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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Friday, July 19, 2019

How Ayurveda can help in treating Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)?

Our brain and spinal cord are surrounded by a fluid called cerebrospinal fluid. This fluid accumulates in the cavities of the brain called ventricles. The main function of this fluid is to protect the brain and the spinal cord, supply nutrients and eliminate the waste products.

AS PER AYURVEDA ASPECT

In Ayurveda, this condition is not properly described but as per its symptoms, it is caused due to the vitiation of vata and Kapha dosha which leads to the impairment in the functioning of brain due to the accumulation of ama in the body channels.

AS PER MODERN ASPECT

Normal pressure hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid which causes an enlargement in the ventricles of the brain. In most of the cases, the main cause of this blockage is unclear.

Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)

Prevalence

NPH is mostly seen in older people (between the age group of 60 and 70) and it is estimated that up to 7 lakhs of Americans have this disease but only 20% receive an appropriate diagnosis. Many times this disease has been misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease or Parkinson's disease.

HOW NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS CAN BE CAUSED?

The main cause of primary normal pressure hydrocephalus is idiopathic (unknown cause). Hence it is referred to as primary normal pressure hydrocephalus.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS?

These are considered as the hallmarks of normal pressure hydrocephalus which include:

  • Difficulty in walking and when it is compared to a person’s walk, the body is bent forward, legs held wide apart and feet moving as if these are glued to the deck.
  • Loss of interest and difficulty in completing daily routine work, forgetfulness and short term memory loss.
  • Low concentration power and changes in behavior and personality with declining in thought processes.
  • Sudden fall

Urinary Symptoms

  • Loss of bladder strength to control which also appears later in the disease
  • Unable to hold stools (but it is a less common symptom)
  • Frequent micturition
  • The urgency to pass urine
  • Urinary incontinence

Increase Of Pressure In The Brain

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in focusing on an object

Other Common Symptoms Are

  • Unintentional weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive sleep
  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Muscle spasm

HOW NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS CAN BE DIAGNOSED?

  • Generally, the diagnosis is done based on a careful review of symptoms and medical history and through physical examination.
  • Gait analysis: It is a timed walk test in which the patient is watched as if he or she can walk about 10 meters.
  • Imaging tests: MRI or CT scan is done to verify the enlarged ventricles in the brain.
  • Neuropsychological test: It is done to assess if there is a loss of brain function.
  • Cerebrospinal fluid tests: There is a spinal tap and external lumbar drainage.
  • Cisternography is another test which is done to check the CSF absorption.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS?

It Includes:

  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Dementia
  • Obstructive hydrocephalus
  • Normal aging of the brain

NATURAL TREATMENT OF NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS

Normal pressure hydrocephalus is a long term condition. The treatment involves the measures that enable the patient to cope with the problems like difficulty in walking, mood and behavior changes, poor concentration, speech problems, etc.

Planet Ayurveda offers a wonder treatment to manage the symptoms related to normal pressure hydrocephalus. These herbal formulations are 100% pure, naturally free from preservatives, chemicals, colors, yeast, fillers, etc. All these formulations strictly follow the principles of Ayurveda and are formulated by our MD Ayurveda experts.

Natural Remedies For Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Natural Remedies For Normal pressure hydrocephalus

1. Kanchnaar Guggul

This wonder and effective herbal formulation is formulated with pure and natural herbs like Kanchnaar, Shunthi, Amalaki, bibhitaki, guggul, etc. This combination of herbs removes the blockage and detoxifies the body. It also removes the toxins, clears the channels and maintains the body functions.

Dosage: 1 to 2 tablets twice or thrice daily after meals.

2. Brahmi Capsules

This wonderful product is formulated from the pure and standardized extract of Brahmi which is considered to be the most effective herb in treating conditions related to the brain. These capsules increase blood circulation in the brain and show effective results in improving short and long term memory loss. According to Ayurveda it has been used since ancient times to deal with brain-related problems and effectively rejuvenates the brain cells.

Dosage: 1 or 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Mahashankh Vati

Mahashankh vati is a classical Ayurvedic formulation that has been used in Ayurveda since many ages for the treatment for digestion related issues. It is prepared from natural herbs like chitraka, pippali, danti and other ingredients like shudh tankan, shudhparad, yavkashar, and sarjakashar.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice or thrice daily after meals.

4. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava capsules is a wonderful product from the house of Planet Ayurveda which is prepared from the standardized extract of punarnava. This herb treats urinary tract infections, fluid accumulation in the body such as pedal edema, and other related disorders. In this condition, it drains out the extra CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) from the brain cavities.

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

How To Keep Yourself Hydrated This Summer?

Ayurveda has always emphasized to maintain the health and prevent the diseases by following proper diet and lifestyle according to the Ritucharya (seasonal regimen) as mentioned in the classics of Ayurveda as prevention is always better than cure. The adaptation according to the seasonal changes is the key to survival; therefore the knowledge of Ritucharya or seasonal regimens is very important. Ritucharaya is prominently discussed in the first few chapters of most of the Ayurvedic Samhitas (Ayurvedic texts).

According to Ayurveda, there are six seasons and a year is divided into two kaals (time period). Each kaal is composed of three seasons which gives a total of six seasons in a year. Each season lasts for 2 months and these seasons are precisely found in Indian sub-continent.

The period of Grisham Ritu or Summer Season is in between Mid-May to Mid-July. This season is intensely hot and have debilitating effect on environment, by which human beings are also affected.

Ancient Reference

Reference: Ashtang Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 3, Shlok No. 26 &27

Meaning: According to this shloka, in Greeshma (summer) season, the rays of sun become more powerful and appear to be destructive. Kapha starts to decrease day by day and Vata increases consequently, hence avoid the use of salt, pungent and sour foods, heavy physical exercises and exposure to sunlight during this season.

According to Ayurveda, the cool liquids help to pacify the Pitta dosha but carbonated and ice-cold beverages should not be preferred as they can disrupt the digestion.

HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED DURING THIS SUMMER?

There are many delicious and healthy fruits & beverages that serve as excellent alternatives to a plain glass of water while fulfilling your hydration needs as well:

How To Keep Yourself Hydrated This Summer

1. Sattu (Roasted black chick pea flour or Bengal gram flour)

It is one of the most indigenous protein sources of India and has the near-instant cooling effect on the body. It is a rich source of protein, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium etc.

  1. Apart from its cooling effect, sattu provides energy to the body, it is high in insoluble fiber, has low glycemic index.
  2. To prepare sattu, add 2 tablespoons of sattu powder in a glass of water, mix a pinch of black salt and lemon to taste. Stir well.

2. Coconut Water

Coconut water is considered as elixir in summers which not only helps to rejuvenate the body system but also keeps us hydrated during summer season.

  1. It is considered as one of the best electrolytes during summer season.
  2. It is rich in essential minerals like zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium.
  3. Drinking fresh coconut water in summer season helps in keeping the body hydrated and rejuvenated.

3. Water Rich Fruits

In summers, water rich fruits such as water melon, grapefruit, peaches, pineapples are abundantly available.

  1. These fruits will keep you hydrated and refreshed.
  2. These fruits can be blended to make fresh juices to enjoy a relish drink.

4. Jaljeera

Jaljeera is a traditional Indian drink which is made using mint leaves, roasted cumin seeds powder, black salt, tamarind pulp, jaggery etc. The drink can be prepared by blending all these ingredients with water.

  1. It is a refreshing drink which is mainly consumed by the people to help in the digestion process, to get relief from intestinal gas and to maintain the pH level.
  2. It protects the body from dehydration and useful in digestion related complaints as well.
  3. It aids digestion, keeps hydrated, rich in iron, detoxifies the body and helps to lose fat.

5. Lemonade or Neembu Paani

It is one of the healthiest drinks during summer season. Everybody loves to drink this refreshing drink in summer season. Just add one more ingredient to it to double its benefits i.e. Gondh kateera or edible gum. It is popularly known as Tragacanth gum.

  1. It can be prepared quickly at home. Take 200 ml water and add 2 teaspoons of rock sugar, lemon juice, a pinch of black pepper and black salt to taste in it.
  2. This refreshing juice reduces weakness and gives strength from within.

6. Cucumber Drink

Cucumber is cooling in nature, fiber rich, high in vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, helps in reducing body fat and beat the heat.

  1. Take chopped cucumber, add lemon juice, rock salt according to taste, roasted ground cumin and add water. Blend all these ingredients.
  2. This spiced cucumber juice tastes so refreshing.

7. Bael Juice (Aegle Marmelos)

Bael Sharbat or Bael Juice is one of the most popular drinks in India.

  1. It is useful in diarrhea, constipation, cholesterol etc.
  2. To prepare bael juice at home, break open bael fruit, scrape out and mix water into it thoroughly.
  3. Strain it and add jaggery according to taste.

8. Buttermilk

Buttermilk is easy to digest and useful in variety of conditions such as edema, urine retention, ascites, anorexia etc.

