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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, September 16, 2019

Parkinson's disease and its treatment with Ayurvedic herbs

PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder which affects movement. It usually starts with a mild tremor in one hand and a feeling of stiffness in the body.

In Parkinson's disease, the cells of the substantia nigra starts dying, causing dopamine levels to decrease and brain starts functioning abnormally.

Parkinson's disease and its treatment with Ayurvedic herbs

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE

The specific cause of the development of Parkinson's disease is not known. But it can be caused by the destruction of nerve cells in the brain. The causes of Parkinson's disease can be environmental or genetic.

Some Causes Of Parkinson's Disease:-

  1. Low levels of dopamine and norepinephrine: Due to the loss of neurons, the production of chemicals such as dopamine and norepinephrine decreases which result is abnormal brain activity and create symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
  2. Genetic factors: Sometimes, it may be due to genetic factor but not always.
  3. Environmental Factors. Exposure to certain toxins or environmental factors such as manganese, carbon monoxide, and methanol may increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease.
  4. Age: This disease normally occurs in the people who have attained the age of 50 and 60. In 5-10 percent of cases, it occurs before the age of 40.
  5. Gender:  Men are more prone to have Parkinson's disease than women.
  6. Health conditions: People more prone to have Parkinson's disease are those, who have diseases such as neurodegenerative disorders, post infections, brain tumor, and repeated head injury.
  7. Medications:  The use of some medicines such as Reserpine, Lithium, Ethanol, Diltiazem, etc. can create the risk of Parkinson's disease.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE

  1. Resting tremor
  2. Bradykinesia
  3. Slow movements
  4. Rigidity
  5. Stooped posture
  6. Voice changes
  7. Stiffness of arms and legs
  8. Decreased blinking and swallowing
  9. Falling of saliva due to abnormal swallowing movements
  10. Low-volume speech
  11. Sleep disturbances
  12. Aches and pain in the body
  13. Masked face
  14. Reduced smelling capacity
  15. Reduced or absence of arm motion while walking
  16. Aches and pain in the body
  17. Problems with attention and memory
  18. Anxiety
  19. Hallucinations
  20. Constipation
  21. Psychosis

HOW IS PARKINSON'S DIAGNOSED?

Specific testing is not available for the diagnosis of Parkinson's disease. The doctor will diagnose this based on patient's medical history, signs and symptoms and neurological and physical examination.

Some imaginary tests which help to diagnose this disease are the following:

  1. MRI scan
  2. CT scan
  3. Positron-Emission Tomography (PET)
  4. Levodopa drug challenge test
  5. Ultrasound of the brain

AYURVEDIC HERBS FOR THE TREATMENT OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE

In Ayurveda, the term "Kampavata" is used for Parkinsonism or Parkinson's disease. Kampa means tremor and Vata is humor that controls air and all movements of the body. This disease is caused by aggravated Vata  dosha in the body, which produces aggravated air in the brain. This aggravated air affects the area of the brain that controls involuntary movements and leads to the development of Parkinsonism.

The principle of Ayurveda is to achieve the balance of the three doshas (Vata, Kapha, and Pitta) in the body. It provides several herbs that treat Parkinson's disease, naturally without any side effects.

Following are some of the Ayurvedic herbs used to treat Parkinson's disease:

1. Kaunch Beej (Mucuna pruriens)

This herb is one of the best herbs for the treatment of Parkinson's disease.  It possesses neuro-protective activities, which shows excellent results in Parkinson's disease. The Kaunch Beej contain levodopa that is a precursor of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Dopamine plays an important role in perception, sleep disorders, mood, learning, involuntary movements, and working memory. Therefore it is very effective for the central nervous system.

2. Vacha (Acorus calamus)

This herb acts as a brain tonic. It promotes the functions of the nervous system. Vacha penetrates deep into the brain tissues and remove toxins from the subtle channels in the mind and opens the nadis of the higher chakras. It also treats headache, laziness, mental stress, and emotional imbalance, etc.

3. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Brahmi is known as the best brain tonic. The active compound of Brahmi is bacosides, due to which it works wonderfully on brain health. Brahmi promotes the regeneration of cells of the brain.

Reference:- Bhav Prakash Nighantu/ GuduchyadiVarga/ Shloka no. 280-281

This shloka explains about the properties of Brahmi. Brahmi eases motion. It helps in boosting brain strength, acts as a Rasayana, increases lifespan, maintains vocal cords. Along with this, it also increases the concentration, helps in skin and blood disorders. Brahmi is also helpful in jaundice, diabetes, cough, swelling, and fever. It also acts as an anti-dote.

4. Bala (Sida cordifolia)

It possesses analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and hypoglycemic properties. It acts as a diuretic and stimulates the function of the central nervous system.

5. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

This herb is also considered as the nervine tonic. It helps to calm the nervous system. This herb is very useful in problems like anxiety, stress, depression, etc. Ashwagandha has anti-oxidant properties and boosts the immune system.

6. Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)

Shatavari possesses anti-oxidant property due to which it is good for depression. It works on the brain by impacting on neurotransmitters of the brain.

7. Ginkgo biloba

This herb helps to improve cognitive function and stimulate circulation and promote blood flow to the brain.

8. Gotu kola

This herb supports healthy mental function. It works on the brain by fighting oxidative stress.

