Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Herbal Remedies for Ankylosing Spondylitis – Symptoms and Diagnosis

Herbal Remedies for Ankylosing Spondylitis

Included in the group of Seronegative spondylo arthropathies, ankylosing spondylitis affects your spine with intense pain and stiffness from neck to lower back. Fusing together of the vertebra (spine) making your spine rigid is the typical feature. This changes can vary from mild to severe forms and it can even get worse forming a stooped over posture.

Even though the incidence is common for all age groups, it is more prevalent in male gender among their teens and 20s.

Causes of ankylosing spondylitis are still unknown, but it has strong connections with the genetic factor (HLA-B27 gene).

Major Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Pain and stiffness – It mainly affects your lower back, buttocks, and hips. You have to doubt for spondylitis, if you have pain for longer than 3 months. It often starts in the sacroiliac joints.
  • Bony fusion – Affect a person by hindering them to perform daily activities. Fusion of the ribs to the spine or sternum, limits the expansion of the chest when taking a deep breath.
  • Pain in ligaments and tendons – Mainly in Achilles tendon
  • As ankylosing spondylitis is a systemic disease, you can also have fever, fatigue, and loss of appetite
  • Eye inflammation with redness and pain
  • Lung, and heart problems – Rare cases

Diagnosis of Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Symptoms
  • Physical examination
  • X-rays of back and pelvis
  • Measurements of the chest when breathing
  • Lab tests

Herbal Remedies for Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy

When other systems of medicines still search in darkness for an effective treatment of ankylosing spondylitis, Ayurveda is blessed with a lot of potent herbs which can manage ankylosing spondylitis. Along with proper medication, physical and occupational therapy should also be maintained to have proper functioning and to minimize deformity. In very severe cases, surgery may be the last resort.

Planet Ayurveda offers eminent formulations in a complete care pack, ‘joint support pack’. All the medicines in this pack are guaranteed to be purely herbal and with no side effects, as they are formulated with no added preservatives or chemicals. Drug interactions are also least noted. This pack is efficient enough to tackle with every joint issue.

JOINT SUPPORT PACK
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  1. Bone support capsules
  2. Curcumin capsules
  3. Joint aid plus capsules
  4. Coral calcium complex capsules

1. Bone Support

  • Boswellia serrata (asthishringala),
  • Laccifera lacca (laksha),
  • Moringa (morianga oleifera)
  • Arjuna (terminalia arjuna),
  • Pravala pishti (incinerated form of purified coral)

Boswellia is an excellent choice of remedy for joint disorders. It is a natural pain killer and fastens the reunion of bones. It helps to inhibit the bone mineral density loss and cartilage loss. Laksha is mainly used to increase the bone density and joint disorders.

Dosage – 2 capsules twice a day with lukewarm water after meals

2. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin, which is extracted from turmeric is a potent anti inflammatory drug. They help to boost the immune system and also to modulate. They are mainly indicated to enhance the blood circulation in the body. Curcumin is a potent antioxidant. Curcumin is very popular for its antibacterial action. It helps to relieve the pain and inflammation.

Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily with lukewarm water after meals

3. Joint Aid Plus

It contains the extract of

  • Nirgundi (vitex negundo),
  • Guggulu (commiphora mukul),
  • Shallaki (boswellia serrata),
  • Ginger, (zingiber officinale)
  • Guduci (tinosporia cordifolia),
  • Ashwagandha (withania somnifera).

Being the natural diet for bones and joint, it is a great aid for joint disorders. It relieves pain and inflammation to a great extent.

Dosage – 1 capsule two times a day with lukewarm water after meals.

4. Coral Calcium Complex

Coral calcium complex – Coral calcium complex – This is an excellent combination of drugs, which supplements calcium in the body to strengthen the bones. Bone infections are best treated by this complex. This complex includes coral, agate, jawar mohra pishti, Kamdudha ras, Mukta pishti and guduci (tinospora cordifolia).

Dosage – 1 to 2 capsules twice a day after meals with lukewarm water

Diet & regimen in Ankylosing Spondylitis

  • Choose the foods which help to fight against inflammation and keep your bones strong. Maintaining a healthy weight is very crucial in this point, as an extra pound can strain your joints.
  • Include more colorful fruits and vegetables, which are high in antioxidants. Antioxidants help to relieve arthritis symptoms.
  • Whole grains like brown rice should be added more. Whole grains protect your heart, as in later stages of spondyloarthropathy heart health can be affected.
  • Always stay hydrated. But avoid alcoholic beverages as it may weaken your bones.
  • Avoid high fat and high cholesterol foods
  • Avoid tobacco smoking or chewing to prevent the aggravation of the disease.
  • Include calcium and vitamin D supplements in your diet
  • Practice some yoga postures to relieve from the symptoms. You can include
    • Child’s pose
    • Bridge pose
    • Downward facing dog
    • Cobra pose
    • Locust pose
    • Mountain pose
    • Cat pose
    • Cow pose
    • Staff pose
  • Some most effective ankylosing spondylitis exercises include Standing posture, Lying posture, Swimming, Deep breathing, Yoga, Walking posture, Sitting posture, Sleeping posture etc. regular exercise relieves pain and inflammation and enhances your flexibility. Proper posture of the body helps to reduce the sprain on the spine
  • Consult your physician before starting to exercise and yoga. He will help you to get the apt posture for you. If you follow the treatment plan properly and stay active, it prevents disease becoming worse.

