Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

How to treat oral thrush naturally?

Amavisha.

Meaning: As per this shloka, a person who indulges in taking incompatible foods, excessive foods, overeating develops amadosha which is similar to poison. Hence, it is also called Amavisha.

(Reference: AstangaHridayaSutrasthanam, Chapter No. 8, Shlok No. 13 & 14)

As per Ayurveda aspect:

    • In Ayurveda, candidiasis is considered as the deficient digestion or agnimandya. Agnimandya occurs due to the accumulation of toxins in the bloodstream which causes toxicity and results in the development of various health issues. It usually occurs at the seat of Vatadosha in the lower part of the digestive tract. As the ama gets accumulated in the large and small intestines which inhibits the normal flora from proliferating.

Three doshas that are responsible for candidiasis are explained below:

Vatadosha:

  • It mainly occurs due to the excessive intake of sweet, bitter and pungent, wheat dairy and high protein rich diet items.

Pitta dosha:

  • IT occurs due to the intake of spicy, sour, pungent and acidic foods.

Kaphadosha:

  • Kaphadosha is aggravated due to the intake of oily, heavy and cold food items. Sleeping immediately after the overeating also generates ama in the body.

oral thrush treatment

As per modern aspect:

  • Oral thrush is also known as oral candidiasis in which the fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of the mouth. Candida is present as a normal organism in the mouth but sometimes due to the overgrowth, it can cause various symptoms. It causes creamy white lesions in the tongue or inner part of the cheeks. It may also spread to the roof of the mouth gums, tonsils or back of the throat.

How oral thrush can be caused?

  • Generally, the immune system works to repel the harmful invading organisms such as bacteria, fungi or virus while maintaining a balance between good or bad microbes that inhabits the body. But in some of the cases, these protective mechanisms fail and there is an increase in the number of candida fungi and allows the oral infection to take hold.

Here are some risk factors that increase the chances of oral thrush:

  • Weak immune system: It is likely to occur in infants and older adults due to the weak immune system. Some medical conditions suppress the immune system such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, organ transplant, etc.
  • Diabetes: If the blood sugar is not under control or the diabetes mellitus remains untreated then the saliva contains a large number of sugars which encourages the candida growth.
  • Vaginal yeast infections: Vaginal yeast infections are caused due to the fungus that causes oral thrush.
  • Medications: Medications such as prednisolone, inhaled corticosteroids, or antibiotics disturbs the natural balance of microorganisms in the body which increase the risk of oral thrush.
  • Other oral conditions: Wearing dentures mainly the upper dentures or other conditions that cause dry mouth increases the risk of oral thrush.

Other common causes are:

  • Use of antibiotics for a longer period of time or at a high dose.
  • Having poor oral hygiene
  • Dry mouth due to a medication or any medical condition.
  • Smoking
  • Having radiotherapy or chemotherapy for treating cancer.

Babies or elder people are a high risk of developing oral thrush or people with some other conditions such as vitamin B12 deficiency or iron deficiency or underactive thyroid.

What are the symptoms of oral thrush?

In the early stages, oral thrush may not cause any symptoms but when the infection gets worse one or more symptoms of the following may develop:

White or yellow colored patches of bumps in the inner part of the cheeks, tongue, gums, tonsils or lips.

  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Slight bleeding if the gumsare scraped
  • Cotton-like sensation in the mouth
  • Dry and cracked skin at corners of the mouth
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • The bitter taste of mouth or loss of taste
  • In some of the cases, it can affect the esophagus though this is uncommon.

ORAL THRUSH CARE PACK

How oral thrush can be treated naturally?

  • Planet Ayurveda is one of the most fast-growing Ayurvedic clinics of India that has come up with a wonderful combination of herbal remedies which manages the symptoms related to oral thrush which is oral thrush care pack.
  • These This pack is prepared from the pure, authentic and best quality herbs that strictly follow the principles of Ayurveda. These are free from additives, chemicals, fillers, and preservatives. These are purely vegetarian and are not tested on animals.

Gandhak Rasayana:

  • Gandhak Rasayana is made from the shuddhgandhak (purified sulfur) in which the word rasayan means rejuvenation. As it has a natural property to rejuvenate the body without any side effects. These tablets have antibacterial, anti-viral, antipruritic and anti-inflammatory properties. In Ayurveda, it is considered as a raktashodhaka (blood purifier) and also helps to balance the Vata, pitta as well as KaphaDosha.

Dosage: 1 or 2 tablets twice or thrice daily with plain water after meals.

Manjistha Capsules:

  • Majistha capsules are formulated with the pure and standardized extra extract of manjistha. This herb works both as internally or externally to promote skin growth and luster.
  • It also treats the cracked skin and promotes the healing process of skin tissues. Being a blood purifier it removes the toxins and acts as a strong antioxidant as well as astringent. These capsules are used as the best alternative to chemical-based skin treatment.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice or thrice daily with plain water after meals.

Arjun Saar and Gum Care Powder:

  • Arjun Saar contains arjuna and amla in it because these wonderful herbs have a great combination of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and immunity boosting properties it in. This formulation is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc.
  • Gum care powder is a natural herbal formulation that maintains the hygiene and healthy condition of the oral cavity which includes the tongue, teeth, oral mucosa, and gums. This formulation acts as a total mouth rehab. It contains herbs like haritaki, sonth, karpur, poog, Marich, khadir, twak, lavang, safatika, etc. All these herbs reduce the inflammation by releasing the abscess.

Usage: Rinse with water alternatively once in a day.

