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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Ayurvedic Treatment for Psoriasis - Herbal Remedies, Panchakarma Therapies & Diet

Among the skin diseases, psoriasis is the most troubling and deteriorating disease that affects the skin or the integumentary system. It is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin, characterized by well- defined erythematous plaques with large, adherent and silvery scales. This disease is also categorized under autoimmune diseases because the prime reason for psoriasis is our overactive immune system.

Overall, the course of the disease is unpredictable but is usually chronic with exacerbations and remissions. Our reduced immunity is the cause of its relapse. As this condition relapses frequently the underlying skin becomes discolored and gives an ugly look to our personality. In Ayurveda, psoriasis is called as 'Kushtha' which is a "Pitta Pradhana Tridoshaj Vyadhi".

psoriasis

WHAT CAUSES PSORIASIS?

  • Dietary factors (Aaharaj karana) – As per Ayurveda certain foodstuffs can cause skin lesions. If a person is consuming excessive hot, spicy, sour, fermented, oily foodstuffs, junk foods, curd, etc.
  • Lifestyle factors (Viharaj karana) – Indulging in activities like excessive exposure to sunlight, sedentary lifestyle, etc. may lead to the vitiation of pitta dosha in our body.
  • Mental factors (Mental status) – Mental tension, and stress can exaggerate the condition.
  • Hereditary factors – Skin diseases can  also be inherited
  • Occupational hazard – Those who work in chemical factories, under high temperatures, they are prone to develop skin problems.
  • History of Skin infections – Some skin infections in later stages may lead to psoriasis.
  • Allergy – History of any allergy may be a triggering factor for this disease. Allergy from particular food items, medications, dust, smoke, pollens and chemicals.
  • Cosmetics – Some external applications may damage our dermis layer.
  • Climatic or environmental changes – Seasonal and climatic changes can provoke the condition. 

PRECIPITATING FACTORS

The factors that are responsible for flare-ups are –

  • Medications – Long term use of steroids, beta- blockers can affect our immune system and reduce our immunity. As impaired immunity is one of the main factors for developing diseases in our body.
  • Trauma – Any trauma to the skin can damage the epidermal layer of skin further which gives rise to infection and can cause psoriasis.
  • Anxiety may precipitates some exacerbations.
  • Habits like smoking and drinking alcohol.
  • Unhygienic conditions.

As per Ayurveda some other factors may also be responsible for this condition, they are –

  • Suppression of natural urges especially Chardi vega (vomiting)
  • Consumption of food before the digestion of the previous meal.
  • Virudha aahaar – Regular consumption of unwholesome food leads to the accumulation of toxins in the body.
  • Skin lesion can occur as a complication of improper Panchakarma.
ancient reference

Reference – Charaka samhita / Chikitsa sthana / Kushtha chikitsa / Chapter no. 7 / Shloka no. 7

Meaning – Excessive consumption of newly harvested grains, curd, fish, salt, black gram, radish, fermented foods, jaggery, milk, sesame, etc are the foods can develop psoriasis.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM IN CAUSATION OF PSORIASIS?

As discussed earlier it is an autoimmune disease which means immune system is responsible for psoriasis. Increased epidermal cell proliferation which leads to psoriatic patches is related to the increased replication and metabolism of dermal fibroblasts that is initiated by overactive immune system.

Another involvement of the immune system is denoted by defective and impaired functioning of T helper cells and neutrophils where they anticipate the healthy tissues as antigens and destruct the epidermal layer and form lesions which are scaly and discolored.

Moreover, Ayurveda considers that the weak immune system is responsible for almost all the diseases.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF PSORIASIS?

  1. Plaque psoriasis – This psoriasis is the most common one. Scaly formations have been seen over the affected area, these are silvery and white in color. Individual lesions are well demarcated and range from a few millimeters to several centimeters. The most common sites are – elbows, scalp, and knees. These plaques can be peeled off.
  2. Guttate psoriasis – Small pink spots emerge over the skin. We can observe this type of psoriasis in youths. The rash often appears rapidly and individual lesions are droplet –shaped, small and scaly. This is a self- limiting condition. Most common sites are – trunk and limbs.
  3. Pustular psoriasis – Pus-filled eruptions surrounded by red skin will arise and are not infectious. The common sites are hands and feet.
  4. Inverse psoriasis – Patch of the skin is blood red and shiny that are usually found in the groin, breast and armpit region. This problem is due to sweating and itching.
  5. Erythrodermic psoriasis – Rarest type, but a very serious one, which may affect our other systems like respiratory and cardiovascular, if not treated on time.
  6. Nail psoriasis – This condition is more common in the patients suffering from arthritis which affects our nails of hands and feet. It occurs due to fungal infection. Patients of nail psoriasis exhibit pains, tenderness, discolored nails, pit formation in nails, etc
  7. Currently, one more type has been noticed i.e. ‘Psoriatic arthritis’. Actually, it is not a type, it is a complication of psoriasis.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

The common signs and symptoms of Psoriasis are -

  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Burning sensation
  • Pains
  • Oozing out blood
  • Lacerations
  • Discoloration of skin
  • Formation of pustules
  • Excessive sweating
  • Flakes formation
  • Dryness all over the body
  • Cracked skin
  • Pricking pain
  • Sometimes swelling may be present
  • Joint problems
  • Dullness of senses
  • Horripilation
  • With time person may lose sensation over the affected area.

CARDINAL FEATURES OF KUSHTHA AS PER AYURVEDA

The symptoms of this disease may vary due to predominance of doshas –

  • In Pitta pradhan kushtha – The lesions are associated with burning sensation.
  • If kapha pradhan kushtha The lesions are associated with itching and lacerations.
  • If Vata pradhan kushtha The lesions are associated with pain and loss of sensation.

PATHOLOGY AS PER AYURVEDA

The pathogenesis of kushtha explained in our classics goes as -

ancient reference

Reference – Charaka samhita / Chikitsa sthana / Kushtha chikitsa / Chapter no. 7 / Shloka no. 9

Meaning – The meaning of this quotation goes as – vitiated vata –pitta – kapha dosha get localized and vitiate our twak (skin), rakta (blood), lasika (lymph), mamsa (muscles). These are the 7 prime factors that are responsible for the causation of skin lesions in our body.

DIAGNOSIS

The skin problems can be diagnosed symptomatically but to rule out the exact cause and extent of penetration of skin lesion, we can take the help of few investigations they are –

  • Skin prick tests
  • CBC (Complete blood count)
  • ESR (Erythrocyte sedimentation rate)
  • Immunological assay
  • Biopsy

MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

Ayurveda is a holistic science that resolves and eradicates psoriasis. The management strategy goes as –

  • Detoxifying the body internally as well as externally.
  • Maintaining Agni
  • Rejuvenating the damaged cells
  • Enhancing immunity
  • Restoring the normal color

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Ayurveda potentially treats all the diseases with its full-fledged wings of therapies i.e. Shaman chikitsa (Palliative care) and Shodhana chikitsa (Purification therapies).

Shaman chikitsa includes the administration of internal medicines so for managing this problem Planet Ayurveda has a perfect solution – PSORA CARE PACK. It is group of effective herbal remedies that has the potency to treat all types of psoriasis. The herbs used in these formulations are of standard quality and are natural. These are totally chemicals and steroids free medicines.

Psora Care Pack

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DESCRIPTION OF PSORA CARE PACK

1. Navakarshik Churna

Navakarshik churna is a combination of amalaki (Emblica officinalis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), bibhitiki (Terminalia bellirica), daruharidra (Berberis aristata), vacha (Acorus calamus), manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia).

Triphala is well-known for its detoxifier property. Katuki and guduchi help to purify the liver, hence help to eliminate toxins from the body. Manjishtha, daruharidra and vacha are helpful in the purification of blood. Basically, this churna helps to detoxify the whole body by removing toxins from the liver, colon and blood. It also helps to relieve constipation.

