Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Ayurvedic Treatment of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)

What is Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH) ?

Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is basically calcification of ligaments along with hardening of bones in parts connected to spine. This disease is also known as Forestier’s disease. Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis actually has no symptoms. It is only characterized by mild to moderate pain along with stiffness in the upper back, neck and lower back. It might also affect our shoulders, elbows, knees and heels. It is non-inflammatory. As it becomes progressive with time the conditions becomes worse and might lead to various complications.

Symptoms of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

Stiffness

It mostly happens on the morning.

Pain

One may feel in the back and all affected parts including shoulder, elbow, knee or heel.

Loss of Range of Motion

It usually occurs during stretching.

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Difficulty Swallowing or a Hoarse Voice

Person suffering from this disorder may experience this symptom.
If one feels persistent pain or stiffness in joints or back one must immediately visit doctor. There are certain Risk factors associated with Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis :-

1. Sex

Men are most susceptible to this disorder.

2. Older Age

People over 50 experience it more.

3. Diabetes and Other Conditions

Conditions which can lead to this disorder are Type 2 diabetes, hyperinsulinemia, prediabetes and obesity.

4. Certain Medications

Retinoids, like isotretinoin ,Amnesteem and Claravis increase the risk of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis.

Complications of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis if not treated can cause life-long complications.

  • Disability / Immobility

  • Person might face difficulty in swallowing

  • Spinal fracture

Diagnosis of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

Doctor will do the physical examination spine and joints, press lightly the spine and joints to feel and diagnose for any abnormalities. If pain is felt with the pressure it may indicate the abnormality.Pain might be felt on the tendon or ligament which is affected. Tests might be recommended to you by your doctor like X-rays, CT scans or MRIs.

Treatment of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis in Modern Science

Treatment for Pain

Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) which includes ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB). If the corticosteroid injections.

Treatment for Stiffness

Stiffness associated can be reduced with this disorder. In order to increase the motion it is best to do exercises. An expert doctor can advise with best the exercise. He may also recommend you to a physical therapist.

Surgery

In few cases surgery is also recommended when condition becomes too complicated. It is also guided for patients who experience problems associated with swallowing because of large bone spurs. It is also helpful in releasing pressure of the spinal cord.

Lifestyle and Home Remedies for Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

In order to get quick relief one may follow few remedies as below :-

1. Exercise

In order to increase strength one may go for regular aerobic exercise like swimming and walking.

2. Maintaining Proper Weight

Obesity caused due to Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis might lead to long term complications. It is advised to lose weight in order to avoid this disorder from progressing further.

3. Apply Heat

Pain can be reduced by using heating pads on the part affected. It is advisable to keep the heating pad at low temperature in order to avoid any accidents.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)

Herbal Remedies for Ayurvedic Treatment of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis, from Planet Ayurveda house are very effective. Know about them in detail here :-

1. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin Capsules are prepared from the standardized extract of the Turmeric herb (Curcuma longa), which contains Curcumin as its main active chemical. The presence of Curcumin gives turmeric a remarkable medicinal value because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Turmeric is also widely known for its antiseptic, antioxidant and rejuvenating properties. The use of Curcumin capsules is very effective in maintaining senile disorders, enhancing immunity, relieving inflammation, purifying the blood, and balancing the body’s Vata, Pitta and Kapha energies.

The recommended dosage of these capsules for managing this disorder is one to two capsules two times daily.

2. Yograj Guggul Tablets

The preparation of these tablets involves the number of beneficial herbs which can together be very effective in strengthening the muscles, relaxing the nerves, and pacifying the aggravated Vata dosha of the body.

The herbal components of Yograj Guggul Tablets include: Guggul(Commiphora mukul), Amla(Emblica officinalis), Haritaki(Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki(Terminalia bellirica), Chitrak(Plumbago zeylanica), Mustak(Cyperus rotundus), Ajwain(Trahyspermum ammi), Sonth(Zinger officinale), Pippali(Piper longum), Gokharu(Tribulus terrestris Jeera (Cuminum cyminum), Vidanga (Embelia ribes), and Rock salt.

The recommended dosage for this product for managing this disorder is 2 tablets two times a day with lukewarm water.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha Capsules have been prepared with extract of natural ashwagandha. It is very effective in managing pain, swelling and inflammatory conditions. It is considered to be one of the best adaptogenic. It increases body’s resistance. Dosage usually differs with age , severity , patient’s history and health of the patient. It is recommended in underweight, body/mental fatigue and weakness.

Indications of Ashwagandha Capsules:-

  • Depression

  • Muscle fatigue and neck/ back stiffness

  • Tiredness

  • Joint pains

  • Arthritis of all types

  • Blood Pressure

  • Insomina

  • Muscle Power and Stamina

  • Diabetic neuropathy

  • Weakness due to Diabetes

  • Erectile dysfunction and low sperm count, premature ejaculation

  • Anxiety

  • Stress

  • Calf myalgia ( Lower leg pains )

Recommended Dosage of ashwagandha capsules is one to two capsules twice daily, with plain water after meals.

4. Bone Support Capsules

Bone Support Capsules are prepared from natural calcium extracts which are obtained from the natural, herbal sources of calcium. The components of these capsules support mobility of joints, reduce swelling and inflammation at joint sites by minimizing the loss of synovial fluid, and stimulate increased absorption of calcium from the blood into the body. Overall, Bone Support capsules are an excellent health supplement.

The herbs from which these capsules are prepared include: Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Asthishrinkhala (Cissus quadrangularis), Sahijan (Moringa oleifera), Shudh Laksha (Laccifera lacca), and mineral source, Praval pishti (Corallium rubrum).

