Category: Insomnia

Natural Treatment for Physical and Mental Fatigue

Abstract

Fatigue is not just tiredness. Fatigue can make it tough to get out of bed in the morning and avert a person from completing their daily activities. We know sportsmen are exhausted in many ways, but it’s not just physical tiredness that’s affecting their performance. As we study Fatigue Science, we discuss reduced alertness, effectiveness and reaction time – all of which evident in the form of sub-optimal athletic performance.

This mental fatigue results from improper sleep or when our daily routine activities fall outside of our biological need like sleep at night and be active in the day time – it is not considered under physical fatigue. Physical and mental fatigue are different but they can occur together, like repeated physical exertion can result in mental fatigue with time. Eating a healthy diet and getting regular physical exercise can help many people to reduce fatigue. Try to know about underlying causative factors  and treating them helps to cure fatigue. In this article we will look at the types of fatigue, causes, treatment and know about the Ayurvedic aspect of fatigue.

Introduction

Fatigue is a symptom not a particular health disease. Fatigue is associated with many health conditions and lifestyle factors. The majority of us have the same feeling after a prolonged physical or mental activity that completely resolves after rest. But if the feeling of tiredness is prolonged, progressive, severe and occurs without much exertion then it is a case of concern.

Fatigue is of two main types Physical and Mental fatigue. People with physical fatigue find it hard to do physical activity as they normally used to do due to muscle weakness. Mental fatigue makes you feel overwhelmed and drains you emotionally and it seems like your problems and responsibilities are impossible to overcome.

physical and mental fatigue

Classification of Fatigue

There are two main types of Fatigue

  1. Physical Fatigue
  2.  Mental Fatigue

1. Physical Fatigue

The overall feeling of lack of energy and tiredness is termed as physical fatigue. When a person finds it hard to do the things they usually do in their daily activities like climbing stairs or walking. Then this is not just a feeling of tiredness or sleepiness but along with that one may feel lack of motivation or loss of energy. Various disease conditions ranging from mild to severe can cause the symptom of fatigue, while some of our lifestyle choices like improper diet or excessive exercise also naturally result in physical fatigue.

If the fatigue doesn’t reformed after a proper nutrition and diet. then you must notice any underlying medical condition, immediately  and get yourself properly evaluated by a doctor. A doctor helps you in diagnosing the cause of the unexplained fatigue.

Mental Fatigue

Do you constantly feel emotionally and mentally drained and deluged most of the time? If yes, then you are said to be suffering from mental fatigue. Mental fatigue is mostly triggered by extended cognitive activity that leaves you exhausted, hampers your productivity and overall rational function. It most commonly presents itself as a mental block, irritability, and a lot of stress, loss of appetite and insomnia. Mental exertion has both short-term and long-term effects. If left untreated, it is responsible for a humongous variety of health issues that also includes anxiety and leaves you tired out. Various research have suggested that constant mental exertion poses a huge impact on your physical tolerance.

Causes

Fatigue is concerned with many health conditions and lifestyle factors. It can be a symptom of many underlying conditions, Some of them are

  • Fatigue is a common symptom of lack of good quality sleep. There are many conditions which result in disturbing sleep such as restless leg syndrome, any consistent body pain, myalgic encephalomyelitis, any autoimmune disorder or sleep apnea.
  • Fatigue can be a symptom of clinical depression, stress, anxiety, emotional exertion.
  • Sudden change in daily lifestyle activities.
  • Sudden withdrawal of any ongoing medication.
  • Increased Intake of caffeine or alcoholic beverages.
  • Shocking life changing incidents like marriage, divorce, sudden death of loved ones.
  • Ongoing medications of antidepressants, antihypertensives, antihistamines, or steroids may affect the normal sleep

Symptoms

The main complaint of the patient is overexertion with physical and mental activities. And even after taking a full sleep of 8 hours, the patient doesn’t feel active or refreshed and is not able to carry out his daily routine activities

Some other symptoms are

  1. Body pains
  2. Feeling of Drowsiness
  3. Irritated behaviour
  4. Improper sleep
  5. Headache
  6. Lack of concentration
  7. Physical weakness
  8. Anxiety issues
  9. More prone for Seasonal diseases, digestive disorders
  10. Lack of interest in eating food leads to weakness.

