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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Saturday, July 27, 2019

How to treat Hamstring Cramps at home?

Hamstrings are the big muscles that are located at the back of the thigh. They play a major role in maintaining the posture condition known as flat low back. The hamstring muscles comprise three muscles that are located at the back of the thigh.

THERE ARE THREE HAMSTRING MUSCLES

  1. Semitendinosus
  2. Semimembranosus
  3. Biceps femoris

These muscles start at the bottom of the pelvis at a place called ischial tuberosity. By crossing the knee joint, they end at the lower leg. Hamstring muscle fibers join with the tough and connective tissue of the hamstring tendons and then connected to the bones.

The function of hamstring muscles is that they help in extending the leg straight back and to bend the knee.

The cramp in hamstring muscles is an involuntary contraction of one or more muscles. The cramps are generally harmless, but it is temporarily impossible to use the affected muscle.

hamstring cramps, muscles cramps, treat hamstring cramps

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF MUSCLE CRAMPS?

Exercise for long periods of time, physical labour or sitting in a constant position for a long period of time can cause overuse of the muscles leading to cramps.

Other Causes Are

  1. Inadequate blood supply: The narrowing of the arteries that deliver blood to the legs can produce cramp-like pain.
  2. Mineral deficiency or depletion: If there is a deficiency of calcium, magnesium or potassium in the diet, it can contribute to muscle cramps.
  3. Nerve Compression: The compression of nerves in the lumbar spine can also produce cramp-like pain. This type of pain worsens while walking.

WHAT ARE THE CLINICAL FEATURES OF HAMSTRING CRAMPS?

  • It may vary from mild twitching to excruciating pain.
  • Fatigue
  • Abrupt onset of pain
  • Inability to do the routine actions or chores

HAMSTRING CRAMPS ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA

Khalli is called as a muscle cramp in Ayurveda. Here, Vata is an entity that is responsible for this condition. In our body, the function of the muscles is regulated by Vyana Vata. Muscle cramps are caused due to the vitiation of Vata dosha. Vata makes the muscles stiff and due to overuse or pressure on the muscle, it goes into spasm.

In Ayurveda, it is also said that when unwanted or waste materials are not flushed or eliminated from the body which results in Ama formation. Ama formation can also be the cause of pain in the muscles. Kapha kshya is also found so effort should be carried out to give strength to the muscular tissues which are also the site of Kapha dosha.

HOW TO TREAT HAMSTRING CRAMPS AT HOME?

Ayurveda has hope for many ailments which have no answer in the modern medical science.

Hamstring Cramps can be treated at home with simple home remedies. These are:

1. Massage

Massage with an Ayurvedic oil is one of the best ways to cure any type of pain including muscle cramps. For thousands of years, these oils have been used which are prepared by using natural herbs.

  • Oil such as sesame oil can be applied by warming at room temperature and then massage it for 5-10 minutes over the muscles and leg. Massaging will help to relax the muscle and its fibers and for improving blood circulation.
  • Moreover, the regular use of sesame oil is beneficial in strengthening the muscles and bones.
health benefits of massage

Reference: Astanga Hridyam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 2, Shloka No. 8

Meaning: According to this shloka, the health benefits of massage are explained. The word Abhyanga means massage. It should be done daily in the morning. It delays ageing, relieves tiredness and excess Vata (aches and pains). It improves vision, nourishes body tissues, prolongs age, induces good sleep and improves skin tone and complexion.

2. Heating Pad

Applying a heating pad to the affected area of the muscle can induce blood flow to that area and can hydrate the tissues resulting in easing the tension of the cramp.

Heating pad should be alternated with ice, in the first few hours following the cramp.

3. Stretching

As a preventive measure and an effective treatment, it helps in increasing blood flow to the site of muscle cramp and relieves tension and pressure of the cramp.

4. Turmeric

Turmeric is analgesic in nature. Add a teaspoon of turmeric in a cup of warm milk and add a teaspoon of cow's ghee (clarified butter) into it. This remedy is very effective in reducing the pain caused due to muscle cramps.

