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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Treatment of NAFLD (Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease) in Ayurveda

The Liver is the second largest organ of the human body whose weight is approximately 1.6 kg.

Some Of The Main Functions Of Liver Are:

  • It metabolizes important proteins, fats and carbohydrates.
  • It helps in producing and clearing cholesterol in the body.
  • The liver secretes blood clotting factors which helps in stopping the excessive blood flow during a cut or any injury.
  • It also secretes bile. Bile helps in the digestion of fats and fat soluble vitamins such as A, D, E and K.
  • It stores iron, copper and Vitamins such as A, D, E, K and B12.
  • The liver cleanses blood by eliminating harmful wastes, drugs and toxic substances from it.

WHAT ARE THE COMMON DISORDERS THAT AFFECT LIVER?

Disorders that affect liver are Hepatitis (Inflammation of the liver), Cirrhosis (scarring), fatty liver and cancer. Common causes of liver disorders are metabolism, hereditary, virus infection such as Hepatitis A, B, C, D and E, intake of alcohol and drugs.

WHAT IS FATTY LIVER?

The normal liver has 5% fat only. When the amount of fat increases by 10%, then healthy liver tissues gets converted into fatty tissues. This disorder is known as fatty liver or steatosis. In other words, this condition can be described as liver that sucks fat.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF FATTY LIVER?

  • Excessive intake of alcohol
  • Overweight
  • High blood cholesterol
  • Diabetes Mellitus

WHAT IS NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE (NAFLD)?

Fatty Liver Has Two Basic Types:

  • Persons who have more alcohol intake, the fatty liver reaches the first stage of the disease, which gradually leads to cirrhosis if the alcohol intake is continued.
  • Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD) is a term used to describe the fat deposition in those patients who take alcohol in smaller quantities or do not consume alcohol at all.
Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease, NAFLD

WHAT IS NASH?

Due to the deposition of fats in the patients suffering from NAFLD, there is an inflammation and necrosis (death of tissues of the liver). The presence of dead tissues and inflammation lead to a chronic disorder known as Non Alcoholic Steato Hepatitis (NASH). The word Steato means fat and Hepatitis means inflammation of the liver. Patients who are suffering from NASH are at the risk of developing cirrhosis.

NAFLD AND NASH -- FACTS AND FIGURES

  • In India, the incidence of NAFLD is commonly seen in obese, diabetes or prediabetic people.
  • 80% of the patients suffering from NAFLD are obese.
  • It affects 40-70% of the patients suffering with diabetes.
  • In normal children, NAFLD disease has increased up to 3-10% in the last 10 years, and increases up to 8-80% in overweight/obese children.
  • Nearly 2-3% thin and 15-20% obese people have NASH.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH NAFLD?

The Risk Factors Associated With NAFLD Are:

  • Obesity
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Age: It mostly occurs in the persons above the age of 50 years. It is most commonly seen in men.
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • High levels of cholesterol or triglycerides in the blood.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF NAFLD?

There are no specific signs and symptoms of NAFLD. But, when the disease develops, it causes pain and discomfort in the upper part of the abdomen and fatigue.

HOW NAFLD IS DIAGNOSED?

Following Are The Tests That Are Used For The Diagnosis Of NAFLD:

  • LFT: It is a blood test which measures the concentrations of various enzymes and proteins in the blood which are produced by the liver. Patients suffering from NAFLD have elevated levels of liver enzymes.
  • Imaging Tests: Imaging tests such as ultrasound, Computed Tomography (CT) scan or Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI).
  • Biopsy: A liver biopsy is a procedure in which a small needle is inserted into the liver to collect a tissue sample. Liver biopsy is done to differentiate between NASH and fatty liver.

WHAT ARE THE DISORDERS AND COMPLICATIONS ASSOCIATED WITH NASH?

Patients suffering from NASH have higher risks of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disorders or stroke.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS TO PREVENT NAFLD?

The change in lifestyle is the first step towards the prevention of NAFLD.

  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Choose a healthy diet.
  • Be regular with your physical exercises.
  • Don't take any medicine without physician's consultation.
  • Intake of alcohol should be under control.
  • Quit smoking.

Modern treatment for liver disorders include the prescription of drugs but currently available drugs have more systemic toxicity therefore, physicians hesitate to administer these drugs for long term use.

According to modern medicine, liver transplantation is one of the options for chronic liver disorders but this treatment option bears several risks and is unaffordable for most of the patients in many countries, particularly in India. Further, liver transplant is a complex procedure as it requires sophisticated infrastructure, expensive drugs and prolonged stays in ICUs.

WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON LIVER DISORDERS?

In Ayruveda, The liver is considered as a well known organ. It is known as "Yakrit". The word "Yakrit" is made from two words: Yat + Krit. "Yat" means conversion and "Krit" means to do. Yakrit is a site of Raktdhatu where blood is stored. In Ayurveda, there are many herbs and their extracts that have been shown to possess hepato-protective activities. These herbs have biochemical active components that protect the liver from oxidative stress, promote virus elimination, block fibrogenesis, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulating, liver generating properties. Traditional Indian Medicinal system known as Ayurveda has generated extensive empirical knowledge and treated various complicated disorders since ages.

NAFLD can be successfully treated with the help of herbs and herbal remedies.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT OF NAFLD BY PLANET AYURVEDA?

Planet Ayurveda offers effective herbal remedies for the treatment of NAFLD. These remedies are:

  1. Indian Echinacea Capsules
  2. Yakrit Plihantak Churna
  3. Phyllanthus Niruri Capsules
  4. Liver Detox Formula

Fatty Liver Care Pack

herbal remedies for Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease

1. Indian Echinacea Capsules

Planet Ayurveda's Echinacea Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Andographis paniculata. This herb is known as "King of Bitters". In Sanskrit, this herb is known by the name "Kalmegh". This herb has been used for liver disorders, lack of appetite, purification of blood since ages. It reduces vitiated Kapha and Pitta dosha. It is useful for the treatment of liver disorders as it stimulates liver, expels out excess Pitta from the body.

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

2. Yakrit Plihantak Churna

Planet Ayurveda's Yakrit Plihantak Churna is a wonderful combination of unique herbs that are known to improve the functioning of liver. The herbs used in this formulation influence the functioning of liver by regenerating liver cells, relieving inflammation, eliminating toxins etc.

Ingredients Used In The Preparation Of Yakrit Plihantak Churna Are:

Sr. No.

Ingredient Name

Common Name

Parts Used

Quantity (200 gm)

1.

Phyllanthus niruri

Bhumi Amla

Whole

60 gm

2.

Andrographis paniculata

Kalmegh

Whole

20 gm

3.

Eclipta alba

Bhringraj

Whole

20 gm

4.

Tephrosia purpurea

Sharpunkha

Roots

20 gm

5.

Cichorium intybus

Kaasni

Roots

20 gm

6.

Picrorrhiza kurrao

Katuki

Stem

20 gm

7.

Solanum indicum

Makoy

Whole

20 gm

8.

Boerhavia diffusa

Punarnava

Roots

20 gm

Dose: 1/2-1 teaspoonful of herbal powder with plain water after meals should be taken.

3. Phyllanthus Niruri Capsules

Phyllanthus Niruri Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Bhumyamalaki. This herb is considered as hepatoprotective. This herb reduces vitiated Kapha and Pitta dosha. It is a coolant by nature. Therefore, these capsules are very useful in enhancing the functioning of the diseased liver. Its root, leaves and the whole plant is used as an herbal supplement. This plant has also been used for centuries as an herbal remedy for urinary calculi.

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

4. Liver Detox Formula

Liver Detox Formula by Planet Ayurveda are obtained from the mixture of different herbs that are helpful in cleansing liver and keeps it healthy and strong. This formulation is designed to revive the damaged liver cells and gives strength to the body.

Ingredients Of Liver Detox Formula Are:

Sr. No.

Ingredient Name

Common Name

Quantity

1.

Picrorrhiza kurrao

Kutki

200 mg

2.

Boerrhavia diffusa

Punarnava

100 mg

3.

Andographis paniculata

Kalmegh

50 mg

4.

Solanum indicum

Makoy

25 mg

5.

Chicorum intybus

Kaasni

25 mg

6.

