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Saturday, September 18, 2021

Treatment of Erythema Nodosum in Ayurveda with Herbal Remedies

Erythema Nodosum is a skin inflammatory condition. Skin is the delicate organ of the body. It protects us from various infections and also protects us from a too hot and too cold environment. It covers the entire external part of the body. Skin is the largest organ of the body and it consists of hair, sweat, and oil glands. It together makes up the integumentary system. But due to some infections or foreign bodies, the skin gets damaged and causes various diseases. It is very important to take care of the skin for normal functioning as well as for cosmetic purposes. So in this article, we are going to discuss a skin disease called erythema nodosum and its Ayurvedic management.

INTRODUCTION

Erythema nodosum is an inflammatory condition of the skin. It is characterized by the inflammation of the fat cells of the skin. These fat cells are under the skin. There is a tender red nodule over the skin and also there are lumps that are usually seen over the shin bone (Tibia). This condition is a common acute nodular panniculitis that is characterized by the sudden onset of the firm, solid, deep nodules under the skin. These are painful on palpation and mainly present on extensor surfaces of the legs. This is a recurrent hypersensitivity reaction to a variety of antigens.

Erythema Nodosum

ETIOLOGY / CAUSES

This condition is generally idiopathic, meaning the cause of this disease is not known. Instead of this, researchers found that the most common identifiable cause of this disease is streptococcal pharyngitis. Some of the other known causes are:

Infection

Some of the infections associated with this disease are:

  • Primary infection of tuberculosis
  • Histoplasma capsulatum
  • Yersinia
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Cat scratch disease

Autoimmune Disorders

This includes:

  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Behcet’s disease
  • Sarcoidosis

CLINICAL FEATURES / SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of this disease come in two phases i.e. Pre-eruptive phase and the Eruptive stage:

  1. Pre-eruptive Phase: The first sign of this disease is flu-like symptoms such as fever, cough, malaise, aching joints.
  2. Eruptive Phase: There is an appearance of 1-2 inch nodules under the skin surface. It is present usually on the shins. It can also appear on the arms and thighs. These nodules are hot and firm to touch. There is pain on these nodules on palpation.

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

  • Dermo hypodermitis
  • Nodular hypodermitis
  • Lobular hypodermitis

DIAGNOSIS

This disease is diagnosed clinically. A biopsy should be done to confirm this diagnosis. In this test, tissue is taken to examine under a microscope. Also, a sample of throat swab is taken to check for streptococcus infection.

TREATMENT

This is a self-limiting disease and usually resolves itself in around 3-5 weeks. But there is a recurrence of this disease and is attributed to repeated infections. In this disease, symptomatic relief is the only treatment of choice and symptoms can be treated through bed rest, leg elevation, compressive bandages, wet dressing, and NSAIDs.

But we have a better choice of treatment for this disease and that is Ayurveda. This is a holistic science used for centuries. This science heals the patient from the root cause. If you avoid the recurrence of this disease then use Ayurvedic remedies for better results.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR THE TREATMENT OF ERYTHEMA NODOSUM

  1. Kanchnaar Guggul
  2. Gandhak Rasayan
  3. Neem Capsules
  4. Dermo Plan Syrup
  5. Navkarshik Churna

Herbal Remedies for Erythema Nodosum

Herbal Remedies for Erythema Nodosum

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Kanchnaar Guggul

This is a classical Ayurvedic formulation used for centuries in Cancerous growths. It is a wonderful and natural supplement for cancers. This formulation contains effective herbs such as Kanchnaar (Bauhinia variegata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), Triphala (Three myrobalans), etc. This formulation is called Yogvahi which means it carries the other substances into the deep tissue of the body. It helps in eliminating the toxins and wastes out from the body. It has antioxidant, anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, analgesic properties.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day after meals with the plain water.

2. Gandhak Rasayan

This classical Ayurvedic remedy is helpful in treating skin ailments. It purifies the blood and also eliminates impurities from the body. This is a versatile Ayurvedic medicine and has anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-viral properties. It contains wonderful digestive stimulant ingredients such as Gandhak (Purified sulphur), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Twak (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Tamla (Cinnamomum tamala), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), etc.  It is made by the mixing process that is repeated many times over a six month period in order to make the Rasayan. It improves the immune system and eliminates the harmful effects of toxins.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day after meals with the plain water.

3. Neem Capsules

This is a single herbal formulation that is an effective herbal supplement for skin problems. It is made by the standardized extracts of Neem (Azadirachta indica). It is helpful for urticaria, eczema, eruptions, and other skin problems. It relieves the skin itching and pain and also redness of the skin. It has antibacterial, antiparasitic, and antifungal properties. It is also beneficial in blood-related problems.

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

4. Dermo Plan Syrup

This is an Ayurvedic formulation in syrup form. It is made of wonderful herbs such as Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Khadir (Acacia catechu), etc. These herbs help in clears the impurities from the blood and get rid of infections. It kills the inflammation in the skin. It makes the skin absolutely flawless and restores elasticity.

Dosage: 2 teaspoonfuls twice a day after meals.

5. Navkarshik Churna

This is the best herbal supplement for skin ailments. It is also helpful in gout and inflamed joints. It contains herbs such as Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), etc. It clears away the toxins from the blood and is also helpful in breaking the uric acid crystals. It corrects the metabolism of Pitta and heat regulation in the body.

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

CONCLUSION

At last, we concluded that all idiopathic diseases are better managed by Ayurvedic remedies. These herbal products of Planet Ayurveda show good results in treating this disease. These products are effective and 100% natural and free from additives. These products have wonderful ingredients which have very effective digestive properties. As all the skin diseases are mostly due to poor digestive health.

