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The Most Effective Treatment For Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome is an autoimmune disease that affects the glands that secrete fluids such as tears and saliva. These glands are the lacrimal glands and salivary glands respectively. This leads to dryness of the eyes and mouth or lips.

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Types of Sjogren’s syndrome

There are two types of Sjogren’s syndrome i.e. primary or secondary

Primary Sjogren’s Syndrome: This condition develops on its own, not as a complication of any other disease. This condition is more dangerous.

Secondary Sjogren’s Syndrome: This condition occurs as a result of another disease, such as lupus or rheumatoid arthritis.

People are more prone to have Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome can affect people of all ages, although it usually occurs in adults older than 40 years. Also, women are at a greater risk of developing the condition than men.

The body organs affected by Sjogren’s syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome attacks the lacrimal glands and salivary glands resulting in reduced production of tears and saliva which leads to dryness of the eyes and dryness of mouth or lips respectively. It can also gradually influence other parts of the body such as the liver, kidneys, lungs, nerves, skin, thyroid, and joints.

Causes of Sjogren’s Syndrome

The exact cause of developing Sjogren’s syndrome is not specifically known, but the possible cause of this disease is the abnormal functioning of the immune system. When the immune system mistakenly attacks the body’s healthy cells and tissues. That’s why it is known as an autoimmune disorder. This syndrome can also be associated with other autoimmune diseases like lupus or rheumatoid arthritis. Other factors that may cause Sjogren’s syndrome are a genetic, environmental and bacterial or viral infection. Because women are more likely to be affected, so menopause is also considered a cause in women.

Complications of Sjogren’s Syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome usually affects the eyes and mouth and gradually affects other organs of the body including the liver, thyroid, lungs, and kidneys, etc.

The most common complications include eyes and mouth:

  1. Photophobia, blurred vision and corneal damage.
  2. Dental cavities: Due to less production of saliva and dryness of the mouth.
  3. Fungal or yeast infections in the mouth like oral thrush

Few common complications related to other organs:

1. Lungs: It can cause bronchitis, pneumonia or other dilemmas in the lungs.

2. Liver: It can cause liver cirrhosis and hepatitis.

4. Kidneys: It leads to difficulties with kidney function

5. Lymph Nodes: Some people with Sjogren’s syndrome are at risk of developing lymphoma (lymph nodes cancer)

6. Nerves: It can develop peripheral neuropathy which includes numbness, itching and tingling in the hands and feet.

Symptoms of Sjogren’s Syndrome

The main symptoms of Sjogren’s syndrome develop due to inflammation and swelling of the salivary glands and lacrimal glands which are shown by dry mouth and dry eyes respectively.

Symptoms associated with dry mouth are:

  1. Decaying Of Teeth
  2. Gum Disease
  3. Persistent Dry Cough
  4. Difficulty In Speaking And Eating
  5. Impaired Voice
  6. Oral Thrush

Symptoms associated with dry eyes are:

  1. Burning Sensation In The Eyes
  2. Mucus Discharge From Eyes
  3. Itching In Eyes
  4. Gritty Sensation
  5. Swollen Eyelids
  6. Photophobia

Other symptoms

  1. Arthritic Pain
  2. Continued Fatigue
  3. Dry Skin
  4. Skin Rashes
  5. Dryness In Vagina

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(Reference: Ashtangahridraya, Sutrasthana, chapter 1, shloka 12)

This shloka explains: Vata is dry, cold, light, rough, minute and mobile. All these symptoms are associated with Sjogren’s syndrome and even the patient becomes restless.

Ayurvedic aspect for Sjogren’s syndrome

According to Ayurveda, the cause of the disease is the agitation of the three doshas or the Oja and doshas i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha of the body. These doshas control and supervise the functioning of body organs. Among these tridoshas, Vata and Kapha are more active. The disturbed Vata causes dryness and Kapha causes low saliva production.

Beneficial Herbs for Sjogren’s syndrome

Ayurveda provides many herbs which helps to maintain balance in tridosha of the body, especially pacifies the Vata and Kapha dosha. These herbs are the following:

  1. Shalaki
  2. Curcumin
  3. Grape Seed
  4. Wheat Grass
  5. Spirulina
  6. Green Tea
  7. Amla

1. Shalaki: It contains Boswellic acids, which provide anti-inflammatory action.

2. Curcumin: It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties.

3. Wheat Grass: It is a natural antioxidant (3) and helps to remove toxins from the blood and liver.

4. Grape Seed: It is a great source of vitamin C. It improves the functioning of the immune system. It possesses an antioxidant property that helps to eliminate harmful toxins from the liver and blood.

5. Spirulina: It has anti-inflammatory activities and packed with vitamins and nutrients which helps to increase the immunity of the body.

