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How Bilva is useful in Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Bilva: Overview

Bilva or Bael fruit (Aegle marmelos) is considered to be a very beneficial fruit for good health, because of which it holds a special importance in ancient medicinal systems. The fruit is specifically capable of balancing the ‘Vata’ and ‘Kapha’ doshas of the body, and has proven abilities to treat different types of infections in the body, especially worm infestation and stomach related problems.

Some of the basic information about Bilva can be outlined as follows:

  • Bilva or Bael fruit is a sweet, aromatic fruit which is native to India and Southeast Asia.
  • It is believed to be a spiritual, religious and medicinal plant
  • It is known by different names, such as Bengal quince, golden apple, Japanese bitter orange, stone apple, wood apple, etc.
  • The fruit can be consumed fresh or dried, as well as in the form of juice.

The use of Bilva can be very beneficial for patients suffering from several diseases, because of its proven anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Bilva is one of the few plants whose entire parts — root, stem, leaves, flower, fruit, etc. — can be used for treating different diseases. The root of Bilva can improve digestion, its stem is useful for treating heart problems, the leaves are beneficial in relieving pain, the flower is beneficial for managing Diarrhoea, and fruit is useful in treating digestion-related problems and balancing Vata and Kapha doshas.

In Ayurveda, Bilva has been used for the preparation of several herbal formulations since ancient times, particularly to treat gastrointestinal disorders like IBS. Ayurvedic experts believe that the use of unripe Bilva fruit is helpful in treating digestive disorders, while the use of ripe fruit is believed to have a laxative effect.

IBS Treatment in Ayurveda

How Bilva is useful in IBS?

Bilva is one of the ‘dashmool’ herbs, with remarkable medicinal properties to treat a number of health conditions, including:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Asthma
  • Colds
  • Diabetes
  • Constipation
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease.

The use of Bilva is particularly beneficial in managing gastro-intestinal disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is also known by some other names, including colitis, mucous colitis, spastic colon, or spastic bowel.

IBS is essentially a ‘functional bowel disorder’ which can be a long-lasting condition, but it is not life-threatening. The disorder generally results from the hypersensitivity of the colon, which may overreact to mild irritation. The condition leads to bowel muscle spasm, instead of slow, rhythmic muscle movements; thereby causing constipation or diarrhoea, or changes in stool.

IBS is typically characterized by chronic pain in the abdomen, discomfort, gas/bloating, heartburn, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, rectal bleeding, and change of bowel habits. In addition, the other symptoms of the disorder are harder/loose stools than normal, and the sticking out of the belly. Some IBS patients may also have urinary symptoms or sexual problems.

The use of Bilva is recommended for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) because of the following reasons:

  • Presence of substances like ‘tannins,’ which comprise a class of compounds that are known for their anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Presence of calcium, iron, phosphorous, protein and fiber
  • Abundant amounts of alakloids, polysaccharides, antioxidants, beta carotene, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and many other bio-chemical substances.
  • Ability to protect the digestive system from ulceration.
  • Ability to reduce the frequency of IBS and intestinal spasm.
  • Beneficial in treating several infections of the Elementary canal.
  • Helpful in eliminating the old accumulated fecal matter from the bowels.
  • Ability to clean and tone the intestines by removing toxins.

Overall, Bilva is an excellent medicinal plant which can support intestinal biological formulations and reduce the frequency of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Benefits of Bilva in Treating IBS : Ayurvedic Viewpoint<

Ayurvedic practitioners have been using Bilva or Bael fruit for treating several disorders since ancient times because of the immense health benefits of the fruit. According to Ayurveda, Bilva has the following health benefits:

  • It can calm down the extra heat in the body.
  • It can correct gastric disturbances like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhoea, and colitis.
  • Bilva leaves powder is useful in diabetes.
  • Bilva is used as a cardiac tonic.
  • Bilva is useful in treating ‘Vata’ disorders like epilepsy, hysteria, and insomnia.
  • Bilva roots can reduce swelling of the uterus, and is thus useful in pregnancy, leucorrhoea.
  • Bilva can be used as laxative.
  • It can be used for treating jaundice.

