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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, September 24, 2012


The kidneys are very important organ in the body. Their action is closely related to the Nervous system and Reproductive organs. They are as important to the water metabolism as the colon is to food. Just as wrong eating habits damage the stomach on G.I.Tract, improper intake of the liquids damage the kidneys and the urinary tract.
The kidneys are weakened by drinking either too much or too little water, by alcohol, by excessive sexual activity, by antibiotics and by not heeding the urge to urination. Fear and fright damage the kidneys on a psychological level. They are delicate in sensitive or traumatized children, or in anyone who has suffered stress to the adrenals. In case of Kidney failure it is very important to follow a specific diet to avoid dialysis and reduce urea and creatinine level. 


Uncontrolled diabetes or blood pressure is usually the major reason behind Kidney Failure. This is a condition called Diabetic Nephropathy. In this condition, the kidney is excreting more proteins, the Urea, Creatinine levels are high, the potassium levels are high and there is a risk of electrolyte imbalance. The toxins level is raised and therefore regular dialysis is required. Dialysis is nothing but filter the whole blood through machine.
There are many other reasons due to which the toxins accumulate and lodge themselves in the kidneys and urinary tract, particularly when the kidneys are not filtering the blood properly. Symptoms include lower back pain, sciatic pain, difficult or painful urination, urinary tract infections, swollen prostate or kidney stones.
One should follow proper diet to avoid further complications arising from the kidney disease. One should mainly lower the sodium, fluids and protein intake.
One should remember that Diabetes and Hypertension are the major cause of kidney disease. So, one should maintain normal glucose levels and normal blood pressure to maintain proper function of the kidneys.
Impaired Kidneys cannot easily remove salt, potassium and water, that’s why they should be consumed in limited quantities. It is not a threat; these are steps to eat the right amount of nutrients to remain healthy.

Avoid intake of salt in your food. It can raise the blood pressure, risk of heart failure and pulmonary edema and so sodium intake should necessarily be lowered. Have a very low salt diet. Avoid processed foods or canned foods, pickles, cheese etc that are high in salt content. Also avoid potato chips, pizza and any kind of packaged food. It is always preferable to have homemade food.

Some people with kidney disease need to lower their potassium intake. It is found naturally in many fruits and vegetables. In poor function of the kidneys, it fails to remove the excess potassium from the blood. A high level in potassium can cause muscle weakness and affect the Heart rhythm. Foods rich in potassium are salt substitutes, bananas and apricots. However salt substitutes are not advisable, because it will further aggravate the disease.

Wheat germ, Sunflower seed, Almond, Raisin, Parsley, Lettuce, Radish, Cabbage, Dandelion root, Bananas, Water melon, Citrus fruits, Mushrooms, Greens, Spinach, Cucumber, Dried figs, Apricots, Dates, Wheat bran, Soybean, Avocado, Garlic, Tomato, Peas, Beans, Celery root
Alfalfa seeds, raw (1 cup)- 33 g
Apple (1)- 138 g
Apricot, raw (1)- 35 g
Asparagus , cooked, boiled (4 spears)- 60 g
Banana (1)- 118 g
Beans, baked (1 cup)- 254 g
Cabbage, raw (1 cup)- 70 g
Celery (1 stalk )- 40 g
Cheese (1 tbsp)- 14.5 g
Cucumber, peeled, raw(1 cup)- 119 g
Dates (5)- 41.5 g
Dandelion, boiled (1 cup)- 105 g
Garlic, 1 clove- 3 g
Lettuce, 1 leaf- 10 g
Parsley , 10 sprigs- 10 g
Radish (1)- 4.5 g
Raisins (1 cup)- 145 g
Peas , boiled (1 cup)- 160 g
Spinach, raw (1 cup)- 30 g
Soy beans, cooked ( 1 cup)- 172 g
Tomatoes (1)- 123 g
Watermelon (1 cup)- 152 g
Wheat flour (1 cup)- 120 g

Do not have water or fluid content more than 1.5 Liters per day. Replace it with vegetables that has high water content like snake gourd, radish, spinach etc. even they come under fluid intake. But they are nutritious. Instead of merely drinking water, this can be taken. Also one can have tender coconut water (if they are not diabetic) and even buttermilk. All this should come under one and half litre per day. Have warm water instead of plain water.

