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How to Treat Hidradenitis Suppurativa with Ayurveda ?

Introduction

Hidradenitis suppurativa is a chronic skin condition characterized by recurrent boil or lump beneath the skin. It causes abscess and scarring on the skin. These usually appear where skin rubs together or near the hair follicles having sweat glands. Groin region, breast, buttocks, and armpits are mainly affected. Women are more prone to this disease. Hidradenitis suppurativa usually starts after puberty and may become worse over time. It can pose serious effects on day to day life and emotional well being.

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Is Hidradenitis Suppurativa Contagious?

No, it is not contagious.

What are the sign & symptoms of Hidradenitis suppurativa?

  • It can affect one or multiple areas of the body at a time and symptoms may vary from mild to severe.
  • Blackheads in small pitted areas of skin.
  • Lumps or boils appearing on various areas of the body are very painful.
  • A boil may be pea-sized and firm which with time either disappear or rupture and pus ooze out of it for few hours or maybe days. This cycle continues either on the same area or somewhere else on the body.
  • The hard and painful lumps which appear may develop and enlarge under the skin for years.
  • Oozing and leaking boils or lumps heals very slowly and can lead to scarring.
  • These lumps or abscess may spread to the waistband, nape of the neck and inner thighs too.

What are the Various Stages of Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

It has three stages

  • Localized or single abscesses along with itching and discomfort.
  • Recurrent abscesses appearing in different areas of the body.
  • A severe widespread outbreak of the disease which can even obstruct lymph drainage, restrict movement leading to social isolation.

What are the Causes of Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

The exact cause of Hidradenitis suppurativa is not recognized. But there are some potential reasons which can prone a person to this disease.

  • Smoking and obesity both are associated with this disease as it can make symptoms of the disease worse.
  • There can be considered the role of sex hormone as this disease usually occur at puberty and is less common after menopause.
  • Hidradenitis runs in family so there is a role of genetic factors.
  • Environmental factors also play a role in the occurrence of this disease.

What are the Risk Factors to Develop Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

  • Age plays a major role as it usually occurs in early puberty and is less common after menopause and before puberty.
  • Women are more likely to develop this disease.
  • Family history increases the risk to develop the disease.
  • It can be associated with other conditions like arthritis, obesity, severe acne, inflammatory bowel disease, Crohn’s disease, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.
  • Smoking also increases the risk to develop Hidradenitis suppurativa.

How can Hidradenitis Suppurativa Diagnose?

Diagnosing a rare disease like HS can be challenging. There is no definitive test for it yet. It can only be diagnosed by patient’s medical history, physical examination and laboratory test like swab test of the infected area.

What Complications can be of Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

  • The affected area can get infected.
  • Boils or abscess heals very slowly which leaves scars and marks behind.
  • When the abscess is in armpits or thighs it can cause soreness and restrict the movement of the part.
  • Obstruction of the lymph node is very common in this disease which can cause swelling of the legs, arms or genitals.
  • Due to the restriction of movements and bad odor from the boils can be the point embarrassment for the patient which can cause social isolation.
  • In rare cases patient with this disease can develop squamous cell carcinoma of the affected area.

How can Hidradenitis Suppurativa be Treated?

There is no exact cure or consistent effective treatment for Hidradenitis suppurativa in modern medicine. Management includes antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medicines and surgery is another method.

How does Ayurveda Explain Hidradenitis Suppurativa?

According to Ayurveda, Hidradenitis suppurativa is Kapha and pitta dosha. The faulty digestive fire (Agni), i.e. Pitta impairs metabolism and vitiates the Kapha Dosha. The fat molecules are impaired and start depositing in the muscles and block the channels of the body which causes painful swollen lesions in the groin region, buttocks, thighs, and armpits usually.

How is Hidradenitis Suppurativa Treated at Planet Ayurveda?

Planet Ayurveda offers various remedies that effectively help to treat Hidradenitis suppurativa. Medicines offered by Planet Ayurveda are 100% Ayurvedic, safe, free from chemicals or any kind of preservatives, and are not tested on animals.

1. Kaishore guggul

This remedy is very effective in various diseases. Kaishore guggul is an anti-inflammatory remedy which helps to relieve pain, swelling, and redness of the affected part. In Hidradenitis suppurative along with relieving inflammation, it will also clear the accumulation and prevent further collection of pus in boils/abscesses. This medicine regulates the metabolism and eliminates the toxins. It reduces lymphatic congestion.

Dosage :- Take 2-3 capsules twice a day after meals.

2. Gandhak rasayan

It is a natural supplement that rejuvenates the body. It will help to increase immunity and prevent infection in boils that are the main concern in Hidradenitis suppurativa. This remedy has antifungal, antibacterial, antitumor, anti-inflammatory and anti-diuretic properties as well which will overall help to treat and manage the condition of Hidradenitis patient. Gandhak Rasayana is a wonderful remedy to eliminate toxins from the body.

Dosage :- Take two tablets twice a day after meals.

3. Pitta balance

As we know there is a role of imbalanced Pitta dosha in Hidradenitis suppurativa so Pitta balance capsules will balance pitta and help to treat this disease. It relieves ulcers, piles, acidity, and bleeding gums. This remedy will purify the blood and nourishes the skin. Immunity is increased by consumption of these capsules.

Dosage :- One two capsule two times a day after meals.

4. Manjishtha capsules

These capsules are known to be a vigorous blood purifier, removes toxins from the body and enhances blood circulation. Along with blood it also cleanses the lymphatic system. It also has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties. Healing properties of these capsules help to heal abscess in Hidradenitis suppurativa patient. Manjishtha capsules detoxify the body.

Dosage :- Take 1 to 2 capsules two times a day after meals.

5. Aller G care capsules

These capsules control acute and chronic allergies. It has anti-inflammatory and antibiotic properties which help to relieve inflammation and prevent or treat infections. Aller G care capsule has very good pain relieving effects. Anti-oxidant properties of these capsules help to eliminate free radicals from the body and improve body’s strength.

Dosage :- Take 1-2 capsules once a day after meals.

Other than these remedies there is some external application which helps to relieve the symptoms of Hidradenitis suppurativa.

6. Neem Oil

Apply Neem oil. It is anti-inflammatory in nature which relieves redness, pain, and swelling of the affected part. It has analgesic properties, relieves pain associated with abscess or other skin conditions. It moisturizes and nourishes skin. Neem oil has anti-bacterial properties, fights against bacteria and bacterial infections.

7. Royal honey shower gel

Wash abscess or affected area with this shower gel. Royal Honey Shower Gel deeply cleanses the body. It maintains the pH of the skin and keeps skin hydrated. This gel moisturizes and keeps skin overall healthy.

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.