Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Gangrene – Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment

Gangrene: Gangrene is a serious and possibly fatal condition, it needs immediate and proper treatment. There are six types of gangrene. If you take improper treatment or leave untreated, the only option is to remove the limb if the situation becomes more serious. But Ayurveda provides various herbs which are effective in the management of gangrene. In India, there are less than 1 million cases per year.

Gangrene is the condition that occurs due to the death of body tissues. It is induced by the lack of blood supply due to injury, illness and the presence of severe bacterial infection. It mainly occurs by a bacterial infection produced by bacterium clostridium perfringens. It affects the fingers, limbs, toes, and also occur in muscles and internal organs.

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Types of Gangrene

1. Dry Gangrene

 It develops slowly and predominantly in the patient suffering from diabetes or arterial blood vessel disease such as atherosclerosis. It is characterized by dry and wrinkled skin, which is brown to purple-blue or black.

2. Wet Gangrene

It develops when a bacterial infection in the injured tissue becomes the cause of gangrene. The common symptoms of wet gangrene are blistering, swelling, and wet conditions.

3. Gas Gangrene

The common cause of gas gangrene is infection due to bacterium Clostridium perfringens, which occurs in the wound or surgical cut that interferes with the blood supply. It affects deep muscle tissue.

4. Internal Gangrene

This type of gangrene which affect the internal organ of the body may be one or more than one such as gallbladder, intestines, or appendix, etc. It may create severe pain and fever. It can be fatal if left untreated.

5. Fournier’s Gangrene

Fournier’s gangrene affects genital organs. Usually, men are more prone to develop gangrene but Fournier’s gangrene affects women more.

6. Meleney’s Gangrene

This is a rare type of gangrene. It may occur after one or two weeks of surgery.

Risk Factors

There are several factors that increase the risk of generating gangrene which includes the following:

  1. Diabetes
  2. Severe injury 
  3. Surgery
  4. Obesity
  5. Immunosuppressive disease (HIV infection)
  6. Smoking

Symptoms of Gangrene

The gangrene affects the skin and internal organs of the body, so it appears with different symptoms according to the site that affected.

  • Affects Skin
  1. Skin discoloration like yellow to black, blue, purple, bronze, and red.
  2. A clear edge between normal and damaged skin
  3. Severe and sudden pain.
  4. Numbness
  5. Foul-smelling secretion from the wound.
  6. Shiny thin skin or skin without hair
  • Affects tissues underneath the skin
  1. Like in gas gangrene or internal gangrene.
  2. Pain and swelling in affected tissues.
  3. Low-grade fever.
  • When the bacterial infection cause gangrenes in affected tissues and spreads throughout the body
  1. Hypotension
  2. Fever (temperature falls from the normal i.e. 96.8 F)
  3. Fast heart rate
  4. Lightheadedness
  5. Breathlessness
  6. Confusion or uncertainty
  7. Dizziness

Ayurvedic Aspect for Gangrene

In Ayurveda, there is no particular explanation of gangrene but according to Acharya Charaka (Kotha), gangrene means decayed and dead part, which is considered as complications of Vrana (1).

Herbal Remedies for Gangrene

Ayurveda is a holistic approach that helps to make a balance in the body, mind, and soul with the use of herbs and proper diet habits. Therefore Ayurveda is the new hope in this era as Ayurveda concentrates on the root of the disease and controls the symptoms without producing any adverse effects on the body. Although herbs take time to show their effect they have positive results on the body.

Some Herbs for Gangrene

  1. Neem
  2. Curcumin
  3. Gotukola
  4. Amla
  5. Neem: It possesses immunomodulatory, anti-hyperglycaemic, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antiulcer, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antioxidant, and anticarcinogenic properties (2).
  6. Curcumin: It possesses anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant properties (3).
  7. Gotukola: It possesses anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hepatoprotective and antidiabetic properties (4).
  8. Amla: It possesses various properties anti-atherogenic, anti-inflammatory,  antioxidant, hypotensive, anti-mutagenic, and anti-carcinogenic, etc (5).

Herbal Products for Gangrene by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda provides useful herbal medicines such as Neem Capsules, Curcumin Capsules, Gandhak Rasayan, Gotukola Capsules, and Navkarshik Churna to treat gangrene naturally. These herbal medicines are made by using the herbs of the best quality. These are 100 % natural, pure, and safe as these do not cause side effects.