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Piles Natural Cure And Alternative Remedies

Pile is the disease in which there are lumps inside and around your anus. Hemorrhoids are another term used for piles. These are the collection of inflamed tissue in the anal canal. These hemorrhoids contain blood vessels, support tissue, muscle and elastic fibers. Piles can have a range of sizes and they may be external or internal. These swollen veins are present in anus or in the lower rectum which are similar to varicose veins. In general, hemorrhoids are the vascular structures in the anal canal and in normal; they act as a cushion that help with stool control. But when they get swollen or inflamed then this is used to refer to disease. This is a very painful condition. So here in this article, we are going to discuss piles and its Ayurvedic aspect with proper Ayurvedic management.

piles, arsha, hemorrhoids

AYURVEDIC ASPECT OF PILES

In Ayurveda, we can correlate this disease with Arsha. Our Acharya clearly mentioned that Arsha disease is a result of improper digestion. When the food is not digested and remains inside the gut then it is converted into Aama which is known as Endotoxins and this aama is the root cause of Arsha disease. The condition in which there is a severe pain like someone (enemy) stabbed at that point is known as Arsha or the mass that obstructs the passage of stool and causes pain is known as Arsha. The mass at gudavali (dentate line) is called Arsha. Arsha in the classical texts comes under the category of Mahagadas.

The term guda derived from Guda Kridayam tagu malotsarge means the portion of the body which is responsible for the excretion of mala (feces) and flatulence (apana vayu) is called as guda.

ETIOLOGY / CAUSES

The exact cause of this disease is not known. But the doctors’ believe that this disease is caused by the following factors:

  • Irregular bowel habits (constipation or diarrhea)
  • Lack of exercise
  • Low fiber diet
  • Increased pressure in the lower rectum 
  • Having anal intercourse
  • Prolonged sitting

ARSHA NIDANA (CAUSES OF ARSHA)1

When the patient is doing the following things in their daily routine the Arsha disease is caused and those things are:

  • Eating excessive heavy, sweet, cold, stale food, improper diet
  • Over eating
  • Eating less food
  • Inaccurate food consumption
  • Drink too much ghee
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive coitus

RISK FACTORS

These factors include:

  • Obesity
  • Prolonged sitting
  • Chronic cough
  • Pelvic floor dysfunction
  • Pregnancy

TYPES OF PILES

Piles are of two types:

  • Internal Piles: They lie inside the rectum and rarely cause discomfort. The patient has painless bleeding during bowel movement and if it progresses then may result in pain and irritation.
  • External Piles: They lie under the skin around the anus. They show features like itching or irritation in anal region, bleeding, pain.

CLASSIFICATION OF ARSHA

Classification According To The Origin

There are two types:

  • Sahaja arsha (Congenital)
  • Janmottarkalaja arsha (Acquired)

Classification According To The Bleeding:

It is of two types:

  1. Shushka arsha
  2. Aadra arsha

Classification According To The Dosha

It is of five types:

  1. Vataj arsha
  2. Pittaj arsha
  3. Kaphaj arsha
  4. Sannipattaj arsha
  5. Raktaj arsha

GRADE OF PILES

  • Grade 1: There is small inflammation that usually lies inside the lining of the anus.
  • Grade 2: Their size is bigger than grade 1 but they also lie inside the lining of the anus. They get pushed out while defecating, but can return on their own.
  • Grade 3: This type is also known as prolapsed hemorrhoids. The patient may feel these masses hanging from the rectum, but they can easily be re-inserted with the help of fingers.
  • Grade 4: In this grade, these masses cannot be pushed back in and they need surgical treatment. Their size is also bigger and remains outside the anus.

CLINICAL FEATURES/SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

In some cases these piles resolve on their own after a few days without giving signs and symptoms. But in most cases they may show the following symptoms:

  • Hard and painful lump around the anus
  • Itching or irritation around the anal region
  • Discomfort
  • Swelling around the anus
  • Bleeding
  • Feeling like that bowels are still full after defecation

PURVAROOPA OF ARSHA (PRODROMAL SYMPTOMS OF ARSH)2

The above quoted shloka means that the following symptoms are the Prodromal symptoms of the disease arsha and those are:

  • Indigestion
  • Weakness
  • Bloating
  • Excessive burping
  • Pain in feet
  • Constipation
  • IBS or IBD

ROOPA OF ARSHA (SYMPTOMS OF ARSHA)3

The common symptoms of arsha are:

  • Presence of mass in the anus
  • Difficulty in passing stool
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Pain and burning sensation in anal region
  • Bad taste
  • Anemia
  • Flatulence

COMPLICATIONS

Complications are rare but if complication arises then those are:

  • Anemia
  • Strangulated hemorrhoids
  • Blood clot

DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

  • Fissure
  • Fistula
  • Anal abscess
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Rectal varices
  • Anal warts
  • Rectal polyp

DIAGNOSIS

A doctor can usually diagnose this condition after going through a physical examination and also by proper medical history.

SAMPRAPTI OF ARSHA

Nidana Sevana

Vibhajati Sarakittau Prithaktaha

Agnimandya

Malsanchaya (Sanchaya Stage)

Koshtha

Apanavayukopa (Prakopa Stage)

Arshoutbhava (Vyakti Stage)

Dosha Involvement (Bheda Stage)

Arshoutpatti

Vataj Arsha Pittaj Arsha Kaphaj Arsha Raktaj Arsha Sannipata Arsha

MANAGEMENT OF ARSHA (PILES) AT AYURVEDIC PARLANCE

Ayurveda is the ancient holistic science of healing. It has immense potential to solve or help in many challenging problems of the medical world. One of the grave diseases is Arsha and it is becoming common and increasing in the society. So it is important to treat or manage this disease as early as possible. In Ayurveda, our Acharya well mentioned the herbal treatment protocol for Arsha disease.

ACCORDING TO ACHARYA CHARAK THE PRINCIPLE TREATMENT OF ARSHA ROGA (DISEASE) IS4

This shloka means that Acharya believes that this procedure is well managed by either application of alkali or either by cauterization and these procedures are right if performed by a learned, wise and experienced surgeon.

Some Non-Operative Procedures Are

Role Of Sweden (Sudation) Therapy5

According to Acharya Charaka, If pile mass is stiff and associated with swelling and also pain is there then Sudation therapy or fomentation should be done. Firstly mass is smeared with the oil prepared by boiling chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), alkalies and Bilva (Aegle marmelos) and then fomented with pottali (medicines tied in a piece of cloth) which is prepared or that contains yav (Hordeum vulgare), masha (Vigna mungo), kulathi (Macrotyloma uniflorum) and Pulaka (tucchadhnnya) or Pottali prepared from the cake of the sesame seed.

