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Friday, November 23, 2018

What Is The Treatment Of Sarcoidosis In Ayurveda?

Sarcoidosis otherwise thought to be incurable can be treated successfully with Ayurvedic medicines. First of all to understand the treatment of Sarcoidosis we should go through some of the basic points of this disease.

WHAT IS SARCOIDOSIS?

What Is The Treatment Of Sarcoidosis In Ayurveda?

Sarcoidosis is a disease condition characterized by inflammation of various organs of the body. Usually, lungs and lymph nodes are affected. In this due to inflammation masses of inflammatory cells forms and gather in various organs of the body. When these masses gradually grow and develop in large size it starts altering the function and size of the organ and if left untreated it can result in fibrosis (scarring) of the organ. This scarring is permanent and irreversible.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SARCOIDOSIS?

As we know this disease affects different organs of the body so the symptoms appearing can vary greatly according to the organ affected. Common symptoms appear are:

  • Dry cough
  • Wheezing
  • Fatigue
  • Weight loss
  • Night Sweats
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Chest pain
  • Congestion of chest

Other Symptoms Which Can Occur Are:

  • Skin Rashes
  • Abnormal liver functions
  • Kidney stones
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Irritation in eyes
  • Increased calcium levels in the blood.

WHAT ARE CAUSES OF SARCOIDOSIS?

The exact cause is not known. There can be a familial tendency to develop this disease. A bacterial or viral infection can result in the overreaction of the immune system, resulting in Sarcoidosis.

WHO ARE MORE PRONE TO SARCOIDOSIS?

  • Age - People with age of 20-40 years are more at risk of this disease.
  • Gender - Females are more prone to develop sarcoidosis as compared to males.
  • Family History - Family history of sarcoidosis pre-disposes a person to have sarcoidosis.
  • More exposure to dust and bacteria might be a cause for this.

HOW CAN SARCOIDOSIS BE DIAGNOSED?

Usually diagnosing sarcoidosis can be really difficult and tricky. As it shows only few sign and symptoms mimicking flu. But your doctor can diagnose it by performing a physical examination, taking history and going for the tests.

  • X-ray of the chest to see enlarged lymph nodes and any damage to lungs.
  • PET- scan or MRI if heart involvement is suspected.
  • CT scan to rule out any complication.
  • Blood tests to asses’ kidneys and liver function
  • Lung function test to asses’ lung capacity.
  • Eye check up to asses vision.

WHAT COMPLICATIONS CAN BE POSED?

  • Lungs - If sarcoidosis left untreated it can lead to lung fibrosis.
  • Eye - Long-continued inflammation in eyes can result in blindness.
  • Kidney - It can alter kidney function and can result in kidney failure.
  • Heart - Masses of inflammatory cells can result in abnormal heart beats.
  • Nervous System - In rare cases sarcoidosis can affect the nervous system.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT OF SARCOIDOSIS IN CONVENTIONAL MEDICINE?

According to the conventional system of medicine there is no curative treatment for sarcoidosis. According to it, there is no need for treatment if there are no significant symptoms. Patient has to go too regularly for check-ups like a chest x-ray, eye check-ups, and other organs check-ups. Otherwise, if the organ is damaged than one have to go for a transplant.

Treatment, when given, is to manage symptoms, maintain good health and proper working of organs.

One can ensure good health by following few tips:

  • Regular check-ups for different organs.
  • Taking a balanced diet
  • Taking a good amount of fluids
  • Having good and sound sleep
  • Avoid smoking and drinking.

Whereas Ayurveda provides an alternative treatment for sarcoidosis by which it prevents the organ from being affected and also restores the function of the affected organs naturally. According to Ayurveda diseases occur due to an imbalance of the three dosha, i.e. vata, kapha and pitta. Ayurvedic treatment is based on balancing these doshas and treating the disease in a most natural way.

HOW DO WE TREAT SARCOIDOSIS AT PLANET AYURVEDA?

