Category: Leukemia (All Blood Cancers)

Natural Treatment for Blood Disorders – Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Blood is a living tissue in our body which is made up of four components that are plasma, red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets. Plasma is the liquid part and red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are the solid parts of the blood. Blood is a constantly circulating fluid and it provides nutrition, oxygen and helps in waste removal.

Functions of The Blood in The Body Are

  1. It helps to carry oxygen and other nutrients to body tissues.
  2. Helps to regulate the temperature of the body
  3. It helps to remove out the waste products of the kidney and liver.

Blood Disorders

Blood disorders are conditions that affect the functions of the blood cells in the body and also affect the components of the blood.

  1. Platelets, which help in blood clotting.
  2. Red blood cells, which transport oxygen to the body’s tissues
  3. White blood cells, which helps to fight against infections

Symptoms of Blood Disorders

The signs and symptoms depend upon the component of blood which is affected by the disease. The symptoms vary in all conditions.

The Common Symptoms of Red Blood Cell Disorders

  1. Fatigue
  2. Shortness of breath or breathlessness
  3. Lack of concentration due to the lack of oxygenated blood in the brain
  4. Muscle weakness or lack of muscle strength
  5. Fast heart rate

The Common Symptoms of White Blood Cell Disorders

  1. Chronic infections
  2. Tiredness or fatigue
  3. Weight loss
  4. Malaise, or a general feeling of being unwell, illness and discomfort.

The Common Symptoms of Platelet Disorders

  1. Wounds or injuries that don’t heal or are slow to heal
  2. Bleeding, when blood does not clot after injury or cut
  3. Bruises on the skin
  4. Unexplained nosebleeds
  5. Bleeding from the gums
  6. Blood in urine or stool

Red Blood Cell Disorders

Red blood cell disorders affect the red blood cells of the body. These are blood cells that carry oxygen from your lungs to the entire body. There are various disorders related to red blood disorders, which can affect both children and adults.

It includes

1. Anemia

Anemia is a condition in which your body tissues lack sufficient healthy red blood cells to carry enough oxygen.

Types of Anemia

  • Iron-deficiency anemia
  • Sickle cell anemia
  • Normocytic anemia
  • Autoimmune Haemolytic anemia
  • Fanconi anemia
  • Pernicious anemia

2. Thalassemia

It is a group of inherited diseases in which normal production of hemoglobin is hampered. Due to low hemoglobin, oxygen doesn’t get to all parts of the body. It hampers the overall functioning of organs which leads to various problems in the body.

3. Polycythemia Vera

It is a type of blood cancer that is caused by a gene mutation. In this case, the bone marrow produces red blood cells in excess. It causes thickening of blood or clotting which can lead to heart attack or strokes.

4. White Blood Cell Disorders

White blood cells (leukocytes) help protect the body and fight infections and foreign substances. White blood cell disorders can affect our body’s immune system response and also the ability to fight infection. These disorders can also affect both adults and children.

1. Lymphoma

It is a type of blood cancer that occurs in the lymphatic system of the body. There is an overproduction of white blood cells. Hodgkin’s lymphoma and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma are two major types of Lymphoma.

2. Leukemia

It is a type of blood cancer in which malignant white cells multiply in the bone marrow. It is either acute or chronic.

3. Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS)

In this condition there is an overproduction of blasts also known as immature cells.

Platelet Cell Disorders

If there is any cut or injury, blood platelets are the first responders. They accumulate at the site of injury and form a plug to prevent further bleeding.

The common Platelet Cell Disorders are:

1. Hemophilia

It is also known as a blood clotting disorder. The most common complication of Hemophilia is prolonged and excessive bleeding.

2. Immune Thrombocytopenia

It is an autoimmune disease. The immune system is hampered, it attacks blood platelets and causes destruction of platelets. It can lead to excessive bleeding and bruising.

3. Von Willebrand Disease

This disease is inherited blood disease which occurs due to deficiency of a protein known as Willebrand factor(VWF).