PANCHKARMA FOR PARKINSON'S DISEASE

Panchakarma is an authentic medicine that is used in Ayurveda to recover and clarify the body, mind, and emotions. This therapy is used in the treatment of various health conditions. Some Panchakarma therapies for the treatment of Parkinson's disease are as follows:

  • Matra vasti
  • Nasya karma
  • Shirovasti
  • Shirodhara

All the above herbs are very useful in improving brain functions and these herbs are used in the manufacture of herbal products. Panchakarma also comes under Ayurveda as a purification therapy, in which only the herbal oil is used.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) - Top 10 Natural Remedies !!

RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: OVERVIEW

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder which chiefly affects the joints of the body. It is an autoimmune condition, in which the immune system of the sufferer's body attacks the 'synovium' --- the lining of the membranes, surrounding the joints.

Rheumatoid Arthritis leads to the thickening of the 'synovium,' because of which the cartilage and bone within the joint eventually get destroyed. Over a period of time, the joint loses its shape and alignment due to the weakening and stretching of the tendons and ligaments, that hold the joint together.

In early stages of its occurrence, Rheumatoid Arthritis generally affects the smaller joints first, especially the joints which attach the fingers to the hands and the toes to the feet. As the condition progresses, the joints of the wrists, elbows, knees, ankles, hips and shoulders also get affected.

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)

With the increase in the severity of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the disorder can also cause damage to some non-joint structures, including the skin, eyes, blood vessels, lungs, kidneys, heart, salivary glands, nerve tissue, and bone marrow.

CAUSES OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

The exact causes, triggering the occurrence of Rheumatoid Arthritis are not yet known clearly to the medical practitioners. Nonetheless, it is believed that this autoimmune condition seemingly has a genetic component. Though the genes cannot actually cause Rheumatoid Arthritis, they can potentially increase the risk of the condition, by making people susceptible to certain environmental triggers.

Some common environmental factors that can cause Rheumatoid Arthritis are:

  • Viral infections, such as those associated with the Epstein-Barr virus 
  • Exposure to certain types of bacteria, like those linked to periodontal disease
  • Obesity
  • Trauma or injury, such as fracture of bone, bone breakage, ligament damage, or joint dislocation
  • Environmental exposures (to substances like asbestos or silica)
  • Cigarette smoking.

Rheumatoid Arthritis can occur at any age, though it commonly starts in middle age. Women are usually at a higher risk of developing the condition as compared to men. Moreover, a person with a family history of Rheumatoid Arthritis is also at an increased risk of this disorder.

SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

The symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis can have different levels of severity for different patients. In some cases, the symptoms are not persistent; they may come and go. However, over a period of time, Rheumatoid Arthritis can result in the deformation of joints, causing them to shift out of place.

The symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis generally include:

  • Inflammation in the joints
  • Joint pain
  • Tender and warm joints
  • Joint stiffness which is usually worse in the morning and after inactivity
  • Loss of joint function
  • Extreme fatigue
  • Feverish feeling
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss.

10 NATURAL REMEDIES TO FIGHT RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis are excellent alternative treatment option for managing the disorder in a safe and effective manner. In modern medicine, Rheumatoid Arthritis is typically treated with the help of a class of medications called anti-rheumatic drugs. However, the natural remedies pertain to some time-tested methods, involving diet and lifestyle changes, for managing Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Ten remedies which comprise a beneficial Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis have been listed below.

1. An Anti-inflammatory, Vegan Diet

People suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis should consume an anti-inflammatory, vegan diet to reduce systemic inflammation. Such diet ideally includes fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, legumes, nuts, seeds, beans, spices, and green tea. In addition, foods with abundance of Omega-3 fatty acids -- including chia seeds, flaxseeds, walnuts, and fatty fishes like tuna, salmon, herring, and mackerel -- are also beneficial in managing Rheumatoid Arthritis.

2. Foods Rich In Antioxidants

Another useful natural remedy for managing Rheumatoid Arthritis is foods that contain plenty of antioxidants, like Vitamins A, C, and E, and selenium, because they can reduce inflammation. Antioxidant-rich foods chiefly include spinach, kidney beans, dark chocolate, and berries such as blueberries, cranberries, strawberries, and goji berries.

3. Eating Sufficient Amounts Of Fiber

Rheumatoid Arthritis can be managed naturally by consuming a diet rich in fibres. The intake of fibre-rich foods can be helpful in reducing inflammatory responses that can lead to a drop in C-reactive protein levels. For ensuring an adequate fibre amount in diet, Rheumatoid Arthritis patients should consume whole grain foods, soy products, fresh vegetables, and fruits like strawberries and grapes.

4. Turmeric

The common household spice 'Turmeric' can also provide relief from the painful and inflammatory symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. One of the key active components of turmeric is 'Curcumin' which has proven anti-inflammatory properties.

5. Cinnamon

The use of Cinnamon can also alleviate the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis in a natural manner. The bark of Cinnamon is known for its anti-inflammatory qualities and its ability to manage aches and pains, especially when they deteriorate due to cold weather conditions.

6. Black Pepper

Black pepper has been known since ancient times for its ability to manage pain and swelling. The use of black pepper can be beneficial for Rheumatoid Arthritis patients because the 'Capsaicin' ingredient of black pepper is commonly associated with anti-inflammatory medications -- particularly creams and lotions -- for relieving pain and inflammation.

7. Garlic

Garlic is also one of the effective Natural Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis because it is considered an anti-inflammatory agent. The use of garlic in the daily diet can help in managing inflammation because of its ability to suppress the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and reduce the progression of arthritic joints.

