Category: Brain Tumors

Treatment of Hydrocephalus With Herbal Remedies

Abstract

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which fluid buildup is noticed in the cavities of the brain that are called ventricles. These ventricles are seated deep within the brain and due to accumulation of fluid (cerebrospinal fluid) the ventricles increase and put pressure on the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid normally flows in through the ventricles and bathes the brain and the spinal cord. But if this fluid is accumulated in the brain ventricles it puts too much pressure on brain tissue and hence causes damage. This damage of tissues can result in imparied brain functions and the impairment depends on the level of tissue damage. In this article we will discuss the hydrocephalus in detail, mentioning its causes, symptoms, types and ayurvedic treatment.

Introduction

The term hydrocephalus is derived from the greek word ‘hydro’ which means water and ‘cephalus’ that means head. The water here refers to the presence of cerebrospinal fluid. The accumulation of CSF in the ventricles results in increased intracranial pressure inside the skull and also causes progressive enlargement of head, convulsions, tunnel visions and mental disability. Hydrocephalus can happen at any age but usually it occurs more frequently in infants and adults around 60 years and above.

Hydrocephalus

Causes

The causes of hydrocephalus vary with age like in infants it is generally the result of injury to the head before or during birth, congenital defects, tumors of the central nervous system and infections before birth that affects CNS. On the other hand, in older patients (in older children and adults) it is generally the result of developmental defects, tumors of the brain or spinal cord, bleeding in the brain and injury to the brain.

Types of Hydrocephalus

  1. Communicating hydrocephalus
  2. Non communicating hydrocephalus
  3. Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)

1. Communicating Hydrocephalus

This type is also called as non-obstructive hydrocephalus. In communicating hydrocephalus the flow of cerebrospinal fluid is blocked after it exits the ventricles. In this form CSF can still flow between ventricles that remain open.

2. Non communicating Hydrocephalus

Non communicating hydrocephalus is also known as obstructive hydrocephalus and this generally occurs when the flow of cerebrospinal fluid is blocked. The blockage is generally seen in one or more narrow passages connecting the ventricles.

3. Normal pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)

This type typically affects people ages around 60 years. It can be the result of any injury or even stroke. Normal pressure hydrocephalus generally develops gradually, blocking the CSF drainage. It causes fluid buildup with time. After this the enlarged ventricles press the brain around the skull and thus causes symptoms. The NPH includes dementia, walking difficulties, slurred speech which are similar to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease making the diagnosis difficult. In most of the cases normal pressure hydrocephalus remains undetermined. Bleeding in the brain due to stroke, injury, tumor and infections like meningitis are its main causes. Such patients usually develop urgency and incontinence, walking difficulties, altered gait, cognitive challenges as the early symptoms of NPH.

Sign and Symptoms

The general sign and symptoms of hydrocephalus includes abnormal enlargement of head, recurrent nausea and vomiting of unknown type, sleepiness, irritability, sun setting eyes (downward deviation of eyes), seizures, increases urgency, incontinence in some cases, blurred vision, diplopia, poor gait, poor coordination, slow development in children and swelling of optic disc. In rare cases loss of memory, cognitive challenges, bulging fontanel and prominent scalp veins will be noticed. Generally the risk of hydrocephalus is increased by premature births, brain infections and hemorrhage.

In Ayurveda, hydrocephalus is correlated with upshershak. In ashtanga hridaya uttaratantra upshershak is understood as a condition in children. The cause of upshershak is believed to be vata prakopa in garbha (before birth). This vitiated vata gets its root in kapala and then it produces swelling similar to the colour of skin and remains painless. (A.H.Ut. 23/21)

Diagnosis

  1. Computerized tomography showing enlarged spaces or ventricles of the brain.
  2. Chiari malformations (abnormality at the base of the brain where the spinal cord joins with the skull).
  3. Dandy walker syndrome (when the fourth ventricle is enlarged due to the partial or complete closure of the other ventricular outlets).

