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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, September 26, 2016

Natural Cure for Ulcerative Colitis

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There is a serious disorder called ulcerative colitis and Inflammatory bowel disease ( Crohn's disease ) which is having serious physical, mental and psychological impact on one's health and personality. People are looking for answers - Is there any natural cure for ulcerative colitis?

I have seen many patients start suffering from depression, stop working, lose their jobs, can't travel and lead normal lives if they suffer from ulcerative colitis.

To find out a real solution to the problem, I looked out for solutions in ancient ayurvedic texts like Charak Samhita (2500 BC - ancient Ayurvedic text), Sushruta Samhita ( Father of Surgery- 2000 BC text ) , Bhavprakash Nighantu ( 1700 AD - herbs text ) , Sharanghar Samhita ( 1300 AD book ) , Chakradutt Samhita ( 1100 AD Book ) and many others.

The problems of loose stools, bleeding with stools, drop by drop or occult bleeding, dark stools, frothy stools with mucus and painful cramps in abdomen, wind, dyspepsia, are the symptoms described in Ayurveda for this problem of inflammatory condition of the bowel.

WHAT ACTUALLY HAPPENS TO COLON - MODERN VIEW ?

According to modern medicine, the cause of ulcerative colitis is unknown. If the cause is unknown then how can we treat it? So the disease is listed as incurable disease in modern allopathic text books.

Many books quote it's an auto-immune disease i.e. when our own Immunity starts to attack our own digestive tract. Our own army becomes our enemy. So what do you do in this situation? Kill our own army with Immunosuppressants like Azathioprine etc. or stop the fighting ( inflammation ) between Antibodies ( our immunity ) and antigens ( unknown enemy) with Steroids ?

The other drugs like Mesalazine ( 5 Amino Salicylic acid) with brand names Asacol, Mesacol, Pentasa, Lialda, Apriso are given for life long. This is also an acidic drug and can cause serious side effects like kidney disease, nausea, diarrhea, pain abdomen, bone marrow depression ( leukopenia, neutropenia, agranulocytosis, aplastic anemia, low platelets ), hair loss, rashes, drug induced fever, interstitial nephritis, nephrotic syndrome ( This list is taken from Wikipedia ) –

Steroids have their own side effects and they may cause diabetes, disturbance of hormonal axis, bone loss, muscle loss, redistribution of fats ( round face ), severe weakness and many more. Mesalazine enemas are also given sometimes.

These are temporary measures to stop the bleeding for a while but as soon as you stop the drugs like Mesalazine (Asacol, Pentasa or Mesacol) the bleeding starts again.

AYURVEDIC VIEW OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS, CROHN’S DISEASE AND INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASES

In Ayurveda, these diseases are described as Grahani, Sangrahani ( many types ) Raktatisaar, Pitta Atisaar.

According to Ancient Ayurvedic text Charak Samhita these two verses explain Grahani dosha in general and in particular.

Verse - 1:

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Grahani dosha means defect of agni situated in grahani.

Verse - 2:

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Grahani dosajanan denotes particularly the four disorders (vataj,pittaj,kaphaj and tridoshaj) of grahani and generally mildness of digestive fire, indigestion etc.

These are all curable with difficulty as per Ayurvedic texts. When a text says it's curable, that means it's curable. So all depends upon the doctor, the combination of medicines he uses, his management skills, patient compliance, how strictly the patient follows the doctor's advice and make some dietary changes. When the book says it's curable, that means it's curable.

Anyway, in my clinical practice, I have seen many patients getting completely cured rather than going into remission. My patients are free from allopathic drugs for ulcerative colitis, free from Ayurvedic herbs given to them for few months.

What I mean to say is that the patients are getting cured ! !

I urge all the allopathic doctors, the governments to take necessary steps to popularize Ayurvedic herbs to help as many patients as possible. At present, I don't have big funding for free clinical trials to establish the truth but I am seeing it every day happening in my clinic and I am happy about it.

WHICH HERBS I AM USING TO CURE ULCERATIVE COLITIS OR OTHER IBD'S

In Ayurveda, there are special ways to use pearls and corals to heal ulcers. Ancient methods are used to make medicines from precious cooling gems like pearls, corals, agate, Amber, Salmalia malabarica resin, Commiphora mukul Resin ( Ayurvedic names - Mukta pishti, Praval Pishti, Jahar Mohra Pishti, Kaharawa or Trinkant Mani Pishti, Moch Ras, Bol Parpati ).

Other than these costly gems, (Actually not so costly) because we don't need beautiful gems to make jewelry but we need the left over to crush them and make the medicines. We just need the left over from the jewelry. I developed a formula called Pitta Balance. Ancient Vaidya's use the mixture of all these to make into small sachets but I used the vegetarian capsules to make it easy for patient compliance. It's cheap Approx. 28 $ a month!

There are herbs which are cooling and Astringent in nature. Their cooling properties balances the heat, reduced the fermentation, acid formation in the intestines and the astringent property helps to heal the ulcers. I have seen patients with huge ulcers getting healed using these herbs. I have named these formulas as -- COOLSTRIN - A and COOLSTRIN - B. I am using them in advanced stages as most of the patients respond well to the basic herbs mentioned in ulcerative colitis care pack 1 and the herbs are for initial stages are Arjuna, Kutaz and above mentioned Gems ( Pitta balance ) + Vatsakadi Churna - a Blend of herbs containing Bark of Kutaz and 6 more herbs.

The herbs like Arjuna ( Terminalia arjuna ) and Vasaka ( Adhatoda vasica ) are known to have wound healing, cooling, astringent / bitter properties. I am using Arjuna in basic pack and Vasaka in advanced stages. They help to heal the ulcers, stop bleeding. Terminalia arjuna is full of natural enzyme known for energy called - Co Q 10. So it's good for heart as well as improving overall energy levels. Vasaka was originally used for bleeding while coughing but it's good for internal bleeding as well. It has remarkable ulcer healing properties. I am using standardized extracts of Arjuna and Vasaka and other herbs in vegetarian capsules with no extra fillers or preservative or chemicals.

There is a wonderful herb and the names says it all. Halorrhena anti-dysentrica. It's known to stop diarrhea and dysentery of any type, which can be infective diarrhea or E.coli, or due to IBD or Colitis. I developed Planet Ayurveda Kutazghan Vati (standardized aqueous extract of Halorrhena antidysentrica bark). This is used in dosage of 2 tablets twice daily or 2 tablets thrice daily to immediately stop the diarrhea. The dosage can be increased further as it's just bark of the herb and nothing else. No chemcials or preservatives but only the herb. It can be used along with any other ongoing drugs like Mesacol/ Pentasa or Azathioprine or Steroids like Omnacortil or Wysolone. If you feel constipated after using Kutazghan Vati or Motion Stop tablets ( another product containing the herb Kutaz ) then you can reduce the dosage accordingly.