Diagnosis

Due to the non-specific and variety of symptoms and causes, it is very difficult to diagnose the condition. Some question may ask your physician to identify the condition

  1. Fatigue pattern – which time of the day do you feel more or less tired?
  2. Sleep grading – do you have a good quality of sleep? How many hours do you sleep? How often do you wake up during sleep?
  3. Emotional and family status
  4. Job status
  5. Any other stress increasing factors.
  6. Any undergoing medication
  7. Lifestyle and eating habits including (alcoholic beverages and use of drugs)
  8. Mental health issues

Treatment

To get efficient treatment of fatigue your physician must find any underlying cause. Proper management of the underlying cause can help to eliminate fatigue.

  1. Sleep – It is a very important factor to manage fatigue in an efficient manner. Go to bed at a particular time and wake up after 7-8 hours by getting quality sleep. Avoid using mobiles or tv an hour before sleep.
  2. Change in lifestyle- do yoga or mild to moderate exercises to start and finish your day. Breathing regularities and meditation also shows positive results in condition.
  3. Balanced diet – eat small and frequent diets, low sugar consumption, avoidance of junk food, caffeine, alcoholic beverages. Have a proper and balanced diet to improve the condition very well.

Herbal Remedies For Fatigue by Planet Ayurveda

From the last 20 years Planet Ayurveda has developed an identity of giving the best results to suffering humanity in the best possible way. Planet Ayurveda is known for its quality products as all the herbal medicines are made from 100% natural herbs that are free from any preservatives and chemicals and that the method of preparation of medicines are based on pure Ayurvedic principles. These are pure vegetarian formulations and are free from chemicals, extra colours, additives, fillers and yeast, etc. It supports a healthy nervous system

ANTI-FATIGUE PACK

  1. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES
  2. BRAHMI CAPSULES
  3. VIKRAMPRASH
  4. YOGRAJ GUGGUL
  5. ENERGO PLAN SYRUP

Herbal Remedies For Anti-Fatigue

Herbs for Physical and Mental Fatigue

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

1. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES

This is a single herbal formulation produced by using extract of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Ashwagandha helps to calm the brain, reduces the blood pressure and enhances the immune system and in ayurveda classical texts ashwagandha is balya and brihaneeya in nature. Ashwagandha is specially used for aggravated vata and kapha dosha, and brings them in a balanced state.

Dosage – 1 Capsule twice daily after meals with Plain Water.

2. BRAHMI CAPSULES

This is a single herbal formulation prepared by using extract of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). This is described as a Medhya Rasayana by our Acharyas, and is antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and also helpful in preventing stress and anxiety related disorders. Brahmi is balya in nature by its properties and so it helps in preventing fatigue.

Dosage – 1 Capsule twice daily after meals with Plain Water.

3. VIKRAMPRASH

This is a polyherbal formulation consisting of Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri)etc. This is prepared by using various formulations that are antioxidants, anti- inflammatory, and immune-boosters in nature. They are highly efficacious in relieving fatigue-like symptoms and give energetic feeling to do daily activities.

Dosage – 1 Teaspoonful twice daily after meals.

4. YOGRAJ GUGGUL

This is a classical ayurvedic formulation consisting of many herbs like Guggul (Commiphora mukul) etc. This is basically described for vata anulomana by ancient Acharyas. It pacifies body aches, GI disorders, infections and inflammations and nourishes and replenishes the body systems.

Dosage –  2 Tablets twice daily after meals with Plain Water.

5. ENERGO PLAN SYRUP

It is a polyherbal formulation prepared by Planet Ayurveda, 100% natural product consisting of many herbs like Jeevanti (Leptadenia reticulata), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), etc. as the name indicates of formulation it provides energy to do daily activities in life. The ingredients of this articulation have rasayana properties too.

Dosage – 1 teaspoons twice daily after meals with Plain Water.

