Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

How Shatavari is Useful During Pregnancy

Overview

Gestation is the crucial phase of life by which one or the other day a woman has to go through. Those 37 to 42 weeks in the woman’s life brings a lot of changes either in the means of physical health or social well-being. Here in this phase, mostly  women have to avoid or take precautions regarding various things either in the form of a diet or medications.The most important thing is that at this time there are high demands of nutrition to maintain the health of pregnant women and the fetus. So, to meet the needs of pregnancy “SHATAVARI” is the herb of choice.

How Shatavari is Useful During Pregnancy

Shatavar or Shatavari or the botanical name is Asparagus racemosus is an herb that has been used since decades as a medicine in the traditional system of medicine and also in the form of  curry. Shatavari not only helps to maintain pregnancy but it also helps in the conception and promotes the milk production and ejection after pregnancy. Shatavari is a medicinal plant that grows upto 1 to 2 meters in height and is a native to India, Sri Lanka and Nepal. The roots are a useful part of this herb.

QUALITIES OF SHATAVARI or Asparagus racemosus

How Shatavari is Helpful During Pregnancy
Shatavari is Useful During Pregnancy

(Reference – BhavaPrakasaNighantu / GuduchiadiVarga / Shloka no. 186 and 187)

  • Rasa (Taste) –  Madhur (sweet) and Tikta (bitter)
  • Guna (Quality) – Snigdha (unctuous in nature) and Guru (heavy to digest)
  • Veerya – Sheeta (cold in potency)
  • Vipaka – The end product of digestion is Madhur (sweet) in taste
  • Effect on Tridoshas – Balances Vata and Pitta doshas
  • It acts as Rasayans (Rejuvenating)
  • It promotes strength and milk production, enhances memory, improves sperm quality and count, and is beneficial in treating inflammatory disorders, heart diseases, bleeding disorders such as hemorrhoids, menstrual disorders, etc.
  • Being vrishya (aphrodisiac) it develops a suitable environment for the fetus for proper growth and development.

CHEMICAL COMPOSITION OF ASPARAGUS

  • The active compounds in the Shatavari are tannins, asparagamineA, shatavarins, shatavaroside A and B, asparanin A, filiasparoside C polycyclic alkaloid and so on.

ACTION AND EFFECTS OF SHATAVARI DURING PREGNANCY

  • It acts as a Rasayana (rejuvenating) that maintains the functions of all the systems. It is a generalized tonic that supports the female reproductive system.

EFFECTS ON THE ORGANS

  • Shatavari is an herb that mainly acts on the organs such as uterus (maintains the suitable environment for the development of fetus), ovaries (maintains FSH and LH level), brain (maintains the functions of all the other hormones like TSH, prolactin, testosterone, etc.), heart (maintains the proper blood supply to the fetus thus provides sufficient nutrition to the embryo),stomach (shatavari is cold in potency and sweet to taste therefore it balances pitta dosha and shows calming and soothing effects on stomach) and colon (supports the colon for absorption of the nutrition).

MAINTAINS PROGESTERONE LEVEL

  • As we know in order to maintain pregnancy the level of progesterone needs to be in proper levels otherwise it may lead to miscarriage or abortion. Asparagus helps to maintain this level and avoids the drop down of progesterone and in fact the estrogen level too also. Because estrogen is a precursor to the hormone progesterone.

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MEETS THE NUTRITIONAL NEEDS

  • No doubt everybody needs nutrition to maintain his or her health. But in pregnancy, a lady requires an extra amount of nutrition for her body as well as for his fetus. There are various macro and micro nutrients that are required for our body but in pregnancy usually the body requires –
  • Iron – Usually  pregnant women have less hemoglobin level in the body and often suffer from anemia. This herb helps to boost up the Hemoglobin level as well as blood level.
  • Folic acid – Folic acid is required for the proper growth and development of the child. Folic acid is responsible for neural development and also prevents the chance of birth defects.
  • Vitamins– Multivitamins are generally prescribed in the pregnancy to fulfill the needs of micronutrients but potentially Shatavari can fulfill all these demands. It is rich in vitamins such as K and B.
  • Calcium – After first trimester there is a high demand for calcium in the body as per Ayurveda after 2nd month the bones start to grow. Even some systems of the body start functioning after the 3rd month so calcium is required to perform all those activities. Shatavari can fulfill the needs of calcium effectively.
  • A GENERALIZED TONIC– Shatavari is a generalized tonic that helps to cover up the weakness and dizziness. Moreover, it provides strength to the body and reproductive organs and eases the pain and complications during labor (delivery) by nourishing all the doshas, dhatus and indriyas of the body.
  • BALANCES TRIDOSHA – We know that if all the doshas are in equilibrium state the person is healthy otherwise may end up with the various disorders. But a pregnancy may end up with complications if Vata Dosha and Pitta Dosha get vitiated or aggravated. It may retard the growth of the child.So to avoid these things Shatavari can be incorporated in the daily diet to fulfill the needs of multivitamins.
  • BOOST THE IMMUNE SYSTEM – Usually, immunity is very low during pregnancy hence, the pregnant woman and child are more prone to develop infections. This herb stimulates the immune system and safeguard the body from infectious diseases.