8. Ginger

Ginger can alleviate the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis because it contains certain elements that reduce the action of T cells, which attack the healthy cells of the body. Adding ginger to the diet of Rheumatoid Arthritis patient's can result in decreased systemic inflammation.

9. Rest And Relaxation

Rheumatoid Arthritis patients can also benefit from rest and relaxation, and getting enough sleep at night and even a nap during the afternoon. Sleep, massage, deep breathing exercises, and muscle relaxation exercises can reduce stress and tension, and ease the Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms.

10. Exercise

Exercises like gentle stretching, walking, cycling and swimming can help Rheumatoid Arthritis patients in fighting fatigue, as well as strengthening their muscles and increasing the joint range of motion. Moreover, exercise can also reduce swelling in the joints and pain.

CONCLUSION

Natural Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis can be helpful in managing the chronic condition and controlling its symptoms like pain, inflammation, and bone loss. However, it is advisable to use the remedies under the guidance of a doctor because Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs and progresses differently in each patient.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Treatment of Frozen shoulder in Ayurveda

FROZEN SHOULDER

Frozen shoulder / Adhesive capsulitis / Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder, is a condition which is characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Risk of developing frozen shoulder increases when you are recovering from a medical condition or procedure, which is preventing you from moving your arm like - Mastectomy or Stroke.

frozen shoulder, adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder

RISK FACTORS FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF FROZEN SHOULDER

  • Age - Risk increases with the age but being over 40 years of age is a risk factor, for both men and women.
  • Gender - Women are at higher risk of developing this condition.
  • Diabetes - Diabetic people are at higher risk of developing frozen shoulder and symptoms may be more severe. 10 to 20 % chance increases, if you are Diabetic.

ETIOLOGY OF FROZEN SHOULDER

The exact cause is not known. But it is said when the capsule becomes unable to move because it becomes thick and tight, it leads to the formation of less synovial fluid, resulting in the formation of bands of scar tissue. The movement of the capsule is restricted due to some factors and systemic disease, which are as follow -

  • Factors - These can be -Rotator cuff injury, Stroke, Recovery from surgery and Broken Arm.
  • Systemic diseases - These can be -Diabetes, Tuberculosis, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Cardiovascular disease, and Parkinson's disease.

CLINICAL FEATURES

It can present with -

  • Dull and hurting pain and stiffness in the shoulder
  • Sensation in the upper arm.
  • Difficulty in moving the shoulder.

DEVELOPMENT OF FROZEN SHOULDER

Frozen shoulder develops slowly and the development of Frozen shoulder can be described in three stages, which are -

  1. Stage - I or Freezing stage - This stage lasts from 6 to 9 months. In this stage, pain occurs and the shoulder's range of motion starts to become limited and any movement of the shoulder causes pain.It worsens over time and causes more discomfort at night.
  2. Stage - II or Frozen stage - This stage lasts from 4 to 12 months. Pain starts diminishing during this stage but the shoulder becomes stiffer and its movement becomes difficult.
  3. Stage - III or Thawing stage - This stage lasts from 6 months to 2 years. During this stage, the range of motion begins to improve.

DIAGNOSIS

Following diagnostic methods are used to diagnose this condition -

  • Physical examination - Your doctor may ask you to move your shoulder in certain ways to check for pain and will evaluate your range of motion (active range of motion) and to relax your muscles while moving your arm (passive range of motion).
  • By injecting an anesthetic agent - Your doctor might inject your shoulder with an anesthetic agent or a numbing medicine to determine your passive and active range of motion.
  • Imaging tests - Your doctor may advise you to undergo some tests, such as X-rays or an MRI, to rule out other problems.

PREVENTION

It is well known to all of you that "Prevention is always better than cure". If you've had an injury that makes your shoulder movement difficult then talk to your doctor because one of the most common causes of frozen shoulder is the immobility, resulting during recovery from a shoulder injury, broken arm or a stroke

TREATMENT OF FROZEN SHOULDER BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda offers the best herbal remedies for the treatment of frozen shoulder in the form of "Frozen Shoulder Pack". All these herbal remedies are pure, natural, vegetarian, chemical and preservative-free, free from any side effects and can be used for a prolonged period of time.

herbal remedies for frozen shoulder

FROZEN SHOULDER PACK INCLUDES

1. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

These capsules consist of two components, widely known herbs Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa).

Benefits - These two herbs are very helpful in managing the potential complications associated with frozen shoulder, beneficial in supporting the healthy functioning of joints, increasing blood supply to joint tissue, enhancing the biochemical structure of cartilage due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Dosage - 2 capsules two times daily with plain water after meals.

2. Joint Aid Plus Capsules

These capsules are prepared by using the standardized extract of Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), etc.

Benefits - These are very effective in treating the frozen shoulder by acting as a great source of dietary nutrition for the bones and joints.

Dosage - 2 capsules two times daily with plain water, after meals.

3. Aamvatantak Churna

It consists of different herbs like- Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), etc.

Classical reference regarding Haridra (Curcuma longa):-

Classical reference regarding Haridra (Curcuma longa)

Reference - The Bhavaprakashanighantu, Verse-196-197.

Meaning - This shloka states that haridra, kanchani, krimghni, haldi, ndhatvilasini are synonyms of curcuma. This herb is pungent and bitter in taste, rough, hot in potency, used to pacify Kapha and Pitta dosha, used to improve skin tone, used in skin disorders, diabetes, bleeding disorders, inflammation, anemia and wound healing.

