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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Ayurvedic Treatment for Kikuchi disease Or Histolytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis (HNL)


Kikuchi disease is a rare, benign condition of lymph nodes. It is non- cancerous and non-malignant disorder. It is also called Histiocytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis or Kikuchi Fujimoto disease. It is considered to be autoimmune disorder and is infectious. It is not a hereditary disorder as it occurs sporadically in people. The disease gets better on its own within one to four months which makes it a self-limited disease.

Kikuchi is more common in young women between 20 to 30 years of age and is known to occur with greater frequency in Southeast Asia. Kikuchi is not a life threatening or chronic disease.


The symptoms of Kikuchi may develop slowly over two to three weeks.

Swollen Lymph nodes in the neck which develop all of a sudden. The lesions or tissue anomalies of this disorder cause the lymph nodes to become enlarged, inflamed and painful.

Mild fever along with headaches, Night sweats, Weight loss, nausea, vomiting and sore throat occurs. In some cases there could also be some upper respiratory infection.

Red Rash, abdominal pain and fatigue are also symptoms associated with Kikuchi disease.

There is muscle or joint pain reported by affected patients.

Affected individuals may experience abnormal enlargement of the liver or spleen.


The exact cause of Kikuchi disease is unknown. It is an idiopathic disorder. According to some researchers, it is caused due to a virus, for some it is an autoimmune disorder. The most widely accepted theory by experts is that Kikuchi disease is the result of some unidentified agents triggering a self-limited autoimmune process. These agents could be infections, chemicals, plastic or neoplastic agents.


Kikuchi can be identified with biopsy of the tissue in the affected lymph nodes. The diagnoses is based on the presence of signs and symptoms.

Other laboratory tests and imaging studies may be recommended to support the diagnoses or rule out other problems. An ultrasound, CT scan or MRI can only confirm the presence of enlarged lymph nodes but cannot confirm the disease.

There are no blood tests to confirm the problem.


The treatment often focuses on relieving patients from the existing symptoms like easing the lymph node tenderness and fever. Treatment is not specific but supportive for this disorder. Planet Ayurveda offers an effective treatment of Kikuchi disease by its ‘safe to use’ herbal preparations which includes:

Herbal Remedies for Kikuchi Disease

Herbal Remedies, Kikuchi Disease, Histolytic Necrotizing Lymphadenitis

1. Kachnaar Guggul

Kachnaar Guggul is one of the most effective Ayurvedic medicines .This medicine is primarily used to address deep seated Kapha imbalances and is very supportive of thyroid gland and lymphatic system. It is useful in treating hypothyroidism, hormone imbalances, PCOS and joint pains. The medicine is very effective in tumors of all kinds.

Guggul itself means protection from the disease. Kachnaar Guggul is obtained from the bark of the Kanchnar tree which is also known as "Bauhinia Variegata". It is used to regulate blood flow in our body.

Other ingredients used in this medicine are Amalaki, Haritaki, Bibhitaki, Ginger, Black Pepper, Pippali and Varuna.

DOSE: The recommended dosage of Kanchnaar Guggul for treating Kikuchi disease is 2 tablets twice or thrice daily, after meals, with plain water.

2. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin is a powerful antioxidant . It is known to reduce inflammation. It is very useful in treating cancer or tumors. These capsules are prepared using pure and standardized extracts of Curcuma longa. The herb is frequently used in Ayurveda for various health problems. Curcumin is a diarylheptanoid which helps to boost body's defense mechanism and provide enough stamina against diseases. It supports healthy cells and maintains the body as a whole.

DOSE: The recommended dosage for Curcumin capsules for Kikuchi disease is 1-2 capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha is the most potent herb in Ayurvedic healing system. It is best herb to strengthen the immune system. The product balances the three doshas especially Kapha and Vata.

Ashwagandha is packed with antioxidant properties. It is used to improve thyroid health. The medicine is loaded with anti-cancerous properties .Ashwagandha contains anti-anxiety, anti -depressant, anti- inflammatory and anti -arthritic properties and helps in relieving all symptoms associated with Kikuchi disease.

DOSE: The recommended dosage for Ashwagandha capsules for Kikuchi disease is 1-2 capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

4. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava is an Ayurvedic herb possessing a bitter taste with cooling and astringent properties. This medicine aims at balancing the three doshas of vata, pitta and kapha. It is a great product clearing excess of Kapha from chest and stomach and has shown excellent results in treating gout and arthritis.

The product is used for kidney dysfunction, liver dysfunction and heart dysfunction too.

DOSE: The recommended dosage for Punarnava capsules for Kikuchi disease is 1-2 capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

Planet Ayurveda offers best quality medicines that are prepared using natural herbs. All the medicines are free from chemicals and hence are free from side effects. They are pure vegetarian capsules that supports the overall health and wellbeing. The products are free from chemicals, preservatives, starch, additives, yeast, binders, fillers etc. The products are safe to be used for people of all ages.

Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids are recommended in certain cases.

In some cases, which are very rare, the patient may develop Kikuchi disease again. 

As the lymphatic system is the immune system, one is more open to catching other viruses so it is advisable to limit contact with others if possible and take precautions to reduce chances of further infection. If there is a lot of swelling around the biopsy site, one may try unprocessed pineapple juice as it is nature’s best anti-inflammatory fruit.

Staying positive, happy and active is the key to all problems.

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