Acido Plan Syrup:

  • Acido plan syrup is the herbal liquid formulation used for the management of acidity. This formulation absorbs quickly in the body and provides instant relief. It contains a standardized extract of a powerful combination of herbs such as Triphala (haritaki, bibhitaki and Amalaki), saunf, ghritkumari, patola, pittapapada, Shatavari, sajjikshar, and kokum. These herbs are effective in treating nausea, dyspepsia, loss of appetite, acute gastritis and mucosal damage.

Dosage: 1 to 2 teaspoon twice or thrice daily with plain water after meals.

Life on the go with Crohn’s – Natural Management

Overview

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease(IBD) or irritable bowel disease that causes inflammation and swelling of the lining of the entire digestive tract especially in the last segment of small intestine called ileum and the colon part of large intestine, leading to symptoms like severe diarrhea and blood in the stool, fissures, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, mouth sores, weight loss, and malnutrition. Crohn disease  can even lead to life threatening complications if proper treatment is not done on time.

Crohn's disease symptoms

Crohn’s disease can affect anyone at any age as it is completely unpredictable and chronic disorder. Diet, stress, weak immunity and genes plays an important role in making a person susceptible to Crohn’s disease. A combination of psychological, genetic and bacterial infection plays a key role in Crohn’s disease.

There is no known cure of Crohn’s disease in alopathic science they just advise antibiotics, steroids, immunosuppresants, etc that leads to various complications. But certain natural remedies, diet, therapies definitely help in managing the symptoms and in bringing long term remission for the patient. Natural treatment is also referred to as alternative, complementary or integrative methods.

Diet Changes for Crohn’s disease:

  • People with Crohn’s disease react differently to different food groups depending on the level of intestinal inflammation that they are going through, the digestive enzymes produced by their bodies and the different medicines they are taking.
  • Always eat well balanced diet as nutritious food is needed to manage the symptoms. It is highly recommended to eat smaller meals, more frequently throughout the day.
  • It is recommended to limit dairy products, stay away from gassy foods and opt for low fat foods, low salt diet and low fiber food. Spicy and oily foods should be avoided completely. The patient should refrain from alcohol and limit the intake of caffeine.
  • All processed foods, sugary foods or with artificial sweeteners, grains should be avoided as they inactivate the digestive enzymes and alter gut bacteria.
  • To manage the flare ups, it is advised to stick to bland foods like dry toast, rice, eggs, bananas, applesauce, boiled chicken. A high fiber diet is helpful but during active stages of illness, raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts will irritate the digestive system, so they should be taken with care.

Probiotics and Prebiotics:

  • Taking a good probiotic supplement is a good way to optimize the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the gut. This lowers the inflammation gradually. Probiotics include sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha and yogurt.
  • Prebiotics helps in improving the function of normal intestine bacteria. They are found in artichokes, asparagus, bananas, onions, garlic, honey and oats.Both probiotics and prebiotics, help in the growth of healthy bacteria and combat bad bacteria.
  • Daily intake of some herbs keeps the remission time longer and prevents flare ups. Some very useful herbs are listed below:

1. Curcumin (found in turmeric):

  • Polyphenol Curcumin is the age-old remedy for any kind if inflammation in the body. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. The regular intake of turmeric in food, not only helps in managing the symptoms, but also reduces the flare ups.

2.Useful Herbs

  • Aloe Vera, Ashwagandha and Boswellia are also very useful herbs and safe for treating symptoms  of Crohn’s disease.

3.Peppermint:

  • Peppermint helps to relieve cramping associated with Crohn’s disease. It calms the stomach muscles and soothes the inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract.

4.Slippery Elm:

  • Slippery Elm is a demulcent which protects the irritated tissues and promotes their healing. It may be taken in the form of gruel. A spoon of slippery elm powder mixed with a spoon of sugar and stirred in boiling water is a good remedy to manage symptoms of Crohn’s disease. One may add some cinnamon for flavor. This can be taken twice a day during illness.

5.Essential oils

  • Essential oils like Frankincense and Lemongrass are very useful in Crohn’s disease. They promote the secretion of digestive enzymes, increase the urine production and soothes the digestive tract.
  • They relieve pain and help in diarrhea. A drop of essential oil is mixed in full glass of water and taken on empty stomach is a great remedy for Crohn’s disease.

6. Anti-diarrheal Medication

  • Anti-diarrheal Medication pain relievers are often prescribed to control the symptoms. Iron supplements, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, calcium, Omega 3 fatty acids, glutamine and fish oil are also recommended for the patients.

Lifestyle Management

  • It is possible to live an active, normal lifestyle inspite of Crohn’s disease. One has to be prepared incase of emergency. It is always good to keep a kit (of things you might need in case of sudden attack), ready when you travel.
  • Anxiety, stress, depression, poor sleep all triggers the inflammation. So, one needs to relax and try to stay stress free.
  • Practicing Yoga, meditation and deep breathing is effective and helpful in faster recovery as it gives relaxation.
  • It is recommended to do regular exercise to overcome the fatigue and it controls  the flare ups . Long term fasting is also helpful.
  • Quit smoking as it can trigger or  flareup.
  • Stay hydrated:Drinking herbal tea (caffeine free), bone broth and kombucha are great choices as they provide the needed water along with electrolytes, amino acids and probiotics to the body.
  • One should only eat when one is hungry.

Crohn disease

Complications of Crohn’s Disease

  • Women with Crohn’s have healthy pregnancies and babies, though they have a little higher risk of complications. The disease affects the sex lives of the patients as they feel less libido due to self-consciousness of the disease.
  • Crohn’s inflammation may lead to ulcers in the digestive tract, it may scar and narrow the intestinal wall leading to blockage and may also lead to the formation of fistulas around the anal area. Crohn disease is a precursor for colon cancer. It may lead to skin disorders, osteoporosis, arthritis, eye problems, and liver disease