In Ayurveda, the use of Bilva is considered to be beneficial for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which is called ‘Grahani.’ It is another name for the small intestine, and is chiefly linked to the small intestine’s capability to store and metabolize food. It is in the small intestine that the food is held for the time period until it gets digested. Hence, the small intestine sees a lot of enzymatic activity or ‘agni.’ However, if an individual is suffering from a health condition in which the ‘agni’ becomes weak because of the malfunctioning of the digestive enzymes, the food is released by the small intestine in an undigested form.

Hence, according to Ayurveda, a weak ‘agni’ leads to gastrointestinal conditions like IBS because it can result in the accumulation of toxins in tissues, blocking of circulation, imbalance of the nervous system, physical and mental stress, disruption of natural biological rhythms, and lowering of natural resistance and immunity.

Ayurveda practitioners may recommend the use of Bilva to IBS patients, along with asking them to avoid the consumption of foods which aggravate the body’s ‘Vata’ dosha.

Conclusion

  • Along with the benefits of the use of Bilva in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), it is also important to mention that the disorder can be effectively managed with some excellent herbal products available from herbal manufacturing companies.

Ayuredic Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)

Ayuredic Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)

Planet Ayurveda is one such renowned company which offers some beneficial formulations for managing IBS.

Our Products – These formulations Include

  1. Digestion Support capsules
  2. Pitta Balance capsules
  3. Kutajghan Vati tablets
  4. Sanjivani Vati tablets.

These products are prepared from standardized extracts of potent herbs, and other natural herbal components, which can be useful in treating IBS.

Herbs in IBS Care Pack

Some of the herbs which are used for preparing these formulations in particular include

  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Shunthi (Zingiber officinale)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Jeerak (Cymium cumium)
  • Sounf (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Bahera (Terminalia bellerica)
  • Dhania (Coriander sativum)
  • Kutaj (Halorrhena Antidysentrica)
  • Praval Pishti (Coral Calcium)
  • Akik Pishti (Agate Calcium)
  • Mukta Pishti (Pearl Calcium)
  • Jawar Mohra Pishti (an Ayurvedic Calcium compound)
  • Kamdhudha Ras (an Ayurvedic Calcium compound).

All the herbs and herbal components which are used by Ayurvedic experts at Planet Ayurveda for preparing the herbal formulations for managing IBS are clearly mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts for their immense health benefits.

Treatment of Fish Odour Syndrome (Trimethylaminuria) with Ayurveda

Introduction

Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) is an inherited condition (in an autosomal recessive fashion) in which the victim emits rotten fish smell. Hence it is also known as fish odor syndrome or fish malodor syndrome. TMAU is a psychologically disabling condition as it has a huge psychosocial impact. This disorder is caused due to an inherited deficiency of flavin mono oxygenase 3. This enzyme is crucial for the trimethylamine metabolism. Trimethyl amine is a tertiary amine whose odor resembles of a rotten fish.

Odorous trimethyl amine is oxidized by flavin mono oxygenase 3 into non odorous trimethyl amine – N – oxide. This mechanism is corrupted in TMAU patients. Hence TMA gets accumulated in the body and it may release out of the body through sweat, urine, expired air and reproductive fluids. Thus TMAU victims emits fishy odor around the clock, but the intensity may vary from moderate to severe.

Incidence of TMAU is noted more in females than males, as the estrogen & progesterone levels may exacerbate the condition. The condition may worsen when the victim nears his puberty and in females it is most intolerable during menstrual cycle and menopause. The smell can become fishier while having oral contraceptives.

Secondary cases of TMAU can be noticed in persons who had prolonged therapeutic administration of choline for Alzheimer’s disease or Huntington’s chorea.

Differential Diagnosis

Bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections, cervical cancer, advanced liver of kidney diseases, foul smelling urine (especially in children) due to colonization of Aerococcus urinae bacteria in urinary tract, all these may mimic the TMAU symptoms. These may have a raised level of trimethyl amine in urine, but there will not be any underlying genetic factors.

Trimethylaminuria & Ayurveda

In Ashtanga Hrudaya, uttara stana Acharya details about baala graham. It is mentioned that, a child seized by Andhapoothana graham will emit fishy odor. Treatment protocols aimed at andhaputana graham can be made use in TMAU patients. Also aggravation of thridosha especially pitta can be noticed in TMAU patients. The foul smell is in account of aggravated pitta. So while managing TMAU, balancing pitta is of prime importance.