Conclusion

A variety of health problems such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, insomnia, depression, stress and many other issues can result in fatigue. To get rid of these complaints and adapt day to day life activities in routine, medical intervention is needed. With the help of ayurveda medicines patients get relief from all their symptoms and don’t get any side effects and enhance their immunity by taking Rasayana formulations.

Ayurvedic Management of Hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HypoKPP)

Abstract

All of you might be aware of Paralysis , which has become very common nowadays. It is the loss of muscular functions in any part of your body which may occur  due to stroke ,spinal injury, etc. But have  you ever heard about incidence of a recurrent paralysis caused by imbalance of mineral content of your body? Lets know more about one such condition.

HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS

Hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HypoKPP) is a disorder which causes episodes of severe muscle weakness usually commencing in early childhood. It is a rare autosomal dominant channelopathy attributed to weakness of muscle or paralysis when there is a decrease in potassium levels in the blood (less than 3.5.mmol/l). It affects about 1 in 100,000 people  and is more common in men. It is commonly a genetic disorder in which at least one parent is affected. There is a 50-percentage chance for an affected individual to have an affected offspring. Acquired cases of HypoKPP are also recognized which are related to hyperthyroidism.

HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS

CAUSES

Channelopathies are ailments caused by the dysfunction of ion channels.Ion channels are proteins that allow ions to pass through and involve functions such as maintaining a resting membrane potential, shaping action potentials and other electrical signals, thus acting on movements of the body.

Causes of HypoKPP are understood as following

  • Mutations in the CACNA1S or SCN4A gene :It reforms the usual anatomy and physiology of calcium or sodium channels, making the ions flow slowly but constantly into muscle cells, which reduces the muscle contraction. This results in episodes of severe muscle weakness or paralysis.
  • Acquired HypoKPP has been linked with thyrotoxicosis.
  • Periodic muscle weakness can also result from hypokalemia secondary to renal or gastrointestinal potassium loss in diseases like renal tubular acidosis, gastroenteritis, or other endocrine causes.

CLINICAL FEATURES

Symptoms of Familial HypoKPP have generally been exhibited since childhood. The frequency of attacks seems to decline with age. In the case of thyrotoxic HypoKPP, the onset is commonly after age 20.

  • Premonitory signs like exhaustion, paresthesia, behavioral differences.
  • Attacks of generalized muscle weakness, with proximal muscle involvement more significant than distal muscles. It causes severe weakness or paralysis that usually lasts from hours to days. Few people may have episodes almost every day, while others encounter them weekly, monthly, or just rarely
  • Muscle cramps, discomfort
  • In serious cases it may direct to cardiac arrhythmia or respiratory muscle paralysis which can be deadly
  • Attacks can be provoked by factors such as rest after a workout, a viral infection, or certain medications. Occasionally, a heavy, carbohydrate-rich meal or vigorous exercise in the evening can trigger an attack upon waking the next morning. Even though affected individuals usually retrieve their muscle strength between attacks, some emerge with persistent muscle weakness throughout their life.

INVESTIGATIONS AND DIAGNOSIS

  • Positive family history
  • Sudden onset of flaccid muscle weakness especially  proximal muscles with decreased deep tendon reflexes and drop in serum potassium level
  • Genetic testing  to identify gene mutation
  • Electromyography :During attacks of weakness, EMG shows decreased amplitude of compound muscle action potential (CAMP)
  • Exercise test:a strenuous exercise of a single muscle for 2-5 minutes is done to initiate focal muscle weakness and the change in post exercise CAMP in muscle fibers is measured by the EMG

MANAGEMENT

The major aim of treatment is to cure the symptoms of acute attacks, prevention and management of complications, and prevent future attacks. Judicious intake of oral  potassium chloride to maintain serum potassium levels,lifestyle modifications and preventing triggering factors can be done.

AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT

Ayurveda is the ancient system of healing. It has a holistic approach to the wellness of individuals. It is based mainly on three doshas, the three humors which make up a human body. Ayurveda aims to bring equilibrium between these doshas and dhatus(body tissues). Hypokalemic periodic paralysis can be definitely treated with this holistic approach. This can be correlated with Pakshaghata Treatment. Vata dosha and mamsa dhatu(muscle tissues)are involved in this disease’s pathogenesis.  Ayurvedic therapy aims at bringing their level to normalcy.

