, known as mutravaha srotas, which carry urine and are responsible for the flow of liquid into and out of the kidneys. If there are blockages in the incoming channels, the kidneys are denied fluids and shrinkage occurs.

If the outgoing channels are blocked, swelling occurs and the condition is called Hydronephrosis. In Hydronephrosis the kidney swells due to the failure of normal drainage of urine from the kidney to the bladder.

There are very effective Ayurvedic herbs, such as punanarva and gokhru that can clean these channels and reduce swelling and rejuvenate the kidneys. Ayurvedic treatment aims at strengthening the kidneys, restoring its filtration capacity and general functioning of the kidneys.

Controlling blood pressure, blood sugar level, cholesterol level, body weight, smoking and alcohol consumption is important to avoid further kidney damage.

  • To restrict sodium intake, salt is minimized in diet. So avoid salty food articles
  • Low Potassium and low protein intake is advised in Kidney failure patients.

WONDER HERB GOKHRU FOR MANAGEMENT OF KIDNEY FAILURE

Gokhru (Tribulus trrrestris):

Appearance:

Gokhru fruits are small, round pentagonal with 2-6 thorns.

Chemical composition:

Small gokhru fruits contains an alkaline substance, a volatile oil.

Properties:

It alleviates vata and pitta relieves edema and swelling .It strengthens the heart, cleanses excretory system and promotes urination. Gokhru can reduce high blood pressure as it reduces sodium from blood.

Role of Gokhru (Tribulus terrestris) in Kidney failure:

  • For dysuria decoction of gokhru (80 ml) can be given two times a day. It cures difficulty in micturition.
  • Gokhru powder 3-6 gms can be given with 1tsp of honey for kidney stones.

GOKSHURA POWDER

TRIBULUS POWER CAPSULES

PLANET AYURVEDA'S REVIVE KIDNEYS PACK HAS 4 PRODUCTS TO DEAL WITH PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH KIDNEYS

In these herbal formulations Gokhru or Gokshur is used as a key ingredient.

1. Mutrakrichantak Churna:

It is a wonderful formula for kidney failure patients. It helps to lower down increased urea and creatinine levels. It has following 8 ingredients:

  • Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa): Punarnava literally means “which grows again” It is commonly known as ‘hogweed’ and is useful as a herbal diuretic. It helps to remove excess water from the body accumulated because of kidney failure. It is cool in nature, it decreases edema and swelling, stimulates the heart and affects blood circulation, kidneys and urinary system. Therefore it is useful for heart disorders, dropsy, jaundice, dysuria (painful micturition) and kidney ailments.
  • Varun (Crataeva nurvala): It is another excellent herb to manage kidney failure. It is popular with the name ‘Caper’ and has been used in Ayurveda to relieve urinary tract infections and helps to break down renal stones. It is also effective in relieving excess fluid accumulation and swelling because of kidney failure.
  • Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris): It is useful as a diuretic and acts as a herbal tonic for genito-urinary system. It helps in clearing obstructions in the urinary tract and provides strength and regeneration to the kidney cells. Its decoction helps in dysuria (painful micturition), it also helps to avoid dialysis. It alleviates vata and pitta and relieves edema and swelling. It cleanses the excretory system.
  • Kaasni (Cichorium intybus): It is a common plant which is known by the name ‘Chicory’. It gives strength to the kidneys. Kaasni is a useful herb used in Ayurveda as it is beneficial in chronic and acute kidney failure. It is used in managing nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and other conditions which lead to kidney failure.
  • Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri): It pacifies pitta and is useful for blood disorders, swelling and edema. It is useful for painful micturition and relieves burning sensation.
  • Shirish (Albezzia lebbeck): It pacifies tridosha. It is the Best antidote to poisons. It is useful for painful micturition, swelling of body.
  • Shigru (Moringa oleifera): It is rich in antioxidants and nourishes body tissues.
  • Apamarg (Achyanthes aspera): Apamarg helps to break urinary tract stone to fine pieces. It is most effective for stones, an effective blood purifier and pacifies vata.

