Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan


Porphyria is a disorder that results from a build-up of natural chemical known as porphyrin in human body. Porphyrins are essential for the function of haemoglobin, a protein in the red blood cells that links to porphyrin, binds iron, and carries oxygen to the organs and tissues. High levels of porphyrins can cause significant problems. Porphyria mainly affects the nervous system and skin.



Acute Porphyria primarily causes symptoms associated with nervous system. In some instances, it can cause symptoms in skin as well. These attacks rarely occur before individual reaches puberty and in menopausal females.

Cutaneous Porphyria causes skin symptoms due to oversensitivity to sunlight and it don’t affect the nervous system.


  • Genetic risks
  • Certain drugs (barbiturates or sulfonamide antibiotics or, less often, birth control pills, or some drugs that affect the mind or behaviour, known as psychoactive drugs.
  • Chemicals
  • Dieting or fasting
  • Smoking
  • Physical stress, such as infections or other illnesses
  • Liver disease
  • Emotional stress
  • Alcohol
  • Menstrual hormones
  • Sun exposure
  • Excess iron


  • Abdominal pain, swelling
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Insomnia
  • Palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Seizures
  • Mental changes, such as confusion, hallucinations, disorientation or paranoia
  • Breathing problems
  • Muscle pain, tingling, numbness, weakness or paralysis


  • Dehydration
  • Breathing difficulties and muscle weakness
  • Low sodium in blood or Hyponatremia
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Liver damage
  • Permanent skin damage, abnormal appearance, scarring and colouring
  • Paralysis, coma, respiratory failure, hair loss and gall stones



  • Identify the things that may trigger the porphyria symptoms. Talk to your doctor about the type of porphyria and become familiar with possible symptom triggers and ways to avoid them.
  • Cereal, porridge, rice pudding, milk shakes made with bananas nuts and seeds such as pumpkin seeds are extremely useful to deal with porphyria.
  • Drink coconut water on regular basis.
  • Prefer vegetables like bottle gourd, bitter melon, round gourd, ash gourd, ridge gourd, pumpkin etc.
  • Prepare a fresh juice of carrots, green sour apples, grapefruits and cabbage. Drink 2 glasses of fresh juice daily for 6 months.
  • Daily supplementation with beta-carotene (vitamin A) as part of long-term treatment is necessary.
  • Avoid known triggers such as smoking, alcohol, and coffee, tea, dieting and fasting.
  • Eat regular, low calorie meals and drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration.
  • Avoid acidic foods and fruits. Eat green vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage. Also include beans, pulses and small amounts of dried fruits in the diet.
  • Keep the foods as natural and organic as possible. Avoid processed foods, junk food and spicy-oily food. Aim to eat at least five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.
  • Take a half-inch piece of root ginger and infuse it in a cup of hot water. Leave it for 5 to 10 minutes and then sip. To make it more palatable add a small teaspoon of honey to sweeten it. This infusion can be taken throughout the day. Flat ginger beer will also ease nausea.
  • Prepare an infusion of Basil leaves in hot water since it acts as a natural tranquilliser. It is said to be a tonic and it also calms down the nervous system, aids digestion and eases stomach cramps and nausea.
  • Fresh pineapple contains a digestive enzyme called, bromelain. This helps to digest proteins and speed along the process of digestion. Eat one or two slices of pineapple every day. Eat it preferably as a breakfast or before going to bed. It should be eaten at least two hours before or after the last or next meal.
  • When out in the sun, wear sunglasses, a brimmed hat and long-sleeved clothes. Apply sunscreen to exposed skin areas.
  • Protect your skin every day. Wear rubber gloves when handling chemicals or very hot water. Avoid perfumed soaps. Regularly apply barrier cream to the hands.
  • Regular physical activity, yoga and meditation help to stimulate bowel movements. It will also relieve stress which is a main cause of porphyria. Walking is one of the best forms of exercise. Try to do some form of exercise every day for at least 20 minutes.