Treatment

In modern medicine, the commonest method of Treatment of Hydrocephalusis surgical insertion of drainage systems called shunts. Another surgical procedure is also done known as endoscopic third ventriculostomy.Ayurveda explains that generally the upshershak reduces on its own. If it does not resolve then applying lepa made up of jaw, gehu, moong and ghrita is very beneficial. Rakta visravan is also done again and again, sudation with dashamoola kwatha is done.

For the management of hydrocephalus planet ayurveda also offers some of its herbal products. These products are made from the standardized extract of herbs and helps in pacifying vata and initiates the absorption of accumulated CSF.

Herbal Remedies for Hydrocephalus

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The Formulations offered areas Follows

  1. Brahmi capsules
  2. Gotu kola Capsules
  3. Ashwagandha capsules
  4. Punarnava capsules
  5. Amalaki Rasayan
  6. Brahmi Chyawanprash

Products Description

1. Brahmi capsules

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is known for its wonderful results in brain malfunction which is the result of many conditions. Brahmi is known to increase the memory power and boost brain functioning. It also helps in nourishing the damaged brain cells.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

2. Gotu kola capsules

These Capsules are made from the extract of gotu kola (Centella asiatica). The parts used for the preparation are the leaves of gotu kola. This herb is very beneficial in improving circulation, improves alertness and provides relaxation.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

3. Ashwagandha capsules

This herb is known to reduce nervous breakdown due to hydrocephalus. It nourishes the brain tissue and provides effective results in pacifying vata. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) also helps in increasing the body’s immunity and thus reducing the hydrocephalus caused due to brain infection.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

4. Punarnava capsules

In Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), punar means again and nava means new. The herb is known to rejuvenate the cells and thus limiting the damage caused due to accumulation of CSF. It also helps in the absorption of CSF and thus relieves the symptoms. It also helps in stabilizing urinary incontinence or urgency.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

5. Amalaki Rasayan

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) rasayan work by decreasing the intracranial pressure that builds inside the skull due to the accumulation of CSF. It enhances your immunity and fights with the infections.

Dose: One capsule twice daily after meals.

6. Brahmi Chyawanprash

This formulation contains Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) , vasaka (Adhatoda vasica) and many more. This is very beneficial in reducing symptoms related to memory, walking and altered gait. The use of this product on a daily basis is very helpful in balancing tridoshas, nourishing the body and strengthening immunity.

Dose: One tablespoon twice daily after meals.

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Conclusion

Hydrocephalus occurs generally in children but now is commonly seen in the adults too. Such conditions are capable of causing great damage to the brain and its tissues thus producing a variety of symptoms. The formulations offered by planet ayurveda are potential of resolving the symptoms and managing this condition very efficiently. The products offered by planet ayurveda are totally herbal and do not cause any side effects. The products are internationally certified and do not contain any kind of fillers, dyes, adulterants etc. In case of any query kindly visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com

AYURVedic treatment for GLOMUS JUGULARE TUMOR

Health is the most important factor that should be considered on priority. To keep the body in good health is our duty. Otherwise, we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear. Sometimes there is not a balance with our health and this is due to an abnormality occurring inside the body. There are certain ailments that occur due to some kind of mutation in the DNA. These kinds of ailments have very serious consequences because these can cause permanent changes many times and this leads to destruction of healthy cells and tissues. One of the major problem that occurs due to mutation is Glomus jugular tumor. These kinds of problems can be managed in its starting stages with natural herbal treatment, Ayurveda. But to know about treatment, first we should have some knowledge about the disease and tumors.

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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT TUMORS?

A tumor is known as a neoplasm, an abnormal mass of tissues and cells which can be solid or fluid filled. A mass usually a kind of lump of at least 20 mm in diameter, with a nodule which is less than 20 mm at its widest point.

This tumor can be of three types

1. Benign or non-cancerous – This mass cannot spread. This is present only at one place. Generally these are not harmful but can press nerves, vessels that can cause bad impact on health. Examples of these are – uterine fibroids, adenomas etc.

