Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Herbal Treatment of Pleomorphic Adenomas – Symptoms, Diagnosis & Treatment

PLEOMORPHIC ADENOMAS

Salivary gland tumors are classified as rare tumors that begin in the salivary glands. These tumors can begin in any of the salivary glands in the mouth, neck or throat. The function of salivary gland is to make saliva, which aids in digestion, keeps the mouth moist and supports healthy teeth.

There are 3 pairs of major salivary glands under and behind the jaw

  • Parotid
  • Sublingual
  • Submandibular

Salivary gland tumors most commonly occur in the parotid gland, accounting nearly 85% of all salivary gland tumors. But, 25% of parotid tumors are malignant (cancerous).

Pleomorphic adenoma is the most common type of benign salivary gland tumor. It is typically a slow growing tumor and occur most often in the parotid gland. It is also known as mixed tumor which describes its pleomorphic appearance as opposed to its dual origin from epithelial and myoepithelial elements.

The tumor is usually solitary and presents as a slow growing, painless and firm singular nodal mass. It is usually mobile unless found in the palate and can cause atrophy of the mandibular ramus when located in the parotid gland.

What are the symptoms of Pleomorphic Adenoma?

  • A lump or swelling on or near the jaw or in the mouth or neck.
  • Muscle weakness on one side of the face
  • Persistent pain in the area of the salivary gland
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Trouble in opening the mouth widely

Diagnosis and Treatment of Pleomorphic Adenoma

Various tests such as physical exam, imaging tests, collection of sample of tissue testing etc. tests are done to diagnose pleomorphic adenoma.

Treatment of pleomorphic adenoma by modern treatment depends upon the size, stage and type of the salivary gland tumor. Treatment generally involves surgery or radiation therapy but surgery is difficult to perform as several important nerves are located in and around the glands. Moreover, removing tumors that involve important nerves may damage the nerves, causing partial paralysis of the face.

According to Ayurveda, Pleomorphic adenoma is caused due to the imbalance of Pitta dosha in the body.

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies for the treatment of Pleomorphic Adenoma which are quite effective and safe.

Herbal Remedies offered by Planet Ayurveda for the treatment of Pleomorphic Adenoma are

  1. Shatavari Capsules
  2. Graviola Capsules
  3. Mahashankh Vati
  4. Pitta Balance
  5. Curcumin Capsules
  6. Draksha Avleh

1. Shatavari Capsules

Shatavari Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from Asparagus racemosus root’s extract. This herb has a cooling effect on the body and useful in balancing the Pitta dosha in the body. It is taken internally for the treatment of hyperacidity, stomach ulcers etc. as this herb pacifies Pitta dosha in the body. Thus, shatavari capsules of Planet Ayurveda are useful for the patients of Pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

2. Graviola Capsules

Graviola Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the extract of Annona muricata herb. This herb is widely used in the treatment of malignant as well as benign tumors. It possesses anti-bacterial, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, astringent, mutagenic, anti-parasitic properties. These capsules are quite useful for the patients suffering from pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

3. Mahashankh Vati

Mahashankh Vati is a very common medicine for gas, acidity, peptic ulcers etc. According to Ayurveda, the root cause of all problems is the formation of Ama (endotoxins) in the body. Improper diet and lifestyle impair the digestive fire and vitiation of doshas in the body which lead to the obstruction of channels and therefore causes health issues. Mahashankh Vati of Planet Ayurveda is quite effective for the patients suffering from pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice or thrice daily.

4. Pitta Balance

Pitta Balance Capsules of Planet Ayurveda is a unique formulation of natural ingredients that are useful in balancing pitta dosha naturally. It contains cooling and natural calcium compounds to restore the pitta imbalance quickly. Most of the digestive problems occur due to the vitiation of pitta dosha in the body and Pitta Balance Capsules of Planet Ayurveda provides great relief pleomorphic adenoma.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

5. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the extract of Curcuma longa. The active compound present in turmeric is ‘curcumin’. Curcumin capsules have proven efficacy in treating various ailments and are very effective in the treatment of cancer. Its regular use protects the body from the damage caused by free radicals. It is widely used in the treatment of cancers. Its anti-cancer effect is mainly mediated through the induction of apoptosis. Curcumin is capable of preventing free radical formation as well as neutralising the existing free radicals.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

6. Draksha Avleh

According to Ayurveda principles, unhealthy digestion upset the balance of all the three doshas in the body. Ayurveda always emphasises on healthy digestion and preventing the Ama formation. It is widely used for intestinal disorders as it helps in intestinal cleansing as well as relieves hyperacidity. It is also useful in the skin disorders mainly of the Pitta origin. It is useful in abdominal tumors, small tumors, weight loss, fever, for improving strength and immunity and various other disorders. It provides relief in pleomorphic adenoma as well.