There is a herbal mixture called Vatsakadi Churna. I found this mixture combination mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic text as a blend of herbs to help in all forms of IBS, IBD's, Crohn's disease and Ulcerative colitis. It contains the herb powder of Kutaz bark and about 8 more herbs.

So The Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack 1 Contains:

  1. Cap. Arjuna – 2 twice daily
  2. Cap. Pitta Balance – 1 twice daily
  3. Tab. Kutazghan Vati -2 twice daily
  4. Vatsakadi Churna – 1 teaspoonful twice daily

About 70 % of the patients get relieved of the symptoms within first 10 days of using this combination. The diet also plays an important role in getting rid of the disease.

Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack

The Advanced Stages Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack:

To fortify the formula of basic pack, I needed more combination of herbs. So I developed Coolstrin-A and Coolstrin-B along with Vasaka. Instead of Kutazghan Vati, I am using Motion stop which contains Kutaz and also another useful herb called Aegle marmelos ( Bael seed).

Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack for Advance Stages

  1. Cap. Arjuna - 2 twice daily  ( Contains Terminalia arjuna - 500 mg extract )
  2. Cap. Vasaka - 2 twice daily ( Contains Adhatoda vasica - 500 mg extract )
  3. Tab. Motion Stop - 2 twice daily  ( Contains Kutaz + Bael and others aqueous extracts )
  4. Cap. Pitta Balance - 1 twice daily ( Contains Corals, Pearls, Agate - Purified and high grade)
  5. Vatsakadi Churna - 1 teaspoonful twice daily ( Contains Kutaz + Bael + 6 more herbs )
  6. Coolstrin A - 1 twice daily
  7. Coolstrin B -  1 twice daily

Coolstrin A mainly contains herbs like Marigold ( Tegetes erecta ) Sheesham ( Dalbergia sisoo ), Pomegranate peel ( Punica granatum )

Coolstrin B contains Nagkesar ( mesua fera ), Mochras ( Salmalia malabarica ), Lodhra ( Symplocus racemosa ), Lajjalu ( Mimosa pudica ), Dhatki ( Woodfordia fruticosa )

ROLE OF DIET IN ULCERATIVE COLITIS

Diet is very important method of healing the ulcers and getting rid of toxins, stop the ongoing fermentation in the intestines. Ayurveda says this is AMA or endotoxins produced in intestines which can be understood as Ama can behave as antigens and the body reacts to them and tries to kill or neutralize them and in the process damages the intestines. Ama is a sticky material. It sticks to intestines, blocks the channels and blocks the flow of energies in the body. Patient feels lethargic, weak, stiff and tired with feverish feeling.

Stop These food items:

The best diet for Ulcerative colitis is stop consuming Milk, Cheese, Lassi (Butter milk). Although most of the texts in Ayurveda recommend Takra (buttermilk ) But I have observed that approx.. 50 % of the patients do not respond well to Takra but 50 % of the patients respond well to Takra ( buttermilk , Chachh or lassi ) The butter milk should be prepared with Cumin seed water + Fennel Seed decoction or water. Then it has been found to be useful but usually I ask patients to stop consuming Chaach (Buttermilk / Lassi ) and Milk and Cheese.

Sour fruits - Please don't consume Sour fruits like lemons, Citrus juices, oranges or mosami , kiwi and Pineapples. The tomatoes are also not recommended. Vinegar is really dangerous for ulcerative colitis patients.

Spices - Spices like Ginger, Garlic, Chillies are not recommended. Black pepper can be consumed in moderation with food. Bell Peppers can also be consume in moderation along with food.

Sweets - Sugar is not recommended at all.

Juices - All Packaged juices should be stopped immediately.

Fresh Juices - Pure pomegranate juice - 50 ml twice daily is recommended. Rather it is mandatory to be taken twice daily. Green grass juice - 10 ml once daily, Coriander leaves juice- 5 ml once daily or Marigold petals juice - 5 ml once daily is very good to stop bleeding. Rose petals juice 5 ml once daily is good. Just squeeze the petals in a clean cloth and take out the fresh juice. Apple juice / Beet juice can be consumed but only 20-30 ml twice daily.

Don't consume juices of other sour fruits. Don't consume too much fiber like Psyllium (Isabgol) If it suits you then it's ok, but in most of the cases, it doesn't suit. Do not consume too much fiber like Papaya or mangoes. Pears are ok like apples. Just consume pears only in moderation. Coconut water is perfect. Drink 1 fresh coconut water everyday in 2 divided doses.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment in Ayurveda

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic and painful disease; it progresses step by step due to inflammation in the joints.

In Ayurveda it is correlated with Ama vata, said to be caused by weak Jatharagni or digestive fire due to which "Ama" an undigested by-product of the impaired digestion is produced. This Ama circulates in the whole body and deposits or gets collected in the body parts. When it deposits in the joints and at the same time if the level of vata increases in the body, there is quivering and breaking pain in the limbs and joints, as if crackling." But, "if it is localized in a particular joint, it produces swelling that feels like an air-filled bladder and produces pain on movement; this description is suggestive of arthritis

Vata doesn't increase at random in every joint throughout the body. It affects one part – mainly a joint – and gradually spreads to other joints.

Causes

  • Normally a complex set of genes helps the body cells recognize and attack foreign invaders. There are many different kinds of white blood cells (WBC) and important proteins that help recognize and protect against certain foreign chemicals.

In an autoimmune disease, WBCs react to proteins that are supposed to be in our body ("self" proteins). RA is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks synovial membranes. These membranes surround joints. As they are attacked, they thicken with inflammation. The process begins to destroy cartilage and bone inside the joint.

  • Poor eating habits and weak digestion 
  • Certain behaviors, such as smoking, make RA more likely
  • Inherited tendency.-Certain genes linked to a protein called the Human Leukocyte Antigen can make RA more of a risk
  • Women are two to three times more likely to get RA than men
  • Obesity increases the likelihood of developing RA
  • Chemical exposures like insecticides ,  traffic pollution, hairspray, and lipstick might have chemicals that can cause an increased risk

Symptoms

  • Tender, warm, swollen joints
  • Inflammation
  • Joint mobility is affected
  • Joint stiffness that is usually worse in the mornings and after inactivity
  • Fatigue, fever and weight loss
  • Disease affects smaller joints first - particularly the joints that attach fingers to hands and toes to feet.
  • As the disease progresses, symptoms often spread to the wrists, knees, ankles, elbows, hips and shoulders. In most cases, symptoms occur in the same joints on both sides of body.

