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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Saturday, August 31, 2019

How to remove tan naturally? - 10 Effective Home Remedies

WHAT IS TANNING?

Sun tanning or simply tanning is the process in which skin color is darkened or tanned. This is mostly due toexposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from sunlight.

But sometimes tanning is also caused due to some sort of artificial sources, such as a tanning lamp found in indoor tanning beds. Some people use chemical products which can also produce an effect of tanning with no exposure to ultraviolet radiation, known as sunless tanning.

But most commonly, when the skin comes in the contact of UV radiations of the sun, then tanning happens.

In most cases, suntans are patchy and irregular, causing blemishes and dark spots as a result of skin damage. Prolonged skin damage is usually hard to treat, which is why it is important to try to prevent sun damage from occurring in the first place.

Skin tanning

HERE ARE FEW GUIDELINES FOR HOME REMEDIES WHICH HELP TO REMOVE TAN NATURALLY AND EASILY

1. Lemon Juice And Honey

Lemon juice is rich in Vitamin C, which works as a tan removal agent, removal of acne and lightening of dark spots and uneven skin. Lemon juice has a bleaching effect which helps in removing tan quickly, efficiently and naturally.

Method:

  • Squeeze fresh lemon juice and add some honey to it.
  • Apply this mixture on your skin.
  • Leave it for about half an hour.
  • Rinse it off with an herbal cleanser.
  • Do it once or twice daily.

2. Turmeric And Gram Flour

Gram flour has certain properties that treat sun tan. Zinc present in gram flour helps to fight infections that cause your skin to erupt with acne as well as soothe inflamed skin.

Turmeric contains anti-ageing as well as skin lightening properties that protects skin against the harmful UV radiations of the sun. It also fixes the problem of dark spots.

Method:

  • Take 2 tablespoon gram flour, a pinch of turmeric and 1tablespoon of rose water or raw milk.
  • Make a paste and apply this paste on the cleansed area.
  • Leave it for good 30 min or till the pack is completely dries up.
  • Gently remove the pack by scrubbing first with the help of a few drops of water.
  • Apply this pack every alternate day for the best result.

3. Gram Flour, Lemon Juice And Yogurt

Vitamin C present inthelemon will give your skin a boost and the tan would fade off.

Yogurt, on the other hand, heals the sunburn areas and removes skin tan. It is rich in Zinc and has anti-inflammatory properties.

Method:

  • Mix 4 teaspoons of besan (Gram Flour) with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and yogurt.
  • Apply the mask all over your face and neck or the affected area.
  • Wait until it dries.
  • Rinse with cool water.
  • You can also repeat this process daily before taking a bath.

4. Papaya And Honey

Papaya is known for skin lightening properties as it is rich in enzymes.

Honey helps in hydration of the skin

Both of these in combination works to reduce the visibility of certain blemishes or scars on the skin.

Method:

  • Take half a cup of pulp extract from mashed ripe papaya and add a tablespoon of honey into it.
  • Mix it well before applying the mask over the skin
  • Let it be for half an hour and wash it off properly
  • Apply this mask twice or thrice in a week.
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5. Tomato And Yogurt

Tomatoes are known for making the skin look brighter and glowing.

Yogurt is rich in lactic acid which acts as a natural exfoliator for the skin. It helps in removing of suntan and any skin pigmentation scars too.

Method:

  • Take one tablespoon of tomato pulp along with one tablespoon of plain organic yogurt in order to form a paste.
  • You need to apply this mixture on the affected area due to thesun.
  • Let it dry for around thirty minutes before washing it off.
  • This process needs to be carried out at least twice a week to get visible results.

6. Aloe Vera And Lemon Juice

Aloe Vera has various antibacterial properties which help it to fight skin tans and skin blemishes too.

Method:

  • Take one Aloe Vera leaf; wash it off properly before taking out its gel and you can also take organic Aloe Vera gel if you don’t have an aloe vera plant in your home.
  • Add a few drops of lemon juice in it and blend it well
  • Apply it on the tanned areas of the skin.
  • Leave it for about 20 minutes and then wash the area gently.
  • This amazing pack can be applied to the skin daily in order to get effective results.

7. Baking Soda

Baking soda works wonder on the skin when talks about the removal of tan. It has amazing bleaching properties which helps in removing any kind of skin pigmentation or blemishes too.

Method:

  • This process needs to be done during bathing time.
  • Simple take some amount of baking soda on your palm and then dampen it with water.
  • Scrub the baking soda on the tanned areas of your skin before washing it off.
  • You can do this process twice or thrice a week with the help of baking soda.

8. Fuller's Earth, Aloe Vera, Rosewater And Turmeric

Fuller's Earth is better known as Multani Mitti in India andis considered to be a great skin healer. It has a healing agent and works quickly on the suntan areas of the skin.

Method:

  • You need to take few spoons of Multani mitti (fuller’s earth in a bowl, some amount of aloe vera gel, add a pinch of turmeric and considerate amount of rose to make a paste. Make sure it is not dripping.
  • Apply this mask over the affected area of the skin.
  • Let it be for about 15minutes or until the paste gets dried off.
  • Wash the area while scrubbing it off gently.
  • Apply this mask twice a week.

9. Rice Flour, Tomato And Turmeric

Rice flour is considered to be as an anti-ageing agent which helps in improving the skin tone by removing tan marks, dark spots, and pigmentations, etc. of the skin.

Method:

  • Mix one tablespoon of rice flour, some amount of tomato pulp or juice and a pinch of turmeric.
  • Make a fine paste.
  • Apply on the tanned skin.
  • Leave it about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Wash it off gently.
  • Use this mask regularly for better result.

10. Potato

Raw potato has natural bleaching properties as well as rich in vitamin c. They give soothing effect on sunburn and very effective in the removal of tan from the skin.

Method:

  • Peel off a medium -sized potato and blend it to make a fine paste.
  • Apply it directly on the affected areas of the skin which have been suntanned.
  • Let it dry  for some time around half an hour
  • Then wash it off
  • You can also add a few drops of lemon juice in it.
  • Apply daily till the tan goes off.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Secret cure for memory loss in Ayurveda

HOW TO RETAIN MEMORY?

In this busy lifestyle, everyone has moments of forgetfulness which is very frustrating.

There are various neurological impairments that can range from mild memory loss to disorders such as: Alzheimer's disease.

Many patients over 50 years of age are concerned about their memory deteriorating. There are certain factors that contribute to memory loss.

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VARIOUS FACTORS THAT LEAD TO LOSS OF MEMORY ARE

  • Unhealthy eating habits such as diet high in sugars, refined flour, salt and saturated fat. This diet is deficient in major nutrients such as: B Vitamins.
  • Alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Lack of sleep
  • Intake of certain medications such as sleeping pills, anti-depressants.
  • Malnutrition such as lack of DHA.

DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) is a long chain omega 3 fatty acid and it is an integral part of neural membrane phospholipids such as it impacts brain structure and function. It contributes to the development of brain and eyes.

Omega 3 fatty acids are polyunsaturated fats responsible for memory as well as mental health.

There Are Two Types Of Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

  1. EPA
  2. DHA

Human body can make EPA and DHA from omega 3 known as Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA). The main sources of ALA are: walnuts, flaxseeds, chia seeds, soybean oil etc.

HOW OMEGA-3 FATTY ACIDS AFFECT THE BRAIN?

Omega-3 fatty acids such as EPA and DHA are critical for normal brain functioning and its development throughout all stages of life.