Role of Parisechan (Sprinkling)6

This shloka states that pile mass is also sprinkled with the decoction of the leaves of Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), Arka (Calotropis procera), Eranda (Ricinus communis) and Bilva (Aegle marmelos). It will give relief from pain and swelling.

Role Of Avagahan(Sitz Bath)7

Acharaya Charak mentioned that if there is pain in the pile mass then it should be smeared with medicated oil and give sitz bath with the help of decoction prepared from the leaves of radish (Raphanus sativus), Amla (Emblica officinalis), harad (Terminalia chebula), bahera (Terminalia bellerica), Arka (Calotropis procera), Varuna (Crataeva nurvala), Agnimantha (Premna integrifolia), Shigru (Moringa oleifera) and Pashanbheda (Bergenia ligulata).

Role Of Abhyanga (Massage)8

Acharya Charak mentioned the role of massage therapy in pile mass. He said that the fat (charbi) variety of black snake, pig, camel, bats and cat should be applied on the pile mass and after then fumigation of piles should also done with the help of human hair, snake worm, cat’s skin, roots of Arka (Calotropis procera) and leaves of shami (Prosopis cineraria).

Ayurvedic Pralepa (Ointments) For Arsha9

This shloka states that we should apply the paste of herbs in the pile mass for pain and swelling. In pile mass we should apply the powder of haridra (Curcuma longa) mixed with latex of Snuhi (Euphorbia neriifolia) or we can also apply the paste prepared from the powders of seeds of Shirish (Albizia lebbeck), Kutha (Saussurea lappa), Pippali (Piper longum), Saindhav Lavan (Rock salt), Gurh (Jaggery), Latex of Arka (Calotropis procera), Amla (Emblica officinalis), harad (Terminalia chebula), bahera (Terminalia bellerica) on the pile mass.

Operative Procedures Include

Raktamokshan (Bloodletting)10

This is a minor OT procedure used in the treatment of piles and other vitiated pitta and blood disorders. This procedure is done when the blood is vitiated and does not come out on its own even after all these above-mentioned protocols. In such conditions Raktamokshan should be done. This is done with the help of Leech, sharp instruments or needle.

These above are the treatment protocols for Shushak Arsha (Dry piles). Now we are going to discuss the Aadra Arsha (bleeding piles) treatment:

The Principle Treatment Of Choice For Raktaj Arsha (Bleeding Piles) Is11

This shloka means in bleeding piles if there is an association of vata dosha then one should give an unctuous and cold potency diet and if there is an association of Kapha dosha then one should give a rough and cold potency diet chart. If there is an association of Pitta and Kapha dosha in bleeding piles then detoxification therapy should be done. However, bleeding should not be stopped at the very first moment because it will cause more harmful effects on the body. This blood is vitiated and it is important not to prevent this.

Harmful Effects On The Body If Homeostasis Therapy Is Done At The Very Beginning12

Acharya Charak mentioned that if blood is arrested at the beginning then it may alter the functioning of Apana vayu and leads to many diseases like Bleeding disorders, fever, excessive thirst, indigestion, anorexia, jaundice, anemia, edema, skin disorders, obstruction in stool and urine, etc. therefore only after the elimination of vitiated blood from pile mass we should use hemostatic medicines to stop the bleeding.

Treatment Of Raktaj Arsha (Bleeding Piles)13

This shloka states that to stop bleeding we should give the decoction of Kutaja (Holarrhena antidysenterica) mixed with the powder of Shunthi (Zingiber officinale) and also we can give the decoction of dadima (Punica granatum) mixed with the powder of shunthi (Zingiber officinale).

These are the treatment protocols for the management of Arsha (piles). Now we are going to discuss some classical Ayurvedic medicines for the management of Arsha roga:

Rasa

  • Arshkuthar Ras
  • Nityodit Ras
  • Ashtanga Ras

Vati

  • Panchanan Vati
  • Jatiphaladi Vati
  • Chandraprabha Vati

Churna

  • Trayushnadhya Churna
  • Panchsakar Churna
  • Dhaturadi Churna

Asava/Arishta   

  • Drakshasava
  • Abhayarishta
  • Takrarishta
  • Phalarishta

Ghrit 

  • Chavyadi Ghrit
  • Pippalyadi Ghrita

After all that discussion now at the end we will discuss some herbal formulations for piles.

Planet Ayurveda is a manufacturing company that provides herbal formulations for this disease. This manufacturing company manufactured various herbal products from the standardized extracts of herbs. This is a leading herbal company worldwide. This company is GMP certified and known for treating almost every disease. The products of this company are effective because of its chemical and preservative free preparation this company offers the following herbal products for piles:

  1. Sanjivani Vati
  2. Vara Churna
  3. Pile Off Capsules
  4. Kanchnaar Guggul
  5. Drift Ointment
  6. Nirgundi Oil

Piles Care Pack

Piles Care Pack, Herbal Remedies for Piles

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Sanjivani Vati

This is a classical Ayurvedic formulation. This formulation is a natural source of life and health. It is useful in digesting Aama dosha (Endotoxins) in the body and helpful in expelling out from the body. As we saw, piles are caused by improper digestion. So this herbal medication is useful in improving digestion and ultimately helpful in piles. This formulation is made by the effective ingredients like Vidang (Embelia ribes), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), amla (Emblica officinalis), shuddha Bhallataka (Purified Semecarpus anacardium), shuddha Vatsanabha (Purified Aconitum ferox), etc. It balances the digestive fire in the body and is helpful in managing proper digestion.

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

2. Vara Churna

This is an effective herbal supplement for colon cleanse. This herbal powder is made from the herbs like Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica). This is the best herbal remedy for constipation. Due to its purgative properties it helps in cleaning the colon and strengthens the intestines. It also gives nutrition to the body by managing digestion. Due to its purgative property it manages piles very well.

