Category: Health Condition

Management of Beriberi (Thiamine Deficiency) Through Ayurveda

ABSTRACT

Beriberi or thiamine deficiency is characterized by the lack of vitamin B-1, thiamine or thiamine pyrophosphate (active form of the thiamin) vitamin. Thiamine is necessary for the metabolism of carbohydrates through the alpha keto acids decarboxylation. This vitamin also plays a vital role in the formation of glucose. In this article, we will be learning all about Beriberi and its management through herbal medicines offered by Planet Ayurveda.

INTRODUCTION

Lack of vitamin B1 or thiamine causes a disease known as Beriberi which can affect any one who is poorly nourished and usually common in underdeveloped or developing countries. Another common cause for Beriberi can be alcoholism. In heavy drinkers, thiamine absorbing ability of the body declines which leads to Beriberi. Sometimes the disease can occur genetically as well where the ability of the body to take up thiamine and use it is hindered due to certain defective genes. The mothers who nurse their baby and do not have a balanced diet, these children may suffer from beriberi. While the children on formula instead of mother’s milk can also have this disease due to lack of thiamine in it.

Beriberi is usually of two types depending upon the organ system it affects. First, the one affecting the cardiovascular system is known as wet beriberi while the other is dry beriberi affecting the nervous system. Beriberi usually can be treated if diagnosed early, however if the diagnosis is delayed due to any cause then there can occur certain permanent damages leading to life threatening conditions.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BERIBERI

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF BERIBERI

As already known, beriberi is of two types affecting two different organ systems. Hence the signs and symptoms are also different.

Wet beriberi (involving cardiovascular system)

  • Increased rate of heart
  • Swelling and pain in leg
  • Difficulty and shortness of breath
  • Pleural effusion

Dry beriberi (involving nervous system):

  • Difficulty in walking
  • Muscle coordination is lost
  • Sensation is lost
  • Paralysis
  • Confusion, loss of memory
  • Encephalitis
  • Severe pain or discomfort
  • Speech is slurred
  • Unusual sensations in feet or hands like tingling
  • Uncontrolled movement of eyes

These signs and symptoms should not be ignored and contact the nearby doctor as soon as possible as they can become severe at any time and can lead to life threatening conditions.

CAUSES

Cause of the beriberi disease is clear, i.e. deficiency of vitamin B1. This deficiency can occur due to either less intake or inability of the body to absorb it. Other than this there can be several other causes like

  • Chronic alcoholism
  • Baby suffering due to insufficient intake of vitamin B1 by nursing mother
  • Baby on formula feed containing low vitamin B1
  • Rare hereditary disorder

DIAGNOSIS

Physical examination and medical history will reveal the signs and symptoms of the beriberi. Further your doctor would advise you to go for blood and urine tests. These tests will confirm the diagnosis and signs and symptoms will reveal either it is wet beriberi or dry beriberi.

TREATMENT

The aim of treatment here is to bring back the vitamin B1 level to normal either by injections of thiamine or oral supplements. Other supplements can also be suggested to support the treatment. Regular blood tests are done to check the level of thiamine until it comes to the normal level. However, here the person might need to continue taking a few supplements in low dosage to prevent the recurrence of the beriberi disease. Dietary changes are also required in this case. If beriberi gets diagnosed timely, then proper treatment can clear all the symptoms; however if the deficiency persists for a long time, it can lead to certain permanent damage in which case some complaints will remain even after treatment.

Ayurveda here can help in fulfilling the deficiency naturally without using any artificial supplement and also helps in managing the symptoms which have occurred due to permanent damage to a certain organ system. In Ayurveda treatment of any disease is done naturally with the help of nature’s herbs and compounds and some natural therapeutic techniques are also followed. Ayurveda is the science of life which not only helps in treating disease but also tells the healthy way of living to prevent reoccurrence of it.

HERBAL REMEDIES BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda has been serving the suffering people for around more than two decades. It is a renowned herbal pharmaceutical company which involves in the production of authentic herbal medicines and products in which the pure and organic herbs are used which pass through various quality check processes. All the products are purely vegetarian and organic and devoid of all kinds of chemicals, dye, additives, preservatives, colors, or yeast which make them more safe and effective. For Beriberi Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal remedies which help in treating the disease and prevent its recurrence.

