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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Treatment of Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) in Ayurveda with Herbal Remedies

What is Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome?

It is a disorder occurring from continued exposure to vibration or working with vibrating tools. It especially occurs in the hands and forearms. It was called Vibration White Finger but the name was changed to HAVS, as there may be symptoms other than white fingers.

Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome, Vibration White Finger

What are the Causes of Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome?

Hand-arm vibration syndrome is caused by continued and repeated use of vibrating equipment with hands - power drills, chainsaws, needle guns, and concrete vibrators. It can also be caused by holding or working with vibration. It is unclear how the vibration causes the condition. It is probably caused by minor but repeated bruising in the blood vessels in the small veins and fingers. Over time they can gradually lose some of their function and cause symptoms.

What are the Symptoms associated with Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome?

Initially, the nerves are affected and the result is a change or loss of sensation. This is followed by Raynaud's phenomenon resulting due to changes in blood vessels and leading changes in the color of the fingers when exposed to different climates. These changes are followed by muscle ache.

1. Symptoms - When Nerve Get Affected

  • Numbness (loss of feeling)
  • Tingling (pins and needles like sensation in one or more whole fingers or may affect tips of the finger)
  • In severe cases, numbness and tingling become permanent or may be prolonged with the affected fingers.
  • Difficulty in working and clumsiness
  • Painful and disabling condition of the arms, fingers, and hands

There are also some conditions like there may be a difficulty for people to fix buttons or hold coins, pins, wires, etc. In many people, the severity of nerve symptoms lies somewhere between these two conditions like sometimes one finger is badly affected and others are only moderately affected.

2. Raynaud's Phenomenon

Raynaud's phenomenon occurs in exposing to cold weather or touching cold things.

  • Swelling and whitening of the fingers when exposed to cold and causes redness and pain when again get warmed.

3. Pains and Aches

It creates due to the damage to the joints, muscles, and bones.

  • Pains and aches in the hands and lower arm
  • Weakened or loss of strength and grip in the hands

4. Disturbed Sleep

Pain, tingling, and numbness in the hands, wrists, and arms may conflict with sleep.

What is Ayurvedic Management for Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome?

There are various herbs such as Pippali, Haritaki, Curcumin, Shallaki, Ashwagandha and Amalaki provided by Ayurveda which manage the Hand-arm vibration syndrome naturally. These herbs helps to balance the tridoshas in the body, and improves the functioning of the body system. These also helps to improve strength of muscles, bones, joints and ligaments.

Herbal Remedies for Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda gives the best herbal remedies such as Ashwagandha Capsules, Yograj Guggul, Boswellia Curcumin and Shilajit Capsules for the treatment of Hand-arm vibration syndrome. These remedies are formed using pure extracts of herbs, which are standard, vegetarian and natural. They do not contain any chemical and additives, are reliable to use. These also do not create any side effects.

Herbal Remedies for Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome

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1. Ashwagandha Capsules

The ashwagandha capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared by the pure extract of herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). It helps to provide strength to the muscles, bones, joints, spine, and ligaments. It possesses an anti-inflammatory property which helps to reduce inflammation and irritation. It is known as the popular herb in Ayurveda. The ashwagandha herb also has a rejuvenating property that provides nutrition to the bones and muscles. Ashwagandha balances the Vata dosha in the body. These Capsules are also beneficial in the management of hand-arm vibration syndrome.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice in a day with plain water after meals.

2. Yograj Guggul

These tablets are prepared by many herbs such as Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), Shudh Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Pippali (Piper longum), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Mustaka (Cyperus rotundus), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and Ardraka (Zingiber officinale). The herbs have anti-inflammatory properties and help in reduce the symptoms associated with Hand-arm vibration syndrome such as pain and swelling.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with lukewarm water.

3. Boswellia Curcumin

These capsules of Planet Ayurveda are made of two powerful herbs Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). These herbs hold anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Shallaki contains Boswellic acid and Curcumin contains Curcuminoids which are the chief reason for the therapeutic properties of these herbs. These components show effective results in the management of the symptoms associated with hand-arm vibration syndrome. These capsules help in maintaining the healthy functioning of muscles, bones, and joints. These also help in enhancing the immune system and cardiovascular system. Also improving the blood flow to joints and muscles.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice in a day with plain water after meals.

4. Shilajit Capsules

Shilajit capsules of Planet Ayurveda are formed by the pure extract of herb Shilajit (Black bitumen) herb. This herb acts as a potent adaptogenic and aphrodisiac herb. Shilajit capsules help in the strengthing of muscles and bones, which make it useful in the management of hand-arm vibration syndrome.  It is also effective in many health conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, anemia, and chronic fatigue syndrome, etc.

Dosage: 1 capsule two times daily with water, after meals.

Some Preventive Measures for Hand-arm Vibration Syndrome

The following measures are considered to help in preventing hand-arm vibration syndrome in people who regularly use vibrating tools:

  • Use only well-maintained tools
  • Use tools perfectly
  • Always use the right tool for a particular job.
  • Handle tools loosely as possible and in changing positions.
  • Do not hold the tools with excessive grip,
  • Do not use a tool continuous for a longer time
  • Take periodic breaks of at least 10 minutes while using a tool.
  • Stay warm during work - especially with your hands.
  • Do not smoke, the chemicals present in tobacco can affect the blood circulation.

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