2. Rencure Formula:

  • Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa): Commonly known as ‘hogweed’ in English. It is a very useful diuretic. It is known to induce micturition and provides relief in case of painful urination. It is also known for flushing our excessive water content from the body. It rejuvenates dying cells and helps to revive dying organs in the body.
  • Varun (Crataeva nurvala): Popularly known as ‘Caper’ is used to relieve urinary tract infections and remove kidney stones by breaking it down to small pieces that can pass with the urine. It is known to relieve swelling from water retention by flushing out of excessive water from the body. It helps to manage kidney failure at all costs.
  • Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris): This diuretic herb is used to manage renal stones, impotency, kidney malfunction as well as dysuria. It is used as a power and stamina enhancer. It is also used to relieve reduced urine output as well kidney failure.
  • Palaash (Butea monosperma): This herb is useful to relieve painful micturition. It is also known as the flame of the forest for its beautiful red flowered tree, it quite useful for kidney problems. It alleviates kapha and pitta. It purifies blood and urine   It helps to strengthen the kidneys and prevents kidney failure.
  • Kaasni (Cichorium intybus): It is a common plant which is known by the name ‘Chicory’. It gives strength to the kidneys. Kaasni is a useful herb used in Ayurveda as it is beneficial in chronic and acute kidney failure. It is used in managing nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and other conditions which lead to kidney failure.

3. Varunadi Vati:

It has varun (Crataeva nurvala) as its main ingredient. Varun has unique property of breaking stones into pieces and let them pass naturally through urine. Along with varun it has gokshru in it as a key ingredient for maintenance of health of kidneys.

4. Punarnava Mandoor:

It is a combination of 21 herbs. It mainly helps in anaemia and to reduce body swelling. It pacifies vata and kapha. During its use if excess of salt and curd are avoided then body swelling decreases remarkably.

DOSAGE

  1. Mutrakrichantak Churna - 1 tablespoonful once daily, with plain water, after meals or boil 1 tablespoonful powder in 400 ml water, boil it un till the water remains 50 ml, consume once daily. Make fresh every time.
  2. Rencure Formula - 2 Capsules twice daily, after meals, with plain water
  3. Punarnava Mandur - 2 tablets thrice daily , after meals with plain water
  4. Varunadi Vati - 2 tablets thrice daily , after meals with plain water

All the products can be taken together, along with the ongoing dialysis and other medications.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Natural Ways To Reduce Creatinine Levels

Kidney failure, Renal failure, Reduce Creatinine Level

What is creatinine

Creatinine is waste product of muscle metabolism of our body and it is excreted out our body through excretory system. Creatinine is waste product found in everyone's blood. High level of creatinine in blood indicated that our kidneys are not functioning properly. Normal range of creatinine found in our body is mentioned below:

  • Males - 0.6- 1.2 mg/dl
  • Females - 0.5- 1.1mg/dl

Creatinine is produced naturally in our body and it is stored in muscles. Creatinine play are vast role in the process of production of ATP. Creatinine is eliminated through excretory system and there is no reabsorption of creatinine in blood stream.

Many factors contribute to accumulation of extra creatinine in blood. These factors may include:

  • Dehydration
  • Muscle destruction
  • Chemotherapies
  • Inadequate amount of fluid intake
  • Excessive intake of medicines

Increased level of creatinine may leads to kidney failure. There are some common symptoms that indicates high creatinine level in body. These symptoms may include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Less urine output
  • Dark color urine
  • Frequent urination during sleeping hours
  • fatigue

NATURAL WAYS TO REDUCE CREATININE LEVEL

1. CONTROL HYPERTENSION AND DIABETES

Both the conditions are very harmful for kidneys. It is very essential to keep your diabetes and hypertension in control. Medication of diabetes and hypertension contribute a lot to accumulation of creatinine in blood.so it is very necessary to make you happy and relax. Try to take natural herbs to reduce the risk of renal failure because it is very necessary to control that conditions which disturb creatinine level of blood.

2. MASSAGE

Massage is practiced from ancient times. This process involves rubbing, pressing, movements and pressures. Massage is therapy used to restore the imbalance of vata dosha in body and other benefit of massage is relaxation. Massage therapy clears blocked channels and stimulates the process of purification of blood.

Proper blood supply of blood is very essential for our excretory system.

