Category: Autoimmune Disease

Major Autoimmune Diseases and their Basic Prevention and Treatment

ABSTRACT

What if soldiers or cops rebel against their own country and attack to the citizens of their country? We can imagine the number of chaos here and there in the whole country. In same way, when body’s protection guard i.e. Immune system begins to attack body’s own cells, the condition of autoimmune disease arises. Normal immune system guards the body against various life-threatening diseases but unfavorable circumstances interferes with its normal behavior and makes it abnormal. Thus, attacking behavior of immune system rises for body’s own cells. Today we are going to study about autoimmune diseases and how one can treat it with natural remedies.

INTRODUCTION

Autoimmune disease can be defined as a disease developed due to abnormal and attacking behavior of the immune system towards the body’s own cells. Normal behavior of the immune system is to differentiate foreign and body’s own cells, but in the case of autoimmune disease, the immune system begins to attack the body’s own cells by mistakes of foreign particles. Immune system can attack healthy cells of your joints and skin by releasing auto-antibodies in it. Some autoimmune diseases affect only one organ while others may interfere with functioning of multiple body organs.

Symptoms of Autoimmune Disease

MAJOR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

There is a variety of autoimmune diseases affecting the body functioning, take a look on some major ones:

  • Type-1 diabetes
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriasis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Systemic lupus erythmatous (SLE)
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Addison’s disease
  • Grave’s disease
  • Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
  • Sjogren’s syndrome
  • Myasthenia gravis
  • Autoimmune vasculitis
  • Pernicious anemia
  • Celiac disease

SYMPTOMS OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

Some early and common symptoms of many autoimmune diseases include:

  • Fatigue
  • Swelling and redness
  • Trouble in concentration
  • Hair loss
  • Achy muscles
  • Low grade fever
  • Insensibility and tingling in the feet and hands
  • Skin rashes

Some particular autoimmune diseases have their own unique symptoms like Type-1 diabetes causes intermittent thirst, fatigue and weight loss whereas symptoms of inflammatory bowel disease include diarrhea, bloating and pain. In autoimmune diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis or Psoriasis, symptoms come and go repeatedly. When symptoms emerge, that period is called flare-up, but the period of going away symptoms is known as remission.

PREVENTIVE MEASURES FOR AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

Some preventable measures can reduce the risk of autoimmune diseases in an individual if followed seriously. Here are some tips to prevent autoimmune diseases:

1. Reduce Exposure of Toxins

Avoiding toxin exposure will help you to lower down the risk of autoimmune diseases. Air pollution, lead, uranium, mercury, agricultural pesticides, synthetic estrogens and excess consumption of alcohol are some factors triggers the development of diseases due to abnormal immune behavior. So, it is suggested to decrease your involvement in these disease inducing factors if you want to stay away from several autoimmune diseases.

2. Maintain Healthy Body Weight

Obesity or excess weight may increase the risk of various autoimmune diseases like Psoriasis, multiple Sclerosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel syndrome (IBD) etc. These diseases can be prevented by achieving a proper body weight. Intermittent fasting can help you in reducing weight in a fast way.

3. Focus Gut Health

Studies show that there is a close connection between gut microbes and development of several autoimmune diseases like Type-1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore it is essential to provide health to the gut by avoiding consumption of sugars and grains, drinking large quantities of water, including dietary vegetables and fruits in diet.

4. Eat an Anti-inflammatory Diet

Risk of autoimmune diseases can be reduced by eating an anti-inflammatory diet. An anti-inflammatory diet is a diet which includes vegetables, fruits, healthy fats like omega-3 fatty acids and olive oil and whole food protein sources. Foods like grains, sugars, omega-6 fatty acids, and trans-fats should be excluded in an anti-inflammatory diet because these foods can raise the risk of autoimmune disorders.

5. Take Enough Sleep

Give rest to your body by sleeping for at least 7-8 hours because disturbed sleeping schedule can increase the risk of autoimmune disorders. Get a good quality sleep by going to bed before 10 PM and avoiding use of mobile, tablet, laptop, computer, TV or any screen in bed. By doing this, you can reduce the risk of disturbance in the immune system as well as autoimmune diseases.

