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Monday, June 27, 2016

Ayurvedic treatment for Elephantiasis

One cannot even imagine the horrible condition of people who are suffering from elephantiasis. Now question comes what is elephantiasis? How does it affect people? It is a mosquito borne parasitic disease which infects the people by a parasitic worm (Wuchereria bancrofti). This worm when released into human body it causes the blockage of lymphatic system which results in the swelling of legs and various other body parts. In a recent study it has been found that approximately 120 million people are affected by this disease and around 40 million people have severe condition. So don't take this lightly, because it has the severe health complications and can be life threatening.

With the use of herbs, the problem of ELEPHANTIASIS can be managed because herbs have healing properties and show the positive effects on body. However herbs take time to show effects on body but their results are long lasting without any side effects. These herbs Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Haridra(Curcuma longa) and Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) are very beneficial to manage the elephantiasis in a natural way.

WHAT IS ELEPHANTIASIS?

Elephantiasis (filariasis) is a parasitic disease which is caused by mosquito bite that carries parasitic worm (Wuchereria bancrofti). Infected mosquito bites a person, inject the worm larvae, microfilariae into blood stream. There microfilariae spread throughout blood stream where they may survive for many years and symptoms may not appear for many years even after infection. These worms restrict the circulation and block lymphatic system. Due to this blockage there is the swelling in legs, arms and genitals which makes the body parts appearance like an elephant.

SYMPTOMS ASSOCIATED WITH ELIPHANTIASIS?

  • In elephantiasis mostly swelling occur in legs, arms, genitals and chest.
  • Hardening and thickening of skin.

SYMPTOMS THAT LISTED BELOW MAY LEAD TO SEVERE CONDITION

  • Excess sweating.
  • Headache.
  • High fever.
  • Nausea and vomiting.
  • Muscles pain.

COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH ELEPHANTIASIS

If the elephantiasis left untreated it may lead to various health complications which are listed below -

  • Kidney damage.
  • Swelling of limbs.
  • Swelling of genital parts.
  • Sexual disability.

HOW TO DIAGNOSE ELEPHANTIASIS?

Diagnosis of elephantiasis is done by the presence of mircofilariae in blood. Because these microfilariae circulate in blood as they have the nocturnal activity. Pateints which have active filarial worms during infection, they have elevated levels of immunoglobulin IgG4 in the blood.

AYURVEDIC OUTLOOK

In ayurveda, Elephantiasis (Filariasis) is known as shlipada ("Shli means elephant and pada means foot). It is the disease in which foot looks like foot of elephant. It is a mosquito borne parasitic disease which infects the people by a parasitic worm, (Wuchereria bancrofti). This worm when released into human body it causes the blockage of lymphatic system (lasika). Elephantiasis mainly effects legs but also affects the arms, breast and genitals. In this skin of affected parts becomes like elephant.

There are three energies - vata, pitta and kapha in the body which are responsible to maintain a good health. Vitiation of any three energies results in health complications. Aggravation of three doshas, primarly kapha dosha occurs in elephantiasis which results in blockage of lasika (lymphatic system). Due to the blockage, swelling of legs and various other body parts occur which is characterized by fever, muscle ache and excess sweating etc.

From the ayurvedic perspective, with the use of herbs, the problem of elephantiasis can be managed because herbs have healing properties and encourage body to fight against foreign agents. However herbs take time to show effects on body but their results are long lasting without any side effects. These are herbs Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Haridra(Curcuma longa) and Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) which are very beneficial to manage the elephantiasis in a natural way.

HERBAL FORMULATIONS FOR ELEPHANTIASIS BY PLANET AYURVEDA -

Planet Ayurveda is a herbal manufacturing company which has been established on this belief that herbs have the miraculous properties to manage the diseases along with good health benefits. This company is offering their service all over the world and getting the positive feedback for numerous diseases.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

1. GILOY CAPSULES

Giloy capsules are wonderful and effective herbal formulation for elephantiasis by planet Ayurveda. This herbal formulation is prepared from the pure extracts of herb Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia).

Benefits - Tinospora cordifolia is the scientific name of giloy and known as amrita in Ayurveda. This herb has great medicinal importance and very effective to manage elephantiasis. Giloy is a climbing herb and found almost all the part of country. This herb is packed with anti inflammatory and antipyretic properties thus helps to provide relief in elephantiasis. It also helps to strength body's immune system thus increase body's ability to fight against various infections.

Dosage - One capsule two times in a day with plain water after meals.

2. GANDHAK RASAYAN

It is prepared from the purified sulphur (gandhak in Sanskrit). It helps to manage the symptoms associated with elephantiasis like swelling of legs, thickening of skin, headache and fever.

Dosage - 2 tablets two times in a day after meals with plain water.

3. PUNARNAVA CAPSULES

Punarnava capsules are an amazing herbal formulation for elephantiasis by planet Ayurveda. This herbal formulation is prepared from the pure extracts of herb Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa).

Benefits - Punarnava is very useful in the case of elephantiasis. It helps to provide the relief in the symptoms associated with elephantiasis like fever, joint and muscle pains and nausea etc.

Dosage - One capsule two times in a day with plain water after meals.

4. BOSWELLIA CURCUMIN CAPSULES

These capsules are one of the most effective combination of anti-inflammatory herbs i.e. shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Haridra (Curcuma longa). Boswellia curcumin capsules are wonderful and effective herbal formulation for elephantiasis by planet Ayurveda.

Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) - It is a natural inflammation fighting gum resin extract derived from Boswellia serrata tree. It has anti-inflammatory properties.

Haridra (Curcuma longa) - Haridra has the great medicinal importance in Ayurveda and helps to provide the relief in swelling, pain associated with elephantiasis. Curcumin is the chemical constituent of Curcuma longa which has anti-inflammatory properties.

Dose - 2 capsules twice in a day with lukewarm water.

WHY SHOULD ONE GO FOR PLANET AYURVEDA?

  • All the products are 100% pure.
  • Efficacy of the herbs is checked in the labs before making any herbal formulation.
  • Products are free from chemicals, preservatives, starch and any color.
  • All the products are manufactured under the guidance of highly experienced MD Ayurveda doctors.

SUGGESTIONS

  • Avoid the visit to Elephantiasis affected areas.
  • Sleep under a mosquito net to prevent mosquito bite.
  • Cover your body by wearing long sleeves, trousers and shoes.
  • Close windows while sleeping at night.
  • Avoid fatty foods.
  • Wrap the infected limb to avoid further swelling.
  • Maintain the hygiene of infected limbs to avoid any further bacterial and fungal infection.

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