3. HERBAL TEAS

Many scientific studies proves that certain herbal teas are used to reduce the creatinine level from blood. Herbal tea contains anti-oxidant and stimulate process of purification of blood. 3 cups of herbal tea per day stimulates the functions of kidneys. With the increase in kidney functions there is gradual increase in process of urination. Faster urination flushes out extra creatinine, toxin and other waste products from body. Planet Ayurveda provides various herbal supplements to reduce creatinine level from blood. Our detox tea is a delicious herbal tea with various medicinal herb benefits. It helps in the process of detoxification without any side effects. It reduces cholesterol level and helps to maintain normal blood pressure and sugar level.

4. VEGETARIAN DIET

Consumption of vegetarian diet also helps to reduce creatinine level. Animal products are great sources of creatine and creatinine. Rather than animal products it is necessary to intake vegetable and plant rich diet like nuts and legumes. Vegetarian diet reduces the risk of diseases like diabetes and kidney failure.

5. REDUCED ACTIVITY LEVEL

During extra physical activities and exercise our body converts food into energy quickly due to increased metabolism. More creatinine is produced in our body as a result of muscle metabolism. It does not meant that you completely restrict your daily routine exercise. Exercise can give numerous benefits to our overall health but it should be in certain limits.

6. SUN EXPOSURE

We all know that sunlight and cod liver oil are very great sources of vitamin-D. Taking sunbath daily at least for 30 minutes will improve the vitamin-D level in our body. This exposure to sun helps in the healthy deposition of calcium level in bones and sunlight also lowers blood pressure and cholesterol level.

7. MANAGE YOUR DIET

Restrict high amount of sodium in your diet. Try to take low amount but high quality protein in your diet. Limit intake of phosphorous and potassium and try to take supplements rich in vitamin-A and C. Biscuits, soft drinks, packed food processed foods are totally restricted. Juices of citrus fruits like lemon, oranges and grapefruits also increases the creatinine level in blood.

8. HERBS

Various herbs like punarnava, varuna, shigru, apamarg etc. in our ayurvedic medicine system are used to cure renal failure and to lower down extra creatinine in blood. All the herbs are very effective for inflammation of kidneys and to reduce extra accumulated fluid in body. Planet Ayurveda provides various supplements which contains all the herbs mentioned above. We provide herbal packs for both early and advanced stages of kidney failure. These all herbs works miraculously and reduce the risk of diseases related to excretory system. All the herbs used in ayurvedic system are pure and have no side effects.

Read also:- Herbs To Reduce Creatinine Levels

9. FLUID INTAKE

Staying hydrated is very essential for kidneys because dehydration is also one major cause to rise creatinine level. Generally intake 8-oz glasses of water every day. Less fluid slower down the process of excretion. So intake of more water every day is very essential to flush out extra creatinine and other toxin from blood.

10. PROPER SLEEP OR REST

Sleep is condition of physical and psychological rest. Proper rest is very essential for our body. When we sleep our metabolism level decreases and it slower the conversion of creatine into creatinine. It is very essential to sleep 6-9 hours per day for every human being. So above mention natural ways help to reduce creatinine level. By managing your diet, regular exercise, healthy sleep and herbs make you relax and give a healthy life.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Ayurvedic Treatment For Tinea (Ring Worm)

Tinea is a group of skin infections caused by fungi or dermatophytes, also known as Dermatophytosis. It is not caused by any parasite as someone may predict from the name ringworm. Name ring worm is derived from its round or ring like shape. It may occur at any part of the body.

Fungi thrives on skin area which is moist, hot and away from sunlight. It lives on the dead layer of skin, keratin protein on top of the skin and very rarely invade deeper into the body and cannot live on mucous membranes, such as those in the mouth or vagina.

In Ayurveda it is known as Dadru.

Types depending on the area affected

  • Body -Tinea corporis
  • Face -Tinea faciei
  • Scalp -Tinea capitis - also known as scalp ringworm
  • Whole body surface -Tinea universalis
  • Neck -Tinea versicolor
  • Beard -Tinea barbae
  • Groin and buttock -Tinea cruris - also known as jock itch
  • Hand -Tinea manuum
  • Feet-Tinea pedis - athlete's toes, athlete's feet
  • Nails - Tinea unguium

Predisposing factors

  • Moist skin due to excessive perspiration as in hot and humid climatic conditions.
  • Less immunity due to poor nutrition more prone to infection.
  • Poor hygienic and living conditions.
  • Compromised immunity due to any chronic disease.
  • Diabetes can be one of the factor.