Benefits - These herbs have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties that provide relief from pain and swelling.

Dosage - 1 tablespoon two times daily with lukewarm water half an hour after meals.

4. Orthovita Oil

It is a purely natural formula which is absolutely free from chemicals, extra colors, additives, fillers and yeast.

Benefits - This oil helps to support healthy bones, joints, and muscles, supports overall body strength and physical features, removes stiffness, pain in the shoulder and relaxes shoulder joint and muscles and is very effective in case of frozen shoulder.

Dosage - For the local application, for 10 to 15 minutes, twice a day.

5. Yograj Guggul

It consists of herbs like – Shudh Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Pippali (Piper longum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).

Benefits - These herbs are anti-inflammatory in nature and helps in reducing pain and managing the symptoms associated with frozen shoulder.

Dosage -2 tablets twice daily with lukewarm water.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Treatment of Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma in Ayurveda

The skin on the soles of feet and palms of the hands are referred to as palmoplantar and keratoderma is a term used to describe marked thickening of the skin.

Inherited palmoplanar keratoderma is a skin condition characterized by thickening of the skin on the palms of the hands and soles of the feet. In some of the cases, organs other than the skin are also affected. Most often, the abnormal skin involves only the palms and soles but in some cases, it extends on to the top of hands and feet as well.

It is caused by genetic abnormality and mostly affects palms and soles. The members of the same family may be affected. In some types, it is associated with abnormalities of the internal organs.

Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma

Palmoplantar Keratoderma can be acquired or inherited.

  • Acquired palmoplantar keratoderma may occur due to changes in the environment.
  • Inherited palmoplantar keratoderma occurs due to genetic mutations that result in the abnormalities of a skin protein known as keratin.

There are three types of Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma which include:

  1. Diffuse PPK - Diffuse PPK affects most of the palms and soles.
  2. Focal PPK - Focal PPK mainly affect the pressure areas.
  3. Punctate PPK - Punctate PPK result in the formation of tiny bumps on the palms as well as soles.

The classification of Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma is generally confusing. A simple classification comprises three factors:

  1. It is classified by looking at the specific structure and distribution.
  2. Other tissue such as nails, hair, mucus membranes and associated skin other than palms and soles.
  3. Fragile or blistering skin may be present or absent.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF INHERITED PALMOPLANTAR KERATODERMA?

The cause of PPK is hereditary. It may be autosomal dominant inheritance (inherited from one affected parent) or from both parents who are generally unaffectedly known as autosomal recessive inheritance.

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF INHERITED PALMOPLANTAR KERATODERMA?

It may develop in the early childhood having redness of the palms and soles. There is a clear difference between affected and unaffected areas of the skin and usually affects in the children at the age of 3 or 4.

  • Development of red band at the edges.
  • Evenly widespread thickened skin over the palms and soles known as keratosis.
  • Keratotic lesions may appear on the top of hands, knee, feet, and elbows.
  • Nails become thickened
  • Palms and soles gradually become thicker and develop a yellowish and waxy appearance.
  • Increased sweating
  • The tendency of developing fungal and bacterial infections of the feet.

Treatment: According to modern medicine, this condition persists for life and may be passed on to the next generation. Certain treatments such as emollients, topical retinoids, topical Vitamin D ointments, systemic retinoids, keratolytics are prescribed.

TREATMENT OF INHERITED PALMOPLANTAR KERATODERMA BY PLANET AYURVEDA

According to Ayurveda, Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma is caused due to the vitiation of all the three doshas particularly Pitta dosha and the build of toxins in the body.

Planet Ayurveda offers natural remedies for the treatment of Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma. These remedies help in balancing the doshas and also help in detoxifying the system thereby give relief in this rare disease well. All these herbal remedies are prepared using the ancient Ayurvedic principles.

These Natural Remedies Include:-

  1. Navkarshik Churna
  2. Radiant Skin Hair Nail Formula
  3. Triphala Guggul
  4. Recumin Gel

Herbal Remedies for Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma

Herbal Remedies for Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma

1. Navkarshik Churna

Navkarshik Churna by Planet Ayurveda contains the dried extracts of various herbs that act together to reduce inflammation. This churna is known to remove toxins from the body. The herbs present in Navkarshik Churna is useful in many swollen conditions. All the herbs present in Navkarshik Churna correct Pitta metabolism, immuno-modulator and anti-inflammatory in nature. Thus, this churna is very effective in the treatment of Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma as it detoxifies the system and does not cause any side effects.

Ingredients Of Navkarshik Churna Are:

Sr. No.

Herb Used

English Name

Botanical Name

Quantity

1.

Amla

Indian gooseberry

Emblica officinalis

22.22 gm

2.

Haritaki

Chebulic myrobalan

Terminalia chebula

22.22 gm

3.

Bahera

Belleric myrobalan

Terminalia bellerica

22.22 gm

4.

Vacha

Sweet flag

Acorus calamus

22.22 gm

5.

Neem

Margosa tree

Azadirachta indica

22.22 gm

6.

Manjistha

Indian Madder

Rubia cordifolia

22.22 gm

7.

Katuki

Picrorrhiza

Picrorrhiza kurrao

22.22 gm

8.

Giloy

Tinospora

Tinospora cordifolia

22.22 gm

9.

