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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Herbal Remedies for POEMS Syndrome - Symptoms & Ayurvedic Treatment

POEMS is an acronym used for describing an extremely rare blood disorder which damages the nerves and affects multiple systems of the body. This disorder can progress at an alarmingly rapid rate, and can potentially be a life-threatening condition. Hence, an early diagnosis of the disorder and its timely treatment are very important.

The 'POEMS' acronym - underlining the rare multisystem disorder - stands for:

  • Polyneuropathy - disease which affects several nerves
  • Organomegaly - abnormal enlargement of the spleen, liver or lymph nodes
  • Endocrinopathy - disease affecting certain hormone-producing glands which are responsible for regulating sexual function and metabolism
  • Monoclonal Plasmaproliferative Disorder - Abnormal bone marrow cells (plasma cells) which produce monoclonal protein found in bloodstream
  • Skin Abnormalities - abnormal darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation), thickening of the skin, and excessive facial hair.

POEMS syndrome is also known by some other names, including Osteosclerotic myeloma, Takatsuki disease, Crow-Fukase syndrome, or PEP (Polyneuropathy, Endocrinopathy, Plasma cell dyscrasia) syndrome.

POEMS syndrome characteristically affects people in their middle age; with the average age at onset of the disorder being 50 years. The risk of this disorder is comparatively higher in men as compared to women. The exact cause of the disorder is not known.

POEMS Syndrome: Symptoms

Since POEMS syndrome is a multisystem disorder, its signs and symptoms can be highly variable, and can be similar to those of some other disorders. Generally speaking, some of the common symptoms of POEMS are:

  • Numbness, tingling, pain or weakness in the legs
  • Enlarged spleen, liver or lymph nodes
  • Hypothyroidism (underactive thyroid)
  • Diabetes
  • Fatigue
  • Swelling in the limbs
  • Sexual problems
  • Skin problems
  • Increased number of plasma cells
  • Elevated blood-platelet count
  • Problems with metabolism
  • Lower extremity edema
  • Blood clot formation
  • Abnormal lung function
  • Impaired tolerance of sugar (glucose)
  • Improper functioning of the immune system.

Most of the symptoms of POEMS syndrome are partly a result of the release of an atypical immunoglobulin - that is, a myeloma protein - along with certain cytokines by the malignant plasma cells.

POEMS Syndrome: Treatment

The treatment of POEMS syndrome is aimed at managing the clinical manifestations and potential progression rate of the disorder in individual patients. Generally, the treatment regimen for the patients is determined on the basis of the local versus systemic spread of clonal plasma cells. Depending on the individual case of each patient, some of the POEMS syndrome treatments include: Immunomodulatory imide drugs, surgical removal or radiotherapy of the tumors, low- or high-dose chemotherapy, and peripheral blood stem cell transplant.

For the management of POEMS syndrome in a safe, natural and effective manner, Planet Ayurveda herbal manufacturing company offers some extremely beneficial herbal products. These products are prepared from 100% pure and natural herbs, under the guidance of renowned Ayurveda experts.

Planet Ayurveda's herbal products for managing POEMS syndrome include:

1.Punarnava Capsules

These capsules are prepared from the standardized extract of the 'Punarnava' herb (Boerhaavia diffusa), which is widely used in Ayurvedic formulations for its immense medicinal value.

Patients suffering from POEMS syndrome can benefit from the use of these capsules which can effectively promote liver health, improve respiratory health, treat edema, support the body's capability to expel fluids, keep the urinary tract healthy, and manage water retention caused by a dysfunction of the liver, kidneys or heart.

Dosage: 2 capsules, two times a day.