Treatment at Planet Ayurveda is completely Ayurvedic and free from side effects. Medicines are made from pure herbs according to real Ayurvedic principles. For sarcoidosis, Planet Ayurveda offers very effective herbal remedies made from pure herbs. They are 100% safe and vegetarian. These are very effective herbal remedies to treat sarcoidosis.

Sarco Care Pack

herbal remedies for sarcoidosis

1. Curcumin Capsules

It is made from Haridra extract (Curcuma longa). It prevents swelling and inflammation. It inhibits the conversion of normal cells to tumor cells. It inhibits extra blood supply which is needed for cancerous cell growth. Due to its rich medicinal properties curcumin is being used widely in case of cancer. It removes free-radicals from body and improves immunity and overall health. Other than this these capsules have anti-diabetic properties due to which it is used as a diabetic herb. Chinese use it for relieving liver ailments. Due to its anti-inflammatory property it help inhibiting inflammation and infections. Due to its antibiotic property it fight against infections. It is also used for cosmetic purpose due to its beneficial effect on skin.

2. Kachnaar Guggul

This Ayurvedic remedy is very effective in treating sarcoidosis. This is made from various ingredient:

  • Kanchnaar bark (Bauhinia variegata)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Shunthi (Zingiber officinale)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Marich (Piper nigrum)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica)
  • Varuna (Cartaeva religiosa)

It inhibits extra growth in the body helping treat sarcoidosis. It eliminates excess deposited Kapha in the body. All the herbs together help to maintain a healthy body. It acts an anti-oxidant, clears all the toxins from the body. It is helpful in treating blockage in lymphatic channels and swelling of lymph nodes.

Kanchnaar found in it has a purgative action which cleanses bowel and improves appetite and digestion. It can also be used as emetic (vomiting inducing agent). In case of anal or rectal prolapsed it is found to be very useful to rejuvenating the organ.

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) is another constituent of kachnar guggul it treats stomach disorders. It has very good vitamin c content which help fighting skin problems and promotes healthy skin. It reduces high cholesterol and prevent arteriosclerosis.

Next constituent of it is shunthi (Zingiber officinalis) it helps in stomach disorders like acidity, abdominal pain and bloating. It is a very good analgesic, relieves pain.

3. Aller-G Care

It is made up of various herbs listed below:

  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Neem (Azadirachta indica)
  • Shirish (Albezzia lubbock)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

It relieves symptoms associated with this disorder like chest pain and shortness of breath. Curcuma longa (Haridra) is anti-inflammatory and has healing properties and used in skin ailments as well. It acts as anti-oxidant and detoxifies the body, hence increasing the immunity and overall health. Curcuma acts as blood purifier and improves blood circulation.

Azadirachta indica (neem) has many medicinal properties, it is anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-helminthic and anti-fungal. It is used to prepare medicines for diabetic patient. It also fights against sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, herpes and candidiasis.

4. Punarnava Mandur

It is a wonderful combination of herbs useful for sarcoidosis. Some of them are listed below-

  • Boerhaavia diffusa (Punarnava)
  • Zingiber officinalis (Shunti)
  • Piper longum (Pippali)
  • Piper nigrum (Marich)
  • Embalica officinalis (Amalaki), etc.

It reduces swelling and inflammation. It helps to eliminate toxins from our body. So this is very beautifully used in sarcoidosis. Boerrhavia diffusa (Punarnava) helps to maintain function of kidney and maintain overall urinary system health. It increase the body's ability to expel fluids from body.

Piper longum (pippali) is used as a strong stimulant and laxative. It helps relieving cough, asthma and sore throat. It is used to treat gout and rheumatism.

DOSAGE

  • Curcumin Capsules - 2 capsules twice daily after half an hour with plain water.
  • Kachnaar Guggul - 2 tablets thrice daily after 30 min meals to be taken.
  • Aller-G Care - 2 capsules twice daily after 30 min meals to be taken
  • Punarnava Mandur - 2 tablets twice daily after 30 min meals to be taken

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