Dosage: 5-10 grams with warm water or honey.

Top 7 Effective Natural Treatment for Alzheimer’s Disease

Brain Aging

According to Ayurveda, Alzheimer’s disease is caused mainly due to imbalance of vata dosha in body. Alzheimer’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder of brain that shows behavior changes and memory loss in an individual. It is also considered as a form of dementia. The symptoms like memory loss, language problem, decreased judgement, poor judgement, problems in terms of thinking, disorientation in relation to place and time, misplacing things, personality change, lack of initiative, frequent changes in mood and behavior.

Natural treatment is the best way to heal Alzheimer’s disease as it will improve strength, power, memory loss, endurance and will power in an affected person. This disease is more common in older age.

Here are some natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease:

1. Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis):

shankhpushpi

This is an Ayurvedic herb used as a brain tonic, memory enhancer, anxiety, stress-related disorders, insomnia and numerous neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This herb supports central nervous system in an individual. Shankhpushpi contains active ingredients like.

  1. Glycosides & flavonoids that strengthen immunity and act as an antioxidant.
  2. Alkaloids: This herb contains alkaloids that act as a muscle relaxant, serotonin-boosting and pain reducing agent.
  3. Coumarins: It acts as a natural chemical compound that helps in thinning of blood and have anti-fungal and anti-tumor activities. It rejuvenates the brain cells and act as a tranquilizer and psycho-stimulant.

Usage of herb Shankhpushpi:

  1. Consume one teaspoon of shankhpushpi herb powder with a glass of water daily.
  2. Use shankhpushpi in the form of decoction.

2. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)

Brahmi

:This is one of most common herbs used from ancient times for neurological disorders. It contains a mixture of phytochemicals that are very beneficial for the brain. This herb boosts up memory, protects neural system from damage and improves performance of neurons. Brahmi protects the neural system against neurotoxins like morphine, aluminum and cigarette smoke. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties that remove heavy metals and amyloid from the brain. It suppresses neural oxidative stress, reduces risk of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. It is the best natural treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.

Usage of Brahmi herb:

  1. Consume one teaspoon of brahmi powder once daily with plain water.

3. Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra):

Glycyrrhiza glabra

This is an amazing herb that enhances memory, enhances analytical abilities of the brain, increases blood circulation to central nervous system and balances sugar level in the blood. The antioxidant properties of this herb remove toxins. It helps to control fear, emotions and anger.

Usage of Licorice herb:

  1. You can consume licorice in powder form. Use one teaspoon of licorice once daily.
  2. Make a tea from licorice stick. Take one small stick of licorice boil it in two cups of water. Boil this until it one cup is left. Strain the mixture and drink this herbal tea daily.

4. Turmeric (Curcuma longa):

Turmeric

Turmeric is most common herb used in Ayurveda for its therapeutic value. Anti-oxidant properties of this herb reduces free radicals from the body that improves immunity and health. It is used to remove toxins, fights against allergies and infections. This herb treats associated symptoms and signs of Alzheimer’s disease. The presence of compound curcumin in it shows effective results in various problems.

Usage of Turmeric:

  1. Take one teaspoon of turmeric powder and consume it with a glass of lukewarm water daily.
  2. Use half teaspoon of pure turmeric powder in a glass of milk and consume this milk daily.
  3. Consume turmeric powder in cooking food items.

5. Sonth (Zingiber officinale):

Sonth

This is most commonly used naturally for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. It works wonderfully on nervous system and emotional ailments. The herb maintains overall system of the body. Sonth boosts up appetite, makes brain sharper, increases memory and overcomes weakness. It makes the body and mind healthy, stress free, improves brain functions.

Usage of Sonth:

  1. Take a few pieces of dried ginger herb. Put it in two cups of water, boil it until it one cup is remaining and drink it.
  2. Use sonth powder in your food items as it’s very helpful.

6. Almonds:

Almonds

These are used for overcoming signs and symptoms like loss of memory, poor judgment and various other problems associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

Usage of almonds:

  1. Take 4-5 almonds and soak it overnight. Peel it off and eat it daily morning on empty stomach.
  2. You can powder the almonds and take it with a glass of milk daily.
  3. Use almond oil with a glass of milk. Drink this daily once.
  4. Massage your head with almond oil as it will overcome symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. It provides a soothing effect, relives stress and cures anxiety.

7. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):

Ashwagandha

This is one of most effective herbs used to reduce anxiety and stress. It also helps to reduce fatigue, weak memory and anxiety associated with Alzheimer’s disease. The herb promotes overall well-being, nourishes strength and immunity.

Usage of Ashwagandha:

  1. Consume one teaspoon of ashwagandha powder once in a day with plain water or a glass of milk.