4. Acquired Platelet Function Disorder

There are certain drugs that affect the functioning of platelets.

Natural Treatment of Blood disorders

According to Ayurveda blood is considered as Rakta dhatu which is the second dathu of the body. It provides nutrition and oxygen to each cell.

According to Ayurveda blood disorder occurs when Pitta recites in the Rakta dhatu and any vitiation in the pitta dosha leads to blood disorders.

Natural treatment is the best treatment among any treatment because this treatment cures and prevents any disease without causing any side effects to the body. Ayurveda provides this natural treatment by offering natural herbs, panchakarma therapies, and some yoga asanas.

There are also some herbs for the Natural Treatment of Blood Disorders. These herbs are also used in the formulation of herbal products.

It Includes

1. Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus)

Shatavari can improve the level of white blood cell count. This herb is very potent to maintain the health of the female reproductive system. It also supports the immune system, healthy energy levels, and strengthens the body.

2. Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa)

Punarnava herb possesses diuretic, anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory,anti-arthritic, spasmolytic, antibacterial, analgesic, immunity booster, and anti-aging properties. It can rejuvenate the whole body and health as it strengthens the body and normalizes doshas.

3. Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)

It supports the healthy function of the heart due to its cardiovascular properties. It strengthens the heart muscle and maintains proper blood flow in the body. This herb also helps in maintaining healthy blood pressure and good cholesterol levels in the body.

4. Amla (Emblica Officinalis)

Amla is rich in nutrients and it is very effective in various bleeding disorders. This herb pacifies all three doshas in the body.

5. Haridra (Curcuma Longa)

It possesses anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It also acts as a blood purifier and it is useful in the treatment of atherosclerosis, it removes the accumulation in the blood vessels and toxins from the body.

Health Benefits of Haridra

(Reference: Bhavprakash nighantu/Shloka- 196-197, page no-111)

It states that haridra, kanchani, peeta, nishakhya, varvarini, krimghni, haldi, yoshitripya and hatvilasini all are synonyms of Curcuma. This herb is pungent and bitter in taste, rough, hot in potency and used to pacify kapha and pitta dosha in the body. It improves skin tone and used in skin disorders, diabetes, bleeding disorders, inflammation, and anemia and used in wound healing.

Remedies for Skin Discoloration and Pigmentation

Skin Discoloration

Melanin is a pigment that gives color to the skin and protects it from rays of the sun.  When there is an overproduction of melanin, skin discoloration is the result.  There are some special cells in the body, which make melanin when these cells get affected melanin production gets imbalanced. The reason could be inflammation of the skin; other reasons like internal or external factors of the body can be the culprits of this problem.

Pigmented birthmarks, port wine stains, muscular stains, hemangiomas are some of the common types of pigmentations, due to which our discoloration of the skin occurs on our body.

Due to the difference which occurs in melanin levels, skin patch occurs on certain part of the body or on all of your body.

Skin Discoloration

Types of Skin Discoloration Or Pigmentation

Vitiligo:

Vitiligo mainly affects the loss of color in blotches, any part of your body can be affected with this problem, most people with dark skin tend to get this problem with their skin, as far as this problem is concerned it does not harm you any other way than skin discoloration but its stressful kind of situation for person suffering from this problem as he feels bad about him/herself. The reason for this problem is when cells that produce melanin stops functioning hence discoloration occurs.

Melasma:

It is a condition that causes discoloration on your skin. As it’s known as “Mask of pregnancy” too, when it occurs in pregnant women, the condition is much more common in women, but men can get it too, brownish color skin patches can occur on cheeks forehead, bridge of the nose or on the chin. Though it will not do any harm, you may feel self-conscious about the way it appears on your skin texture.

Hypopigmentation:

Hypopigmentation is patches that are lighter than your overall skin, the problem with melanin can cause you this condition of hypopigmentation. This condition can also be due to the injury as it can develop into hypopigmentation.

