It is one of the rare disease which is similar to breast cancer. Most of the people are not aware about this disease. It is condition which is characterized by pain and inflammation of breast. It commonly occurs after 2-6 months of pregnancy. Here we will discuss about granulomatous mastitis causes, symptoms, diagnosis and Ayurvedic treatment.Ayurveda provides natural treatment for this disease without any side effects.
What is Granulomatous Mastitis (GM)?
It is a breast disorder in which breast gets inflamed and develops a tissue mass. This condition is similar to breast cancer and it is difficult to differentiate from breast cancer. It commonly occurs after 2-6 years of pregnancy. It may involve any part of breast. The lumps are mostly present in sub areolar region (area behind nipples) of breast. It is classified into two types:
- Idiopathic Granulomatous mastitis or granular lobular mastitis.
- Granulomatous mastitis
What can be the Causes of Granulomatous Mastitis?
It is an autoimmune disease and its exact cause is not known. The other causes may include:
- Blockage of milk duct - Milk duct may be blocked or clogged when breast is not completely empty after feeding that results in breast infection.
- Bacterial infection - It may be due to bacterial infection that may enter breast through baby’s mouth or through breast surface.
- Elevated prolactin level -
Symptoms Associated with Granulomatous Mastitis
This disease can be characterized by symptoms such as Lump formation in breasts, Inflammation of breasts, Fluid secretion from breasts, Pain, Fever, Warmth feeling in breast, Enlargement of lymph nodes.
Diagnosis of Granulomatous Mastitis
Mostly patients get confused GM with breast cancer. Only on the basis of symptoms it is difficult to diagnose the granulomatous mastitis. Doctors diagnose GM on the basis of physical examination and tests which are given below:
Physical examination includes diagnosis of symptoms such as fever, chills, pain and inflammation of breast.
Other Tests may include CT scan, X-Ray, and Ultrasound.
Core biopsy it is the main tests that helps to diagnose granulomatous mastitis. In which the piece of breast is taken as sample for analysis of GM.
Complications Associated with Granulomatous Mastitis
To prevent the complications consult a doctor as soon as possible. The long term blockage of duct results in complete blockage due to accumulation of pus and formation of breast mass or lump formation that may require surgery.
As per Ayurveda there are three energies (vata, pitta and kapha) in the body which are responsible for good health and imbalance of any three energies may results in health complications. According to Ayurveda, granulomatous mastitis is inflammation of breast which is mainly due to vitiation of tri doshas. Diseases related to breast have been categorized into eight types of stana roga as mentioned in Ayurvedic texts.
Treatment of Granulomatous Mastitis in Ayurveda
Ayurveda is ancient science of life which provides herbal remedies for different diseases. Treatment is purely based on natural herbs and focus on the balance of all three doshas which is the main cause of any disease as per Ayurveda.
Planet Ayurveda's Treatment for Granulomatous Mastitis
Planet Ayurveda is an herbal manufacturing company which provides herbal treatment for different diseased conditions. These products are pure, natural and there are no side effects because these are free from chemicals.
Herbal remedies for granulomatous mastitis by Planet Ayurveda are explained below:
These are 100% natural capsules offered by Planet Ayurveda which are made from neem (Azadirachta indica) which belongs to family Meliaceae. It is native to India and Indian subcontinent including Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Sri lanka.
Benefits - It is used in Ayurveda from longer time due to its great medicinal value. It helps to maintain healthy skin. It has various therapeutic properties like anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It is helpful in pacifying vata dosha in body.
Dose: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
These are pure herbal tablets which are obtained from different herbs which are listed below:
Ingredients of Kanchnaar Guggul - Main ingredients of tablet includes- Kachnaar bark (Bauhinia variegate), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bhibhitaki (Terminali bellerica), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Black pepper (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum), Varuna (Crataeva religiosa).
- Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) - This herb has rejuvenating property. It also has property to maintain all three doshas in body.
- Bhibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) - It has cleansing action. It has property to reduce cyst and swelling.
- Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) - It has anti-bacterial and anti-oxidant properties. It is immune modulator also.
Benefits - The herbs used in this formulation have great medicinal value. It has various therapeutic properties like astringent, anthelmintic and anti – oxidant properties. It also helps to flush out toxins in the lymphatic system and is useful for management of Granulomatous Mastitis.
Dose - 2 capsules twice in a day with plain water after meals.
These are herbal tablets offered by Planet Ayurveda which are made from Shuddh Gandhak (Purified Sulphur). The word rasayan means rejuvenation. It has natural property to rejuvenate the body without any side effects. It helps to remove toxins from body.
Dose: 2 tablets twice in a day with plain water after meals.
4. Nirgundi Oil
It is a herbal oil obtained from leaves of different herbs which are given below:
- Til oil (Sesamum indicum)
- Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia)
- Haldi (Curcuma longa)
- Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)
- Kalihari (Gloriosa superba)
Benefits - It has anti-inflammatory properties which helps to manage inflammatory condition.
Direction for Use - It is for external use only. Apply on affected skin area. Leave it for 10-15 minutes and wash with lukewarm water. It is more beneficial to apply nirgundi oil before bath to reduce swelling, pain and irritation.
5. Jatyadi Oil or Mahamirchadhi Oil
- Jatyadi oil- It is beneficial for wound healing.
- Mahamirchadhi Oil- It is an herbal oil which is obtained from various natural herbs haridra, manjishta, marica, trivrt, kalihari, pippali, khadira, musta, guduchi etc.
Benefits - It is very beneficial in various skin related problems. It has antiseptic and anti-fungal properties.
Direction for Use - It is used for external use only. Apply on affected skin area.
Tips for Granulomatous Mastitis
If you have GM, there are some suggestions to make your life comfortable which are given below:
- Continue breast feed as often.
- Avoid engorgement (overfilling of breast milk).
- Drink plenty of fluids.
- Change your breast feeding positions.