Diagnosis Methods

  • Changes in an RA sufferer's immune system can occur years before symptoms develop. Anti-CCP antibodies are more specific for diagnosing RA than the RF antibody. Anti-CCP may be detected years before the onset of disease.
  • Rheumatoid Factor (Quantitative) test
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate
  • Serum uric acid (for exclusion)
  • X-ray of the affected joint
  • Routine urine, blood examination

Ayurvedic Approach

Ayurvedic Medicines should be given for improving Digestion so that no further ama is produced and to relieve the pain, improving the lubrication of joints and inflammation. Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of Medicines as RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS CARE PACK which consists of:

1. Joint Aid Plus:

Joint aid plus capsules contain pure and standardized extracts of Giloy, Nirgundi, sonth, Guggul, etc.

  • Giloy (Tinospora Cordifolia) which is an important immune-modulator herb, helps in enhancing body energy and strength immune system which in turn aids in keeping body protected against infections. It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic effects too.
  • Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) exhibits analgesic, anti-inflammatory and pain reliving action found to be effective in joint pain and swelling, has a definite action on vitiated Vata Kapha Dosha. Specially, Tikta and Katu Rasa present in Nirgundi possess the antagonistic properties to that of Ama and Kapha which are the chief causative factors in this disease. Because of their Agnivriddhikara property they increase digestive power which also digests Amarasa and reduces excessive production of Kapha and also removes the obstruction of the Srotas. Because of Tikshna Guna and Ushna Virya it also alleviates vitiated Vata and reduces Srotorodha and pain. Thus Nirgundi controls Ama and Vata together and minimize the process of pathogenesis.
  • Sonth reduces inflammatory process in the body.
  • Guggul (Commiphora mukul) is herb of choice for joint pains in Ayurveda, it pacifies the aggravated Vata and Kapha doshas (air and phlegm body humors), both of the doshas and useful in joint pain, stiffness and swelling. It promotes healthy cholesterol and triglyceride levels and provides broad health and immune-modulating benefits.

2. Boswellia Curcumin:

Boswellia curcumin is a combination of herbs namely Boswellia serrata or Shallaki with Curcuma longa or haridra. It is widely used as a substitute to modern pain killer medicines, it contains sitosterol, Glucosides which helps in relieving pain and improves joint mobility and flexibility along with Curcumin (active extracts of Turmeric) which has anti-inflammatory property.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules:

The anti-inflammatory properties of Ashwagandha make it an excellent natural remedy for treating all kinds of joint pain, including pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Aamvatantaka Churna:

Aamvatantaka churna is a combination of Ashwagandha (Withania somniferum), Methi, Suranjan, Giloy, sonth and haridra.

  • Ashwagandha is a powerful anti-inflammatory has been found to be reducing swelling and degenerative bone changes more than the steroid and when combined with turmeric or Curcumin ashwagandha helps to significantly reduce pain and disability for patients.
  • Methika/ Fenugreek (Trigonella – foenum graecum) is effective to alleviate pain associated with arthritis. The seeds possess antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties which help in auto-immune disorders i.e inhibit inflammation of tissue by activating pathways that counteract the effects of autoimmunity disorders. Suranjan (Colchicum luteum) contains an alkaloid named colchicines is a good pain reliever, improves digestion, also a mild laxative so helps in relieving constipation.
  • Giloy or Tinospora cordifolia relieves Ama - Indigestion, Improves digestion power, relieves burning sensation in the body. In RA, there will be some level of depletion in immunity. Indian Tinospora (Giloya) and ginger/sonth (Zingiber officianale) are very powerful herbs with anti-inflammatory effects and anti-microbial properties.
  • Gorakhmundi (Sphaerathus Indicus) has anti-inflammatory and analgesic activities with immune-modulatory agent, which acts by stimulating both humoral and cellular immunity as well as phagocytic function.

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS CARE PACK



Dosage

  1. Joint Aid Plus - 2 cap. Twice daily with plain water after meals.
  2. Boswellia Curcumin - 2 cap. Twice daily with plain water after meals.
  3. Ashwagandha Capsules - 2 cap twice daily with plain water after meals.
  4. Aamvatantak Churna - 1 teaspoonful twice daily, 1 hr. after meals with plain water.

Diet

Although there is no diet cure for arthritis, certain foods have been shown to fight inflammation, strengthen bones and boost the immune system.

  • Steamed vegetables like bottle-gourd, squash, zucchini, spinach ,carrot, drumstick, round gourd, cucumber, beetroot, garlic , cinnamon, ginger, cumin, fennel, coriander, fenugreek, vegetable soup
  • Carrots, Red Peppers and Squash Onions, Garlic, Leeks and Shallots Olives,Omega-3 fatty acids soybeans, walnut oil ,Extra virgin olive oil, safflower oils Avocado, Cherry Broccoli Green (Tea) Dark Green Leafy Vegetables such as broccoli, spinach, Brussels sprouts, kale, etc. are packed with antioxidants like vitamins A, C and K, which protect cells from free-radical damage.
  • Citrus fruits - like oranges, grapefruits and limes – which are rich in vitamin C. aids in preventing inflammatory arthritis
  • Whole grains sources like oatmeal, brown rice and whole-grain cereals Buckwheat- Bulgur:  Millet- Quinoa - Sorghum- Rye:  Whole oats- Whole wheat.
  • Nuts like  almonds, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts
  • Spices like cinnamon, ginger, Turmeric Cayenne black pepper and garlic with an anti-inflammatory benefits

Avoid

  • All food items which induce gas, acidity & constipation should be avoided.
  • Avoid fried oily & junk foods, spices like red chili, tamarind, cold and sour foods.
  • Cool-drinks, Cheese, chocolates, coffee
  • Cauliflower, Potato, cabbage, beans, brinzal / Eggplants, radish, colocasia, sweet potato
  • Smoking, Pan Masala, alcohol
  • Dairy Products
  • Fruits like Banana, plums, cranberries should be avoided.
  • All pulses should be avoided except whole Moong dal (green gram)
  • Fridge water Soda, tinned or canned juices and foods, frozen foods, white flour (Maida) refined sugar.

Home Remedies

  1. The roots of Ashwagandha to be crushed, mixed with water and should be applied topically to the painful area.
  2. A teaspoon of fenugreek powder with lukewarm water should be taken twice in a day
  3. Take 100 gram mustard oil and add 10 gram camphor in it. Heat until the camphor dissolves into this oil. Massage with this lukewarm oil on affected joints to get quick relief.
  1. Two garlic pearls with 2 ounces of buttermilk should be taken daily.
  2. Drum stick: fruit and leaves, being in rich in calcium & vitamin C, is beneficial in Arthritis.
  3. Body massage with sesame or mustard oil
  4. Consumption of at least thirty to fifty grams of ginger serves to reduce the painful conditions
  5. Regular consumption of methi (fenugreek), jeera (cumin) and dhaniya (coriander) can help beat arthritis. Methi helps in controlling degenerative disorders. Jeera improves digestion and thereby controls obesity, while dhaniya is a good antacid and fights gas trouble.