  • In older adults, lower levels of DHA in the blood is associated with smaller brain size which is a sign of accelerated brain aging.
  • Low levels of DHA in the brain cause problems such as: dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, memory loss and other important mental functions.
  • DHA is taken up by the brain very fast as compared to other fatty acids. The turn-over of DHA in brain is very fast.
  • Decrease in DHA in the brain are associated with cognitive decline during aging and with the onset of sporadic Alzheimer disease.

WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS OF DHA?

  • DHA is the main structural fat in the body. It is involved in the functioning and development of CNS and synapses in the brain.
  • It can detect the oxidative stress or any other damage.
  • It promptly produces a compound known as Neuroprotectin D1 (NPD1). The function of NPD1 is to lower the inflammation in the hippocampus known as seat of memory.
  • DHA also activates pro-survival genes in the brain cells.
  • It also suppresses pro-death genes.
  • They are abundant in cell membranes of brain cells and preserve the cell membrane health and thus facilitate communication between brain cells.
  • It is essential for the growth and functional development of brain in infants.
  • It is also required for the maintenance of normal brain function in adults.

So, it is advised to get at least 600 mg of DHA and 400 mg of EPA daily.

WHAT ARE THE NATURAL SOURCES OF DHA?

  1. Flaxseeds: Flaxseeds are the rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids. These seeds are also rich in many other nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, Vitamin E, manganese, phosphorus, selenium and protein.
  2. Walnuts: Walnuts are the rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins, calcium, protein and fat. Walnuts increase memory, fight against depression, prevent cancer and improve cardio-vascular health.
  3. Chia Seeds (Saliva hispanica): Now a days, it has become a popular super food. It is a powerhouse of nutrients as well as easy to digest. It is one of the best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. It also contains fiber, calcium, magnesium, Vitamin E and other micro-nutrients. Chia seeds are also useful in improving cardio-vascular health.
  4. Soybeans: Soybeans are the rich sources of Omega 3 fatty acids. They are also a rich source of folate, potassium, magnesium and other Vitamins. They are a rich source of Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids.
  5. Mustard Seeds: 1 teaspoon of mustard seeds contains 100 milligrams of omega 3 fatty acids. They are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and thus have the ability to boost metabolism.
  6. Cod Liver Oil: Cod liver oil is not a food supplement but it is extracted from the liver of cod fish. It is rich is Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin D and Vitamin A.
  7. Spinach: Spinach is also rich in Omega 3 fatty acids. Therefore, it improves the brain function, memory and lowers the risk of heart problems and regulates blood pressure.

Flaxseed or linseed is used since the time of Master Charak.

FLAXSEED OIL CAPSULES BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda offers Flaxseed Oil Capsules for retaining memory as these capsules are a rich source of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Therefore, these capsules are a source of good dietary fibre.

Flaxseed Oil Capsules

Flaxseed Oil Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from Linum usitatissimum. They have multiple health benefits.

Properties Of Flaxseed: It contains various chemical constituents such as: sitosterol, dehydroavenasterol, cycloartenol etc.

Sanskrit Synonyms: Uma, Kusuma, Suvarchala, Venu, Neela.

Botanical Name: Linum ustitissimum

Family: Linaceae

Ayurvedic Properties Of Flaxseeds

  • Rasa (Taste): Sweet, Bitter
  • Qualities: Heavy, Sticky, Slimy
  • Undergoes pungent taste conversion after digestion
  • Potency: Hot
  • Effect on Tridosha: Balances Vata dosha but increases Pitta and Kapha dosha.
  • Part used: Seeds, Oil and flower.

Flaxseed Oil Capsules by Planet Ayurveda help in improving brain health as these capsules are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids and therefore used to improve brain functions. Hence, these capsules are also very beneficial in treating other disorders such as: intelligence related disorders like: ADHD, bipolar disorder and depression.

Planet Ayurveda's flaxseed oil capsules are a good substitute for people who do not like to use fish oil supplements.

How To Use

2 capsules twice daily.

Advantages Of Using Flaxseed Oil Capsules By Planet Ayurveda

  • Flaxseed Oil Capsules by Planet Ayurveda are purely organic with standardized extract of best quality ingredients.
  • This product is free from any extra color, chemicals or other added preservatives.
  • There are no side effects of using this product as it is a pure natural product.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Treatment of Graves' Disease in Ayurveda

Thyroid gland disorders are growing worldwide. Graves' disease is considered as an auto-immune disorder that causes the thyroid gland to produce too much thyroid hormone and this condition is known as hyperthyroidism. Graves' disease is considered as the underlying cause of hyperthyroidism. It can affect anyone but it is more common among the women before the age of 40 years.

The hormones secreted by thyroid gland affect a number of different body parts and systems.

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WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF GRAVES' DISEASE?

Graves' disease is caused by the malfunctioning of the body's immune system. In Graves' disease, the body produces an antibody to one part of the cells in the thyroid gland.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF GRAVES' OPHTHALMOPATHY?

The antibody that causes thyroid dysfunction may also have an attraction to the tissues surrounding the eyes. This condition results due to the build-up of certain carbohydrates in the muscles and tissues behind the eyes.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF GRAVES' DISEASE?

Common signs and symptoms of Graves' Disease include:

  • Enlarged thyroid
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Tremors in hands or fingers
  • Despite normal eating habits, there is loss in weight.
  • Goiter i.e. enlargement of thyroid gland
  • Heat sensitivity
  • Moist skin
  • Changes in menstrual cycle in women
  • Fatigue
  • Rapid or irregular heart beat
  • Graves' ophthalmopathy (bulging eyes). In Graves' ophthalmopathy, there is inflammation and impairment in the immune system that affects the muscles and other tissues around the eyes.

The resulting signs and symptoms due to graves' opthalmopathy include:

  • Bulging eyes
  • Pressure or pain in the eyes
  • Puffy or retracted eye lids
  • Gritty sensation in the eyes
  • Light sensitivity
  • Double vision
  • Vision loss

WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE OF GRAVES' DISEASE?

  • In Ayurvedic system of medicine, the emphasis is not given on naming the disease. It rather insists on understanding the constitutional status of the disease and adopting an appropriate treatment principle.
  • The pathophysiology of Graves' disease lies in the concept of agni. Agni plays a prominent role in the body as vitiation of doshas depend on the vitiation of Agni.That's why, for bringing doshas in the balanced state, treatment for correcting of agni is done.
  • According to Ayurveda, Graves' disease has the symptoms of increased Vata and Pitta dosha. The Vata symptoms include nervousness, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, palpitations, bulging of the eye balls whereas Pitta symptoms include heat intolerance, excessive hunger, sweating, irritability, emotional disturbances, changes in menstrual cycle, fatigue etc.
  • The gastro-intestinal symptoms of Graves' disease resemble the features of atyagni (intense digestive fire) as mentioned by Master Charak.
  • The state of kayagni (digestive fire), bhutagni (fire of five elements) and dhatwagni (fire of seven tissue elements) are very important.
  • Dhatwagni is considered as a part of kayagni and is located in dhatus. Increase of dhatwagni will lead to dhatu vriddhi (increased tissue elements).
  • Person will lose weight in hyperthyroidism due to increased dhatwagni which causes Dhatu kshaya.
Treatment of Graves' Disease in Ayurveda

Reference: Astanga Hridaya Sutrasthan, Chapter 11, Shlok No. 32 & 33

Meaning: According to this shloka, kayagni is present in dhatus also. It's decrease in qualities, functions or quantities give rise to increase or decrease of dhatus. The proceeding dhatu which is either increased or decreased gives rise to the succeeding dhatu of the same condition.