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

3. Pile Off Capsules

This is a poly herbal formulation of Planet Ayurveda. It is specifically used in piles disease. This herbal formulation is made from the standardized extracts of Haridra (Curcuma longa), Pippali (Piper longum), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Sajjikhar (Soda bi carb powder), etc. it relieves pain, stinging feeling and inflammation. It also helps in smooth evacuation of stools. These capsules normally suppress the dilated veins of the hemorrhoids.

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

4. Kanchnaar Guggul

This classical formulation is best and effective against any abnormal growth or mass tag in the body. This formulation contain Kanchnaar bark (Bauhinia variegata), Amalaki (Embilica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum), Varuna (Crataeva religiosa). These help in pacifying kapha dosha which is the cause of excessive growth in the body. In piles there is swelling or inflammation in the rectum or anus. So helpful in treating the piles by subsiding the pile mass.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day with plain water after meals.

5. Drift Ointment

This ointment is used for the treatment of piles, fissures and fistula. It relieves itching and pain due to pile mass. It also reduces bleeding and swelling in the affected area. This ointment contains herbs like nirgundi beej (seeds of Vitex negundo), Lajjavanti (Mimosa pudica), Bhringraj (Eclipta alba), etc. These are all ingredients helpful in shrinking the pile mass.

How to Apply: Directly apply over the pile mass two times a day.

6. Nirgundi Oil

This is a medicated oil preparation useful in piles and other wounds. This oil is made from herbs like Nirgundi (vitex negundo), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Kalahari (Gloriosa superba), etc. These herbs have anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antiseptic properties. So helpful in pain, swelling and any kind of infection. This oil protects the wounds from infections.

How to Apply: Just apply this oil over the pile mass two times a day.

CONCLUSION

The treatment protocol for piles ranges from dietary and lifestyle modifications in daily routine. By following a proper diet and lifestyle as discussed above and also by taking herbal supplements one can get rid of this painful condition. Above mentioned classic formulations and Planet Ayurveda herbal products show very good results in piles because these products are natural and free from chemicals and preservatives and safe to use. For enquiry you can visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com

REFERENCES

  1. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/9
  2. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/22
  3. Ashtanga Hridaya nidana sthana 7/21
  4. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/33
  5. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/40
  6. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/44
  7. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/45
  8. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/48
  9. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/52-53
  10. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/60-61
  11. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/175-176
  12. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/177-179
  13. Charak samhita chikitsa sthana 14/185

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Punctate Inner Choroidopathy Treatment with Ayurveda

Punctate inner choroidopathy is a disease of Eye. The eye is the major organ in our body. This major organ helps in vision and also it is highly specialized for photoreception. The eye is placed in a protectie bony socket called orbit in a skull. The eye is the jewel of the body. So it is very important to take care of our eyes to see this beautiful world. Without Eyes our world is colourless. In Spite of this there are many diseases that affect the health of the eyes or our vision. Some of the eye disorders are refractive errors, Cataract, Glaucoma, Strabismus, Amblyopia, squint, punctate inner choroidopathy, conjunctivitis, blepharitis, pterygium, etc. But in today's article, we are going to discuss one of the eye disorders that are punctate inner choroidopathy and its Ayurvedic management.

Punctate Inner Choroidopathy

Introduction

Punctate inner choroidopathy is an inflammatory condition that affects the choroid and retina of the eyes. This can lead to vision loss. This disease most commonly occurs in young women who are myopic. This term punctate inner choroidopathy was first used by Watzke, et al. in 19841. In this condition there is an inflammation in the retina and choroid part of the eyes. This disease is the average age of patients ranging from 16-40 years for this disease. The inflammation is limited to the back of the eye, meaning the posterior aspect and there is no inflammation in the front of the eye. This is the distinctive feature of Punctate inner choroidopathy.

ETIOLOGY / CAUSES

The exact cause of PIC is not known. But researchers believe that this disease is thought to involve both genetic and environmental factors. It may also represent an autoimmune type of uveitis.

CLINICAL FEATURES / SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of this disease are:

  • Appearance of gray-white or whitish yellow punctate at the areas of the inner choroid
  • Blind spot
  • Blurred vision
  • Photopsia
  • Floaters
  • Photophobia
  • Distorted vision
  • Loss of peripheral vision
  • Scarring

DIAGNOSIS

The diagnosis of Punctate inner choroidopathy can be difficult because the appearance of this disease is similar to other diseases of the eyes. So the diagnosis is made by careful examination of the eye and some known tests. Those tests are:

  • Visual field testing
  • Fluorescein angiography

COMPLICATIONS

If left untreated then this disease will show the following complications:

  • Choroidal neovascularization
  • Subretinal fibrosis

AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF PUNCTATE INNER CHOROIDOPATHY

In Ayurveda, we have wonderful herbs for the treatment of this inflammatory condition. We have one internationally and GMP certified company which offers effective herbal products.  Planet Ayurveda is a manufacturing company that manufactures various herbal products. This company believes in the power of natural herbs. Their goal is to prepare powerful herbal products from the extracts of potential herbs. The quality and purity of the herbs used in our products are crucial and these products are made by using the ancient time tested formulas. Planet Ayurveda have the following herbal products for punctate inner choroidopathy:

PRODUCTS LIST

  1. Angel Eye Vitale
  2. Kaishore Guggul
  3. Bilberry capsules
  4. Triphala Ghrita
  5. Saptamrit loha
  6. Curcumin Capsules

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Angel Eye Vitale

This is an Ayurvedic remedy for eye disorders. This is generally a multivitamin herbal formulation used in eye problems. This formulation contains vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin E, zinc, copper, lutein, zeaxanthin, astaxanthin and bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). These all ingredients provide proper and good nutrition to the eyes.

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

2. Kaishore Guggul

This is a classical formulation used in the treatment of inflammatory conditions. This formulation is made from the herbs like Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Shuddha guggul (Commiphora mukul), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), Nishotha (Operculina turpenthum), Dantimool (Baliospermum montanum). It removes the toxins from the blood and helps in various disorders.