1. Curcumin Capsules
2. Neem Capsules
3. Navkarshik Churna
4. Gandhak Rasayan
5. Gotukola Capsules

Product Description

1. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin capsules are formulated by using a pure extract of Haridra (Curcuma longa). It contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties which help to reduce sore and wounds associated with Gangrene. It also possesses antimicrobial properties which make the body fight against the infections. It improves immunity and also forms new skin cells.

Dosage – Two capsules two times a day with plain water.

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2. Neem Capsules

Neem capsules are made of adding a pure form of herb Neem (Azadirachta indica). This herb is very useful in the management of gangrenes. It possesses anti-inflammatory properties which help to reduce inflammation and pain. Its antiseptic properties improve the healing process, thus helps to heal the sores and wounds associated with gangrene.

Dosage – Two capsule two times a day with plain water.

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3. Navkarshik Churna

Navkarshikchurna is a wonderful combination of many herbs which are helpful to control gangrene. It includes Amla (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Bahera (Terminalia bellerica), Katuki (Picrorrhiza kurrao),Manjishta (Rubia cordifolia), Giloy (Tinopsora cordifolia), and Daruhaldi (Berberis aristata). These herbs help to purify the blood. It possesses anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Navkarshik Churna is very effective to provide relief in the symptoms associated with gangrene.

Dosage – 1 teaspoonful, two times a day post-meal with plain water.

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4. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak rasayan are effective tablets of Planet Ayurveda for gangrene. It contains a pure form of gandhak (purified Sulphur) which helps to control the indications associated with gangrene such as severe pain and swelling of tissues. It also improves the wound healing process in the patient of gangrene.

Dosage – 2 tablets two times a day post meals with plain water.

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5. Gotukola Capsules

Gotukula capsules are formulated by adding the pure extract of the Gotu kola (Centella asiatica) herb.  This herb promotes the health of the brain and thus very helpful to control the symptoms of gangrene such as delirium. Therefore Gotukula capsules are very useful in the treatment of gangrene.

Dosage – Two capsules, two times in a day post meals with plain water.

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Conclusion

Herbal remedies are the best remedy to treat gangrene. The herbs used for gangrenes promote health, strengthen the body’s healing and defense processes and also boost the immune system. Planet Ayurveda offers the best herbal remedies for gangrene.

Reference

  1. http://www.iamj.in/images/upload/1191_1193.pdf
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15777222
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569207
  4. https://www.researchgate.net/publication/296706780_Medicinal_Property_of_Gotu_kola_Centella_asiatica_from_the_Selection_of_Traditional_Applications_to_the_Novel_Phytotherapy
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21317655
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What are the leading causes of Weight gain and Obesity?

About obesity

Obesity is a medical condition that is caused due to the accumulation of excessive fat in the body which leads to other various health problems.According to Ayurvedic principles, excessive fat (Stholyata) is generally caused by the unhealthy lifestyle which leads to other chronic disorders like diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, etc.

Body mass index (BMI) and obesity

Body mass index is a measurement of an individual’s body weight with respect to height. If the person is diagnosed with BMI is 30 or higher than this are considered at higher risk of obesity.

Obesity

Signs and symptoms of obesity

Some of the noticeable symptoms of obesity are as follows

  • Extra flesh on the cheeks
  • Excessive fat around the waist
  • Higher body mass index (BMI)
  • Soggy breasts in women
  • Breathing problems
  • Snoring
  • Joint pains
  • Fatigue and excess sweating

What are the risks of having high BMI?

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Cardiac arrests
  • Gallbladder disorders
  • Arthritis
  • Joint diseases
  • Gout
  • Fatty liver and other liver diseases
  • Sleep apnea
  • Mental illness and depression

What are the main causes of obesity?

Some of the main causes that leads to weight gain and obesity are as follows:-

1. Genetics

Obesity in an individual can becaused by the mutation in some genes and plays an important role in causing obesity.

2. Age

Obesity can occur in any age group depending upon the hormonal changes, lifestyle, eating habits etc.

3. Lack of sleep

Individuals who have inappropriate sleeping patterns which induces the secretion of ghrelin hormone that leads ultimately to inadequate appetite. This results in increased intake of food.

4. Prolonged illness

Various syndromes like Cushing’s syndrome, Prader-willi syndrome and polycystic ovary syndrome can lead to reduce physical activity.

