In the grip of neurological disorder, I am fast losing the control of words even as my relationship with the world has been reduced. Good brain health reflects the happiness in our life. It is brain which operates the overall body functions. So impairment in brain functions can end up anyone in a horrifying condition. Bottom line of this article is Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), also known as the Pseudo tumor cerebri and Benign Intracranial hypertension (BIH). Mild to severe headache, double vision, temporary episodes of blindness etc. are the common symptoms associated with Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Ayurvedic treatment for Idiopathic intracranial hypertension is a safe way to manage this neurological disorder. Here we are discussing the various aspects of this disease in details.
HOW AYURVEDA HELPS TO MANAGE THE IDIOPATHIC INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION (IIH)
According to Ayurveda, neurological disorders occur primarily due to imbalance of vata dosha with the involvement of pitta dosha. Ayurveda is a science of life that emphasizes not only to manage the ailments but also promotes longevity and healthy living. To treat the Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) various herbs are identified in Ayurveda which help to lower down the elevated Intracranial Pressure (ICP) and also keeps the brain tissues healthy.
WHAT IS IDIOPATHIC INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION (IIH)?
It is also known by the name of "pseudotumor cerebri" that means false brain tumor. This condition is characterized by the high pressure with in the spaces that surround brain and spinal cord. In these spaces cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is filled which provides nourishment, cushions the brain from prevents mechanical injury and takes the waste away. It largely affects obese women of childbearing age. In chronic intracranial hypertension - Increased CSF pressure can cause swelling and damage to the optic nerve and result in a condition called as papilledema.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF IDIOPATHIC INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION (IIH)
- Mild to severe headaches behind eyes which gets worsen with eye movement.
- Double vision.
- Blind spots.
- Poor peripheral (side) vision
- Short temporary episodes of blindness.
- Pulsatile tinnitus.
- Tinnitus or ringing in ears.
- Nausea, vomiting, or dizziness.
RISK FACTORS OF INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION (IIH)
- It mostly affects the obese women of middle age.
- Use of certain medicines like growth hormone, tetracycline and excess vitamin A.
- Medical conditions and diseases like Addison's disease, Anemia, Behcet's syndrome
- Blood-clotting disorders, Lupus, Kidney disease, polycystic ovary syndrome, Sleep apnea, Underactive parathyroid glands and Uremia.
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR IDIOPATHIC INTRACRANIAL HYPERTENSION (IIH) BY PLANET AYURVEDA
Planet Ayurveda's Ayurvedic treatment for Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) comprise the seven herbal products. These herbal products are prepared from the amazing blend of herbs which are quite helpful to manage the symptoms of Idiopathic intracranial hypertension.
- Brahmi capsules
- Gotukola capsules
- Stress support
- Amalaki Rasayan
- Punarnava capsules
- Green essentials
- Arjun tea
Brahmi capsules are prepared from the pure extract of herb Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). This herb acts as the nervine and brain tonic.
Benefits: Use of this herb is quite good to manage the symptoms of Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). It balances the tridoshas – vata, pitta and kapha. It is quite good to manage the various ailments like blood pressure vertigo, anxiety, stress as well to improve intellect and memory. Antioxidant, anti-stress and rejuvenating properties of this herb help to maintain the brain tissues healthy. On this other hand this herb has the soothing effects for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH). It is an effective Ayurvedic treatment for Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).
DOSAGE – 1 capsule two times in a day with plain water after meals.
Planet Ayurveda's Gotukola Capsules are also another beneficial Ayurvedic treatment for Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) is considered as an effective herb to treat IIH. It helps to maintain the healthy blood flow in the brain thus helps to reduce the elevated Intracranial Pressure (ICP). Anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties of this herb also help to reduce the headaches in IIH.
DOSAGE – 1-2 capsules, twice daily with water after meals.
Planet Ayurveda's stress support capsules are an effective herbal formulation to manage the stress. This herbal product is prepared from the pure extracts of herb which are given below –
- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
- Tagar (Valeriana wallichii)
- Brahmi (Bacopa monnoieri)
- Jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)
Benefits: All herbs mentioned above act as the brain tonic and quite effective to manage the neurological disorders. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antioxidants properties of these herb help in alleviating the symptoms of Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH). They also help to maintain the healthy blood pressure and proper blood supply in the different parts of brain. Overall this herbal product is quite effective to maintain the health functioning of nervous system and also help to relax the mind.
DOSE – 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
Amalaki rasayan is prepared from the pure extract of herb Amalaki (Emblica officinalis). This herb has the great medicinal importance in Ayurveda to treat the various ailments. It is given to improve the mental and physical wellbeing. In Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH), this herb helps to maintain the good blood and healthy blood pressure. It balances all three doshas – vata, pitta and kapha.
DOSAGE – 1-2 capsules two times in a day with plain water after meals.
Punarnava capsules are prepared from standardized extracts of herb Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa). Punar means again Nava means new, it is rejuvenating herb in nature. Hence anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating properties of this herb help to manage Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) to a greater extent. It is a safe Ayurvedic treatment for Ayurvedic treatment for Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH).
DOSAGE – 2 capsules twice in a day with plain water after meals.
This herbal product is an amazing blend of various herbs. Herbs present in this herbal product help to boost up the immune system thus provides the strength and energy in the body.
- Grape Seed (Vitis Vinifera)
- Wheat grass (Triticulum Aestivum)
- Spirulina (Spirulina Platensis)
- Alfalfa (Medicago Sativa)
- Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis)
- Amla (Embllica Officinalis)
- Chlorella (Chlorella Vulgaris)
DOSAGE – 1 capsule twice daily, with plain water, after meals.
7) Arjun Tea
This herbal tea acts as detoxifier and helps to extrude the toxins from body. In Idiopathic intracranial hypertension (IIH) regular use of this Arjuna tea shows the positive results. It helps to maintain the health blood pressure thus maintains the healthy blood flow throughout the body.
How to Use:
- Put one cup of water and 1 cup of milk in a pan.
- Add 1 teaspoon of arjuna tea and then stir the mixture.
- Boil the mixture and simmer it on low heat. Boil until it reduces to one cup.
- Strain the tea and add sweetener if needed (drink without sugar).
WHILE TAKING THE ABOVE MENTIONED HERBAL REMEDIES, FOLLOW THESE GUIDELINES
Foods to be Taken
- Lean meat
- Low fat dairy products
- Whole grain bread
Foods to be Avoided
- Limit the salt intake because high salt intake leads to increase in blood pressure.
- Limit intake of fats.
- Avoid vitamin A rich foods like carrots, liver, tomatoes, sweet potatoes and green leafy vegetables.
- Avoid foods rich in tyramine for example persevered and processed food items.