5. Exercise

For hamstring cramps, do the following exercise. Stand facing a wall from the distance of one pace and place your hands flat against it. Keep your legs straight and heels on the floor.

  • Now lean slowly forward until the muscles in the calves feel stretched. Hold the stretch for 10 seconds and then straighten up and relax for 5-10 seconds.
  • Do this procedure three times a day.

6. Chamomile Tea

Chamomile is an herb which acts as a muscle relaxant.

  • Chamomile is a good source of flavonoids which have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Taking a cup of chamomile tea is helpful in the treatment of hamstring cramps.

7. Magnesium-Rich Diet

The role of magnesium is to maintain the normal muscle and nerve function.

  • Take magnesium-rich diet if you frequently suffer from muscle cramps.
  • Foods that are rich in magnesium include bananas, almonds, legumes, etc.

8. Rest

The best and most natural way to relax the muscles is to take a rest because sometimes cramps can be due to over-stimulated muscles and rest can help in healing.

DIET

  • Drink plenty of water to keep yourself hydrated.
  • Do regular exercise and stretch to improve flexibility.
  • Don’t put pressure on the muscles by sitting in the same position for longer periods of time.
  • Avoid alcoholic drinks, caffeine and do not stay awake till late night.
  • Increase the intake of calcium, minerals and potassium in your diet.
  • Stretching the muscles while working out is also very important.
  • Include grains, nuts and legumes in the diet.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Bhumi Amalaki (Phyllanthus Niruri) - One Wonder Herb, Twelve Actions

Bhumi amlaki, commonly called as "gale of the wind" is a medicine of choice in various diseases not only in the practice of Ayurveda but also broadly used in other systems of medicines like Unani, Siddha, and Homeopathy. This herb merely not treats diseases but also restores the functions of the organs thus, revives life. But the potential and the main action of this herb is defined on the Liver by our ancient Scholars of Ayurveda. We, at "Planet Ayurveda" are also extensively using this herb in our regular practice in the treatment of various disorders related to Liver, Kidneys, Spleen, Pancreas, Joints, etc. We are using the standardized extract of the herb that potentially alleviates the disease and is 100% pure, free-from chemicals and is safe to use in all the age groups.

Usually we are utilizing Bhumi amlaki in the form of capsules by the name of "Phyllanthus niruri capsules" and in the form of "Bhumi amla powder."

Bhumi amalaki, Phyllanthus niruri

IT HAS MEDICINAL PROPERTIES LIKE

  • Rasa (Taste) – Amla (Sour), madhura (sweet), tikta (Bitter)
  • Guna (Qualities) – Ruksha (dryness)
  • Veerya – Sheeta (Cold) in potency
  • Vipaka - The end product of digestion is madhura (sweet)

Let us see the action of Phyllanthus niruri in various diseases.

Liver Disorders (Yakrit Vikara)

As per Ayurveda the main reason of all the disorders are "Mandagani" the weak digestive fire, just to define that the reference quotes as "सर्वे रोग: अपि मन्दाग्नौ". Liver is the prime site of Agni that is responsible for pachana (digestion) of various things such as food, toxins, medicines, etc. This herb helps to stimulate the Agni, acts as an appetizer, digests the toxins, increases the bile secretion and restores the functions of hepatocytes. This herb shows tremendous results in the treatment of diseases such as Jaundice, Hepatitis, Liver cirrhosis, Fatty infiltration of the liver, Gall stones, Hepatomegaly, etc. Even can reverse the certain disease conditions.

Kidney Disorders (Vrikka Roga)

This herb has renal protective properties hence protects the kidney from necrosis, strengthens the nephrons, maintains the GFR (Glomerular filtration rate), improves the kidney functions, eliminates the toxins from the body, and purifies the blood. This medicine is really effective in curing disorders like – Nephrosis, Renal stones, Reversible renal insufficiency, Glomerulo- nephritis, Pyelonephritis, Nephrotic syndrome. So, this herb can be used in all the patients of renal failure.