Recommended Dosage of this product is one to two capsules two times a day.

Top 7 Home Remedies for Severe Constipation

What is Constipation ?

It is defined as when anybody have fewer bowel movements per week. It reduces to less than one bowel movement in a week, in case of severe constipation.
It is one of the most common disorder which affects people of almost every age group.

What are the Cause of Constipation ?

The Main Possible Causative Agents are as Follows :-

  • Insufficient water intake

  • Lack of physical activity

  • A poor diet with low fibre intake

  • Aging

  • Pregnancy

  • Weakness of abdominal muscles

  • Changes in routine

  • Stress

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Intake of certain medications

  • Irregular defecation habit

  • Laxative abuse

  • Certain disease conditions

What is the Pathogenesis of Severe Constipation ?

In this condition, the colon absorbs more water than the food in the colon and results in hard and dry stools and which further leads to difficulty in passing stools. This is a painful condition because a person has to bear alot of strain to pass excessively hard and dry stools.

What are the Symptoms of Constipation ?

The Symptoms of Constipation can Include the Following Symptoms :-

  • Stomach ache

  • A bloated stomach

  • Cramps in abdomen

  • Abnormally large or small stools

  • Headache

  • Loss of appetite

  • Bad breath

  • Nausea

  • Depression

  • Mouth ulcers

  • Acne

Home Remedies to Treat the Severe Constipation

There are home remedies to treat the severe constipation which are effective, safe and give fast symptom relief.

Top 7 Remedies for the Severe Constipation are as Follows :-

1. Lemons

Lemon is wonderful and amazing remedy for the treatment of diseases like skin care, proper digestion, weight loss, peptic ulcers, eye care and respiratory problems etc. Lemon can be easily seen in the kitchen and markets and it is not just to make foods and fruits tangy, it has several other benefits. Lemons, especially juice of the lemon helps in the treatment of constipation. This is one of the most common, simple and much more effective remedy which you can easily try at home. The flavonoids present in the lemon helps in increasing the secretion of digestive juices, acids, bile. The fibre content of lemon helps in the treatment and ease of constipation. It also helps in clearing the excretory system by cleaning as well as washing the digestive tract.

How to Use ?

  • Squeeze half lemon into a glass of warm water. You can also add 1 teaspoon of table salt or a pinch of rock salt and a teaspoon of honey into it.

  • Drink this solution on empty stomach. If you want, you can also use this drink in the evening.

  • To get relief from constipation and cleanse your system, take surplus of 1-2 tablespoons of lemon juice with a pinch of salt in it.

Home Remedies to Treat the Severe Constipation

2. Figs

Figs acts as a natural laxative. Figs are very rich in fiber. People who are suffering from chronic constipation can add figs in your diet. Both fresh and dried figs can be used for the treatment of chronic constipation. The skin of figs contains more fiber as well as calcium. If fresh figs are available then eat them along with the skin.

How to Use ?

  • Take dried figs and 2-3 almonds. Soak them in water for Atleast 8 hours and then peel of the almond’s skin and grind them in the grinder to make a paste. Have this paste at night along with the honey.

3. Castor Oil

Castor oil stimulates the small as well as large intestines as it is a natural laxative. It also helps in improving the bowel movements. Castor oil contains fatty acids, amino acids, flavonoids, phytosterols and phenolic compounds etc. All these compounds are responsible for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and hepatoprotective properties. This should only be used in severe cases of constipation.

How to Use ?

  • Swallow 1-2 teaspoons of this oil on an empty stomach. You can add orange juice in it to increase the taste. You will notice a huge improvement in your condition within few hours.

4. Honey

According to some studies, it is believed that honey have laxative effects only due to its incomplete absorption in the body. Daily intake of honey is beneficial in prevention as well as treatment of constipation.

How to Use ?

  • Add 1 tablespoon of honey and half lemon juice in a glass of warm water and drink this solution on empty stomach.

  • Have Atleast 2 teaspoons of honey twice daily.

  • You can also add 1 tablespoon of honey into apple cider vinegar. Have this drink 20-30 minutes prior to meals for the better results.

5. Flaxseeds

This plant is one of the richest source of omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. Flax seeds acts as demulcents and have anti-inflammatory as well as antioxidant properties. According to a published study, flax seeds helps in the treatment of diarrhoea and constipation. Its laxative properties helps in curing mild to severe cases of constipation.

How to Use ?

  • You can have 2-3 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds with a cup of water.

  • Add the powdered flax seeds in 1-2 cups of water and then allow it to rest for 20 minutes before drinking. Before going to bed, drink this water everyday. Your bowel movements will get better in the next morning.

6. Prunes

These are also known as dried plums. It is a widely accepted remedy for constipation in traditional medicine. These are also rich in fiber. The soluble fibres and insoluble fibres helps in increasing the bulk and water content of stools which induce digestive secretions as well as bowel movement. If you suffer from a tendency of constipation, eat prunes on the regular basis.

How to Use ?

  • If you don’t have prunes, have 1-2 plums daily.

  • For relief from constipation and extra fiber, blend 2-3 prunes in a glass of warm almond milk and drink on every night.

  • You can also have a cup of whipped yogurt along with 3-4 prunes.

7. Spinach

When you are suffering from constipation, spinach is very good for the digestive tract. Spinach is rich in fiber, oxalic acid, phosphorus, vitamins and calcium. Spinach helps in cleansing, reconstructing and regenerating the whole intestinal tract.

How to Use ?

  • You can have spinach either in the cooked form or raw form. Include spinach in your diet if you are suffering from the severe constipation.

  • You can also mix half glass of spinach juice in half glass of water. Have this drink twice daily for few days for better relief.