Daruhaldi

Barberry

Berberis aristata

22.22 gm

Dose: 1 tablespoonful twice daily.

2. Radiant Skin, Hair & Nails Formula

Radiant Skin Hair Nails Formula Capsules of Planet Ayurveda contains the standardized extracts of various herbs that are useful for the treatment of skin disorders, nails, and hair. They are useful for beautiful skin and shining nails. These capsules are useful in the treatment of Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma as this disorder involves thickening of nails and skin.

Ingredients Of Radiant Skin Hair Nail Formula:

Sr. No.

Botanical Name

Indian Name

Quantity

1.

Rubia cordifolia

Manjistha

200 mg

2.

Fumaria officinalis

Pit papda

100 mg

3.

Swertia chiretta

Chirata

100 mg

4.

Aloe barbadensis

Ghrit kumari

100 mg

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily.

3. Triphala Guggul

Triphala guggul is a classical Ayurvedic formulation which is used in Ayurveda since ages. It is mainly used for detoxification and for balancing all the three doshas Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. This herbal remedy has detoxifying and rejuvenating properties. It is considered as anti-allergy, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-septic etc. Triphala Guggul is recommended for the patients of Inherited Palmoplantar Keratoderma as it detoxifies the whole system and as a result, there is a marked improvement in the skin.

Main Ingredients of Triphala Guggul:

Sr. No.

Ingredient Name

Common Name

1.

Terminalia chebula

Haritaki

2.

Terminalia bellerica

Bibhitaki

3.

Emblica officinalis

Amalaki

4.

Commiphora mukul

Shuddh Guggul

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily.

4. Recumin Gel

Recumin Gel is an herbal formulation of Planet Ayurveda which is applied externally to get rid of skin problems. This gel contains the mixture of various herbs that provide relief and do not cause any side effects.

How to use: Apply on the affected area twice a day.

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at - costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Best Ayurvedic face wash for oily skin with Natural Ingredients

WHAT IS A FACE WASH?

Regular soaps do more harm to your skin, as they strip natural oils from the skin, a face wash can be used on a daily basis to effectively remove makeup and dirt from your face. But what if your regular face wash has chemicals which further harm your skin on daily basis like disrupts your natural oil and leads to infection and premature ageing but cleans your face without drying it out is a big question There are a number of brands with a huge variety of face washes in the market that has ingredients which could be causing irritation on the face like Sulfate, is more likely a culprit.

We have a lot of factors in mind when we pick a product. Price, Brand Loyalty, Packaging, Claims, Ingredients, Reputation, and what not.

Using a chemical based face wash does more harm than good then it's better to switch to Natural one

WHAT IS THE AYURVEDIC CONCEPT?

As per Ayurveda the skin related problems is because of the dominance or imbalance of Kapha, Vata and Pitta factors (these are the three elements in the human body)

AYURVEDIC & HERBAL DE-GREASE FACE WASH BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Cleaning your face should be an integral part of your skin care routine!

De-Grease Face Wash is an herbal product which is made as per the Ayurvedic principles; it helps to remove excess oil, makeup, sweat, dirt and dead skin cells from the skin. It refreshes your skin and gives your complexion a chance to breathe.

Whether you have normal, acne prone, dry, oily or sensitive skin, De-Grease Face Wash is a cleanser meant for all of you.

The ingredients used in it work on balancing the disturbance of the elements i.e. Bhrajaka Pitta, Vyana Vata, Tarpaka and Shleshaka Kapha

Best Ayurvedic face wash for oily skin with Natural Ingredients

BENEFITS OF DE-GREASE FACE WASH BY PLANET AYURVEDA

  • Helps in mild exfoliation of the skin
  • It will remove the dirt and impurities from your pores
  • Cosmetics have chemicals that could disturb your sleep, this face wash wipes off all the residues of makeup products.
  • Acne prone skin produces more sebum. Natural ingredients in this face wash help to regulate the sebum and nourish your skin without causing any irritation.
  • Although this formula not only clears your skin but also kills acne-causing bacteria with its quick action
  •  In order to prevent acne, it is essential to take action against oil, dirt, and sweat daily. Washing your face with De-Grease Face Wash will never leave a speck of chance dirt or dust.
  • It also helps to prevent your skin from wrinkles, dryness, cracks, sagging, pigmentation, discoloration etc.
  • Travel friendly  

HOW AND HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU WASH YOUR FACE?

Cleansing should happen twice a day (Once in the morning and once in the evening).

Overnight everyone sweats and the pores expel oil which makes us wake up with shiny or unclear skin. This is why one should start the day with removing excess oil and sweat from the skin and start fresh. In the evening cleansing can help to remove makeup, oil and dirt that have accumulated on the face throughout the day. Cleanse off any dirt and residue before you go to bed so that your skin can breathe and renew itself over night.

LIST OF NATURAL INGREDIENTS USED IN DE-GREASE FACE WASH BY PLANET AYURVEDA

De-Grease Face Wash is made with Natural Ingredients that will give you the best skin of your life:

Aloe Vera Extract (Aloe Barbedensis)

Aloe Vera is rich in anti-oxidants and has anti-inflammatory property which help to heal the sunburn, small abrasions and minor cuts. Aloe Vera gel absorbs easily, making it ideal for oily skin as well as for dry skin. The moisturizing effects of aloe vera can help in alleviating dry, itchy skin associated with eczema.