Auto Immune Disorders (Aamvisha Janya Roga)

Bhumiamlaki has antioxidant and immune-modulator properties that eliminate the free radicals from the body and modulates the immune cells to protect the body from autoimmune disorders. Thus this herb is widely used in the treatment of various autoimmune disorders such as Rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, Ankylosing spondylitis, Multiple sclerosis, Psoriasis, Celiac disease, Crohn's disease, Ulcerative colitis, Diabetes mellitus, Grave's disease, etc.

Viral Infections (Vishanuj Sankraman Janya Roga)

This herb is loaded with antiviral properties hence can be useful to reduce the viral loads in various systemic infections. For example, Viral Hepatitis A / B / C, HSV - 1, HSV – 2, HIV, Viral fevers etc.

Hypertension (Uchha Raktachaap)

This herb has the potency to cure the Vata problems, as hypertension occurs due to vitiation of Vayana Vata dosha. This dosha is responsible for normal functioning of renin- angiotensin process, hence this herb corrects the renin- angiotensin system. On the other hand, it also acts as a diuretic hence eliminates the extra water from the circulatory system via urine, reduces the pressure on the blood vessels and treats high blood pressure. It also dilates the vessels due to vasodilatation properties.

Gout (Vatarakta) Or Raised Uric Acid Level

It has anti-inflammatory properties thus reduces the swelling of the joints. As bhumiamlaki has diuretic action hence reduces the accumulation of toxins in the joints and eliminates extra uric acid from the body and even because of its Rasayana property it modifies the surrounding area of the joint and avert the deposition of uric acid. This herb effectively treats inflammatory problems in the body. It is also used as a substitute for other anti-inflammatory herbs.

Diabetes Mellitus (Madhumeha)

This herb has rejuvenating properties. In case of diabetes the Islets of Langerhans of pancreas gets affected. This herb directly acts on these cells and improves the insulin production to meet the normal level of glucose in the blood by using up the extra glucose from the bloodstream. Moreover as per Ayurveda, toxins are accumulated in the pancreas which blocks the production of insulin thus this herb is helpful in the elimination of those toxins.

Moreover maintains the ojas in the body and increases the tissue sensitivity to insulin.

Dyslipidemias (Medo Dushti)

Bhumi amalaki is used in various kind of problems related to adipose tissues in the body such as LDL, Triglycerides, etc. Even helpful in thyroid problems, metabolic disorders, etc.

Bacterial Infections

It is helpful in fighting against both gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. It perishes the flora of bacterial multiplication and growth.

Tumours (Arbuda)

Bhumiamlaki delays the degenerative changes and normalizes cell size and growth. Even inhibits the mitotic division of the carcinomatous cells hence prevents the tumour growth.

Malaria (Visham Jwara)

In visham jwara spleen and liver are involved, Bhumi amlaki helps in improving the function of both the organs hence beneficial in malaria.

Swelling (Shotha)

In all kind of inflammations phyllanthus is used. It reduces the accumulation of fluid in the cells.

Planet Ayurveda a renowned Ayurvedic clinic is widely using this herb in treating all the liver, kidney and systemic infections and inflammations in the body. This herb is used in the form of capsules and powder.

DOSAGE

  • Capsules – 1 to 2 capsules twice daily, with plain water after meals.
  • Powder – 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after meals.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Management of Infertility in Ayurveda

Nowadays, the problem of infertility is becoming common and it is the need of the hour to find a solution. Various factors such as stress, radiation, lack of biological food in the diet, genetic disorders, wrong lifestyle, etc. are the factors responsible for infertility.

Management of Infertility in Ayurveda

Infertility primarily refers to the biological inability of a woman of the reproductive age to conceive.

Allopathic treatment for infertility is financially burdensome for most of the patients whereas the Ayurvedic approach for the treatment is different as it focuses on the psychological aspects as well has a holistic approach.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF INFERTILITY?

Causes Of Infertility In Women Include:

  • Ovarian factors such as PCOS
  • Tubal factors
  • Uterine problems such as Endometriosis
  • Menstrual cycle may be affected by factors such as stress, wrong diet and lifestyle.