Exercise

Exercise should be done gently & slowly, excessive should be avoided.

Tips

  • Body should be kept warm
  • Hot water bath
  • Protect oneself in  cold weather by wearing warm cloths
  • Constipation should be avoided.
  • Food rich in Vitamin E, calcium and oil can help prevent arthritis. Eat lots of fruits, green leafy vegetables and milk products.
  • Drink plenty of water, which is necessary for joint lubrication. It also helps with weight maintenance.
  • Face the sun for at least 45 minutes a day. Direct sunlight is a good source of Vitamin D, which maintains calcium levels in your body, and B12.
  • Water kept in copper vessel kept overnight and taken in the morning empty stomach
  • Avoid Sleeping during day time, staying up late in the night and mental tensions like worry, anxiety, fear, stress and grief etc. Arthritis is often worsened by heightened stress, anxiety, and mental fatigue
  • Steaming is preferable to boiling because it preserves the nutrients in the vegetables

Hyperthyroidism Treatment in Ayurveda

Hyperthyroidism Treatment in Ayurveda

Hyperthyroidism or Thyrotoxicosis is a condition in which a thyroid gland secretes excess hormones called thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronineT3. The thyroid is a small, butterfly-shaped gland located at the front of neck. It produces tetraiodothyronine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3), which are two primary hormones that control how body cells use energy. Thyroid gland regulates metabolism through the release of these hormones.

Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid makes too much T4, T3, or both. This condition is commonly seen more in women between 30-50 yrs.

AYURVEDIC VIEW

According to Ayurveda, Hyperthyroidism is caused due to impaired digestion of food which in turn impairs vayu and pitta leading to blockage of the minute channels in the body causing an imbalance in the function of the thyroid gland and cause the symptoms mentioned below.

DIAGNOSIS

  • Visibly, the thyroid gland itself can swell into a goiter, which can be either symmetrical or one-sided. Eyes may also appear quite prominent, which is a sign of EXOPHTHALMOS, a condition that’s related to Graves’ disease.
  • Weight Loss
  • Rapid Pulse
  • Elevated Blood Pressure
  • Test for thyroid hormone (T4 and T3)  in blood.
  • Thyroid stimulating hormone level test.
  • Triglyceride Level Test:  low triglycerides can be a sign of an elevated metabolic rate.
  • Thyroid scan and ultra sound.
  • CT or MRI scans: show if a pituitary tumor is present that’s causing the condition

CAUSES

  • Graves' disease, an autoimmune disorder, is the most common cause of hyperthyroidism. It causes antibodies to stimulate the thyroid to secrete too much hormone. Graves’ disease occurs more often in women than in men. It tends to run in families, which suggests a genetic link. 
  • Thyroiditis, or inflammation of the thyroid
  • Tumors of the ovaries or testes
  • Benign Tumors of the thyroid or pituitary gland
  • Large amounts of tetraiodothyronine taken through dietary supplements or medication

SYMPTOMS

  • Person Becomes Thin
  • Irritable- Slightest Remark May Set Off An Inappropriately Angry Response
  • Anxious
  • Hysterical
  • Hyper Metabolic State
  • Rapid Heart Rate And Palpitations
  • Shallow Respiration
  • Frequent Motions
  • Diarrhea
  • Het Intolerance
  • Flushing
  • Seating
  • Menstrual Disturbance In Females
  • Exophthalmos-Protruding Eyes, As If Person Is Staring Others
  • People Suffer from Paradoxical Condition i.e They Feel Fatigue and Lack of Energy.
  • Increased Appetite
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness
  • Inability To Concentrate
  • Weakness
  • Irregular Heartbeat
  • Difficulty Sleeping
  • Fine, Brittle Hair
  • Itching
  • Hair Loss
  • Nausea And Vomiting
  • Breast Development In Men
  • Dizziness
  • Shortness Of Breath
  • Loss Of Consciousness

Hyperthyroidism can also cause atrial fibrillation, a dangerous arrhythmia that can lead to strokes, as well as congestive heart failure.

HERBS IN AYURVEDA THAT HELP IN HYPERTHYROIDISM

Planet Ayurveda provides HYPERTHYROID CARE PACK which offers good management for this disease. In other system of treatment patient becomes medication dependent and have to continuously take the medicine throughout their life. Planet Ayurveda is a ray of hope for such patients who want to control it naturally with herbs.

The incidence of Hyperthyroidism is increasing day by day, and there is increased demand to manage the disease through the Ayurvedic system of medicine. Hyperthyroidism can be managed effectively if we understand the disease condition and exact etiology of the disease and select the proper herbs, accordingly.

Ayurvedic treatment for hyperthyroidism aims to control its symptoms and prevent them from getting severe. Ayurveda strives to cure the root cause or pathology of hyperthyroidism i.e., Grave's disease. The first line of Ayurvedic treatment in such conditions is to clear these channels in order to balance body energies and restore the correct production and circulation of hormones.

HYPERTHYROID CARE PACK



Hyperthyroid treatment in ayurveda

1. IMMUNE MAGIC:

Each immune magic capsule contains the combination of four herbs. These herbs include - Grape seed (Vitis vinifera) offers superior free radical antioxidant protection for the whole body, but in particular, the arteries & blood vessels, and the brain which helps in alleviating the fatigue. Cow colostrums (Bovine coloustrums) boosts immunity & improves mood and sense of well-being. Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri) promotes healthy digestion, works as a health tonic, enhances the healthy functioning of the liver, has certain anti-inflammatory properties, which prevents, swelling, pain, and removes imbalances. Green tea (Camellia sinensis) have lot of antioxidant properties, it detoxify the liver, supports healthy functioning of immune system.

2. WEIGHT GAIN FORMULA:

Weight loss is common in hyperthyroidism. To maintain healthy weight of the body, weight gain formula capsules are there from the house. This product is made with the special combination of herbs that are effective in maintaining healthy weight. Ashwagandha herb has a holistic effect on the body, a very good adaptogen i.e. someone could take ashwagandha to support a sluggish thyroid but another person could take it to support an overactive thyroid as well, regulates secretion of thyroid hormone. Ashwaganda is an effective endocrine system modulator and its Herbal extracts cause the secretion of more T4 or T3.