Achillea millefolium

Biranjasipha

25 mg

7.

Tamarix galluca

Jhavuka

25 mg

8.

Capparis spinosa

Himsra

25 mg

9.

Terminalia chebula

Haritaki

25 mg

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

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Is there any treatment of Lichen sclerosus in Ayurveda?

Lichen sclerosus is a rare skin disorder that affects the genital and perianal regions. Lichen sclerosus is a chronic inflammatory skin condition. It involves the appearance of white and patchy skin that appears thinner than the normal. The condition tends to recur; hence long-term follow-up caution is needed. It can affect anyone but postmenopausal women are more likely to be affected by it. The symptoms don't improve without treatment.

It is not contagious and cannot be transmitted through sexual intercourse.

treatment of lichen sclerosus in ayurveda

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF LICHEN SCLEROSUS?

The skin of the genital and anal area is mostly affected but in some cases skin of the upper body such as arms, breasts etc. may also be affected. In women, it mostly affects the vulva region.

Some of the common signs and symptoms include:

  • Itching, which can be severe
  • Redness in the affected area
  • Smooth white patches on the skin
  • Blotchy or wrinkled patches
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Painful intercourse
  • Bleeding occurs in severe cases

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF LICHEN SCLEROSUS?

The cause of lichen sclerosus is unclear. An overactive immune system or an imbalance of hormones, an infection, or genes may play a role. In a particular site, previous skin damage on the skin may increase the probability of lichen sclerosus at that location.

DIAGNOSIS

Lichen sclerosus can be diagnosed by physical examination as well as by biopsy, in which a small piece of tissue is examined under a microscope.

TREATMENT

Allopathic treatment of lichen sclerosus involves the prescription of immunosuppressive drugs and steroids to inhibit the abnormal immune system response. But, these drugs carry long-term complications by increasing the risk of repeated infections.

COMPLICATIONS

People with lichen sclerosus are at an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the affected area. squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) is the prevalent form of skin cancer.

HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP IN THE TREATMENT OF LICHEN SCLEROSUS?

In Ayurveda, lichen sclerosus can be categorized under Kushtha and can be treated by the general principles mentioned in kushtha chikitsa, where the systemic treatment is given according to the dosha dominance.

According to Ayurveda, the nidaan (etiology) of lichen sclerosus is Visha (autoimmune), which usually results from the consumption of incompatible foods, exposure to certain environmental factors, stress etc. Stress also plays an important role as excessive stress vitiates the Rasa Dhatu as well as Rasavaha Srotas, which is responsible for Kapha dushti.

The auto-immune nature of the disease along with Kapha dushti causes kandu (itchy lesion). Hence, the primary dosha involved is Kapha dosha.

effects of an increase in kapha dosha

Reference: Astanga Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 11, Shloka No. 7

Meaning: In this shloka, the effects of an increase in Kapha dosha are explained. It causes weak digestion, excessive salivation, laziness, the feeling of heaviness, white discoloration, coldness, lose body parts, asthma, cold, cough, and excessive sleep.

HOW PLANET AYURVEDA CAN HELP IN THE TREATMENT OF LICHEN SCLEROSUS?

Planet Ayurveda offers herbal remedies that help to control the worsening of the lesions and restore the natural health of the skin and correct a dysfunction of immune system as well. These remedies consist of detoxifiers that protect the skin tissues. The aim of the treatment is to manage the root cause of illness by regulating and modulating the immune system response, without suppressing it.

Ayurvedic treatment has a better scope for the treatment of lichen sclerosus due to its holistic approach.

Herbal Remedies offered by Planet Ayurveda for the treatment of Lichen Sclerosus are:

  1. Manjishtha Capsules
  2. Radiant Hair Skin Nail Formula Capsules
  3. Curcumin Capsules
  4. Nirgundi Oil
  5. Gandhak Rasayan

Herbal Remedies for Lichen Sclerosus

Herbal Remedies for Lichen Sclerosus

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) Capsules

The standardized extract of the herb is used for the preparation of Planet Ayurveda’s Manjishtha Capsules. This herb is classically categorized under the group of herbs that are good for skin and useful in mitigating Pitta dosha. The anti-inflammatory, blood purifying and immune-boosting properties of this herb help in the treatment of lichen sclerosus.

Dose: 1-2 capsules twice a day with plain water after taking meals.

2. Radiant Skin, Hair & Nails Formula

These capsules by Planet Ayurveda contain are prepared using the natural ingredients that aid in skin repair and growth. They contain the standardized extracts of the herbs that are useful in relieving skin problems without causing any side effects. These capsules help to relieve stubborn skin problems naturally. Stubborn skin problems such as ringworm, psoriasis, lichen sclerosus, acne can be relieved quite effectively by the use of radiant skin hair nails formula capsules.

Ingredients Of Radiant Hair Skin Nail Formula Are:

S. No.

Botanical Name

Indian Name

Quantity

1.

Rubia cordifolia

Manjishtha

200 mg

2.

Fumaria officinalis

Pit papda

100 mg

3.

Swertia chiretta

Chirata

100 mg

4.

Aloe barbadensis

Ghrit Kumari

100 mg

Dose: 1-2 capsules to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

3. Curcumin Capsules (Curcuma longa)

The standardized extract of curcumin is used for the preparation of Curcumin Capsules. Turmeric is very effective in reducing the pain, white lesions etc. associated with lichen sclerosus due to its anti-inflammatory, anti-pruritis, and anti-bacterial effects. Turmeric also helps in the correction of immunity due to its immune-modulator effects.

Dose: 1-2 capsules to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

4. Nirgundi Oil

Planet Ayurveda’s Nirgundi Oil is prepared from the leaves of Vitex negundo and processed with other herbs such as Manjishtha, Haridra and Kalihari, which have anti-inflammatory and anti-septic properties.  The leaves are a rich source of resins, fragrant and volatile oil. This oil is mainly used as a remedy for skin disorders such as wound healing, boils, eczema etc. This oil also works wonderfully in lichen sclerosus, when applied externally.

How to use: Apply on the affected areas once or twice a day.

5. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak Rasayan is a classical Ayurvedic preparation, which contains detoxified sulphur as the main ingredient. Due to the anti-bacterial, anti-viral and blood purifying properties, it is widely used in the treatment of all types of skin problems such as itching and burning sensation. It is due to the fact that underlying pathology, urticaria or hives, acne or pimples etc. Due to its anti-pruritic, demulcent, anti-inflammatory properties, it is quite effective in the treatment of lichen sclerosus.

Dose: 1-2 tablets to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

Thus, these safe and natural remedies help the patients to prevent the exacerbation of the symptoms and provide great relief by improving the patient's quality of life and preventing the complications such as squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at - costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030

Friday, September 27, 2019

Treatment of Bilateral Sacroiliitis in Ayurveda

Bilateral sacroiliitis is defined as inflammation of the sacroiliac joint. One or both joints may be affected. The joints affected are mostly present at the lower part of the spine which connects to pelvis area.

Pain is present mostly in buttocks or lower back, and extend down up to legs (one or both). Other areas affected are lower back, hips, and feet (rarely). Prolonged standing or stair climbing makes the pain worse.

This disorder is mainly related to the spinal column. It is categorized under spondyloarthropathy which includes ankylosing spondylitis, psoriatic arthritis, arthritis, and many more.

Bilateral Sacroiliitis

CAUSES OF BILATERAL SACROILIITIS

  • Ankylosing spondylitis: It is a progressive form of inflammatory arthritis. It mostly affects the spine and hips. One of an early sign of this is sacroiliitis. It’s not necessary that all people who suffer from sacroiliitis have ankylosing spondylitis.
  • Trauma: A sudden trauma or injury to sacroiliac joint can cause inflammation and the swelling leads to sacroiliitis.
  • Osteoarthritis: It is another cause of sacroiliitis. The swelling and inflammation of sacroiliac joints.
  • Pregnancy: During pregnancy, the sacroiliac joints stretch for the growth of the baby. This may cause stress over the joint and cause sacroiliitis.
  • Infection: Due to certain infections, joints become inflamed and cause sacroiliitis.
  • UTI infection
  • Endocarditis
  • IV drug addiction 
  • Genetic factor

SYMPTOMS OF BILATERAL SACROILIITIS

  • Severe pain in lower back or buttocks. It affects from groin to feet area.
  • Slight fever
  • Stiffness in the hips and lower back.