6. Green Tea: Green tea comprises antioxidants known as polyphenols which increase the body’s ability to combat free radicals and also stimulate the immune system.

7. Amla: It is also a great source of vitamin C and antioxidants which improves immunity power and works against infections.

These are used to formulate various herbal formulation. Planet Ayurveda gives very effective herbal remedies by adding the best quality of the herbs for Sjogren’s syndrome.

Ayurvedic products for Sjogren’s syndrome by Planet Ayurveda

The products offered by Planet Ayurveda are the following:

  1. Green Essentials Capsules
  2. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules
  3. Ashwagandha Capsules
  4. Shilajit Capsules
  5. Youth Restora Capsules

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Product description

1. GREEN ESSENTIALS CAPSULES

These capsules are made of many herbs such as Green Tea (Camellia sinensis), Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera), Wheat Grass (Triticulumaestivum), Amla (Emblica Officinalis), Chlorella (Chlorella Vulgaris), Alfalfa (Medicago sativa), and Spirulina (Spirulinaplatensis). These herbs help in strengthening the immune system, removal of toxins from the blood and liver, fight free radicals, infections, and promote the energy level of the body. These capsules increase the production of blood and repair tissue. Due to the presence of these herbs, green essentials capsules become rich in vitamins, minerals, and iron. It also prevents dryness.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily post meals, with lukewarm water.

2. BOSWELLIA CURCUMIN CAPSULES

Boswellia-Curcumin capsules contain two herbs such as shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and turmeric (Curcuma longa). These two herbs make these capsules strong Vata pacifying herbal remedy. These capsules of Planet Ayurveda helps to combat the antibodies which cause Sjogren’s syndrome. Shalaki comprises Boswellia acids, which is responsible for its anti-inflammatory action. Curcumin possesses anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Its antimicrobial action plays a very important role in Sjogren’s syndrome.

Dosage: 1 to 2 capsules twice daily post meals with lukewarm water.

3. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES

The pure extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) herb is used to make these Ashwagandha Capsules. These capsules are known to show satisfying effects in treating SjogrenSyndromeThis herb pacifies tridoshas in the body especially Vata dosha. It is a great adaptogenic due to which it is very effective to manage stress. It has an anti-inflammatory property and provides comfort from insensitivity and tingling sensation. It also helps to improve the immune system, so prevent the immunosuppressive action of the body. Along with these properties, it improves blood quality. Ashwagandha enhances blood production by increasing bone marrow cellularity and also improves the quality of the blood.

Dosage: 1 to 2 capsules twice daily after meals with lukewarm water or milk.

4. SHILAJIT CAPSULES

The herb Shilajit (Asphaltum) of the best quality is added to prepare Shilajit Capsules. These capsules are a great natural remedy for Sjogren’s syndrome. It helps to improve immunity and makes the patient’s body able to combat fatigue, weakness, tiredness. It possesses restorative, rejuvenating, adaptogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. This herb also helps in cleansing and detoxification of the body. The shilajit capsules pacify the Vata dosha.

Dosage: 1 -2 Capsules once or twice daily with plain water or milk post meals.

  • For adults: 1 capsule twice daily post meals
  • For children: 1 capsule once daily

5. YOUTH RESTORA CAPSULES

The best quality herbs included in these capsules are Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera), Bhumi Amalaki (Phyllanthusniruri), Green Tea (Camellia sinensis), and Colostrum of Cow (Bovine colostrum). These capsules improve and increase metabolism. It also eliminates free radicals from the body.
Youth Restora capsules pacify the worsened Vatadosha. Therefore, this herbal remedy is good for Sjogren’s syndrome.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water post meals.

References

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3361921/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17569207
  3. https://www.functionalfoodscenter.net/files/47516971.pdf
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18384090
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21317655

What are Cd4 cells? How is Ayurveda useful for increasing CD4 levels?

CD4 cells are known as white blood cells that play a major role in the functioning of the immune system. Sometimes CD4 cells are also called T-lymphocytes, T-cells or helper cells. The level of CD4 cells indicates the health of the immune system while our body is capable of combating infection, pathogens, and diseases.

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CD4 cell counts

The CD4 cell count is measured in cubic millimeters of blood. The count of CD4 cells can vary from person to person. There are various reasons for low CD4 count, it can be sleep loss, excessive smoking, and exercise. These are not the main reasons that indicate the functioning of the immune system. If someone has a flu-like infection, they should go for a test to evaluate the CD4 cell.

CD4 cell counts and risk of infections

As we discussed earlier, the CD4 count tells us about the immunity and body’s defense mechanism against infections. So, the following are the different levels of CD4 which indicate the risk of infection at different levels. Some infections which are developed by the imbalanced level of CD4 count are lung infections, skin infections, tuberculosis, pneumonia, and cytomegalovirus, etc.