6. Quit Smoking habits

If you have a smoking habit, quit it as soon as you can. Smoking habits doubles the risk of autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and autoimmune thyroid disease by making your body inflamed, damaging the DNA and disturbing the functioning of the immune system. So, quit smoking habit as soon as possible.

By following the above given tips, you can prevent autoimmune diseases to a great extent and stay healthy.

TREATMENT OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES

There is no exact treatment of any autoimmune disease in modern science. Patients choose modern medicines which show some short-term positive results but long-term side effects. These side effects can annoy the patient’s body for their whole life. So, think foresight and choose some medicines which can treat your disease permanently without giving any single side-effect to the patient.

Ayurvedic medicines have such potential to give these kinds of results as we know this medicinal system is traditional and more than 5000 years older. Ayurvedic medicines are prepared by using natural herbs only which have no side-effects and are very effective in treating any disease by its root cause.

To help with patients grappling with an autoimmune disease, PLANET AYURVEDA prepared AUTOIMMUNE CARE PACK by using standard quality extracts of some marvelous herbs. All the formulations of this pack are purely vegetarian and manufactured under the guidance of MD Ayurveda Doctors who strongly resist the use of chemicals, preservatives, starch, binder or any other synthetic additive in medicines, thus these medicines are 100 percent safe to consume by persons of any age group. Take a look at this wonderful autoimmune care pack.

Herbal Remedies for Autoimmune Disease

Alternative Treatment of Autoimmune Disease

AUTOIMMUNE CARE PACK BY PLANET AYURVEDA

  1. GILOY CAPSULES
  2. IMMUNE BOOSTER
  3. CURCUMIN CAPSULES

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. GILOY CAPSULES

Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) herb is well-known for its medicinal uses in Ayurvedic literature. Plant of Giloy bears little flowers and usually grows in areas with tropical climatic conditions. Planet Ayurveda made up Giloy capsules by using high quality extract of Giloy herb. The capsule shells used in this formulation are purely vegetarian and effective in treating various autoimmune diseases in an effective manner.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice in a day with normal water after meals

2. IMMUNE BOOSTER

As the name indicates, Immune booster capsules enhance the strength of the immune system and maintain its health. Herbs such as Go-Piyush (Bovine colostrums), Grape seed (Vitis Vinifera), Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus niruri) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and several others are used in this preparation which improves overall health and prevent number of diseases in the body. It acts as antioxidant and increases the fighting mechanism, thus aids in treating the patients with autoimmune disorders.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice in a day with normal water after meals

3. CURCUMIN CAPSULES

Curcumin capsules are formulated with pure extract of Turmeric i.e. Curcumin (Curcuma longa), it is a common household spice in Indian kitchens and well-known for its tremendous aroma. It gives a deep yellow coloration to the food recipes. Curcumin capsules of Planet Ayurveda are very advantageous to maintain proper functioning of whole body systems and prevent occurrence of various diseases. It has antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and immune boosting property thus assists in relieving symptoms like pain, tenderness, weakness etc.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice in a day with normal water after meals.

CONCLUSION

Over 80 autoimmune diseases exist, any of which can develop in the human body and affect normal health conditions. So, it is somewhere necessary to prevent and treat yourself from these diseases to live long. By using the above given herbal medicines, you can easily prevent or tackle any autoimmune disease. Wish you a healthy and disease free life.

Herbal Remedies for Common variable immune deficiency (CVID) – Autoimmune Disease

Common variable immune deficiency (CVID) is a disorder in which the body’s immune system is unable to defend against bacteria and viruses, especially in adults. This disorder is characterized by low levels of serum immunoglobulin (Ig) and lack of B lymphocytes ( cells responsible for producing antibodies)  due to which person becomes more susceptible to recurrent infections affecting the ears, sinuses, and respiratory tract (Lungs). Pneumonia is a common symptom of CVID.

Both humoral and cell-mediated lymphocytic responses are affected due to defective antibody formation in a patient of CVID. There is a problem in the T-cell ability to help B-cells and B-cells respond to T-cell help.

CAUSES OF CVID

Although Common Variable Immune Deficiency (CVID) is mainly considered as a genetic disorder and the genetic mutations that lead to CVID have been identified, the exact cause of the disease is still unknown in most of the cases due to the heterogeneity of the disease.