PAIN GETS AGGRAVATE DUE TO THE FOLLOWING CONDITION

  • Standing or sitting for a long period of time.
  • Standing by putting weight on one leg.
  • Running
  • Climbing the stairs
  • Turning over bed
  • Running
  • Weight-bearing activities

COMPLICATION

  • Chronic pain
  • Depression
  • Insomnia

DIAGNOSIS

  • Physical examination: in physical examination, the area of pain is diagnosed by pressing points on hips and buttocks. Doctor shall stress your leg for checking movements.
  • X-ray
  • MRI
  • Use of anesthetic drugs can give relief from pain. This is a test for sacroiliac joints.
  • Test for infection
  • CRP or ESR test

TREATMENT

  • Painkillers
  • Muscle relaxants: Medicines like cyclobenzaprine helps to reduce muscle spasm.
  • TNF inhibitor- Humira or infliximab helps to relieve sacroiliitis associated with ankylosing spondylitis.

Therapy

To maintain joint flexibility exercise and stretching to strengthen muscles.

Surgical Procedure

  • Injections in joints. To reduce inflammation and pain of the joints, injections like corticosteroids are injected. As steroids can weaken your tendons and joint's bones, few injections are given in a year.
  • Radiofrequency denervation. By using Radiofrequency energy one can damage or destroy nerve tissue causing your pain.
  • Stimulation by electric stimulator- In the sacrum by implanting electrical stimulator pain caused by sacroiliitis can be reduced.
  • Joint fusion. Metal hardware used to fuse two bones together can sometimes relieve sacroiliitis pain. It is rarely used.

Lifestyles

  • Have proper rest- prevent or avoid activities that make the pain worse.
  • Proper posture should be maintained while sitting or standing.
  • Alternate use of ice packs and heat to relieve inflammation.

Exercises

  • Hip flexion exercise
  • Hip adduction exercise
  • Yoga

Diet

  • A healthy diet should be followed which consist of all nutrients.
  • A diet rich in omega -3 fatty acids
  • Eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Use of olive oil for cooking purpose

Home Remedies

  • You can take a sunbath during the pain.
  • Make a powder of 5 to 10 grams of fenugreek seeds and take it with water in the morning.
  • Take 4 to 5 garlic buds in a bowl and boil and drink.
  • Massaging the garlic juice with camphor also provides relief from pain.
  • Massaging with red oil is also comfortable.
  • Mix turmeric in hot milk and drink it two to three times a day.
  • Aloe vera gel is considered to treat all diseases. After pain in the joints, cut off aloe vera leaves and place its gel where the pain occurs. This will provide great relief in the pain.
  • Massage the hot vinegar on the area affected by pain before sleeping.
  • Keep the amount of water balanced in the body.

AYURVEDA VIEW

According to Ayurveda, this problem is caused due to Vata doshas and accumulation of ama doshas in the different parts of the body. Ama is formed in the stomach and it moves to joints of hips and sacrum joint and due to ama (toxins), pain and inflammation of joints occur which cause sacroiliitis. So Ayurveda manages aggravated Vata doshas and eliminates ama doshas to get relief from this problem.

PANCHAKARMA TREATMENT

  • Snehana ( oleation), svedana( sudation) , and mridu virechna is a line of treatment in vata vyadhi such as sacroiliitis.
  • Tiktadi kshira basti is also indicated

TREATMENT OF BILATERAL SACROILIITIS IN AYURVEDA BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Herbal Remedies for Bilateral Sacroiliitis

Herbal Remedies for Bilateral Sacroiliitis

1. Chanderprabha Vati

This herbal supplement is extremely effective in fighting away the pain and swelling of the bilateral sacroiliitis. Also, this medicine helps to treat the disorder right from the roots. This tablet helps in maintaining the overall health of the individuals.

It is made up of a lot of following component herbs:

  • Guggul (Commiphora mukul)
  • Vacha (Acorus calamus)
  • Mustak (Cyprus rotundus)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Chavya (Piper chaba)
  • Vidanga (Embelia ribes)
  • Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Shunthi (Zingiber officinalis)
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)

Dosage: 2 tablets two times daily with water after 30 mins of the meals.

2. Bone Support Capsules

These herbal capsules help in maintaining healthy bones and healthy skeletal systems of the human body.

The component herbs of these capsules are the following:

  • Shudh Laksha (Laccifer lacca)
  • Suhanjana Beej (Moringa oleifera)
  • Hadjod (Cissus quadrangular)
  • Arjun (Terminalia arjuna)
  • Praval pisti (Corallium rubrum)
  • Mukta (Pearl calcium)

Dosage: 2 capsules two times daily with water after 30 mins of the meals.

3. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

These capsules are extremely effective for fighting away the main symptom of inflammation of, bilateral sacroiliitis. These capsules help in maintaining the health of the joints and bones considerably. This also helps in maintaining the overall health of the individuals as well.

The constituent herbs of this herbal supplement are the following:

  • Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)
  • Curcumin (Curcuma longa)

Dosage: 2 capsules two times daily with water after 30 mins of the meals.

Thus, these herbal supplements play a vital role in eliminating the pain and inflammation of the joints to a huge extent. Also, these help in maintaining the health of the bones, joints, muscles and the entire skeletal system of human beings.

4. Amavatantak Churna

Amavatantak churna contains herbs like ashwagandha, methika, shonth, gorakhmundi etc. These medicines are Anti-inflammatory, Analgesic, Antioxidant, and Immunity booster so help to reduce pain, tenderness, inflammation of the joints and gives relief. Aamvatantak churn also helps in the nourishment of joints and gives strength to the joints as well as the body.

Directions of use: 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful twice daily, after meals with plain water or Aloe vera juice or Kumari Saar or as directed by the Physician.

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at - costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Coriander: Ayurvedic Properties, Health Benefits, Uses & Dosage

Coriander is commonly known as Dhaniya, a herb which is easily available in every kitchen especially in India. In America Coriander is called as "Cilantro" and it is also popularly known as "Chinese parsley". This herb is cultivated throughout the world. It is widely used around the world in almost all the dishes for flavoring, garnishing or decoration purposes. Along with this, there are also various medicinal properties, thus, for medicinal purposes it has been used since the dates of India's ancient Vedic culture.

coriander, ayurvedic properties, health benefits, medicinal uses, dosage

It is an annual herb that grows about 30 – 60 cm in height. It has feathery leaves with umbrella-shaped flowers and seeds are small and globular about 2-4 cm in diameter. It belongs to a family of mostly aromatic flowering plants which is named after the type genus Apium – Apiaceae or commonly known as Umbelliferae.

  • Latin name – Coriandrum sativum
  • English name – Coriander
  • Family – Apiaceae / Umbelliferae

In various regional languages Coriander is called –

  • In Hindi – Dhaniya
  • Bengali – Dhane
  • Marathi – Dhane, Kothimbiri
  • Guajarati – Dhana, Kothimir
  • Kannada – Kothumburi, Havija
  • Telugu – Dhaniyalu, Kotimiri
  • Tamil – Kothamalli, Kotmalli
  • Malayalam – Malli

VARGA

It is classified under various varga’s, according to various classics like –Charaka – Trishna nigraha, Sushruta – Guduchiadi varga, Vagbhata - Guduchiadi varga, Bhavaprakasha nighantu - Haritakiadi varga, Raj Nighantu – Pippaliadi varga

PROPERTIES OF CORIANDER

Properties of Coriander

Reference – Bhavaprakasha nighantu / Haritakiadi Varga / Shloka no.87 - 88

  • Rasa (Taste) – Tikta (Bitter) and Kashaya (Astringent)
  • Guna (Qualities) – Laghu (Lightness) and Snighdha (Unctuousness)
  • Virya – Ushna (Hot in potency)
  • Vipaka – An end product of digestion is Madhura (Sweet)
  • Dosha karma (Effect on Tridoshas) – It balances all the tridoshas.
  • It has also various other properties like - mutrajannana (diuretic), deepana (increases appetite), pachana (aids digestion), rochaka (improves taste), vrishya (aphrodisiac), grahi (absorbent).