Causes for Tinea

It is caused by fungi called Dermatophytes (microscopic spores) which infect the keratin, a protein in the skin, nail, and scalp.

It spreads through:

Human to human contact; when infected person comes in contact with uninfected person.

Animal to human contact: Infected animal coming in touch with human as pets, dogs, cats. Cattle, pigs, horses and rabbits are also carriers

Object to Human contact: infected person or animal may deposit fungi spores on objects and surfaces that comes in contact. Commonly used things as towels, bed linen, combs, brushes, door handles, and even clothing, After touching the infected objects one may have infection.

Signs & Symptoms

  • Itchy, red, scaly, or raised patches
  • Developed patches may be red on outside edges or resemble a ring
  • Patches that begin to ooze or develop blister
  • In case scalp is affected, bald patches may develop.
  • Thickening, discoloring of nails may occur or begin to crack.

Symptoms on Skin:

Areas like chest, arms, legs, back and face are affected.

  • A ring shaped red rash develops on skin. Skin appears red and irritated around the ring but healthy inside.
  • In severe condition the rings may multiply and grow in size, and rings can merge together.
  • The rings appear slightly raised in touch and the skin under the rash may be itchy.
  • Blisters and pus-filled sores can form around the rings.

Symptoms of Scalp Ringworm:

  • On the scalp small patch of scaly kin develops, which may be sore.
  • Loss of hair in patches.
  • Scalp is itchy.
  • Severe cases result in small, pus-filled sores and crusting on the scalp
  • More serious cases of scalp ringworm leads to a large inflamed sore called a kerion, which can ooze pus, and person may also have a fever and swollen lymph glands.

Foot ringworm (Athlete's Foot) Symptoms:

  • A red, dry, itchy and flaky rash usually in the spaces between the toes
  • Severe cases result in cracked skin in the affected area
  • Development of blisters ( may be oozing or crusting)
  • Swelling and burning sensation occurs in skin.
  • A scaled pattern develop around the sole or on the side of the foot.

Groin ringworm (Jock itch) Symptoms:

  • Red-brown sores (may be ring-shaped), which may have blisters or pus-filled sores around the edge
  • Redness and itchiness around the groin area, as in inner thighs and bottom (the genitals are usually not affected).
  • the skin on your inner thighs can become scaly and flaky

Exercising, walking and wearing tight clothing or underwear can worsen the symptoms of a groin infection. It's also quite common to develop a groin infection in combination with athlete's foot

Ringworm of the Nails Symptoms:

  • Nails get thickened and brittle and start falling.
  • Discoloration, nail can turn white, black, yellow or green.
  • The skin around the nail may be sore and irritated.

Ayurvedic Treatment Available in Planet Ayurveda for Tinea

Herbal remedies for Tinea

1. Gandhak Rasayana:

Ingredients:

Sulphur purified (Gandhak)

  • Excellent topical exfoliate, which is helpful in removing the dead surface of the skin and reveals the healthy and glowing looking skin from underneath.
  • These qualities make it an excellent rejuvenating herb. It is an excellent remedy to flush out toxins from the body.

2. Neem capsules:

Helpful in maintaining healthy skin. It is beneficial for overall body health.

Ingredient:

Neem (Azadirachta Indica): Neem has properties of good disinfectant and cleaner, which shows good results against infections, allergies and inflammations. It is a great skin disinfectant.

3. Nirgundi oil:

Obtained from the leaves containing resins, fragrant and volatile oil. Usually prepared with sesame seed oil. Very rich in vitamin C making it good anti-inflammatory and anti-biotic herb. Pungent, bitter and astringent in taste, hot potency and pungent post digestive effect. It balances vata and Kapha.

It has good anti-helmintic and anti-toxin, antipyretic and anti-arthritic properties and is used in diseases like typhoid fever, malaria fever and worms.