DOSAGE

  • Shatavari granules – Take ½ teaspoonful, mix it in a glass of lukewarm milk twice daily, after meals.
  • Shatavari churna – ½ teaspoon twice daily
  • Shatavari capsules or tablets – 1 capsule twice daily
  • Anupana (After drink) – Lukewarm milk or plain water.

NOTE:

  • Before starting anything like medicine or even the general health tonics you should consult a physician.

Natural Treatment for Psoriasis

Overview

Symptoms of Psoriasis

Skin plays a major role in the physical and mental well being of an individual because the unbroken skin is the nature’s dressing over the body and it also acts as a protective barrier against the entry of disease causing pathogens.

Psoriasis is considered as a non-contagious skin condition that causes rapid skin cells production because of this, skin cells don’t have time to fall off which results in piling up of dry, thickened and red patches of the  skin. This disorder mainly affects the skin of the elbows, scalp and knees.

Psoriasis can be a very persistent complaint which is responsible for the great deal of unhappiness and depression among the patients. Thus those living with Psoriasis have a higher risk of being diagnosed with depression. Hence, psychological aspect of psoriasis is also important in the etio-pathogenesis and the management of psoriasis.

What are the symptoms of Psoriasis?

The signs and symptoms of psoriasis are different for every patient but the common signs and symptoms include:

  • Red patches on the skin which are covered by thick and silvery scales.
  • Itching and burning sensation on the skin.
  • Nails appear as thickened, pitted or ridged.
  • Swollen or stiff joints

Diagnosis:

  • The diagnosis of psoriasis can be done by taking the medical history of the patient, by analyzing the skin, hair and nails.

Treatment:

  • Modern treatment of psoriasis includes the application of topical corticosteroids, Vitamin D analogues, topical retinoids, phototherapy, oral or injected medications etc.

Psoriasis according to Ayurveda:

In Ayurvedic classical texts, the word ‘Kushtha’ is a broad term which is mentioned for all types of skin disorders. Ekakushtha is classified under Kshudra Kushtha which has a close resemblance with psoriasis due to its maximum similarity with the symptoms.

Comparison between Psoriasis and Kshudrakushtha

Ekakushtha Lakshana

Psoriasis signs and symptoms
Aswedanam The lesions are dry and rough.
Matsya Shakalopamam There are well defined raised papules and erythematic plaques which are covered with silvery scales.
Twaka Parushya Dryness in the skin
Mahavastu Bigger lesions are deep rooted and found all over the body
Krishna Aruna Varna Erythematous thick lesions become black in colour.
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(Reference: Charak Samhita, Chikitsa Sthan, Chapter 7, Shlok No. 21)

Meaning: According to this shloka, ekkushta is defined as the disease in which there is no perspiration, extensive which means it affects the large area and looks like fishy scales. This condition is known as ekkushta.

What is the natural treatment of Psoriasis?

Planet Ayurveda offers ‘Psora Care Pack’ which helps in the purification of blood and tissues which is the primary aim in the treatment of psoriasis. These remedies help in the cleansing of the toxins and restoration of digestion to prevent their further accumulation. This pack consists of the nourishing herbs that strengthen and tone the tissues for the complete healing of the skin.

Psora Care Pack of Planet Ayurveda includes:

  • Navkarshik Churna
  • Radiant Skin Hair Nails Formula
  • Neem Capsules
  • Manjishtha Capsules
  • Pitta Balance Capsules
  • Lippu Oil
  • Psorolin Ointment

Navkarshik Churna

  • Navkarshik Churna by Planet Ayurveda is a blend of dried extracts of various herbs that are useful in the purification of blood. This churna is also very effective in the condition of painful and swollen joints. Therefore, this churna is very effective for the treatment of psoriasis.