5. Certain medications

Some medications like Anti-depressants, Anti-diabetic, Anti-psycholic etc. can lead to change body’s metabolism.

6. Diet

Eatingprocessed & packaged foods, lack of exercise, consuming fast food, carbonated drinks & beverages and alcohol can leads to weight gain and obesity.

7. Sedentary lifestyle

Sedentary lifestyle which include nature of our job, no workout or exercise, spending hours sitting in front of compute screen and lack of any physical activity that makes a person obese.

What are the complications of obesity?

  • Improper blood circulation
  • Increased chances of cardiac-arrest
  • Severe liver and kidney disorders

How obesity can be diagnosed?

Obesity can be examined clinically or by physical exam

  1. Health and medical history
  2. Blood tests that may include- thyroid test, cholesterol level, liver function tests and diabetes.
  3. Physical examinations like- Body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and heart rate.

Natural remedies and Ayurvedic herbs for treating weight gain and obesity

Indian traditional herbs have been used for years in manufacturing medicines due to their effective medicinal properties. Some of the tremendous herbs that are useful in treating obesity and weight gain are as follows

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1. Triphala

Triphala which means three fruits is an Ayurvedic herbal preparation composed of Alma (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and Bibhitaki (Terminalia belerica) in appropriate ratios. According to Ayurvedic principles, it is known to trigger rejuvenation, longevity and is considered as Tridoshic Rasayana i.e. it can treat Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. It promotes proper absorption of food, digestion, appetite and possesses anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic and antibacterial properties.

2. Garcinia cambogia

Garcinia Cambogia (Malabar tamarind), which is used as a flavoring agent in fish curries and acts as a preservative also contains hydroxycitric acid (HCA) that makes beneficial in weight management and anti-obesity agent. This herb is also useful in treating intestinal problems and a natural appetite suppressor.

3. Ashoka (Saraca indica)

Ashoka which is known for its benefits in treating PCOD and in the regulation of menstrual cycles. This herb possesses tannins, flavonoids, steroids and glycosides which makes it beneficial properties in weight management and promotes healthy digestion. This is an amazing detoxifying agent which flushes out all the toxins and prevents the accumulation of fat in cells and tissues.

Natural treatment for obesity by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is offering the best herbal supplements for weight management such as Thinner you pack for effective treatment of obesity and weight gain. This pack includes the following products

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1. Trim support capsules

Planet Ayurveda’s trim support is an effective herbal supplement that has been formulated by Garcinia Cambogia, Katuki (Picrohiza kurro), Mustak (Cyperus rotundus) and Triphala. This product supports healthy digestion and assimilation, suppresses the appetite thus reduces the conversion of fat and fat deposition in cells/tissues and simultaneously improves the proper balancing of metabolism and blood sugar levels.

Dosage 1 capsule two times daily with plain water after meals.

2. Garcinia capsules

Garcinia capsule are manufactured by the fruit zest of Garcinia Cambogia which is 100% pure, vegetarian and does not contain any kind of additives, chemicals and don’t have any side effect. The rind of Garcinia fruit contains HCA which prevents the fat accumulation in tissues and balances healthy cholesterol levels in our body.

Dosage 2 capsules two times daily with water after meals.

3. Guggul capsules

Guggul capsules have been formulated by guggul (Commiphora wightii), which is extracted from Mukul myrrh tree which possesses amazing phytochemical constituents makes it a great lubricant, stimulant and induces healthy digestion. This product maintains proper metabolism and balances tridosha effectively.

Dosage– 1 capsule two times daily with plain water.

4. Stholyantak capsules

These capsules are formulated by many traditional herbs which are beneficial in weight management like Mustak (Cyprus rotundus), Chirbilva (Haloptela integrifolia), Balbach (Iris ensata), Babool (Acacia Arabica), Triphala, Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna), Jamun (Syzgiumcumini), Vidang (Embelia ribes), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Dalchini (Cinnamomum zeylanica), and Sonth (Zingiber Officinalis).These herbs possess tremendous properties which make them beneficial in maintaining healthy body weight and support the healthy body with its goodness.

Dosage 1 full teaspoonful with plain water after meals.

Why only planet Ayurveda?

  • 100% pure and vegetarian products
  • Free from chemicals, preservatives, colors, binders and additives.
  • Sterile herbal extracts are used
  • Formulated under strict supervision and guidance.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5567597/-
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3748738/-
  3. https://nccih.nih.gov/health/garcinia
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