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

2. Radiant Skin, Hair, Nails Formula

This medicine is a blend of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Pit papada (Fumaria officinalis), Chirayata (Swertia chiretta), Ghrit kumari (Aloe barbadensis) herbs. They directly act on our skin tissue. Generally, our skin takes about 28 days to replace old cells and to produce new cells, but due to less immunity in psoriasis patients, their body can't reform their body cells early. So by using this medication rejuvenation process will speed up.

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

3. Neem Capsules

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a known herb for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and blood purification properties. It helps to eliminate toxins from the body and even increases the body's defensive mechanism for fighting against bacteria and viruses.

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

4. Manjishtha Capsules

These capsules contain the extract of manjishtha. It is an effective herb in treating skin problems. It acts as a blood purifier and as an anti-oxidant herb which helps to pacify Pitta dosha in our body. It helps to regain the normal skin color and also enhances the complexion.

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

5. Pitta Balance

The constituents of pitta balance are - akik pisti, praval pishti, jaharmohra pishti, kamdudha ras, mukta pishti and giloy satva. All these medicines act on our immune system. They have immune modulator property, which helps to enhance our immunity and digestive problems are very common in skin lesions, thus pitta balance helps to manage the digestive fire.

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

6. Jatyadi Oil

This is a classical formulation which is composed of haridra, jati, nimba, patola, manjishtha, katu rohini, tutha, etc herbs and some metallic contents, they have penetrating property hence heals the deep-seated wounds or non- healing wounds. This oil is very beneficial in chronic psoriatic conditions. It also restores the normal color and reduced sensation of the affected area.

7. Recumin Gel

Recumin gel is a patent product of Planet Ayurveda which has shown tremendous results in case of skin disorders. It promotes early healing of wounds, restores the normal color and texture of the skin by removing the scaly de-pigmented patches from the body. Recumin gel contains Azadirachta indica, Jasmine officinalis, Commiphora mukul, Celastrus paniculatus, Sesame indicum, Cocus nucifera, etc. Basically, the herbs in this gel have anti-bacterial action and improve skin complexion.

Usage: For external use only, this Jatyadi oil and Recumin gel can be mixed together and apply twice daily on the affected area after cleaning the area.

In the absence of Recumin gel or Jatyadi oil you can also use Lippu oil and Psorolin ointment. Which are also equally effective in this condition.

Lippu Oil

The components of lippu oil are karanja (Pongamia glabra) and coconut oil. Karanja is an effective anti-bacterial medicine and coconut helps to manage proper skin tone and gives soothing effect to the skin. This is an effective combination to remove flakes from the skin and helps to heal skin tissues.

Usage: Apply locally on lesions after bath and expose to sunlight for about 5 min.

Psorolin Ointment

This ointment is helpful to reduce the abnormal growth of skin cells. It even creates a layer to protect your skin from infectious agents present in the surroundings. As scales are commonly formed, it helps to reduce them.

This ointment is formed by using the oil extracts of Wrightia tinctoria and cynodon dactylon. 

Usage: Apply locally on lesions at night.

PANCHAKARMA

A potent branch of Ayurveda that helps to resolve the problem internally as well as externally by detoxification. Here the therapies that are helpful in this condition are –

  • Patra Pinda Sweda (Leaf bundle massage) - It helps to exfoliate the dead skin and skin lesions.
  • Basti (Medicated enema) – Medicated enema helps to detoxify the toxins from the blood as well as stimulates the enteric nervous system hence it stimulates the immune system.
  • Virechana (Purgation therapy) – This procedure helps to eliminate vitiated pitta dosha and ama from the body hence purifies body.
  • Jaloka avcharna (Leech therapy) – It helps to eliminate toxins from the blood.

DIETARY AND LIFESTYLE MANAGEMENT

  • Avoid the excessive intake of oily, sour, salty, sweet and fermented foodstuffs.
  • Avoid milk and milk products
  • Carrot juice is very effective in relieving the symptoms of psoriasis. Hence, include it in your daily diet.
  • You can take sweets made from pumpkin
  • Cow ghee is a rasayana that helps in rejuvenation of the cells. Include ghee in your diet instead of Refined oil.
  • Fresh juices (Consume Everyday)

Green Juice

  • Coriander (dhaniya) leaves – 10-12
  • Mint (pudina) leaves – 4-5
  • Spinach (palak) leaves – 2
  • Basil (tulsi) leaves – 2-3
  • Wheatgrass (gehun ke jware) – 5-6
  • Long grass juice (durva) – 6-7
  • Sheesham leaves – 2-3

* 20 ml or 2 tbsp., twice daily can be taken. *

Red Juice

  • Beetroot
  • Carrot
  • Pumpkin
  • Amla
  • Apple
  • Pomegranate
  • Marigold flower petals – 9-10
  • Rose petals – 5-6

* 200 ml, two to three times can be taken.

* For taste, black grapes can be added.

In some cases, modifications in the lifestyle and occupation are required. Try to indulge in physical exercises and yoga as it will help to improve your immune system.

SOME USEFUL TIPS

  • In case of itching you can wash the lesions with the neem leaves decoction or triphala decoction.
  • You can apply Aloevera gel topically to relieve burning sensation.
  • Drink plenty of water as it will eliminate toxins and cleanses channels.

As per modern science psoriasis is controllable but not curable". But the only system of medicine that has potential to cure this havoc is none other than the traditional medicinal system i.e. nothing but AYURVEDA".

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Herbal Remedies for Hairy Cell Leukemia (HCL) – Ayurvedic Management

According to Ayurveda cancer cells are the abnormal cells which lack "Prana" (oxygen). It is against the rule of life-force. Cancer involves all three bodily humors, i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Dosha. One of the doshas predominates and initiates the process of cancer. Digestive fire decreases which results in building up of the toxic substances, ultimately an environment is created for cancer cells to proliferate. This disease represents a negative form of life-energy.

Hairy Cell Leukemia, herbal remedies

Now coming to the Hairy cell leukemia (HCL), it is a rare and gradually growing Cancer. In this fatal disease, bone marrow starts producing excess B lymphocytes, type of white blood cells. B cells produced in it are too many and when seen under the microscope, looks hairy. As number of these leukemic cells increase, production of healthy white blood cells, red blood cells, and the platelets decreases.

Middle-aged men are more prone to HCL than women. It is considered to be a chronic disease condition as it never goes away completely and relapses are common.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HAIRY CELL LEUKEMIA?

Most people do not have any definite signs and symptoms and disease is usually diagnosed when gone for the test of any other disease. Some commonly experienced signs and symptoms are:

  • Fatigue
  • Uncomfortable feeling of abdominal fullness making it difficult to eat properly.
  • Easy bruising
  • Weakness
  • Weight loss
  • Recurrent episodes of infections

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF HAIRY CELL LEUKEMIA?

The exact cause of hairy cell leukemia (HCL) is not known. According to studies, this abnormal condition is caused due to the mutation in the DNA which causes bone marrow cells to produce an excess of abnormal B cells. The cause of this mutation in the DNA is not known.

While Ayurveda says that cancer is caused due to certain factors like:

  • Toxic environment
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Processed and denatured foods
  • Lack of spiritual effort or purpose in the life of a person
  • Emotional cause
  • Accumulation of the excess of toxins due to any cause

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR HAIRY CELL LEUKEMIA?

Certain factors that may increase the chances to have HCL(Hairy Cell Leukemia ). Increased exposure to radiation is one of them. People who are usually exposed to harmful radiations due to their occupation like who work on or around x-ray machines, not wearing any protective equipment. These people have higher chances of developing this condition. Industrial and agricultural chemicals are also known to be responsible for hairy cell leukemia.

WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS POSED IN HAIRY CELL LEUKEMIA (HCL)?

However, it is slowly growing cancer but in long term, it can lead to many complications if not treated in its initial stages. In this there is disease in normal white blood cells which fights against the various infections are decreased. Secondly due to low platelets, easy bruising and internal and external bleeding can occur. As platelets functions to stop bleeding and this ultimately will result in anemia. Anemia is also caused due to the decreased red blood cells. Hairy cell leukemia also increases the risk of other cancers and this increased risk is estimated to come from medications used for treating the HCL.

HOW IS HAIRY CELL LEUKEMIA DIAGNOSED?