PLANET AYURVEDA-THE SYMBOL OF PURITY

Planet Ayurveda is a leading venture in the ayurvedic pharmaceutical industry, well known for its credibility and purity. Our products are natural and free from adverse effects. We blend the 5000-year-old ancient knowledge of Ayurveda with modern systematic and scientific approaches. Our aim is the well being of every individual by natural healing. We have a wide range of herbal remedies made from a myriad of drugs which give noteworthy benefits.

Here are some herbal remedies for Hypokalemic periodic paralysis from planet Ayurveda

1. ASHWAGANDHA GHAN VATI

Enriched with the goodness of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), this is a single herb tablet preparation. Ashwagandha is a magical herb with immunoprotective, neuroprotective, and rejuvenating effects. Endowed with active components like withanolides, withaferin, etc., it improves the strength of body muscles. Several studies have also revealed that ashwagandha is rich in potassium. These factors substantiate its use in HypoKPP.

Dose:2 tablets twice a day with warm water is advised.

2. MUSLI STRENGTH CAPSULES

This is a polyherbal formula available in the form of capsules. Made up of two magnificent drugs Safed musli(chlorophytum borivilianum) and gokshura(Tribulus terrestris). Musli helps in enhancing the general fitness of the body and rejuvenates body tissues. Gokshura is abundant in saponins like Protodioscin which helps in muscle strengthening.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with lukewarm water is advocated

3. GANDHAK RASAYAN

It is a sulfur-based preparation available in the form of tablets.It is a versatile drug having results on a wide range of ailments. It influences numerous metabolic processes in the body. It provides you with drudadeha (strong body) and is indicated in dhatu kshaya roga-diseases due to depleted body tissues like muscles in the Ayurvedic classics.

Dosage: it is suggested to take 2 tablets twice or thrice daily with lukewarm water.

4. GREEN ESSENTIALS

This is a fabulous polyherbal preparation attainable in the form of capsules. It contains a myriad of drugs like amla(Emblica Officinalis), grape seed (Vitis Vinifera), green tea etc. Grapes help provide the essential calories and nutrients ideal for muscle development. It also has ample antioxidants which safeguard against free radical damage, induced by exercise.

Dosage: 2 Capsules twice daily, with water after meals are recommended

5. RASARAJESHWAR RAS

Ras Rajeshwar Ras is a herbomineral formulation available in tablet form. It is made with a myriad of herbs and minerals like Suvarna yukta Rasaraj Rasa (Purified and processed Mercury ), Abhrak Satva (Purified and processed Silica), Ashwagandha  (Withania somnifera ) etc. It has got excellent results in dealing with neuro-muscular conditions such as paralysis and helps to strengthen nerves and muscles.

 Dosage:1 tablet twice daily chewed after food is recommended

6. AMRIT KALASH

It is one of the excellently recognized Rasayanas for daily health and longevity. Available in paste form,it is enriched with the excellence of 53  natural herbs and minerals like amla (Phyllanthus emblica), safed chandan (Santalum album), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) etc and has ability to nourish the seven tissues ,provide Bala(vital strength), assisting the body to encounter illness.It also helps increasing your productivity and immunity.

Dosage: It acts most effectively on regular intake of 1teaspoon twice daily.

7. BRAHMA RASAYAN

It is a noteworthy polyherbal preparation in the form of a paste made with the goodness of Amla(Phyllanthus emblica), Shankhpushpi(Convolvulus prostratus), ghee etc . It aids in general weakness and also builds strength, stamina and treats Vata dosha. In addition to that, it has Rasayana (rejuvenating) properties and  acts as a promising antioxidant which slows down the process of cell degeneration and makes you remain healthy.

Dosage: 1 teaspoon  to be taken twice daily after food

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Hypokalemic periodic paralysis requires proper care .This can be accomplished by avoiding causative factors and with systemic treatments. If untreated it may lead to permanent proximal weakness and even death.Don’t lose hope because Ayurveda indeed helps you in this.You can definitely choose Planet Ayurveda because your wellbeing is our happiness.