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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Friday, April 9, 2021

Types of Moles & How can they be Harmful to Your Health? What are the Natural Solutions?

We all have moles somewhere on our faces and it sometimes increases the beauty of the person. Moles are small growths on the skin that are typically black or brown in color and can appear anywhere on the skin either alone or in groups. Moles mostly appear in early childhood and some during the 25 years of life. Normally, an adult can have a total number of 10 to 40 moles on the body. As the year passes the mole may change its shape or color and it may also disappear as you grow. Moles are harmless and do not cause any health problems but when they change shape or size it becomes a problem. So, it is important to note changes in the moles because they can be harmful. Through this article we are going to discuss different types of moles and which one is harmful. Along with that, it's a natural solution with the help of diet.

Moles, Warts

WHAT ARE THE TYPES OF MOLES

There are three main types of moles present on the skin and includes:-

1. Acquired moles

It is the type of moles that you develop in the later stages of your life. Most of them are black or brown in color and most of the time are caused due to sun damage. They are characterized by their shape as it is typically round and changes as you age. Acquired moles can get darker with the age but do not change into melanoma.

2. Congenital moles

Congenital means from the time of birth and this type of moles are present from the day you are born. According to the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology, one in every 100 babies are present with moles. They are normally flat and may also vary in color but typically are black. Congenital moles have no chance of becoming cancerous.

3. Atypical moles

As compared to Acquired and congenital moles, atypical moles are at greater risk of becoming cancerous. As estimated by the American Osteopathic College of Dermatology one out of every 10 people is affected with an atypical nevus. They are larger than normal moles and have irregular borders. There are chances that they can be melanoma known as cancerous moles.

HOW MOLES CAN BE HARMFUL?

If you see any change in the moles then it might be malignant melanoma which can be life-threatening. Malignant melanoma starts out as a mole and is one of the most dangerous forms of skin cancer. Mostly the moles are black to brown in color but can also change into red, purple, pink, white, or blue. The cause for melanoma could be intense exposure to UV rays.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR TO IDENTIFY MALIGNANT MELANOMA?

When you want to look for signs that you are suffering from skin cancer or not then you should remember the ABCDEs of melanoma:-

  • A is for Asymmetrical - If you look at normal moles or benign moles are harmless and mostly symmetrical. On the other hand, if you see malignant melanoma then they might appear asymmetrical meaning they may have a cut in half or the two sides do not appear the same.
  • B is for border - Benign or regular moles have borders that are round in shape but moles that are cancerous can have irregular borders. If the borders of the mole are not smooth then you should get checked.
  • C is for color because they can vary in color - Benign moles have a uniform mole and they are black to brown in color and they only have a single color. Precancerous or cancerous moles can be in multiple colors. If you see this kind of change then you might need help.
  • D is for Diameter - We all have seen pencil erasers and the diameter of benign moles are smaller than that and they are less cancerous. If the diameter of the mole appears more than the pencil eraser, it may not be malignant but needs to be evaluated.
  • E is for Evolving - It is very important to note the ABCD of the moles if you are trying to identify that the moles are dangerous or not. For example, if you have any change regarding the color of moles then you might have malignant melanoma.

HEALTHY WAYS TO PROTECT YOUR SKIN

  • Wear Sunscreen - You may have heard a couple of times that UV radiation from the sun is harmful and are responsible for causing skin cancer. Sunscreen is helpful in protecting the skin against dangerous rays of the sun. It is important to apply sunscreen 15 minutes before going out and getting exposed to the sunlight. Whenever you are going to the beach make sure to apply sunscreen or concealer of SPF 30.
  • Family history - It is important to know if someone in the family is suffering from melanoma or not. As 10 percent of people who are diagnosed with melanoma have a family history with melanoma. So, it is recommended to have a skin examination for people who have close relatives with melanoma.
  • Get checked by a dermatologist if you have abnormal growth - People who have moles more than normal need to get checked as they have a higher risk of developing melanoma. Even if you don’t have moles or see some slight changes in the skin then you need to get checked by a dermatologist.
  • Avoid getting tanned - Tanning both indoors and outdoors are dangerous and can cause many skin problems. One thing that you should keep in mind is that there is no such thing as a “healthy tan”. The best way to make your skin healthy is to protect the skin from getting tanned in order to avoid sun damage.
  • Personal history - People who have suffered from blisters or sunburns in childhood are at risk and also people who have fair complexion or freckles. This does not mean that people with dark skin are not at risk infant Asian, African Americans, and Hispanics are at risk of developing melanoma.