Protein is very essential to sustain energy levels in the body. A healthy kidney separates protein from the wastes and excretes the wastes from the blood. While an impaired kidney also excretes the protein and causes protein loss. That’s why Doctors suggest limiting protein intake to avoid much pressure on the kidneys. Also complete elimination is not advisable. Hence limited protein intake can balance the functions of the kidneys. Choose high quality protein like chicken, lean meat, fish, eggs etc. have 160 to 190 Gms of protein per day. The quantity depends upon level of blood urea and creatinine. Usually 40-50 gm of protein intake is recommended per day.
Milk (half L)-18 g
Yogurt (1 cup)-7 g
Meat (200 g)-50 g
Beans baked (1 cup)-254 g
Egg (1)-8 g
Soya milk (200ml)-6 g
Fish (100 g )-21 g
Cheese (100 g )-25 g
Roast chicken (100 g )-25 g
Roast beef (100 g )-25 g
Cabbage cooked (1 cup)-150 g
Cabbage raw (1 cup)-70 g
Ripe tomatoes (1 cup)-180 g

Intake of high fat substances or fried food items may increase the levels of cholesterol. Even if it is home-made it is not advisable to have high fat food. Increase in cholesterol level in blood can cause kidney damage or failure. Use vegetable oils like safflower oil, olive oil for cooking which are the safest and healthiest choices.
Smoking can complicate the disease further. It has been found that it causes heart attacks and sometimes even death of a person suffering from Chronic Kidney Disease.

Avoid intake of dairy products such as cheese, butter, ice creams etc. Avoid beverages like cola, alcohol etc. avoid nuts, peas and beans. Foods that are high in phosphorous are milk, cheese, nuts and cola drinks. Too much of phosphorous will remove calcium from bones and affect the bones and may lead to osteoporosis.
Diabetes mellitus affects the structure and function of the Kidney in many ways. The term diabetic nephropathy encompasses all the lesions occurring in the kidneys of patients with diabetes mellitus. These lesions include glomerulo-sclerosis, arterionephro-sclerosis, chronic interstitial nephritis, papillary necrosis and various tubular lesions.

Diabetic nephropathy is associated with a variety of clinical syndromes including mild asymptomatic proteinuria, nephritic syndrome, progressive renal failure and hypertension. Glomerulo lesions are particularly common and account for the majority of the abnormal clinical findings related to the kidney.

The principal clinical manifestation of diabetic glomerular disease is proteinuria. Initially only small amounts of albumin are excreted, particularly following exercise (microalbuminuria). This amount of albumin excretion is undetectable by routine screening methods. Under ordinary circumstances, microalbuminuria develops within 10 to 15 years of the onset of hyperglycemia and usually progresses within 3 to 7 years to overt proteinuria and clinical diabetic nephropathy.

With good control of hyperglycemia and elevated blood pressure, the development of microalbuminuria can be prevented or reversed. Patients with non-insulin-dependant diabetes mellitus also may develop clinical nephropathy. Precise regulation of blood sugar (by meticulous attention to diet, exercise, and insulin dosage) may be effective in reducing the development of nephropathy. During the micro-albuminuric phase, tight metabolic control slows the rate of increase in albumin excretion, as does lowering the arterial blood pressure and dietary protein restriction. Once the nephropathy has reached the stage of overt proteinuria, aggressive management of hypertension will slow the rate of loss of renal function, but strict control of blood sugar does not seem to retard the rate of progression once overt nephropathy (proteinuria > 500mg/d) has emerged.
Patient with ESRF (End stage renal failure) due to diabetic nephropathy are not ideal candidates for long term dialysis because of concomitant multiple organ dysfunction secondary to arterio-vascular disease.

An early sign of kidney damage is when your kidneys leak small amounts of a protein called micro albumin into the urine.
With severe damage; the kidney excretes more amount of protein called proteinuria. More wastes build up in the blood. This damage gets worse until the kidneys fail.