WHAT ARE THE HERBAL REMEDIES OFFERED BY PLANET AYURVEDA FOR GRAVES' DISEASE?

  1. Shatavari Capsules
  2. Weight Gain Formula
  3. Immune Booster Capsules

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1. Shatavari Capsules

Planet Ayurveda's Shatavari Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Asparagus racemosus. Shatavari herb is known for its nutritive properties, it helps in gaining weight, relieves tiredness quickly, helps in regulating menstrual cycle in women, it has cool potency therefore helpful in balancing Pitta dosha in the body.

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

2. Weight Gain Formula

Decrease in weight is the primary symptom of Graves' disease. Planet Ayurveda's Weight Gain Formula contains the standardized extracts of various herbs that are helpful in regulating the body's metabolism.

Ingredients Of Weight Gain Formula Are:

Sr. No.

Botanical Name

Common Name

Quantity

1.

Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha

200 mg

2.

Embelia ribes

Vidang

50 mg

3.

Terminalia chebula

Haritaki

50 mg

4.

Terminalia bellerica

Bhibhitaki

50 mg

5.

Emblica officinalis

Amalaki

50 mg

6.

Foeniculum vulgare

Saunf

50 mg

7.

Piper longum

Pippali

25 mg

8.

Cuminum cyminum

Zeerak

25 mg

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

3. Immune Booster Capsules

Planet Ayurveda's Immune Booster Capsules contain the standardized extracts of herbs that correct the impaired immunity, therefore these capsules are very helpful in auto-immune disorders such as Graves' disease.

Ingredients Of Immune Booster Capsules Are:

Sr. No.

Ingredient Name

Botanical Name

Quantity

1.

Grape Seed

Vitis vinifera extract

200 mg

2.

Go-Piyush

Bovine Colostrums std. ext.

200 mg

3.

Bhumi Amla

Phyllanthusniruri std. ext.

50 mg

4.

Amalaki

Emblica officinalis

50 mg

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

These herbal remedies are quite effective in the treatment of Graves' disease. Timely treatment is required otherwise it can lead to various complications such as heart disorders, brittle bones, problems in pregnancy etc.

SOME OF THE HOME REMEDIES FOR GRAVES' DISEASE ARE

  1. Desi Ghee (Clarified Butter): Taking 1 tablespoon of desi ghee twice a day is very beneficial in graves' disease.
  2. Turmeric: Take a pinch of turmeric powder and boil it in milk. Taking this milk twice a day is helpful in the treatment of graves' disease.
  3. 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.
  4. Fenugreek Seeds: Soak some fenugreek seeds overnight in water and take these seeds with water once a day.
  5. Dates: Take 2-3 dates and boil them in milk. Take this milk once or twice a day. It helps in gaining weight.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Treatment of Asbestosis in Ayurveda?

Asbestosis is defined as a chronic disease of the lungs which is caused by inhalation of asbestos fibers. Scarring of lung tissue occurs on prolonged exposure to asbestos fibers resulting in shortness of breath and many other symptoms. These symptoms may be either mild or severe varying in every patient depending upon the duration of exposure to these particles. Usually, signs and symptoms do not appear until exposure lasts for several years.

Asbestos is a group of minerals which are made from microscopic fibers, breathing them in damages the lungs and can even cause cancer. This mineral is resistant to corrosion and heat. Now it has become infamous due to its menace caused on human health but earlier it was widely used in cement, insulation and floor tiles. So at that time people who were working in these industries suffered from asbestosis which raised an alarm in the public and government regulations and controlled its use. Handling of asbestosis is strictly regulated by the government nowadays but studies suggest that still approximately 125 million people all around the world are exposed to asbestosis. Exposure to asbestos particles first cause asbestosis and if not treated or maltreated can result in mesothelioma, i.e. cancer which affects the lining of lung, heart, and stomach.

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WHAT CAN BE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ASBESTOSIS?

Continued exposure to asbestos particle causes scarring of the lungs resulting in difficulty for lungs to expand and improper exchange of air. This pathology results in a certain group of signs and symptoms.

  • Shortness of breath
  • Continuous dry cough
  • Pain and tightness in the chest
  • Fatigue
  • Loss of appetite and weight
  • Crackling sound during breathing
  • Clubbing, i.e. the abnormal appearance of rounder and wider toes and fingertips

WHAT CAN BE THE CAUSE OF ASBESTOSIS?

Normally there are small sacs in the lungs, i.e. alveoli, where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide occurs. In case of long exposure to these asbestos particles, these particles get lodged in the alveoli, preventing the normal respiratory exchange. Gradually these fibers irritate the alveoli in which they have been lodged and cause scarring of that, resulting in difficult breathing.

As this disease progresses, a wider portion of the lungs get scarred causing stiffness in the lungs and preventing normal breathing. Cigarettes smoking increases asbestos particles absorption, further quickening the progression of asbestosis.

WHAT ARE THE RISK FACTORS FOR ASBESTOSIS?

  • Working in asbestos industries
  • Mining asbestos
  • Boiler operators
  • Railroad workers
  • Electricians
  • Workers of shipyard
  • Workers removing the insulation of asbestos in older buildings present around the pipes

WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE FOR ASBESTOSIS?

The deposition of the harmful particles such as asbestos in the lungs eventually results in mesothelioma (Cancer). According to Ayurveda cancer is divided into two types granthi, i.e. minor tumor and arbuda, i.e. major tumor. Cancer is said to be developed when control systems of the body are out of balance. This body system is none other than many known doshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha Dosha. Now in case of mesothelioma, outer force asbestos causes an imbalance in these doshas.

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Meaning- When Vata dosha gets aggravated it obstructs the various channels of the body resulting in obstruction of the passages of Vayu. It causes respiratory diseases.

Reference- Charak Samhita, Chikitsa sthanam, Chapter no. 17, Shloka no. 45

HOW CAN ASBESTOSIS BE TREATED THROUGH AYURVEDA?

Ayurvedic treatment of asbestosis includes herbal medicines, improvement in lifestyle and dietary changes. A best Ayurvedic clinic of Ayurveda, Planet Ayurveda offers herbal remedies to treat these diseases in a most natural and gentle way. These herbal remedies are made from pure extracts of herbs of the best quality. No chemicals, preservatives, dye, additives or fillers are added in these herbs. Herbal remedies from Planet Ayurveda are purely vegetarian and not tested on animals. It is quite safe for everyone to take, under physician's supervision.

These remedies include Curcumin cap, tulsi cap, echinacea cap, and navkarshik churna.

Herbal Remedies For Asbestosis

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1. Curcumin Capsules

These herbal capsules are prepared from standardized extract of an active compound of turmeric called curcumin. It contains anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and healing properties which help in relieving inflammation in asbestosis. Curcumin capsules heal the scarred tissue and acts as a rejuvenating herbal remedy in this disease

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

2. Tulsi Capsules

As everyone might be aware tulsi works amazingly in any kind of respiratory diseases, so does in asbestosis. Tulsi herbal capsules are made from standardized extract of tulsi which contains all of its therapeutic properties. It eliminates carcinogens from the lungs and prevents mesothelioma. It has anti-oxidant properties which help to eliminate the free radicals from the body and prevent oxidative damage to the body.