Fresh leaves of coriander possess sweet taste and specifically pacify Pitta dosha in our body. These leaves will dry immediately and loses its aroma and other properties within a short period of time when plucked from the plant.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

Coriander contains various phytochemicals like - Volatile oils, flavonoids, glycosides, linoleic acid, coriandrol or coriandrinonediol, limonene, fats, tannin, etc. Coriander is also rich in vitamin A, C, K and iron. Because of these phytochemicals, it is used in various traditional medicines.

THERAPEUTIC USES

Action of coriander on our body

Reference - Bhavaprakasha nighantu / Haritakiadi Varga / Shloka no. 88

The meaning of this shloka explains the action of coriander on our body. It is widely used in alleviating jwara (fever), trishna (thirst), daha (burning sensation), vami (vomiting), swasa (asthma), kasa (cough), karsya (emaciation), krimiroga (worm infestation).

  • Aids Digestion – Due to its deepana property it enhances secretion of digestive juices and improves digestive fire, thus, it relieves anorexia and improves appetite. Because of its pachana property, it digests food properly by that it relieves dyspepsia. It also helps in pachana of ama in our body which is considered as the main cause for all the diseases, in Ayurveda. Coriander is also used to relieve acidity.
  • Tackle’s urinary problems – Urinary tract is prone to develop various infections and obstructions (because of urinary stone). Due to that individuals feel problems like – dysuria (difficulty in urination), burning micturition, urinary incontinence, etc. Here, Coriander is a choice of drug. It has properties like mutrla (diuretic) and vatanulomana thus ease the urine flow and also flush out the obstruction (stone) from the urinary tract. It is also a great way to detox naturally.
  • Helps in treating fever – It has kashaya rasa (astringent taste) that contributes it to jwaraghana herbs. It is beneficial in all kinds of fevers especially in ‘Pittajanya jwara’. Along with that it also has agnivardhaka property which treats manadgni and makes it a suitable choice among antipyretics.
  • Beneficial in worm infestations – Coriander also has krimihar property by that it restricts the growth and development of worms inside our body. Moreover, dhaniya is potent enough to perish the flora of parasites and worms. It helps to fight against infections.
  • Alleviate thirst and burning sensation with Coriander – Instead of its hot potency, it alleviates thirst and burning sensation in our body due to its prabhava (a special action of the herb).
  • Reduces cholesterol levels and high blood pressure – Cholesterol is a major cause for various cardiac problems, in turns it elevates the blood pressure which is again a major risk factor for various ailments. As discussed earlier, it has diuretic property thus, helps in reducing the pressure of blood. This herb contains linoleic acid and some other acids that help in reducing the level of ‘LDL’ in the blood stream. It also improves the calcium ion interaction with acetylcholine, thus manages hypertension.
  • Boost your immunity with coriander – Coriander also has antioxidant properties. If used along with tulsi it helps to boost immunity.
  • Helpful in diabetes – Various research works show that coriander can reduce the hyperglycemia ratio in the blood along with that it also stimulates the production of insulin in the body.
  • Other benefits – Beneficial in diarrhea (this herb also posses grahi property thus it is helpful to use in diarrhea), headache, insomnia, irregular menstruation cycle, bleeding piles, vomiting, etc.

USEFUL PARTS

Leaves and seeds are useful parts for therapeutic purpose, but the whole plant can also be used.

SOME USEFUL HOME REMEDIES OF CORIANDER

  • A decoction prepared from coriander can be used to wash eyes, it relieves strain and burning sensation.
  • Hemorrhoids – Decoction prepared from coriander leaves if taken twice daily by adding a pinch of mishri in it, is proven beneficial in bleeding piles.
  • The paste of dhaniya leaves can be applied over the forehead for curing headache. Even this paste can be applied over inflammation.
  • In epistaxis – Instill freshly extracted juice of coriander leaves into nostrils (2 -4 drops in each nostril) is beneficial in bleeding from the nose.
  • Gargle with the decoction of coriander is helpful in bleeding gums.
  • Cold infusion of coriander is useful in Pratishyaye (running nose) and acidity.
  • Coriander pound with mishri and given along with tandulodaka (rice washed water) is helpful in asthma and cough.
  • A decoction prepared by adding equal quantity of dhaniya, saunf, jeera (1 teaspoon each) in 4 cups of water, boil it till the water reduces to 1 cup. In case of acidity, prefer this decoction twice daily, after meals.

DOSAGE

  • Fresh juice of coriander leaves can be preferred, the quantity of juice can be taken daily is - 5 to 10 ml
  • If consumed in the form of powder then it can be taken approx. 2 to 3 grams.
  • If taken in the form of decoction 30 – 50 ml is advisable.
  • A cold infusion prepared from seeds or leaves can be taken approx. 10 to 20 ml.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Can Ayurveda help in treating Melanoma?

In this modern age, cancer remains a great threat to the society and Ayurvedic science can significantly help the patients to cope up with this dreadful disease and can be used as an adjunct to alleviate the symptoms associated with the conventional therapies such as nausea, pain, fatigue, etc.

These days cancer is increasing because we have polluted our food, lifestyle and even our mental status is also polluted. These negative energies have become part of our body which cause multiplication of cancer cells and cause cancer.

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer which is a very serious condition. It develops in the cells that produce melanin pigment. It is a pigment which is responsible for giving skin, eyes and hair their color.

melanoma, skin cancer

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF MELANOMA?

Melanoma can develop anywhere in the body but they mostly develop in the areas which are exposed to the sun such as the face, arms, legs.

In people with darker skin, it can also develop in those areas which don't receive any sun exposure such as soles of the feet, fingernail beds, palms of the hands etc.

The Symptoms Are:

  • A change in an existing mole
  • The development of pigmented skin
  • Unusual growth on the skin

HOW IS MELANOMA DIAGNOSED?

The only way to accurately diagnosing melanoma is biopsy which is done by removing the suspicious growth or mole. The pathologist then analyzes the sample.

TREATMENT

In modern medicine, the treatment for early-stage Melanoma is surgery. Sometimes, Melanoma is very thin which can be removed by biopsy and no further treatment is required. When it spreads to other body organs including lymph nodes, affected nodes may also be removed. Other treatments such as Radiotherapy, Chemotherapy, Biological therapy etc. are recommended.

CAN AYURVEDA HELP IN TREATING MELANOMA?

The science of Ayurveda has deep roots and presents a great opportunity for battling the global burden of cancer. Seeking out and researching plant-based agents that have a long history in the traditional system can be more effective.

In Ayurveda, there is a mention of various herbs that are useful in the treatment of Melanoma or skin cancer. In Ayurveda, it is believed that cancer is caused due to the vitiation of all the three doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

In Ayurveda, it is also mentioned that the cause of all the diseases is srotas avrodh means blockage of channels.

srotas avrodh, cause of all the diseases

Reference: Sushrut Samhita, Nidan Sthan, Chapter No. 11, Shloka No. 13 & 14

Meaning: According to this shloka, due to the vitiation of Vata dosha in the body there is a formation of the lump which is circular, stable, less painful, and large, can spread in all the tissue elements, slowly increases in size and never gets ripened. This is known as the tumor in Ayurveda which is caused due to the vitiation of vata, pitta, kapha, blood, mamsa, and meda.

PLANET AYURVEDA OFFERS CRAB CARE PACK FOR THE TREATMENT OF MELANOMA

Crab Care Pack Consists Of

  1. Ashwagandha Capsules
  2. Curcumin Capsules
  3. Kanchnaar Guggul
  4. Tulsi Capsules
  5. Guggul Capsules
  6. Chanderprabha Vati

Crab Care Pack

cancer care pack, herbal remedies for melanoma

1. Ashwagandha Capsules (Withania somnifera)

Withania somnifera is a plant that has been described as Rasayana or rejuvenating herb by the ancient Masters. Ashwagandha Capsules by Planet Ayurveda consist of the standardized extract of the herb Withania somnifera. This herb balances all the three doshas and it works well in all types of people. Moreover, Ashwagandha is found to be radio-protective in the cancer treatment. The anti-oxidant properties of Ashwagandha are the first line of defense against cancer. Anti-oxidant property of Ashwagandha fight off free-radicals that might otherwise support the growth of cancer cells. Therefore, these capsules are very effective in the treatment of melanoma as well.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily to be taken with plain water after meals.

