Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

How to Treat Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP) in Ayurveda ?

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Which body fluid is the lifeline of the human body? The answer is blood. Blood is the fluid that does various essential functions in the body, from conveying oxygen to other parts of the body to release carbon dioxide from the body, from delivering nutrients, to the hormones transportation. To maintain required blood in the body, platelets play an essential role. Platelets, one kind of small blood cells helps to clot the blood to stop bleeding during injury.

But what if the platelets count become low or high? One of such condition is known as idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP).

What is Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP)?

ITP is a hematologic issue, marked by the low count of platelets due to which blood is unable to clot when required. The ITP supposed to be a type of autoimmune disorders which is also famous with the name of immune thrombocytopenia. The disease is characterized by a noticeable symptom called purple bruises (purpura) which appeared on skin. Due to these bruises, disease famous with the name of thrombocytopenic purpura.

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Types of ITP

The ITP can be of various types

  • Newly Diagnosed ITP – Diagnosed less than starting three months.
  • Persistent ITP – When the patient disease duration is from 3 to 12 months
  • Chronic ITP –The disease duration is beyond 12 months
  • Severe ITP –Include the occurrence of bleeding symptoms
  • Refractory ITP – The disease case which does not respond to splenectomy and shows bleeding symptoms during ongoing therapy

But What is the Reason behind the Disrupted Immune System ?

When the glycoprotein loss the ability to express themselves on platelets and megakaryocytes.

What are the Clinical Features of ITP?

  • Mucocutaneous bleeding of skin, GI tract and oral cavity, which form purpura
  • Bleeding Nose
  • Blood in urine
  • Fatigue

Major Complications

  • Intracranial haemorrhage
  • Thrombosis

The Next Question Arises is, How one can Diagnose the Disease?

Physical Examination

The doctor will check all the possible symptoms of ITP.

Laboratory Tests

CBC (complete blood count)

It determines cell number, usually white, red and platelets.

Blood Smear

The test is done to check platelets number in the blood.

Bone Marrow Test

The test is done to identify causes behind low platelet count.
Once the diagnosis of ITP is confirmed, the next step is to treat and manage the condition.

The ITP Management Involve the Number of Modalities

  • Medications to Suppress Immune Systems –Oral Corticosteroids or Rituximab
  • Medication to Enhance Platelets –Thrombopoietin receptor agonists
  • Injections of IVIG to strengthen blood count
  • Another Treatment Involves – Removal of spleen or medicate with other drugs like Azathioprine
  • However, the treatment with the above medications may lead to some side effects as well such as
    • Oral corticosteroids – relapse after discontinuation of the drug
    • IVIG Injections – headache, vomiting, dizziness and enhance blood clot chances
    • Rituximab – a sore throat, fever and low blood pressure
    • Splenectomy – absence of spleen increase the prevalence of infections
    • Azathioprine – fever, vomiting and muscle pain

Now, Here the Question Arises; How one can Manage the ITP Without being suffered from Side Effects?

The answer is Ayurveda.

Ayurveda is an ancient medicinal treatment system of India. It is a 5000 years old system originated and led by the rishi and maha gurus of ancient India.

The word Ayurveda is taken from Sanskrit which means

  • Ayus – life
  • Veda – science, wisdom and knowledge
  • The word reflects – the science of life

What is the Central Concept behind Ayurveda?

An individualized approach from person to person as every individual has its own body type and energies.

Ayurveda treats by channelizing those energies which are known as dosha along with the mental, spiritual and physical state. Because as per Ayurveda, the Prakriti (combination of all doshas) of a person grow during the birth and remains same throughout the life.

Types of Dosha

Dosha mainly is of three types. All the doshas are made up of five essential elements – Air, Water, Earth, Fire, Space.  Every cell and tissue of the body is known to make up of these five elements.

1. Vata

Vata is known to make up for air and space. It channelizes heartbeat, nerve impulses, breathing, senses, communication and moods of the person.

2. Kapha

Kapha is known to make up of water and earth. It channelizes growth, nourishment, regeneration, stamina, memory and fat regulation.

3. Pitta

Pitta is made up of water and fire. It involves digestion, metabolism and intelligence.

By treating the aggravated doshas, one can get relief from the ITP

Now the Next Question Arises Where the Patient gets the Ayurvedic Treatment for ITP?