Green Tea Extract (Camellia Sinensis)

Anti inflammatory effects of Green Tea help to soothe and relieve painful and irritated skin. It also acts as an antiseptic for minor cuts and abrasion by killing bacteria that can cause infection in open wound. Not only it prevents infection but also encourages wound healing. Tea tree can be a powerful weapon against acne and slows down the process of ageing. The anti-inflammatory effect of tea tree oil helps to soothe and relieve painful and irritated skin and also helps to reduce redness and swelling.

Basil Extract (Ocimum Sanctum L)

Basil is commonly known as tulsi or tulasi in India. It has an anti-inflammatory property that makes it an excellent skin remedy for irritations, tiny wounds, and sores. It has a soothing and relaxing effect that helps while dealing with eczema. Basil oil contains anti-oxidants that boost skin cells metabolism. It maintains the skin collagen, which is responsible for the dermis layer and its elasticity. It also helps to purify blood that helps to stop the future outburst. You can now enjoy a blemish free, clear skin with basil leaves.

Glycerin

Glycerin has many benefits to give you a healthier & glowing looking skin. Glycerin act as humectants therefore, it helps in minimizing the water loss due to evaporation and helps in keeping the skin hydrated as lack of moisture can also lead to skin peeling and accelerating skin aging. It helps to retain water content in the skin and keeps the skin ageless.

HOW TO WASH YOUR FACE STEP BY STEP GUIDELINES

Step 1: Cleansing

Before applying a face wash, wet your face with plain water. Dispense a small amount of "De-grease Face Wash by Planet Ayurveda". Rub your hands together before applying it then apply the product to your face. Don't forget any part of the face like forehead and under your chin area as people most often leave these parts due to hurry.

Step 2: Tone

Tone down your skin with "Rose Toner by Planet Ayurveda" which helps to shrink your pores which get open due to the first step of cleansing.

Step 3: Moisturizing

Applying Rose Honey Natural Face & Body Cream keeps your skin hydrated and makes your skin supple, soft and radiant.

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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Treatment of Tuberculosis through Ayurveda

There are many diseases that are caused by bacteria, virus, and fungal infections. So, let's discuss one of the bacterial diseases that is caused by bacteria "Mycobacterium tuberculosis". It is a potentially serious infectious disease. The disease can spread from one person to another through tiny droplets that are released into the air during coughing and sneezing. If the tuberculosis is not treated at the right time, then it may cause a life-threatening situation.

Tuberculosis

There are two different situations, one is known as active tuberculosis and another is known as latent tuberculosis as per modern aspect.

  1. Active tuberculosis: It is a condition that makes you sick. The condition can spread to others. This tuberculosis occurs in the first few weeks after infection.
  2. Latent tuberculosis: It is a condition when you have tuberculosis infection. In this bacterium remain in an inactive state in your body without showing any symptoms. It is also known as inactive tuberculosis.

THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS THAT ARE MORE COMMON IN TUBERCULOSIS ARE

  • Coughing with blood
  • Chest pain
  • Fatigue
  • Cough persists for more than three weeks
  • Chest pain while breathing or coughing
  • Fever
  • Night sweats
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chills

Tuberculosis may also affect the other parts of your body like spine, bones, kidneys, and brain.

Ayurvedic view on the disease Tuberculosis: This disease is known as "Rajyakshma" as it firstly affected the Raja Indra. In Charak Samhita, this disease is also known as "Shosh".

अयथाबलमारम्भम वेगसंधारणं क्षयम। यक्ष्मण : कारणं विद्याचतुर्थम विषमाशनम। (च. चि ८ /१३ )

The shloka states that the four reasons for Rajyakshma (Tuberculosis):

  1. Ayathabal arambh: Doing extra work as per the capacity of your body.
  2. Stopping the urge of urine, feces, etc.
  3. Decreased in the production of dhatus like (rasa, rakta, mams etc.)
  4. Wrong eating habits these four are the reason for tuberculosis.

क्रोधो यक्ष्मा ज्वरो रोग एकार्थो दुःखसंज्ञक।
यस्मात स राज्ञ : प्रागासीद्र ाजयक्ष्मा ततो मत। (च. चि ८ /११ )

This shloka states the synonyms of Yakshma (tuberculosis): Krodh, Yakshma, jwar, roga, and dukh these all have one meaning and are synonyms. This disease firstly occurred to Raja Indra due to which it is named as "Rajyakshma".

The various synonyms of this disease in Ayurvedic books are:

  1. Shosh: It causes dryness of the rasa, rakta, etc dhatus so named as shosh.
  2. Kshay: It causes a change in the external and internal activities of the body.
  3. Rograt: The disease firstly affected the king, so named as Rograt.
  4. Rajyakshma: The king Indra has suffered from this disease first, so named as Rajyakshma.
  5. Jwar: Fever is the main symptoms of this disease, so named as Jwar.
  6. Dukh: It causes a very difficult state of an individual that creates sorrow feeling so named as dukh.
  7. Consumption
  8. Pulmonary tuberculosis

SAMPRAPTI OF TUBERCULOSIS

  1. Dosha: Tridosha (Vata and Kapha predominant)
  2. Dushya: Rasa etc Dhatus (All the dhatus)
  3. Srotas: Rasa, Raktvaha
  4. Adhisthan: All the body especially lungs
  5. Srotodushti types: Sng
  6. Swabhav: Darun & Chirkari
  7. Agni dushti: Agnimandya
  8. Sadhya-asadhyata: Krich sadhya
  9. Ashya: Aam Pakvashyotath

Rajyakshma occurs when all the dhatus in the body get dried forming a weak immune system. The bacteria when enters the body immune system is not able to fight with it. In the end, it gives rise to a disease known as "Tuberculosis".