Solar Lentigines:

It’s a patch of dark skin, the cause of this problem is UV (Ultraviolet rays), due to which local proliferation of melanocytes happens and leads to the accumulation of melanin within the skin cells (Kertinocytes). People over 40 are prone to be under the umbrella of this condition of solar lentigines.

Freckles:

Freckles are the brown spots on fair skin people, who are the victim of this problem, due to UV (ultraviolet) radiation stimulation. Genes such as MC1R or sunburn can be the cause of freckles.

Causes Of Discolored Skin Patches

Burns:

Sunburns can be the cause of damaging your skin and some time some other factors which lead to burns can also damage your skin, hence it tends to get patches on the skin.

Skin Cancer:

When genetic material in the skin is damaged, this can cause cancer, which can change the color of skin and texture of the skin. Long term sun damage and exposure to chemicals can also be the reason for skin cancer.

Some Types of Skin Cancer

Melanoma:

It’s the least common type of cancer, but if not treated, it can be dangerous also. Mole on the skin when it gets triggered which is also a cause of melanoma. Place of their occurrence in men is on chest and back. In the case of women, they appear on legs.

Actinic Keratosis:

It’s a condition where crusty or scaly kind of spots on hand, arms or face appears. It’s a precancerous skin problem. These spots are brown-gray or pink, the area affected with this problem tends to itch or even burning sensation is felt.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma:

It’s a type of skin cancer that begins in squamous cells, due to this disease sores and scaly patches can be seen. Squamous cells make an outermost layer of the skin.

Basal Cell Carcinoma:

Due to this condition, painful bumps in the early stages are making the patient irritate as they bleed, it also affects the top layer of skin. The appearance of this kind bumps are shiny or with scar-like looks.

Ayurvedic Treatment For Skin Cancer

Ayurveda can help us to treat these problems we face due to skin discoloration and pigmentation. According to Ayurveda, “Subdoshas” like ‘Pitta” and ‘Vatta” are the main factors due to which color of skin gets affected.

In Ayurveda, we not only treat with medicines for skin disorders but we include different procedures to overcome the problem of skin discoloration, by diagnosing the nature of the problem. We apply the procedure to treat it from the root. All these procedures are natural and without any side effects.

It includes the following herbal and home remedies:

Home Remedies for Skin Discoloration and Pigmentation

Changes in Lifestyle:

For combating with pigmentation on any part of the body you have to control the base of the problem that is causing an imbalance in Pitta and Vatta, hence lifestyle changes are required to do away with this problem. Exposure to the sun and wearing dark color clothes that absorb heat quickly are prohibited in this condition, due to it, stress meditation is required to keep you calm and relaxed.

If you are habitual of smoking then it’s very difficult to treat the problem of skin discoloration, as it increases the free radical content in your body, thus aggravating the factor of skin discoloration.

Detoxification of Body:

Water, which is essential for all living beings on earth, proves to be very beneficial in skin discoloration problems. With the help of Water therapy, which is known as “Usnodaka,” which is a very useful therapy for skin discoloration, the patient is asked to drink boiled water, which is a technique proven to be best for detoxification of all bad elements in the body. Apart from this, the patient is advised to drink 5 to 7 cups of boiled water on a regular basis on an empty stomach, till the Ayurvedic therapy is going on. Apart from this the Ayurvedacharya by examining the condition of the problem, can also recommend some other procedures as done in Ayurveda.

Herbal Remedies

Fruits like plums, peaches and fruit juices are recommended to hydrate your body and give you a good skin tone.

Cumin seeds, coriander, and fennel seeds are some of the seeds, when mixed and boiled in water, helps you to get relief from skin problems, you can take bath with this boiled water after cooling it and bringing it at room temperature. Herb like Manjhsthia helps you in relieving the skin disorders as it’s a blood purifier and it’s an anti-allergy herb, which can do wonders for your skin.

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