Ulcerative colitis natural remedies- Top 4 Herbs

Introduction:  In a simple language, it is ulcer (boil) in colon (large intestine). An auto-immune disorder resulting inflammation in bowel, hence the name inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).  The large intestine is affected by inflammation on advancement causes ulcers or boils on the lining leading to bleeding and mucous pus during emptying the bowels. The disease covers all age groups ranging from 15-70 and in both sexes.

herbal treatment for ulcerative colitis


The research team haven’t found the exact cause for ulcerative colitis. Many can be the factors contributing:

  1. Hereditary
  2. Weak immune system
  3. Infections


  1. Rectal tenesmus – unnecessary feeling of defecation
  2. Anemia
  3. Pain in abdomen
  4. Bloody diarrhea
  5. Weight loss
  6. Loss of nutrition
  7. Mouth and skin sores
  8. Nausea and vomiting
  9. Edema  and pain in jointsulcerative colitis causes & treatment


  1. Total blood count-  RBCs, WBCs, Platelet
  2. Endoscopy  or sigmoidscopy
  3. Stool culture/ testing
  4.  Urinalysis
  5. X-ray
  6. Liver functions

Ayurvedic approach for ulcerative colitis:

Comforting many diseases from many years, Ayurveda has its own ways treating major population worldwide efficaciously and economically acting on root cause instead of symptomatic relieve.Relieving from discomfort from ulcerative colitis the following are the herbs that stand as an answer.

The following are the Ulcerative colitis natural remedies used in treating the ailment:-


Ulcerative colitis herbal supplements as this churana with magnificent properties for cure contains the following herbs:-

Holarrhena Antidysenterica:

Kuruchi bark, bitter oleander, widely grows in mountain area and and ornamental belongs to family Apocynaceae. The herb’s seeds and bark is widely used as bitter tonic. Used mainly in diarrhea and bowel related disorders. A febrifuge, anthelmintic, diuretic also used in skin diseases. The bark consist of many alkaloids, namely kurchine, kurchicine, conkurchin are responsible for anti- diarrheic properties.

Aegle marmelos:

Bael a religious tree of India also known as Golden apple, wood apple belongs to family Rutaceae. Having laxative and purgative properties, is widely used in digestion. Bitter tonic used for halting diarrhea and dysentery. The active ingredients consists palmitic acid, stearic acid,linoleic and linolenic acid,xanthotoxin, scopoletinhaplopine and aegelinol, are found in bark of the tree and roots.

Foeniculum vulgare:

Fennel or saunf belonging to Umbelliferae is a household aromatic condiment having carminative property. Foeniculoside is the active ingredient extracted. The sterols present increases digestion.

Coriander sativum:

Cilantro or dhaniya from Apiaceae family, both dried seeds and fresh plant has medicinal properties. It mainly has digestive properties along with bonus of anthelmic , appetizer, astringent properties.

Dosage:1 teaspoon twice with water after meal.

2.ARJUNA CAPSULES:(Terminalia arjuna)

An ulcerative colitis herbal supplement having excellent property:

Belonging to family Combretaceae, is a wonder tree, treating cardiovascular related disorders from ages. An anti-oxidants strengthens cardiac muscles and acts as rejuvenator. The flavonoids extracted from the bark like leteilin, arjunone maintains the heart strong. Bark rich in minerals found abundantly like calcium,magnesium, copper and zinc that are essential  for healthy heart. An astringent, an expectorant, an analgesic and anti-inflammatory. Helpful in Cardiovascular disorders like ischemia, myocardial infarction. Decreases the harmful LDL levels and maintains the HDL level in the blood Arjuna takes care of Hypertension by strengthening and toning cardiac muscles for a strong heart.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice with water after meals.


Pitta dominates all the heat in the soul and body. It stimulates digestion and metabolism. Proper functioning of the eye, healthy skin and purification of blood. For maintaining the Pitta balance, the following herbs are used.

Coral– the marine organisms found abundant at the bottom of the sea are having supreme powers to strengthen, soothing, and providing nutrition to maintain the pitta balance.

Agate– a fine bright colored precious stone may be found related to volcanic or metamorphic rocks. It is a cardio tonic helps in balancing pitta.

Jawar pishti– ayurvedic fine powder, proved to protect from disease and maintain healthy body by balancing pitta.

Kamdudha Ras– a mixture of herb and mineral product, highly recommended in pitta dosha. It main ingredients consists of giloy extract Tinosporia cordifolia,red ochre (red sandy pigment) and Silica bhasma.

Pearl– a gemstone, rich in calcium and a cardio tonic helps in maintaining pitta balance.

Giloy– Tinosporia cordifolia,an immunomodulator has a vital role in maintaining all three energy balances that are vata , kapha, pitta.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with water after meals


A tablet with mixture of excellent herbs is widely used to treat ulcerative colitis. The mixture consists of Aconitum heterophyllum (India Atis, atvika) used in various disorders and Holarrhena antidysenterica(kuruchi bark) widely used as diarrhea and bowel related disorders.

Dosage: 2 tab twice/thrice daily with water after meal