The answer is – Planet Ayurveda

It is one of the world’s best organization which provides natural and herbal medicines for curing certain kind of diseases. The organization also offer herbal combination to manage ITP. These herbal medicines are of the best quality which is strictly prepared according to Ayurveda rules.

Planet Ayurveda provides different herbal combinations which acts according as per age

There are three types of the combo are present

  • ITP Care Pack For Adults
  • ITP Care Pack For Children (3 to 14 years)
  • IPT Care Pack For Kids Less than three years of age

The Adult Care Pack For ITP Involves –

  • Kumar Kalyan Ras – 1 twice daily
  • Giloy Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • G-Plat Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • Pitta Balance – 1 twice daily
  • Swarn Basant Malti Ras – 1 twice daily
  • Green Essentials – 1twice daily
  • Brahmi Chawyanprash – 1tsp twice daily
  • Ashwagandha Capsules – 2 twice daily

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The Care Pack For 3 – 14 Years Old Children –

  • Kumar Kalyan Ras – 1 once daily
  • Giloy Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • G-Plat Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • Pitta Balance – 1 once daily
  • Swarn Basant Malti Ras – 1 twice daily
  • Green Essentials – 1twice daily
  • Brahmi Chawyanprash – 1tsp twice daily
  • Ashwagandha Capsules – 2 twice daily

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The Care Pack For Less than 3 Years Old Children –

  • Kumar Kalyan Ras – 1 once daily
  • Giloy Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • G-Plat Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • Swarn Basant Malti Ras – 1 once daily
  • Ashwagandha Capsules – 1 twice daily
  • Infee Syrup – 1tsp twice daily
  • Immubuild Syrup – 1 tsp twice daily
  • Arvindasava Syrup – 1tsp twice daily
  • Immune XP Syrup – 1 tsp twice daily

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By taking Ayurvedic medication along with some precaution, prescribed by an Ayurvedic consultant, the patients will able to manage the ITP condition without any side effects.

  • Avoid taking pills like ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Enhance the intake of whole grains, leafy vegetables and fresh fruits
  • Avoid dairy products, sugar and blood thinning food items like ginger, tomato and garlic

If You Suffering from Ulcerative colitis? – Natural Diet and Home Remedies

Introduction

Ulcerative Colitis is a chronic auto immune disease of the large intestine or colon wherein inflammation brought on by the faulty immune response creates ulcers or sores in the lining of the colon.

Due to changing eating habits as well as changing lifestyle, abdominal problems like- gastritis, bloating, constipation are becoming most common. These issues are looked quite simple to handle but if not diagnosed or treated early may result into a disease called as “Ulcerative Colitis

Ulcerative colitis treatment in Ayurveda

According To Ayurveda

  • As Ayurveda believes in curing the disease from the root, this problem has a proper solution. According to Ayurveda, it initiates with mild diarrhea then it leads to stools with Ama [toxic substances] then results in constipation.
  • In Ayurveda, it is also known as Pittaj Grahani

Lifestyle Changes

  • Simple lifestyle changes and little change in diet can help in not only relieving the symptoms of Ulcerative colitis, but also managing the problem and lengthening the time between the flare ups.

7 Home Remedies for Ulcerative Colitis

Home Remedies/ Natural Diet to Manage Ulcerative Colitis

  • A very effective and easy home remedy to deal with UC symptoms at home is to eat mints.
  • Mint helps in improving the functioning of digestive system and nervous system.
  • By eating mint, the saliva glands start working more and this helps with digestion.

Chamomile Tea

  • Chamomile Tea is another home remedy with amazing curative powers.

How To Make

  • It can be prepared by boiling two spoons of Chamomile flower powder in a glass of water for about 10 minutes, strain it and add some honey for the stage.
  • Chamomile helps in reducing inflammation in the colon as it has a soothing effect on the intestinal tract.
  • It can be taken daily by the patient.

Calendula Flower Tea

  • One may also prepare Calendula Flower Tea in the same way and drink it as a safe remedy for UC.

Apple Cider vinegar

How to Take

  • Apple cider vinegar (two spoons) mixed with honey in a glass of water right before each meal is another effective solution for UC.
  • It can be taken twice a day.