  • Palpation of enlarged spleen is detected during the physical examination.
  • Blood test is also done to evaluate the complete blood count which reveals the decreased level of platelets, red blood cells, and white blood cells.
  • Bone marrow biopsy shows the presence of abnormal white blood cells.
  • CT scan- It shows the detailed images of the internal body and reveals enlarged spleen and swollen lymph nodes.

HOW IS HAIRY CELL LEUKEMIA TREATED?

In modern medicine, there is no specific treatment for HCL but symptomatic treatment is done including medications, chemotherapy, and surgery.

HERBAL REMEDIES BY PLANET AYURVEDA FOR HAIRY CELL LEUKEMIA

Planet Ayurveda comes up with the Crab Care Pack for the treatment of Hairy cell leukemia. It consists of herbal remedies which are made from 100% natural and authentic herbs and prepared under strict Ayurvedic principles. These remedies are completely vegetarian and are not tested on any animal. No chemicals, additives, preservatives, dyes, and fillers are added.

Crab Care Pack

cancer care pack

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

These herbal capsules are prepared from a standardized extract of Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha) and help in maintaining the healthy tissues and cells in the body. Ashwagandha capsules help to improve overall health and also maintains healthy proliferation of the cells.

Dosage- Take 2 capsules two times a day after meals with plain water.

2. Curcumin Capsules

These are amazing herbal capsules which possess anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that prevent and treat inflammation throughout the body and also prevent the spread of abnormal cells. Curcuma longa (Turmeric) is used to prepare these capsules which contain active curcumin compound that maintains overall health.

Dosage- Take 2 capsules two times a day after meals with plain water.

3. Chanderprabha Vati

These tablets are prepared according to the classical formulations that contain approximately 37 natural herbal ingredients. All these herbs work in different ways to boost healthy body functions and prevent cancer and other health ailments too.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets two times a day after meals with plain water.

4. Kachnaar Guggul

It is an amazing natural supplement which is made from various wonderful herbs that regulate healthy body functions and prevent and eliminate cancerous cells growth.

5. Tulsi Capsules

Planet Ayurveda’s Tulsi Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Ocimum sanctum. It contains phytochemicals which are helpful in the treatment as well as prevention of cancer. This plant is well known for reducing the ill effects of radiotherapy of cancer.

Dosage: Take 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

6. Guggul Capsules

Guggul Capsules by Planet Ayurveda contain the standardized extract of Commiphora mukul. It contains the phytosterol guggulsterone which has therapeutic potential.

Dosage: Take 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after taking meals.

WHAT WAYS CAN BE FOLLOWED TO PREVENT HAIRY CELL LEUKEMIA NATURALLY?

  • Include foods in diet that are ripened in sunlight, whole fresh and have low glycemic and sugar content.
  • Avoid intake of processed and packaged foods.
  • Take more green veggies.
  • Avoid intake of saturated and hydrogenated foods.
  • Avoid spicy and too oily foods.
  • Exercise on daily basis.

Monday, June 24, 2019

Ulcerative Colitis, IBS & Crohn's disease - What is the difference, Symptoms & Ayurvedic treatment

Inflammatory bowel disease is a chronic inflammation of the digestive tract. There are two types of IBD, i.e. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. Both types are differentiated by their location and types of lesions.

ULCERATIVE COLITIS

Ulcerative colitis is the long-lasting inflammation of the large intestines resulting in ulcers. In this disease there is an inflammation in the innermost lining of the colon, rectum and ulcers are continuous there is no healthy area in between. In this condition, symptoms develop gradually over time.

ulcerative colitis

Its Signs and Symptoms are:

  • Loose stools with pus or blood
  • Mucous in stool
  • Pain and cramps in abdomen
  • Bleeding from rectum
  • Urgency to pass stool
  • Weight loss
  • Fever
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Retarded growth in children

CROHN'S DISEASE

Crohn's disease is a form of IBD in which inflammation and ulcers occur anywhere across the digestive tract, from mouth to anus. In this inflammation is not continuous, there are some healthy areas between the inflamed patches and ulcers and gives the appearance of cobblestone.

crohn's disease

Its Signs and Symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Fever
  • Pain and cramps in abdomen
  • Blood in stool
  • Sores in mouth
  • Decreased appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Anal fissure or fistula causing pain

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR ULCERATIVE COLITIS AND CROHN'S DISEASE

Ayurveda can help in IBD, i.e. Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease naturally. There are specific herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda which are prepared from natural sources under strict Ayurvedic principles to treat Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. All of these remedies consist of herbs which have specific therapeutic action on the cause and pathology of the disease.

Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack

ulcerative colitis care pack

1. Pitta Balance

As according to Ayurveda IBD is caused due to vitiation and aggravation of the Pitta dosha in the body resulting in chronic inflammation and ulcer formation in the gut. Hence to balance the Pitta dosha, Pitta balance capsules are prepared which consist of natural, cooling and healing substances like Coral, Agate, Jawar pishti, kamdhudha ras, Giloy, and Pearl. These all are naturally cooling and healing substances which cool down the internal heating, soothes the inflammation and heals the ulcers.

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

2. Vatsakadi Churna

This is an Ayurvedic formulation of various herbs like Holarrhena antidysentrica, Aegle marmelos, Foeniculum vulgare, and Coriandrum sativum. It improves the functioning of the digestive system and helps to heal ulcers and inflammation. Herbs used in this herbal churna are digestive, carminative, astringent, anti-dyspeptic, anthelmintic and liver stimulant.

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

3. Arjuna Capsules

Standardized extract of Arjuna bark is used to prepare these herbal capsules which is full of medicinal properties and help to treat IBD. It especially helps in controlling and checking the bleeding from the ulcers and fissures. Arjuna capsules have natural healing properties that heal the ulcers in Ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and astringent properties.

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

4. Kutajghan Vati

Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica) is the herb of which standardized extract is used to prepare herbal tablets called Kutazghan vati. It helps to control diarrhea and maintains the proper functioning of the digestive tract. Kutazghan Vati also helps to eliminate the ama from the body and checks inflammation, bleeding and abdominal pain.

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

IRRITABLE BOWEL SYNDROME (IBS)

It is one of the most common bowel problems that affects the population worldwide. In IBS there is the over-reactive and hypersensitive reaction of the intestines to mild stimulation. There are no pathological findings or structural changes to be found in any of the laboratory tests. Only the ruling out of other similar conditions can prove to be suggestive of IBS. It can be of three types, IBS with constipation, diarrhea or mixed (alternating both).

Irritable bowel syndrome

It's Signs and Symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea alternating with constipation
  • Episodes of abdominal pain
  • Bloating or too much gas
  • Stools are harder or looser than normal
  • Mucus in stool

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR IBS

Ayurveda helps to treat Irritable bowel syndrome naturally. There is a combination of herbal remedies which treats the causes, signs, and symptoms of the disease in a very natural way. These herbal remedies are prepared from pure and authentic herbs which specifically target on the pathology of the IBS and hence treats it naturally.

IBS Care Pack

1. Digestion Support

Standardized extracts of various amazing herbs are used to prepare these capsules. These herbs are Emblica officinalis, Terminalia chebula, Terminalia bellerica, Foeniculum vulgare, Coriandrum sativum, Piper longum, and Cyminum cuminum. All these herbs help to maintain the normal digestion naturally due to the presence of therapeutic properties like stomachic, antiemetic, carminative and anti-inflammatory.

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

2. Kutajghan Vati

These herbal tablets are prepared from pure extract of Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica). It prevents and treats diarrhea and maintains normal digestion. It also helps to pacify Vata, Pitta and Kapha Dosha. Kutazghan vati reduces the inflammation and helps in restoring the normal digestion

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

3. Pitta Balance

Vitiation of Pitta dosha is the main reason for the development of any type of digestive disease. Hence to treat IBS it is necessary to pacify the Pitta dosha so that the cause is treated. Pitta balance capsules are prepared from Coral calcium, Agate calcium, Jawar Mohra psishti, Kamdudha ras, Giloy stava, and Mukta pishti. These all are naturally cooling compounds which pacify the pitta and relieve the symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome.