How Ayurveda can boost the CD4 level?

Ayurveda provides various herbs to help to boost the CD4 level naturally. Some herbs are giloy, ashwagandha, Brahmi and Bhumi alma, etc which makes the body fight against infection and maintain a healthy level of CD4. These herbs are also used in the manufacture of Ayurvedic products. Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal products that contain pure herbs and are very effective in maintaining the CD4 level in the body.

The products provided by Planet Ayurveda are the following

  1. Immune Booster Capsules
  2. Giloy Capsules
  3. Ashwagandha Capsules
  4. Green Essential Capsules
  5. Brahmi Chyawanprash
  6. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras
  7. Kanchnaar Guggul

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1. Immune Booster Capsules

These capsules contain a mixture of various herbs such as Bhumi amla (Phyllanthusniruri), Grape seeds (Vitis vinifera), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis) and Go- Piyush (Bovine colostrums). As the name indicates, these capsules are immunity boosters Capsules and make the body able to fight against infections. Thus, maintain the healthy level of CD4 which get affected due to the presence of infections in the body. It also helps to remove the toxins from the body and protect damage from free radicals. It is very beneficial in the treatment of almost all health diseases.

Dosage: Two capsules once or twice in a day with water after meals.

2. Giloy Capsules

Giloy Capsules are made of using the standardized extract of herb Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia). It helps to balances the Pitta and Vata dosha in the body. It also possesses antioxidant and astringent properties. It helps to boost platelet and CD4 count in the body, as it combats almost every infection in the body. It acts as an immunity booster. It is very effective in conditions such as dyspepsia pyrexia, urinary infections, swine flu, and weakness.

Dosage: One capsule, twice daily, with water after meals

3.Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha, in Ayurveda known for its various beneficial effects in many of the diseases. These capsules are made of the pure standardized extract of the herb Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera). It possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It also acts immune booster. Ashwagandha Capsules is a natural Rejuvenator that provides strength and nutrition to the body. These capsules balance the Vata dosha and also helps to maintain the level of CD4 in the blood.

Dosage: Two capsules, twice daily, with water after meals

4. Green Essential Capsules

Green Essential Capsules are prepared by using pure herbs such as Spirulina (Spirulinaplatensis), Grape Seed (Vitis vinifera), Amla (Emblica Officinalis) and Wheat Grass (Triticulumaestivum). These herbs support the generation of Raktadhatu. It helps to increase the platelet level and CD4 level in the body, as it helps in the formation of blood. It ac as an immune and energy booster. It is also very effective in the treatment of allergy, diabetes, anemia and various infections. It works as a detoxifier and also possesses an antioxidant property that removes harmful toxins from the body.

Dosage: Two capsules, twice daily, with water after meals

5. Brahmi Chyawanprash

Brahmi Chyawanprash is the combination of many effective herbs such as Brahmi (Bacopamonnieri), Punarnava (Boerhaviadiffusa), Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Bhumi amla (Phyllanthusniruri), Vasaka (Adhatodavasica), Dalchini (Cinnamomumverum), Chandan (Santalum album), Pipali (Piper longum), Kesar (Crocus sativus), Akarkara (Anacyclus pyrethrum), and Sharkara (Saccharumofficinarum), and many more. These herbs have their action in autoimmune disorder, so act as a strong immunity booster. It possesses immunomodulatory, antioxidant and rejuvenating properties. Due to the presence of these herbs, it becomes rich in minerals and vitamins (Vitamin C). It is effective in various conditions like blood disorder, tuberculosis, lung injury, and various infections.

Dosages: One tablespoonful twice daily

6. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

These tablets consist of various ingredients such as Maricha (Piper nigrum), Bhavanadrava, Swarnabhasma, sudhahingula, Muktabhasma, Nimbuswarasa, and Kharparabhasma. It acts as antibiotics and fights against various infections. It balances the imbalance between Kapha and Vata dosha in the body. It is a strong immune modulator and immune booster. It possesses anti-aging and rejuvenating property. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras tablet helps to maintain the healthy level of CD4 count in the body. It is beneficial in various conditions such as malaria fever, typhoid fever, cough, bronchitis, common cold, and chronic asthma.

Dosage: Two tablets twice after a meal along with honey.

7. Kanchnaar Guggul

These tablets are made of many herbs such as Kachnar bark (Bauhinia variegata), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Pippali (Piper longum), Black Pepper (Piper nigrum) and Varuna (Crataevareligiosa). Kanchanaar Guggul tablets act as a detoxifier and eliminate toxins from the body. It provides many health benefits and effective in the treatment of many diseases like atherosclerosis, skin diseases, lower high cholesterol, and arthritis.

Dosage: Two tablets twice or thrice a day with lukewarm water