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

3. Navkarshik Churna

It is blend of various herbs like amla (Emblica officinalis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bahera (Terminalia bellerica), vacha (Acorus calamus), neem (Azadirachta indica), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Katuki (Picorrhiza kurroa), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) and Daruhaldi (Berberis aristata). These herbs work synergistically to treat asbestosis and similar respiratory troubles effectively. Navkarshik churna acts as an anti-oxidant, blood purifier, and immune booster.

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

4. Echinacea Capsules

Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata) is the herb that is used in standardized extract form in these capsules. It is a natural immune booster and anti-cancer herbal herb. Anti-inflammatory action of this herb reduces inflammation and helps to treat scarring of the lungs.

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

Friday, August 23, 2019

Treatment of Psoriasis in Ayurveda

Psoriasis, a skin disease which is inflammatory and autoimmune, characterized by skin lesions that give an ugly look to our personality. This is a disease which is not limited or confined to our integumentary system. It shows its effects on various other systems like – respiratory, locomotory, etc. Overall psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory skin disease which is represented with well- defined erythematous plaques with large, adherent and silvery scales. The basic reason for psoriasis is our unhealthy diet, lifestyle and overactive immune system.

Treatment of Psoriasis in Ayurveda

Still the present medical sciences are struggling to rule out the etiology and treatment of psoriasis. But Ayurveda an age-old system of medicine has the potential to cure this disease by means of natural ways.

WHAT CAUSES PSORIASIS?

The exact cause is not known but there are some factors that are responsible for its causation.

Aaharaj Karana (Dietary Factors)

Excessive consumption of spicy, sour, pungent, hot, oily foodstuffs, baked, fermented and packaged food items, non- vegetarian diet etc. are responsible for this condition. Some wrong and improper combinations like - fish and milk, salt and milk, citrus foods and milk, vegetables and milk are considered as 'Virudha ahara". If an individual who is taking these food items together then the person would definitely be going to end up with the skin problems.

Viharaj Karana (Lifestyle)

Excessively indulging in some activities like – exposure to sunlight, hot wind, sleeping in day time, awakening at night time, and leading a sedentary lifestyle can cause vitiation in our vital energies i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Mansik karana (Mental status)

Excessive stress and strains can cause hormonal imbalance in our body. As hormones are responsible for all the functions in our body, any variation in them can lead to skin diseases.

Vanshaj Karana (Hereditary Factors)

Psoriasis is also one among the hereditary problems which run in generations.

Vyadhikshamatva (Immune System)

Mostly the weak immune system is the cause of diseases but in case of psoriasis our immune system due to some wrong signals is unable to recognize the healthy tissues and destructs them.

Anya Karana (Some Other Factors)

  • Occupational hazards – Those who are working in an area where they have to expose to some chemicals, certain gases, radiations etc. are prone to develop skin problems
  • Medications – Long term use of steroids affects our immune system.
  • Certain habits like drinking and smoking are also the causative factors.
  • Chemicals in cosmetics can react in such a manner that they erode the skin, further they develop infections.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

The common signs and symptoms of psoriasis are –

  • Discoloration of skin
  • Flake formation
  • Scaly lesions
  • Reduced sensation on the affected part.
  • Associated with itching, pain, dryness, burning sensation and swelling.
  • As other systems are also involved in this disease so a person may develop cough, joint pains etc.

AYURVEDIC ASPECT OF PSORIASIS (KUSHTHA)

As per Ayurveda psoriasis is one among Kushtha roga which is a "Pitta pradhana tridoshaj vyadhi". Our scholars stated that our unwholesome diet, lifestyle, genetic factors and behavior are the reasons for the development of this disease.

Especially the unwholesome diet that is mentioned in our classics which if taken in excess definitely going to develop the skin diseases. The quotation goes as -

ancient reference

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

The meaning of this shloka goes as - excessive consumption of newly harvested grains, curd, fish, salt, black gram, radish, fermented foods, jaggery, milk, sesame, etc are the foods that make an individual prone to develop skin disorder like psoriasis.

Another reason for psoriasis is wrong utilization of Panchakarma therapies (branch of Ayurveda) which can make the body susceptible to kushtha.

The pathogenesis of kustha goes as –

ancient reference

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

Meaning: The vitiated tridoshas get localized and vitiate our twak (skin), rakta (blood), lasika (lymph), mamsa (muscles) and reflect the response in form of discolored lesions on the skin which is kushtha (Psoriasis). Moreover, these 7 factors are responsible for the production of skin lesions in our body.

TREATMENT PROTOCOL

All the Skin and Autoimmune diseases can be effectively managed by Ayurvedic remedies. The treatment protocol involves detoxification of the body, rejuvenating the dead and discolored skin, blood purification and maintaining the immunity level.

"Planet Ayurveda" the emerging hope in case of chronic, autoimmune and neurodegenerative disorders brings "Psora Care Pack" for the treatment of Psoriasis. The preparations in this pack are highly effective in treating psoriasis naturally. Moreover all these formulations contain pure herbal extracts and are free from additives, fillers and have no side effects.

Psora Care Pack

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1. Navakarshik Churna

This herbal blend is a combination of herbs like - amalaki (Emblica officinalis), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), bibhitiki (Terminalia bellirica), daruharidra (Berberis aristata), vacha (Acorus calamus), manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), and guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia). All these herbs help to eliminate toxins from the body, purify blood, and improve the functions of liver as liver is the organ which is responsible for detoxification. Thus, it won't allow the accumulation of toxins in the body.

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

2. Radiant Skin, Hair, Nails Formula

This is an effective medicine of “Planet Ayurveda” which contains Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Pit papad (Fumaria officinalis), Chirayata (Swertia chiretta) and Ghrit kumari (Aloe barbadensis). This medicine directly acts on affected area and peels off the scaly lesions, restores and rejuvenates the healthy tissues and color of the skin.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals

3. Neem Capsules

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is a well-known herb for its anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antibacterial and blood purification properties. If infection is the cause of psoriasis then it eradicates the flora of bacteria and viruses and also protects the tissues against infections.

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

4. Manjishtha Capsules

As pitta vitiation is the prime cause of psoriasis, manjishtha is an herb of choice that counteracts the action of highly aggravated and vitiated pitta dosha. It acts as a blood purifier and as an anti-oxidant that helps to regain the normal color and enhances the complexion.

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

5. Pitta Balance

It is a wonderful product that contains akik pishti, praval pishti, jaharmohra pishti, kamdudha ras, mukta pishti and giloy satva. All these medicines are helpful to restore healthy functions of body and maintain strong immune system by enhancing immunity. As the name suggests this medicine is potent enough to balance pitta dosha in our body.

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

6. Jatyadi Oil

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

7. Recumin Gel

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

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

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

Lippu Oil

This oil is composed of karanja (Pongamia glabra) herb and coconut oil. Karanja is an effective anti-bacterial medicine and coconut helps to manage proper skin tone. This oil helps to remove dryness and flakes and also accelerates the healing process.

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

Psorolin Ointment

This ointment is formed by using the extracts of Wrightia tinctoria oil and cynodon dactylon oil which reduce scaling, inflammation and itching. 

Dosage: Apply locally on lesions at night.

"In all the skin problems it is strictly advised to avoid sour foods, fermented foods, milk and milk products".

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Treatment of Bipolar Disorder in Ayurveda

Bipolar disease is also known as manic-depressive illness which is a brain disorder that causes unusual shift in mood, energy levels, activity levels and the ability to carry out day to day tasks.

The symptoms of bipolar disorder are different from the normal ups and downs that everyone goes from time to time.