Its antioxidant property helps in associated symptoms like nervousness, agitation and with its anti-inflammatory properties helps to promote overall well-being of the body and nourishes tissues.

Vidang, with their anti-inflammatory properties are used to manage inflammation of the Thyroid Gland. Haritaki, Bhibhitaki, Amalaki (Triphla or Myrobalans) an anti-oxidant and digestive aid that tones and cleanse the bowel.

According to Ayurveda, Hyperthyroidism is caused due to impaired digestion of food, certain herbs like Saunf (fennel seeds) Pippali and Zeerak work on Agni,  are very good aam pachak, Increase digestion, treats manda agni reduces Vata Nervous System disorders (anxiety, fear, worry, etc). They contain volatile essential oil compounds that promote digestion by stimulating the secretion of gastric and digestive juices. These compounds aid in the better absorption of nutrients by body.

In females the trio combination helps in reliving menstrual cramps and other premenstrual symptoms.

3. SHATAVARI CAPSULES:

It is made using the pure and standardized extract of Shatavari herb. It helps in normalizing irregular menstrual flow, relives fatigue, improves immunity, and helps to maintain healthy functioning of thyroid. It supports healthy weight too.

Dosage:-

  • Immune Magic - 2 cap, twice daily, with plain water, after meals
  • Weight Gain Formula - 2 cap, twice daily, with plain water, after meals
  • Shatavari Capsules - 2 cap, twice daily, with plain water, after meals

YOGA

Vishuddhi chakra or the psychic center is related to thyroid, this chakra in its normalcy purifies the poison of the body. Thyroid gland can function as an efficient purifier if it functions in harmony with the body's needs, balancing anabolism and catabolism. Following Asanas should be performed in the given order:

Sarvangasana – Shoulder stand, the most well recognized and most powerful posture asana for the thyroid gland, it places enormous pressure on the gland, improving its circulation and squeezing out the stagnant secretions.

Matasyaasna – Halasana, Pashinee mudra, padma sarvansana, are the other asanas which if practiced regularly gives a positive influence on the thyroid gland functioning.

Viparit karni mudra followed by ujjai pranayam, surya namaskara, pawanmuktasasna, yoga mudra, sputa vajrasaan, all backward bending asana, sirshpadaasna, simhasasna, grivasana, khandarasana,

Nadi shodhana pranayam – Useful in balancing metabolism through its effect on ida and pingla.

Sheetali and sheetkari pranayama relaxes the hyperactive thyroid controls the hyper metabolic rate and overheated body.
Jalandhara bandha-puts pressure on thyroid area, and all pranayamas should be practiced in this mudra.

Emotional relaxation:

Studies shows that long term suppression and blockage of emotional expression precipitates the thyroid imbalance. Emotional relaxation through music therapy, venting out, past life regression therapy (PLR) and chanting mantras are found to be helpful in relaxing emotions.

HOME REMEDIES

  • Mix equal quantities of long pepper (Pipali), black pepper and dry ginger powder. Consume half teaspoon twice a day with lukewarm water.
  • The paste of Dandelion Leaves along with clarified butter, made in to lukewarm paste, should be applied to the swollen area of the neck. Leave it for 20 minutes. Doing it daily for two weeks  is efficient in managing goiter
  • Flax Seeds – These have anti-inflammatory properties Make a thick paste by mixing two tbsp. of crushed flax seeds with equal amount of water. Apply it on the throat.
  • Herbal tea with ginger is additionally helpful for Hyperthyroidism functioning.
  • Consuming Siberian Ginseng helps to nourish the thymus glands and supports thyroid health.
  • Mulethi (licorice) 2 parts + 1 part black pepper daily, chew 3 times a day.
  • Regular consumption of coconut oil added to milk, with two spoons being added to a cup of milk.
  • Boil 10 gm of coriander seeds in a glass of water, and allow it to cool. Strain the mixture and take twice a day.
  • Chew 3 to 4 raw garlic cloves in the morning.
  • Crush a handful of sorrel leaves to make a paste. Mix them with olive oil. Lie down otherwise the paste will fall off after application. Apply to neck and leave on 15-20 minutes. Rinse with water and pat dry. Repeat daily.

DIET

  • Well-balanced diet should be taken.
  • Have lots of vegetables, such as cabbages, kale, mustard greens and Brussels sprouts broccoli, turnips, spinach, Watercress and radishes to lower the chances of hyperthyroidism. These veggies can reduce the over activity of the thyroid gland.
  • Salads made out of sprouts, cucumber and carrot
  • Barley and oats, whole wheat
  • Fruits, such as pears and peaches  
  • Water reed and lotus stem is additionally helpful for Hyperthyroidism
  • Food rich in Vitamin A such as pumpkin, green leafy vegetables and carrots
  • Walnut it is rich in iodine and magnesium
  • Diet may consist of fruits juices such as apple, grapes and pineapples.

Avoid:

  • Alcohol, caffeine and nicotine iodized salts, sea foods, red meat, dairy products nicotine and alcohol. 
  • Food items containing preservatives, white flour products and stuffs high on sugar Cakes, pastries, sweets and other calorie rich items.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ayurvedic Approach Towards Insomnia

insomnia, sleeplessness

Are you aware of today's hectic lifestyle? Today's lifestyle is full of rat race, busy schedule, workload, tension, stress and anxiety. And, this often leads to sleep deprivation. Lack of proper amount of sleep in the individuals is known as Insomnia. When a person fails to get the adequate amount of sleep in their lives, he is said to be suffering from the sleep disorder, Insomnia.

WHAT ARE THE FACTORS THAT GIVE RISE TO THE COMPLICATION, INSOMNIA?

There are a lot of factors, which contribute to the occurrence of insomnia. These are psychological, emotional, environmental or medications.

  1. Too much stress and tension in lives
  2. Noisy ambience
  3. Temperature fluctuation or extreme temperatures
  4. Variations in sleeping patterns
  5. Depression
  6. Chronic health complications like arthritis, kidney disorder, cardiological disorder, hyperthyroidism, asthma, Parkinson's disorder.
  7. Exposure to drugs and medicines
  8. Over consumption of caffeine, alcohol and nicotine
  9. Sudden withdrawal from drugs, which are anti-anxiety or anti-depressive
  10. Some events like death, fear, accidents
  11. Hormonal imbalances
  12. Excess nap during evening or afternoon

WHAT ARE THE COMMON SYMPTOMS OF INSOMNIA?

  1. Waking up too frequently in the night or waking up early in morning
  2. Irritation
  3. Depression

BASIC TYPES OF INSOMNIA

Some of the basic types of insomnia are as follows:

  • Short Term Transient Insomnia
  • Intermittent Insomnia
  • Long term Chronic Insomnia

Transient insomnia generally lasts for one night or a few weeks. But, if this situation of transient insomnia often occurs, the complication is known as intermittent insomnia. And, chronic insomnia often lasts for minimum a month or even more.

