Strong bones are very important for living a healthy life. Low bone density is the leading cause that results in the state of osteoporosis i.e. formation of holes in the bones. It will result in various pathological fractures such as when the fracture of a bone occurs due to pathological changes in the bone structure. A person with low bone density becomes prone to bone fractures; he/ she will get his/ her bone fractured even by a slight pressure by a very low amount of force e.g. falling while walking or even without any visible reason. The low bone density will be discussed in detail in the following article. Let’s discuss them in detail!
The structure of the body is provided by the bones. There are a total 206 bones in the body. And each and every bone provides strength and structure to various parts of the body. To measure the health status of the bones, a bone mineral density test is performed. The bone mineral density test is used to measure the levels of calcium and other types of minerals that are present in an area of bone. The normal range of T- score is suggested to be -1.0 or more. The reports that result in lower values suggest a lower bone density. A lower bone density may worsen and result in osteoporosis i.e. condition of appearance of pores in the bone.
Normally, the formation of bones and reabsorption of bones are simultaneously ongoing processes. The bones start getting thinner as the age advances. This phenomenon occurs because the rate of formation of bones becomes slower than the rate of reabsorption of bones. The different causes that are estimated to cause low bone density are as follows- various types of eating disorders, chemotherapy, and extreme exposure to radiation. Low bone density may be a consequence of a disease. Women are more prone to it because of the continuous hormonal changes occurring in the body. Specially, the women around the age of menopause become more susceptible to thinner bones.
There are no specific symptoms related to the condition. The person with low bone density will not experience pain or any other symptom because of reduced bone density. But he/ she will be at a higher risk of fractures of bone. The person breaks his/ her bone even when the force or the pressure suffered is very less. For example, he/ she might get his/ her bone fractured even if he/ she falls while walking. The bone gets thinner as the bone density levels fall and hence the chances of fracture are increased.
To diagnose the bone density of an individual’s bones, a bone mineral density test is performed. The reports will consist of two parameters. The bone mineral density test is used to measure the levels of calcium and other types of minerals that are present in an area of bone. One of them is T-score and the other one is Z – score. The normal range of T- score is suggested to be -1.0 or more. Any value, lower than this, will suggest low bone density and bones thinner than normal.
The management of the condition of low bone density will include various measures such as administration of Vitamin-D, Calcium and various lifestyle changes. The lifestyle changes will include adopting healthy food habits and other health improving habits. The person is suggested to increase the intake of healthy foods and inhibit the junk foods totally. He/ she is given a calcium complex. The patient is advised to avoid intake of alcohol and smoking. They are suggested to exercise on a regular basis. Exposure to sunlight is a good source for vitamin-D.
Ayurveda always has a very unique perspective on all the processes of the body. The concept of bones and bone density is discussed in a very interesting manner in the classical texts of Ayurveda. The bones can be correlated to Asthi in the Ayurvedic literature. The asthi is mentioned as the fifth dhatu that are rasa, rakta, masa,meda, asthi, majja, shukra. These are described as the elements that dharana (retention) the sharira. They are responsible for an appropriate healthy state of the body. The asthi is said to be a very hard component that contains vata (which can be correlated to space and hence pores) and majja dhatu (a type of liquid that can be correlated to bone marrow) inside it. There is a very unique concept of Ashraye- ashrayi bhava in the description of dhatus.
It explains that each of the seven dhatu is a home to another component of the body. And as the level of the component rises, the levels of that dhatu also rise. But there is an exception in the case of asthi. The asthi, as discussed above is supposed to be a sthana (home) for vata dosha, contrary to the principle, the levels of asthi and the vata are indirectly proportional. That means when the levels of vata rise, the levels of asthi decrease. So, in low bone density conditions, it can be estimated that the levels of the vata dosha are on a higher side which leads to decreased levels of the asthi component. This interprets that to raise the asthi component (i.e. can be correlated with bone) one should put efforts to decrease the levels of the vata dosha. There are various herbal drugs that are beneficial in decreasing the levels of vata dosha in the body such as Ashwagandha, agaru etc. The compounds like praval pishti, etc are known to improve the calcium levels of the body. Hence, help in improving the bone health of the individual. He/ she are advised to practice a healthy lifestyle and healthy food habits. He/ she is suggested to avoid habits that lead to disturbance in the levels of vata dosha.