Plain Cultured Yogurt

  • Plain cultured yogurt/ curd has probiotics (live bacteria) which is beneficial for a healthy digestive system.
  • One needs to increase the intake of Probiotics in the diet.

Fresh Juices

  • Carrot juice,Pomegranate juice (50 ml daily)
  • Rose Petal juice
  • Marigold Flower Juice
  • Coriander Leaves juice
  • Indian Rosewood leaves juice

How to Take

  • It can be taken on a daily basis (1 spoon two to three times a day).
  • This provides the body with antioxidants and helps in treating UC.

Olive oil

How to Take

  • Olive oil (two spoons) mixed with a glass of warm water
  • It can be taken daily for a week.

Benefits

  • Olive oil is known for immunomodulatory properties and monosaturated fats.
  • It has anti-inflammatory properties as well and is perfectly safe to be used in treating UC.

Fenugreek Seeds

How to Take

  • Fenugreek seeds may be boiled in water for 10 minutes, strained and some jiggery powder may be added to it for taste.
  • This mixture can be taken on empty stomach daily for a week.

Benefits

  • Fenugreek seeds help in speeding up the recovery by providing a protective coating along the intestinal tract.
  • Fenugreek seeds are known for its anti-inflammatoryproperties, Vitamin C and Vitamin A, iron and calcium content.

Coconut Water with Honey

How to Take

  • A very easy way to treat UC at home is drinking coconut water with honey mixed with it on empty stomach first thing in the morning for at least one week.

Benefits

  • This drink boosts energy, prevents dehydration, enhances immunity and helps cure ulcers.

Rice Water

How to Take

  • Rice Water is also considered a good option to ease the symptoms of UC.
  • It can be prepared by boiling a cup of rice in three cups of water for twenty minutes.
  • After the rice settles down, strain it and drink the remaining water.

Best Fruits to Eat in UC

  • The best fruits that a UC patient should take on a regular basis are apples and bananas.
  • One should try to eat steamed apples, two times a day to alleviate pain and heal sores of the colon.
  • Apples are rich in phosphorous and iron and are very helpful in treating UC.
  • Seedless grapes, peaches, soft melons and avocados may also be taken

Turmeric

  • Turmeric may be mixed in a glass of warm milk and taken before bed time for a week.
  • It is well known for its antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties.

Wheat grass

  • Wheat grass is an anti-oxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties too.
  • It is very soft on the stomach and provides instant relief from the severe pain of UC.

How to Take

  • One can easily prepare wheat grass juice by mixing two spoons of wheat grass powder in warm water.
  • The mixture can be taken twice daily for one week.

Tips

  • It is very important to increase the intake of water.

Diet Plan for Ulcerative Colitis Patients

Recommended Diet – Foods to Eat & Avoid

  • The recommended diet includes vegetables like turnip, potatoes, radish, carrot, bael fruit, spinach, Bottle Gourd, Ridge Gourd, Ash Gourd, Songe Gourd and Round Gourd and green lentils. Vegetables should be without seeds.
  • Soft Bland Foods– These kinds of foods are very beneficial in some of the digestive tract problems such as ulcerative colitis. Soft, bland foods which can be used in ulcerative colitis are oatmeal, puffed rice, hominy grits, wheat cream, boiled eggs, gelatin, mashed potatoes, cooked vegetables such as asparagus, mushrooms, carrots and spinach and brown rice.
  • Taking Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Omega 3 fatty acid supplements are also recommended. Vitamin C is easily found in foods like red bell peppers, parsley, strawberries and spinach.
  • It is very important to avoid foods that can aggravate the UC symptoms. One needs to avoid dairy products like milk/cheese/butter, foods rich in fiber like cauliflower/cucumbers, spicy foods or spices like red chili, cloves, black peppers, turmeric and asafetida, citrus fruits like lime, lemons, orange, pineapples and tomatoes, alcohol, caffeine and carbonated drinks. It is advised to minimize the consumption of kidney beans, chick peas, black eyes beans, black grams, brinjal, ladyfinger etc. Eating small meals frequently works best for UC patients.
  • The best thing to do is to avoid stress as much as you can by practicing stress relieving techniques like yoga, meditation, deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation. Once stress is under control, the heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate becomes normal and blood and nutrients move into the core to support digestive function.