Role of Ayurveda in Treating Hiv ( Human immunodeficiency virus infection)
According to Ayurveda, immune system of the human body is compared with “OJA”.Ayurveda considers OJA as most important part of all the seven dhatus like rasa (lymph),Rakta(blood), mansa (muscle), meda (fat), asthi (bones), Majja (bone marrow) and Shukra (semen). Contagious diseases can be prevented by Oja.Oja is called “Dhatusara”. HIV has been known to be a causative agent for AIDS( Acquired immune Deficiency syndrome).When there is Ojakshay in the body,the body loses its ability to fight against any disease which can be correlated with HIV. Ayurveda contributes by stopping replication of viruses, controlling viral load and CD4 count improvement,restoring disrupted immune systems of the body and treating associated infections.
The causative agent of AIDS is HIV. It is the condition when the body’s immune system gets attacked by HIV viruses which disrupts specific immune system cells which may result in various infections in humans.It is the virus which attacks T-cells or helper T cells of immune system.When a person gets infected with HIV infection,the virus can be found in his body fluids like semen,vaginal fluids, breast milk and blood.When this person have a sexual contact or blood to blood contact or through breast feeding, normal individual gets easily infected with HIV.
The disease is caused by dominant kapha doshas along with other doshas that tends to block the pathway for the rasadi dhatus to flow in their desired places which results in disruption of 7 dhatus which ultimately results in HIV.
HIV is caused by the virus.The transmission of HIV is described as follows:
- By sexual intercourse: A normal individual can get infected by having a physical relation with an infected person.The virus can also enter into the body through mouth.
- By sharing infected needles: The risk of HIV doubles with the sharing of infected or contaminated needles and syringes.
- During Pregnancy: The mother who is infected with HIV can transmit the virus to her babies.
The symptoms can be categorized according to the phase and severity of the infection:
1. Primary infection
Which is also known as Acute HIV
In this, people who are infected by this virus can develop the symptoms within 2-4 weeks after entry of the virus and this stage may last for few weeks.
The symptoms include
- Headache (Shirshoola)
- Sore throat (Kasa)
- Weight loss (Bharkshay)
- Diarrhoea (Atisara)
- Swollen lymph glands
2. Clinical latent infection
Symptoms may be present in the infected person in this stage.It may last for many years if not properly treated.
3. Symptomatic HIV infection
In this stage as the disease progresses,one may develop mild to chronic symptoms such as
- Oral yeast infection( thrush)
- Herpes zoster
The following are the risk factors for this infection
- Having unprotected sex
- Sexually transmitted disease
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Large number of sex partners
- Sharing of IV drugs
- HIV infected mother
Blood test is the best way to diagnose AIDS infection. The primary test
Can be done for diagnosing AIDS are
- ELISA Test
- Saliva Test
- Viral Load Test-
- Western Blot Test
ELISA Test– which is Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay.If a person is Positive for ELISA test, Western blot test is administered to confirm the Diagnosis.
Saliva Test– Saliva is obtained by using cotton pad and then that pad is kept in a vial and submitted for the testing purpose. One gets the results within 3 days.
Viral Load Test– This test detects the amount of infection in the blood.It is Used to determine the progress of infection or to detect early infection.
Western Blot Test-It is one of the most sensitive and most confirmatory tests in this infection.
Ensuring a good and healthy atmosphere for the patient is a foremost step in this disease. Nutritious foods should be given to the patient. Rasayana plays a very important role in boosting immunity levels and to strengthen the system and stimulate appetite. Ayurvedic Rasayana treatment corrects the digestive fire and thereby improves the proper functioning of the body. The seven dhatus can regain their strength due to rasayana. Rasayana medications enhance the Oja and if the Oja gets enhanced the Disease can easily be treatable and the relapse of the disease can also be Prevented.
- After boosting immune Systems, shodhana therapy can be done to expel Wastes from the body through enema (basti), purgation (virechan) and emesis (vaman).
- Blood should be purified with necessary medications.A strengthening diet Along with medicated ghee is highly recommended. Cyawanprash is known to
- be the most effective medication in combating the infection. It can also be Considered as Rasayan of Ayurveda.The main ingredient of Chyawanprash is Amalaki (the Indian gooseberry) or Emblica officinalis in Latin,which is the richest source of Vitamin C. It also contains antiOxidants.This fruit has antifungal,antiviral and antibacterial properties.
Planet Ayurveda’s herbal formulations for stabilizing CD4 count in HIV patient are very safe,authentic and absolutely natural which are devoid of chemicals, additives, blinders.
1. Amalaki Rasayan Capsule
The pure herbal extract of Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) is used for formulating this capsules.It is richest source of Vitamin C which can help enhance the immune system which is required in HIV infection.It has various elements like calcium, iron, antioxidants, minerals. This capsule helps in maintaining the balance between 3 doshas.
Dosage– 1-2 capsules twice a day with plain water after meals. ∙
2. Manjishtha Capsules
The extract of Manjishtha (Rubia Cordifolia) is used for preparing this medication.It has anti-microbial,anti-bacterial and blood purifying properties.It helps remove stagnant blood and also helps to maintain balance between tridoshas with their proper functioning. It helps in reducing pitta doshas
Dosage-1-2 capsule twice a day with plain water after meals
3. Ashwagandha Capsules
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) herb is used in this capsule. It helps in reducing inflammation. It delay the onset of HIV infection. It is one of the immunomodulation drug. It reverses HIV induced neuron degeneration. It reduces viral load which may reduce the symptoms of this disease.
Dosage-1-2 capsules twice a day with plain water after meals
4. Brahmi Chyawanprash
It is a herbal drug prepared from brahmi (Bacopa monnieri),Amla (emblica officinalis) etc.It helps in combating degenerative changes by the body,enhancing the immune system. As it is rich in Vitamin C it helps in reducing various infections thus maintaining proper health and immune system of the body.
Dosage : 1-2 teaspoonful, twice to thrice daily after meals
5. Immune booster capsules
This capsule is made up of various herbs like grape seeds (Vitis vinifera), Cow colostrum (Bovine colostrum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri).It is considered as the natural supplements which acts on T cells and regulates T cells functions and helps in eliminating toxins from the body.It also prevents recurrence of the disease.
Dosage-1-2 capsules twice a day with plain water after meals.
6. Green essential capsules
These capsules are a combination of various herbal drugs including Spirulina (Spirulina platensis), grape seeds (vitis vinifera), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis),etc.This herbs helps in enhancing immunity thus decreasing the spread of this disease.
Dosage-1-2 capsules twice a day with plain water after meals.
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Ayurvedic medications firstly focus on the immune system by recommending rasayana therapy as the immune system gets disrupted in this disease.If the immune system functions properly it can stop further spread of the disease. So say no to antibiotics and choose Planet Ayurveda for combating HIV infection.