Product List

  1. Energo Plan syrup
  2. Nourish maxx
  3. Wheatgrass powder
  4. Neuro Plan syrup
  5. Shilajit capsule

Thiamine Deficiency

Thiamine Deficiency

Product Description

1. Energo Plan syrup

This herbal syrup is prepared from Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Jeevanti (Leptadenia reticulata), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Shigru (Moringa oleifera) and Pippali (Piper longum). Energo plan syrup replenishes the energy in the body and treats fatigue and tiredness which is one of the main complaints of beriberi disease.

Dosage– Take 2 teaspoons twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Nourish maxx

This pure vegetarian formula is prepared from herbs like Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) and Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris). Nourish maxx helps in fulfilling the body’s daily nutrition demand and this supplement helps in treatment of beriberi and prevents its reoccurrence.

Dosage– Take 1 teaspoon twice daily with plain water

3. Wheatgrass powder

It supports the overall health and wellbeing of a person and supplements the nutrition demands of the body. Wheatgrass (Triticum aestivum) is the young wheat plant which is full of nutritious properties and helps in preventing various vitamin deficiencies.

Dosage– Take 1 teaspoon twice daily with plain water

4. Neuro Plan syrup

This herbal syrup helps in treating the nervous system related ailments like confusion, tingling in hands and feet, paralysis, slurred speech etc. Neuro plan is specifically formulated with the herbs which have therapeutic action on nervous system like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), Bhojpatra (Betula utilis), Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum) and Maricha (Piper nigrum).

Dosage– Take 2 teaspoons twice daily after meals with plain water

5. Shilajit Capsule

Shilajit (Asphaltum) is the main compound used in the standardized form to prepare shilajit capsules. These capsules help in fighting off the fatigue and help to treat paralysis, numbness, tingling and other nervous system related ailments.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

CONCLUSION

Beriberi is a vitamin B1 deficiency which if left untreated or diagnosed late can lead to life threatening conditions. Hence all the signs and symptoms must be kept in mind. Herbal remedies mentioned in this article can help in fulfilling the deficiency to certain extent or along with Vitamin B1 supplements can help in treating complaints and prevent complications naturally.

AYURVEDIC HERBS FOR LIVER DISORDERS

INTRODUCTION

Liver is the prime organ of detoxification and the main organ involved in regulating the chemical levels in the blood. The main job of the function is filtering the blood coming from the digestive tract and then passing the purified blood to other parts of the body. Due to regular intake of unwholesome articles like alcohol and use of other modern medications (such as steroids and antihypertensive drugs etc.) for a longer duration of time and other causes lead to the gradual alteration in the liver tissues which result in the loss of functions of liver and ultimately leading to liver disorders. In this article we’ll discuss the common clinical features and general causes/risk factors for the liver disorders along with the best herbs for preventing & treating the liver disorders.  

SIGN AND SYMPTOMS 

The clinical manifestation of the liver disorder depends upon the degree of damage to the liver or severity or chronicity of the disease. However, the common clinical picture of various liver disorders may appear as yellowish discoloration of eyes and skin (jaundice), abdominal pain and swelling specifically in right hypochondriac region and severe itching, chronic fatigue, abnormal appetite (mostly reduced or loss of appetite) with difficulty in digestion resulting in multiple and frequent episodes of nausea and vomiting, darkening of the color of urine and edema in legs and ankles. 

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CAUSES

There are numerous causes that lead to liver disease. The most common causes/ risk factors for developing liver disease include genetic predisposition, heavy alcohol intake, obesity, diabetes mellitus (type 2), viral infections, unprotected sex, blood transfusion, overuse or long term use of modern medicines having hepatotoxic side effects, etc. 

AYURVEDIC VIEW

Various liver disorders are categorized under the general term yakrit roga in Ayurveda. Yakrit rogas ranges from kamala (jaundice), halimak (green texture in stool; a complication of kamla), kumbh kamla (ascites due to jaundice/liver cause), yakrit vidradhi (hydatid cyst), yakrit vridhi (hepatomegaly), yakridalodar (cirrhosis of liver), yakritarbud (tumors of liver) and other such diseases. The main vitiated doshas involved are tridosha with the predominance of pitta. 

AYURVEDIC HERBS FOR LIVER DISORDERS

1. Bhumyamlaki

(Phyllanthus niruri) contains the phytochemical Phyllanthin in the leaves which have hepato-protective activity. It has been indicated in kamla (jaundice), yakrit-pleehavridhi (hepatomegaly-splenomegaly) and other blood disorders along with urinary tract related disorders and respiratory disorders. This herb is proven to have anti-inflammatory properties in various hepatitis conditions and has significant results in reducing the AST- ALT levels.  