Dosage: 1 tablet twice a day after meals with plan water.

3. Bilberry Capsules

This is a single herbal formulation. It is an antioxidant rich berry for healthy eyesight. It is made from the extracts of Bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus). This formulation helps in near as well as farsightedness. This formulation also helps in macular degeneration, weak eyes, eye strains, etc. This is the strongest compound to fight free radicals. These free radicals are the major cause of damage to eyes. So this herbal formulation is very effective in treating eye disorders.

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

4. Triphala Ghrit

This is an Ayurvedic formulation with ghee as a base. It is useful in eye sight and also purifies the blood. This formulation is an Ayurvedic preventive as well as healing medicine. Triphala ghrit reduces the lens opacity, improves vision and protects the eyes from various infections. It also improves eye vision. This herbal formulation is made from the herbs such as Triphala (Three myrobalans), Vasa (Adhatoda vasica), Bhringraj (Eclipta alba), Pippali (Piper longum), Munnaka (Vitis vinifera), etc. It is useful in Improving vision, promotes hair growth, alleviates itching, night blindness, retinitis pigmentosa, punctate inner choroidopathy, cataract, etc.

Dosage: 1 tsp twice a day with warm water.

5. Saptamrit Loha

This is an iron calx formulation. It is used in the treatment of eye disorders. It is made from the herbs such as Mulethi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Loha bhasma (Iron calx). This is primarily used for eye and hair diseases. Saptamrit loha is prescribed mainly in conjunctivitis, immature cataract and vision impairment due to any underlying eye disorder. This formulation increases hemoglobin level, reduces intestinal gas, balances acid production, etc. it contains triphala which is very effective in eye disorders.

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

6. Curcumin Capsules

This is a single herbal formulation of Planet Ayurveda. This is the best antiseptic herb in Ayurveda. These capsules are prepared from the extracts of Curcumin (Curcuma longa). Curcumin relieves swelling and inflammation in the body. This herb prevents the body from the spread of infections. This herb also has digestive properties and is useful in the treatment of digestive ailments. It is rich in natural antioxidants and protects from free radical damage. It purifies the blood and is antiseptic by nature.

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

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Conclusion

At last we concluded that we have to take care of our eyes. It is very important to take care with medicines that have no side effects on the eyes. So it is important and beneficial to choose Ayurvedic treatment to protect our body from any side effects. Planet Ayurveda is right to choose for treatment of this disease. They also do not use any kind of insecticide or pesticide in their products. So for more information you can visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com

References

  1. https://eyewiki.aao.org/Punctate_Inner_Choroidopathy#Disease_Entity

Treatment for Cecal Volvulus in Ayurveda with Herbal Remedies

Cecal volvulus is a disease that is related to the intestines. Intestines are the muscular hollow tube which extends from the lower end of the stomach to the anus. These intestines are also called bowels. The food particles then pass through the stomach to the intestines in the form of Chyme and further digestion and absorption take place. Intestines are divided into two sections called the small intestine and the large intestine. Volvulus is a condition when portions of the intestine get tangled upon a mesenteric axis. This tangled condition can cause impairment of the blood supply which further can result in complete or partial obstruction of the lumen. In this article, we will discuss the term cecal volvulus which is a type of Volvulus and its Ayurvedic management.

Cecal volvulus, Cecal bascule

INTRODUCTION

Cecal volvulus is a rare condition in which a part of the intestine is entangled or a loop of the intestine twisted with itself and resulting in bowel obstruction. Cecal volvulus term is used to describe when the cecum (which is in between the small bowel and colon) twists on itself and detaches itself from the abdominal wall. This rare condition describes the torsion of the cecum which often results in obstruction. If this condition is unrecognized then it can result in intestinal perforation or fecal peritonitis. Usually, a person may mismatch this condition with normal stomach problems and often results in some complications.

ETIOLOGY / CAUSES

In this condition, the terminal ileum and right colon are involved. It occurs when loose mesentery twists around an axis and it can occur when the cecum is untangled from a caudate to cephalad direction. Other possible causes are:

  • Weakened colon muscles
  • Hirschprung’s disease
  • Pelvic tumors
  • Infections
  • Violent coughing fits
  • Enlargement of the colon

CLINICAL FEATURES / SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

A person may experience the following symptoms due to this disease:

  • Abdominal distension
  • Constipation
  • Flatulence
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Bilious vomiting
  • Ischemia to the affected portion

DIAGNOSIS

After a thorough physical examination, the doctor will advise you to do some imaging tests to diagnose this disease. Commonly abdominal X-ray should be done to confirm the volvulus. In this imaging technique, there is an appearance of a bent inner tube sign or a coffee bean sign and in case if there is a doubt to diagnose this condition then a barium enema may be done. There is an appearance of Bird’s beak at the point where there is a volvulus of the cecum.

TREATMENT

The only treatment of choice for this condition is surgery. The procedure is known as cecopexy. In this procedure, the cecum may be returned to its position and sutured in the right place.

But Surgery has its own side effects on the body. But don’t worry there is a wonderful solution for those who are not willing to go for surgery. But don’t worry you can use wonderful Ayurvedic herbal remedies for the treatment of this disease.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR CECAL VOLVULUS

Herbal treatment is a wonderful therapy for treating various acute and chronic conditions. For this concern Planet Ayurveda has many effective herbal products for the treatment of various diseases. This is a manufacturing company that is GMP and also internationally certified. This manufactures various herbal products from standardized extracts of potential herbs and also made under the guidance of expert Ayurvedic physicians. Planet Ayurveda provides the following herbal products for the treatment of Cecal volvulus:

PRODUCTS LIST

  1. Triphala Guggul
  2. Digesto Plan Syrup
  3. Kutki Capsules
  4. Vriddhivadhika Vati
  5. Cruel Plus Capsules
  6. Curcumin Capsules
  7. Panchsakar Churna

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Triphala Guggul

This is an Ayurvedic medicine that is prepared from three wonderful myrobalans i.e. Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), and also contains shuddha guggul (Commiphora mukul) and pippali (Piper longum). These ingredients help in various digestive problems such as indigestion, constipation, abdominal distension, loss of appetite, bloating, anorexia, etc. It improves the metabolism of the body. It also improves the bowel movement in the intestines by loosening and softening the stool.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day with plain water after meals.

