Category: Liver Health

Herbal Remedies for Esophageal Varices – Symptoms and Causes

Esophageal Varices are characterised by the abnormal and enlarged veins in the esophagus (the tube that connects throat and stomach). It is most commonly seen in people with serious liver diseases.

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This disease takes place when the normal blood flow to the liver is blocked by a clot or a scar tissue in the liver. As a result, the blood flows into smaller blood vessels that are not designed to carry large volumes of blood. Therefore, the vessels can leak or get ruptured causing life-threatening bleeding.

What are the Symptoms of Esophageal Varices?

Esophageal varices generally do not cause any signs and symptoms until or unless they bleed. The signs and symptoms of bleeding Esophageal varices include :-

  • Vomiting with significant amounts of blood in the vomiting
  • Light-headedness
  • Black, tarry and bloody stools
  • In severe cases, there is a loss of consciousness

Signs of liver disease include which are helpful in diagnosing varices. These include:

  • Jaundice which includes yellow colouration of skin as well as eyes.
  • Ascites characterised by fluid build up in the abdomen.
  • Easy bleeding or bruising

What are the Causes of Esophageal Varices?

Esophageal Varices form when the blood flow to the liver is blocked due to the scarring of the tissue caused by the liver disease. The blood flow begins to back up which increases the pressure within the portal vein that carries blood to the liver.

This pressure known as portal hypertension forces the blood to seek other pathways through the smaller veins such as those in the lowest part of the esophagus. As a result, the thin walled veins balloon with the added blood. Sometimes, the veins get rupture and start to bleed.

Causes of Esophageal Varices Include

  • Liver Scarring (Cirrhosis):- The liver diseases such as hepatitis infection, liver disease, fatty liver disease, bile duct disorder can result in cirrhosis.
  • Parasitic Infection :- A parasitic infection known as schistosomiasis found in parts of South America, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. This parasite can damage the liver, lungs, intestine and bladder.
  • Thrombosis :A blood clot in the portal vein or in a vein that feeds into the portal vein can cause esophageal varices.

Diagnosis and Treatment: The main tests that are used to diagnose esophageal varices include: endoscope exam, imaging tests and capsule endoscopy.

Modern treatment for esophageal varices includes medications to reduce pressure in the portal vein, using elastic bands to tie off the bleeding veins, certain medications to slow blood flow into the portal vein, diverting blood flow away from the portal vein, preventing infection and liver transplant.

Treatment of Esophageal Varices According to Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies which are designed by renowned medical experts of Planet Ayurveda. These herbal remedies are extremely effective herbal formulations for managing esophageal varices. These herbal formulations are :-

  • Pitta Balance Capsules
  • Arjuna Capsules
  • Digestion Support Capsules
  • Punarnava Capsules
  • Prawal Panchamrit Tablets

1. Pitta Balance Capsules

Pitta Balance of Planet Ayurveda is a wonderful formulation which is a combination of several unique ingredients which are cooling in nature as well as natural calcium compounds. These capsules are very useful in treating heart burn, ulcers, acidity, cold sores, inflamed rashes as well as cold sores. The bleeding associated with esophageal varices can be controlled by Pitta Balance Capsules.

Dosage :- 1-2 capsule twice daily.

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2. Arjuna Capsules

Arjuna Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the standardised extract of the herb Terminalia arjuna tree bark.  In Ayurveda, Arjuna tree bark is a popular herbal remedy for heart problems and blood pressure. It is not only useful in heart ailments but also helps in clearing away the blockages in the arteries. Thus, these capsules are very useful in venous thrombosis.

Dosage :- 1-2 capsule twice daily.

3. Digestion Support Capsules

Digest Support Capsules by Planet Ayurveda contain the standardised extracts of various herbs that are known to keep the digestive system healthy. These capsules help in maintaining the natural pH of the stomach and helps in curing indigestion problems. It is a complete solution to all the digestive problems and works well for the intestinal processing of the food.

Dosage :-1-2 capsule twice a day.

4. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the standardised extract of the herb Boerrhavia diffusa. This herb is considered as an excellent tonic for the heart as well as kidneys. It is also considered as a rejuvenative herb. It also increases the digestive fire and also absorbs fluids from the digestive system.

Dosage :-1-2 capsule twice daily.

5. Prawal Panchamrit Tablets

Prawal Panchamrit Ras is a classical Ayurvedic mineral formulation. As the name indicates, it is made of two words: Panch + Amrit. Panch means five and amrit means elixir. It is made of 5 bhasams which act together as elixir. They also help in longevity. Most of the ingredients of Prawal Panchamrit Ras are calcium compounds that help in calcium supplementation as well. This medicine is mainly used in the treatment of digestive disorders. Provides cooling effects.

Ingredients of Prawal Panchamrit Tablets are :-

  • Praval Bhasma (incinerated form of coral): 2 parts.
  • Mukta Bhasma (incinerated form of pearl): 1 part
  • Shankha Bhasma (incinerated part of conch shell): 1 part
  • Mukta Sukthi Bhasma (incinerated form of pearl oyster shell): 1 part
  • Kapardhika Bhasma (incinerated form of cowry shell): 1 part

Dose: 1-2 tablet twice daily.

Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma Treatment in Ayurveda

Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma is also known by the name klatskin tumor. It is the cancer of biliary duct. Even though the genesis of this disease is not much clear, predisposal acute or chronic biliary tract or epithelial injury to malignant change can be a factor.Other conditions which can risk you with hilar cholangiocarcinoma are :-

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  • Primary sclerosing cholangitis – Inflammatory condition of the biliary tree
  • Choledochal cysts or Caroli’s disease – Congenital biliary cystic disease
  • Chronic biliary tract parasitic infection
  • Hepatolithiasis – Gall stone in biliary ducts of liver
  • Choledocholithiasis – Common bile duct stone
  • Industrial exposure to asbestos nitrosamines
  • Use of the radiologic contrast agent & thorotrast (Thorium Dioxide)

As their location is considerably deep, the tumors tend to become symptomatic only in very later stages. If it is treated in the very early stage, the survival state is long term. Obstructive jaundice is noted in several cases.

The incident rate is similar for both males and females. Recovering level is more often if the age is less than 65.Imaging tests (CT, MRI), blood test for very high levels of CA 19-9 tumor markers and biopsy helps you to confirm the disease.

Herbal Remedies for Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma

Any variant of cancer is a result of high imbalance in all the three doshas – vata, pitta & kapha. Planet Ayurveda put forwards some excellent choices of herbal preparation that are well suited in hilar cholangiocarcinoma. As these herbal remedies will treat root cause of this disease. All of them guaranteed to have no side effects, as there are no added preservatives or chemicals.

1. Liver Detox Formula

As the name indicates, liver detox formula helps in liver detoxification. It helps to boost the natural defense system of the body. An enhancement of liver function heals poor digestion, bloating, hormonal irregularities & fatigue as there is an increase in bile secretion. Besides the therapeutic effect, it also has liver failure preventive action if taken daily. The major ingredients of liver detox formula includes:

  • Katuki – Picrorhiza kurrao
  • Punarnava – Boerhavia diffusa
  • Kalmegh – Andrographis paniculata
  • Makoy – Solanum nigrum
  • Kaasni – Cichorium intybus
  • Biranjasipha – Achillea millefolium – yarrow
  • Jhavuka – Tamarix galluca
  • Himsra – Capparis spinosa
  • Haritaki – Terminalia chebula

Hepatitis, cirrhosis, jaundice and all other liver diseases are well managed using liver detox formula. It is a product of Planet Ayurveda, which will certainly improve your liver function. SGPT & SGOT are well balanced using liver detox formula.

After years of research, it is proved that Phyllanthus niruri has hepato-protective property and it helps to clear out the hepatitis virus. Also Andrographis paniculata is enriched with power to reduce the elevated SGOT & SGPT levels.

Recommended Dosage :-1 to 2 capsules twice daily with plain water half an hour after meals.

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2. Kanchnaar Guggul

It is a potent anti-inflammatory herbal formulation. Kanchnaar guggul is enriched with numerous antioxidants and possess anti microbial activity. It is also known to be an excellent anti mutagenic. Kanchnaar guggul is empowered to pacify all the three aggravated doshas – vata, pitta & kapha. It is an excellent choice of medicine for treating skin diseases, liver cysts, fistula and also good to use in tumors & lymphoma etc. The ingredients of this formulation includes:

  • Bark of Kanchnaar – Bauhinia variegata
  • Amalaki – Emblica officinalis
  • Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
  • Bibhitaki – Terminalia bellerica
  • Ginger – Zingiber officinale
  • Black pepper – Piper nigrum
  • Pippali – Piper longum 
  • Varuna – Crataeva religiosa

Recommended Dosage :-1-2 tablets twice or thrice a day with plain water half an hour after meals.

3. Yakrit Plihantak Churna

It contains mixture of herbs that are excellent for liver and spleen function. Yakrit plihantak churna is a liver cleanser and helps to regenerate the liver cells. Hence, it helps to avoid liver failure. The churna increases bile production that enhances the liver function. The ingredients of Yakrit plihantak churna includes:

  • Bhumi amla – Phyllanthus niruri
  • Katuki – Picrorhiza kurrao
  • Makoy – Solanum indicum
  • Punarnava – Boerhavia diffusa
  • Kalmegh – Andrographis paniculata
  • Kaasni – Cichorium intybus
  • Sharpunkha – Tephrosia purpurea
  • Bhringraj – Eclipta alba

Yakrit plihantak churna is best in alcoholic liver diseases, fatty liver and in enlarged spleen.

Recommended Dosage :- ½ to 1 tsp full twice a day with plain water half an hour after meals.

4. Phyllanthus Niruri

Phyllanthus niruri capsules are prepared from the standardized herbal extracts of the herb Bhumiamla (Phyllanthus niruri). The antioxidant property and the antimicrobial activity of the capsule enhances the liver function. It is considered to be the best drug for enlarged liver.

Recommended Dosage :- 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water half an hour after meals.

5. Tulsi Capsules

The standardized extract of herb Tulsi (Ocimum tenuiflorum) is used for capsules formation. Immune boosting capacity of Tulsi is well used for hilar cholangiocarcinoma. Tulsi capsules are natural remedy for cancer and other auto immune diseases.

Recommended Dosage :- 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water half an hour after meals.

6. Giloy Capsules

These capsules are prepared from herb Guduci (Tinospora cordifolia). It is considered to be as elixir and do posses rejuvenating properties. Giloy has anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties. It boosts the immune system and acts as immune modulator. Giloy capsules help in the detoxification of the body. As, it is enriched with lots of natural antioxidants & it’s a natural blood purifier.

Recommended Dosage :- 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water half an hour after meals.

7. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava capsules are prepared from standardized extract of herb (Boerhavia diffusa). It is a very effective pain reliever. These capsules are well known for its anti- inflammatory and diuretic properties. It is widely used for revitalizing the lives and also helps in cleansing the blood.

Recommended Dosage – 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water half an hour after meals.