HEALTHY DIETARY TIPS

Some nutritional tips to stay away from skin cancer:-

It is very important for nutrients that are high in Antioxidants because they can not be produced by the body. The only source to obtain antioxidant is through food and this nutrient has been found useful in the prevention of skin cancer. This includes:-

  • Vitamin C - They have the property of removing cancer cells from the body by making the environment toxic for them.
  • Vitamin E - It helps in preventing the skin from getting damaged by free radicals which is absorbed by UV lights. The anti-inflammatory effects help in making a barrier on the skin.
  • Vitamin D - They basically help in boosting immunity and reducing the risk of developing cancer.
  • Zinc - This nutrient helps in fighting cancer by making the immunity strong.
  • Selenium - This helps in reducing the risk of many cancers.
  • Beta-carotene - Which is converted into Vitamin A in the body helps in making the body strong and fighting any kind of skin disease.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids - It helps in reducing inflammation and inhibiting the growth of any kind of cancer.
  • Lycopene - helps in protecting the skin from getting damaged from sun rays and also lowers the risk of any kind of cancer.
  • Polyphenols - They have tumor-inhibiting and anti-inflammatory properties. They also help in repairing the DNA and also the damaged skin.

FOOD THAT IS RICH IN ANTIOXIDANTS

Here are foods that you can include in the diet:-

  • Orange-colored fruits and vegetables like squash, carrots, apricots, mangoes, etc are rich in beta carotene.
  • Watermelon, papaya, apricots, tomatoes are high in lycopene.
  • Fatty fishes like sardines, mackerel, salmon, albacore tuna, and mackerel are rich sources of Vitamin D as well as omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Flaxseed and walnuts are also excellent sources of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Orange juice and fortified milk are high in Vitamin D
  • Black tea or green tea contains nutrients like polyphenols.
  • Green leafy vegetables, oranges, lemons, raspberries, strawberries, and capsicums are great foods to obtain Vitamin C.
  • Legumes like lentils, black beans, chickpeas along with lamb, beef, and shellfish are high in zinc.
  • Almonds, spinach, soybeans, wheat germ, and sunflower seeds are rich in Vitamin E.

CONCLUSION

You may have heard that the higher number of moles the longer you live in fact there is no such thing. There may be chances that you may have malignant melanoma so it's better to reach out for help and prevent yourself by including the tips mentioned above.

Thursday, April 8, 2021

Vitiligo (Leucoderma) Treatment in Ayurveda with Herbal Remedies

Skin is the soft and flexible tissue covering all over the body of a human or vertebrates. It has primarily three functions i.e. protection, sensation and regulation. It is very important to keep your skin healthy if you desire to look more youthful. What if it got affected? Nobody will like it because everyone wants to look and stay beautiful. Am I right! But due to environmental exposure the prevalence of skin disorders are increasing at a very rapid rate. Today we will focus on one of the skin disorders named Leucoderma, also known as Vitiligo and its Ayurvedic management in detail.

INTRODUCTION

Ayurveda is a science of life or we can say beyond life which gives us answers to every problem. Ayurveda on a whole works on the basic principle “Swasthasya swasthya rakshanam aturasya vikara prashamanam ch” (Ref: CharakSamhita, Sutrastahanam, 30/26). This verse states that the main aim of Ayurveda is to take care of the healthy one with dincharya, ritucharya, sadvritta palan along with some dietary and lifestyle changes and other is to treat the patient with ayurvedic home remedies, herbal formulations and herbs. Leucoderma / vitiligo can be correlated with Shvitra roga in Ayurveda. Now we will see how ayurveda helps in managing this condition.

Vitiligo, Leucoderma

WHAT IS SHVITRA ROGA (LEUCODERMA)?

As per our ancient acharya’s shvitra is “Shweta varnam prapnoti iti shvitram” (Kaya Chikitsa, Vol II, Pg. 824) this shloka states that when any part of the body undergoes discoloration (white colour) and doesn’t look good, is known as Shvitra roga.

As per modern medicine science, Leucoderma is a skin disorder that occurs due to loss of skin pigmentation (melanin) which in turn leads to skin whitening in patches. The size of the patches varies according to its severity and covers almost all the body parts including genitals, face and scalp.

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF SHVITRA ROGA (LEUCODERMA)?