2. Curcumin Capsules (Curcuma longa):

Turmeric is a commonly used spice in Indian and Asian foods. The active ingredient of turmeric is Curcumin which inhibits the cell proliferation and induces cell cycle arrest, apoptosis and senescence. In research, it was also found that it decreases the expression of multiple different enzymes, transcription factors, growth factors, inflammatory cytokines and other cell-signaling components that are responsible for cancer growth and progression.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily to be taken with plain water after meals.

3. Kanchnaar Guggul (Bauhinia variegata):

Planet Ayurveda's Kachnaar Guggul is prepared using the standardized extract of Kachnaar bark and other ingredients. It is a traditional Ayurvedic preparation which is useful in fibroids, tumor, cysts, skin diseases, wounds etc.

Dose: 2 tablets to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

4. Tulsi Capsules (Ocimum sanctum)

Tulsi is considered as a sacred herb. Tulsi has immense medicinal properties such as it reduces the ill effects of radiotherapy of cancer. Tulsi has been found to protect tissues and organs against chemical stress such as industrial pollutants, heavy metals, physical stress from prolonged physical exertion etc. It reduces the damage caused to DNA and induces apoptosis in pre-cancerous and cancerous cells thereby reducing the growth of tumors.

Dose: 2 capsules to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

5. Guggul Capsules (Commiphora mukul)

The standardized extract of the gum resin of this plant is used for the preparation of Planet Ayurveda’ Guggul Capsules. The gum resin of this tree is a source of a phytosterol, Guggulsterol that has been widely used in Ayurveda as a remedy for various diseases. It targets multiple signaling molecules with a varied range of mechanisms with its anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic effects.

Dose: 2 capsules to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

6. Chanderprabha Vati

Chanderprabha Vati is a classical Ayurvedic formulation which is used as a general health tonic and a supplement for reducing general debility and increasing physical strength. It acts as 'Yogvahi' i.e. acts as a catalyst with other herbal ingredients for swift therapeutic action and balances all the three doshas.

Dose: 2 tablets to be taken twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

Thus, these Ayurvedic herbal remedies help in regulating the body's metabolism, protect the healthy cells and halt cancer cells progression or acceleration.

DIET IN MELANOMA

A healthy rich and nutritious diet is also helpful in overcoming melanoma along with the intake of Ayurvedic medicines.

  • A diet such as crucifer vegetables, leafy green vegetables, beta carotene-rich sweet potatoes, carrots etc. should be consumed regularly.
  • Take fresh coconut water in the morning as it is anti-cancerous. It has all the enzymes that are needed by the body.
  • Consume fresh green leaves such as coriander leaves, mint leaves, radish leaves, curry leaves, basil leaves etc. as they contain nitric oxide. They also contain antioxidants which protect us from cancer.
  • Antioxidant rich diet is very important for cancer patients and it is generally found in raw things such as fresh juices, fruits, vegetables, etc.
  • Avoid the consumption of canned juices, processed foods, and chemical-based food products as they are carcinogenic as they are acidic in nature and cancer cells grow in acidic medium.
  • Include spices such as turmeric in the diet.
  • Avoid using plastic products like plastic bags.

Friday, September 20, 2019

Treatment Of Ureaplasma Infection In Ayurveda with Herbal Medicines

Ureaplasma infection is a bacterial infection caused by Ureaplasma bacteria that is commonly found in the urinary or genital tract of the human's body. Ureaplasma infection is generally associated with conditions that affect the male and female reproductive system. It can also infect newborns if these bacteria pass from mother to child during pregnancy.

Ureaplasma comes under the class of bacteria called Mycoplasma species. These are the most inanimate free creatures, which are not even visible under the microscope. These bacteria are parasites, so a host is needed to survive them, such as humans or animals.

Treatment Of Ureaplasma Infection In Ayurveda with Herbal Medicines

CAUSES OF UREAPLASMA INFECTION

  1. The weak immune system can create a higher risk of Ureaplasma infection. For example, HIV-positive people and patient who had an organ transplant have a higher risk of developing Ureaplasma infection.
  2. This infection is common in sexually active adults because ureaplasma bacteria can be transmitted through sexual contact.
  3. It is also common in women who had multiple sex partners. She is at a higher risk of getting a vaginal infection with ureaplasma bacteria.
  4. It is rare in children, but this bacteria can be passed from mother to child and can cause ureaplasma infection in newborns and children.

SYMPTOMS OF UREAPLASMA INFECTION

Some people having Ureaplasma infection did do not show any symptoms. But in some cases, symptoms may occur, which are as following:

  1. Infertility
  2. Discharge, pain, and itching over the genital area
  3. Abdominal or pelvic pain

Symptoms Occurring In The Newborns:-

  1. Brain injury
  2. Shortness of breath
  3. Pneumonia
  4. Lung injury
  5. Meningitis

RISK FACTORS OF UREAPLASMA INFECTION

  1. Urethritis
  2. Bacterial vaginosis
  3. Kidney stones
  4. Respiratory diseases in newborns

It Also Causes Various Pregnancy Complications Such As:-

  1. Chorioamnionitis
  2. Premature labor
  3. Funisitis
  4. Placental invasion
  5. Loss of baby weight at birth, etc.

TREATMENT OF UREAPLASMA INFECTION IN AYURVEDA

Everyone wants the complete treatment of their disease and without any side effects. In allopathy, medicines cause many side effects and do not even cure the root of the disease. But Ayurveda provides natural remedies, does not cause any side effects and it cures the disease from the root.

In allopathic treatment of Ureaplasma infection, doctors give antibiotics to patients, but antibiotics can develop many side effects such as nausea, indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, etc. And Ayurveda offers various herbs that treat Ureaplasma infection naturally and have no side effects. These herbs are also used in the manufacture of herbal products.

Planet Ayurveda offers the best herbal remedies for ayurvedic treatment of Ureaplasma infection such as Chandanadi Vati, Chanderprabha Vati, Punarnava Capsules, Kaishore Guggul, and Trinpanchmool Ghanvati. These herbal remedies are 100 % pure, natural and free from chemicals, additives, and preservatives. These are safe to use and free from side effects.

Herbal Remedies for Ureaplasma Infection

Herbal Remedies for Ureaplasma Infection

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Chandanadi Vati

This herbal product of Planet Ayurveda is prepared by the combination of various ingredients such as Shveta chandana (Santalum album), Marich (Piper longum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Gandhabiroja satva (Pinus longifolia sap), Khadira sara (Acacia catechu), Karpura (Cinnamomum camphora), Rala (Vateriaindica extract), and Daruharidra (Berberis aristata).

Benefits: These tablets are very helpful in the treatment of disease-related to the urinary and reproductive system like Ureaplasma infection, urethritis, etc. The herbs used in Chandanadi Vati have diuretic and cooling properties. So these provide relief in the symptoms associated with Ureaplasma infection like pain, burning sensation during urination and frequent urge of urination.

Dosage: 2 tablets two times a day with normal or lukewarm water.

2. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared by using the pure extracts of herb Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa).

Benefits: This herb has great medicinal importance in ancient Ayurveda. It has antimicrobial activity thus it can fight against the Ureaplasma bacteria which causes Ureaplasma infection. It also possesses rejuvenating properties which help to provide relief in burning sensation and pain during urination associated with Ureaplasma infection. It is also very effective in all types of urinary tract infections.

Dosage: One capsule two times a day with plain water, after meals.

properties of punarnava, ancient reference, shloka

Reference: Bhav Prakash Nighantu/ GuduchyadiVarga/ Shloka no. 190

Meaning: This shloka explains the properties of Punarnava. It has a bitter taste. After digestion, it converts into the pungent taste. It has cool potency and balances Vata and Kapha Dosha in the body. It increases Vatadosha. It manages cold cough and digestive fire. It also treats blood disorder.