2. Digesto Plan Syrup

This herbal product of Planet Ayurveda shows good results in abdominal problems. It helps to improve the digestion naturally as it contains the herbs such as Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), and Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi), Pippali (Piper longum), Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), etc. It helps in gas, bloating, acidity, irregular bowel movements, indigestion, etc. This syrup balances the toxins and stops the fermentation process in the intestines.

Dosage: 2 tsp twice a day with plain water after meals.

3. Kutki Capsules

This is a single herbal formulation of planet ayurveda. It is used traditionally as a hepatoprotective. It is made by using the standardized extracts of Kutki (Picrorhiza kurroa). This herb is very beneficial in liver disorders. It is a powerful herbal antibiotic and is used in the treatment of cecal volvulus to treat bacterial infections in the intestines. It has pitta pacifier properties, anti-inflammatory properties. It is used in the indications such as fever, jaundice, burning sensation, etc.

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

4. Vriddhivadhika Vati

It is a herbal mineral formulation in Ayurveda that is used in the treatment of intestinal obstruction, inguinal hernia, hydrocele, etc. This Ayurvedic formulation is helpful in all types of excessive growth in the body. It is made by the wonderful herbs and minerals such as shuddha Parada (Purified Mercury), shuddha Gandhak (Purified Sulphur), Vanga bhasma (Tin calx), Kansya bhasma (Bronze calx), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Pippali (Piper longum), Vidang (Embelia ribes), etc. In the above-mentioned disease, Vata dosha plays a role in the development of this disease so this Ayurvedic remedy is helpful in treating this disease as it has vata pacifying properties.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day with plain water after meals.

5. Cruel Plus Capsules

This is a nutritional supplement used in the treatment of abnormal growth in the body. It is also used in immuno-compromising conditions. This formulation is made by amazing herbomineral ingredients such as Sarveshawar parparti, Suvarna bhasma, Hira bhasma, tamra bhasma, Ras-sindoor, Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), etc. It helps to reduce excessive growth and increases the energy level and reduces weakness.

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

6. Curcumin Capsules

This single herbal formulation is effective against infectious diseases. These capsules are prepared from the standardized extracts of Curcumin (Curcuma longa). It is also used in recipes for flavor. It is a very effective antiseptic property. It is used in the treatment of various cancers and tumors. This herb is wonderful for skin ailments. It is rich in antioxidant properties and protects the body from free radical damage. This herb prevents the body from harmful bacterial growths.

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

7. Panchsakar Churna

This is a classical Ayurvedic formulation in a powder form that is useful for digestive problems. This Ayurvedic medicine is a herbal formulation that contains Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Senai (Cassia angustifolia), Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), etc. This formulation reduces pain and swelling and promotes the efficient working of the intestines. This herbal product calms Vata and Kapha dosha. Overall this formulation improves digestion by removing toxins from the body.

Dosage: ½ tsp twice with warm water after meals.

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CONCLUSION

We concluded that Ayurvedic has a solution for every problem. Our Acharyas have vast knowledge about treating various chronic diseases. You can use the herbal product of planet Ayurveda for cecal volvulus to avoid surgery. These products are very safe and effective to use. For more queries, you can visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com

Pseudomonas Aeruginosa Treatment in Ayurveda

Pseudomonas aeruginosa is a gram-negative bacteria. This bacteria causes diseases in humans, plants and animals. This bacteria is commonly found in the environment like soil, water and other moist locations. This bacteria is a common encapsulated gram-negative, strict aerobic, rod-shaped bacteria. These bacteria can thrive not only in a normal environment but also thrive in low oxygen atmospheres and colonize many natural and artificial environments. This bacteria is a multidrug resistant pathogen which is also known as MDR pathogen and is known for its antibiotic resistant properties. It affects the organs like eyes, lungs, kidneys, skin, etc. This bacteria mostly affects people who are already immunocompromised or who are associated with serious illnesses. It attacks the weak immune system and produces tissue damaging toxins. The people who are suffering from cancer and have burns are more susceptible to this bacterial infection. In this article we are going to discuss this bacteria and its Ayurvedic aspect in detail.

Pseudomonas aeruginosa

AYURVEDIC ASPECT OF PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA

We can correlate this disease with Krimi roga, specifically Raktaj krimi. These parasites have minute size, round in shape and without legs and some parasites are microscopic in size. According to the Ayurveda, our Acharya said that low agni (Weak digestion) is the main cause of parasite growth. People with weak digestion or improper digestion for a longer period are ideal hosts for parasite invasion. Parasite affects more on vata and kapha predominant people. Hence Agni also plays an important role in krimi roga (disease). “Krimi klavye medhyati” means those organisms which invade the skin are called krimi (parasites).

ETIOLOGY/CAUSES

This infection of this disease is caused when a person is immunocompromised or when the patient is already hospitalized. This bacterial infection is transmitted via ventilator support or any other medical instrument. An infection is also created in burn patients or in any other wounds that have direct exposure to the external environment. The incubation period is 24-72 hours.

Raktaj Krimi Nidana (Causes)1

The causes of Raktaj krimi are:

  • Take unfavorable food
  • Overeating
  • Excessive intake of green leafy vegetables
  • Excessive intake of sugary products

CLINICAL FEATURES/SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

Pseudomonas aeruginosa may occur at any part of the body and show symptoms accordingly. The symptoms generally depend on which part of the body is infected.

Infection in Blood: the symptoms are:

  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Muscular pain
  • Joint pain
  • Fatigue

Infection in Skin: the symptoms are:

  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Rashes
  • Burning sensation
  • Skin abscess

Infection in Lungs: the symptoms are:

  • Cough
  • Cold
  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Fever
  • Frequent chills

Infection in Ear: the symptoms are

  • Pain
  • Inflammation
  • Discharge from ear
  • Difficulty in hearing
  • Itching 

Infection in Eyes: the symptoms are:

  • Blurred vision
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Watering of eyes
  • Impaired vision

Raktaj Krimi Lakshan (Symptoms) Are2

These krimi shows the following symptoms:

  • Itching
  • Pricking sensation
  • Abnormal feeling
  • Hair fall
  • Hypersensitivity
  • May eat out the skin, veins, nerves, muscles, cartilages etc.