It includes depression which involves sad or hopeless or loss of interest in most of the activities. When the mood of the patient shifts to mania, patient may feel euphoric, irritable or full of energy. These mood swings can affect person's day to day activities such as lack of sleep, judgment, behaviour, ability of the person to think clearly etc.

This condition is mainly seen in individuals who have low strength or energy, weak immune system, excess dryness in brain and nervous system, lack of managerial abilities etc.

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WHAT IS THE CAUSE OF BIPOLAR DISORDER ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA?

In Ayurveda, the description of mental disorders fall under the category Unmada.

According to Ayurveda, Bipolar manifests due to imbalances in all the three doshas Vata, Pitta and Kapha that govern the body as well as mind.

  1. But, more specifically, the cause is vitiated Vata (samanavayu) as in the mind, the role of samanavayu is to balance and stable the other types of Vata and when it is disrupted, a person loses his control over thoughts and feelings.
  2. The Vatadosha also affects sensory impressions and circulation in the nervous system which hamper mental properties of the mind such as satva, rajas and tamas.
  3. In susceptible individuals, bipolar disorder is amplified by low ojas and high Vatadosha in the mind and nervous system.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF BIPOLAR DISORDER?

Depending on the types of bipolar disorder, symptoms can vary which can cause unpredictable changes in the mood and behaviour and results in significant distress and difficulty.

Some Of The Symptoms Are:

  • Increased activity, energy or agitation
  • Abnormal upbeat, jumpy or wired
  • Decreased need for sleep
  • Unusual talkativeness
  • Distractibility
  • Racing thoughts
  • Poor decision making

Bipolar Disorder also includes a major depressive episode that includes symptoms that are severe enough to cause noticeable difficulty in day to day activities.

Some Of The Symptoms Are:

  • Marked loss of interest in almost all the activities.
  • Sleeping too much or insomnia
  • Slow behaviour or restlessness
  • Feelings of inappropriate guilt
  • Loss of energy
  • Significant weight loss

Symptoms Of Bipolar Disorder In Children:

Children and teenagers may have distinct major depressive or hypomanic episodes.

The most prominent signs of bipolar disorder in children and teenagers include severe mood swings that are different from usual mood swings.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT OF BIPOLAR DISORDER?

The modern treatment for bipolar disorder includes the prescription of mood stabilizers and anti-depressants but these medications have countless side effects and not enough research is available on how they affect the mind and body in the long term.

HOW AYURVEDA CAN HELP IN BIPOLAR DISORDER?

Ayurveda is reckoned for its potential to regulate the mood swings. The Ayurvedic treatment for bipolar disorder includes increasing the ojas and reducing the stressors.

Planet Ayurveda has wide range of herbal remedies to balance the doshas, reducing stress, enhancing immunity and building stability in activities. These remedies are natural which prevent the patient's need to depend on habit forming medications.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR BIPOLAR DISORDER INCLUDE

  1. Brahmi Capsules
  2. Stress Support Capsules
  3. Medhya Churna

Bipolar Care Pack

herbal remedies for bipolar disorder treatment

1. Brahmi Capsules

Planet Ayurveda's Brahmi Capsules are prepared using the standardized extract of the herb Bacopa monnieri. Brahmi works well in bipolar disorder by enhancing memory power and balancing mood swings because of its sedative and stimulant properties.

Dose: 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. Stress Support

As the name suggests, these capsules help individuals to deal with stress, depression and anxiety. Stress Support Capsules are a unique product of Planet Ayurveda that builds up ojas and balance the Vata dosha responsible for bipolar disorder. These capsules are also useful in boosting memory, concentration etc.

Ingredients Of Stress Support Capsules Are:

Sr. No.

Herb Used

Botanical Name

Quantity

1.

Ashwagandha

Withaniasomnifera

200 mg

2.

Tagar

Valerianawallichii

200 mg

3.

Brahmi

Bacopamonnieri

100 mg

Dose: 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Medhya Churna

Medhya Churna is a wonderful product of Planet Ayurveda which is prepared from the herbs that are rich in anti-oxidants and useful in memory loss, insomnia, nervousness, uncontrolled thoughts etc. This churna also builds up the immunity and rejuvenates brain and nervous system.

Ingredients Of Medhya Churna Are:

Sr. No.

Botanical Name

Common Name

Parts

Quantity

1.

Acorus calamus

Vacha

Roots

50 gm

2.

Withania somnifera

Ashwagandha

Roots

5 gm

3.

Carum roxburghianum

Ajmoda

Seeds

5 gm

4.

Cuminum cyminum

ShwetJeerak

Seeds

5 gm

5.

Carum carvi

Krishna Jeerak

Seeds

5 gm

6.

Zingiber officinale

Sonth

Rhizome

5 gm

7.

Piper nigrum

Marich

Fruits

5 gm

8.

Piper longum

Pippali

Fruits

5 gm

9.

Cissampelos pareira

Patha

Whole

5 gm

10.

Convolvulus pluricaulis

Shankhpushpi

Whole

5 gm

11.

Bacopa monnieri

Brahmi

Whole

5 gm

Dose: Half to 1 tsf, twice a day with plain water after meals

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  1. Avoid stimulants such as intake of recreational drugs, caffeine, smoking etc.
  2. Intake of warm water is recommended.
  3. Vata pacifying foods such as whole grains, oils, cooked vegetables, sweet and salty foods are advised.
  4. Oil massage with warm oil such as sesame oil is recommended. A gentle head massage helps to relax the mind.
  5. Meditation for 15-20 minutes on regular basis is recommended.
  6. Breathing Exercise is also recommended as mind has a very close relation with breathing.
  7. Intake of coffee, tea, white flour products, chocolates, deep fried foods, white sugar products are not recommended.

Hence, Ayurveda offers a multitude of holistic ways of approaching the bipolar disease in a healthy and natural way.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Role of Terminalia arjuna In Coronary Artery Disease

Terminalia Arjuna, a special herb that acts as a cardiac tonic, manages all the cardiovascular problems of the humans. It is a plant that belongs to the Combretaceae family under the kingdom Plantae. Arjuna usually grows around river banks and is commonly found in Bangladesh, West Bengal and various places in all over India. The widely useful part in the treatment is the bark of the Arjuna tree.

Role of Terminalia arjuna In Coronary Artery Disease

PROPERTIES OF TERMINALIA ARJUNA

As per Ayurveda, this quotation defines the properties of the herb Arjuna.

Health benefits of Terminalia arjuna

Reference: Bhava Prakasha Nighantu / Vatadi Varga / Shloka no. 27

Arjuna is also called as kakumbha, it is astringent in taste, cold in potency, act as a cardiac tonic, and also useful in various diseases such as tuberculosis, blood disorders, diabetes, alleviates adipose deposition, manages kapha and pitta disorders and even promotes the faster wound healing.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION

This herb contains the active contents – calcium carbonate, tannins, glycosides, sodium and even traces of chlorides, etc.

Basically, Arjuna has the following qualities: Cardiac protective and stimulant, Antihyperglycemic, Anti-hypertensive, Wound healing, Anti-ischemic, Anti-atherogenic, Antihyperlipidemic, Anti-thrombotic, Antihemorrhagic, etc. Hence, beneficial in treating various heart problems.

WHAT IS THE ROLE OF TERMINALIA ARJUNA IN CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE?