Male infertility is caused due to the factors which affect their sperm production or transportation such as infections, ejaculation problems, defects in the tubules that transport sperms, etc.

WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE OF INFERTILITY?

Infertility is known as Vandhyatva in Ayurveda. In Ayurvedic classics, it is mentioned that fertility is dependent on the following factors:

  • Ritu (fertile period i.e. ovulatory cycle)
  • Kshetra (reproductive organs)
  • Ambu (nourishing fluids)
  • Beej (ovum)

Healthy psychological status of the individuals also plays a major role. Factors on which fertility depend are mother, father, atma, satva, satmya and rasa.

In infertility, Vata especially Apana Vata should be taken care of along with other impaired Doshas.

HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP IN THE TREATMENT OF INFERTILITY?

Ayurveda focuses on the treatment of disorders with the use of herbal remedies, modifications in diet, lifestyle etc.
For infertility, there is a wonder herb known as 'Shatavari' which is used to treat all types of gynecological problems. As the name suggests, the word 'Shatavari' means who possesses hundred husbands or acceptable to many, implying its ability to increase the chances of fertility. This herb is considered as a general as well as a female reproductive tonic. This herb is highly effective in the disorders of the female reproductive tract.

infertility treatment in ayurveda

In Ayurvedic practice, the roots of the plant are considered as an effective aphrodisiac, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, galactagogue etc. The roots of this herb are used to produce the most potent healthy sperm and ovum and eventually helps in achieving a healthy pregnancy.

SCIENTIFIC CLASSIFICATION OF SHATAVARI

From pharmacognostic point of view, it was previously included in the family Liliaceae, but now has been shifted to a newly created family Asparagaceae.

  • Kingdom: Plantae
  • Family: Asparagaceae
  • Genus: Asparagus
  • Species: A.racemosus

WHAT ARE THE PROPERTIES OF SHATAVARI?

  • Rasa (Taste): Madhura (Sweet), Tikta (Bitter)
  • Guna (Qualities): Snigdha (unctuous, oily) and Guru (heavy to digest)
  • Vipaka: Undergoes sweet taste conversion after digestion.
  • Veerya (Potency): Cold
  • Effect on Tridosha: Balances Vata and Pitta doshas
ancient reference, shatavari

(Reference: Dhanwantari Nighantu, Shloka No. 323, 325)

Meaning: According to this shloka, Shatavari is cold in potency, has a bitter taste, useful in tuberculosis and blood disorders. It balances Vata and Pitta doshas, acts as an aphrodisiac, rejuvenating in nature and increases memory, its taste converts into sweet after digestion, increases intelligence, good for heart, useful in hemorrhoids and diseases related to eyes and colon.

WHAT ARE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF ASPARAGUS RACEMOSUS?

The plant is woody climber which grows up to 1-2 m in height. The leaves are small, uniform and pine-needle in shape, flowers are arranged in the form of small spikes, the roots are tuberous, succulent, finger-shaped clustered.

WHAT ARE THE CHEMICAL CONSTITUENTS OF A.RACEMOSUS?

It is known to possess a wide range of phytochemicals such as steroidal saponins, polycyclic alkaloid, furan compound, carbohydrates, sterols, trace minerals etc.

shatavari capsules

HOW SHATAVARI HELPS IN INFERTILITY?

Shatavari is considered as the best herb for female infertility.

  • Shatavari enhances folliculogenesis and ovulation. In this way, it prepares the womb for conception and prevents the chances of miscarriage.
  • It stimulates the hemopoietic function and also improves the functions of accessory sex glands.
  • Oestrogen dependent glycogen is the energy source for the female reproductive system. Estrogen increases the glycogen content in the uterus. In research, it was found that Shatavari causes an increase in uterine glycogen without altering serum estrogen and progesterone.
  • A.racemosus preparations are also recommended in the cases of threatened abortion. The rasayana and anti-oxidant properties of Shatavari help in modulating various immune processes. These properties also prevent the formation of lipid-peroxides at the placental level.
  • Stress also plays a major role in infertility. Being an adaptogen herb, Shatavari improves the body's ability to cope up with stress. It also reduces oxidative stress and free radicals within the system. Its anti-stress properties are due to the presence of flavonoids, saponins and polyphenols. They help in reducing the production of stress hormones. Hence, Shatavari is a very useful herb in the management of stress and mental depression as well.
  • It is also very helpful in menstrual complaints such as irregular bleeding, PCOS, tubal blockages, dysmenorrhea etc.