3. Chanderprabha Vati

Chanderprabha vati is a wonderful product of Planet Ayurveda. It is prepared by the combination of 23 effective and amazing combination of herbs such as Shilajit (Asphaltum), Guggul (Comniphora mukul), Sharkara (Sugar), Karpoor (Cinnamomum camphora), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Mustak (Cyprus rotundus), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Chavya (Piper chaba), Vidanga (Embelia ribes),  Shunthi (Zingiber officinalis), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum), Sarjikashaar (Sodium carbonate), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Yavkshaar (Potasium carbonate), Saindhav lavan (Rock salt),  Vida lavan (Black salt), Danti (Baliospermum montanum), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Suvarchal lavan (Sodium sulphate), Tejpatta (Cinnamomum tamala), and Ela (Elettaria cardamomum).

Benefits: These herbs are very beneficial to manage the Ureaplasma infection and also offers various other health benefits. These herbs have a calming effect on the body and support the good urinary health of both males and females. Chanderprabha vati provides relief in the symptoms associated with Ureaplasma infection like burning sensation, pain during urination and watery vaginal discharge, etc.

Dosage: 2 tablets two times a day with normal or lukewarm water.

4. Kaishore Guggul

This herbal product of Planet Ayurveda is an amazing combination of various herbs such as Amalaki (Emblica officinalis),  Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Guggul (Commniphora mukul), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia),  Black pepper (Piper nigrum), Long pepper (Piper longum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Red Physic nut (Baliospermum montanum), Vidanga (Embelia ribes),  and Indian jalap (Ipomoea turpethum).

Benefits: This is an effective herbal formulation for Ureaplasma infection. The herbs used in the formulation of Kaishore Guggul help to balance the three doshas in the body (vata, pitta, and kapha) in the body. These herbs also possess antimicrobial activity thus very effective to fight against the bacteria which is the cause of Ureaplasma infection.

Dosage: 2 tablets two times a day with normal or lukewarm water.

5. Trinpanchmool Ghanvati

This herbal product consists of some herbs like Darbh (Imperata cylindrica), Kaas (Saccharum spontaneum), Kush (Desmostachya bipinnata), Saar (Saccharum munja), and Ikshu (Saccharum officinarum).

Benefits: Trinpanchmoolghan vati is also an effective herbal formulation for Ureaplasma infection. These herbs are diuretic and cooling in nature and provide relief in the symptoms associated with Ureaplasma infection like burning and pain during urination. It also maintains the good health of the urinary system.

Dosage: 2 tablets two times a day with plain water after half an hour of meals.

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Why are you waking with Neck Pain and what can you do for it

Now- a- days, it is seen that neck pain has become a common spinal problem. Though the degeneration of cervical vertebrae is most commonly seen in elderly people, but its prevalence is increasing in the early age such as below 30 years of age.

Due to continuous sitting posture, working on computers perpetually, lack of exercise, etc. are some of the atrocious components of current lifestyle. Occupation and wrong lifestyle are the major risk factors as neck muscles are strained due to the wrong posture. Osteoarthritis is a common cause of neck pain.

WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE OF NECK PAIN?

According to the Ayurvedic perspective, neck pain is known as Grivastambha. It is among the 80 types of Vata Vyaadhi which is also characterized by Stambha (stiffness) in the neck region along with pain.

In Ayurveda, it is believed that the main etiological factor for the development of Manyastambha is the vitiated Vata and Kapha dosha.

When Vata dosha gets aggravated, it causes the depletion of the body tissues. Since Vata dosha has cold and drying qualities, it leads to the decrease in the cushioning fluid as well as the connective tissue between the joints that are ruled by the Kapha dosha.

vata qualities, Astang Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 1, Shloka No. 10

Reference: Astang Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 1, Shloka No. 10

Meaning: In this shloka, the qualities of Vata dosha are explained. Vata is dry, light, cold, rough, minute and mobile in nature.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF NECK PAIN?

  • Muscle spasm, strain or sprain
  • Cervical Spondylosis
  • Ankylosing Spondylitis
  • Osteoporosis
  • Invertebral disc prolapse or herniation of the disc
  • Arthritis of the cervical spine

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF NECK PAIN?

  • Pain during the flexion-extension of the joint along with the swelling and coarse crepitations on the joint movement is a typical clinical feature of neck pain which is chronic in nature.
  • Pain may be mild or it could be so severe that it incapacitates you.
  • Neck pain that radiates to the shoulders or arms with headache in the posterior occipital region.
  • Pain that gets worsened by holding the head in one place for longer periods such as when working on the computer or while driving.
  • Decreased ability to move the head.
  • Muscle tightness and spasms.
  • Stiffness in the neck, especially in the morning.

DIAGNOSIS

Doctor will take a medical history and check for the tenderness, muscle weakness, numbness as well as how far the patient can move his head forward, backward, side to side etc.

Some imaging tests such as X-rays, CT-Scan or MRI can be done for bone spurs or osteophytes to check for pinching of the nerves or spinal cord by the formation of bone spurs.

TREATMENT OF NECK PAIN

Modern medicine prescribes analgesics, muscle relaxants, etc. for pain relief. In addition, certain physical therapies, steroid injections are also prescribed.

HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP IN THE TREATMENT OF NECK PAIN?

There are simple home remedies that can be used easily at home for relieving neck pain. These are:

1. Castor Oil

Take 1 tablespoon of castor oil with lukewarm water or milk before going to bed twice a week. Castor oil helps in relieving constipation and removing ama or toxins from the system. Moreover, Castor Oil helps in balancing Vata dosha. The vitiation of Vata dosha is the main cause of neck pain.

2. Massage

Gentle massage with oil such as sesame oil or Mahanarayan oil is quite effective. Violent massage with deep pressure is not recommended. Gentle massage over the muscles of the neck and shoulder joints should be done.

3. Triphala Powder

At night, medicines that act as purgatives should be taken. Triphala powder is the best medicine for the reduction of neck pain. One teaspoonful of Triphala powder with lukewarm water should be taken at night twice a week.

4. Hot Fomentation

Hot fomentation on the vertebrae of the neck is quite effective in neck pain. For fomentation, take a clean and dry cloth; add about 500 grams of salt in it. Tie the cloth and heat it in a frying pan till it becomes tolerably hot but care should be taken that it should not be too hot. Hot fomentation should be done for half an hour once a day. After fomentation, the affected part should not be exposed to cold wind. Take fomentation at bedtime and the patient should go to sleep by covering the affected part.

5. Ginger (Zingiber officinale)

Ginger is one of the best home remedies for neck pain. It has anti-inflammatory and Vata dosha balancing properties. It is also a potent analgesic in neck pain. For neck pain, use ginger in cooking as it acts as an effective pain killer.

6. Turmeric Milk

Taking warm turmeric milk with 1 teaspoon of desi ghee (clarified butter) is also very effective in reducing pain. Turmeric is a natural anti-biotic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory in nature. Desi ghee helps to remove unctuous very easily.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

In most cases, neck pain is due to poor posture combined with wear and tear related to age.

  • Keep your head centered over the spine.
  • Taking frequent breaks from long working hours on the computer is also helpful.
  • Quit smoking as there are high chances of developing neck pain.
  • Yoga postures such as Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) and Matsyasana (Fish Pose) are extremely beneficial for neck pain.
  • The sleeping posture should be in such a way that the neck and head should be aligned with the body. Use of a small pillow under the neck is useful.
  • Regular and gentle body massage with lukewarm sesame oil is also recommended.
  • Avoid the intake of sour, pungent, citrus fruits, highly acidic foods and foods that increase Vata dosha such as aerated drinks etc.
  • Avoid the intake of protein-rich diet because it can interfere with the absorption of calcium.
  • Regular Meditation is also essential as it keeps the stress at bay. Stress is one of the main reasons for the aggravation of Vata dosha.

Ayurvedic treatment of neck pain is based on the cause of neck pain. The simple causes of neck pain such as sprain and strain responds very easily to the Ayurvedic treatment and Ayurveda also offers a very effective alternative to surgery and other invasive procedures like epidural injections.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Parkinson's disease and its treatment with Ayurvedic herbs

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder which affects movement. It usually starts with a mild tremor in one hand and a feeling of stiffness in the body.