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

4. Sanjivani Vati

It is a digestive stimulant, anti-inflammatory and carminative herbal tablet which helps to treat IBS naturally. Herbs used in these tablets are potentially digestive and cooling like Embelia ribes, Piper longum, Zingiber officinale, Emblica officinale, Acorus calamus etc. It contains all the medicinal properties that are required to treat the signs and symptoms of this disease.

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

Friday, June 21, 2019

5 Yoga Poses To Help You Manage Stress

You have an office to attend, your children are waiting for you to drop them to school, your boss is calling, your partner wants you to spare some time for her and you have to take your parents for the medical check- up. Anxiety and stress are everywhere. Life now-a-days has become much chaotic and burdening. If this stress and anxiety are knocking you down, you just need to take a mat and go for yoga.

Yoga approximately has been practiced by people for more than 5000 years and considered as the mind and body practice. To attain good health, happiness and wealth, a person should involve himself both physically and mentally. Classical methods of yoga include physical postures, breathing control and meditation. Earlier it was only practiced in the eastern world but with the passing time it has gained much popularity in the western countries as well.

Yoga is really magic when it comes to stress and anxiety. Stress and anxiety can be acute that only last for a few minutes or hours or it can be a chronic one, living with you for years. Stress makes you lose your focus and concentration, you become completely attentive towards that one specific thing which is the cause of anxiety in you.

Yoga is one of the easy and most effective ways to combat anxiety and stress, calming mind and body. Yoga focuses on all the three aspects of your body, i.e. body, mind and soul. So whether the stress and anxiety are physical or mental, yoga overpowers all that. Stress is a natural emotion that is connected with the adrenaline rush in the body, creating a fight or flight situation for a person.

You do not always need a mat for doing yoga. In case of sudden stress and anxiety you can do some breathing exercises and calm down your hard pumping heart and fast breathing. You must have noticed that when you are stressed about something, your breathing becomes shallow. It is because your body is preparing you to fight or run away from the situation by using all of your energy. In this situation if you do any of the yoga poses it can make your breathing to be controlled, ultimately resulting in calm body and mind. You can just do a side bend by putting your both hands over the head. Take a deep breath in, hold it as you bend sideways and slowly release the breath out while coming back to the center position. Do this on both sides, repeat for 2-3 times until you feel better. It is an instant exercise for relieving the stress.

5 Yoga Poses To Help You Manage Stress, yoga for stress relief, yoga for stress management

Let us know about some of the poses of Yoga that can help in managing the stress efficiently.

1. Balasana (Child pose)

It is the easiest and most relaxing pose of yoga that can be practiced to release stress and anxiety. Balasana calms the mind and rejuvenates the energy of the body. Along with stress it also helps in relieving the stiffness of the neck, pain in the shoulder, hip and back. Child pose heals the mind and body and restores mental and emotional peace.

HowTo Do - Sit on your knees, kneel down resting your forehead on the ground and put knees together. Rest your buttocks on your feet. Hands should be resting on the floor. Keeping breathing normally and stay in that position for 30 secs-1 minutes. Then come back to the previous position. Repeat this for at least 3-4 times.

2. Uttanasana (Standing forward bend)

Uttanasana is undoubtedly the most amazing pose for the reduction of stress. It helps in maintaining the proper blood supply to the whole body and improves the functioning of the nervous system. As there is stretching of the spine in this pose, hence this asana increases flexibility.

How To Do - Stand straight with your hands resting normally on sideways. Now take a deep breath in and raise your hands above your head. Then while exhaling bend downwards and touch the ground with your hands. While doing this, remember that the back and legs should be straight, these shouldn't bend. Hold this pose for at least 30 seconds, breathing normally come back to the starting position. Repeat this pose for 5-10 times.

3. Savasana (Corpse pose)

Savasana is the most simple and ultimate pose of yoga that helps in combating stress. It is the part of all the yoga sessions and no session is complete without the Savasana because in this the person's body goes into deep relaxation and rest. It lowers the blood pressure, promotes sleep and calms the nervous system.

How To Do - Lie down on the mat, for the support you can use a pillow or cushion. Your legs should be slightly apart from each other and hands should rest on the sides. Just close the eyes and keep breathing slowly. It will deeply relax the body and mind as well.

4. Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge pose)

This pose not only stretches the muscles of legs and back but also reduces the stress effectively. Bridge pose is full of health benefits like it helps in lowering the blood pressure, relieves headache, backache, tiredness and sleep problems.

How To Do - Lie down on belly on the mat, putting feet near your buttocks. Now press your arms to lift your hips upwards. Also lift your chest while keeping the face downwards. Keep breathing normally while holding the pose. Hold this pose for 30 sec-1 minute and then come back to lying down position. Repeat this 4-5 times.

5. Utthita Trikonasana (Extended triangle pose)

Utthita Trikonasana pose is undoubtedly one of the best poses to relieve stress. As it includes stretching as well so this asana also improves digestion, increases flexibility, relieves fatigue, stress, anxiety and combats depression.

How To Do - Stand straight while keeping both the legs at least 3 feet apart. Raise hands and keep them parallel to the ground. Rotate your left leg to 90 degrees and point outward. Now bend lateral to hold the calf muscle of your leg, if you bend towards right then hold your right leg with the right hand. While doing this, your left hand should be raised upward and face should also face up. Breathe normally while doing this pose. Hold this pose for 30 sec- 1 minute and repeat this for 4-5 times.

These yoga poses will definitely help you to beat stress. Doing Yoga not only helps you to combat stress but also gives a chance to know oneself better. As it is said truly in Bhagwad Geeta, "Yoga is the journey to the self, through the self, of the self." So do yoga and make your life happy and stress-free.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

A Light Of Hope In Ayurveda To Heal Ulcerative Colitis

Our alimentary system is the major system which provides nourishment to the whole body. Have you ever wondered if this system got affected, that too if the major organs of the GI tract devastated. The end result is our body is unable to absorb nutrients and also incapable to nourish the entire body. That is why ulcerative colitis is a major disease that not only affects the digestive system but also impairs the functions of other systems.

Ulcerative colitis is a disease of the gastrointestinal tract that causes inflammation and ulcers on the inner mucosal layer of the colon (both large and small intestine). In Ayurveda, this condition can be correlated with "Paitikrakatatisaara. The prevalence ratio of this disease is equal in males and females.

CARDINAL FEATURES

Most of the cases I have seen are complaining of irregular bowel movements which are also accompanied by bleeding. There are also associated symptoms like - frequent loose stools; blood and mucus mixed stools, bloating, acidity, abdominal pain, weight loss, a continuous urge to evacuate bowel and indigestion or sometimes the person may experience constipation.

ETIOLOGY

The exact cause is still unknown but there are some factors that play a major role in the origin of this disease are - our unwholesome dietary and lifestyle habits, stress and strains, weak immune and digestive system, few genetic and environmental factors. Another main factor is the accumulation of toxins (ama) inside our body. Long term use of steroids is also a provoking factor of this chronic disease.

AYURVEDIC ASPECT

According to Ayurveda, any disease occurs due to the imbalance of the dosha (pitta pradhan tridoshas), dhatus (seven tissues of the body namely Lymph, blood, muscles, fat tissues, bones, bone marrow, sperm or ovum), mala (urine, faeces and sweat) and agni (digestive fire).

In case of Ulcerative colitis, the digestive fire is disrupted which leads to indigestion that in turn leads to the formation and accumulation of toxins which cause an imbalance of the Doshas, the Dhatus and the Malas.

DIAGNOSIS

However, the diagnosis of the ulcerative colitis can be made on a clinical basis. But I do take the help of laboratory investigations like CBC, colonoscopy, etc. to confirm the diagnosis and it helps me to plan the treatment strategy in an appropriate way. Despite the results of investigations, I give importance and preference to the resultant outcomes of pulse diagnosis.

MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

  • As per Ayurveda, the entire universe is composed of five basic elements that are nothing but earth, water, fire, air and space in turns they give rise to Tridoshas (Vata-Pitta-Kapha). If there is any derangement in the equilibrium of these doshas (the basic constituents of the body) person may end up with the disease. So, our aim is to restore and maintain the equilibrium of these doshas.
  • Measures to rejuvenate the eroded skin
  • Detoxification of the body.
  • Measures to strengthen the immune system
  • Measures to establish and protect the Agni (digestive fire)
  • Modifications in the dietary and lifestyle habits
  • Ways to restore normal functions of intestines

Basically, we can achieve these things with the help of herbs, panchakarma therapies, nutritious diet, and by correcting the lifestyle.

HEAL ULCERATIVE COLITIS NATURALLY WITH HERBS” - Nature is the cause of the origin of various diseases on contrary it’s also a reason to cure ailments. So, why not we take help from things that are naturally available.

There are tremendous herbs, minerals and metals present in our nature that are explained beautifully in our Ayurvedic classics which can cure ulcerative colitis from its root and even they avoid the remission of this disease such as kutaja (controls the frequency of stools), prawal (reduces burning sensation and bleeding), arjuna (arrests bleeding), vatsaka (reduces mucus), bael (eliminates toxins), shirisha (early heals ulcers), mukta-shukta (revitalize the organs), giloy (strengthens immune system), musta (promotes absorption) dhaniya-saunf-jeera (maintains digestive fire), dadima (controls bleeding).

"DAILY PRACTICE" Our diet and lifestyle play a major role to maintain our health and to manage diseases. Especially, in ulcerative colitis patients, I recommend the high use of fibrous foods and strictly avoid the use of sour, spicy, fermented foodstuffs, milk and milk products.

"Lifestyle modifications" includes proper follow up of the regimens such as yoga and mild exercises and avoid a sedentary lifestyle.

Regularly I used to see approx.15 patients of ulcerative colitis in my clinic and as per my experience there are unbeatable effects of these herbs and many of them are completely cured of this condition only because of their regular follow up of medications and a strict rule of following a proper diet and lifestyle instructed by me.

SOME USEFUL TIPS

  • Make a decoction by adding ¼ teaspoon of each dhaniya (coriander) saunf (fennel) and jeraka (cumin) in 1 cup of water boil it until the quantity reduced to ½ cup.
  • Make a decoction of pomegranate peels by boiling them in a cup of water, it helps to arrest bleeding.
  • Rose petal juice
  • Marigold flower juice

COMPLETE E-BOOK ON ULCERATIVE COLITIS BY DR. VIKRAM CHAUHAN

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Management of Urinary Tract Infection with the help of Ayurveda

Now a days, Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) has become the second most common type of infection and it is one of the most serious health problems affecting millions of people each year. It involves the infection in the kidneys, ureters, bladder or urethra. Women are especially prone to UTIs. It is a microbial infection that can affect any part of the urinary tract. Normally, urine is sterile and is free from microbes.

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The main cause of Urinary Tract Infections in 90% of the uncomplicated cases in the infection due to bacteria Escherichia coli, which live in the bowel (colon) and around the anus. The infection spreads when bacteria get into the bladder and begin to grow.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF URINARY TRACT INFECTION?

It is not necessary that urinary tract infection always causes infections but when they do, they may include the symptoms such as:

  • Burning sensation while urinating
  • Strong and persistent urge to urinate
  • Cloudy appearance of urine
  • Pelvic pain in women, especially in the center of the pelvis and around the area of the pubic bone.
  • Fever

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF URINARY TRACT INFECTION?

The urinary system is designed to keep out the microscopic invaders but sometimes these defenses fail. It occurs when the bacteria enter the urinary tract and start multiplying in the bladder.

The most common UTIs that occur mainly in women and affect the bladder and urethra are:

1. Cystitis (Infection of the bladder)

This is one of the most common types of UTIs which is caused by bacteria Escherichia coli and commonly found in the gastrointestinal tract. Other bacteria are also responsible.

2. Urethritis (Infection of the Urethra)

It occurs when the bacteria present in the Gastrointestinal (GI) tract spread from anus to urethra.

DIAGNOSIS

Certain tests and procedures that are used to diagnose Urinary Tract Infections include:

  • A routine urine examination: Urine examination is done to look for the presence of white blood cells, red blood cells and bacteria.
  • Urine Culture Test: The laboratory analysis of urine can be followed by a urine culture. This test is done to analyze what bacteria are causing infection.

TREATMENT

In modern medicine, the prescription of antibiotics is the first line of treatment.

WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF URINARY TRACT INFECTION ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA?

Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) is defined as Mutrakriccha in Ayurveda. Urinary Tract Infection though is difficult to manage but Ayurvedic internal medicines can be a good option for its management. Although modern medical system has many modern drugs but there are cases where patients suffer from the lack of desired results.

MANAGEMENT AND PREVENTION OF URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA

The line of Ayurvedic treatment is mainly based on Dosha Chikitsa. This disease involves the vitiation of mainly Pitta dosha along with the involvement of Vata dosha.

PLANET AYURVEDA OFFERS HERBAL REMEDIES WHICH INCLUDE

Herbal remedies of UTI by Planet Ayurveda are alkaline in nature, work on Mutravaha srotas and have Vatapittshamak properties. These herbal remedies have Tikta and Madhur rasa, so these act as both Pitta and Vata pacifying in nature. Therefore, these remedies work on the root cause, have Daha shamak (pacifies burning sensation) property, reduce inflammation, make urine alkaline by reducing pH, sooth the epithelium of urinary tract.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR URINARY TRACT INFECTIONS INCLUDE

  1. Punarnava Capsules
  2. Mutrakrichantak Churna
  3. Varunadi Vati

UTI Care Pack

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PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava Capsules by Planet Ayurveda contain the standardized extract of the herb Boerhavia diffusa. It is considered among the group of anti-inflammatory medicinal herbs and well known for diuretic and swelling reducing properties. The herb has cold potency and is mainly Pitta pacifying in nature. Therefore, these capsules work effectively in reducing the inflammation of urinary system.

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

2. Mutrakrichantak Churna

Planet Ayurveda's Mutrakrichantak Churna is a mixture of dried extracts of various herbs that remove inflammation and infection in a natural way without the use of antibiotics. This churna also relieves painful micturition and acts as an effective remedy for all chronic kidney disorders as well.

Ingredients of Mutrakrichantak Churna are:

Sr. No.

Botanical Name

Common Name

Parts

Quantity

1.

Crateva nurvala

Varun

Roots

30 gm

2.

Boerhavia diffusa

Punarnava

Roots

30 gm

3.

Tribulus terrestris

Gokshur

Whole

30 gm

4.

Chicorium intybus

Kaasni

Leaves

30 gm

5.

Phyllanthus niruri

Bhumi Amla

Whole

20 gm

6.

Albezzia lebbok

Shirish

Bark

20 gm

7.

Moringa oleifera

Shigru

Bark

20 gm

8.

Achyranthes aspera

Apamarg

Fruits/Seeds

10 gm

Dose: Take 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water or boil 1 teaspoonful of powder in 400 ml of water until it remains to 50-60 ml. Filter this preparation and then drink it. Take this mixture once in the morning 45 minutes after breakfast and 45 minutes in the evening after dinner. Make sure to prepare fresh every time.

3. Varunadi Vati

It is a classical Ayurvedic preparation useful in the treatment of all urinary tract disorders. Planet Ayurveda's Varunadi Vati is prepared using the standardized extract of the herb Crateva nurvala. This herb is commonly known as Varuna. It is a famous Ayurvedic diuretic herb which relieves urinary retention and also useful in renal calculi.

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

DIET AND LIFESTYLE TO MANAGE AND PREVENT URINARY TRACT INFECTION ARE

1. Water

Increase the intake of water as it helps to flush out the bacteria and other liquids such as fresh coconut water should be taken.

2. Buttermilk

Fresh buttermilk should be consumed twice or thrice a day as it helps in expelling the infection and treats inflammation.

buttermilk, ancient reference, shloka
Reference: Astang Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 5, Shlok No. 33 & 34

Meaning: According to this shloka, takra (fat-less buttermilk) is light to digest, astringent, sour in taste. It improves digestion strength, balances Kapha and Vata dosha, useful in inflammatory conditions, ascites, hemorrhoids, malabsorption syndrome, urine infection, dysuria, anorexia.

