Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Natural Remedies for Arachnoiditis

Abstract

Arachnoiditis is a painful disorder. It is caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid membrane which surrounds the nerves of the central nervous system including the brain and spinal cord. Due to the inflammation, it causes intense pain and various neurological symptoms like numbness, and loss of sensation. This is a chronic disorder that affects the nerves and hampers its functions. As it is a manageable condition, herbal formulations and remedies will help in managing the condition in a good and effective way.

What is Arachnoiditis?

It is the inflammation of the arachnoid membrane which leads to the formation of scar tissue and causes nerves to stick together and produce various neurological symptoms. The patient may complain of intense pain, numbness, loss of sensation, and other associated symptoms.

Arachnoiditis

The ayurvedic aspect of Arachnoiditis

In Ayurveda, the main cause of all the diseases is due to imbalance in three vital energies i.e. Vata, Pitta, Kapha. We can correlate Arachnoiditis with “Mastishk Shotha”. Mastishk Shotha is due to the vitiation of tridoshas i.e. Vata Pitta and Kapha. The imbalance in these tridoshas will lead to symptoms like Shoola (Pain), Gaurav (heaviness), and Ushma (Hot on touch).

What are the Symptoms of Arachnoiditis?

The commonest symptom of Arachnoiditis is intense pain. There is no congruous pattern of symptoms but it is according to the nerve affected and these are:-

  • Tingling sensation
  • Numbness
  • Loss of sensation
  • Shooting and stinging pain in the lower back, trunk, and limbs.
  • Muscle spasm and cramping
  • Worsening of pain during activity
  • Imbalance in the Sexual, bladder, and bowel functions.
  • Uncontrolled twitching.

What are the causes of Arachnoiditis?

The root cause of Arachnoiditis is not known but the possible causes are:-

  • Mechanical injury during spinal surgery (commonest cause)
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Lumbar Puncture
  • Injections like Epidural, Corticosteroids, and other medications
  • Infection caused by some Bacteria or Virus
  • Use of chemical dye in Myelogram
  • Neoplastic changes in and around the spine.

What are the types of Arachnoiditis?

It is classified into various subtypes according to the site of inflammation involved.

  1.  Adhesive Arachnoiditis – It is the commonest type of Arachnoiditis. Due to inflammation adhesion occurs, nerves get to stick together and produce various associated symptoms.
  2.  Arachnoiditis Ossificans – In this type, ossification occurs and the arachnoid membrane turns into the bone.
  3.  Cerebral Arachnoiditis – It is the inflammation of the membrane which surround the brain and causes intense headache.
  4.  Hereditary Arachnoiditis-It is the rarest type that occurs due to a hereditary defect in the meninges.
  5.  Neoplastic Arachnoiditis – This occurs due to neoplastic changes in the brain and spinal cord.
  6.  Optochiasmatic Arachnoiditis – In this, the inflammation occurs behind the optic nerve leading to visual loss.

How is Arachnoiditis Diagnosed?

Due to ignorance, it is difficult to diagnose Arachnoiditis. Some Tests may include:-

  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computed Axial Tomography (CAT)
  • Electromyography (EMG)

The above tests will help in finding the level of damage that occurred to nerves and the site of inflammation.

What is the treatment of Arachnoiditis?

Treatment of Arachnoiditis is difficult as the spinal cord is a delicate organ, the minor injury will lead to nerve damage and malfunctioning of the body. As per Modern science, symptomatic management is done including Physical therapy, NSAID’s for pain relief, and nerve stimulation. On the other side, Ayurvedic herbs manage the condition naturally and help in relieving the associated symptoms. The natural herbs and herbal formulations balance the tridoshas imbalance in the body and maintain the overall health of the patient.

Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is one of the leading and trusted organizations in the field of Ayurveda which are involved in the formation of medicines prepared from good quality of minerals and herbs under the supervision of Ayurvedic experts by following the strict principles of Ayurveda. These herbal formulations are free from preservatives, chemicals, dyes, and additives.

For Arachnoiditis, the following are the herbal formulations considered.

  1.  Yograj Guggul
  2.  Ekangvir Ras
  3.  Ras Rajeshwar Ras
  4.  Ashwagandha Capsules
  5.  Brahmi Capsules
  6.  Boswellia Curcumin

Product Description:

1. Yogarj Guggul

Yograj guggul is the safe herbal formulation that is prepared using Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Shuddh Guggul (Commiphora Mukul), Pippali (Piper longum), etc. These herbs help in relieving the inflammation. Guggul possesses the analgesic property and is very effective in relieving cramps and muscle pain.
Dosage – 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water.