SHATAVARI CAPSULES BY PLANET AYURVEDA

For the manufacture of Shatavari Capsules, Planet Ayurveda uses the standardized extract of the herb. These capsules contain 500 mg of standardized extract in the vegetarian shell. Capsules manufactured by Planet Ayurveda are free from chemicals, artificial flavors and preservatives. They rejuvenate the whole body and act as a wonderful tonic. These capsules do not cause any side effects and can be taken for longer period.

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

Friday, July 19, 2019

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

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

AS PER AYURVEDA ASPECT

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

AS PER MODERN ASPECT

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

Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)

Prevalence

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

HOW NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS CAN BE CAUSED?

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

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS?

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

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

Urinary Symptoms

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

Increase Of Pressure In The Brain

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

Other Common Symptoms Are

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

HOW NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS CAN BE DIAGNOSED?

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

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS OF NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS?

It Includes:

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

NATURAL TREATMENT OF NORMAL PRESSURE HYDROCEPHALUS

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

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

Natural Remedies For Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

Natural Remedies For Normal pressure hydrocephalus

1. Kanchnaar Guggul

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

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

2. Brahmi Capsules

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

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

3. Mahashankh Vati

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

Dosage: 2 tablets twice or thrice daily after meals.

4. Punarnava Capsules

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

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

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

How To Keep Yourself Hydrated This Summer?

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

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

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

Ancient Reference

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

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

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

HOW TO KEEP YOURSELF HYDRATED DURING THIS SUMMER?

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

How To Keep Yourself Hydrated This Summer

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

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

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

2. Coconut Water

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

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

3. Water Rich Fruits

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

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

4. Jaljeera

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

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

5. Lemonade or Neembu Paani

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

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

6. Cucumber Drink

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

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

7. Bael Juice (Aegle Marmelos)

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

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

8. Buttermilk

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

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

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

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

B-cell Leukemia in Children - Symptoms & Ayurvedic Treatment

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

WHAT IS THE FUNCTION OF B CELLS IN OUR BODY?

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

B-cell Leukemia in Children

TYPES OF B CELL LEUKEMIA

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

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

Moreover, leukemia can be acute or chronic.

WHAT CAUSES B CELL LEUKEMIA?

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

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

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

RISK FACTORS

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

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF B CELL LEUKEMIA?

The signs and symptoms of the leukemia are as follows:

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

PATHOGENESIS

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

DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA

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

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

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

TREATMENT STRATEGY

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

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

WHAT PLANET AYURVEDA OFFERS FOR B CELL LEUKEMIA?

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

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

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

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

1. Sachets

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

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

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

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

2. Cap. Cruel

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

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

3. Cap. Ashwagandha

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

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

4. Cap. Spirulina

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

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

5. Cap. Amalaki Rasayan

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

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

6. Cap. Immune Booster

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

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

7. Cap. Giloy

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

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

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

These syrups are preferred on the basis of symptoms.

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

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DIETARY GUIDELINES

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

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

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

1. Green Juice:-

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

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

2. Red Juice:-

  • Carrot
  • Beetroot
  • Amla
  • Apple
  • Pomegranate

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

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

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

LIFESTYLE MODIFICATIONS

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

"Stay Positive"

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Is Sarcoidosis treatment available in Ayurveda?

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

sarcoidosis treatment in ayurveda

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

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

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

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

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

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SARCOIDOSIS?