Ingredients of Navkarshik Churna are:

Sr. No.

Indian Name Botanical Name Parts Quantity (200 gm)
1. Amla Emblica officinalis Fruits 22.22 gm
2. Haritaki Terminalia chebula Fruits 22.22 gm
3. Bahera Terminalia bellerica Fruits 22.22 gm
4. Vacha Acorus calamus Roots 22.22 gm
5. Neem Azadirachta indica Leaves 22.22 gm
6. Manjishtha Rubia cordifolia Whole 22.22 gm
7. Katuki Picrrorhiza kurroa Stem 22.22 gm
8. Giloy Tinospora cordifolia Stem 22.22 gm
9. Daruhaldi Berberis aristata Rhizome 22.22 gm

Dose: Take 1 teaspoonful powder twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

Radiant Hair Skin Nail Formula

  • This product is a unique combination of Planet Ayurveda that contains standardized extracts of the herbs which are useful in relieving skin problems such as psoriasis naturally. This herbal formula is helpful in keeping the skin moist, glowing and lustrous.

Ingredients of Radiant Hair Skin Nails Formula are:

Sr. No.

Botanical Name Indian Name Quantity
1. Rubia cordifolia Manjishtha 200 mg
2. Fumaria officinalis Pit papda 100 mg
3. Swertia chiretta Chirata 100 mg
4. Aloe barbadensis Ghrit Kumari 100 mg

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily after taking meals.

Neem Capsules (Azadirachta indica):

  • When it comes to skin disease, there is no herb equivalent to neem. Neem Capsules by Planet Ayurveda contain the standardized extract of this herb. The neem tree is known by the name community pharmacy in Indian villages because of its immense medicinal benefits. Neem is quite useful in the treatment of acute and chronic disorders such as acne, eczema, ringworm, psoriasis etc.

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily after taking meals.

Manjishtha Capsules (Rubia cordifolia):

  • The standardized extract of the herb is used for the preparation of Planet Ayurveda’s Manjishtha Capsules. This herb acts as a  natural blood cleanser which helps in the detoxification of blood, removes excess heat, promotes circulation, removes ama (endotoxins), balances Pitta and Kapha doshas. These capsules provide relief in psoriasis in a natural way.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily after taking meals.

Pitta Balance Capsules

  • Pitta Balance Capsules is a wonderful product of Planet Ayurveda that contains natural calcium compounds which are cooling in nature. These compounds remove the excess heat or correct the vitiated Pitta within the system. In psoriasis, the compromised digestive system leads to an increase in pitta dosha in the rasa dhatu. So, these capsules alleviate excess Pitta and help in the management of psoriasis.

Ingredients of Pitta Balance Capsules are:

Sr. No.

Ingredient Name Common Name Quantity
1. Coral Calcium Praval Pishti 125 mg
2. Agate Calcium Akik Pishti 125 mg
3. An Ayurvedic Calcium Compound Jawar Mohra Pishti 125 mg
4. An Ayurvedic Calcium Compound Kamdudha Ras 125 mg
5. Pearl Calcium Mukta Pishti 50 mg
6. Tinospora cordifolia extract Giloy Satv 125 mg

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily after taking meals.

Lippu Oil

  • Lippu Oil is a unique single herb formulation that is indicated for the effective management of skin disorders such as eczema, psoriasis, dry skin, increased skin senescence etc. This oil contains an extract of Pongamia glabra commonly known as karanj.

How to use:

  • Apply locally on the affected areas after bath and expose to sunlight for 3 minutes.

Psorolin Ointment:

  • Psorolin Ointment is prepared from the extracts of the oils Wrightia tinctoria and Cynodon dactylon. This ointment decreases the dead cells or scales on the psoriatic skin, retards the abnormal thickening of the outer layer of the skin and acts against the enzyme elastase that is responsible for psoriasis.

How to use:

  • Apply locally on the affected areas  in the night.

Diet and Lifestyle:

  • Avoid taking wrong food combinations such as fish with milk, milk with fruits, milk with sour foods etc.
  • Fruits should not be combined with the dairy products like milk, yogurt etc.
  • Fruits should not be taken immediately after taking meals because fruits digest easily whereas grains and cereals take time to digest so there can be fermentation and formation of ama takes place.
  • Adding fruits to ice-cream is really worse.
  • Taking non-vegetarian food such as meat with milk is a bad combination because meat is hot whereas milk is cool in nature therefore they contradict one another and produce toxins.