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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

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.

urinary tract infection

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

uti care pack, urinary tract infection care pack

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.

carcinoid tumor, symptoms of carcinoid tumor, ayurvedic treatment for carcinoid tumor, causes of carcinoid tumor, neuroendocrine tumors, digestive tract, lungs, gastrointestinal carcinoid tumors

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.

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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.