2. Ekangvir Ras

This herbal formulation is prepared from herbs and minerals like Shuddh Parada (Mercury), Shudh Gandhaka (sulphur), Pipali (Piper longum), etc This herbo mineral tablet helps in treating the weakness of nerves and also effective in treating paralysis.
Dosage – 1 tab twice daily after meals with plain water.

3. Rasrajeshwara Ras

This is a classical herbal formulation prepared using Dashmool herbs, Rasa Sindura (Purified and processed mercury), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), etc. These herbs help in balancing Vata dosha and relieve pain. It also relieves other neurological symptoms like hampered sensations of the nerves, numbness, tingling sensation, burning or shooting pain, etc.
Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily after meals with plain water.

4. Ashwagandha Capsule

Ashwagandha capsule is prepared using a standardized extract of Withania somnifera. In Arachnoiditis, this herbal formulation helps in relieving symptoms like numbness, tingling sensation, paralysis, uncontrolled body movements. It also helps in maintaining overall health.
Dosage – 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.

5. Brahmi Capsule

These are single herbal capsules prepared using a standardized extract of Bacopa monneri. In Arachnoiditis these capsules help in treating various neurological symptoms and relieves pain. It is also known as Nervine tonic. Brahmi will help in treating patients of cerebral Arachnoiditis and maintains a healthy nervous system.
Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.

6. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia curcumin is prepared using the standardized extract of two herbs Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin ((Curcuma longa). In arachnoiditis,  it helps in relieving the inflammation and pain. These capsules reduce the various neurological symptoms associated with the nerve affected.
Dosage – 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.

Contact Planet Ayurveda Support Team to provide you the costing/ordering and delivery information at – costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or Call at 0172-521-4030 (India), +91-172-521-4030 (Outside India) or Whatsapp at (+91) 9915-593-604.

Conclusion

Therefore we can conclude that Arachnoiditis is a rare disease and is difficult to predict how Arachnoiditis will progress in some individual. As this is a manageable condition, these herbal formulations show effective results without causing any side effects. These herbs act on the body by balancing the tridoshas and maintains the healthy nervous system. Along with Arachnoiditis, these herbs will helps in the prevention and treatment of various diseases.

Herbal Remedies for Bullous Pemphigoid

Abstract

Today, again we are going to discuss a rare disease about which research is still going on and the exact cause is still unknown but it is categorized under autoimmune diseases and it is a skin disease called Bullous pemphigoid. In this article, we will elaborate on the disease, its causes, the Ayurvedic aspect of the disease, herbal way to treat it, and about the dietary and lifestyle guidelines to be followed to manage this disease condition.

Bullous Pemphigoid

Introduction

Pemphigoid is a rare skin disease that produces various blisters on the body and bullous pemphigoid is one of its types. This is characterized by large fluid-filled bullae or blisters that are very painful and largely elevated on the skin and usually occur on the areas which we need to flex for the movement like the armpit, thigh, etc. This is an autoimmune disease and can occur at any age but the incidence ratio is high in old aged people and can affect both the sexes equally.

Ayurvedic Aspect of the Disease

As per Ayurveda, this is a Twak Vikara which occurs due to vitiation of all the tridoshas especially Pitta and Kapha dosha, and raise big blisters on the skin, which are filled with fluid, after affecting rasa (lymph), Rakta (Blood), mamsa (muscle tissue), and Meda (adipose tissue) dhatu in our body. And causes Kandu (Itching), Daha (Burning sensation), Ruja (Pain), etc.

What are the Causes of Bullous Pemphigoid?

  • As discussed earlier the cause is still unknown but the main issue of this disease is considered our overactive immune system which will attack our healthy cells of the body due to misdirection and misunderstand the normal cells as a foreign body and causes abnormality and reflects on our skin in the form of blisters.
  • There are some other causes:
  • Diet – Excessive consumption of hot, spicy, oily foodstuffs, abhishyandi food items (which causes obstruction in the channels), incompatible food combinations, etc.
  • Lifestyle – Excessive exposure to chemicals, ultraviolet rays, etc.
  • History of Autoimmune diseases like Scleroderma, etc.
  • Long-term use of steroids may result in skin issues.