  1. Apart from its health benefits, it is cooling and refreshing drink in summer season as well.
  2. Take 30-40 ml milk and add 1 tablespoon of rock sugar into it.
  3. Now add 250-260 ml water into it.
  4. It is easy to make and cooling in nature.

Apart from these refreshing drinks, one should consume water-rich fruits and foods for staying hydrated such as green leafy vegetables, cucumber, and fresh coconut water which acts as a natural electrolyte, fruits such as papaya etc.

Our stomach tends to secrete gastric juices during the process of digestion which help in the breakdown of food. Due to unhealthy eating habits, the acidic level of the body increases which leads to acidity and acid refluxes. So, to reduce the chances of increased levels of acid formation, include vegetables that are alkaline in nature such as radish, snake gourd, pumpkin, banana stem etc.

B-cell Leukemia in Children - Symptoms & Ayurvedic Treatment

Leukemia is a fast-growing blood cancer that usually affects WBCs (White Blood Cells) by attacking blood-forming tissues in the bone marrow and tissues of the lymphatic system. There are numerous types of leukemias. But the Lymphoblastic or lymphocytic leukemia is the most common which affects certain cells of the immune system such as B-cells or T-cells. But B-cell leukemia usually affects children. In this disease, numerous immature white blood cells are found in the bone marrow and blood. It is basically, a "Pitta pradhan tridoshaj vyadhi" which is termed as "Raktapitta" in our Ayurvedic classics.

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF B CELLS IN OUR BODY?

B cells are a type of white blood cells which are known as B lymphocytes. These cells actively participates in maintaining humoral immunity. B cells bind to the antigens with the help of B cell receptors and develop antibodies against them and save our body from various infections and diseases.

B-cell Leukemia in Children

TYPES OF B CELL LEUKEMIA

There are various types of B cells in our and that's why there are varieties of B cell leukemia that depend upon the type of cell involved.

  • Acute lymphocytic leukemia
  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • B-cell prolymphocytic leukemia
  • Precursor B lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Hairy cell leukemia

Moreover, leukemia can be acute or chronic.

WHAT CAUSES B CELL LEUKEMIA?

Still the cause of the disease is not known and researches are going on to evaluate the exact cause. Here, in this disease genetics plays an important role in the causation of leukemia. Certain mutations in the genes give rise to alterations in the chromosomes.

Even hormonal imbalance is also one of the major factors that are responsible for the disease by altering the production of WBCs.

Weak immunity also makes the individual susceptible to B cell blood cancer.

RISK FACTORS

  • Genetic syndromes like Down’s syndrome, Li-Fraumeni syndrome, etc. increase the risk of leukemia.
  • History of immune-compromised diseases
  • Exposure to certain chemicals and radiations
  • History of recurrent infections
  • Unwholesome diet and lifestyle
  • History of bone marrow transplantation
  • Some other factors like being overweight, and smoking and drinking at an early age are very common which suppress the immune system.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF B CELL LEUKEMIA?

The signs and symptoms of the leukemia are as follows:

  • Bleeding and bruises are very common in patients.
  • Associated with fatigue, weakness, tiredness and drowsiness.
  • Mostly the children affected due to B cell leukemia are prone to develop various infections.
  • Reduced appetite and impaired digestion.
  • Recurrent fever
  • Swollen and tender lymph nodes.
  • The person often feels nausea and vomiting.
  • Also there is tendency to bleed
  • Reduced immunity.
  • Delayed growth and development.
  • Bone and joint pains
  • Weight loss

PATHOGENESIS

As per Ayurveda, this disease is correlated to "Raktapitta" where the vitiation of Rakta along with Pitta dosha takes place. It does not mean that other doshas are not involved in this condition, they are also involved but predominantly vitiated doshas are Pitta and Rakta (as per Sushruta). In turn, they vitiate the rasa (Lymph), rakta (Blood), mamsa (Muscle) and majja (Bone marrow) dhatus. Hence there is an impairment in the production of B-cells in the body and all these conditions produce symptoms like – bruises, fever, recurrent infections, growth of children gets hampered, etc and a disease is developed named as "Raktapitta or B cell Leukemia".

DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA

On a clinical basis, it is very difficult to diagnose leukemia. We need to take the help of investigations to rule out the disease along with the cause and extent of its affection.

Here are some diagnostic criteria that help to confirm the diagnosis and evaluate the cause.

  • CBC (Complete blood count)
  • Urine tests
  • Bone marrow aspiration
  • Lumbar puncture
  • Lymph nodes biopsy
  • CT scan (Computed tomography)
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Hormonal assay
  • Chromosome tests

TREATMENT STRATEGY

The treatment plan and the prognosis of leukemia vary in adults and children. The measures should be taken to:

  • Correct the immature production of B cells
  • Detoxification of the body in order to eliminate toxins
  • Maintain immunity
  • Bring equilibrium in tridoshas
  • Avoid metastasis
  • Maintain Agni
  • Promote growth and development

WHAT PLANET AYURVEDA OFFERS FOR B CELL LEUKEMIA?

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal formulations to treat various diseases. In the case of B Cell Leukemia, we advise herbo-mineral formulations that directly act on the bone marrow and correct the production of white blood cells.

As they are formed from pure extract of herbs and properly processed minerals they will not develop any side effect on the body.

In the treatment plan mainly the "Tikta rasa" aushadhis are advised which are followed by "Balya" aushadhis.

Here the prescription and dosage for the children (between 6 years to 16 years) who are suffering from B cell leukemia goes as -

1. Sachets

  1. Chanderkala Ras – 5 gm
  2. Heerak Bhasma – 100 mg
  3. Rajat Bhasma – 2.5 gm
  4. Gandhak Rasayan – 5 gm
  5. Yashad Bhasma – 5 gm
  6. Akik Pishti – 10 gm
  7. Praval Pishti – 10 gm
  8. Mukta pishti – 4 gm
  9. Jahar Mohra Pishti – 10 gm
  10. Kamdudha Ras – 10 gm
  11. Swarn Basant Malti Ras – 1 gm
  12. Abhrak Bhasma  ( Shastra puti ) – 1 gm
  13. Loknath Ras – 5 gm
  14. Navrattan Gajankush Ras – 2 gm
  15. Rajmrigank Ras – 1 gm
  16. Trailokyachintamani Ras – 1 gm
  17. Hemgarbhpotli Ras – 1 gm
  18. Tamra Bhasma – 5 gm
  19. Giloy Satva – 10 gm

Make 60 sachets of all these ingredients by mixing together in the proportion mentioned above.

All these medicines should be blended together in the definite proportion. Mix them well and these can be used to treat infections, correct the vitiation of tridoshas and help to initiate the production of healthy white blood cells. Moreover, they help to boost immune power.

Dosage: Consume 1 sachet twice daily with honey. This should be followed for 1 month.

2. Cap. Cruel

These capsules are really effective in malignancy and degenerative changes. It also promotes immunity and energy.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Cap. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a widely used health tonic that stimulates the nervous system and brings the hormonal balance which in turn stimulates the antibody production.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Cap. Spirulina

As a general health tonic Spirulina is advised to increase the growth and development of the body. Also it helps to cover-up the weakness, tiredness and debility.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals.

5. Cap. Amalaki Rasayan

Amalaki is one among the rasayan aushadhis which helps to rejuvenate the cell production, corrects the degenerative changes and defects.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals.

6. Cap. Immune Booster

An effective medicine in case of low immunity. It is used to manage immune-compromised conditions. It stimulates the defensive mechanism of the body. These capsules contain bhumi amla, grape seed, etc.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water, after meals.

7. Cap. Giloy

Giloy is a well-known herb for its immune-modulator property. It is a helpful herb in case of genetic disorders. Planet Ayurveda’s Giloy capsules are prepared from the pure extract of herb Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia).

8. Syp. Immuno Plan, Syp. Hemoplan and Syp. Platoplan

  • Syp. Immuno plan – Stimulates the immune system.
  • Syp. Hemoplan – Increases the hemoglobin level in the body.
  • Syp. Platoplan – Increases the platelet production.

These syrups are preferred on the basis of symptoms.

Dosage of all the syrups is 2 tablespoonfuls twice daily with plain water after meals.

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DIETARY GUIDELINES

This diet, if strictly followed can work wonders for a cancer patient. It is a balanced diet that is enough to fuel the human body for proper functioning.

The diet that can be consumed and is effective in leukemia is as follows:

  • STEAMED VEGETABLES – Potatoes, Cabbage, Bottle gourd, Pumpkin, Round gourd, Bitter melon, Peas, Beans, Broccoli and Cauliflower.
  • LEAVES & GRASS – Radish leaves, Mint leaves, Coriander leaves, Spinach leaves, Rocket leaves, Lettuce, Kale, Lemon grass, Wheat grass and Spirulina.
  • NUTS (to be soaked overnight or at least for 8 hours) – 5 to 7 almonds, 2 walnuts and 2 figs can be consumed.
  • Among FRUITS – Apple, Jamun, Pears, Papaya, Melons, pomegranate are advised.
  • SALADS – Carrots, Cucumber, Radish and Beetroot
  • BEVERAGES – Water, Coconut water and Pumpkin juice.
  • SPROUTS – Green lentils, Bengal grams, Bean sprouts, Chick peas and Fenugreek.
  • HERBAL TEAS – Boil 1tsp each of Fennel (Saunf), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander), Ajwain (Carom seeds) in 4 cups of water till it is reduced to 2 cups. This herbal decoction can be taken twice a day. Green tea can be consumed too.
  • JUICES

1. Green Juice:-

  • Coriander (dhaniya) leaves - few
  • Mint (pudina) leaves – 4-5
  • Spinach (palak) leaves - 2
  • Basil (tulsi) leaves - 2
  • Wheat grass (gehun ke jware)
  • Cap. Spirulina/Moringa/Green essentials – 1, each - can be added for better results.