Mutation in genes occurs in CVID which affects B Cells. These are specialized white blood cells that protect the human body from infections. Mutations in the genes lead to dysfunctional B cells which in turn are not able to make a sufficient amount of antibodies.

In some patients, there is a deficiency of the antibodies called IgG (immunoglobulin G), IgA (immunoglobulin A), and IgM (immunoglobulin M). The person is unable to fight against infections due to a shortage of these three antibodies (IgG, IgA, and IgM).

Common variable Immune deficiency

SYMPTOMS OF COMMON VARIABLE IMMUNE DEFICIENCY (CVID)

People mostly suffer from Pneumonia in CVID which in the future leads to chronic lung diseases (bronchiectasis). Chronic infection of the lungs (recurrent pneumonia) can lead to lung damage and many other complications.

CVID is considered the most common form of PIDD (primary immunodeficiency diseases) causing a low number of platelets or white cells, anemia, arthritis, and other endocrine disorders.

CVID can be associated with gastrointestinal problems like chronic diarrhea, weight loss, nausea, vomiting, and pain in the abdomen. People with CVID may develop granulomas in the lungs, lymph nodes liver, skin, or other organs. In some forms of CVID, patients are also at increased risk of lymphoid and gastrointestinal cancers

DIAGNOSIS

Diagnosis of CVID can be made through screening tests that measure immunoglobulin levels (IgG, IgA, and IgM) or the number of B cells in the blood. Decreased serum levels of IgG and IgA are the main criteria, there are low levels of IgM and dysfunction of T-lymphocyte.

TREATMENT OF CVID

Immune Globulin Replacement Therapy is the main line of treatment in which lifelong Ig (injection of human antibodies) is replenished that the patient is lacking. This therapy is used to prevent infections and treat bacterial infections involved with this disease.

Injections of Ig are given by both routes intravenous (3-12 % Ivy) and subcutaneous (10-20 % subcutaneous Ig (SGIg). Along with Ig replacement therapy (IRT) immunosuppressant, corticosteroids, and high doses of antibiotics are given to reduce the rate of acute and chronic infections.

There are many adverse effects of immunoglobulin therapy like

  • Fever, Headache, nausea, chills
  • Fatigue
  • Muscle aches and pain, or joint pain
  • Thrombotic events (rare)
  • Aseptic meningitis (rare)
  • Anaphylactic shock (very rare)

In modern science, the only treatment for CVID is IRT (Ig replacement therapy), which is a lifelong treatment and sometimes not very effective. The prolonged use of NSAID and CORTICOSTEROIDS can damage the liver cells and can depress the immune function.

AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE OF TREATING CVID

Common Variable Immune Deficiency is a genetic disorder and according to Ayurveda, autoimmune diseases occur due to constant unhealthy lifestyle and diet. If someone is diagnosed with CVID and is suffering from its chronic and frustrating symptoms such as persistent pneumonia, arthritic pains, low energy levels, and mood disorders, these conditions can be healed and even reversed through a holistic combination of Ayurvedic diet, supplements and by practicing specialized techniques.

Many patients of chronic variable immune disorder (CVID) may lose hope of getting better due to long-lasting symptoms and complications. Ayurveda- our ancient and holistic science emphasis more on self –healing. It says that our body has a tremendous ability to heal, often more rapidly and completely. In Ayurveda, we treat the CVID by treating the root cause of the disease.

TOXIN REMOVAL

According to Ayurveda, the formation of toxins due to unhealthy lifestyle disturbs the functioning of the immune system. There are many herbs in Ayurveda which are used to detoxify the body like haritaki, shunthi, pippali, maricha, hing, and Saindhav lavan.

Along with detoxification Ayurvedic herbs also correct the metabolism (which is mainly affected in CVID) disorder due to Ama formation. Guggulu, Guduchi, Neem, Vasa, Patol Patra, and Ghrita are the main herbs used to increase metabolism.

OJAS FORMATION

IN Ayurveda Ojas is the main component needed for the nourishment of the immune system. The food we eat helps to build the Ojas. In CVID, the body’s immune system is weak, the Ojas is very low. There are many herbs like Haridra, Manjishtha, Guduchi, Amalaki, Nirgundi, Yashtimadhu and Pippali which are very useful to build Ojas in the body.