Ingredients:

  • Manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia): The root part of this herb are widely used as a tonic as well as loaded with astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It's a great blood purifier for skin diseases and improves the complexion.
  • Haldi (Curcuma longa): This herb has great potential to fight against toxins and infections. Have beneficial effects on the skin.
  • Nirgundi (Vitex Negundo): Rich source of vitamin C. It has anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Kalihari (Gloriosa superba): Flowering plant useful in various skin disease. Provide relief from itching.

Dosage: Apply Nirgundi oil mixed with Mahamirchadhi oil on the affected area.

4. Lavender gel:

Maintains healthy skin

Ingredients:

  • Lavender (Lavandula Angustifolia): It's a natural anesthetic and anti-inflammatory. Fights against fungal infections of skin and nails. It also fights against antifungal-resistant infections.
  • Neem (Azadirachta indica): Neem have properties good disinfectant and cleaner, which shows good results against infections, allergies and inflammations. Great skin disinfectant
  • Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbedensis): In various skin care products Aloe Vera is used. It rejuvenates the skin making it shiny and strong. It blocks wrinkles and aging marks as well clears blemishes. Herbs and herbal formulations containing Aloe barbadensis reduce skin inflammations effectively. In hair care products aloe is used to repair dull and dry hair. It forms an important part of several hair conditioners and shampoos. It has abundant antioxidant properties and effectively eliminates toxins from the body. It is used in the preparation of Radiant skin, hair, and nail capsules.
  • Basil (Oscimum Sanctum): It is having anti-infective properties.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Ayurvedic Treatment For Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) also called Lupus, is a chronic, heterogeneous, inflammatory, multisystem autoimmune disease where immune system of the body mistakenly attacks healthy tissues considering them as foreign elements and produces antibodies against them. This results in inflammation and damage to joints, skin, kidneys, liver, heart, lungs, blood vessels, and the nervous system.

SLE more commonly affecting females than males, occurring at any age mainly at age of 10-50 yrs. It is characterized by remission and relapses.
It is not contagious

SYMPTOMS

All patients with Lupus develops certain changes in their skin.

  • General features that develop are fatigue, fever, nausea, vomiting, and feeling of uneasiness.
  • Hair loss may also be there.
  • Classical feature is a butterfly-shaped rash (flat or raised) developing across the bridge of the nose and cheeks in about 50 per cent of lupus patients; or disk-shaped scaly rash develops on the face, neck, hands or chest.
  • Some patients become photosensitive and often develops severe rashes or sunburns even to a little sun exposure.
  • Skin ulcers, usually painless, on the tongue or inside the mouth or nose.
  • Arthritis. Most of the patients experience pain and swelling in the joints accompanied by muscle pains, often with early morning stiffness. Some patients develop joint deformity.
  • Inflammation of the linings of organs such as the heart and lungs causes shortness of breath or chest pain and making the breathing painful.
  • Neurological symptoms involving any part of central or peripheral nervous system or meninges. Commonly causing mild cognitive impairment and also leads to headaches, personality changes, seizures, psychosis, organic brain syndrome, and meningitis.
  • Kidney problems leading to swelling in the legs and gain in weight and it is often asymptomatic and is detected by proteinuria, hematuria, hypertension or a raised serum urea or creatinine.
  • Raynaud's phenomenon, in which exposure to cold causes fingers, toes, nose and ears turn pale and numb due to compromised blood supply.
  • Decrease in White blood cells and blood clotting factor (Platelets).

Causes of Lupus

Exact cause of SLE is unknown but there are certain factors which are leads to this disease.

1. Genetics

The disease is not gene linked, but people with lupus often have family members with other autoimmune conditions.

2. Environment

Certain environmental triggering factors are like ultraviolet rays, certain medications, viruses, physical or emotional stress, and trauma.

3. Gender and Hormones

Women are more affected than men. Women also experience worsening of symptoms during pregnancy and with their menstrual periods which may be due to the female hormone estrogen.

Ayurvedic view of Lupus

Ayurveda explains Lupus as a stubborn disorder. According to Ayurveda Lupus occurs because of imbalance of the three dosha Vata, Pitta and Kapha that leads to disturbance in all the Dhatus(tissues) including Skin (Twak), Rasa Dhatu, Rakta Dhatu and Mamsa Dhatu. The vata is the main cluprit from three dosha and Dushayas are Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa dhatus and Twak.