*Amount: 20 ml or 2 tsp. twice daily can be taken.

2. Red Juice:-

  • Carrot
  • Beetroot
  • Amla
  • Apple
  • Pomegranate

*For taste, black grapes can be added 200 ml, two to three times can be taken.

  • Even in moderate quantity, a bowl of boiled rice preferably brown rice patient can take, even chapatti can be preferred (you can also add raw fenugreek leaves in the dough)

AVOID - Milk & milk products, packaged foods, refined sugars, processed foods, Biscuits, Oats, Corn flakes, Aerated drinks, Dry nuts like cashew nuts and pistachio, French fries, Non-Veg. and other junk foods.

LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS

  • Add yoga and exercises in the daily routine.
  • Avoid stress and tensions
  • Eat a nutritious diet

"Stay Positive"

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Is Sarcoidosis treatment available in Ayurveda?

Sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease that most commonly affects the lungs and lymph glands but can affect other organs as well. Due to inflammation, there is a formation of abnormal lumps or nodules in one or more organs of the body. These abnormal lumps are known as granulomas. These granulomas may change the normal structure as well as functions of the affected organs.

sarcoidosis treatment in ayurveda

The exact cause of sarcoidosis is not known but it is believed that due to over-reaction of the immune system, the immune cells begin to collect causing inflammation known as granulomas. As granulomas build up in an organ, the function and structure of that organ can be affected.

According to Ayurveda, it is caused due to the accumulation of endotoxins or Ama within the system. Ama accumulates in the body channels and moves through the lymphatic and circulatory channels. These endo-toxins also interfere with the functioning of the immune system which results in the accumulation of anti-bodies in the form of lumps in different parts of the body.

Yes, there is an effective treatment of Sarcoidosis in Ayurveda through herbs and herbal remedies. Ayurvedic treatment for Sarcoidosis consists of removing the endo-toxins that are accumulated within the system and correcting the immunity.

Reference: Sushrut Samhita Sharirsthanam, Chapter No. 9, Shloka No. 12

Meaning: In this shloka, it is described that the main origin of Pranvaha srotas (life carrying channel) are heart and blood vessels and their vitiation lead to shouting due to anger, loss of consciousness, vertigo, tremors and even death.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SARCOIDOSIS?

The signs and symptoms of sarcoidosis vary depending on which organs are affected. It sometimes appears gradually and produces symptoms that last for years. The symptoms may appear suddenly and disappear quickly. Many people with sarcoidosis experience no symptoms and it may be discovered when a chest X-ray is done for another reason.

Common Signs And Symptoms Of Sarcoidosis Include:

  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Fatigue
  • Pain and swelling in joints such as ankles etc
  • Weight loss

When It Affects The Lungs, The Symptoms Are:

  • Wheezing cough
  • Chest pain
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Shortness of breath

When It Affects The Heart, The Symptoms Are:

  • Chest pain
  • Dyspnea or shortness of breath
  • Fainting
  • Irregular heart beats
  • Edema or swelling caused by excess fluid
  • Heart Palpitations

When It Affects The Eyes, The Symptoms Are:

  • Blurred vision
  • Eye pain
  • Severe redness
  • Sensitivity to light
  • Burning, itching or dry eyes

Symptoms That Occur When It Affects The Skin Are:

  • A rash or the appearance of red or purplish coloured bumps usually on the shins or ankles which are warm to touch.
  • Lesions on the nose, cheeks, and ears.
  • Nodules under the skin particularly around the scars.

DIAGNOSIS

The doctor will perform physical examination to check for skin bumps or a rash, swollen lymph nodes, check for enlarged liver or spleen etc.

Based on the findings, doctor may order additional diagnostic tests such as:

  • X-ray of the chest to look for granulomas, swollen lymph nodes etc.
  • CT-scan of the chest to obtain cross-sectional pictures of the chest.
  • Biopsy can be done by analyzing the sample of tissue to check for granulomas.

IS TREATMENT FOR SARCOIDOSIS AVAILABLE IN AYURVEDA?

Yes, sarcoidosis can be treated effectively with Ayurveda. Various herbal remedies are available to be very effective in its treatment that does not cause any side effects.

Planet Ayurveda offers 'Sarco Care Pack' which is effective, safe, reduces the inflammation in a natural way, helps in correcting the functioning of the immune system and reduces scarring.

SARCO CARE PACK BY PLANET AYURVEDA CONSISTS OF

  • Punarnava Mandur
  • Curcumin Capsules
  • Aller-G Care Capsules
  • Kanchnaar Guggul

Sarco Care Pack

herbal remedies for sarcoidosis

1. Punarnava Mandur

Punarnava Mandoor is a classical Ayurvedic medicine having Boerhavia diffusa as one of the main ingredients. Boerhavia diffusa is one of the very important anti-inflammatory herbs. Other herbs which are used in it are Trivrit (Operculina turpethum), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), Marich (Piper nigrum), Vidanga (Embelia ribes) etc.  These tablets have anti-inflammatory properties therefore provide a great relief in sarcoidosis.

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water half an hour after meals.

2. Curcumin Capsules

Planet Ayurveda's Curcumin Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Curcuma longa. Being anti-inflammatory in nature, curcumin capsules are an effective remedy for the treatment of sarcoidosis. It also provides relief from the painful condition. These capsules work wonderfully in the treatment of sarcoidosis.

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

3. Aller-G Care Capsules

These capsules formulated by Planet Ayurveda which contain the natural ingredients that are known to treat the allergic reactions in the body. These herbs are helpful in removing the endo-toxins within the system and provide strength to the lungs as well. These capsules are best to maintain the well-balanced immune system. These capsules provide great relief to the patients suffering from sarcoidosis naturally by eliminating the root cause.

Ingredients Of Aller-G Care Capsules Are:

Sr. No.

Herb Used

Botanical Name

Parts Used

Quantity

1.

Haridra

Curcuma longa

Extract

150 mg

2.

Neem

Azadirachta indica

Extract

150 mg

3.

Shirish

Albezzia lebbock

Extract

100 mg

4.

Ashwagandha

Withania somnifera

Extract

100 mg

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water half an hour after taking meals.

4. Kanchnaar Guggul

Kanchnaar Guggul is a classical Ayurvedic preparation that contains Bauhinia variegata and Commiphora mukul as the main ingredients. Other ingredients of Kanchnaar Guggul are Triphala, Trikatu, Varun bark (Crataeva nurvala), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Twak (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Tejpatra (Cinnamomum tamala) etc. This product is mainly used in Ayurvedic practice to treat any extra growth in the body and also useful in handling pain, lymphatic blockage, inflammation, cyst formation etc.

Dose: 2 tablets thrice daily with plain water half an hour after taking meals.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Include flax seeds, fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts in the diet as they are rich in vitamins and minerals which are very helpful in eliminating impurities and toxins within the system.
  • Include spices such as turmeric, ginger, and licorice as they have anti-inflammatory action.
  • Reduce stress as the symptoms of sarcoidosis may flare-up when the person is stressed out. Meditation is the best way to combat the increased stress.
  • Yoga such as tadasana is also a beneficial exercise for sarcoidosis.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Toxic Megacolon: A Complication Of IBD

The large intestine is the lowest part of the digestive tract which consists of appendix, colon, and rectum where re-absorption of water occurs from the food and processing of waste products along with its elimination in the form of stool through the anus.

There can be various reasons for the malfunctioning of the large intestine. One of them is toxic dilatation of the colon or toxic mega colon. Abnormal dilatation of the mega colon is the anomaly for which these terms are used. It is a very serious medical condition which needs to be corrected as soon as possible otherwise results in severe signs and symptoms. Although it is a rare condition in which within a small span of time, widening of the large colon or intestines occur and can prove to be fatal. It is usually presented as a complication of the IBD, i.e. Crohn's disease or Ulcerative colitis.

toxic mega colon, toxic megacolon

WHAT CAN BE THE CAUSES OF TOXIC MEGACOLON?

Inflammatory bowel disease is the main cause of toxic mega colon. IBD comprises of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. In both of them, there is irritation and swelling of the intestines, both large and small. Both of them are very painful and distressing conditions which may cause severe and permanent damage to the colon. Intestines become dilated, expanded and distended in IBD that results in the inability of those to remove stool and gas present in them. The gradually huge amount of gas and waste products build up in the colon ultimately leading to rupture of the colon. This rupturing of intestines is a life-threatening condition as due to the rupturing of the colon the normal bacteria present in them may spread to the whole body causing infection and death.