As discussed earlier, Arjuna is a cardiac tonic hence plays a major role in dealing with all the problems related to the heart. In the case of Coronary artery disease (CAD) the blood flow to the heart muscles get reduced or hampered which commonly occurs due to plaque formation in the arteries of the heart. This develops various consequences in the body such as angina, myocardial infarction, sudden cardiac arrest, heart failure, etc. To deal with all these things Arjuna is an herb of choice. Moreover, there are various risk factors that can develop this problem like obesity, hypertension, high blood cholesterol, etc. This herb is also beneficial to manage these risk factors as well as complications.

Alleviates Cholesterol Level

Terminalia arjuna directly acts on ‘Meda dhatu’ in the body that means it alleviates the fat deposition. In subtle form Cholesterol is also a derivative of fatty acid. Here, indirectly fats can be considered as a low-density lipoprotein (LDL). Because of its bitter, pungent, and astringent taste, it cuts off the growth of plaques in the arteries or even dissolves and digest them from the blood stream as a toxin (ama).

Anti-hypertensive

This herb is cold in potency and can manage pita dosha in our body and reduces the tension of blood against the arteries and manages blood pressure. Basically, it is due to the anti-hyperlipidemic property.

Thrombolytic Agent

Any clot in the arteries if developed, can be easily managed by the use of Arjuna bark. Moreover, this herb has an anti-thrombotic property which clears the channels of coronary arteries.

Cardiac Stimulant

Being a cardiac stimulant, Terminalia arjuna stimulates the functions of the heart. Maintains the ejection fraction of the heart thereby maintains the proper blood supply to the cardiac muscles and prevents coronary vascular diseases.

Cardiac Tonic

This herb is full of antioxidants hence prevents the body from free radical damage. It acts as a cardiac protector hence provides strength to the heart. It maintains the normal structure as well as the function of the heart.

Maintains The Health Of Cardiac Vessels

Anti-atherogenic property of Arjuna helps to maintain the tonicity of the blood vessels. Maintains the consistent and rhythmic flow of blood to all the major as well as minor arteries.

Reduces Inflammation

Due to its anti-inflammatory property it can reduce the inflammation of the heart and blood vessels. It also eliminates the extra accumulated fluid in the cardiac region due to its anulomaka property. Thus it manages the coronary heart problem by balancing the kapha and pitta dosha in the body.

Heals The Wound

Due to the presence of kashaya (astringent) taste it has Vrana ropak property. It can heal the lumen or inner layers of the arteries which are usually eroded during the extraction of plaques.

Planet Ayurveda offers various products containing Terminalia arjuna for management of coronary artery diseases. They offer "Heart Care Pack". This pack includes:

  1. Total Heart Support
  2. Arjuna Capsules
  3. Arjuna Tea

Heart Care Pack

herbal remedies for coronary artery disease

1. Total Heart Support

These capsules have the main ingredient Arjuna herb in the form of standardized extract around 200 mg in quantity. It contains some other herbs as well such as Ashwagandha, Brahmi, etc. These capsules are beneficial in coronary artery diseases, keeps the blood pressure, cholesterol and other problems under control.

Dosage – 1 to 2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals.

2. Arjuna Capsules

The pure extract of the Arjuna herb is utilized in the capsule form. It is widely used in all heart problems. It helps in clearing all the blocked passages or channels of the heart region. Along with this these capsules improves the HDL levels and pacifies the high LDL levels. It provides strength to the whole cardiovascular system.

Dosage – 1 to 2 capsules once or twice daily with plain water, after meals.

3. Arjuna Tea

It is a rich source of CO-Q10 which helps to maintain the normal cardiac functions, maintains the normal blood pressure levels, and lowers the cholesterol and triglyceride levels. This herbal tea can be used on a regular basis to avert the issues related to the cardiac system. It improves the ejection fraction and helps to treat angina, even heart failure.

Usage – Ideal to use 1 or 2 cups daily.

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

How air pollution can increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases?

Currently, the problem of today's era is pollution that may be either air pollution, water pollution, soil pollution, and so on. The problem of pollution has increased within a few years and affected the individual grossly, worldwide. The pollutants in the environment produce various hazards for humans as well as for other species. Nowadays, air pollution have become the cause of the death of various lives. The pollutants can be in gaseous, solid particles or liquid forms. Mostly carbon monoxide, sulfuric oxides, nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, ammonia, etc. And the major cause of these pollution are human beings themselves such as over exploitation of natural resources.

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Breathing is a vital function of the body without which we can't survive. During respiration we are inhaling the number of pollutants that accumulates in the body and develop various side effects. These pollutants directly affect the respiratory system and the Cardio Vascular System as inhaled pollutants enter in the lungs and through that into bloodstream i.e enters into cardio vascular system.

Cardiovascular system is a major system in the body on which each and every tissue and organ is dependent because they get nourishment through the blood. This system is highly susceptible to develop various problems. Moreover, air pollution exacerbates the existing heart diseases.

WHAT ARE THE CARDIOVASCULAR PROBLEMS THAT DEVELOP DUE TO AIR POLLUTION?

The cardiovascular issues that arise due to air pollution are -

  • Breathlessness – The first and the foremost symptom of the cardiovascular diseases is breathlessness. This happens due to increased load of the pollutants in the blood stream.
  • Angina – Cardiac pain may arise due to over load of the toxins in the blood stream that obstructs the proper supply of the blood to the heart muscles.
  • Arrhythmia – Irregular heart rhythm that arises due to irregular pumping of the heart i.e sometimes heart beats very fast or very slow.
  • Stroke – Air pollution is not the direct cause stroke but it acts as a predisposing factor that triggers the stroke.
  • Hypertension – Often air pollution is a precursor for high blood pressure.

WHAT ARE THE MEASURES TO AVERT CARDIOVASCULAR PROBLEMS DUE TO AIR POLLUTION?

  • Use masks, whenever exposing to external environment.
  • Avoid exposure to highly polluted areas.

PLANET AYURVEDA'S MEDICINES THAT ARE HELPFUL IN MANAGING THESE PROBLEMS

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal and mineral products that are useful in managing this problem:

1. Arjuna Capsules

These capsules are composed of pure extract of Terminalia arjuna that is helpful in treating the cardiovascular problems. It helps to manage the structural and functional deformities of the heart. Even supports the other systems.

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

2. Immune Booster

These capsules help in increasing immunity of the body. It increases the functions of the immune system and improves the lymphatic drainage thus, eliminates the toxins from the bloodstream and protects the heart from its effects.

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

3. Curcumin Capsules

Haridra herb has immune modulatory property thus, modulates the functions of cells of respiratory tract and cardio vascular system and hinders the penetration of the pollutants in the mucosal layers of the organs.

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

4. Aller-G Care

As pollutants develop allergy, to combat it Planet Ayurveda's Aller-G care capsules are quite effective. Thus widely used in case of cardiomegaly if occurs due to any infection.

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

5. Arjuna Tea

Arjuna tea, a healthy drink that not only enhances functions of the cardio vascular system and also maintains the functions of other systems in our body.

Dosage: 1 cup of tea can be consumed once or twice daily.

“Quality Of Air Matters For Health” So “Plant trees and Purifyair”.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Best and Safe Alternative to Lasix

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Lasix the generic name is furosemide. It is a diuretic and anthranilic acid derivative that help to eliminate the extra fluid from the body by increasing the urine output. It is available in the form of tablets and injections. The main active ingredient of Lasix is furosemide and the other ingredients are starch NF, lactose monohydrate NF, colloidal silicon dioxide NF, etc.