RISK FACTORS AND COMPLICATIONS OF SLEEP DEPRIVATION

Insomnia is such a condition, which affects the body, mind and brain of every individual. It is often followed by impaired functioning of mind and brain. The nervous system of the individuals is also affected to a significant extent. Irritation is very common for patients suffering from insomnia. Some other complications involving insomnia are as follows:

  • Memory Loss
  • Depression
  • Lack of attentiveness and concentration in various fields of work and study
  • Probability of accidents
  • Forgetfulness
  • Risk of chronic disorders like heart disorders, nervous breakdown and other physiological complications.

AYURVEDIC CONCEPT OF INSOMNIA

Ayurveda or the Science of healing has a definition of this disorder, insomnia. It is known as Anidra. Ayurveda has described this disorder to be a consequence of the various Ayurvedic subdoshas. These doshas are the following:

  • Sadhak Pitta
  • Tarpak Kapha
  • Prana Vata

Sadhak Pitta

It is a sub dosha of Pitta, which is symbolized by Fire. It is present in the heart. It has a control over the desire, emotion, spirituality and decisiveness. The imbalance of this dosha often makes an individual workaholic and demanding. This leads to the condition of insomnia.

Tarpak Kapha

It is a sub dosha of the Kapha. This is symbolized by water. This dosha helps in nourishing the brain right from the cellular level. Imbalance of the dosha leads to lack of proper nourishment of the brain cells. This often leads to lack of sleep.

Prana Vata

It is a sub dosha of the dosha, Vata, which is symbolized by Air in Ayurveda. This dosha leads to a sensitive nervous system, which often gives rise to worries, depression, anxiety and many more. The aggravated form of this sub dosha gives rise to insomnia.

AYURVEDIC APPROACH TOWARDS INSOMNIA

Insomnia, or Anidra caused due to the vitiation of the three doshas or a single dosha can be treated with the help of various Ayurvedic herbs. These herbs help in maintaining the overall well being of the individuals by involving a healthy diet and lifestyle along with the herbal remedies.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR INSOMNIA

The global manufacturer of herbal formulations, Planet Ayurveda is the leading company in its niche. It is known for its purely vegetarian medicines, which are free from additives, chemicals, fillers, artificials, salts, sugars, colors and many more. It is completely natural and do not have any side effect at all. It provides a powerful herbal pack with the various herbal supplements, which are extremely safe to use.

PLANET AYURVEDA'S AYURVEDIC SUPPLEMENTS FOR INSOMNIA

The Insomnia Ayurvedic Supplements make use of the following three herbal formulations in a synchronized manner. These formulations are very effective and have a lot of medicinal properties as well. These medicines, when consumed in proper doses as recommended, work together to provide a healthy sleep devoid of physiological complications as well.

The Pack contains the following herbal medicines.

  • Ashwagandha Capsules
  • Sarpgandha Ghan Vati
  • Sleep Naturals
Herbal Remedies for Insomnia

1. Ashwagandha Capsules:

These capsules are manufactured from the standardized extracts of the herb, Ashwagandha. This herb is scientifically known as Withania somnifera. It has a lot of health benefits. It has alkaloids, steroidal lactones. It helps in maintaining the vata doshas of the body. And, it helps in having a wonderful sleep to the individuals. These capsules form a superb herbal supplement for maintaining a healthy and wonderful sleep.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily with water after meals.

2. Sarpgandhaghan Vati:

This herbal medicine is a natural supplement made from the pure extracts of the Sarpgandha extract. It is scientifically known as Rauwolfia serpentina. This herbal medicine is extremely beneficial for having healthy sleep. It helps in maintaining healthy body and mind as well.

Dose: 1 tablet twice daily with water.

3. Sleep Naturals:

This Ayurvedic supplement has a combination of various effective herbs with a lot of medicinal properties. The component herbs for the formulation are the following:

  1. Ashwagandha, scientifically known as Withania somnifera
  2. Tagar, scientifically known as Valeriana Wallichi
  3. Jatamansi, scientifically known as Nordostachys jatamansi
  4. Brahmi, scientifically known as Bacopa moneri
  5. Shankhapushpi, scientifically known as Convolvulus pluricaulis
  6. Vacha, scientifically known as Acorus calamus
  7. Sarpagandha, scientifically known as Rauwolfia serpentina

Dose: 2 capsules with water before sleep at night.

Ayurvedic Supplements along with proper recommended diet and a healthy lifestyle help in alleviating sleep disorders and insomnia to a huge extent. These help in eliminating the symptoms of the disorder as well. Also, these herbal supplements help in eliminating the complications involved with insomnia and sleep related disorders to a huge extent.

Thus, follow the dietary practice along with the recommended herbal remedies of insomnia as proposed by Planet Ayurveda to eradicate all the complications related to sleep deprivation and lead a healthy life.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies for Fatty Liver Treatment

In Ayurvedic language 'Yakrit' is the name for Liver which is an organ of production and maintenance center for a fire or Pitta and so there is a need to maintain the balance of pitta dosha for good health of the liver, thus supporting the liver's ability to flush out toxins from the body.

FLD (Fatty Liver Disease) is named as a 'Kaphavrita Pitta' in Ayurveda which happens when the liver is overfilled with toxins like alcohol or fats, it has to work too hard and burn too hot. This causes inflammation and problems throughout the body and destroys the cells.

Fatty Liver is described as a disease which involves the buildup of fat in liver which is followed by the inflammation of liver and advance stage can lead to serious complications. There are two major types of Fatty Liver.

  • Alcoholic liver disease (ALD) - Caused due to excessive intake of Alcohol
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) - Specific reason is not exactly known but other than Alcohol.

What Are Symptoms of Fatty Liver Disease?

Initially there might not be any symptoms and symptoms are usually revealed until the liver disease is far advanced and liver gets inflamed.