In some cases, it can also occur due to infection from Clostridium difficile.

WHAT CAN BE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF TOXIC MEGACOLON?

As it can occur within a short span of time, symptoms also appear suddenly, which include:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Distention of the abdomen
  • Bloating
  • Fever
  • Tachycardia i.e. increased heart rate
  • Shock
  • Diarrhea which may contain blood
  • Painful bowel movements

HOW CAN TOXIC MEGACOLON BE DIAGNOSED?

It can be diagnosed through physical examination and some lab tests. Patient case history can reveal any of the inflammatory bowel diseases. During the physical examination, abdominal tenderness can be detected. Some of the lab tests can confirm the diagnosis:

  • Abdominal X-ray
  • Abdominal CT scan
  • Blood tests like complete blood count and blood electrolytes

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR TOXIC MEGACOLON

ancient reference, shloka, digestive fire

Meaning- Digestive fire is the main of all the fires in the body. All other fires or Agni depend upon the Jatharagni as it illuminates all others. They all get strength from Digestive fire and their strength depend upon it. Hence, food consumption should be according to the nature of this digestive fire. The strong state of digestive fire provides strength, longevity, health, excitement, and intelligence to the body.

Reference- Charak Samhita, Part 2, Chikitsa sthanam, chapter no. 15, Shloka no. 39 and 40

Ayurveda has proved to be very effective in treating inflammatory bowel diseases, Crohn's disease, and Ulcerative colitis. On the other hand, in modern medicine, these diseases are considered to be non-curable but Ayurveda treats them effectively that too only with herbal medicines. According to Ayurveda, these diseases occur due to increased Pitta dosha in the body and low digestive fire resulting in inflammation and ulceration of the colon. Toxic megacolon occurs when this disease is not treated timely or maltreated. Ayurveda can help in treating this disease as well as its complications.
Dr.Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) from Planet Ayurveda has expertise in treating Ulcerative colitis and patients from worldwide consult him for their treatments. Many of them have been treated successfully. For toxic megacolon also Planet Ayurveda offers some herbal remedies which are prepared from pure extracts of herbs of the best quality. The herbs which have been used since ancient times and have specific pathogenesis in this disease are taken to prepare these herbal medicines. No artificial preservatives, chemicals, dye, additive or fillers are added in these medicines. These remedies are purely vegetarian and not tested on animals.

As it is the complication of the IBD and Ayurveda treats the diseases from its root cause hence, in this case, to treat toxic megacolon IBD, i.e. Ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease must be treated so that if root cause will be eradicated, the complications will go on its own. Early intervention and proper herbal treatment is the key to prevent Toxic megacolon, a life-threatening condition.


Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack

herbal remedies, toxic megacolon, ulcerative colitis, ibd, crohns disease

1. Kutzghan Vati

As in toxic megacolon there is severe diarrhea which can even contain blood so the best remedy for controlling it is kutazghan vati. It is an herbal tablet prepared from Holarrhena antidysentrica (Kutaja) that is very effective in controlling diarrhoea and dysentery. Kutazghan vati also relieves pain in abdomen and tenderness.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water.

2. Pitta Balance

Pitta dosha is aggravated severely in this condition which results in accumulation of gases and feces in the colon. Hence to treat this vitiated Pitta, Pitta balance is the remedy of choice. As the name implies it balances the Pitta dosha in the body and relieves all the complaints caused due to it. Pitta balance capsules relieve gas and heat in the body. Coral calcium (Praval pishti), Agate calcium (Akik pishti), Pearl calcium (Mukta pishti), Tinospora cordifolia (giloy) etc. All these are cooling in nature and Pitta balancing compounds.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals.

3. Vatsakadi Churna

This herbal churna is the combination of the Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysentrica), Bilva (Aegle marmelos), Fennel seeds (Foeniculum vulgare), and coriander (Coriandrum sativum). All these herbs act to treat IBD and its complications. Vatsakadi churna is full of medicinal properties like carminative, digestive, healing, astringent, anti-dyspeptic, and antihelmenthic. It treats digestive problems and relieves inflammation.

Dosage- Take 1 teaspoon twice daily after meals with plain water.

4. Arjuna Capsules

It is the natural healer and used to treat many health ailments since ages. Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna) has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties. It helps to heal the ulcers in IBD and prevents its complications. In the case of toxic megacolon, Arjuna capsules help to treat the inflammation and relieves distention, and abnormal expansion of the intestines.

Dosage- Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Essential Oil Blends for Better Overall Health

Essential oil contains volatile chemical compounds which are extracted from the natural herbal plants. The term "Essential" means an "essence" of the plant. Here it is clearly mentioned that the essence, chemical compounds or derivatives of the herbs are extracted and preserved.

essential oils

HOW THESE ESSENTIAL OILS ARE PREPARED?

These oils are prepared by following the distillation process. In Ayurveda, these essential oils or volatile oils are explained under Arka Kalpana and named as "Arka" where the Arka is called as the essence that are obtained by the method of Arka Kalpana (the process of distillation). We can get a lot of references in Sara Sangraha and Ravan Samhita.

But this kalpana is explained beautifully and well elaborated by Ravana in arka praksha where he has mentioned the methods, the dosage, the actions and effects of these essential oils.

  • Even modern science is also using these ways by just modifying the apparatus and given the name “Distillate” to it.
  • In Unani – it is known by the name “Arkquites”
  • In Homeopathy, these essential oils are known as “Tinctures”
  • In Siddha system of medicine, these essential oils are called “Teenir”.

Basically, these Arkas are prepared by extracting the active chemical compounds from the herbs by soaking them in water for a certain period of time and then processed in the "Arka Yantra".

Distillation is the process of separating the active compounds of the plants by vaporizing the liquid where the parts of the plant are boiled on moderate temperature and then the vapors are made to pass through a cold surface (condensation process) and thereby converting them again into the liquid form.

THERAPEUTIC USES OF ESSENTIAL OILS

  • Improve digestive fire – The essential oils are used to increase appetite and improve digestion. These oils help to relieve nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, acidity, stomach ache and other gastrointestinal conditions.
  • Enhance complexion – Mostly essential oils are used to tone up the skin. They help to enhance complexion, remove dry flakes from the skin and even delay aging. Better to massage the oil on the body at bedtime to get a fair and flawless skin.
  • Keep the mind calm – You can breathe in or inhale the oil and even can rub the oil on the head to relieve the pressure and tension. It is the effective and quite simple way to relieve stress, headache, insomnia depression, etc. Mostly to relax the body and mind aromatherapy is used and the aromas of the essential oils are utilized to get the desired effects.
  • Oral hygiene – Essential oils are used in the preparation of the mouth washes that are widely used in case of halitosis, bad breath, oral thrush and to maintain oral hygiene.
  • Antitussive – In case of inflammation of bronchioles, person may develop cough and breathing problem. Here, in this case, inhalation is the best way. You can inhale the oil directly or by boiling oils in the water.
  • Carminative – To relieve constipation essential oils are the best option to be adopted. They can be mixed in the water and usually preferred at bed time. They make the stool softer and lubricate the colon hence, ease constipation.
  • Alleviate skin problems – In case of skin problems these oils can be massaged on the body or affected areas. Due to penetrating property they will deeply reach the inner layer of the skin.
  • Relive pains – Mostly muscular pains can be managed by these oils. Essential oils can be massaged on the body parts to relieve pain.
  • Healing wounds – Essential oils can be applied over the wounds as they help to promote wound healing.
  • Boost up energy – Some of the essential oils actually increase the blood circulation which directly increase the oxygen supply to the brain hence replenish the body with the energy and make you active throughout the day. Moreover they help to improve brain functions and enhance cognitive skills.

Moreover, these oils are used to purify the air through the Air purifier that indirectly impacts the health. Most commonly used oils are Tea tree oil, Lavender oil, and Eucalyptus oil.

"SPECIAL MEASURES TO TEST THE QUALITY AND PURITY OF THE ESSENTIAL OILS"

Nowadays usually the things available in the market are most of the time, impure or adulterated with similar products which are quite cheap. So it's better to test the purity.

  • Completely evaporate – These oils if left uncovered evaporate completely without leaving a residue or strain.
  • Fragrance – The fragrance of the oil is totally as that of the natural plant.
  • Characteristic Color – These oils are generally clear

MODE OF USE

These oils can be used externally as well as internally.

  • For external use – Apply these oils on the affected area, even you can inhale the fumes by boiling them in water or liquid media.
  • Internally – Even you can drink some of the oils by mixing them in the water.

We may smell the oils, rub the oils or put them in water, inhale them and even can drink them.

WHY TO PREFER ESSENTIAL OILS

The reasons are -

  • Fast absorption
  • Fast action
  • Easily palatable
  • Have high potency
  • Very less dose
  • Cheaper and free from preservatives

Some very common essential oils that have been used since ages are the contribution of the Indian System of Medicine i.e. Ayurveda. They are -Ajmodadi arka, Shatpushpi arka, Karpurady arka, Brahmi arka, etc.