The early symptoms of Rajyakshyma (Tuberculosis):-

  1. Sharirik Purvroop: Rhinitis, weakness, bodyache, vomiting, productive cough, poor appetite, anemia, edema, dyspnoea, excessive sleep.
  2. Mansik Purvroop: Excessive indulgement in sexual activities, drinking alcohol, smoking, in dreams watching (river, forests, and birds), extra growth of hair & nails, disliking things etc.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS

a). Tri Roopa Rajyakshma: Burning in hands & feet

  • Pain in chest & shoulder
  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Haemoptysis

b). Shad Roopa Rajyakshma: Cough, Fever, Hoarseness of voice, diarrhea, anorexia

According to Acharya Sushruta, the signs & symptoms are cough, fever, anorexia, dyspnoea, hoarseness of voice, & haemoptysis.

c). Ekadash Roopa Rajyakshma: According to various Acharya Rajyakshma (Tuberculosis) is of different types:

As per Acharya Charak, signs and symptoms of Ekadash Roopa are:-

  • Cough
  • Pain in chest & shoulder
  • Fever
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Headache
  • Chest pain
  • Dyspnoea
  • Diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Mucoid sputum vomiting

As per Acharya Sushruta signs and symptoms of Ekadash Roopa are:-

  • Chest and shoulder pain
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Contracture of chest muscles
  • Fever
  • Burning sensation
  • Diarrhea
  • Anorexia
  • Cough

According to the Acharya Charak the four types of Yakshma (Tuberculosis) has different signs and symptoms:-

a). Sahasjanya Yakshma signs and symptoms are:

  • Aphonia
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Anorexia
  • Diarrhea
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Yawing
  • Pain in chest
  • Fever
  • Haemoptysis

b). Vegadharnjanya Yakshma signs and symptoms are:

  • Pain in shoulder
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Anorexia
  • Pain in chest
  • Bodyache
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Fever
  • Vomiting
  • Rhinitis

c). Kashyjanya Yaksma sings and symptoms are:

  • Shoulder pain
  • Headache
  • Pain in chest
  • Loss of voice
  • Cough
  • Diarrhea
  • Bodyache
  • Anorexia
  • Fever
  • Rhinitis
  • Dyspnoea

d) Vishmashanjanya Yakshma signs and symptoms are:

  • Pain in shoulder
  • Headache
  • Hoarseness of voice
  • Cough
  • Anorexia
  • Haemetemesis
  • Excessive salivation
  • Fever
  • Pain in chest
  • Vomiting
  • Rhinitis

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF TUBERCULOSIS

In Ayurveda, there are various herbs that treat this disease from its roots. Planet Ayurveda offers Praanrakshak churna, Kas-har churna, and Tulsi capsules for the proper Ayurvedic treatment of Tuberculosis. These three products contain standardized extracts of numerous herbs that give effective results.

Herbal Remedies for Tuberculosis

1. Praanrakshak Churna

This herbal churna contain herbs like Shirish (Albezzia lebbock), Vaasa (Adhatoda vasica), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica), Kantkari (Solanum xanthocarpum) etc that gives effective result in tuberculosis. As the name, Praanrakshak suggest it take care of your overall health. The churna deals with all signs and symptoms associated with this disease.

Dosage: One to two teaspoonful thrice daily with lukewarm water half an hour after meals.

2. Kaas-Har Churna

This churna is an effective remedy for cough and cold. The ingredients used for its preparation are Pippali (Piper longum), Ela (Eletteria cardamomum), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica) etc. As the churna balances all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) in the body.
It acts as a vasodilator and improves blood circulation in the lungs. It cleans the respiratory tract by relieving cough. The usage of this churna builds a strong immune system. All signs and symptoms related to tuberculosis are managed with the regular use of this churna.

Dosage: Take one to two teaspoonful twice daily with lukewarm water half an hour after meals.

3. Tulsi Capsules

These capsules boost up the immunity in tuberculosis patients. The standardized extract of herb Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is used for the preparation of capsules. Tulsi capsules balance all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha), the body tissues (dhatus), and the body excreta (malas). If all these are in balance than tuberculosis is automatically treated.

Dosage: One to two capsules twice daily with plain water half an hour after meals.

HEALTHY TIPS FOR A TUBERCULOSIS PATIENT

  1. Eat fresh Amla fruit or drink its juice daily as it will build a healthy immune system.
  2. You can also eat pineapple fruit or drink its juice for getting recovery from tuberculosis.
  3. Drink fresh juice of bottle gourd daily as it will increase immunity and helps to fight against bacteria responsible for tuberculosis.
  4. Soup of drumsticks is very good for tuberculosis patients.
  5. Include green vegetables and fresh fruit in your diet. Avoid junk and processed food items.
  6. Do perform yoga and meditation daily.

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Monday, September 2, 2019

Wonder Herb Bhringraj - How to use bhringraj oil for hair growth?

Bhringraj (Eclipta Prostrata or Eclipta Alba) is a famous herb that has been used throughout India for centuries, for its benefits and usage in hair growth and other body disorders as well.