3. Sugarcane Juice

Sugarcane juice is very beneficial in burning urination as it is coolant in nature and it has diuretic property as well. It also prevents urinary tract infection.

sugarcane juice, ancient reference

Reference: Astang Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 5, Shlok No. 42

Meaning: In this shloka, the qualities of sugarcane juice are explained. Juice of sugarcane is laxative, heavy to digest, unctuous, nutritive therefore improves weight, increases Kapha dosha and increases urine volume.

AVOID

  • Intake of red chilies, junk foods, aerated drinks etc.
  • Consumption of tea, coffee and alcohol should be avoided.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Ayurvedic Management For Agnosia

Agnosia is a Greek word which means 'absence of knowledge'. This term was coined by 'Sigmund Freud' in 1891. Agnosia is a neurological disorder which is characterized by the loss of ability to recognize things. Here, the person affected by it is unable to perceive the objects, persons, places, shapes, sounds and smells.

Ayurvedic Management For Agnosia

The interesting fact is that all the senses are intact and there is no defect at all but due to some defect in the brain like- damage of occipitotemporal border which may occur because of head injury, a person may lose these sensory abilities. But agnosia will affect only a single modality at a time, it's either auditory, speech or vision. In this condition, a person who is affected by agnosia can interact with the world normally. There are different types of agnosia.

As per Ayurveda, this is a Tridoshaj Vyadhi with the predominance of vata dosha which affects all the dhatus especially the majja dhatu of the brain.

WHAT CAUSES AGNOSIA?

The exact cause of the disease is still unknown. But there are some probable causes that contribute agnosia are –

  • Any trauma to the parts of the brain that stores information and knowledge
  • Other diseases like – dementia, stroke, encephalitis, tumor and other neurological disorders
  • Genetic predisposition
  • Any history of developmental disorders

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF AGNOSIA?

Agnosia is broadly classified into three types, they are –

1. Visual Agnosia

Visual agnosia is defined as an inability to recognize visual objects. It is further classified into the two main categories. They are – Apperceptive visual agnosia and associative visual agnosia.

Apperceptive visual agnosia is the one in which a person is not able to see the objects. This happens due to damage to the posterior part of the right hemisphere (in the brain).

On the contrary, in associative visual agnosia, the person is able to perceive the thing but unable to name that thing or object. Usually, defects are observed in the left and right hemispheres at the occipitotemporal border.

Moreover, the apperceptive type is a failure to perceive and associative is the one where perception occurs but person is a failure to recognize the things.

There is one more type by the name – Prosopagnosia (face blindness) where the person could not recognize faces. So, individuals who have prosopagnosia find difficulty in recognizing friends, family members, relatives, etc.

2. Auditory Agnosia

In this type of agnosia, a person feels difficulty to distinguish between voice and speech even from the other environmental sounds. Further it is of 2 types – Semantic (damage to the left hemisphere) and discriminative (lesion in the right hemisphere).

3. Tactile Agnosia

In this agnosia, the person fails to recognize things on touch. Here, an individual can feel the weight of the object but can't recognize its use. This occurs due to lesions in the parietal lobe of the brain.

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF AGNOSIA?

  • Inability to recognize people.
  • Unable to recognize objects, shapes and colors.
  • Unable to identify the sound.

DIAGNOSIS

Diagnosis can be made through a variety of psychological tests, CT scan (Computed tomography) and MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)

TREATMENT

There is no exact management strategy to deal with Agnosia but some organizations are really working hard in finding solutions of these rare diseases to evaluate the exact cause and provide a fruitful treatment to sufferers.

Ayurveda provides help in these rare diseases with the help it's both effective ways like palliative care and Panchakarma. Here, with the help of Panchakarma we can detoxify the whole body and rejuvenate the damaged areas. The therapies that are quite effective are – Basti (It will support the gut system in turns initiates the neurons), Shiro basti and Shirodhara (both the therapies locally support the head region), Nasya, Karna purna, Akshitarpana (these are an effective and supportive therapies that are advised, as per involved lesions).

Planet Ayurveda offers really effective treatment in these rare neurological disorders with the help of natural herbs which are pure and free from side effects.

1. Amalaki Rasayan

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) is the best Rasayana that rejuvenates the whole body including our degenerated neurons. Amalaki is a rich source of antioxidants hence responsible for repairing the oxidative changes in the body.

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

2. Brahmi Capsules

These capsules are composed of pure extract of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) which is a medhya rasayana and enhances mental strength. It stimulates the production of neurotransmitters in our brain which creates balance in the sensory and motor functions.

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

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha is a generalized tonic that helps to improve body's as well as mental functions. It balances all the doshas, sharirik as well as mansik doshas. It helps to stabilize all the dhatus in our body.

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

4. Brahmi Ghrita

Brahmi ghrita contains brahmi, cow's ghee, etc. They improve functions of the brain cells hence, enhance memory, intellectual power, learning skills, retaining capacity and also improve recognition. It helps to pacify vitiated Tridoshas in the brain.

Dosage: ½ teaspoon twice daily by mixing in a glass of milk, after meals.

5. Anu Taila

Anu taila is composed of tila taila, musta, aja dugdha, shatavari, shalparni, bala, renuka, daru haridra, yashtimadhu, etc. They help to improve higher mental functions, memory, intellectual power and visual impairments.

Dosage: Instill 2 drops of anu taila in both the nostrils, advised in the early morning.

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YOGA AND MEDITATION

In the case of reduced sensory functions, we need to take the help of Yoga and Meditation. These mental exercises aid healthy healing in all neurological and psychological disorders.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

How Can Carcinoid Tumor Be Treated In Ayurveda?

Carcinoid tumor is a type of cancer that grows slowly and can arise in more than one part of the body. Depending upon the location of this cancer symptoms may vary. It is also called neuroendocrine tumors and usually begins in the lungs and digestive tract. Signs and symptoms do not appear in the early stage of carcinoid tumor, shows up lately making prognosis bad. This tumor can produce some hormones and releases them into the body which results in some signs and symptoms like flushing of skin and diarrhea. This is because wherever they appear, affect the cells that produce hormones. Hence known as neuroendocrine tumors.

This type of tumor is not common but this tumor can affect pancreas, testicles in men and ovaries in women.

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WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CARCINOID TUMOR?

As discussed, in initial stages there are no signs and symptoms of this disease. Signs and symptoms depend upon the location of this tumor.

In Lungs:

  • Wheezing
  • Chest pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Shortness of breath
  • Heat flushing on skin (Feeling of warmth or redness on neck and face)
  • Appearance of purple or pink stretch marks on skin
  • Increased weight on upper and midsection of the body.

In Digestive Tract:

  • Pain in the abdomen
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Intestinal blockage resulting in the inability to pass stool
  • Pain in rectum
  • Feeling or warmth on neck and face or redness of face

WHAT CAN BE THE CAUSES OF CARCINOID TUMOR?

An exact cause of carcinoid tumor is not known but it also develops as other cancers develop by the mutation of the DNA in cells. Due to the abnormal mutations in these cells, they grow and divide where healthy cells would normally die. These cells start accumulating and form a tumor and these cancerous cells invade the healthy cells nearby and spread in to other parts of the body.

In carcinoid tumor, this cancer develops in the neuroendocrine cells found in various parts of the body. Hormones produced by these cells are altered by the cancerous cells and produce signs and symptoms.

WHAT CAN BE THE RISK FACTORS FOR CARCINOID TUMOR?

  • Older adults are prone to these carcinoid tumors than the younger population.
  • Women are more likely to suffer this disease than men.
  • Family history of endocrine neoplasia increases the risk of developing carcinoid tumor.

HOW CAN CARCINOID TUMOR BE TREATED IN AYURVEDA?

As per Ayurveda cancer is compared to arbud. Arbud is developed due to the vitiation of dhatus and doshas especially mamsa dhatu, rakta dhatu and kapha dosha. Vitiated Kapha dosha blocks the channels and mamsa dhatu starts collecting and forms a piece of mass. This mass keeps on growing due to abnormal growth of cells. It travels to various parts of the body through blood and settles down there. This vicious cycle goes on and cancer keeps on spreading to different organs.