 Keep your blood sugar and blood pressure under control. Also maintain normal cholesterol levels. Check it every 3 to 6 months.
 Exercise or have a brisk walk regularly. For diabetic patients, it is more advisable to walk in the evening around 45 minutes.
 Always have a healthy and balanced diet. Have low salt diet. Avoid eating outside, because the ones prepared outside, sometimes add soda to cook soon or it may be unhygienic and the oil used may not be suitable for you. So, always prefer home-made food.
 Have a low-salt, low-protein, low-fat and high fruit and vegetable diet.
 Have at least two to three cups of boiled or steamed vegetables per day.
 Eat fiber rich foods like whole grain bread and cereals. Eat frequent small meals.
 Avoid processed foods like sauces, pickles etc.
 Check the labels for added salt. Drink warm and filtered water.
 Avoid food made by using baking powder like cakes, biscuits etc.
 Avoid legumes, milk and dairy products, mainly cheese. Use skimmed milk in the place of whole cream milk. Limit the intake of fish and meat.
 Have your kidneys tested at least once in a year and if you are already suffering from Kidney failure, then the tests of urea, creatinine, electrolytes should be performed every week or 15 days.
 Avoid smoking and alcohol.
 Avoid junk foods and high fat intake, if you have diabetes and not suffering from kidney disease yet.
 Avoid suppression of natural urges- passing or urine or stool or sleep. 
 Maintain proper weight according to your age and height. low-fat diet and regular exercise also will lower your risk of heart and blood vessel (cardiovascular) disease
 Avoid drugs such as NSAID’s (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) or even the drug to lower uric acid called Zyloric also causes Renal Failure. I have seen  many renal failure patients who used this drug to reduce uric acid and were suffering from Gout. There are certain herbs like Kaishore Guggul, Gorakhmundi, Navkarshik Churna which are very useful for gout. 


There are certain ayurvedic herbs which are very effective in reducing urea, creatinine levels and help to avoid dialysis. The kidney failure responds very well to these natural remedies. 

The combination of herbs is called "The Revive kidneys package " and mentioned by Dr. Vikram Chauhan MD (Ayurveda ) at PLANET AYURVEDA 


Friday, September 21, 2012

Swollen Lymph Nodes Ayurvedic treatment, Causes, Lymphoma

Swollen Lymph Nodes Ayurvedic Treatment - Causes, Signs, Symptoms and natural cure with herbal remedies

There are several reasons for swelling in lymph glands. Lymph glands are actually small oval shaped glands spread all over the body. They are basically organs of immune system. The lymph nodes are full of white blood cells, Lymphocytes and macrophages.  The lymph nodes are actually battle ground of the intruders ( bacteria, viruses ) and our body's army i.e. immunity. The immune cells fight with the intruders and the dead bodies keep piling up in the lymph nodes and this leads to swollen lymph glands. The lymph nodes are sometimes swollen due to infection, as explained above, but there may be so many other reasons which lead to swollen lymph nodes. These are -

Infections in the extremities, teeth, throat, jaw etc. leading the lymph nodes enlargement and swelling
Hodgkin's or non-hodgkin's lymphomas
Certain types of cancers
Common cold, skin, asthma, Measles, Mumps and many prolonged illnesses.

Herbal remedies for Swollen lymph nodes

The following combination of natural remedies offers cure of swollen lymph glands within few days of using them.

1. Cap. Ashwagandha - 2 twice daily
2. Tab. Kachnaar Guggul - 2 thrice daily
3. Cap. Curcumin - 2 thrice daily

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Monday, September 17, 2012

Ayurvedic Treatment for Diabetes - Diabetes Remedy

According to Ayurveda, diabetes is one of the 20 types of "Prameha Rog". There are 20 types of Prameha, 10 out of 20 prameha are called "Kaphaja" , 6 are called "pittaja" and 4 are called Vataja".  The vataja prameha are difficult to treat and diabetes is one of those vataja prameha. This is also known as Madhumeha 

In Ayurveda it is also mentioned that if any type of Prameha is not take care well properly, they change into  Madhumeha. 

The cause of Madhumeha - Diabetes Causes - Type 2 diabetes causes - 

Sedentary life style, genetic causes, Chronic stress and anxiety, too much high calorie food intake at regular intervals, no physical exercise, lack of sleep or irregular sleep are one of the reasons for type 2 diabetes. 


Ayurvedic treatment of Diabetes is aimed to restore the normal sugar levels using pure herbs. There are certain herbal combinations mentioned in Ayurveda which help to improve sugar control and help to prevent complications. 

The classical Ayurvedic treatment of diabetes consists of using following natural remedies in the following combination -

Vasant Kusumakar Ras - 4 gm
Vrihtvatchintamani Ras -4 gm
Yashad Bhasma - 10 gm
Tapyadi Loh - 10 gm
Shilajatwadi Vati - 4 gm ( with gold)
Kalmegh Navayas Loh -10 gm
Praval Panchamrit - 10 gm
Mukta Pishti - 4 gm
Giloy Satv - 20 gm
--------------- Mix them all well, make 60 sachets of all of these, consume 1 sachet twice daily with honey.