Bhringraj is a traditional Ayurvedic hair tonic. In Sanskrit Bhringraj means 'King of Hair'. This herb has a long reputation as a hair tonic for dark, healthy hair. Its flowers are classic, dainty and daisy-shaped, so it is also known as 'false daisy'.

Bhringaraj is an annual herb that grows as a week in marshy lands worldwide although it is most commonly found in India, China, Thailand, and Brazil.

In India, False oil is commonly known as Bhringraj oil. It is an Ayurvedic ingredient that is more often used in hair growth treatments. It does work wonder in curbing hair fall while stimulating hair growth and thickening hair.

bhringraj, eclipta alba

BENEFITS OF BHRINGRAJ OIL FOR HAIR GROWTH

Promotes Hair Growth

Bhringraj oil can increase the blood flow in your head. The oil is known to increase vasodilation, meaning widening of the blood vessels that improves blood flow to the roots. Massaging scalp with Bhringraj oil will facilitate the visible growth of hair.

Prevents Hair Fall

Most of us should be aware of the fact that stress is one of the biggest reason behind hair fall. Bhringraj oil is a natural therapy for preventing hair fall with a soothing fragrance. Massaging your scalp and hair with Bhringraj oil relaxes the mind and prevents hair fall due to stress.Another reason for hair fall is lack of nutrition in hair. Bhringraj oil is rich in nutrients that fulfill the deficiency of minerals that lead to uncontrollable hair loss therefore promoting hair growth.

Treats Dandruff And Dry Scalp

Bhringraj oil has a high specific gravity which makes it dense. For this simple reason, it can penetrate deeply into the scalp and helps in treating dryness of the scalp. Bhringraj oil can be warmed and applied to hair, helps in activating sebaceous glands and treats dandruff. It also provides relief from the itchiness and greasiness caused by dandruff.

Treats Baldness

In Ayurveda, Regular massage with Bhringraj oil considered to be improving blood circulation at the root of the hair, allowing more nutrients present in the oil to support hair growth, strengthen the hair follicles and prevent baldness. These nutrients present in the oil help in facilitating the health of the overall hair and scalp.

Prevents Graying Of Hair

Bhringraj oil also helps in maintaining the natural color of your hair. When combined Bhringraj oil with other few herbs including Indigo, Balloon Vine and Amla, works wonderfully as a treatment to convert gray hair into black hair as well as prevent graying of hair in future.

Adds Shine

The secret to Indian's lush, glossy hair is a traditional Ayurvedic recipe that prepares some potent herbs and Bhrinraj is one of them when Amla extracted into pure Sesame oil, added in it. This recipe works as a natural conditioner to nourish hair.

HOW TO USE BHRINGRAJ OIL FOR HAIR GROWTH

You can make Bhringraj powder on your own. You just need to sun dry ground Bhringraj leaves for two to three days and then immerses the dried grounds in a jar and mix with some essential oils or you can get organic Bhringraj oil available in the market directly and follow the below procedures for hair growth.

1. Amla And Bhringraj Oil

Method:-

  • Take 1 tablespoon of amla powder and 2 tbsp of Bhringraj oil in a pan and heat it until the oils start to change the color.
  • Once the color of the mixture turns to dark brown, turn off the heat.
  • Keep aside to let it cool.
  • Strain the oil and collect in a glass bowl.
  • Apply this oil directly onto your scalp.
  • Massage gently with your fingers in a circular motion for about 15minutes.
  • Leave the oil for atleast 30 minutes.
  • Wash with herbal shampoo.
  • You can repeat this process two or three times every week.

2. Castor Oil And Bhringraj Oil

Method:-

  • Combine 1 tablespoon of castor and 1 tablespoon of Bhringraj oil.
  • Heat this combination of oil for about 20 seconds.
  • Apply this oil onto your scalp with the help of your fingertips.
  • Massage it gently in a circular motion for 15minutes.
  • Leave the oil for half an hour.
  • Wash with a herbal shampoo.
  • You can apply this twice or thrice a week.

3. Coconut Oil And Bhringraj Oil

Method:-

  • Take one tablespoon of Bhringraj oil and 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in a pan.
  • Heat this blend for about 20 to 25 seconds until it is warm.
  • Apply this blend of oils onto your scalp with the help of your fingertips as well as cotton ball.
  • Massage gently for good 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Leave it for an additional 30 minutes.
  • Rinse it well with herbal shampoo.
  • Apply this blend of oil twice or thrice a week.

4. Shikakai And Bhringraj

Method:-

  • Mix 1 tablespoon of shikakai powder in 2 tablespoon of Bhringraj oil in a pan
  • Heat it until the oil starts to change the color to dark brown.
  • Let the oil cool
  • Once it is cool, strain the oil in a glass bowl.
  • Now apply this oil in your scalp.
  • Massage gently in a circular motion for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Leave it for an additional 30minutes.
  • Wash with herbal shampoo.
  • You can repeat this massage twice or thrice a week.

5. Feenugreek Seeds And Bhringraj Oil

Method:-

  • Take 2 tablespoon of fenugreek seeds in 2 tablespoon of Bhringraj oil in a pan.
  • Boil it until the seeds turn reddish.
  • Let the oil cool down.
  • Strain the oil in a glass bowl.
  • Massage the oil on your scalp and hair.
  • Keep the oil for 30 minutes or overnight.
  • Wash with herbal shampoo.