Planet Ayurveda has come up with the Crab care pack that is used to treat various types of cancer. Herbs present in these remedies work amazingly and synergistically to fight against cancer cells. These remedies are prepared from best quality of herbs and under strict Ayurvedic principles. No chemicals, additives, preservatives, dye or fillers are added in it. These are purely vegetarian and not tested on animals.

Crab Care Pack

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1. Ashwagandha Capsules

Withania somnifera is the herb of choice in these herbal capsules. It is a health tonic and rasayana which helps in rejuvenation of the cells. It fights fatigue, weakness and stress in a very natural way. Inflammations and infections can be treated with these capsules effectively. As cancer is a debilitating disease hence ashwagandha capsules can work as a boon for regaining the strength.

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

2. Tulsi Capsules

These are also the single herb capsules which are made up of Ocimum sanctum. Tulsi is the storehouse of numerous medicinal properties and has been used since ancient times for treating different health ailments. Antioxidants present in it helps to prevent the oxidative damage to the body, thus preventing the formation of tumor or cancer. Tulsi capsules are filled with all the medicinal properties of the respective herb like, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, etc.

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

tulsi shloka, ancient reference, tulsi properties

Meaning - Tulsi stimulates digestive fire. It treats skin diseases, urinary tract diseases, pain of the ribs and also eliminates vitiated Vata and Kapha dosha.

Reference - Bhavprakash Nighantu, Pushpvarga, Shloka no. 62

3. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin used in this herbal capsule is the active compound present in turmeric that is responsible for all the medicinal properties of turmeric. It fights the cancerous cells by inducing apoptosis in them. Anti-inflammatory properties present in it clear the chronic and acute inflammation and anti-oxidative nature of these capsules prevent oxidative damage to the body.

4. Chanderprabha Vati

These herbal tablets help in calming and soothing the body. Chanderprabha vati is a very effective and natural stress buster and adaptogen. It helps in clearing out the tumor and cancerous growth in the body. These herbal tablets restore the normal functioning of the body at cellular level.

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

5. Guggul Capsules

It has blood purifying properties which help in clearing the toxins present in the blood, hence preventing many blood ailments. Cell rejuvenation is also done by these herbal capsules in a very natural way, helping to fight back cancer.

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

6. Kachnaar Guggul

It is the blend of various herbs that help in treating tumors and cancers or any other abnormal growth in the body. Herbs like Kachnaar (Bauhinia variegata), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) etc, are present in it. Kachnaar guggul tablets help in killing the cancerous cells and resolving the formed tumor.

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

Monday, June 3, 2019

Graves' Disease And Its Ayurvedic Management

Graves' disease is one of the most common causes of hyperthyroidism. This disease was first described by Sir Robert Graves hence it is named Graves' disease. This is an autoimmune disorder that affects the thyroid gland physically as well as physiologically, it results in an enlarged thyroid and causes it to secrete more thyroid hormone. Thus leads to various problems related to metabolism, heart, bones, muscles, eyes, menstrual cycle, etc.

Graves' disease, Ayurvedic treatment

Graves' disease is one of the leading causes of hyperthyroidism in the United States. The index ratio is higher in the middle age group but it can occur at any age.

As per Ayurveda it is a pitta pradhan tridoshaj vyadhi. Sroto dushti takes place in the form of atipravritti state. It leads to dhatu kshaya. In Ayurveda it can be correlated to "Galaganda". Galaganda is defined as –

Reference – Sushruta Samhita / Nidana sthana / Chapter no 11 / Shloka no. 23

Vitiated Vata and Kapha dosha get localized in Meda and Majja dhatu and produce extra growth of the thyroid gland along with that they also impair its functions.

WHAT CAUSES GRAVES' DISEASE?

The exact cause is still unknown, but there are some factors that are responsible for this disease, they are –

  • Aahara karanas (Dietary habits) – Excessive consumption of sour, spicy and oily foodstuffs like – tomatoes, chilies, cruciferous vegetables, etc. and lack of Iodine intake gives rise to thyroid problems.
  • Vihara Karanas (Lifestyle habits) – Leading a sedentary lifestyle is one of the causes of auto immune disorders.
  • Mansik karanas (Mental factors) – Taking excessive stress and strains directly affect our endocrinal system thus, imbalance the hormones.
  • Anuvanshik karanas (Genetic factors) – A person is more likely to be affected if he has a family history of grave’s disease.
  • Immune system – Our immune system mistakenly attacks our healthy tissues by creating antibodies against the healthy cells thus, impairs the normal functions of the thyroid gland.
  • Risk factors – History of any auto immune disease, Impaired and weak digestive fire, The habit of alcohol and smoking

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GRAVES' DISEASE?

The signs and symptoms of this disease are –

  • Symptoms related to eyes are - Exophthalmos (Bulging of eyes), redness, swelling, conjunctivitis, excessive lacrimation, lid lag, etc. collectively they are considered as Grave’s ophthalmopathy.
  • Pretibial myxedema (Reddish thickening of the skin in front of shin)
  • Irritability
  • Muscle weakness
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular and rapid heartbeat
  • Drastic weight loss – despite increased appetite
  • Irregular menstrual periods especially Oligomenorrhea
  • Tremors
  • Palpitations and chest pain
  • Excessive sweating
  • Heat intolerance
  • Hair loss
  • Hyperactivity
  • Hypertension
  • Anxiety and nervousness
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Tiredness
  • Mania
  • Diarrhea (Due to increased bowel movement)
  • Osteoporosis

HOW TO DIAGNOSE GRAVES' DISEASE?

We can suspect Graves' diseases based on symptoms but laboratory investigations can confirm the diagnosis they are –

  • Thyroid profile
  • Radioactive iodine uptake test
  • Thyroid scan

MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

As per Ayurveda, we can manage this condition as follows -

  • Treatment to reduce the extra growth or size of the thyroid gland
  • Management of thyroid hormone level.
  • Rejuvenating the affected cells
  • Maintaining the agni.
  • Enhancing the immunity

All these things can be achieved by balancing the Sharirik doshas (Vata – Pitta - Kapha), Mansik doshas (Raja - Tama), Trimalas (Sweda – Mutra - Purisha), Saptadhatus (Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Meda, Asthi, Majja, Shukra), Agni (all 13 types of agni) and Ojas

AYURVEDIC ASPECT OF GRAVES' DISEASE TREATMENT

Planet Ayurveda offers the best and effective herbal formulations for the treatment of Graves' disease. These formulations are easy to use, pure, free from chemicals and have no side effects.

herbal remedies for groves' disease

1. Kanchanaar Guggulu

This Ayurvedic preparation is very effective in thyroid problems and other abnormal growths. The ingredients of this formulation are – Kanchanaar (Bauhinia variegata), Guggulu (Comiphora mukul), Shunti (Zingiber officinale), Varuna (Crataeva nurvala), Amlaki (Emblica officinalis), Pippali (Piper longum), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), etc. It also eliminates the toxins from the body.

Dosage – 2 capsules twice or thrice a day with plain water.

2. Shatavari Capsules

These capsules are the pure extract of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus). It is a generalized tonic that has rejuvenating and antioxidant properties. It is also considered as vyasthapana (promotes longevity) and balya (strength promoting) herb. It helps to manage complications of grave’s disease.

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

3. Weight Gain Formula

It helps to improve stamina, provides strength and increases weight. It relieves tiredness and fatigue. Weight gain formula consists of Ashwagandha, Triphala, Pippali, Vidanga, Saunf, etc herbs. They also maintain the digestive fire, which is considered as the main cause for all the diseases in Ayurveda.

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

4. Immune Booster

These capsules are composed of – Bhumi amla, Amalaki, Grape seeds, etc. As discussed earlier it is an auto immune disorder thus these capsules are helpful in boosting immunity. It is an effective medicine in Graves' disease.

