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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, December 15, 2016

Ayurvedic Treatment For Wilson disease

Health is like money that we never had a true value until we lost this. Health issues can be on various levels. You can be affected physically, psychologically or genetically. Globally, over 350 million rare diseases, 80 % caused by faulty genes. There is huge impact of these faulty genes on our health because these genes are the basis of body's functioning. This genetic fault overcome process is very difficult or next to impossible in many cases but these are therapeutical formulations that can manage the symptoms and conditions that raised in genetic diseases. These help to overcome the condition up to very much extent. There are various natural herbal formulations in Ayurveda that can effectively manage the conditions related to genetic ailments. One of the disease that is raised due to these faulty genes is Wilson disease. But first to know what Wilson disease, the genes and the genetic enlightenment is crucial to be known.

Genes are that important part of the living beings. Each cell contains a specific number of chromosomes that are inherited half-half from the parents. There are pairs of 23 chromosomes in every single cell in humans – 22 are autosomes and 23rd is sex chromosome. The genes are present on these chromosomes. These genes present in two copies – one comes from mother and other comes from father. Every function of the body part, all the movements, process and appearance depends on these genes and their setting and any mutation in any of these can cause ailment of that particular function or organ. These mutation can arise due to several reasons like if one of the parent had mutant copy of gene, deletion, addition or any spontaneous gene mutation that aroused due to mutagens (components that cause mutations like UV rays and toxins).

Wilson's disease

THE WILSON DISEASE is also aroused due to mutation in one of the body's gene. There is a gene ATP7B that is mutated. This is located on chromosome number 13. This problem occurs more frequently in individuals having inherited different mutations from each of the parent.


Wilson's disease is an autosomal-recessive disease that is caused by mutation in gene, which results in impairment of biliary excretion of copper. Copper is an essential element for cellular function but the free copper is very dangerous. Body system transports essential copper to predetermined sites and helps in proper elimination of excess copper through the body. If this copper accumulation process gets irritated, certain problems can occur. As in this ailment, liver not filters copper properly and this copper then builds up majorly in liver and brain.


A chance of person being a carrier of this aliment increases if the family has some history of Wilson's disease and can have this if both parents are diagnosed with this condition.

Males and females are equally affected with this condition.

Symptoms appear in between ages of 3 to 72.


This disease can affect more than one organ so symptoms based on organs that are affected:

Liver - Related Symptoms:-

  • Jaundice
  • Edema of legs, feet and ankles
  • Weight loss
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Itching
  • Cramps in muscles
  • Liver failure in severe condition

Central Nervous System Symptoms:-

These symptoms arise when the liver retained lots of copper.

  • Tremors
  • Swallowing, speech and coordination problem
  • Stiffness in muscles

Mental Health Related Symptoms:-

Their symptoms arise when copper builds up in the CNS.

  • Depression
  • Nervous and anxious about things
  • Person cannot identify reality

Eye Related Diseases:-

  • Fleischer rings in the peripheral cornea
  • Sunflower cataracts

Other Symptoms:-

  • Anemia
  • Arthritis
  • Low blood count
  • High quantity of carbs, uric acid and amino acids in urine
  • Osteoporosis


  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney damage


  • Physical examination
  • Blood tests like liver LFT, copper test, ceruloplasmin test and genetic test.
  • Whole urine test
  • Liver biopsy
  • MRI

This problem of wilson's disease cannot be cured but can be managed totally and the herbs present in nature have really effective effects on the wilson's disease symptoms. The system that use these herbs to get the effects is Ayurveda.

AYURVEDA is an ancient Indian system of holistic medicinal system. The word is taken from Sanskrit that reflects the mean - science of longevity or life. This system treats the ailments that based on the principle of balance between body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda depend upon three basic types of energies. These energies control the whole functioning of human body. These are:

Vata dosha – controls all the movement processes like breathing, muscle movements, nervous system and many more.

Pitta dosha – controls the metabolism

Kapha dosha – it lends structure and solidity to all things

In Ayurveda, wilson's disease occurs under the class of beej dosha. In these vata and pitta doshas are known to affect.

To control these doshas, there are herbal formulations in the market and planet Ayurveda is known for its best formulations that manage wilson's disease.



1. Cap. Liver Detox:

This formulation is known to detoxify the liver toxins, rejuvenates, maintains proper levels of hormones, controls high vata and pitta, jaundice and liver cirrhosis etc. these all properties are from the mixture of fruitful herbs that this formulation is known to contain. These herbs are –

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

DOSE - 2 twice daily after meals.

2. Yakritplihantak Churna:

A great herbal mixture known to treat problems related with liver and kidney. This formulation is known to control hormonal imbalances, regenerates liver cells, removes toxins from the liver, controls liver cirrhosis, liver enlargement, liver metabolism, rejuvenates kidney and jaundice, so overall known to treat wilson's disease. This formulation is known to contain herbs like –

  • Bhumi Amla - Phyllanthus niruri
  • Katuki - Picrorhiza kurrao 
  • Makoy - Solanum indicum    
  • Punarnava - Boerrhavia diffusa  
  • Kalmegh - Andrographis paniculata 
  • Kaasni Chicory - Cichorium intybus
  • Sharpunkha - Tephrosia purpurea    
  • Bhringraj - Eclipta Eclipta


  • 1tsp twice daily 45min. after meals.
  • You can boil the powder -1 teaspoonful in 400 ml water, keep it boiling until it remains 50 ml. Strain it. And drink the water. Leave the residue. Do it twice daily. Make fresh every time. Take this 45min. after meals.

3. Cap. Phyllanthus Niruri:

This formulation is known to contain herb phyllanthus niruri. This plant is enriched with properties like hepatoprotective, anti-hypertensive, stomachic and many more. This treats problems of liver like cell necrosis, acute inflammation, jaundice and hepatitis. Known to increase cell count, GI infections etc. these things helps to treat wilson's disease.

DOSE - 2 twice daily after meals.

4. Cap. Echinacea:

This formulation prepared from herb name as Andrographis paniculata (Indian Echinacea) is also known as 'King of Bitters'. This is enriched with components like andrographolides, neoandrographolide, andrographiside and flavonoids etc. due to which this is enriched with properties like immuno-stimulant, anti-parasitic, anti-biotic and anti-viral. This is known to treat low blood count, cold, cell necrosis, hepatitis B etc. these helps in the condition of wilson's disease.

DOSE - 2 twice daily after meals.

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