RISK FACTORS

Risk factors that increase Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection are:

  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Patient suffering from autoimmune disorders
  • Burns
  • Exposure to chemotherapy

DIAGNOSIS

The diagnosis is made through physical examination and proper medical history. A blood test should be performed to detect the presence of bacteria.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA INFECTION3

This shloka states that in all parasitic infections we should do extraction of these parasites first and then destroy the source of their origin and at last avoid the etiological factors of the disease. 

  1. Apakarshan Procedure (Extraction of Worms): The apakarshan procedure mentioned by Acharya Charaka is the extraction of worms either with the help of hands or with the help of some instruments. If parasites are invaded in the internal organs of the body then eliminative therapy should be done. This means that with the help of medicated drugs we should do shiro virechana (administration of medicine through the nasal route), vaman (emesis), virechana (purgation), asthapana basti (non-unctuous enema).
  2. Prakriti Vighata (Extinction of Etiology): For this procedure, we have to use pungent, bitter, astringent, alkaline and hot drugs for the destruction of the source of the origin of parasites and also use other measures that are contrary to kapha dosha. This is called prakriti vighata treatment.
  3. Nidana Parivarjana (Etiology Avoidance): This is the basic treatment protocol for all diseases and it is also known as Ardhachikitsa (half way of treatment). One should avoid the etiological factors (mentioned above) which mean those things which aggravate the disease.

SOME OF THE CLASSICAL AYURVEDIC FORMULATION FOR KRIMI ROGA IS

Rasa

  • Vidangadi loha
  • Krimi Mudgar ras
  • Krimihar ras
  • Krimighan ras

Vati

  • Krimighatini vati
  • Lakshadi vati
  • Sanjeevani vati

Churna

  • Vidanga churna
  • Palash beej churna
  • Kampillak churna

Asav/Arisht

  • Vidangarishta
  • Mustadi kwath
  • Kharjur patra kwath

Ghrit/Taila

  • Vidang ghrit
  • Vidang taila
  • Dhustur taila

HERBAL TREATMENT FOR PSEUDOMONAS AERUGINOSA

Planet Ayurveda is a company that has wonderful herbal products for the management of various diseases. This manufacturing company manufactures the herbal products from ancient time-tested formulas and also these formulations are made through the extracts of potential herbs. These products are 100% natural and vegetarian. This company is GMP certified. The herbal supplements for Pseudomonas aeruginosa infection are:

  1. Curcumin Capsules
  2. Pitta Balance
  3. Kaishore Guggul
  4. Giloy Capsules
  5. Navkarshik Churna

Herbal Remedies For Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

Herbal Remedies for Pseudomonas Aeruginosa

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Curcumin Capsules

This is a single herbal formulation. It is known as Turmeric in English. These capsules are made from the standardized extracts of Curcumin (Curcuma longa). This ingredient is commonly used in Indian kitchens for flavor and taste. Curcumin has strong antiseptic properties. It protects the body from various infections by killing the growth of the bacteria in the body. It also acts as a blood purifier and removes the toxins from the body. It is rich in natural antioxidants.

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

2. Pitta Balance

This single herbal formulation is used in improving digestive health. Balancing the fire element in the body means it is helpful in pacifying pitta dosha. Predominance of pitta dosha aggravates the bacterial infection so this herbal supplement is useful in balancing the pitta dosha. This formulation is made from the compounds like Praval pishti (Coral compound), Akik pishti (Agate compound), Kamdudha ras (compound) and one herb Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). This herbal product is beneficial in digestive, skin and blood problems.

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

3. Kaishore Guggul

This is a classical Ayurvedic formulation which is used in the treatment of Gout and skin problems. This herbal supplement removes the toxins from the blood and is useful for all metabolic disorders. This formulation is prepared from the herbs like Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Shudha guggul (Commiphora mukul), Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), Nishotha (Operculina turpenthum), Dantimool (Baliospermum montanum). This product is helpful in pacifying pitta dosha mainly

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day after meals with plain water.

4. Giloy Capsules

This is a single herbal Ayurvedic formulation of Planet Ayurveda. It is a well known plant in the ayurvedic system of medicine that is known for its numerous health benefits. This formulation is made from standardized extracts of Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). This herb is best for enhancing immunity of the person and helpful in fighting against many infections. It has anti-inflammatory properties and also a strong antipyretic herb. This herb also has blood purifying properties.

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

5. Navkarshik Churna

This is a herbal formulation in powder form. It is the combination of natural herbs that helps to balance the pitta dosha. It is a very effective herbal formulation for Gout and skin problems. This formulation is made from following herbs Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Daruhaldi (Berberis aristata) It helps in cleansing the blood and removes the toxins from the blood. This is a classical Ayurvedic formulation from Chakardatt samhita. . It acts as an immunomodulator hence improves immunity of the person.

Dosage: ½ tsp twice a day after meals with plain water

CONCLUSION

As we see that there is no proper treatment for this disease as per allopath because this bacteria is resistant to antibiotics. But in Ayurveda we have proper management for this disease. They just remove the endotoxins from the blood and manage the disease from its root cause. So we must follow Ayurvedic treatment to get complete relief from this disease. For more enquiries please visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com

REFERENCES

  1. Sushruta Samhita Uttara Tantra 54/18
  2. Charak Samhita Vimana Sthana 7/11
  3. Charak Samhita Vimana Sthana 7/14-15

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

AHAs and their Significance in Skin Care

AHA are acid molecules that can be plant based or animal based. They are used as ingredients of beauty, hair and skin care products especially meant for damage repair and anti aging. They are used in the manufacture of toners, creams, masks, lotions, etc. and also as medicated ointments meant for use only by prescription. AHAs can be very effective if used correctly. This article explains what AHAs are, how they work and why they are used, and what natural foods and facial application products can be used in place of the chemical laden beauty products, so as to avoid the side effects.