2. Pre-malignant or pre-cancerous – this kind of tumors are not cancerous but can spread further. Examples of this are – dysplasia of the cervix, leukoplakia etc.

3. Malignant or cancerous – these are cancerous and spread to its surrounding. These grow fast. Examples of this kind are – carcinoma, germ cell tumor, leukemia etc.
These tumors can arise due to many reasons – the chemical exposure, radiations or high temperature etc. these causes change in genetic formulations which results in mutations.

Glomus jugular tumor is one the example of benign tumors that happens due to mutations.

WHAT IS GLOMUS JUGULARETUMOR?

Glomus jugular tumor is a kind of tumor that arises within the skull cavity. The area which is affected by this disease is jugular foreman. This jugular tumor starts its origin from the preganglionic cells which is present in the outer most layer of the jugular bulb.
This spreads along the least resistance pathways such as infralabyrinthine and infracochlear cell tracts, vertical infratubal segment of the internal carotid artery (ICA), petrous segment and then toward nasopharynx. The jugular bulb’s middle wall acts as a barrier in tumor spreading.Whenever this barrier is ruptured, tumor spreads towards lower cranial nerves. Inwards this spreads along the neck carotid foramen and the carotid sheath.

WHY GLOMUS JUGULARETUMOR DISEASE OCCURS?

Glomus jugularetumoris the second most common temporal bone related tumor. This frequently affects females than males.

This problem is related with genetic mutations and the gene that is related with this ailment is SDHD gene. This is present on two regions PGL1 and PGL2 which is present on chromosome 11. The first germ line is identified is PGL1 location. The SDHD gene encodes the protein succinateubiquinone reductase subunit D. another gene is SDHC, which is present on PGL3 locus on 1q chromosome. There is one another mutation occurred on locus PGL4 present on 1p36 chromosome and the gene which is affected is SDHB. Generally, SDHD and SDHC are membrane bound proteins that anchor SDHB and SDHA.

So, the disease Glomus jugularetumor is due to mutation in one of the genes SDHB, SDHC and SDHD.

WHAT SYMPTOMSARE FOUND IF ONE SUFFERS FROM GLOMUS JUGULARETUMOR?

The main symptoms included are –

When tumor present inside skull or below the ear –

  • Tinnitus
  • Partial hearing loss
  • Dizziness
  • Ear pain

When tumor grows towards neck –

  • Facial paralysis
  • Hoarseness
  • Tongue weakness
  • Swallowing problem

If this tumor produces signals

  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • High blood pressure
  • Headache
  • Fast heart beat

THIS TEST CAN BE DIAGNOSED THROUGH FOLLOWING TESTS

  • Physical examination
  • CT scan
  • MRI
  • Cerebral angiography

HOW GLOMUS JUGULARETUMOR PROBLEM CAN BE MANAGED?

In its starting stages natural treatment is very helpful to control this condition but if surgery is needed then also the natural treatment is helpful to control other symptoms. The natural treatment is beneficial over other treatments because of its safe mode.

Natural treatment involves the usage of nature – the herbs, plants and trees etc. This form of medicinal treatment is known as Ayurveda.

AYURVEDA

Ayurvedic medicine is one of the oldest holistic healing systems. This healing system based on the concept of balancing between body, mind and soul. There are two principles of Ayurveda

First is mind and the body are inevitably connected

Second is there is no power that stops mind to heal and transform the body ailments and aid healing.

Ayurveda believes that every person is made up of five basic elements – space, air, water, earth and fire. These elements combined to form three life energies that control body functioning. These energies known as doshas. Every person has a unique combination of doshas.

These doshas are

Vata – this is known to control basic functions such as cell divide, breathing, blood flow, heart function etc.

Kapha – this is known to control immunity, body strength, muscle growth and weight etc.

Pitta – this is known to control digestion, metabolism and digestive hormonal control.

