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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Alternative Treatment for Ulcerative Colitis


ULCERATIVE COLITIS - AN OVERVIEW OF THE DISEASE

INFLAMMATORY BOWEL DISEASE

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

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

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

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

IS ULCERATIVE COLITIS AN AUTO-IMMUNE DISORDER?

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

ONSET OF THE DISEASE

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

SYMPTOMS

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

DIAGNOSIS

·       Stool test
To exclude any kind of infective pathology

·       Blood tests

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

· 
COLONOSCOPY AND  SIGMOIDOSCOPY ARE CONFIRMATORY

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

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

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

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

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

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

HERBAL SUPPPLEMENTS FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS

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

AYURVEDIC POINT OF VIEW OF ULCERATIVE COLITIS

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

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

PLANET AYURVEDA’S ULCERATIVE COLITIS CARE PACK

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

The pack has the following ingredients:-

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

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

2.   PITTA BALANCE CAPSULES

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

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

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

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

4.   VATSAKADI CHURNA

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Herbs and formulations in Ayurveda for Lichen sclerosis - 

Mixture of the following - 

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

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


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

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

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Sunday, April 5, 2015

Ayurvedic Treatment of Psoriasis

Psoriasis treatment in Ayurveda  


Psoriasis is a disorder of skin called "Ek-Kushtha and by some authors as Sidhma Kushtha" in Ayurveda. It is described in ancient ayurvedic text of Ayurveda called Charak Samhita in the chapter of Kushtha Roga ( Skin Ailments ) and their Ayurvedic treatments. 
According to Ayurveda, Psoriasis is Vata-Kapha disorder of Skin with involvement of Pitta and other 4 tissues called Rasa, Lymph, Blood and Skin. There are 18 types of chornic skin ailments described in Ayurveda and out of those 17 are said to be curable including Psoriasis.  The combination of Skin diseases however can be thousands, but mainly 18 types are serious skin disorders as per Ayurvedic texts. 

Charak Samhita is an ancient Ayurvedic text which is authored by Agnivesh ( A bright student of ancient sage - Atreya). Agnivesh is also known as Charaka by many. His time is around 1500 BC. So it's about 3500 BC old literature of Ayurveda explaining various complicated disorders including Psoriasis, herbs for psoriasis and various herbal compounds to get rid of Psoriasis permanently. 

The main focus of the treatment is to normalize Vata- Pitta dosha, clean the blood and lymph and get rid of scales as fast as possible. 

The treatment gives results within first month of usage and long term use of herbal remedies described in Ayurveda can completely heal the skin. Usually it can take up to 9 months to 1 year but the results are visible within few weeks of treatment. 

Out of 18 types of  skin ailments described in Charaka Samhita ( 1500 BC text on Ayurveda )  7 are called Major and 11 are called minor skin ailments. 
These are mention below along with their nearest modern equivalents - 

1. Kapala Kushtha ( Tuberculoid Eczema or Tubercular Leprosy) 
2. Audumber Kushtha ( Allergic vasculatis) 
3. Mandala Kushtha ( Tinea with secondary infection ) 
4. Rishya Jivha ( Melanoma - Skin Cancers ) 
5. Pundrika Kushtha ( Discoid lupus Erythematosus ) 
6. Sidhma Kushtha ( Tinea versicolor by some and Psoriasis by some authors ) 
7. Kakana Kushtha ( Toxic Epidermal Necrylysis ) 

11 Minor Kushthas ( Skin Ailments ) 

8. Ekakushtha -  Psoriasis by some authors and Ichythyosis by some.   
9. Charmdal - Lichen Planus 
10 .Kitibha Kushtha - Atopic dermatitis with keratinization 
11. Vipadika Kushtha - Palmoplantar Psoriasis or Traumatic dermatitis 
12. Alsak Kushtha - Allergic dermatitis 
13. Dadru Kushtha - Tinea ( Ringworm ) 
14. Charamdala Kushtha - Chronic Lichen Simplex 
15. Pama - Scabies 
16. Visphota Kushtha ( Folliculitis ) 
17. Sataru Kushtha ( Pyoderma Gangrinosum ) 
18. Vicharchika Kushtha ( Weeping eczema ) 


In my opinion, Sidhma Kushtha should be considered as Psoriasis as in symptoms of Sidhma Kushtha mentioned in Charaka, it is said that the skin becomes whitish, silvery with fishy scales. Sometimes the scales are like copper and they are thin scales. If you rub them, some dust like powder drifts out of them. The scales are like flowers of a gourd family plant. This type of "Kushtha ( Skin Ailment) " usually occurs on upper part of the body. 


Prognosis of Psoriasis in Ayurveda- In Ayurveda, Psoriasis is mainly considered as Vata-Kapha imbalance disease affecting many other cells / tissues of the body ( mainly skin). It is possible to get very good results and cure it using blood purifying herbs and herbs which work at cellular level to improve skin health and texture. Fortunately, there are many herbs which are working really well in Psoriasis. 


Diet in Psoriasis - Ayurveda recommends very good diet to be followed in Psoriasis. Following the diet alone can give good results in the patients. 
Avoid - Avoid citrus fruits, Long travel, Avoid spicy, fried food, Avoid soft drinks, All sour fruits like lemons, oranges, kiwi, pineapples should be avoided under all circumstances. Avoid Alcohol, Non-vegetarian diet. Butter, Milk and milk products should be avoided immediately. Avoid packaged food and avoid high protein diet. Salt intake should also be restricted. 

Advised -  Bitter vegetables like Long Gourd, Pumpkin, round gourd, Bitter gourd, apples, salads, fruits and vegetables ( green leafy) 

Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis - 

The best combination which really works in Psoriasis is as mentioned below - 

1. 
Ayurvedic Treatment of Psoriasis - Prescription which I usually give to Psoriasis patients in my clinic is - 

Mixture # 1 of following 

1. 
Praval panchamrit- 5 gm 
Kalmegh Navayas Loh - 5 gm 
Swarn Makshik Bhasma - 10 gm 
Mukta Pishti - 2 gm 
Kamdudha Ras - 5 gm 
Yashad Bhasma - 5 gm 
Akik Pishti - 5 gm 
Jahar Mohra Pishti - 5 gm 
Giloy Satv - 10 gm 
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Make 60 packs of equal dosages of all these mineral preparations, consume 1 dosage twice daily, with honey or with milk ( 10-20 ml) 
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2. 777 Oil - For Local Application - Apply 777 oil after bath on the lesions daily. 
3. Psorolin Soap - Use this herbal soap for bath as it is natural herbal soap for helping in fighting psoriasis 
4. Psorolin Ointment - This has to be applied on the psoriasis lesions everyday after bath. This can be used alternate days. 

Blood Purifying herbs for Psoriasis - 

5. Navkarshik Churna - 1 teaspoonful twice daily with warm water after meals 
6. Mahamanjisthadi Ghan Vati- 20 ml twice daily 
7. Tab. Purodil - 2 twice daily   
8. Tab. Purim - 2 twice daily
9. Cap. Radiant Skin Hair Nail Formula - 2 twice daily
8. Cap. Neem (planet Ayurveda) - 2 capsules twice daily are recommended.  

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