Symptoms

There are various signs and symptoms:

  • The main characteristic feature of this disease is blistered and they are filled with fluid.
  • Areas that are affected more are the armpits, abdomen, knees, thighs, legs, etc.
  • Itching is quite common in these areas.
  • Multiple rashes like hives.
  • Laceration
  • Redness
  • Tenderness
  • Inability to move or flex the parts hence hampers the range of movement.
  • Burning sensation.
  • There will be pain and stiffness in the area.
  • Repeated occurrence.
  • Lesions may be associated with weakness, fatigue, etc.

Diagnosis

It can be diagnosed clinically on the basis of presentation of blisters but sometimes if it’s a long-standing one then may need a skin biopsy to know the chances of malignancy or to differentiate it from any other disease.

Treatment as per Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, Bullous Pemphigoid Disease can be treated with the help of herbs and detoxification methods very easily. Like Virechana and Vamana are beneficial in such conditions. Internal medicines are beneficial for detoxification, blood purification, and healing the eroded skin. Planet Ayurveda contributes its best in dealing with this disease and offers the following medicines to treat Bullous pemphigoid.

  1. Manjishtha Capsule
  2. Pitta balance
  3. Gandhak rasayan
  4. Dermo plan
  5. Nirgundi oil
  6. Tea Tree Aloe Vera Premium Handmade Bathing Bar

Herbal Remedies for Bullous Pemphigoid

Herbal Remedies for Bullous Pemphigoid

1. Manjishtha Capsule

Purified manjishtha extract is used to prepare these capsules. This herb helps to dry up the accumulated fluid and subside the blisters. It also reduces the chances of developing new blisters. It helps to rejuvenate the affected skin. Along with anti-inflammatory action, it helps to correct the functions of the immune system.

Dosage : 1 cap twice daily, after meals with normal water.

2. Radiant Skin Hair Nails Formula

These capsules help to restore the normal skin complexion and reduce the redness and scars which may appear after the blisters. It helps to provide nourishment to the eroded skin.

Dosage : 1 cap twice daily, after meals with normal water.

3. Pitta Balance

This combination of cooling minerals and herbs will help to alleviate Pitta dosha in our body. It helps to modulate and strengthen the immune system, which is a basic cause for the production of this disease. It helps to reduce the burning sensation in our body.

Dosage : 1 cap twice daily, after meals with normal water.

4. Gandhak Rasayan

Purified sulphur will help to eliminate the toxins from the blood and purifies it. It’s a classical formulation that has immense actions on our skin and skin diseases. It helps to flush out the toxins and heals the skin at a rapid pace. It acts as an elixir in skin problems.

Dosage : 2 tabs twice daily, after meals with normal water.

5. Dermo Plan Syrup

A syrup formulated by Planet Ayurveda to deal with various skin problems that help to purify blood and skin and resolve the issues like itching, burning sensation, and skin sores. Various skin detoxifying and blood detoxifying herbs are used in its preparation that has a direct effect on our skin.

Dosage : 2 tsp. twice daily, after meals with normal water.

6. Nirgundi Oil

This oil has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory action on our skin hence helps to reduce the itching, redness, and burning sensation when applied over them and averts the chances of its spread.

Method of Application: After properly cleaning the area you must apply the oil locally.

7. Tea Tree Aloe Vera Premium Handmade Bathing Bar

This soap also has a good effect on disease conditions related to skin. It will help to soothe the local skin and clears it. Antioxidant-rich soap will provide a soothing effect on the affected and sensitive skin and replenish the skin cells.

Use : For local wash.

Some Useful Tips

Lastly, some guidelines which will help to get rid of this disease very fast:

  • Stop using the milk products, sour foods, and spicy foods as they may vitiate pitta dosha in the body which is the main cause of this disease.
  • Reduce salt and sugar intake.
  • Add a few things to a daily routine like – juice of Neem, Aloe vera, Amla, or Giloy.
  • Maintain proper hygiene.

Conclusion

Skin diseases can be managed some time with the topical steroids but can’t resolve completely. On exposure to various factors, the condition will reoccur. But Herbal medicines help to kill the root cause and treat them well. So, in the case of Bullous Pemphigoid, it is a better option to treat them naturally.