Following are the causes of Shvitra roga:-

  1. Virudhannapan (Incompatible diet)
  2. Madhu, machli, lakuch, mooli, kakmachi sewan (Increased intake of honey, fish, monkey fruit, radish, etc.)
  3. Ajeenaashan (intake of food before digestion of last meal)
  4. Doodh, dahi, takra, mansa, kuthi sewan (intake of Milk, curd, buttermilk, non-veg, kutha dal in combination)
  5. Guru, snigdha, pishtaana,abhishyandi padarth sewan (kapha dosha rich diet)
  6. Vegadharan (Suppression of natural urges)
  7. Divaswapna (sleeping during day time)
  8. Asatya vach (telling a lie)
  9. Viprana Gurun Gharshanam (Disrespect of our elderly ones like devta, guru, brahmin etc.)
  10. Purva Janam Krit papkaram (Sins done in past life)

According to allopath, there is no exact cause of leucoderma but following risk factors are considered as responsible:-

  • Autoimmune condition
  • Stress
  • Exposure to Sunlight or UV rays
  • Family history
  • Chemical contact or exposure
  • Due to sunburns
  • Any triggering event

WHAT ARE THE POORVAROOPA (PRODROMAL SYMPTOMS) OF SHVITRA ROGA (LEUCODERMA)?

Below are the poorvaropa of Shvitra roga:-

  1. Vaivarna (discolouration of skin)
  2. Kandu (itching)
  3. Toda (pricking pain)
  4. suptata (Numbness)
  5. Romaharsha (Horripilations)
  6. Paridaha (burning sensation)
  7. Rag (redness)
  8. Trishna (thirst)
  9. Aswedamatiswedam (Anhidrosis and hyperhidrosis)
  10. Khartava (dryness)

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF SHVITRA ROGA (LEUCODERMA)?

The chief symptom of this disease is shweta chakate (discolouration of skin into white patches) which spreads timely to all over the body. In summers, there is unbearable burning sensation on the patches.

Symptoms according to its colour:-

  1. Shvitra is of red colour when it is dependent on rakta dhatu (blood)
  2. Shvitra is of tamra varna, when it is dependent on mamsa dhatu (muscular tissue)
  3. Shvitra is of White colour when it is dependent on Meda dhatu (Adipose tissue)

In modern science, the patient of leucoderma may produce the following symptoms:-

  • Discolouration of skin in patches.
  • Premature whitening of hairs of the body including scalp, eyebrows, beard etc.
  • Loss of colour in mucous membrane.
  • Patches may start developing from hands, face etc.

HOW TO DIAGNOSE SHIVITRA ROGA (LEUCODERMA)?

Diagnosis can be done in following ways:-

  1. Darshan (inspection)
  2. Sparshan (palpation)
  3. Prashanan (History taking)

In Allopathy, diagnosis of leucoderma is with CBC (complete blood count), ANA (antinuclear antibody) test, Skin biopsy.

WHAT IS THE TREATMENT OF SHVITRA ROGA (LEUCODERMA/VITILIGO)?

In modern medicine science, there is no specific treatment of leucoderma, only symptomatic relief can be given with Calcineurin inhibitor ointments, corticosteroids, etc. But, in Ayurveda we can manage this condition by the below mentioned ways:-

  1. Daivyapashraya Chikitsa - Shvitra is considered as papkarmaja (past life sins). So donation, good deeds, fasting, prayer of lord shiva, ganesh and others is very helpful in treating patients with leucoderma.
  2. Yuktivyapashrya Chikitsa - In this type of treatment sanshodhan (detoxification with panchakarma), Sanshaman (with Ayurvedic herbs and herbal formulations) and local application of taila, lepa can be done.

There are some herbal formulations also that have amazing effects and are being offered by Planet Ayurveda experts to the patients for years. Below are the details of those formulations, which are mentioned below:

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR LEUCODERMA BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda is a GMP certified famed and renowned herbal manufacturing unit serving mankind across all over the world. The products offered by planet Ayurveda are prepared under the strict guidance of MD ayurveda experts by following the ancient basic ayurvedic principles. They manufacture lots of herbal products for numerous health ailments. Some of the formulations for leucoderma are explained below:-

  1. Bakuchi Churna
  2. Navkarshik Churna
  3. Gleaming Skin, Hair, Nails Formula
  4. Manjishtha Capsules
  5. Gandhak Rasayan
  6. Tab. Pigmento
  7. Syrup Lukoskin
  8. Sachets
  9. Syrup
  10. Local Application of Oils

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Bakuchi Churna

Bakuchi churna is a single herbal formulation prepared using a wonderful herb named Bakuchi (Psoralea corylifolia). In our ancient texts, it is mentioned as shvitraghani due to its vitiligo treating property. The active ingredient of bakuchi is Psoralens which on exposure to sunlight produces melanin pigment. It also helps in boosting collagen promoting tissues of the skin and makes skin to look good and lustrous.