Before going to know about its alternate, let us go through its indications that where we can use Lasix. The prime use is in Edema – In the case of edema, Lasix is the drug of choice especially if edema is associated with congestive cardiac failure, liver cirrhosis, renal problems, etc. And the other main use is in hypertension, to bring down the level of high blood pressure by eliminating the extra amount of fluid from the blood vessels, thus reducing the tension of the blood against the blood vessels that is nothing but hypertension.

Now let us go through the side effects of the Lasix in case of overdosage and prolonged use. If the Lasix is given in extra amount it will lead to various side effects in the body.

The main adverse effect on the body because of over dosage of Lasix is water and electrolyte imbalance. If these Lasix used for prolonged period, it leads to various side effects on the various organs such as kidneys (reduced glomerular filtration, impaired renal functions, impaired cellular structure of nephrons), liver (reduced liver functions, impaired digestion, reduced production of bile, anorexia), develops various gastro intestinal issues like – nausea and vomiting, diarrhea and dysentery, acidity, constipation, etc. And also develops neurological issues like vertigo, dizziness, headache, etc. numerous hypersensitivity reactions and adverse effects such as toxic epidermal necrolysis, anemia, urticaria, thrombophlebitis, etc.

In spite of knowing all the adverse effects, we are using these medicines. Why can’t we adopt safe and natural remedies to heal the body and resolve its issues? Nature has a lot of things to tackle the problems of the body. Infect they are the best and safe alternative to chemicals. Here, let us go through the best and safe alternate to Lasix which was mentioned thousand years ago. Till date, it is safe to use and has effective results in various condition where diuresis is required. The best and safe alternative to Lasix is Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa). Punarnava is categorized as a “Mutrala aushadhi” as per Ayurveda. The name of the herb itself justifies its action. ‘Punar’ means again and ‘Nava’ means new that means it’s an herb that rejuvenates or reforms the cellular structure as well as function, hence resolves the problems pertaining to various systems. Punarnava has the following properties and actions on the body, they are -

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Reference: Bhava prakasha Nighantu / Guduchyadi Vrga / Shloka no.233

Punarnava is tikta (bitter) and light to digest, undergoes pungent taste after conversion and is cold in potency. Basically, balances Kapha and Pitta dosha in the body. It is effective in handling all the diseases related to the blood and has diuretic action on the body.

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Punarnava has laghu and saraka (which attributes movements to the fluids in the body) properties and the main active ingredient is "Punarnavine" which has diuretic action on the body. It eliminates the extra accumulated fluid from the extra cellular spaces and intra cellular area which is required in case of edemas. The case of raised uric acid level, creatinine level, bilirubin level, urea level, and high levels of alkaline phosphate can be managed by using Punarnava. Because of its diuretic property along with its pitta balance property it manages high blood pressure level in the body. This herb especially improves the functions of liver and kidneys. Thus beneficial to use in case of hepatomegaly, ascites, congestive cardiac failure, jaundice, hepatitis, inflammatory disorders, blood disorders, etc.

Planet Ayurveda a renowned clinic that offers pure and natural products to alleviate various problems in the body. They manufacture standardized products from the pure extracts of the herb Punarnava which they are formulating in the form of Capsule, Tablet and even in the forms of Powder.

Basically, we can utilize Punarnava capsules instead of Lasix in case of CCF, Renal, Liver and Urinary tract problems. Punarnava mandur is useful when there is a need to correct hemoglobin levels along with diuresis.

As per safety concern, being a safe and best alternative to Lasix this herb is totally pure, natural and safe to use in all the age groups and all the stages of disease conditions.

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DOSAGE OF THE PLANET'S PUNARNAVA PRODUCTS ARE

  • Punarnava Capsule – 1 to 2 capsules, twice or thrice daily with plain water as per requirement and advisable after the intake of meals.
  • Punarnava mandur – 2 tablets twice or thrice daily with plain water, after the intake of food.
  • Punarnava Powder – ½ to 1 teaspoonful twice or thrice daily with plain water, after the meals.

"We Are The Part Of Nature, and Nothing Can Heal Better Than Nature"

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Hypertension and its management in Ayurveda

In the present times, life has become easy for the man due to modernization but man has also paid for it by becoming prey to many lifestyle disorders. These factors have an impact on the mind as well as homeostasis of the body and lead to many lifestyle disorders such as hypertension, diabetes etc.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO) report, about 40% of the people aged more than 25 years are suffering from hypertension. It is a most potent risk factor for diseases of the heart, brain, kidneys, and peripheral arteries if not managed timely. It is a silent killer as 85% of the patients who have high blood pressure are asymptomatic.

For its management, reducing body weight, healthy lifestyle, quitting smoking, increasing physical exercise are commonly recommended by the physicians.

Hypertension Management in Ayurveda

WHAT IS THE CONCEPT OF BLOOD PRESSURE IN AYURVEDA?

The oxygenated blood that is ejected out of the heart firstly which is distributed throughout the body and simultaneously the deoxygenated blood returns back to the heart via blood vessels. This return of blood towards the heart is controlled by Vata especially Samana Vata.

Master Charaka has clearly described that Vyana Vata, sub-dosha of Vata dosha constantly forces the blood out of the heart and distributes it throughout the body. Thus, it can be concluded that systolic blood pressure which is attained during the contraction of the heart is controlled by Vyana Vata.

The rate of its pulse generation is controlled by the autonomic nervous system via sympathetic and parasympathetic nerve fibres emerging from the brain. It is the Prana Vata that is situated in the brain and does dhamani dharana (arterial perpetuation). Thus, systolic blood pressure is controlled by Vyana Vata and Prana Vata and they control circulation. In general, Vata controls all the neural mechanisms.

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Reference: Astang Hridayam Sutrasthanam, Chapter No. 12, Shloka No. 6-7

Meaning: Vyana Vata is located in the heart, it speedily moves throughout the body, performs functions such as flexion and extension, opening and closing of eye lids etc. All the activities in the body are regulated by Vyana Vata.

The diastole is attained when the heart muscles relax which occurs when the blood flows through the narrow vessels of the heart and arteries and there is no active push by the heart. Thus, diastolic BP can be considered under the domain of Kapha dosha especially Avalambaka Kapha.

The auto-rhythmicity of the heart is due to the action potential created by the rapid influx of Na+ and Ca++ ions and the efflux of K+ ions across the membranes of SA Node. This mechanism is controlled by Pitta dosha, mainly Sadhaka Pitta situated in the heart.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE?

Most people with high blood pressure have no symptoms even if blood pressure readings have reached high levels.

Some Of The Symptoms Of High Blood Pressure Are:

  • Headache
  • Shortness of breath
  • Nosebleeds

These signs and symptoms are not specific and not every patient might have them.

HYPERTENSION AND ITS MANAGEMENT IN AYURVEDA

Some natural remedies help to stabilize the blood pressure and keep the heart healthy.

Some of the home remedies for the management of Hypertension are:

1. Orange Juice and Coconut Water

These are the good source of potassium. Coconut water reduces the systolic pressure and supports the functioning of cardiac muscles. Mix fresh orange juice with fresh coconut water in the ratio 2:1. Drink ½-1 cup of this juice 2-3 times a day for the treatment of high blood pressure.

2. Watermelon Seeds

An amino acid present in the watermelon seeds lowers the vascular resistance hence helps in lowering down the blood pressure.

Roast 10 gm. watermelon seeds and grind them. Add this powder to the 2 cups of water and boil this mixture for about 10-15 minutes. Strain the liquid and consume twice daily in the morning and evening.