Herbal Treatment of Pleomorphic Adenomas – Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

PLEOMORPHIC ADENOMAS

Salivary gland tumors are classified as rare tumors that begin in the salivary glands. These tumors can begin in any of the salivary glands in the mouth, neck or throat. The function of salivary gland is to make saliva, which aids in digestion, keeps the mouth moist and supports healthy teeth.

There are 3 pairs of major salivary glands under and behind the jaw

  • Parotid
  • Sublingual
  • Submandibular

Salivary gland tumors most commonly occur in the parotid gland, accounting nearly 85% of all salivary gland tumors. But, 25% of parotid tumors are malignant (cancerous).

Pleomorphic adenoma is the most common type of benign salivary gland tumor. It is typically a slow growing tumor and occur most often in the parotid gland. It is also known as mixed tumor which describes its pleomorphic appearance as opposed to its dual origin from epithelial and myoepithelial elements.

The tumor is usually solitary and presents as a slow growing, painless and firm singular nodal mass. It is usually mobile unless found in the palate and can cause atrophy of the mandibular ramus when located in the parotid gland.

What are the symptoms of Pleomorphic Adenoma?

  • A lump or swelling on or near the jaw or in the mouth or neck.
  • Muscle weakness on one side of the face
  • Persistent pain in the area of the salivary gland
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Trouble in opening the mouth widely

Diagnosis and Treatment of Pleomorphic Adenoma

Various tests such as physical exam, imaging tests, collection of sample of tissue testing etc. tests are done to diagnose pleomorphic adenoma.

Treatment of pleomorphic adenoma by modern treatment depends upon the size, stage and type of the salivary gland tumor. Treatment generally involves surgery or radiation therapy but surgery is difficult to perform as several important nerves are located in and around the glands. Moreover, removing tumors that involve important nerves may damage the nerves, causing partial paralysis of the face.

According to Ayurveda, Pleomorphic adenoma is caused due to the imbalance of Pitta dosha in the body.

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies for the treatment of Pleomorphic Adenoma which are quite effective and safe.

Herbal Remedies offered by Planet Ayurveda for the treatment of Pleomorphic Adenoma are

  1. Shatavari Capsules
  2. Graviola Capsules
  3. Mahashankh Vati
  4. Pitta Balance
  5. Curcumin Capsules
  6. Draksha Avleh

1. Shatavari Capsules

Shatavari Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from Asparagus racemosus root’s extract. This herb has a cooling effect on the body and useful in balancing the Pitta dosha in the body. It is taken internally for the treatment of hyperacidity, stomach ulcers etc. as this herb pacifies Pitta dosha in the body. Thus, shatavari capsules of Planet Ayurveda are useful for the patients of Pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

2. Graviola Capsules

Graviola Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the extract of Annona muricata herb. This herb is widely used in the treatment of malignant as well as benign tumors. It possesses anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, astringent, mutagenic, anti-parasitic properties. These capsules are quite useful for the patients suffering from pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

3. Mahashankh Vati

Mahashankh Vati is a very common medicine for gas, acidity, peptic ulcers etc. According to Ayurveda, the root cause of all problems is the formation of Ama (endotoxins) in the body. Improper diet and lifestyle impair the digestive fire and vitiation of doshas in the body which lead to the obstruction of channels and therefore causes health issues. Mahashankh Vati of Planet Ayurveda is quite effective for the patients suffering from pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice or thrice daily.

4. Pitta Balance

Pitta Balance Capsules of Planet Ayurveda is a unique formulation of natural ingredients that are useful in balancing pitta dosha naturally. It contains cooling and natural calcium compounds to restore the pitta imbalance quickly. Most of the digestive problems occur due to the vitiation of pitta dosha in the body and Pitta Balance Capsules of Planet Ayurveda provides great relief pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

5. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the extract of Curcuma longa. The active compound present in turmeric is ‘curcumin’. Curcumin capsules have proven efficacy in treating various ailments and are very effective in the treatment of cancer. Its regular use protects the body from the damage caused by free radicals. It is widely used in the treatment of cancers. Its anti-cancer effect is mainly mediated through the induction of apoptosis. Curcumin is capable of preventing free radical formation as well as neutralising the existing free radicals.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

6. Draksha Avleh

According to Ayurveda principles, unhealthy digestion upset the balance of all the three doshas in the body. Ayurveda always emphasises on healthy digestion and preventing the Ama formation. It is widely used for intestinal disorders as it helps in intestinal cleansing as well as relieves hyperacidity. It is also useful in the skin disorders mainly of the Pitta origin. It is useful in abdominal tumors, small tumors, weight loss, fever, for improving strength and immunity and various other disorders. It provides relief in pleomorphic adenoma as well.

Dosage: 5-10 grams with warm water or honey.