Treatment of Trimethylaminuria

It is really rhapsodic that TMAU has no complete cure, as it is connected to genetic factors. But there are many simple techniques to improve the quality of life in TMAU patients.

  • Stress level & hormonal changes – avoid stress & relax well. Increased stress may cause hormonal changes leading more perspiration. More the perspiration more fishy smell. One may resort to pranayama and meditation techniques to ease the mind. This step is very crucial in TMAU management, as the patient may suffer from low self esteem, poor psycho social connections, depression etc.
  • Avoid all the parameters that can cause excess perspiration like strenuous exercises, fever etc.
  • Wash the body with acidic ph soaps (5. – 6.5) and laundry on regular basis
  • Diet – limit the intake of marine fish (contains higher concentration of TMAO, a precursor of TMA), egg yolks, red meat, raw soybeans, mustard seeds etc. limit the ingestion of Brussels sprout, as they may inhibit flavin monooxygenase 3 enzyme.
  • Supplement with riboflavin, as flavin monooxygenase 3 has a flavin cofactor

Herbal Remedies for Trimethylaminuria (TMAU)

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies for Trimethylaminuria that provides effective results on symptoms associated with this disease.

1. Green Essentials

Capsules Green Essentials are among the unique products manufactured by Planet Ayurveda. These capsules nourish the cells and fight against various ailments. These capsules are known to clear heavy metals so these capsules are quite effective for the patients suffering from fish odour syndrome.

Dosage:- 1-2 capsules twice daily.

Treatment-of-Fish-Odour-Syndrome-(Trimethylaminuria)

2. Manjishta Capsules

Prepared from the standardized extract of rubia cordifolia herb. It is well known for its blood purifying properties. It helps to detoxify the body. It boosts the immune system. It is also coolant in nature and hence reduces perspiration and aggravated pitta.

Dosage:- 1 cap twice daily after food with lukewarm water.

3. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak Rasayan is an Ayurvedic medicine used in the treatment of skin diseases, provides nourishment, improves digestion strength and mostly indicated in the diseases arising due to depleted body tissues, itching, skin diseases and other toxic conditions.

Dosage:- 2 tablets twice daily.

4. Kaishore Guggul

Kaishor guggul is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine that acts as a natural blood cleanser, aging skin health promoter and is widely used in various skin diseases. It contains natural blood purifying herbs such as Triphala and Giloy. Triphala is the nature’s best remedy for detox as it removes toxins within the blood and therefore useful in all metabolic disorders.

Dosage:- 2 tablets twice daily.

5. Navkarshik Churna

It is very effective in controlling TMA level in blood. It corrects the protein metabolism and cleanses the blood. It is very effective for pain management in arthritic condition. As the name indicates it contains nine ingredients, each taken in karsha pramana (12 gms). The ingredients are amalaki (emblica officianalis), haritaki (terminalia chebula), vibhitaki (terminalia bellerica), neem (azadirachta indica), vacha (acorus calamus), manjishta (rubia cordifolia), katuki (piccorrhiza kurrao), guduci (tinospora cordifolia), daruharidra (berberis aristate). It balances the tridoshas.

Dosage:- Half tsp daily after meals.

6. Neem Oil Mixed With Jatyadhi Oil

For external application, mix neem oil with jatyadhi oil and apply on the affected skin. Jatayadi oil is an Ayurvedic medicine used for the external application as it heals the wounds quickly. It is applied over the infected skin diseases. Jatyadi oil balances Pitta and kapha doshas.

Neem oil has immense benefits. Neem oil helps in cleansing and healing the wounds quickly. It is useful in numerous skin diseases.

7. Royal Honey Shower Gel

Use Royal Honey Shower Gel for bathing as it contains natural ingredients that are anti-bacterial and anti-septic in nature that helps in relieving the bad odour.

It is true that complete cure of TMAU is not possible, as this disease is hereditary and has some genetic connections. But the above mentioned herbal products are guaranteed to prevent the progression of TMAU and can effectively manage the fishy smell of TMAU. These products are 100% natural & safe as it does not contain any preservatives, artificial colors, addictives, binders, fillers etc.