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

Common Signs And Symptoms Of Sarcoidosis Include:

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

When It Affects The Lungs, The Symptoms Are:

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

When It Affects The Heart, The Symptoms Are:

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

When It Affects The Eyes, The Symptoms Are:

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

Symptoms That Occur When It Affects The Skin Are:

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

DIAGNOSIS

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

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

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

IS TREATMENT FOR SARCOIDOSIS AVAILABLE IN AYURVEDA?

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

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

SARCO CARE PACK BY PLANET AYURVEDA CONSISTS OF

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

Sarco Care Pack

herbal remedies for sarcoidosis

1. Punarnava Mandur

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

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

2. Curcumin Capsules

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

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

3. Aller-G Care Capsules

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

Ingredients Of Aller-G Care Capsules Are:

Sr. No.

Herb Used

Botanical Name

Parts Used

Quantity

1.

Haridra

Curcuma longa

Extract

150 mg

2.

Neem

Azadirachta indica

Extract

150 mg

3.

Shirish

Albezzia lebbock

Extract

100 mg

4.

Ashwagandha

Withania somnifera

Extract

100 mg

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

4. Kanchnaar Guggul

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

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

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

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

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Toxic Megacolon: A Complication Of IBD

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

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

toxic mega colon, toxic megacolon

WHAT CAN BE THE CAUSES OF TOXIC MEGACOLON?

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

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

WHAT CAN BE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF TOXIC MEGACOLON?

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

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

HOW CAN TOXIC MEGACOLON BE DIAGNOSED?

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

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

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR TOXIC MEGACOLON

ancient reference, shloka, digestive fire

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

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

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

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


Ulcerative Colitis Care Pack

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

1. Kutzghan Vati

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

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

2. Pitta Balance

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

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals.

3. Vatsakadi Churna

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

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

4. Arjuna Capsules

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

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

Friday, July 12, 2019

Essential Oil Blends for Better Overall Health

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

essential oils

HOW THESE ESSENTIAL OILS ARE PREPARED?

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

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

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

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

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

THERAPEUTIC USES OF ESSENTIAL OILS

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

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

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

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

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

MODE OF USE

These oils can be used externally as well as internally.

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

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

WHY TO PREFER ESSENTIAL OILS

The reasons are -

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

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

SHELF LIFE OF ESSENTIAL OILS

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

PRECAUTIONS

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

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Herbal Remedies for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

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

Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo

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

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

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

Ear's Role In Causing BPPV

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ancient reference, shloka

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

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

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

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

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

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

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR BENIGN PAROXYSMAL POSITIONAL VERTIGO (BPPV) ARE

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

Herbal Remedies For BPPV

Herbal Remedies for Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo (BPPV)

1. Shilajit Capsules

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

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

2. Brahmi Chyawanprash

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

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

3. Brahmi Capsules

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

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

4. Memory Support Capsules

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

Ingredients Of Memory Support Capsules Are:

Sr. No.

Herb Used

Botanical Name

Part Used

Quantity

1.

Brahmi

Bacopa monnieri

Whole

150 mg

2.

Vacha

Acorus calamus

Root

150 mg

3.

Shankhpushpi

Convulvulus pluricaulis

Whole

100 mg

4.

Licorice

Glycrrhiza glabra

Root

100 mg

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

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

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

First Trimester Of Pregnancy - Health Problems & Natural Remedies

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

First Trimester Of Pregnancy, Health Problems, Natural Remedies

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

MORNING SICKNESS

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

Natural Ways

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

HYPEREMESIS GRAVIDARUM (PERNICIOUS VOMITING OF PREGNANCY)

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

CONSTIPATION

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

Natural Ways

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

BACKACHE

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

Natural Ways

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

LEG CRAMPS

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

Natural Ways

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

ACIDITY AND HEARTBURN

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

Natural Ways

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

BREAST CHANGES

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

Natural Ways

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

ANEMIA

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

Natural Ways

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

VAGINAL DISCHARGE

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

Natural Ways

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

VAGINAL ITCHING

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

Natural Ways

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

URINARY TRACT INFECTION (UTI)

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

Natural Ways

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

ASSOCIATED PROBLEMS

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

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