3. Bananas

High salt or sodium in the diet can raise blood pressure. Consume bananas in the diet as they are the rich source of potassium. Potassium counters the ill-effects of excessive sodium in the diet.

4. Pomegranate Juice

Fresh pomegranate juice is also quite effective for the treatment of high blood pressure. It is a rich source of polyphenols which are considered as a rich source of anti-oxidants. It reduces high blood pressure and improves the blood flow to the arteries.

Single Herbs That Are Recommended In The Management Of Hypertension Are:

1. Lasuna (Allium sativum)

It is quite effective in lowering the blood pressure especially the systolic part as it contains compounds that are rich in sulphur. These sulphur containing compounds acts on the nitric oxide which relaxes the arteries and lowers the systolic blood pressure.

2. Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna)

Arjuna acts as a best cardiac tonic. This herb corrects the disturbances in circulation and also alleviates stress.

3. Sarpagandha (Rauwolfia serpentina)

Sarpagandha is considered as a hypotensive plant. It contains alkaloids such as reserpine but it should be used under medical supervision.

4. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

It is a wonderful herb that provides strength to the muscles of the heart, relieves stress and acts as a rejuvenator.

5. Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)

This wonderful fruit has immense health benefits because of its rich anti-oxidant properties. Regular use of Amla helps in improving the overall functioning of the heart and reduces cholesterol levels as well.

According to Ayurveda, avoiding the etiological factors of the disease is the first line of management.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Practice Pranayama for at least 2-3 minutes in a day.
  • Oil massage is also recommended as it reduces the stress which is one of the major causes of hypertension.
  • Include fruits such as oranges, pomegranate, tender coconut water, vegetables, nuts, beans, celery roots, flaxseeds etc.
  • Avoid the intake of excessive cold, hot, dry, stale, preserved, packed food, heavy to digest, junk foods.
  • Morning walk for 30-45 minutes regularly is recommended.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Ayurvedic Treatment of Sebaceous Cyst

Sebaceous glands are the exocrine glands that secrete the sebum beneath the skin. In Latin, sebum is called as fat or tallow which is a waxy substance that contains triglycerides, waxy esters, metabolites, etc.It helps to lubricate the skin and hair. These glands are abundantly present over the face and scalp but also on other parts except soles and palms.Moreover, there are two types of sebaceous glands, one that is directly connected to the base of hair follicles and the other that exists independently. Meibomian glands (eye glands) and areolar glands (surrounded the nipples) are also the types of sebaceous glands. When the path of the secretion of glands get obstructed or clogged, the sebum starts to deposit over there and forms an elevated swelling beneath the skin that is nothing but a sebaceous cyst. The collected material inside the cysts contains sebum and a few debris.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Sebaceous Cyst, epidermoid cyst

WHAT AYURVEDA SAYS ABOUT THE SEBACEOUS CYST?

Master Sushruta "The Father Of Surgery" stated that the vitiated tridoshas get localized in dhatus especially, in the mamsa and medadhatuthat in turn obstruct the channels and give rise to an elevated swelling or growth which is termed as a cyst or 'granthi'. If this cyst occurs in the sebaceous glands and in its path, is called as a sebaceous cyst.

Reference – Sushrutasamhita / nidaanstahana/ chapter no. 11/ shloka no.3

Basically, the sebaceous cyst is Kapha Pradhan.

CHARACTERISTIC FEATURES OF A SEBACEOUS CYST

  • Color – As that of skin color
  • Odor – Exudate has foul smell
  • Surface – Usually has a smooth surface
  • Shape – Varies in shape and structure
  • Size – Varies in size
  • Location – Profusely on the face, neck and torso.

WHAT CAUSES SEBACEOUS CYSTS?

  • Obstructionor blocked channels (ducts) is the main cause of sebaceous cysts.
  • Overactive sebaceous glands.
  • Sometimes these cysts are inherited
  • Weak immune system.
  • Trauma or injury on the skin
  • A diet that obstructs the channels is a major culprit for this cyst.
  • Environmental and climatic changes like excessive exposure to dust and mists can obstruct the hair follicles and may develop a sebaceous cyst.
  • Unhygienic conditions can give rise to a sebaceous cyst

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF SEBACEOUS CYSTS?

  • A protrusion or a lump under the skin.
  • Usually,lumps are painless but sometimes due to the inflammation they become tender.
  • Surrounded skin will be red and warm on touch.
  • The discharge of the cyst appears greyish–white in color which resembles like – cheese.
  • Usually, the cysts are mobile.
  • Mostly, they grow slowly.

DIAGNOSTIC CRITERIA

On the clinical basis we can diagnose the sebaceous cyst but just to avoid risk, we can go for some investigations to rule out the growth. Some investigations that are helpful, they are -

  • Computed tomography.
  • Biopsy.
  • Nuclear imaging.

MANAGEMENT STRATEGY

  1. Avoiding the root cause.
  2. Detoxification of the body.
  3. Measures to restrict the growth by means of Shaman chikitsa.
  4. Enhancing immunity.
  5. Diet and lifestyle modifications.

TREATMENT

These cysts can be effectively managed by the use of natural herbo-mineral combinations. Planet Ayurveda offers various formulations that can resolve the growth of cysts, maintain the sebum production and cleanse the blocked ducts. Planet Ayurveda's medicines are completely pure, free from chemicals, additives and fillers, moreover they are prepared from the standard extracts of herbs. The medicines that are helpful in this condition are –

1. Kanchnaar Guggul

It is an effective classical formulation of Ayurveda which is composed of herbs like – Kanchnaar (Bauhinia variegata), Amlaki (Emblica officinalis), shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), Varuna (Crataeva religosa), etc. that are really effective to cut down the extra growths, cysts or tumors. It helps to seep out the extra sebum from the glands. These tablets also avoid the remission of the disease.

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

2. Arogyavardhani Vati

These tablets are composed of pure extracts of herbs and metals. It contains Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Amlaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Shudh gandhak (Purified sulphur), Loha bhasma (Purified iron), Abharaka bhasma (Mica), Tamra bhasma (Copper purified), etc. All these medicines help to stimulate the immune system, maintain equilibrium in all the doshas, maintain hormonal balance, improve liver functions and removeundesirable fats from the body.

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

3. Navkarshik Churna

An amazing herbal powder which is a blend of Neem (Azadirachta indica), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Amlaki (Emblica officinalis), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Vacha (Acorus calamus), etc. herbs. They have antimicrobial, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory properties. They eliminate the toxins and debris from the accumulated sacs. Moreover, it helps to cleanse out the ducts and channels of the entire body and also prevents formation and deposition of ama (free radicals or toxins) in the body.

Dosage: ½ to 1 teaspoon with plain or lukewarm water twice daily, after meals.

4. Eranda Oil

It is an effective formulation which is prepared from the roots of ricinus communis plant. This oil is kshaar (alkaline) in nature and has the potency to cut down the extra growths in the body. It can be applied externally as a form of akshaar karma (for cauterization).

Mode of use: External application.

SHALYA KARMA (SURGICAL INTERVENTION)

Sometimes surgical incision and drainage of the cysts are required. But there is a probable chance of its reoccurrence.

COMPLICATION

If not treated on time cyst may end up with the condition - Sebaceous Horn. Gradually, the content of the cyst gets dried and forms a successive layer on the skin and termed as a "sebaceous horn" and another complication that may occur is ulceration of the cyst.

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