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Monday, April 23, 2018

Herbal Remedies for Fish Odour Syndrome (Trimethylaminuria) - Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

Fish Odour Syndrome (Trimethylaminuria) is a metabolic disorder that occurs when the body of a person is unable to break down trimethylaminuria which is a nitrogen containing compound. The compound trimethylaminuria is produced by the intestines and has a fishy odour. It is produced when certain types of food such as eggs, legumes, fish etc. are eaten.

As a result, trimethylamine starts accumulating in the body and is released in the sweat, reproductive fluids like vaginal fluids, urine and breath which leads to its characteristic odour. This unpleasant odour leads to social and psychological problems in individuals. This condition is more commonly found in women.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF FISH ODOUR SYNDROME?

  • In some people, fish odour syndrome occurs in people who do not have changes in both copies of FMO3 gene. In such cases, trimethylaminuria may be caused by the high levels of trimethylaminuria due to the presence of more trimethylamine producing bacteria in the gut.
  • Due to a diet rich in foods that create trimethylamine as they are metabolised.
  • Heredity: It is inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. If the parents of a child have trimethylaminuria, then children will be carriers of the faulty gene.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF FISH ODOUR SYNDROME?

The symptoms of fish odour syndrome can sometimes be seen in premature infants as well as in some women at the time of menstruation.

It is characterised by a fishy odour that occurs due to the excess release of trimethylamine in the patient’s sweat, urine, breath.

Some people have constant strong odour while most have a moderate odour that can vary.

In women, the odour may be severe just before or during menstruation.

Factors such as sweating, excessive exercise, stress may also worsen the odour.

DIAGNOSIS

A urine test and genetic testing can be done to confirm the diagnosis.

TREATMENT

According to modern medicine, there is no cure for fish odour syndrome but there are certain ways to reduce the symptoms like avoiding certain foods that contain trimethylamine and by decreasing the dosage of anti-biotics.

Modern treatment includes certain dietary restrictions, use of certain lotions and soaps to remove the secreted trimethylamine on the skin and the use of activated charcoal and copper chlorophyllin and riboflavin supplements.

TREATMENT OF FISH ODOUR SYNDROME ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda offers herbal remedies for the treatment of fish odour syndrome to treat it naturally and to avoid odour.

HERBAL REMEDIES OFFERED BY PLANET AYURVEDA ARE

  1. Manjishtha Capsules
  2. Green Essentials
  3. Navkarshik Churna
  4. Gandhak Rasayan
  5. Kaishore Guggul
  6. Neem oil mixed with Jatyadhi Oil
  7. Royal Honey Shower Gel

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1. Manjishtha Capsules

Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) is an herb used in Ayurvedic practice for detoxification. Its extract is extensively used for many skin diseases. It is considered as an anti-toxic as well as anti-poisonous herb. It is considered as a pitta calming herb so it is used in the diseases of tissues where Pitta is involved such as skin wounds, diseases etc.

Dose: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

2. Green Essentials

Capsules Green Essentials are among the unique products manufactured by Planet Ayurveda. These capsules nourish the cells and fight against various ailments. These capsules are known to clear heavy metals so these capsules are quite effective for the patients suffering from fish odour syndrome.

Ingredients of Green Essentials are:

Sr. No.

Herb used

Latin Name

Quantity

1.

Grape seed

Vitis vinifera

100 mg

2.

Wheat grass

Triticulum aestivum

100 mg

3.

Spirulina

Spirulina platensis

100 mg

4.

Green tea

Camellia sinesis

100 mg

5.

Amla

Emblica officinalis

100 mg

Dose: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

3. Navkarshik Churna

Navkarshik Churna is an age old Ayurvedic medicine. The herbs present in this churna act together in a synergistic manner and help in purifying the blood and also corrects the metabolism of the body. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial.

Ingredients used in Navkarshik Churna are:

Sr. No.

Indian Name

Botanical Name

Parts

Quantity

1.

Amla

Emblica officinalis

Fruits

22.22 gm

2.

Haritaki

Terminalia chebula

Fruits

22.22 gm

3.

Bahera

Terminalia bellerica

Fruits

22.22 gm

4.

Vacha

Acorus calamus

Roots

22.22 gm

5.

Neem

Azadirachta indica

Leaves

22.22 gm

6.

Manjishtha

Rubia cordifolia

Whole

22.22 gm

7.

Giloy

Tinospora cordifolia

Stem

22.22 gm

8.

Daruhaldi

Berberis aristata

Rhizome

22.22 gm

9.

Katuki

Picorrhiza kurroa

Stem

22.22 gm

Dose: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

4.Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak Rasayan is an Ayurvedic medicine used in the treatment of skin diseases, provides nourishment, improves digestion strength and mostly indicated in the diseases arising due to depleted body tissues, itching, skin diseases and other toxic conditions.

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily.

5. Kaishore Guggul

Kaishor guggul is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine that acts as a natural blood cleanser, aging skin health promoter and is widely used in various skin diseases. It contains natural blood purifying herbs such as Triphala and Giloy. Triphala is the nature's best remedy for detox as it removes toxins within the blood and therefore useful in all metabolic disorders.

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily.

6. Neem Oil Mixed With Jatyadhi Oil

For external application, mix neem oil with jatyadhi oil and apply on the affected skin. Jatayadi oil is an Ayurvedic medicine used for the external application as it heals the wounds quickly. It is applied over the infected skin diseases. Jatyadi oil balances Pitta and kapha doshas.

Neem oil has immense benefits. Neem oil helps in cleansing and healing the wounds quickly. It is useful in numerous skin diseases.

7. Royal Honey Shower Gel

Use Royal Honey Shower Gel for bathing as it contains natural ingredients that are anti-bacterial and anti-septic in nature that helps in relieving the bad odour.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Avoid non-vegetarian foods such as seafood, eggs.
  • Avoid beans and peanuts.
  • Avoid supplements containing lecithin.
  • Avoid strenuous exercise. Try only gentle exercises that don’t make you sweat as much.
  • Take time to relax as stress can make the symptoms worse.
  • Wear washed clothes.

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