In Parkinson's disease, the cells of the substantia nigra starts dying, causing dopamine levels to decrease and brain starts functioning abnormally.

Parkinson's disease and its treatment with Ayurvedic herbs

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE

The specific cause of the development of Parkinson's disease is not known. But it can be caused by the destruction of nerve cells in the brain. The causes of Parkinson's disease can be environmental or genetic.

Some Causes Of Parkinson's Disease:-

  1. Low levels of dopamine and norepinephrine: Due to the loss of neurons, the production of chemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine decreases which result is abnormal brain activity and create symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
  2. Genetic factors: Sometimes, it may be due to genetic factor but not always.
  3. Environmental Factors. Exposure to certain toxins or environmental factors such as manganese, carbon monoxide, and methanol may increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
  4. Age: This disease normally occurs in the people who have attained the age of 50 and 60. In 5-10 percent of cases, it occurs before the age of 40.
  5. Gender:  Men are more prone to have Parkinson's disease than women.
  6. Health conditions: People more prone to have Parkinson's disease are those, who have diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders, post infections, brain tumor, and repeated head injury.
  7. Medications:  The use of some medicines such as Reserpine, Lithium, Ethanol, Diltiazem, etc. can create the risk of Parkinson's disease.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE

  1. Resting tremor
  2. Bradykinesia
  3. Slow movements
  4. Rigidity
  5. Stooped posture
  6. Voice changes
  7. Stiffness of arms and legs
  8. Decreased blinking and swallowing
  9. Falling of saliva due to abnormal swallowing movements
  10. Low-volume speech
  11. Sleep disturbances
  12. Aches and pain in the body
  13. Masked face
  14. Reduced smelling capacity
  15. Reduced or absence of arm motion while walking
  16. Aches and pain in the body
  17. Problems with attention and memory
  18. Anxiety
  19. Hallucinations
  20. Constipation
  21. Psychosis

HOW IS PARKINSON'S DIAGNOSED?

Specific testing is not available for the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. The doctor will diagnose this based on patient's medical history, signs and symptoms and neurological and physical examination.

Some imaginary tests which help to diagnose this disease are the following:

  1. MRI scan
  2. CT scan
  3. Positron-Emission Tomography (PET)
  4. Levodopa drug challenge test
  5. Ultrasound of the brain

AYURVEDIC HERBS FOR THE TREATMENT OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE

In Ayurveda, the term "Kampavata" is used for Parkinsonism or Parkinson's disease. Kampa means tremor and Vata is humor that controls air and all movements of the body. This disease is caused by aggravated Vata  dosha in the body, which produces aggravated air in the brain. This aggravated air affects the area of the brain that controls involuntary movements and leads to the development of Parkinsonism.

The principle of Ayurveda is to achieve the balance of the three doshas (Vata, Kapha, and Pitta) in the body. It provides several herbs that treat Parkinson's disease, naturally without any side effects.

Following are some of the Ayurvedic herbs used to treat Parkinson's disease:

1. Kaunch Beej (Mucuna pruriens)

This herb is one of the best herbs for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.  It possesses neuro-protective activities, which shows excellent results in Parkinson's disease. The Kaunch Beej contain levodopa that is a precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine plays an important role in perception, sleep disorders, mood, learning, involuntary movements, and working memory. Therefore it is very effective for the central nervous system.

2. Vacha (Acorus calamus)

This herb acts as a brain tonic. It promotes the functions of the nervous system. Vacha penetrates deep into the brain tissues and remove toxins from the subtle channels in the mind and opens the nadis of the higher chakras. It also treats headache, laziness, mental stress, and emotional imbalance, etc.

3. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Brahmi is known as the best brain tonic. The active compound of Brahmi is bacosides, due to which it works wonderfully on brain health. Brahmi promotes the regeneration of cells of the brain.

Reference:- Bhav Prakash Nighantu/ GuduchyadiVarga/ Shloka no. 280-281

This shloka explains about the properties of Brahmi. Brahmi eases motion. It helps in boosting brain strength, acts as a Rasayana, increases lifespan, maintains vocal cords. Along with this, it also increases the concentration, helps in skin and blood disorders. Brahmi is also helpful in jaundice, diabetes, cough, swelling, and fever. It also acts as an anti-dote.

4. Bala (Sida cordifolia)

It possesses analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and hypoglycemic properties. It acts as a diuretic and stimulates the function of the central nervous system.

5. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

This herb is also considered as the nervine tonic. It helps to calm the nervous system. This herb is very useful in problems like anxiety, stress, depression, etc. Ashwagandha has anti-oxidant properties and boosts the immune system.

6. Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

Shatavari possesses anti-oxidant property due to which it is good for depression. It works on the brain by impacting on neurotransmitters of the brain.

7. Ginkgo biloba

This herb helps to improve cognitive function and stimulate circulation and promote blood flow to the brain.

8. Gotu kola

This herb supports healthy mental function. It works on the brain by fighting oxidative stress.

PANCHKARMA FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Panchakarma is an authentic medicine that is used in Ayurveda to recover and clarify the body, mind, and emotions. This therapy is used in the treatment of various health conditions. Some Panchakarma therapies for the treatment of Parkinson's disease are as follows:

  • Matra vasti
  • Nasya karma
  • Shirovasti
  • Shirodhara

All the above herbs are very useful in improving brain functions and these herbs are used in the manufacture of herbal products. Panchakarma also comes under Ayurveda as a purification therapy, in which only the herbal oil is used.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Top 10 Natural Remedies !!

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: OVERVIEW

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder which chiefly affects the joints of the body. It is an autoimmune condition, in which the immune system of the sufferer's body attacks the 'synovium' --- the lining of the membranes, surrounding the joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis leads to the thickening of the 'synovium,' because of which the cartilage and bone within the joint eventually get destroyed. Over a period of time, the joint loses its shape and alignment due to the weakening and stretching of the tendons and ligaments, that hold the joint together.

In early stages of its occurrence, Rheumatoid Arthritis generally affects the smaller joints first, especially the joints which attach the fingers to the hands and the toes to the feet. As the condition progresses, the joints of the wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, hips and shoulders also get affected.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

With the increase in the severity of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the disorder can also cause damage to some non-joint structures, including the skin, eyes, blood vessels, lungs, kidneys, heart, salivary glands, nerve tissue, and bone marrow.

CAUSES OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

The exact causes, triggering the occurrence of Rheumatoid Arthritis are not yet known clearly to the medical practitioners. Nonetheless, it is believed that this autoimmune condition seemingly has a genetic component. Though the genes cannot actually cause Rheumatoid Arthritis, they can potentially increase the risk of the condition, by making people susceptible to certain environmental triggers.

Some common environmental factors that can cause Rheumatoid Arthritis are:

  • Viral infections, such as those associated with the Epstein-Barr virus 
  • Exposure to certain types of bacteria, like those linked to periodontal disease
  • Obesity
  • Trauma or injury, such as fracture of bone, bone breakage, ligament damage, or joint dislocation
  • Environmental exposures (to substances like asbestos or silica)
  • Cigarette smoking.

Rheumatoid Arthritis can occur at any age, though it commonly starts in middle age. Women are usually at a higher risk of developing the condition as compared to men. Moreover, a person with a family history of Rheumatoid Arthritis is also at an increased risk of this disorder.

SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

The symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis can have different levels of severity for different patients. In some cases, the symptoms are not persistent; they may come and go. However, over a period of time, Rheumatoid Arthritis can result in the deformation of joints, causing them to shift out of place.

The symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis generally include:

  • Inflammation in the joints
  • Joint pain
  • Tender and warm joints
  • Joint stiffness which is usually worse in the morning and after inactivity
  • Loss of joint function
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Feverish feeling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss.

10 NATURAL REMEDIES TO FIGHT RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis are excellent alternative treatment option for managing the disorder in a safe and effective manner. In modern medicine, Rheumatoid Arthritis is typically treated with the help of a class of medications called anti-rheumatic drugs. However, the natural remedies pertain to some time-tested methods, involving diet and lifestyle changes, for managing Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Ten remedies which comprise a beneficial Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis have been listed below.