SHELF LIFE OF ESSENTIAL OILS

As per Ayurveda the shelf life period of the Arka (Essential oils) is 1 year from the date of manufacturing.

PRECAUTIONS

  • Some people are allergic to some things so it is better that before using any essential oil, test them on your skin and see how your skin responds to it and then use them.
  • It is better to dilute the oil before use as it will reduce the chance of a reaction.
  • Avoid if the oil is turbid and has foul odour.
  • Avoid the overuse of these oils.

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Herbal Remedies for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

The word 'Benign' means not very serious, 'Paroxysmal' means it occurs suddenly and for a very short period of time and 'Positional' means it triggers with certain postures or movements. This condition is the most common cause of vertigo. It affects both young and old individuals. It is the most common cause of vertigo followed by head injury in young individuals and occurs spontaneously in the age group of 50-70 years. This condition is likely to be the cause of falls and other morbidities in the elderly. It has been established that the symptoms of BPPV are attributable to detached otoconia in any of the semi-circular canals.

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

It occurs when the tiny calcium particles known as canaliths clump up in the inner ear canals. It may occur without any reason or may be associated with age. The inner ear sends signals to the brain about head and body movements relative to gravity which helps to keep the balance.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO (BPPV)?

Often, there is no known cause of BPPV, therefore it is known as an idiopathic BPPV. It is often associated with a minor to severe blow to the head.

Ear's Role In Causing BPPV

There is a tiny organ known as vestibular labyrinth inside the ear which includes three loop-shaped structures known as semi-circular canals that contain fluid and fine hair like sensors that monitor the rotation of the head.

Other structures are known as the otolith organs which contain the crystals that make the person sensitive to gravity. They monitor the movements of head- up and down, back and forth, right and left.

These structures can be dislodged due to variety of reasons and can move into one of the semi-circular canals especially during lying down. This condition causes the semi-circular canal to become sensitive by changes in the position of head which makes the person to feel dizzy.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO (BPPV)?

The signs and symptoms of BPPV can come and go, with symptoms commonly lasting less than a minute. The symptoms can disappear for some time and they can recur. Some of the common symptoms are:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Loss of balance or unsteadiness
  • A sense that you and your surroundings are moving

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO (BPPV) ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA?

In Ayurveda, this condition is referred to as "Bhrama" where vitiated Vata (Prana Vata) combines with vitiated Pitta (particularly Sadhak Pitta) and causes "spinning" like sensation. The imbalanced Sadhak Pitta aggravates Prana Vata which regulates the nervous system, brain and respiration and also decreases tarpak kapha in the brain.

ancient reference, shloka

Reference: Astang Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 11, Shloka No. 5 & 6

Meaning: In this shloka, symptoms of increase in Vata dosha are explained. Vata when increases produce emaciation or weakness, black discoloration in the skin, person will desire for hot things (like hot beverages and hot weather). and experiences tremors, bloating, fullness, distention of the abdomen, constipation, loss of strength, insomnia, loss of sensory functions, irregular sleep, delusion, dizziness, giddiness, vertigo and timidity.

ancient reference, shloka
Reference: Astang Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 11, Shloka No. 16

Meaning: In this shloka, the effects of decreased Kapha dosha are explained. According to this shloka, decrease of Kapha dosha causes delusion, dizziness, emptiness in the organs belonging to Kapha dosha, tremors of the heart (palpitation).

HOW PLANET AYURVEDA CAN HELP IN THE TREATMENT OF BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO (BPPV)?

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies which are very effective, safe and eliminate the root cause. These herbal remedies are prepared using the best quality herbs and follow the Ayurvedic principles strictly.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO (BPPV) ARE

  1. Shilajit Capsules
  2. Brahmi Chyawanprash
  3. Brahmi Capsules
  4. Memory Support Capsules

Herbal Remedies For BPPV

Herbal Remedies for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

1. Shilajit Capsules

Planet Ayurveda Shilajit Capsules contain the standardized extract of Asphaltum. Shilajit is a herbo-mineral drug which is pale-brown to blackish-brown in colour and is composed of gummy exudate that oozes out from the rocks of the Himalayas in the summer season. It contains fulvic acid as the main carrier molecule. Shilajit enhances the oxygen carrying capacity of blood and its diffusion into the tissues. It also improves blood circulation. Shilajit is considered as the best rejuvenative and one of the strongest natural supplements with the potential to eliminate all kinds of weakness.

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

2. Brahmi Chyawanprash

Planet Ayurveda Brahmi Chyawanprash acts as a Rasayana which is prepared from herbs such as Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri) etc. These herbs work in a synergistic manner and give strength to the nervous system. It is considered as the best rejuvenator and fulfils the nutritional needs of a person; who becomes malnourished due to unhealthy eating habits. Thus, Brahmi Chyawanprah is very useful in the conditions such as BPPV.

Dose: Take 1-2 teaspoon with milk or plain water twice a day.

3. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi Capsules by Planet Ayurveda are prepared using the standardized extract of the herb Bacopa monnieri. This herb is a very good brain tonic and improves co-ordination between limbs, tongue and brain. It is a very good anti-oxidant as well. Hence, it protects the nerves, heart and blood vessels, improves life quality, act as anti-stress tonic etc. Therefore, these capsules are very effective for benign parsoxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV).

Dose: 1 capsule twice a day with plain water after taking meals.

4. Memory Support Capsules

Planet Ayurveda Memory Support Capsules contain the standardized extracts of various herbs that work on the brain and nervous system. These capsules are a blend of natural ingredients that help in improving blood circulation to the brain, provide strength to the brain and improve its functioning. According to Ayurveda, these herbs are useful in increasing Tarpak Kapha in the brain. These capsules work quite effectively in the treatment of Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV).

Ingredients Of Memory Support Capsules Are:

Sr. No.

Herb Used

Botanical Name

Part Used

Quantity

1.

Brahmi

Bacopa monnieri

Whole

150 mg

2.

Vacha

Acorus calamus

Root

150 mg

3.

Shankhpushpi

Convulvulus pluricaulis

Whole

100 mg

4.

Licorice

Glycrrhiza glabra

Root

100 mg

Dose: 1 capsule twice a day with plain water after taking meals.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Include plenty of raisins or dates in the diet.
  • Add poppy seeds to the diet.
  • Oil massage should be the part of lifestyle.
  • Good rest is essential i.e. earlier bedtime.
  • Sleep without taking pillow for better blood circulation.
  • Exercise regularly to stay active and to avoid stress
  • Regular Yoga and Meditation practice are also very beneficial.
  • Limit the consumption of refined sugar, salt and alcohol consumption.
  • Caffeine consumption should also be limited as it can aggravate Vata and Pitta doshas.
  • Non-vegetarian food should be avoided as they are heavy to digest which can lead to kapha stagnation and thus inhibits brain function.

First Trimester Of Pregnancy - Health Problems & Natural Remedies

The first trimester of pregnancy includes first three months of pregnancy that begins from the first day of your last menstrual period and lasts until the end of 12 weeks. During pregnancy a woman's body changes in many ways and the first trimester is considered as a very crucial phase of pregnancy that brings different issues and concerns. These problems may be mild or severe, however most of the time they are normal and resolve with mild alterations in diet and lifestyle. But these issues if not managed on time definitely affect the health and develop negative consequences for mother as well as fetus health.

First Trimester Of Pregnancy, Health Problems, Natural Remedies

Even these problems can occur at any time during pregnancy due to hormonal variations. And most of the time pregnancies are normal.

MORNING SICKNESS

Nausea and vomiting especially in the early morning soon after getting up from the bed is a common problem in pregnancy especially in primigravidae (women having first pregnancy), this is often called "morning sickness". Mostly these problems occur in the 1st and 2nd month and relieve by the end of the first trimester. Very rarely this symptom persists throughout the pregnancy. The cause of Morning sickness is not clear yet. In some pregnant women, these symptoms are worse in the morning and ease up over the course of the day.

Natural Ways

  • Before getting out of the bed taking biscuits, rusks and toasts are proven beneficial in this condition.
  • Foods containing carbohydrates such as chickpeas, sweet potatoes, etc. are beneficial in this condition.
  • Do not do much work because of fatigue you may also vomit.
  • Apply a little black salt on lemon and lick it, it will give you relief from nausea and vomiting
  • Drink one teaspoon of juice of green coriander leaves, it will help to avoid vomiting
  • You will also get benefit from drinking ginger tea every morning.
  • You can eat soaked dry fruits in the early morning.
  • You can drink a decoction prepared from dhaniya (coriander), saunf (fennel) and jeera (cumin).

HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM (PERNICIOUS VOMITING OF PREGNANCY)

Severe form of nausea and vomiting that persist for a long time, characterized by frequent vomiting. Women may experience sleep disturbance, dysgeusia (distortion of sense organs), hyperolfaction, etc. This condition will cause water, electrolytes and nutritional imbalances and can give rise to severe health issues thus, it requires urgent treatment. In this case, better to take the advice of a Physician.