2. Chanderprabha Vati Tablets

For preparing these tablets, a number of potent herbs and other natural components are used, including Haridra (Curcuma longa), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Pippali (Piper longum), Shunti (Zingiber officinalis), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Shilajit (Asphaltum), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Chavya (Piper chaba), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Karpura (Cinnamomum camphora), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Mustak (Cyperus rotundus), Danti (Baliospermum montanum), Tejpatta (Cinnamomum tamala), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Sarjikshaar (Sodium carbonate), Yavkshaar (Potassium carbonate), Sauvarchala Lavana (Sodium sulphate), Saindhava Lavana (Rock salt), Vida Lavana (Black salt), and Sharkara (Sugar).

The use of these tablets can benefit POEMS syndrome patients because the herbal components can eliminate toxins from the body, purify the blood, treat ovarian cysts, manage genital and urinary tract problems, shrink fibroids, treat bladder-related disorders, and support male/female reproductive organs.

Dosage: 2 tablets, two times a day.

3. Manjistha Capsules

The standardized extract of the 'Manjistha' herb (Rubia cordifolia) is used for the preparation of these capsules. The Manjistha herb has anti-inflammatory, astringent, antispasmodic, anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, blood-purifier, and immunity-enhancer properties.

People suffering from POEMS syndrome can benefit from the use of these capsules because of their ability to treat blood disorders, manage skin diseases, eliminate toxins from the body, support the healthy functioning of the urinary system, manage gynaecological problems, and pacify the 'Pitta' dosha.

Dosage: 2 capsules, two times a day.

4. Ashwagandha Capsules

These capsules are prepared from standardized extract of the potent 'Ashwagandha' herb (Withania somniferum), which is known for its immense medicinal significance and anti-inflammatory properties.

The use of these capsules is beneficial for POEMS syndrome patients because the capsules have the ability to improve a person's overall mental health, enhance brain function, support nerve functions, enhance heart health, manage inflammation, reduce metabolic imbalances, strengthen the muscles, reduce hypertension, rejuvenate the body, and balance 'Vata' and 'Pitta' doshas.

Dosage: 2 capsules, two times a day.

5. Green Essentials Capsules

Some extremely useful herbs are combined for the preparation of these capsules, including Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Spirulina (Spirulina platensis), wheat grass (Triticulum aestivum), Green tea (Camellia sinensis), and grape seed (Vitis vinifera).

The capsules can be helpful in managing POEMS syndrome because they are capable of boosting the immune system, providing nourishment to the brain cells, enhancing the functioning of the brain, managing skin ailments, and enabling the body to fight against free radicals.

Dosage: 2 capsules, two times a day.

6. Liver Detox Formula Capsules

These capsules have effective detoxification capabilities because of their potent herbal ingredients which include Punarnava (boerhaavia diffusa), Haritaki (terminalia chebula), Katuki (picrorhiza kurroa), Kalmegh (andrographis paniculata), Makoy (solanum nigrum), Himsra (capparis spinosa), Biranjasipha (achillea millefolium), Kasni (cichorium intybus), and Jhavuka (tamarix gallica).

The use of Liver Detox capsules can benefit POEMS syndrome patients because of their proven capability to cleanse and detoxify the liver, ensure healthy functioning of the liver, reduce cholesterol levels, assist digestion, and maintain good overall health by ensuring adequate levels of healthy nutrients in the body.

Dosage: 2 capsules, two times a day.

7. Navkarshik Churna

This herbal powder is a very useful formulation which is prepared from several beneficial herbs including Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Daru haldi (Berberis aristata), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), and Vacha (Acorus calamus).

The use of this churna is beneficial in managing POEMS syndrome because its herbal components can purify the blood, support the immune system, manage skin conditions, reduce inflammation, eliminate toxins from the body, treat liver disorders, regulate the heat in the body, and balance 'Vata' and 'Pitta' doshas.

Dosage: 1 teaspoonful of the churna, two times a day.

Conclusion

Planet Ayurveda's herbal products for managing POEMS symptoms are completely vegetarian formulations, which do not contain any chemicals, starch, yeast, fillers, binders, additives, artificial colours or preservatives.

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