1. An Anti-inflammatory, Vegan Diet

People suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis should consume an anti-inflammatory, vegan diet to reduce systemic inflammation. Such diet ideally includes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, legumes, nuts, seeds, beans, spices, and green tea. In addition, foods with abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids -- including chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts, and fatty fishes like tuna, salmon, herring, and mackerel -- are also beneficial in managing Rheumatoid Arthritis.

2. Foods Rich In Antioxidants

Another useful natural remedy for managing Rheumatoid Arthritis is foods that contain plenty of antioxidants, like Vitamins A, C, and E, and selenium, because they can reduce inflammation. Antioxidant-rich foods chiefly include spinach, kidney beans, dark chocolate, and berries such as blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, and goji berries.

3. Eating Sufficient Amounts Of Fiber

Rheumatoid Arthritis can be managed naturally by consuming a diet rich in fibres. The intake of fibre-rich foods can be helpful in reducing inflammatory responses that can lead to a drop in C-reactive protein levels. For ensuring an adequate fibre amount in diet, Rheumatoid Arthritis patients should consume whole grain foods, soy products, fresh vegetables, and fruits like strawberries and grapes.

4. Turmeric

The common household spice 'Turmeric' can also provide relief from the painful and inflammatory symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. One of the key active components of turmeric is 'Curcumin' which has proven anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Cinnamon

The use of Cinnamon can also alleviate the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis in a natural manner. The bark of Cinnamon is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities and its ability to manage aches and pains, especially when they deteriorate due to cold weather conditions.

6. Black Pepper

Black pepper has been known since ancient times for its ability to manage pain and swelling. The use of black pepper can be beneficial for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients because the 'Capsaicin' ingredient of black pepper is commonly associated with anti-inflammatory medications -- particularly creams and lotions -- for relieving pain and inflammation.

7. Garlic

Garlic is also one of the effective Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis because it is considered an anti-inflammatory agent. The use of garlic in the daily diet can help in managing inflammation because of its ability to suppress the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and reduce the progression of arthritic joints.

8. Ginger

Ginger can alleviate the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis because it contains certain elements that reduce the action of T cells, which attack the healthy cells of the body. Adding ginger to the diet of Rheumatoid Arthritis patient's can result in decreased systemic inflammation.

9. Rest And Relaxation

Rheumatoid Arthritis patients can also benefit from rest and relaxation, and getting enough sleep at night and even a nap during the afternoon. Sleep, massage, deep breathing exercises, and muscle relaxation exercises can reduce stress and tension, and ease the Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms.

10. Exercise

Exercises like gentle stretching, walking, cycling and swimming can help Rheumatoid Arthritis patients in fighting fatigue, as well as strengthening their muscles and increasing the joint range of motion. Moreover, exercise can also reduce swelling in the joints and pain.

CONCLUSION

Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis can be helpful in managing the chronic condition and controlling its symptoms like pain, inflammation, and bone loss. However, it is advisable to use the remedies under the guidance of a doctor because Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs and progresses differently in each patient.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Treatment of Frozen shoulder in Ayurveda

FROZEN SHOULDER

Frozen shoulder / Adhesive capsulitis / Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder, is a condition which is characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Risk of developing frozen shoulder increases when you are recovering from a medical condition or procedure, which is preventing you from moving your arm like - Mastectomy or Stroke.

frozen shoulder, adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder

RISK FACTORS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FROZEN SHOULDER

  • Age - Risk increases with the age but being over 40 years of age is a risk factor, for both men and women.
  • Gender - Women are at higher risk of developing this condition.
  • Diabetes - Diabetic people are at higher risk of developing frozen shoulder and symptoms may be more severe. 10 to 20 % chance increases, if you are Diabetic.

ETIOLOGY OF FROZEN SHOULDER

The exact cause is not known. But it is said when the capsule becomes unable to move because it becomes thick and tight, it leads to the formation of less synovial fluid, resulting in the formation of bands of scar tissue. The movement of the capsule is restricted due to some factors and systemic disease, which are as follow -

  • Factors - These can be -Rotator cuff injury, Stroke, Recovery from surgery and Broken Arm.
  • Systemic diseases - These can be -Diabetes, Tuberculosis, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Cardiovascular disease, and Parkinson's disease.

CLINICAL FEATURES

It can present with -

  • Dull and hurting pain and stiffness in the shoulder
  • Sensation in the upper arm.
  • Difficulty in moving the shoulder.

DEVELOPMENT OF FROZEN SHOULDER

Frozen shoulder develops slowly and the development of Frozen shoulder can be described in three stages, which are -

  1. Stage - I or Freezing stage - This stage lasts from 6 to 9 months. In this stage, pain occurs and the shoulder's range of motion starts to become limited and any movement of the shoulder causes pain.It worsens over time and causes more discomfort at night.
  2. Stage - II or Frozen stage - This stage lasts from 4 to 12 months. Pain starts diminishing during this stage but the shoulder becomes stiffer and its movement becomes difficult.
  3. Stage - III or Thawing stage - This stage lasts from 6 months to 2 years. During this stage, the range of motion begins to improve.

DIAGNOSIS

Following diagnostic methods are used to diagnose this condition -

  • Physical examination - Your doctor may ask you to move your shoulder in certain ways to check for pain and will evaluate your range of motion (active range of motion) and to relax your muscles while moving your arm (passive range of motion).
  • By injecting an anesthetic agent - Your doctor might inject your shoulder with an anesthetic agent or a numbing medicine to determine your passive and active range of motion.
  • Imaging tests - Your doctor may advise you to undergo some tests, such as X-rays or an MRI, to rule out other problems.

PREVENTION

It is well known to all of you that "Prevention is always better than cure". If you've had an injury that makes your shoulder movement difficult then talk to your doctor because one of the most common causes of frozen shoulder is the immobility, resulting during recovery from a shoulder injury, broken arm or a stroke

TREATMENT OF FROZEN SHOULDER BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda offers the best herbal remedies for the treatment of frozen shoulder in the form of "Frozen Shoulder Pack". All these herbal remedies are pure, natural, vegetarian, chemical and preservative-free, free from any side effects and can be used for a prolonged period of time.

herbal remedies for frozen shoulder

FROZEN SHOULDER PACK INCLUDES

1. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

These capsules consist of two components, widely known herbs Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa).

Benefits - These two herbs are very helpful in managing the potential complications associated with frozen shoulder, beneficial in supporting the healthy functioning of joints, increasing blood supply to joint tissue, enhancing the biochemical structure of cartilage due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Dosage - 2 capsules two times daily with plain water after meals.

2. Joint Aid Plus Capsules

These capsules are prepared by using the standardized extract of Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), etc.

Benefits - These are very effective in treating the frozen shoulder by acting as a great source of dietary nutrition for the bones and joints.

Dosage - 2 capsules two times daily with plain water, after meals.

3. Aamvatantak Churna

It consists of different herbs like- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), etc.

Classical reference regarding Haridra (Curcuma longa):-

Classical reference regarding Haridra (Curcuma longa)

Reference - The Bhavaprakashanighantu, Verse-196-197.

Meaning - This shloka states that haridra, kanchani, krimghni, haldi, ndhatvilasini are synonyms of curcuma. This herb is pungent and bitter in taste, rough, hot in potency, used to pacify Kapha and Pitta dosha, used to improve skin tone, used in skin disorders, diabetes, bleeding disorders, inflammation, anemia and wound healing.

Benefits - These herbs have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties that provide relief from pain and swelling.

Dosage - 1 tablespoon two times daily with lukewarm water half an hour after meals.

4. Orthovita Oil

It is a purely natural formula which is absolutely free from chemicals, extra colors, additives, fillers and yeast.

Benefits - This oil helps to support healthy bones, joints, and muscles, supports overall body strength and physical features, removes stiffness, pain in the shoulder and relaxes shoulder joint and muscles and is very effective in case of frozen shoulder.

Dosage - For the local application, for 10 to 15 minutes, twice a day.

5. Yograj Guggul

It consists of herbs like – Shudh Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Pippali (Piper longum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).

Benefits - These herbs are anti-inflammatory in nature and helps in reducing pain and managing the symptoms associated with frozen shoulder.

Dosage -2 tablets twice daily with lukewarm water.