CONSTIPATION

Irregular bowel movement is quite common in the first trimester. The culprit behind this is progesterone hormone which is quite high and required to maintain pregnancy. But, progesterone in our body relaxes the muscles, as we know the entire GI tract is basically a musculature which further loses its tonicity under the influence of high progesterone. Moreover, there is raised pressure in the pelvic region that in turn affects the GI motility and women may end up with constipation.

Natural Ways

  • You can add a bit ghee in your diet that helps to relieve constipation and lubricates the entire GI tract, hence prevents constipation.
  • Performing mild yoga like – Anuloma - Viloma helps you to keep your digestion healthy.
  • You can drink a decoction prepared from Triphala.
  • You can drink milk by adding a few drops of Badamrogan into it.

BACKACHE

Backache is another main complaint that occurs during pregnancy. The reason behind this is our weak and soft ligaments that creates surrounding for the viable fetus. Therefore, ligaments put pressure on the joints and produce strain, hence a pregnant woman usually feels pain in sacro-lumbar joint.

Natural Ways

You can gently massage your back region with soft oils like- Ksheerbala.

LEG CRAMPS

This condition usually arises due to the deficiency of serum calcium and an increased amount of phosphorus in the body.

Natural Ways

  • You can gently massage your legs with oils like Ksheerbala and Balashwagandha.
  • Increase your intake of milk and milk products to meet the normal calcium requirements..
  • Increase your Vitamin B intake by consuming foods like - broccoli, spinach, pomegranate, carrot, etc.

ACIDITY AND HEARTBURN

Irregular bowel habit is the cause of acidity and heartburn. Whatever the pregnant lady eats in the pregnancy it takes time to digest and delay the absorption. Further women may experience a headache.

Natural Ways

  • Take meals at proper intervals.
  • Avoid taking a heavy meal at a stretch instead of that prefer small and frequent meals
  • After having meals prefer a small walk.
  • Consume the foodstuffs that are easy to digest.
  • Add fiber-rich foods in your diet like – moong daal, green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits.
  • Avoid oily, spicy, bakery products and fermented foods.
  • Increase your water intake.
  • You can drink a decoction of dhaniya (coriander), saunf (fennel) and jeera (cumin).

BREAST CHANGES

Mostly pregnant women complain about itching on the breast because of increased sensitivity on the breast region.

Natural Ways

  • You can gently wash the thorax area with the neem water.
  • You can locally apply coconut oil on the breast region.

ANEMIA

Especially iron deficiency anemia is quite common in pregnancy because of the high demands of iron in the maternal body. Lack of hemoglobin will be responsible for lack of oxygen supply in the body due to which pregnant lady may feel excessive tiredness, fatigue and lethargy.

Natural Ways

  • Increase the consumption of beetroot, carrot and pomegranate
  • You can consume Shakkara (Jaggery) along with roasted chick-peas.

VAGINAL DISCHARGE

Sometimes vaginal spotting can happen during the first trimester but in excess or heavy bleeding it should be ruled out because it may lead to miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy. But in case of miscarriage, the bleeding will be heavy, bright red and associated with cramps.

Natural Ways

  • Whether the bleeding is heavy or light you should consult your physician.
  • You can eat suparipaan, it is astringent in nature thus, arrests bleeding.

VAGINAL ITCHING

Vaginal itching is also one of the major problems in pregnancy the reason is infections, it may be a sign of sexually transmitted diseases that can affect pregnancy negatively, so be careful and take the help of Doctor.

Natural Ways

You can wash your groin region with a decoction prepared from Triphala powder or Sphatika bhasma.

URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI)

Urinary tract infection often results due to sexual intercourse which gives rise to painful urination along with burning sensation.

Natural Ways

  • Avoid intercourse.
  • You can rinse your groin region with the decoction prepared from Saphatika bhasma.

ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS

Sometimes the chronic problems may flare up in this condition like asthma, thyroid disorders, diabetes, etc. so take care of your chronic ailments and go for regular checkups.

"FOR A HEALTHY PREGNANCY YOU SHOULD GIVE IMPORTANCE TO YOUR DIET, YOUR HEALTH AND DO THE NEEDFUL CHANGES IN YOUR LIFESTYLE AND FOLLOW PROPER VACCINATION TO PREVENT THREATS OF PREGNANCY"

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Natural Ayurvedic Remedies for Hernia Treatment

People often ignore hernia because they don't have the exact knowledge about this disease. This disease occurs when fatty tissue or an organ squeezes through a weak spot in connective tissue or surrounding muscle known as "fascia". The different type of hernia as per its place are inner groin (inguinal), resulting from an incision (incisional), outer groin (femoral), upper stomach (hiatal), and belly button (umblical).

Natural, Ayurvedic, Remedies, Hernia, Treatment
  1. Inner groin (Inguinal): In this type of hernia the bladder or intestine protrudes through the inguinal canal in the groin or the abdominal wall. Mostly men are affected with this hernia as groin part is affected most. It defects the musculature of the groin area.
  2. Resulting from an incision (Incisional hernia): In this type of hernia the intestines are pushed through the abdominal wall at the previous abdominal surgery site. It is most common in overweight and elderly people.
  3. Outer groin (Femoral hernia): It is a painful lump in the groin or inner upper part of the thigh.
  4. Upper stomach (Hiatal hernia): It is an abnormality where a part of the stomach slides up. An upper part of the stomach bulges through an opening in the diaphragm.
  5. Belly button (Umbilical hernia): In this condition, the intestines protrude through the belly button.

THE CHARACTERISTICS OF HERNIA

  1. The displacement of the intestines from its place is known as a hernia. Sometimes it gets displaced in the testicle, groin region or umbilical region. As per the place it is of different types like strangulated, umbilical, etc. When the intestine got displaced from its original place than it develops a very painful condition.
  2. It is also known as a displacement of the small intestines. Especially in men, the intestines get displaced through the inguinal canal in the groin region. In females the hernia in the lower pelvic region causes a swelling. This type of swelling has an importance that it gets disappear when we move it downwards with our hand touch and it gets back when we remove our hand. In this disease, patients should eat in less quantity so that constipation should not occur. You should take special concern that doesn’t stress yourself while passing stools because it can cause displacement of the intestines.

CAUSES OF HERNIA

Constipation, a sudden jerk, progressive cough, falling down, getting hurt, pressure, while passing stool applying too much force or due to weak abdominal wall the intestine comes out from different places. All these reasons cause vata (air) to move in the testicles the arteries and veins over there avert that testicles and mass over there increase due to which the size of the testicles increases. Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Rakta, Meda, and Intestine these all are of seven types.

THE MAIN SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HERNIA

  1. Vataj roga: In this type of disease the testicles are dry like water carrying bags and causes pain.
  2. Pittaj type: The hernia in this type are like Gular flower (Ficus racemose) that are red in color, hot in nature and cause a burning sensation.
  3. Mutraj: In this type the increased testicles contain water that is like water carrying bag creating noise, in touch they are soft, moving here and there that causes pain. In inguinal hernia, the testicles move down from its place after that narrowing of the part made a lump with swelling.
  4. Kaphaj: The testicles in this type are cold, heavy, slimy, rigid, mild painful and itches.
  5. Medaj: In this type, the testicles are blue, round, ripped palm fruit like soft and shows symptoms like increased Kapha dosha.

FOOD ITEMS AND THE THINGS THAT SHOULD BE USED OR AVOIDED

Use these: Rice, split chickpeas, red lentils, split pigeon peas, pointed gourd, brinjal, carrot, drumsticks, ginger, gourd variety, and lukewarm milk is good. Garlic, honey, red rice, cow's urine, carrot, yam, buttermilk, old alcohol, taking a bath with hot water and wearing drawers every time.

Avoid these things: Black gram, curd, spinach greens, new rice, ripped banana, excessive sweet items, seafood, eating incompatible items (radish with milk), a ride on an elephant & horse, eating food while stomach ache, and sleeping at day time.

AYURVEDIC VIEW ON HERNIA

वातपित्तश्लेष्मशोणितमेदोमूत्रान्त्रनिमित्ता : सप्त वृद्धय। तासां मूत्रान्त्रनिमित्ते
वृद्धी वातसमुत्ये केवलमुत्तपत्तिहेतुरन्यतम। (सु। नि १२ /३ )

This shloka states that Vata, Pitta, Kapha, Rakta, Meda, Mutra, and Antra are the causes of seven types of vridhi roga. The mutrajanya and antrjanya vridhi is due to Vata but mutravridhi is due to increase of mutra (urine) and antravridhi increase in intestine is not the reason. In antravridhi there is displacement of the intestine.