Some of the Symptoms that star appear:

  • Feeling of fatigue and Weakness
  • Discomfort in the abdomen at the level of the liver
  • Loss in weight or appetite
  • Feeling of Nausea
  • Itching
  • Confusion, poor judgment, or trouble concentrating
  • Jaundice may occur

Causes of Fatty Liver

  • Most common cause of fatty liver is alcoholism
  • Obesity or overweight
  • Nutritional causes like starvation or protein malnutrion.
  • High levels of fats or Hyperlipidemia, in the blood
  • Metabolic Disorders like Diabetes, Hypothyroidism, and Polycystic ovary syndrome
  • Pregnancy
  • Genetic inheritance
  • Fast weight loss
  • Adverse effects of certain medications such as aspirin, steroids, tamoxifen, and tetracycline

Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies for Fatty Liver Treatment

FATTY LIVER CARE PACK

Fatty Liver, Herbal Remedies, Ayurvedic Treatment

1. Yakrit Plihantak Churna:

Yakritplihantak churna is the unique herbal formulation in the form of powder having combination of certain efficient Ayurvedic herbs which help to bring about liver detoxification. This property makes it an effective herbal formula for liver detox and fatty liver disease. It has the ability to effectively eliminate excessive fat from the liver and promotes the regeneration of the damaged liver cells. It can maintain the metabolism and hormonal balance of the body. It is such a great Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies for Fatty Liver Treatment.

The herbs used for its preparation are:

  • Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri): Bhumi amla or Phyllanthus niruri from ages is being in use as a herbal healer remedy for liver and kidney failure. It is capable to clear away the toxins from the body, detoxify the liver. Within 3-4 months of regular use it can lower the level of SGOT and SGPT significantly. It has the power to regenerate liver cells.
  • Katuki (Picrorrhiza kurroa): It is the most effective of all herbs to improve metabolism within the liver. It can remove the excessive fat deposited in liver. It supports the digestion and fat metabolism and is a natural effective way to lose weight.
  • Makoy (Solanum indicum): It is a small weed like herb with amazing liver healing properties. It aids in lowering down the the levels of alkaline phosphatase, useful in alcoholic liver damage, fatty liver, and hepatitis of all types. It is also a good regenerator of liver cells quickly.
  • Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa): This herb is a natural diuretic herb and effective in removing excess of fat, water from body. It rejuvenates kidneys and liver cell and can make the body new again helps in regeneration of liver cells.
  • Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata): This is herbal remedy for liver problems, fatty liver, hepatitis and alcoholc liver disease. It helps to get rid of accumulated toxins from the liver and results in rejuvenation of damaged liver cells.
  •  Kaasni (Cichorium intybus): Kaasni or Chicory bears unique marvelous healing power to treat the liver and purifies the blood.
  • Sharpunkha: It is supreme efficient herbal remedy for enlarged liver and spleen due to any reason. It helps in regeneration of liver cells.
  • Bhringraj (Eclipta alba): Ayurveda has considered this herb to be used as powder for liver diseases in many ancient texts. Having amazing power to regenerate liver cells. It is advantageous in alcoholic liver disease, fatty liver, liver damage due to any other reason or excessive toxins.

Dosage - 1 teaspoonful two times a day with plain water or fruit juice.

2. Phyllanthus Niruri:

Phyllanthus niruri capsules are broadly suggested that these can improve the function of the diseased liver. Phyllanthus niruri capsules comprise of standardized herbal extract of the whole plant, known as bhumyamlaki or bhumiamla. It is one of good Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies for Fatty Liver Treatment.

Herb used is:

Bhumiamla (Phyllanthus Niruri): This herb having cold potency and provides protection to liver and can clear away the toxins. Amazing herb with property to protect the liver from damages of toxins like alcohol and drug and is also good to relieve inflammation.

Dosage - 2 capsules two times a day with plain water.

3. Echinacea Capsules:

Herbal supplement useful in Liver. It is a natural cleanser of the blood and removes various toxins.It is obtained from the pure extract of Kalmegh. This is one of the wonderful Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies for Fatty Liver Treatment.

Herb is:

Kalmegh. (Andrographis paniculata): This one of the useful herb that has ability to inhibit the inflammatory mechanism of the body. Along with this it also able to remove toxins from body through activation of enzymes.

Dosage - 2 capsules three times a day with plain water.

4. Liver Detox Capsules:

This herbal product has property for liver detoxification process. This is a natural supplement preserving the liver health and capable to rejuvenate the liver and thereby maintain the health of Liver which has made it as one of very suitable Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies for Fatty Liver Treatment.

These capsules are having some of amazing herbs:

  • Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurrao)
  • Punarnava (Boerrhavia diffusa)
  • Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata)
  • Makoy (Solanum indicum)
  • Kaasni (Chicorium intybus)
  • Biranjasipha (Achillea millefolium)-
  • Jhavuka (Tamarix galluca)
  • Himsra (Capparis spinosa)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)

In Ayurveda all these herbs blended together which works together efficiently to detoxify the liver and cleanse the body. These herbs are wonderful combination which makes the People feel cleaner and lighter and enhances the ability of Liver to efficiently carry out its work.

Dosage - 2 capsules two times a day with plain water.

Herbal Remedies for Gout

Gout, Hyperuricemia, High Uric Acid, Herbal Remedies

Gout is known as the rich man's disease. Gout is a painful metabolic disease resulting in inflammation and the deposition of uric acid in the cartilages of the joints. Gout first affects the big toe causing it to swell and become very painful. In the next stages it spreads to the ankles, knees, joints of hands and feet, the wrist and elbow. Elevated concentrations of uric acid in the blood stream provokes an inflammatory reaction of tissues. These deposits can often increase in size and burst through the skin to form sinuses discharging a chalky white material.

Causes

Hyperuricemia is the underlying cause of gout. This can occur for a number of reasons including diet, genetic predisposition, or under excretion of urate, the salts of uric acid. Chemicals called purines are found naturally in our body as well as in food when breaks down in the body, it produces uric acid. Normally, uric acid is excreted through the urine via the kidneys. But if uric acid is produced in excess or body is not excreting enough uric acid, it starts accumulating in the body especially small joints or surrounding tissues, in the form of crystals causing pain, inflammation and swelling.

Excessive anger, waking up late in the night, sleeping in the daytime, excessive travelling, trauma, overindulgence in physical exercises, excessive sexual activity and suppressing the natural urges of the body can also lead to gout.

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Swelling
  • Pricking pain
  • Itching
  • Burning sensation.
  • Swollen joints
  • Change of colour of the skin
  • Pain and redness in the small joints of the body
  • Flatulence, abdominal pains, loss of appetite, constipation and highly colored and scant urine may be seen.

Diagnosis

  • Blood urea test to estimate the level of Uric acid
  • Other blood tests like white blood cell count, electrolytes, renal function, and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR).
  • X-rays may show tophi-crystal deposits and bone damage

Ayurvedic Approach

Ayurveda has described disease as "Vat rakta" or Aadya Vata caused due to the imbalance of Air element and accumulation of toxins in the "Rakta" (Blood).

In Ayurveda Vatarakta is classified into 2 types:

  1. Uttana (superficial) - This is located in the twak (skin) & mamsa (muscle).
  2. Gambhira (deep) - This is located in the deeper dhatus and its more severe in nature

Treatment of Gout therefore consists of restoring the balance of Vata (Air element) and detoxifying the blood.

