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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Is Sarcoidosis treatment available in Ayurveda?

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that most commonly affects the lungs and lymph glands but can affect other organs as well. Due to inflammation, there is a formation of abnormal lumps or nodules in one or more organs of the body. These abnormal lumps are known as granulomas. These granulomas may change the normal structure as well as functions of the affected organs.

sarcoidosis treatment in ayurveda

The exact cause of sarcoidosis is not known but it is believed that due to over-reaction of the immune system, the immune cells begin to collect causing inflammation known as granulomas. As granulomas build up in an organ, the function and structure of that organ can be affected.

According to Ayurveda, it is caused due to the accumulation of endotoxins or Ama within the system. Ama accumulates in the body channels and moves through the lymphatic and circulatory channels. These endo-toxins also interfere with the functioning of the immune system which results in the accumulation of anti-bodies in the form of lumps in different parts of the body.

Yes, there is an effective treatment of Sarcoidosis in Ayurveda through herbs and herbal remedies. Ayurvedic treatment for Sarcoidosis consists of removing the endo-toxins that are accumulated within the system and correcting the immunity.

Reference: Sushrut Samhita Sharirsthanam, Chapter No. 9, Shloka No. 12

Meaning: In this shloka, it is described that the main origin of Pranvaha srotas (life carrying channel) are heart and blood vessels and their vitiation lead to shouting due to anger, loss of consciousness, vertigo, tremors and even death.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SARCOIDOSIS?

The signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis vary depending on which organs are affected. It sometimes appears gradually and produces symptoms that last for years. The symptoms may appear suddenly and disappear quickly. Many people with sarcoidosis experience no symptoms and it may be discovered when a chest X-ray is done for another reason.

Common Signs And Symptoms Of Sarcoidosis Include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • Pain and swelling in joints such as ankles etc
  • Weight loss

When It Affects The Lungs, The Symptoms Are:

  • Wheezing cough
  • Chest pain
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Shortness of breath

When It Affects The Heart, The Symptoms Are:

  • Chest pain
  • Dyspnea or shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Edema or swelling caused by excess fluid
  • Heart Palpitations

When It Affects The Eyes, The Symptoms Are:

  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain
  • Severe redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Burning, itching or dry eyes

Symptoms That Occur When It Affects The Skin Are:

  • A rash or the appearance of red or purplish coloured bumps usually on the shins or ankles which are warm to touch.
  • Lesions on the nose, cheeks, and ears.
  • Nodules under the skin particularly around the scars.

DIAGNOSIS

The doctor will perform physical examination to check for skin bumps or a rash, swollen lymph nodes, check for enlarged liver or spleen etc.

Based on the findings, doctor may order additional diagnostic tests such as:

  • X-ray of the chest to look for granulomas, swollen lymph nodes etc.
  • CT-scan of the chest to obtain cross-sectional pictures of the chest.
  • Biopsy can be done by analyzing the sample of tissue to check for granulomas.

IS TREATMENT FOR SARCOIDOSIS AVAILABLE IN AYURVEDA?

Yes, sarcoidosis can be treated effectively with Ayurveda. Various herbal remedies are available to be very effective in its treatment that does not cause any side effects.

Planet Ayurveda offers 'Sarco Care Pack' which is effective, safe, reduces the inflammation in a natural way, helps in correcting the functioning of the immune system and reduces scarring.

SARCO CARE PACK BY PLANET AYURVEDA CONSISTS OF

  • Punarnava Mandur
  • Curcumin Capsules
  • Aller-G Care Capsules
  • Kanchnaar Guggul

Sarco Care Pack

herbal remedies for sarcoidosis

1. Punarnava Mandur

Punarnava Mandoor is a classical Ayurvedic medicine having Boerhavia diffusa as one of the main ingredients. Boerhavia diffusa is one of the very important anti-inflammatory herbs. Other herbs which are used in it are Trivrit (Operculina turpethum), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), Marich (Piper nigrum), Vidanga (Embelia ribes) etc.  These tablets have anti-inflammatory properties therefore provide a great relief in sarcoidosis.

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water half an hour after meals.

2. Curcumin Capsules

Planet Ayurveda's Curcumin Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Curcuma longa. Being anti-inflammatory in nature, curcumin capsules are an effective remedy for the treatment of sarcoidosis. It also provides relief from the painful condition. These capsules work wonderfully in the treatment of sarcoidosis.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water half an hour after meals.

3. Aller-G Care Capsules

These capsules formulated by Planet Ayurveda which contain the natural ingredients that are known to treat the allergic reactions in the body. These herbs are helpful in removing the endo-toxins within the system and provide strength to the lungs as well. These capsules are best to maintain the well-balanced immune system. These capsules provide great relief to the patients suffering from sarcoidosis naturally by eliminating the root cause.

Ingredients Of Aller-G Care Capsules Are:

Sr. No.

Herb Used

Botanical Name

Parts Used

Quantity

1.

Haridra

Curcuma longa

Extract

150 mg

2.

Neem

Azadirachta indica

Extract

150 mg

3.

Shirish

Albezzia lebbock

Extract

100 mg

4.

Ashwagandha

Withania somnifera

Extract

100 mg

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water half an hour after taking meals.

4. Kanchnaar Guggul

Kanchnaar Guggul is a classical Ayurvedic preparation that contains Bauhinia variegata and Commiphora mukul as the main ingredients. Other ingredients of Kanchnaar Guggul are Triphala, Trikatu, Varun bark (Crataeva nurvala), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Twak (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Tejpatra (Cinnamomum tamala) etc. This product is mainly used in Ayurvedic practice to treat any extra growth in the body and also useful in handling pain, lymphatic blockage, inflammation, cyst formation etc.

Dose: 2 tablets thrice daily with plain water half an hour after taking meals.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Include flax seeds, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts in the diet as they are rich in vitamins and minerals which are very helpful in eliminating impurities and toxins within the system.
  • Include spices such as turmeric, ginger, and licorice as they have anti-inflammatory action.
  • Reduce stress as the symptoms of sarcoidosis may flare-up when the person is stressed out. Meditation is the best way to combat the increased stress.
  • Yoga such as tadasana is also a beneficial exercise for sarcoidosis.