भारहरणबलवद्विग्रहवृक्षप्रपतनादिभिरायासविशेषैवार्युरतिप्रवृद्ध : प्रकुपितश्च
स्थूलांत्रस्येतरस्य चैकदेशं विगुणमादायाधी गत्वा वङ्क्षणसन्धिमुपेत्य
ग्रंथिरूपेणस्थित्वा अप्रतिक्रियमाण च कालंत्रेण फलकोशं प्रविश्य
मुष्कशोफमापादयति , अधमतो वस्तिरिवातता: प्रदीर्घ: स शोफो भवति
,सशब्दमवपीडितश्चोधर्वमुपैति , विमुक्तकश्च पुनराधमायते , तमंत्रवृद्धि
मसाध्यामित्याचक्षते (सु। नि १२ /९)

This shloka states the reason for antravridhi (hernia): Lifting heavy weight, fighting with extra powerful person, falling from trees etc due to excessive workload increase or excessive Vata. There is displacement of small intestine from pelvic region. This hernia when goes into testicles it causes inflammation and swelling. This type of edema causes bladder inflammation. When we suppress this edema it makes noise and moves upward. This disease is asadhya.

NATURAL AYURVEDIC REMEDIES FOR HERNIA

1. Brinjal (Solanum melongena)

Take brinjal, heat it on fire make a cut in between. Tie it on the testicular area to get relief from hernia and its pain. It is a perfect remedy for inguinal hernia in children.

2. Chotti Harad (Terminalia chebula)

Take chotti harad and boil it in cow's urine after that fry it in castor oil. Make a powder of these harad and mix black salt, ajwain, and hing. Take 5 gram of this mixture with lukewarm water in the morning and evening. Make a decoction of 10 gram of this powder as it will totally remove your hernia.

3. Samudrshosh (Argyreia nervosa)

Take the roots of this herb to make a paste by mixing cow's urine in it. Apply this over the protruded part of hernia.

4. Triphala (Three myrobalans)

In this disease, there is a stoppage of feces. So, to avoid constipation take 5 grams of Triphala powder with lukewarm milk every day at bed time.

5. Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi)

Take 20 drops of ajwain juice and 20 drops of pudina juice. Mix it in a glass of water. Drink this mixture daily for getting relief in a hernia.

6. Sambhalu (Vitex negundo)

Take leaves of herb Sambhalu boil it in water. Add rock salt in it. Take hot compress of this over the affected area of hernia.

7. Milk

In boiled lukewarm milk add cow's urine and brown sugar 25-25 gram each. By eating this the displaced intestine in the groin area moves back to its original place.

8. Gorakhmundi (Spheranthus indicus)

Take gorakhmundi fruits, musli, shatavari and bhangra in equal amount. Make a powder of all these items. By eating 3 grams of this powder it gives effective results in hernia.

9. Harad (Terminalia chebula)

Take harad, mulethi, sonth each 1-1grams powder. Take this mixture daily at night time for getting good results in hernia.

10. Lal Chandan (Pterocarpus satalinus)

Take Lal Chandan (Pterocarpus satalinus), Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Khas (Chrysopogon zizanioides), Kamal (Saussurea gossypiphora), and Neelkamal (Nymphaea lotus) make a paste of all these by mixing in milk. Apply this paste in Pittaj type of hernia to remove swelling, burning sensation, and pain.

11. Devdaru (Cedrus deodara)

Mix cow's urine in devdaru decoction. Drink this mixture to remove the kaphaj type of hernia.

12. Safed Khand

Mix safed khand and honey in equal quantity use it as a dastavar medicine for raktaj type of hernia.

13. Vacha (Acorus calamus)

Prepare a paste by mixing Vacha and Mustard in water. It is beneficial in all types of hernia and gives good results in a few days.

14. Mercury

Take mercury bhasma, mix it with oil and rock salt. Apply this paste over the affected area of testicular part. As this gives good results in tadphal like a hernia.

15. Castor (Ricinus communis)

  1. Take one cup of milk add two teaspoon of castor oil in it. Drink this mixture to get effective results in hernia.
  2. Take Khareti (Sida cordifolia) and castor oil heat this mixture to get relief from flatulence, pain, hernia, and abdominal distention.
  3. Take Rasna (Pluchea lanceolate), mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), garch, roots of castor, kahreti, amaltas pulp, gokhru, pakhal, and aduse make decoction of all these. Add castor oil and drink this mixture for treating hernia.
  4. Roots powder of Indrayan, castor oil, mix it with milk and drink this mixture for hernia problem.
  5. Take 250ml of hot milk and 20 ml of castor oil. Drink this mixture for at least one month for getting good result in vataj type of hernia.
  6. By drinking castor oil and milk the problem of constipation get relieved.
  7. Take 2 teaspoons of castor oil and vacha decoction Add 2 teaspoons of castor oil in it. Take this mixture for getting relief from hernia.

16. Guggul (Commiphora mukul)

Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Alua (Hyssopus officinalis), Kundru (Coccinia grandis), Gond (Tragacanth gum), Lodhr (Symplocos racemose), Alum, and Berroja (Ruta graveolens) take all these mix in water and prepare a paste. Apply this over the affected area of the hernia.

17. Coffee

Drink coffee and wash the affected area with coffee as it will remove vata (air) from the inflated part of hernia. This helps in reducing swelling.

18. Tobacco

Take tobacco leaves apply castor oil to it. Stew it over fire. Apply these hot leaves over the groin part where the hernia is present. It is beneficial in painful condition.

20. Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Rasana (Pluchea lanceolate), Barna (Crataeva nurvala), Castor roots (Ricinus communis) and Gokshur (Tribulus terresteris) take all these in equal amount. Make a powder of all these and prepare a decoction. Add castor oil in this decoction and drink this mixture in hernia problem.

These all are the best home remedies that are as a medicine for hernia patient. If you use all these then you will surely get good results. As these are easily available and effective in nature.

Saturday, July 6, 2019

How to treat Carcinoid Tumor in Ayurveda?

Carcinoid is a rare tumor that begins in cells in the neuroendocrine system. Usually, they grow slowly and can arise in several places throughout the body. Mostly they begin in the digestive tract and have a potential for metastasis. The primary area of involvement is the gut as primitive stem cells give rise to these carcinoid tumors and produce a large amount of hormones. They can also be seen in other organs like – ovaries, lungs, prostate and kidneys which are most of the time metastatic in nature. And as compared to metastatic tumors the growth rate is very slow. Mostly the appendix and small intestine are the most common organs that are affected by the carcinoid tumors. Carcinoid tumors of the mid gut like jejunum, ileum, duodenum, etc. are often associated with carcinoid syndrome (comprises of signs and symptoms that occur secondary to the carcinoid tumor). The incidence ratio is high in the age group of 40s and 50s, in females and in African American races. The risk of carcinoid tumors is high in person with the history of Hashimoto's thyroiditis, Zollinger-Ellison syndrome, pernicious anemia, etc.

Carcinoid Tumor

AYURVEDIC ASPECT OF CARCINOID TUMOR

According to Ayurveda tumors are considered as 'Arbuda' which usually result from improper dietary and lifestyle behaviors, genetic factors, all leading to vitiation of tridoshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), which get lodged in dhatus and also vitiate them and produce a swelling or growth. These growths or tumors may be malignant or non-malignant in nature and are often metastatic in nature.

How to treat Carcinoid Tumor in Ayurveda

Reference – Sushruta samhita / nidaanstahana / chapter no. 11 / shloka no.3)

WHAT CAUSES CARCINOID TUMORS?

Still, the cause of carcinoid tumors is not known. But there are some factors that can cause Carcinoid tumors are –

  • Improper or unwholesome diet and lifestyle are responsible for all the cancers.
  • Excessive consumption of alcohol and even smoking can cause a tumor.
  • Exposure to carcinogenic substances, radiations, etc. are responsible for carcinoid tumors.
  • Genetic predisposition or genetic mutations  
  • Weak immunity
  • Hormonal imbalance

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CARCINOID TUMORS?

Carcinoid tumors are mostly asymptomatic and even they won't create trouble for months or years. Symptoms may vary from patient to patient and depend upon the underlying organs and tissues. Sometimes these carcinoid tumors produce hormones which start accumulating in the organs and produce symptoms of carcinoid tumors.

The symptoms depend upon the underlying organ, hence vary in carcinoid cancers but some common symptoms are –

  • Protruded masses.
  • Inflammation – Swelling can be internal or external.
  • Painful or sometimes painless.
  • Sometimes associated with bleeding and fever
  • Gastro intestinal symptoms like nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea and dysentery, etc.
  • Wheezing and cough
  • Peripheral edema.
  • Flushing because of hormonal imbalance especially due to serotonin.
  • Weight loss

DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA

As discussed earlier, carcinoid tumors are asymptomatic so diagnosis is purely on laboratory investigations. Most of the time, these tumors are ruled out during investigations of some other diseases. Here are some diagnostic criterias that help to evaluate the cause, nature and extent of tumors.