                                                      (Reference- Bhavprakash Nighantu Haritkyadivarga 152)

2. Katuki

(Picrorhiza kurroaIt is rich in picrorhizin, along with other phytochemicals that include deepak appetizer, pachak digestive stimulant, and pitta virechak (aids in pacifying pitta). It functions mainly on the liver and intestines.  Also, its bhedni guna is very beneficial in breaking down the accumulation of endotoxins and then removing those through purgation. 

3. Kalmegh

(Echinacea- Andrographis paniculata) is another beneficial herb for liver problems such as fatty liver, alcoholic liver disease. This herb is used in liver disorders as it removes the accumulated toxins within the liver and contains phytochemicals such as alkaloids that promote the regeneration of the damaged liver cells.

4. Makoy

(Solanum nigrum) is a small weed-like herb with amazing healing properties. It also acts primarily on the liver by bringing down the raised level of alkaline phosphatase, due to underlying liver diseases such as alcoholic liver damage, fatty liver and all types of hepatitis and side by side fastening up the regeneration process of the liver cells.

5. Punarnava

(Boerhavia diffusa) is the best herbal diuretic herb. It aids in removing the excess fat and fluid from the body. Obesity as mentioned above is the main risk factor for developing liver disease and its diuretic action aids in getting relief from the ascetic or hepatomegaly conditions resulting from various liver disorders.

6. Kasni

(Cichorium intybus) has the unique ability to heal the liver cells even in the worst conditions of the liver. It is the blood purifier, thus helping in reducing the excess load on the liver, preventing the liver cells from further damage by free radicals and also providing time for the better and faster healing of the liver in various liver disorders.

7. Sharpunkha

(Tephrosia purpurea) is the most effective herb for enlarged liver and spleen. It helps in the regeneration of liver cells and also regenerates the capacity of the spleen to hold blood. Sarpunkha is a natural alkalizer that helps in reducing abdominal discomforts such as hyperacidity and flatulence due to liver problems. 

8. Bhringraj

(Eclipta alba) has been a well known herb for hair related problems since ages. But latest research shows that this herb has a wonderful role in normalizing the liver functions and helps in regeneration of new liver cells. It is beneficial in liver damage due to excessive toxins, fatty liver and other such conditions. 

9. Haritaki

(Terminilia chebula) is the best herb for detoxification of the body as it removes the toxic material by breaking up the blockages in the channels in the intestines, and other ducts, cleansing the body and reducing strain from the heart and other body organs. This will ultimately enhance the human body’s capability to recover from the ongoing disease and also make the action of herbal drugs more effective. It is used for therapeutic purgation, removes the toxins directly from the intestine reducing stress on the liver and promoting the faster recovery of the liver from various liver disorders.

Planet ayurveda is a globally emerging manufactures and supplier of herbal formulation that are made with the strict adherence to ancient ayurvedic texts.

Planet Ayurveda’s experts made the combination of herbal formulations for various liver disorders under the name of LIVER CARE PACK and FATTY LIVER CARE PACK. Both these packs contain a combination of 4 efficient formulations i.e. Yakrit Plihantak Churna, Echinacea Capsules, Phyllanthus Niruri, and Liver Detox Formula.

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1. Yakrit Plihantak Churna

It is an amazing classical polyherbal blend beneficial for various liver and spleen related disorders. Its ingredients include katuki, bhumyamalaki, kalmegh, makoy, sarpunkha, kasni, bhringraj etc

Dosage-1 tsp twice daily with plain water after meals

2. Phyllanthus Niruri 

these are the standardised extract of bhumyamalaki prepared in the house of Planet ayurveda. It has hepatoprotective properties due to which it detoxifies liver cells. 

Dosage– 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Echinacea capsules 

Echinacea capsules are single herbal formulations prepared using standardized extract of Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata). It is also a very good herb for managing Liver disorders. 

Dosage– 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Liver Detox Formula

it is best product made by Planet Ayurveda’s team for the detoxification of the liver and the whole body. It contains hepatoprotective herbs such as kalmegh, makoy, punarnava and purgative drugs such as haritaki and katuki along with other herbs. 

Dosage– 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at – costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030 Or Check Website – www.PlanetAyurveda.com

Liver is one of the unique organs having the regeneration capabilities in the hepatocytes even after damage due to diseased condition, if adequate nourishment is provided to the liver along with these herbal supplements, one can prevent or treat various liver disorders.