Dosage - 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. Navkarshik Churna

It is a safe poly herbal formulation prepared using Triphala (myrobalans), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa) and some other herbs. This formulation contains herbs which possess blood purifying and pitta dosha pacifying properties thus, shows good results in patients suffering from vitiligo (leucoderma). Along with that, this formulation aids in boosting immunity by sustaining normal body functioning.

Dosage - 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Gleaming Skin, Hair, Nails Formula

Gleaming Skin Hair Nails formula is a safe herbal formulation in capsule form prepared using standardized extract of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Pit Papda (Fumaria officinalis), Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus), etc. These herbs have Raktashodhak (blood purifying) and coolant properties which assist in reducing the discoloration, burning sensation occurring on the patches. It also diminishes the severity of the disease and provides healthy skin.

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

4. Manjishtha Capsules

It is a single herbal safe formulation, prepared using the standardized extract of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia). Our ancient acharyas classically mentioned it as varnya gana (Good for skin), and vishaghna (detoxifier). Due to its varnya property, it is effective in patients with vitiligo. Manjishtha acts as a blood purifier and mainly pacifies pitta dosha in the body.

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

5. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak rasayan is a poly herbal formulation prepared using pure extract of Gandhak (Sulphur). It possesses antimicrobial, digestive stimulant, cell detoxifying and immune boosting properties. Gandhak is very potent for skin disorders. Classically it is mentioned as veeryakara (helpful in infertility), pushtikar (nourishing), and Prajakara, etc. Due to its antimicrobial property, it shows wonders in Patients with leucoderma (vitiligo).

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

6. Sachets

  1. Swarn Makshik Bhasma - 5 gm
  2. Tarkeshwar Ras - 5 gm
  3. Kamdudha Ras - 5 gm
  4. Akik Pishti - 5 gm
  5. Rajat Bhasma - 2.5 gm
  6. Praval Pishti - 5 gm
  7. Giloy Satva - 10 gm
  8. Mukta Pishti - 2 gm

All these herbomineral powders are mixed and 60 sachets are to be prepared. These herbs together aid in reducing the associated symptoms of Vitiligo by Pacifying Pitta Dosha in the body.

Dosage - 1 twice daily with Gulkand + Honey.

7. Syrup

Take 4 tablespoon of each Sarivadyasava + Mahamanjisthadi Kwath + Khadirarishta after meals with equal amounts of water. These syrups work cumulatively and maintain the normal glowing and shiny skin. They possess antimicrobial, immune boosting, blood purifying, and cell detoxifying properties. Intake of these formulations stimulates the production of melanin pigment and is very efficacious in patients with leucoderma (vitiligo).

8. Local Application of Oils

Apply Babchi oil 25 % + Mahamarichyadi oil 25 % + Jatyadi oil 50 % together at lesions or you can also apply Pigmento ointment or Vitaplai lotion or Lukoskin Ointment if the patches are small. These oils work in producing the melanin pigment on exposure to sunlight and also help in diminishing the burning sensation.

Dosage - Local application of twice per week and expose it to sunlight for 5 minutes.

Now we will see some more productive formulations of other brands which shows efficacious results in Leucoderma, such as:

9. Tablet Pigmento

This formulation by charak pharma is safely prepared using vacha (Acorus calamus), chakramard (Cassia tora), Sharpunkha (Tephrosia purpurea), etc. These herbs stimulate the production of melanin pigment in the body so good in reducing the discoloration occurring in leucoderma. They also possess antifungal properties and modulate the cell mediated immune system of the body.

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

10. Syrup Lukoskin

Lukoskin is a safe poly herbal formulation in syrup form prepared using Vishnaag (Ammi majus), balchi (Psoralea corylifolia), krishna tulsi (ocimum americanum), mandookparni (Centella asiatica) and some other herbs. This formulation aids in producing melanin pigment and helpful in decreasing the spread of discolouration or white patches. It also modulates the collagen producing tissues for good and healthy skin.

Dosage - 2 tsp twice daily with plain water after meals.

CONCLUSION

At last, we can conclude that leucoderma can be managed well with ayurvedic herbs and herbal formulations without causing any adverse effects on the body. These products do not contain any type of additive, binder, chemical and preservative and are totally safe to use. Along with the management of leucoderma (vitiligo), these formulations are useful in numerous other skin disorders also. For more queries you can contact us on herbalremedies123@yahoo.com. Use these herbal formulations and keep yourself healthy.

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