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

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SOME EFFECTIVE HOME REMEDIES

  • Desi ghee (Clarified butter) - Taking 1 tablespoon of cow ghee twice a day is very beneficial in grave’s disease.
  • Even you can drink cow milk by adding a few drops of cow ghee in it.
  • Turmeric – Take a pinch of turmeric powder and boil it in milk. Taking this milk twice a day is helpful in the treatment of grave’s disease.
  • Take decoction prepared from equal quantities of Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi), and Jeera (Cuminum cyminum). This decoction is helpful in correcting the function of digestive fire.
  • Fenugreek Seeds – Soak some fenugreek seeds over overnight in water and take these seeds with water once a day.
  • Dates – Take 2-3 dates and boil them in milk. Take this milk once or twice a day. It helps in gaining weight.
  • Coriander – Decoction prepared from fresh coriander (Dhaniya) leaves is also very effective in thyroid problems, it helps in balancing pitta dosha in the body. Thus pacifies the symptoms like sweating, heat intolerance, etc.

COMPLICATIONS OF GRAVES' DISEASE

If not treated on time it may lead to various problems like – Goiter, Infertility and leads to metabolic disorders.

SOME USEFUL TIPS

  • Prefer green vegetables and fresh fruits. Avoid taking sour foods, fermented foods like curd, beverages, etc
  • Avoid stress and strain.
  • Add Yoga, Pranayam and Meditation as a part and parcel of your life. Pranayam and Asanas that are helpful in this condition are - Bhujangasana, Surya namaskara, Halasana, Anuloma – viloma, etc.

"Enhance Your Immunity In A Natural Way"

Saturday, June 1, 2019

How Ayurveda can help in treating sclerosing cholangitis?

Sclerosing cholangitis is a disorder characterized by the inflammation which causes scars within the bile ducts. Due to scars, the bile ducts become hard and narrow and gradually serious liver damage occurs such as liver failure, repeated infections and tumors of the bile duct. The function of bile duct is that they carry the digestive liquid bile from the liver to the small intestine.

How Ayurveda can help in treating sclerosing cholangitis

This disease progresses slowly and according to modern medicine, a liver transplant is the only solution but the disease may recur in the transplanted liver as well.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF SCLEROSING CHOLANGITIS?

There is no known reason for sclerosing cholangitis. According to some researchers, the reaction of immune system to an infection or a toxin may trigger the disease in some people.

Patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease may also develop sclerosing cholangitis and if sclerosing cholangitis is diagnosed, it is important to look for inflammatory bowel disease because there is a greater risk of developing colon cancer.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SCLEROSING CHOLANGITIS?

Early symptoms include:-

  • Itching
  • Fatigue

As the disease progresses, signs and symptoms that may appear are:-

  • Pain in the upper right part of the abdomen
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Yellow colour of the skin
  • Enlarged spleen and liver
  • Weight loss
  • Night sweats

DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

Certain tests and procedures that are used to diagnose sclerosing cholangitis are:

  • Liver function blood tests: A blood test showing functions of liver and liver enzymes is done.
  • Liver Biopsy: It is a procedure that includes removing a piece of liver tissue and sent for laboratory testing. It can help to determine the extent of liver damage.
  • MRI of bile ducts: Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) is a test of choice to diagnose this condition and it makes images of the liver and bile ducts.

In modern medicine, the treatment of sclerosing cholangitis focuses on the management of complications as well as monitoring the liver damage but there are no medications available that can slow or reverse the liver damage. A liver transplant is the only option available for sclerosing cholangitis.

HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP IN TREATING SCLEROSING CHOLANGITIS?

Liver transplantation is largely unavailable and unaffordable for most of the patients. It is a complex procedure as it requires sophisticated infrastructure, expert medical team, expensive drugs, preservation of the transplanted organ, prolonged stay in the ICU and a lifelong commitment to immunosuppressants. Therefore there is a need for safe and alternative treatment.

Indian system of medicine known as Ayurveda has generated an extensive empirical knowledge in the treatment over several centuries.

According to Ayurveda, the liver is the engine of the body and which is the seat of Pitta dosha and is composed of five bhutagnis (digestive fire) that transform Rasa dhatu (clear part of the plasma) into blood tissue. If the flame of digestive fire or agni is too high or too low, then Rasa dhatu will not properly enter into the blood stream and toxins will enter into the blood. The toxins getting stored in the liver may lead to the allergic conditions, digestive problems, fatigue etc. If this imbalance continues for a longer duration then it will lead to serious disorders of the liver.

So, according to Ayurveda, the best way to prevent liver disorders is to keep Pitta dosha balanced. Pitta pacifying diet should be included.

Functions of bile with ancient reference

Reference: Astang Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 12, Shlok No. 12

Meaning: In this shloka, the function of Ranjak Pitta is explained. The pitta which is located in Amashya (stomach) is known as Ranjak Pitta which converts the useful part of the digestion into the blood. Hence, it converts rasa dhatu (the clear part of the plasma) into rakt dhatu (blood tissue).

HOW PLANET AYURVEDA CAN HELP IN THE TREATMENT OF SCLEROSING CHOLANGITIS?

Planet Ayurveda offers Liver Care Pack which is hepatoprotective and has rasayana (tissue-regenerating effect).

Liver Care Pack of Planet Ayurveda includes:-

  1. Yakritplihantak Churna
  2. Phyllanthus  Niruri Capsules
  3. Echinacea Capsules
  4. Liver Detox Capsules

Liver Care Pack

herbal remedies for slerosing cholangitis

1. Yakritplihantak Churna

Planet Ayurveda's Yakritplihantak Churna is a wonderful combination of herbs that are hepato-protective in nature. These herbs improve the functioning of the liver and help the liver to eliminate toxins. This churna is useful in chronic liver disorders as it helps in the regeneration of liver cells and helps the liver in clearing away the toxins. There are no side effects of this churna and can be taken for a long time. It is a useful herbal remedy for all kinds of liver problems such as liver cirrhosis, liver damage due to alcohol, accumulation of toxins, liver infection etc.

Herbs used in the preparation of Yakritplihantak Churna are:

Sr. No.

Botanical Name

Common Name

Parts Used

Quantity (200 gm)

1.

Phyllanthus niruri

Bhumiamla

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: Take ½ -1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. Phyllanthus Niruri Capsules

Phyllanthus niruri commonly known as Bhumyamalaki is a considered as a liver protecting herb in Ayurveda. Planet Ayurveda's Phyllanthus niruri Capsules are prepared using the standardized extract of this herb. This herb is considered as a liver cleanser. It improves taste, useful in anorexia, toxic conditions etc. and has astringent, anti-viral, biliary, carminative, analgesic etc. pharmacological properties. These capsules are very useful in chronic liver disorders such as liver carcinoma, sclerosing cholangitis, liver cirrhosis etc.

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

3. Echinacea Capsules

Echinacea Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the standardized extract of the herb Andrographis paniculata. It is commonly known as Kalmegh and this plant is native to India. These capsules help in stimulating the liver and useful in expelling vitiated Pitta from the body. This herb has been traditionally used in the treatment of liver disorders and purification of blood. This herb is commonly known as 'king of bitters' due to its pungent and bitter taste but it is nourishing in nature.

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

4. Liver Detox Capsules

Planet Ayurveda's Liver Detox Capsules are prepared using the best combination of herbs that act on the liver in a natural way. These herbs are useful in keeping the liver healthy and these capsules are useful in sclerosing cholangitis, all types of liver cancers, fatty liver, liver cirrhosis, alcoholic liver disease etc.

Herbs used in the preparation of Liver Detox Capsules are:

Sr. No.

Botanical Name

Common Name

Quantity

1.

Picrorrhiza kurrao

Kutki

200 mg

2.

Boerhavia diffusa

Punarnava

100 mg

3.

Andrographis 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 taking meals.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Don’t take alcohol as alcohol is a cause of almost all the liver problems and need to be avoided even in small quantities.
  • Eat freshly-cooked foods
  • Avoid preserved and canned foods as they will burden the liver with toxins.
  • Avoid cigarette smoking as it aggravates Pitta dosha.
  • Include foods that are cooling in nature such as fresh coconut water, fresh juicy fruits etc.
  • Avoid the intake of sour and fermented foods like vinegar, pungent foods such as red chilies and salty foods.