Immune System Correction

CVID is an autoimmune disease and Ayurvedic herbs work by correcting the immune system. Herbs like –Haritaki, Bahera, Amalaki, Ghrita, Ela, etc. are used generally to rejuvenate the immune system.

PLANET AYURVEDA provides many herbs and herbal remedies which are very useful to correct the immune system and thus increase the immunity of patient against diseases by increasing the OJUS. These herbs come under the category of RASAYNAS (immunomodulator or adaptogenic).  Rasayana therapy and Vajikaran therapy are considered to be very important for immune enhancement in Ayurvedic practice. In Ayurveda many types of Ojovardhaka Rasayanas and herbs are mentioned and their actions can be interpreted with modern aspects like Immunomodulatory action i.e. (prevention of recurrent infection and elimination of diseased cells).

Rasayanas also have adaptogenic action i.e. they maintain the balance between body and mind. Anti – Aging action of Rasayana also helps to improve the strength of the immune system by promoting the growth of healthy cells. The concept of increasing the OJAS and Bala by Rasayana therapy are antagonistic to increase the strength and immunity of the patient.

In Ayurveda, Charaka has described Bala as the factor that destroys the Doshas or disease-causing factors

Balam hyalam dosaharam Nigrahaya dosanam” (Ch.Chi. 3/16).

Disease-causing agencies that invade the body.

In Ayurveda, the use of Rasayana Therapy is considered as Rejuvenation therapy. It is also mentioned in Ashtang Haridayam as

Common variable Immune deficiency

I.e. after panchakarma, Rejuvenation treatment ( Rasayan ) therapy should be taken up with suitable tonics and aphrodisiacs.

(Ashtang Haridayam, Roganupadeeyadhaya Chapter 4, Slok num 27)

Planet Ayurveda provides Autoimmune Care Pack for the treatment of many symptoms related to CVID. These herbal remedies are 100 % pure, and vegetarian. These are free from side effects and are safe to use.

Herbal Remedies for CVID

Treatment of Common variable Immune deficiency

DOSAGE

  1. GILOY CAPSULES: Two capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.
  2. IMMUNE BOOSTER CAPSULES: Two capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.
  3. CURCUMIN CAPSULES: Two capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

1. GILOY CAPSULES

Giloy also called Guduchi. It is a magnificent herb, which is widely used in Ayurveda to boost immunity. Its scientific name is Tinospora cordifolia. In Charak Samhita Giloy is considered among rejuvenators (Rasayan Herbs). Giloy has diuretic properties which help in maintaining the pH of the body and flushes out the toxins. It also balances all the three doshas i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

Therapeutically Giloy capsules are used as antipyretic, anti-inflammatory, antiarthritic agents. Researchers have found its ability to reduce symptoms in autoimmune diseases. Various ailments of the digestive system such as hyperacidity, abdominal pain, symptoms of colitis, liver problems are treated with Giloy Capsules. Giloy is a very powerful herb and is used to increase immunity in CVID patients.

2. IMMUNE BOOSTER

The various ingredients used in this formula are a Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera), Go-Piyush (Bovine colostrum), Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) that build immunity naturally. All these herbs have wonderful actions for enhancing immune power in CVID patients. All the ingredients of Immune Booster are very well known and are used worldwide. Grape seed extract is used to boost immunity in patients. Bovine Colostrum is a rich source of many vitamins like A, E, D, and natural immunoglobulin. Phyllanthus niruri is a powerful anti-oxidant and is very effective to fight against bacterial as well as viral – infections. Immune Booster Capsules enhance the immunity thereby reduces the chances of recurrent illness in CVID patients.

3. CURCUMIN CAPSULES

Planet Ayurveda’s Curcumin capsules are 100% pure organic products from the best quality Curcumin. These capsules contain a standardized extract of organically grown turmeric. Curcumin is also known as Turmeric which is a common household spice in India. The Curcumin capsules are completely natural and have numerous health benefits. Curcumin is widely used to treat the symptoms of many diseases such as liver disorders, chronic bacterial infections, allergies, cancer, and many autoimmune diseases. Curcumin possesses various antioxidant properties which are helpful to remove free radicals from the body and improves the overall health of the patient.