The herbal formulations of multiple herbs possess tremendous properties to cure cancer. These herbs known to work on multiple biochemical pathways and influence several organ system. Herbs known to have anti-cancerous properties that help to improve body functioning and overall health.

In Ayurveda, there is two kinds of classes of cancer or can say tumor

granthi (minor neoplasm) and arbuda (major neoplasm). This is properly given in two ayurvedic classics – charaka and sushruta. In granthi, one or two of the three doshas are affected, due to which body becomes out of control but not too much harmful. There is still a hope that this can be normalized. But in malignant tumors, all the doshas are affected and this is very injurious to health.
According to Ayurveda, when pitta decreases, as we know pitta known to control metabolism, this leads to deranged metabolism and results in excessive tissue growth. The pitta is further known to aggravate vata and suppresses kapha. These both interact with one another to cause proliferation. The abnormal growth at specific organ (Ekadesavriddhi).

The disease Glomus jugularetumor is known to be by beja dosha (a dosha in which there is an impairment or mutation in a gene) and vata especially.

This can be managed through the mixture of fruitful herbs and their formulation.

In the market, there are herbal formulations that known to contain properties to defeat the tumor. Planet Ayurveda, an ayurvedic clinic provides very reliable and effective medicines to treat the problem of Glomus jugular tumor.

HERBAL FORMULATIONS PROVIDED BY PLANET AYURVEDA FOR GLOMUS JUGULARE TUMOR

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1. KACHNAR GUGGUL

This formulation is known to contain herbs like kachnaar (Bauhinia variegate), Guggul (Commiphora wightii) and many other such as

  • Amalaki – Emblica officinalis
  • Haritaki – Terminalia chebula
  • Bibhitaki – Terminalia bellerica
  • Ginger – Zingiber officinale
  • Black Pepper – Piper nigrum
  • Pippali – Piper longum
  • Varuna – Crataeva religiosa

These herbs in combination are known to treat problems such as channel blockages, lymphomas, detoxification and inflammation. It promotes cell regeneration, treats tumors, controls uneven cell growth etc. These help to provide relief in case of glomus jugulare tumor.

Dose – 2 to 5 tablets, two times a day, after meals, with plain water.

2. BRAHMI CAPSULES

Brahmi is one of the greatest herb present in nature that is known to contain lots of vitamins, minerals and resins. The phytochemicals present in it helps to provide positive effect on body cells, have great regeneration power, detoxify the body, manage the damaged cells and neurons, anti-anxiety, antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. These properties are known to regenerate the damage cells and body immunity power.

Dose – 1 to 2 capsules, two times a day, after meals with plain water.

3. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES

This herb is one of the great adaptogenic tonic present in the nature. This herb known to inhibit cancerous cells through five signaling pathways such as p53 signaling, apoptosis, death receptor signaling, GM-CFS signaling and G2-M DNA damage regulation pathway. The components present in Ashwagandha plays important role during mitosis and cytokinesis and unregulated in various cancer types. This is also known as radio sensitizer and a chemotherapeutic agent. All these things make this very effective in tumor treatment

Dose – 1 to 2 capsules two times a day.

4. CURCUMIN CAPSULES

This is an active phytochemical of turmeric. This is very effective to treat free radical problems. This known to reduce cancer stem cells, regulates chemical signal proliferates cancer cells and blocks their growth. So have great impact during tumor problem.

Dose – 1 to 2 capsules two times a day.

5. SEPTRIN TABLETS

These tablets known to contain active phytochemicals like sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim which are known to contain properties such as adaptogenic, anti-cancerous, anti-bacterial and anti-bacterial etc. these helps to manage the symptoms occur in glomus jugulare tumor.

Dose – 2 tablets two times a day.

6. GOTUKOLA CAPSULES

This formulation is known to contain extract of Gotukola. This helps to maintain aggravated doshas, adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory, soothing, known to maintain degenerated cells, digestive and a blood tonic. These are known to maintain the condition of glomus jugulare tumor.

Dose – 1 to 2 capsules two times a day.