AHA, Alpha Hydroxy Acids

INTRODUCTION: WHAT IS AHA?

AHA stands for Alpha Hydroxy Acids. The AHAs occur naturally in fruits and some animal products. AHAs are used extensively in beauty and skincare products because of their many beneficial effects on human skin, the most popular of which is the anti-aging property of AHAs. The following sources are currently used for the extraction of AHAs:

  • Milk: milk contains lactose
  • Pickled foods
  • Grapes
  • Apples, Pears
  • Honeycombs
  • Sugarcane
  • Citrus Fruits
  • Animal tissues

USES AND FUNCTION

The use of AHA as ingredients in skincare products is very broad. The glycolic acid along with lactic acid are mostly used and are the safest forms of AHA available as they have been used quite widely and no side effects have been observed or reported. They also maintain the natural suppleness of the skin and reduce irritation. They are not known to cause any irritation. This is the reason why most AHA containing products that are available for purchase without prescription, are based out of either lactic acid or glycolic acid. The AHAs are included in beauty and cosmetic products because they can have the following effects on the skin:

  • They help remove the upper dead layer of skin cells.
  • Improve the blood circulation in the area
  • Improve elasticity and strengthen collagen fibers
  • Prevent breaking of smooth fine facial muscles
  • Reduce pigmentation
  • Prevent discoloration
  • Prevent pimples and acne
  • Improve texture and smoothen the surface
  • Decrease the fine lines and wrinkles
  • Decrease sagging
  • Improve absorption and perspiration via the skin

5 NATURAL AHA FACE MASKS

Since AHAs are mostly extracted from fruits and food products, you can prepare your own fresh face masks full of AHAs, naturally with ingredients available at your home. These masks can be used to exfoliate i.e. remove dead skin cells, cleanse the pores, and improve the texture of the skin by promoting the exposure of new skin.

1. Citrus AHA Mask

Lemons, oranges, grapefruits, etc. are all rich in citric acid.  Not only the consumption of these citric fruits is beneficial for the body in many ways, the citric acid present in them is very effective in reducing the pigmentation i.e. dark colored spots and patches, and also the spots left after acne has occurred.

Mix well 2 tbsp milk with minimum 6 % fat with 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed juice of lemon, orange, tangerine or grapefruit. Leave the mixture for some time. Next, apply this paste liberally on the neck and the face, leaving the eyes. Keep it for half an hour, and then rinse with lukewarm water. Even if your skin is oily, avoid using soap or face wash. Pat dry and if required, use a moisturizer.

2. Sugar Honey AHA Mask

Raw, unprocessed sugar contains some of the glycolic acid content naturally occurring in sugarcane. Glycolic acid possesses excellent exfoliating properties, making it a common ingredient in scrubs and face washes. It is effective in removing the top layer of skin cells thus reducing the scars and marks that occurred because of the top layer of the skin being damaged. Crush 2 tbsp raw sugar in a pestle mortar. Try to use the most unprocessed and raw sugar you can get. Mix in it 2 tbsp naturally extracted honey and 1 tsp lemon juice. Apply the mix on your face and neck but avoid the eyes. Leave for 2-3 minutes only and wash off with lukewarm water.

3. Apple AHA Mask

Apples contain malic acid which is one of the major AHAs. The malic acid content is further boosted when vinegar is prepared with apples. It absorbs excess oil and mixture from the pores and deepest cavities in the skin, thus absorbing sebum, dead cells and dirt. You will need the most raw and unprocessed apple cider vinegar you can get. Take one tbsp of it and dab on your face using a cotton swab. Take care not to apply too close to the eyes. It may feel tingling or pinching on your skin as it dries up. When it dries completely, remove it by rubbing or with a wet wipe.

4. Tartaric AHA Mask

Tartaric acid is probably the softest on the skin therefore most suitable for sensitive skin. It is found in grapes, thus wine and champagne are excellent sources of tartaric AHAs. Mix 75 ml of champagne with fuller's earth and apply it on your face and neck. Leave it on for around 15-20 minutes and then rinse gently.

5. Lactic AHA Mask

Lactic acid is most commonly found in milk, yogurt, curds, etc. Some lactic acid is also found in grapefruits. People with dry skin can greatly benefit from lactic acid face masks since such masks can also balance excess dryness and replenish lost oils and nutrients from the skin. Lactic acid is also very mild and safe for application on even sensitive skin types. You can apply yogurt regularly on your face every three days. To prepare a natural face wash, mix 2 tsp fuller earth with 2 tbsp beaten curd or yogurt, and add in 2-3 tsp of grapefruit juice. Apply on the face and neck, and if you want to add a scrubbing effect to it add a tsp of sugar. Massage gently for two minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Use this face mask once a week.

SIDE EFFECTS

Although AHAs are not extremely harmful for any skin type, every person's skin is different and may react with a substance in different ways. Some people may experience the following side effects upon their first use of AHA based products:

  • Minimal discomfort
  • Burning sensation
  • Itching and irritation
  • Warmth over the applied area
  • Eczema
  • Very small blisters

However, the side effects shall resolve on their own within a few days as the skin gets habitual of the product. You should apply ice on the affected area and avoid exposing skin to direct sun. You should not apply on skin that you have recently waxed or shaved, or skin that has new cuts or burns. Also, if you already suffer from eczema, psoriasis or any other inflammation of the skin, you should avoid using these products without proper guidance from a dermatologist. Pregnant and lactating women should also not use it.

CONCLUSION

AHA products are quite popular amongst the skin care and beauty experts’ right now because of the many benefits they offer, but it should be understood that these are strong and aren’t recommended for usage without guidance or recommendation. However, upon consultation with an expert, you can recommend the best suitable AHA products for your skin and hair type. A dermatologist can provide the best advice regarding this. Care should also be taken while buying products as all brands do not produce standardized formulations. AHA products are great for skin exfoliation and are available as creams, serums, toners, gels, face and hair masks, and peel- off type creams.