Monday, July 22, 2013

AYURVEDA AND SARCOIDOSIS

Introduction of Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is a disease that results from a specific form of tissue inflammation called granuloma which can appear in any part of the body, but most often starts in the lungs or lymph nodes. It is most common in young, black adults. A disturbed immune response of the body is believed to be the cause of this disease.

Sarcoidosis is neither a cancer nor is contagious, and in most cases heals spontaneously in 2 to 3 years. However, it can affect and seriously damage vital organs like the lungs, heart, nervous system, liver or kidneys. The Ayurvedic treatment of this condition helps to reduce the damage to the tissues and prevent complications from the resulting fibrosis.


Symptoms of Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis can affect any organ, largely asymptomatic only showing vague symptoms as per the involvement of the specific organ. Symptoms may include:
  • Fatigue
  • Lack of energy
  • Weight loss
  • Aches and pains
  • Arthritis
  • Dry eyes, blurry vision, and blindness
  • Swelling of the knees
  • Shortness of breath
  • Dry hacking cough
  • Skin lesions, rashes and nodules (small bumps)
  • Hepatomegaly
  • Anemia
  • Painless swollen lymph nodes of axillary, epitrochlear, or inguinal region
  • In neurosarcoidosis – peripheral facial nerve palsy, optic nerve dysfunction, papilledema, palate dysfunction, hearing abnormalities, hypothalamic and pituitary abnormalities, chronic meningitis, and peripheral neuropathy may be seen.


Etiology of Sarcoidosis

As per Ayurveda, Sarcoidosis disease is caused by generation of endotoxins, i.e., it is an autoimmune disease. Endotoxin called ama while moving through circulatory and lymphatic systems interferes with chemical function of immunity system and results in accumulation of antibodies in form of inflammatory lumps in different organs of the body.

Causes for Sarcoidosis

Causes of Sarcoidosis are still unknown. Scientists are yet to identify the specific cause or substance which may trigger this disease.

Ayurveda Herbs for Sarcoidosis


Herbs to reduce inflammation:
  • Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Nimba (Azadirachta indica)
  • Deodar (Cedrus deodara)
  • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Patol (Trichosanthes dioica)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)
Herbs to prevent fibrosis (scarring):
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Guggul (Commiphora mukul)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
Herbs to improve the immune system:
  • Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
  • Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum)
  • Daruharidra (Berberis aristata)

 Ayurvedic medicines for Sarcoidosis

Medicines to reduce inflammation:
  • Triphala guggul
  • Arogyavardhini vati
  • Punarnavadi guggul
  • Gokshuradi guggul
  • Yograj guggul
  • Punarnavadi kwatha


Medicines to prevent fibrosis (scarring):
  • Arogyavardhini vati
  • Gokshuradi guggul
  • Kaishor guggul
  • Rasayan vati
  • Mahamanjishthadi kwatha
  • Rasa sindoor
  • Guduchyadi kwatha
  • Saarivaasava


Medicines to improve the immune system:
  • Laghu malini vasant
  • Suvarna malini vasant
  • Suvarna sutshekhar ras
  • Abhrak bhasma
  • Tapyadi loha
  • Trivanga bhasma
Panchkarma therapies for Sarcoidosis

Detoxifying therapies:
  • Vamanam
  • Virechanam
  • Vasthy
  • Elakizhi
  • Podikizhi
  • Lepam
Relaxing therapies:
  • Abhyangam
  • Sirodhara

(P.S.- Do not have any Ayurvedic medicines without advice of an Ayurveda doctor.)


(P.S: As every human being is different according to Ayurveda, all have different cures. So, kindly consult us or an Ayurveda doctor before taking any herbal medicines.)

This post is written by Dr.Jaina Patwa who is a Chief Ayurvedic practitioner based at Vile Parle, Mumbai, India. She is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant on Skype. Skype ID - vishwacare

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