HERBAL REMEDIES FOR LOW BONE DENSITY BY PLANET AYURVEDA
Planet Ayurveda is providing various preparations of natural herbs such as coral calcium complex, lakshadi guggul, osteo plan capsules, bone support, etc. which are prepared using authentic ways and provide great results in improving the bone density of the body. All the herbal products manufactured here are free from chemicals, preservatives, starch, additives, colors and fillers. These products are hundred percent natural and are formulated by MD Ayurvedic doctors with deep knowledge of Ayurveda and many years of experience. The formulations are prepared strictly according to the procedures described in the samhitas (classical texts) and therefore are very effective in promoting health and curing the diseased state.
1. CORAL CALCIUM COMPLEX
CORAL CALCIUM COMPLEX from planet Ayurveda is prepared from various health benefitting components such as Coral (Praval pishti), Agate (Akik pishti), Jawar Mohra Pishti, Kamdudha Ras, Pearl (Mukta pishti), Giloy Satva (Guduchi), etc. The combination of these contents is supposed to increase the calcium levels of the body. So, it makes the bone stronger. Hence, corrects the condition of low bone density.
Dosage – The dose of Coral calcium complex is 1 capsule two times a day. The capsule must be taken after meals and with plain water.
2. LAKSHADI GUGGUL
Lakshadi Guggul from planet Ayurveda is prepared by combining the following- Laksha (Laccifer Lacca), Asthisamharaka (Cissus Quadrangularis), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Nagabala (Grewia populifolia), Shuddh Guggulu (Purified Commiphora mukul) etc. The combination of these medicines will help to pacify the vata dosha from the body. And when the vata dosha levels are reduced, ultimately the levels of asthi will increase. This will lead to improving bone health. Thus, it will result in stronger bones.
Dosage – The dose of Lakshadi Guggul is 1-2 tablets two times or three times a day with lukewarm water. (As suggested by the Ayurvedic physician)
3. OSTEO PLAN CAPSULES
Osteo Plan Capsules are prepared from combining a number of various health promoting drugs such as Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Hadjod (Cissus quadrangularis), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), etc. The combination is known to increase and promote bone health of the body. This makes the bone density levels raise and makes your bones stronger. Thus, it decreases the chances of fractures. And it promotes healing in patients with bone fractures.
Dosage – The dose of Osteo Plan Capsules should be 1-2 Capsules two times a day. It should be taken with Plain Water and after meals.
4. BONE SUPPORT
These are the components that are combined by Planet Ayurveda to prepare the bone support capsules-Shudh Laksha (Laccifer lacca), Suhanjana Beej (Moringa oleifera), Hadjod (Cissus quadrangularis), Arjun (Terminalia Arjuna), Praval pishti (Corallium rubrum), Mukta (Compound of Pearl Calcium) , etc. As the name suggests, the bone support capsules support the bone a lot. It makes the bone stronger. It is known to increase the bone mineral density when taken in appropriate doses.
Dosage – The dose of bone support capsules is 1 capsule two times a day or as prescribed by the Ayurvedic physician according to the health status. It should be taken after meals with plain water.
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The Ayurvedic principles consider that vata is the causative factor behind all the types of diseases. And as discussed above, the increased levels of vata will result in decreased levels of the asthi component. So, the target of treatment of low bone density will be to reduce the leve ls of vata dosha. Managing the proper levels of vata will lead to the healthy state of the body. So, as the Ayurvedic treatment emphasizes on treating the root cause of the condition it is capable of eliminating the disease permanently. In a nutshell, it can be concluded that with appropriate and timely management of vata levels of the body, the bone density can be increased in almost all of the cases leading to stronger bones.