2. Cap. Diabeta Plus - 2 twice daily

# 1 and # 2 can be used alone, in case the diabetes is just a few years old.

3. Cap. Fenugreek - 2 twice daily
4. Cap. Gymnema - 2 twice daily

From # 1 to # 4 should be used together if the diabetes is more than 10 years old 

5. Cap. Bittermelon - 2 twice daily
6. Madhumehantak Churna -1  teaspoonful twice daily
7. Cap. Curcumin - 2 twice daily

# 1 to # 7 can be all used together if the patient is on Insulin and still the sugar in not in control. All these can be used and sugar levels monitored. 

To prevent diabeteic neuropathy and other complications 

1. Cap. Shilajit - 1 twice daily
2. Cap. Ashwagandha - 1 twice daily

All the above mentioned medicines can be used alone also, if the diabetes is less than 4 years old. Fenugreek capsules should be used to give added protection with any other herbal formula. All the diabetes formulations are available at - 

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

LIVER CIRRHOSIS DIET - Food in Liver Failure

Diet in Liver Cirrhosis and Liver Failure

Liver is the seat of metabolism in the body. Whatever food we eat, after digestion passes through liver and after proper inspection, the liver processes the food into various parts. The proteins are processed and broken down into amino acids. The carbohydrates into glucose molecules, the fats into amino acids. The vitamins and minerals are utilized in various enzymatic chemical reactions to break down and convert the food into utilizable form. 
Liver cells use various enzymes to perform these functions. The hepatocytes or liver cells work hard to keep us disease free as they also halt the entry of bacteria and viruses into our body. The chemical drugs, preservatives, alcohol, pollutants are also toxic to the liver as liver cells work at war scale to commit suicide to neutralize the toxins overload. 


The diet in liver failure - The liver cirrhosis diet should be a very balanced diet. 

What food to be avoided in liver failure

Alcohol, High protein diet, Cheese, Peanuts, Dry fruits, wine, beer, All packaged food which contain preservatives, frozen food, soft drinks, Non-veg diet, sea food and eggs ( Egg white can be given if the albumin is very low).  Spices like ginger, turmeric, garlic are not recommended as they are pungent in nature. Alcohol is also pungent in nature. So pungents are not recommended in liver failure.  

Which diet is good in liver cirrhosis 

Coconut water is excellent in liver cirrhosis. Drink fresh coconut water, daily in the morning. 
All fruits, vegetables which are bitter in taste are excellent.  By Bitter, I mean Bitter and not pungent. There are 6 tastes in total. Sweet, Sour, Salty, Pungent, Bitter and Astringent. 

Bitter tasting vegetables are - all gourds, long gourd, bottle gourd, round gourds, bitter gourds.

Other foods good in liver failure are Turnips, radish, carrots, potatoes. Radish juice- 10-20 ml once daily is recommended. 

Liver Cirrhosis Diet 

It is very important to cleanse the liver. Drinking water is very important if there is no water retention or ascites. Drinking a lot of water helps the liver to clean the toxins more effectively. Minimizing the alcohol and drug intake also helps in improved liver function and thereby longevity.

Consuming raw vegetables in the diet plan, especially dark and leafy vegetables, cabbage, wasabi, broccoli, onion, turnip, bok choy etc. different types of berries. avoid sour fruits at all cost. Lemons, oranges are not recommended at all. 

Try to include seeds in the diet such as sunflower, flax, pumpkin seeds, and sesame. Small quantity is recommended and twice weekly is fine. 

Avoid junk food and Soft drinks - Even if there is no Cirrhosis or you are living normal life - 

This machine (Human body) is made by nature and the nature has given the best fuel on our planet for running and maintaining this machine. Putting in junk food, drugs, chemicals, preservatives, alcohol, Soda, Soft drinks (all soft drinks contain Co2) is just like running your car on kerosene.

When we can follow the manufacturer’s manual in case of our car and put the right kind of premium fuel in it for its proper maintenance why can’t we put the right kind of fuel (natural food) in this nature made machine for its optimum performance. 

Why can’t we follow nature’s manual i.e. Ayurveda

Why do we have to drink Co2 (Soft drinks) by spending hard earned money when the body is putting its best efforts to eliminate Co2 from the blood through lungs and maintain the pH to slightly alkaline.

Have we forgotten that Co2 is an acidic gas ?
We have studied all these things when we were kids in school. Body tries to maintain the pH of the blood and liver plays an important role in it.

Dr. Vikram Chauhan- MD (Ayurveda )  explaining about Liver cirrhosis treatment in Ayurveda. The cirrhosis can be caused by any reason - Hepatitis, Alcohol, Drugs or any other toxins.