Complication if not treated

  • Development of blood clots, inflammation of the heart attack, stroke, and lung damage.
  • SLE can have serious negative effects on your body during pregnancy as it may cause miscarriageor difficulty in conceiving.
  • Women may not be able to tolerate birth control pills.

Lifestyle and Diet of Advice

  • Patient who is suffering from Lupus must keep his diet healthy and well-balanced including fruits, fresh salads, vegetables and whole grains.
  • Avoid oily, spicy or greasy, frozen and non-veg foods.
  • Drinking lots of water flushes out toxins and pathogens from the body.
  • Take plenty of rest and sleep.
  • Avoid suspected allergens and chemicals.
  • Protection from ultraviolet radiations of the sun by covering all the exposed parts of the body.
  • Smoking should be avoided and limit the use of alcohol as it aggravates the condition.
  • Regular exercises or Yoga and meditation keeps your body healthy.

Ayurvedic View of Treatment of SLE

Ayurveda concept for treatment of Lupus focuses on let the body heal itself via natural process by correcting the disturbed energies (doshas in Ayurveda) and the balance of these three doshas is necessary for good health.

Ayurvedic Treatment Available in Planet Ayurveda for SLE

Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

1. Giloy Capsules

Therapeutic benefits of Giloy Capsules as anti-pyretic, anti-arthritic, anti-inflammatory and blood purifying agent. Positive results are obtained in case of autoimmune diseases. Enhances memory and natural glow to face by its soothing property.

It helps in various ailments such as hyperacidity, abdominal pain, colitis, excessive thirst, liver disorder, hot flushes It produces right amount of mucin, which protects lining of duodenum and stomach.

Ingredients:-

Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia): It boosts immunity of the body, helps in building up strong immune system by enhancing the combating power of macrophages (type of white blood cell). It is magnificent herb, which balances all three doshas i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Because of its diuretic property it eliminates the toxins and maintains the pH of the body. Tonic, diuretic, stimulant, digestive, stomachic, bactericidal and aphrodisiac are properties of Giloy.

Dose: 1-2 Capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

2. Immune Magic: (Capsules)

This is a pure herbal formulation with best immune modulating quality. The regular use of Ayurvedic immune magic capsules reduces the chances of recurrent illness and enhances immunity.

Ingredients:-

Green tea (Camellia sinensis): Potent antioxidant, helpful in flushing out free radicals. These immune magic capsules provide longevity by improving strength.

Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus Niruri): It's a weed having herbaceous branches. It is helpful in problems related to kidney. It is an antioxidant which makes it capable to fight against viral infections. It enhances immunity and is beneficial in asthma, cough, cold, liver disorders, jaundice, skin ailments, blood impurities

Colostrum (Bovine Colostrums): Bovine colostrum, a rich source of many vitamins like A, E, D and natural immunoglobulin, effectively increasing strength and immunity of the body. Considered as best natural body guard.

Grape seed (Vitis Vinifera): Grape seed extract enhances immunity. Extremely rich in antioxidant properties that protects the blood vessels of getting damaged, which may prevent high blood pressure. Rich in Vitamin E which enhance skin vitality. Reduces edema. Prevent Cognitive decline.

Dose: 1-2 Capsules 2 Times daily, with plain water, after meals.

3. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin capsules consists of standardized extract of organically grown turmeric.

Ingredients:-

Turmeric (Curcuma longa): It has anti-oxidants which removes free radicals from the body, improving the health and enhancing immunity. It is also a natural antibiotic, effective against many infections and allergies. Provides natural shine and glow to the skin being a wonderful blood purifier.

Dose: 1-2 Capsules 2 Times daily, with plain water, after meals.

4. Gandhak Rasayana

Ingredients:-

Sulphur purified (Gandhak)
Sulphur element is a commonly heard constituting moisture absorbing property making it a great hydrant, that is helps to generate fresher and younger looking skin.

  • Excellent topical exfoliate, which is helpful in removing the dead surface of the skin and reveals the healthy and glowing looking skin from underneath.
  • These properties makes it an excellent rejuvenating herb. It is very good in eliminating toxins out of the body.

Dose: 1-2 tablets twice or thrice daily with lukewarm water.

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