Ayurvedic Treatment For Gout

Planet Ayurveda prescribes Herbal Remedies for Gout in the form of GOUT CARE PACK which include anti-inflammatory herbs, to lower levels of uric acid.

1. Navkarshik Churna:

A mixture of nine herbs is purely an herbal formulation without any chemicals added into it. It contains Triphala which removes toxins from the body and useful in every other disease. Neem, is an anti-inflammatory that also reduces pain, Katuki improves the health of the kidneys and liver, purifies the blood and corrects the metabolism of "Pitta" and heat regulation in our body. Manjistha dissolve the built-up uric acid that build up in gout patients, and works together with the Triphala to control the level of uric acid in the blood, Giloy is immune-modulator and improves immunity whereas Daruhaldi acts as an anti inflammatory herb. All the herbs acts by correcting the purine metabolism, correcting the liver metabolism, cleansing the blood, breaking uric acid crystals and clearing them away. Navkarshik Churna is one of the best herbal treatment for gout containing best herbs for gout. This works best with other herbal remedies like Kishore Guggul, Punarnava mandur and Gorakhmundi churna

Dosage - 1 teaspoonful twice daily, after meals, with plain water.

2. Punarnava Capsules:

Punarnava - Spreading Hogweed - Boerhaavia diffusa: It is a powerful rasayana, and helps in detoxifying the overburdened Kidneys and eliminating excessive fluids and toxins. The plant contains punarnavoside, rotenoids, boeravinones A, B, C, D and E, lignans, flavones and sterols. Punarnavoside is reported to have diuretic & anti-inflammatory property. It pacifies two of the main laws of physiology (Vata and Kapha).

Punarnava enhances the quality of 6 of the 7 categories of bodily tissues, including nutrient plasma (Rasa Dhatu), blood (Rakta Dhatu), muscle (Mamsa Dhatu), fat (Meda Dhatu), bone marrow and nerves (Majja Dhatu), and reproductive fluids (Shukra Dhatu).

According to Ayurveda, Punarnava is diuretic by increasing renal blood flow.

We at Planet Ayurveda contains capsules with standard extract in the quantity of 500 mg in each cap.

Dosage - 2 cap twice daily with water after meal.

3. Kishore Guggul:

It is a guggul formulation used for the raised uric acid, mild to severe attacks of Gouty arthritis. It is an Effective herbal remedy for gout and in painful joint conditions. It removes toxins from within the blood. It corrects the metabolism and uric acid production and elimination process of uric acid from kidneys, improves kidney function. It helps to balance the Vata (Air) and Pitta (Fire) in body. It contains Guggulu (Commniphora Mukul), Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia), which acts as diuretic, it increases urine output which then flushes out the uric acid more quickly.

Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) strengthens the kidneys and reduces pain associated with gout, improves the health of the kidneys and the urinary tract and helps to flush the uric acid out of the body.

Bibhitaki (Terminalia Bellerica), improves the health of the kidneys and the urinary tract and helps to flush the uric acid out of the body.

Amalaki (Embellica Officinalis), controls the levels of uric acid in the blood and is also a good source of vitamin C .

Sunthi (Zingiber Officinalis), Maricha (Piper Nigrum), Pippali (Piper Longum), Vidanga (Embelia Ribes), Trivrit (Operculina Turpethum), Danti Mool (Baliospermum Montanum) prevents the formation of uric acid, improves the purification of the blood, and aids in excreting uric acid.

Dosage - 2 tablets twice, after meals, with plain water daily.

4. Giloy Capsules:

Planet Ayurveda's Giloy capsules contain pure extract in the quantity of 500 mg in each cap. This makes a wonderful herbal remedy for gout. Giloy is very well known for its immune-modulator and anti-inflammatory properties. It is bitter, astringent in taste along with light, oil and unctuous properties. It's hot in potency but its effects are cold. All these properties contribute to manage the problem of high uric acid successfully. Regular use of giloy capsules along with other 3 herbal formulations of gout care pack helps to flush out toxins and enhances stamina of body.

Dosage - 1 cap twice daily after meal with water.

Dietary Recommendations

In addition to taking medications, acute gout attacks can be managed through diet, a healthy lifestyle, weight management, and a proactive approach, which includes:

  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water daily to cleanse toxins from the body
  • Fresh fruits, raw vegetables, Capsicum, honey and sprouts Bananas have been found beneficial in gout
  • One should consume about fifteen to twenty five fresh cherries a day.
  • The juice of half a lime, squeezed into a glass of water, should be taken twice daily
  • Vitamin C may help lower uric acid levels.
  • A vegan diet is considered beneficial in ayurveda for the treatment of gout.
  • Celery is one of the most beneficial items that help in treatment of gout
  • Take light and easily digestible food like steamed or boiled vegetables or vegetable broth.
  • Use wholegrain bread, cereals and increase intake of seasonal fruits (except banana).
  • Increase the use of garlic, ginger, cumin, fennel, coriander, cardamom and cinnamon.
  • Eat more fruits, vegetables and whole grains, which provide complex carbohydrates.

Avoid

  • All purine and uric acid-producing , high-protein diet foods such as all meats, eggs, and fish; tea, coffee, sugar, white flour and its products; and all canned, processed, and fried foods.
  • Avoid excessive salt.
  • Avoid dairy products, especially yogurt
  • Avoid sour, pungent, fried foods, alcohol and tobacco
  • Avoid foods such as white bread, cakes, candy, sugar-sweetened beverages and products with high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Avoid soft drink and soda consumption, Some condiments such as jams, ketchup, mayonnaise or salad dressings
  • Seafood: Shrimp and crab are having high purine levels and must be avoided

Home Remedies

  • Lemon water with a pinch of ginger powder is very effective to lower uric acid level. Take this daily once or twice.
  • Intake of 2-3 fresh, peeled garlic buds with water on an empty stomach in the morning are found beneficial.
  • Herbs with anti-inflammatory properties viz: ginger root, liquorice help to relieve pain. You can take them with water.
  • Beet juice - 100 ml and cucumber juice - 100 ml should be mixed with 300 ml of carrot juice to make 500 ml of combined juice and can be taken daily.
  • Cold packs, applied to the affected joints at night, will be beneficial.
  • Fresh air and outdoor exercise are also essential.
  • The patient should avoid stress as much as possible.
  • Do light and gentle exercises.
  • Massage the joints gently with lukewarm sesame oil for 20-30 minutes.
  • Avoid cold places and keep the body warm.
  • Losing weight helps to lessen the overall stress on joints, lowers uric acid levels and reduces the number of gout attacks.
  • Surya namaskar along with stretching exercises can loosen up the muscles.

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