  • CBC (Complete blood count)
  • USG (Ultrasound)
  • CT scan (Computed tomography)
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)
  • Nuclear Medicine Tests
  • PET (Positron emission tomography)
  • CRP (C-reactive protein)  
  • CgA levels (Chromogranin A)
  • Urine tests
  • Endoscopy
  • Hormonal assay
  • Biopsy

TREATMENT PROTOCOL

The treatment protocol is basically aimed to reduce and resolve the growth, eradicate the causative factors, preventing the body from various ailments by increasing the immunity and restoring the normal functions of the involved and affected organ. So just by keeping these things in focus Planet Ayurveda offers and evolved the "CRAB CARE PACK". This pack contains formulations which are prepared from natural, pure extracts of herbs and are really effective in treating Carcinoid tumors. The medicines that are incorporated in "Crab Care pack" are as follows –

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

Crab Care Pack

herbal remedies for carcinoid tumor

1. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin capsules are made using the pure extract of herb – Haridra (Curcuma longa). The active ingredient of this formulation is 'Curcumin' which is anti-inflammatory and anti-cancerous in nature thus this herb helps to manage the infection and growth of tumors or cancerous cells. These capsules are also used as a preventive measure in those who have a family history of tumors.

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

2. Tulsi Capsules

Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is an immune modulator herb that helps to manage the immunity. A natural supplement that restores and supports the overall health as well as impaired signals from the brain that causes uncontrolled mitotic division. It helps to manage genetic mutations of the DNA as well.

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

3. Guggul Capsules

Guggul (Commiphora mukul), the raisin of the plant is used as a medicine to cure kaphaj disorders in our body. Guggul has sharp potency that manages all the growths or uncontrolled cell divisions. Moreover, it keeps the cell structure healthy.

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

4. Kanchnaar Guggul

Kanchnaar guggul is a classical preparation of Ayurveda that helps to cut down the extra growth from the body due to its ksharan and tikshana qualities, hence a potent medicine of choice in case of tumors.

Dosage: 2 tablets to be taken two times daily with plain water after meals.

5. Ashwagandha Capsules

These capsules are composed of pure extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). It is an anti-oxidant and rejuvenating herb thus helps to eliminate free radicals from the body and repairs the damaged tissues.

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

6. Chanderprabha Vati

An effective classical formulation that has the potency to maintains all the body functions. This medicine is composed of various herbs but Shilajit (Asphaltum) and Guggul (Commiphora mukul) are the main ingredients. Chanderprabha vati works effectively on urinary tract problems, extra growths and generalized health issues synergistically with other herbs.  

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

Along with natural herbs, you should do some modifications in your diet and lifestyle to empower your immune system to attain a healthy and disease-free life. You can adopt a healthy nutritious diet along with Yoga and exercises to achieve this goal.

Friday, July 5, 2019

Phyllanthus Niruri – A Wonder Herb That Cures Many Ailments

Phyllanthus niruri is an herb that grows throughout India. It is a well-known herb for its potential action over the liver. It is an herb that grows up to 30 to 70 cm in height. Fruit of this herb resembles amla fruit but they are small in size. It has been cited in Guduchiadi varga, which helps to increase appetite and liver functions. It reduces cough, debility and splenomegaly.

phyllanthus niruri, bhumi amla, bhumiamla, bhumyamalaki

SYNONYMS OF BHUMI AMLAKI

ancient reference, synonyms, bhumi amla, phyllanthus niruri

Reference – Bhava prakasha nighantu / Guduchiadi varga / Shloka no. 277

Bhumyaamliki – 'Bhuvi amlaki iti' – which is very small, grows at ground level and resembles amlaki plant (Indian gooseberry). Dhatri is a synonym of amlaki hence named bhudhatri

  • Shiva – Auspicious one
  • Tamlaki - Similar to amalaki (Indian gooseberry),
  • Bahupatra – Has numerous leaves
  • Bahuphala – Has numerous fruits
  • Bahuvirya – Very potent herb,
  • Ajata etc.

VARIETIES AND BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION

There are some other varieties available by name Phyllanthus urinaria. It has bigger fruits and leaves as compared to Phyllanthus niruri. But for the medicinal purpose we are using the former one.

Kingdom - Plantae

Family – Phyllanthaceae

Species – Phyllanthus neruri

Varga –

  • Charaka – Kasahara, shwashara
  • Bhavaprakasha – Guduchiadi varga
  • Dhanwantari Nighantu – Chandanadi varga

PROPERTIES

Reference – Bhava prakasha / Guduchiadi varga / Shaloka no. 278

  • Guna (Quality) – Laghu (Light) and ruksha (Dry)
  • Rasa (Taste) – Tikta (Bitter), kashaya (Astringent) and madhura (Sweet).
  • Virya (Potency) – Sheet (Cold)
  • Vipaka (End result of digestion) – Madhura (end result after digestion is sweet)
  • Dosha karma – Subsides Pitta – Kapha dosha in our body.
  • Alleviate thirst, cough, itching and debility.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

It contains active principles like glycosides, flavonoids, alkaloids and phyllanthin etc. It has a chemical named – phyllanthin that mainly acts on the liver.

ACTION OF BHUMIAMLAKI ON OUR BODY

Hepatic disorders - It helps to alleviate jaundice, hepatomegaly, hepatocellular carcinoma, cirrhosis, Hepatitis, hepatotoxicity etc. It has as an anti-inflammatory action thus helps to reduce swelling of hepatocytes.

  • It acts as a liver detoxifier. Eliminates the toxins which are accumulated in the liver. Thus helpful in the treatment of hepatotoxicity, hepatomegaly etc.
  • As stated earlier it has Kapha pacifying property, thus helps to reduce cancerous growths.
  • Beneficial in jaundice because it manages the extra production of bile and eliminates that extra bile from the body.
  • Being a rejuvenator – Helps to rejuvenate the hepatocytes (liver cells) thus improves the function of the liver and helpful in cirrhosis.
  • It prevents the growth of gall stones and maintains the uric acid level.
phyllanthus niruri, bhumi amla, capsules, bhumyamalaki

HERBAL USE OF PHYLLANTHUS NIRURI FOR CURING VARIOUS AILMENTS

  1. Jaundice – Grind root of bhumiamla in milk and consume this twice daily in a quantity of 30-35 ml.
  2. Malaria – Decoction made up of fruits of bhumiamalaki is beneficial in malaria, as spleen is the affected site, it will reduce the swelling of the spleen.
  3. Urinary Tract Infection – It increases the glomerular filtration rate of the kidney by that it will increase the urine quantity and flushes out the toxins of the urinary tract. It has diuretic properties so it can be taken in all kidney problems.
  4. Wounds and Ulcers – In case of infected wounds and ulcers you can apply the paste made up of shashtika shali (special rice) and bhumiamla powder locally.
  5. Skin Infections – Paste of bumiamla leaves along with a pinch of saindhava lavana is helpful in skin problems. Even you can wash the infected area locally with the decoction of these leaves.
  6. Diabetes – Bhumiamla fruits are helpful if taken along with other anti diabetic medicines.
  7. Fractures – You can apply the paste locally over the fractured bones.
  8. In Hyperacidity – It acts as an antacid. Hence, beneficial in bloating, chest pain due to acidity, nausea, if decoction is taken before food twice daily.
  9. Eye Diseases – Juice can be instilled in nostrils in the form of nasya is helpful. You can instill 2 drops of fresh amlaki fruit juice in each nostril, twice daily.
  10. You can consume decoction of phyllanthus niruri in Gastro-intestinal problems – like loss of appetite, vomiting etc.
  11. Constipation – It also has laxative properties hence can be used to relieve constipation, bhumiamalaki kadha (decoction), preferably at bed time.
  12. Tackles problems of the female reproductive system – It has the potency to subside all Pitta problems in our body. So, it will be helpful if used in the case of menorrhagia, leucorrhea, metrorrhagia etc. conditions.
  13. Swelling – It has diuretic properties, so it will reduce body swelling. It also has anti - spasmodic property, hence relieves the tenderness and pains during inflammations.
  14. Toxic Conditions – You can consume in powder form to eliminate toxins from the body.
  15. Thirst – It alleviates thirst as it is cold in potency and pacify the Pitta dosha in the body.
  16. Asthma – Bhumialaki’s fresh juice can be used along with sugar in dyspnea or asthmatic conditions.
  17. General Debility (Kshat Sheena) – It is helpful to take in the form of leha. It is also an active ingredient of chaywanprash rasayana. It protects the body from degenerative changes. It also acts as an anti – aging herb because it is rich in antioxidants.
  18. Rakta Vikara - In bleeding disorders we can utilize the decoctions and teas prepared from the leaves and fruits of this plant.
  19. Side Effects of Alcohol – If due to alcohol, the liver is damaged, you can add bhumi amlaki in your diet, preferably in the form decoction or fresh juices. It will remove toxins from the liver and also rejuvenate the damaged cells.
  20. High Cholesterol – It can be useful in lowering high level lipoproteins as it has lipid lowering properties. It is beneficial in artherosclerosis and cardio vascular disorder.
  21. High Blood Pressure – Because of diuretic property it is useful in reducing blood pressure levels.
  22. Immunity – Enhances immunity hence fights against all the viral infections, thus useful in viral fevers, viral hepatitis etc.

PART USED

Panchanga (a whole plant that includes leave, fruit, root, stem and flowers)

DOSAGE

If used in the form:-

  1. Fresh Juice – 10-20 ml
  2. Decoction – 30 to 50 ml
  3. Capsules - 1-2 Capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.
  4. Powder – 3-6 grams