Category: Skin Health

How Ayurvedic Herbs Help In Relieving Skin Disorders

Introduction

Skin diseases are something that pushes down our self-confidence and brings about embarrassment most of the time. For the majority of people, beauty is always on top of mind and is ready to invest anything and everything over it. Here, Ayurveda comes as a rescuer with its plethora of remedies for every skin problem from mild to severe. In Ayurveda, most of the skin diseases come under the context of ‘kushtaroga’ and ‘kshudraroga’ while many others are randomly included under appropriate titles. Some people consider ‘Kushta’ (skin disease) as Leprosy which is not the correct correlation. A wide range of Ayurvedic Herbs is available that focus on skin health without any downsides. Now, let us see the action of some of those herbs on our skin.

According to Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, vitiation of ‘tridoshas(vata, pitta and kapha) along with impairment in skin, blood, lymph and muscle tissues occurs in skin disorders. Charakasamhitha has prioritized certain group of drugs for particular disorders of the body. Among these classification, the categories which gives promising results in skin problems generally are the.

  1. kushtagnagana
  2. Varnyagan
  3. Kandughna Gana
  4. Udardaprasamana Gana
  5. Krimighna Gana

Further to this, the drug with emetic and purgatory effects in the body also yields definitive effects in dermatology when used selectively according to the predominant dosha and several other factors

Skin Diseases

Top 5 Gana for Skin Aliments

1. Kushtagnagana

Kushtagnagana are the most important group of ten herbs that are described solely for skin ailments.

The list consists of herbs like

  • Khadira (Acacia catechu)
  • Amalaki (Emblicaofficinalis)
  • Abhaya (Terminalia chebula)
  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Arushkara (Semicarpus anacardium)
  • Saptaparna (Alstonia scholaris)
  • Aragwadha (Cassia fistula)
  • Karavira (Nerium indicum)
  • Vidanga (Embelia ribes)
  • Jatipravala (Jasminium officinale)

Most of these drugs are either bitter or astringent in taste and cold in nature leaving out saptaparna and Arushkara. In addition, they are light, clear and dry thereby having potent effect on skin, blood, liver etc. With these qualities they help in blood purification and removal of toxins from the body. Also they promote a healthy complexion. Being in kushtagnagana, these drugs possess qualities like anti-inflammatory, anti-pruritic, complexion enhancing, anti-parasitic etc which makes them the most suitable for skin diseases.

Khadira is the most relevant drug for almost any skin conditions. It mainly helps in balancing the kapha and pitta dosha. It is used both externally and internally. Apart from having all the properties of kushtagna drugs, it is also switragna (provides relief from leucoderma), vranaropana (wound healing), and rasayana (rejuvenating).

2. Varnyagana

Another list of drugs mentioned by Acharya Charaka is the varnyagana that comprises of herbs which nourishes the bhrajaka pitta (type of pitta dosha) present in the skin. They are

  • Chandana (Santalum album)
  • Tunga (Calophyllum inophyllum)
  • Padmaka (Prunus cerasoides)
  • Ushira (Vetivera zizanioides)
  • Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Manjista (Rubia cordifolia)
  • Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus)
  • Payasya (Impomoea paniculata)
  • sita (white Cynodondactylon)
  • Latha (black Cynodondactylons)

These endows wholesome complexion and neutralizes irregular pigmentations on the skin. Therefore, they can be utilised in reducing dark spots, scars, melasma etc. Most of them are cooling and soothing to the skin and act as blood purifiers. Hence they provide relief in burning sensation, blisters, acne etc.

3. kandughna gana

The kandughna gana consists of herbs that help in relieving pruritis or itching. They are namely

  • Chandana (Santalum album)
  • jatamansi (Nardostachys jatamansi)
  • Krithamala (Cassia fistula)
  • Nakthamala (pongamia pinnata)
  • Nimba (Azadirachta indica)
  • Kutaja (Holarrhenaantidysenterica)
  • Sarshapa (Brassica nigra)
  • Madhuka (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
  • Daruharidra (Berberis aristata)
  • Musta (Cyperus rotundus)

They are mainly used in those dermatological issues where itching is the main complaint. They pacify mainly kapha and pitta dosha. Some of them act as coolants while others are hot in potency. Hence, owing to their pharmacology, suitable drugs are selected based on the dosha predominance.

4. Udardaprasamana Gana

Moving on to the udardaprasamana gana it involves drugs that are efficient to be anti-allergic and hence used in conditions like urticaria, dermatosis etc. They are Tinduka

  • (Diospyos peregrine)
  • Priyala (Buchananialanzan)
  • Badara (Zizyphus jujube)
  • Khadira (Acacia catechu)
  • Kadara (Acacia catechu Willd)
  • Saptaparna (Alstonisscholaris)
  • Ashwakarna (Diptecocarpusalatus)
  • Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna)
  • Asana (Ptecocarpus marsupium)
  • Arimeda(Acacia farnesiana)

Most of them possess anti-histaminic and revitalizing effects. They act predominantly on the rasa and rakta dhatus. These purify the blood and also do immune-modulation. Besides, they have lekhaniya property (scrapes off excess kapha dosha). Furthermore, these drugs have the ability to manage the boils and blisters erupting on the skin.

5. Krimighna Gana

Skin diseases may also manifest due to micro- organisms (krimi) and poisonous bites or food items. Charaka samhitha specifies the krimighna and vishaghna group of drugs for this purpose respectively. The herbs belonging to krimighna gana involves

  • Aksheeva(Moringa oleifera)
  • Maricha (Piper nigrum)
  • Gandeera (Euphorbia antiquorum)
  • Kebuka (Costus speciosus)
  • Vidanga (Embeliaribes)
  • Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)
  • Kinihi(Achyranthes aspera)
  • Swadamshtra (Tribulus terrestris)
  • Vrishaparnika (Ipomoea sp.)
  • Akhuparnika (Ipomoea reniformis)

Apart from performing the deworming action, it subsides certain skin infestations too. ‘Vidangam krimighnanam’ which implies that vidanga is the most powerful drug for parasites and worms. The combination of vidanga, silajathu and khadira along with honey and ghee shows its efficacy in psoriasis, leukoderma and eczema.

The vishaghna gana are the ten drugs that have the potential ability to remove toxic effects from the body. The group is composed of herbs like

  • Haridra (Curcuma longa)
  • Manjista (Rubia cordifolia)
  • Suvaha (Operculina turpethum)
  • Sookshmaela (Elettaria cardomomum)
  • Palindi (Ichnocarpus frutescens)
  • Chandana (Santalum album)
  • Kathaka (Strychnos potatorium)
  • Shirisha (Albizzia lebbeck)
  • Sindhuvara (Vitex negundo)
  • Sleshmathaka (Cordia dichomata)

Internal as well as external applications are carried out. Any kind of toxicity, say, food contamination, cosmetic poisoning, drug toxicity or organ related poisoning can be combated through these anti-toxic drugs with its felicitous usage. Selective and suitable combinations of these drugs can be used for skin ailments occurring as a result of noxious environment

Alongside this, Ayurveda explores abundant other herbs which are capable of producing a positive impact on the structure and function of skin. The herbs mentioned here are used bothin acuteand chronic skin conditions along with pathy ahara and vihara (proper diet and regimen). In chronic skin diseases Ayurveda generally emphasizes on emetic therapy to be done on every fortnight, purgation therapy on every third day and blood-letting therapy for every six months according to the stage and condition of the patient.

Conclusion

Along with this these herbs and herbal combinations are used internally and externally and the skin complaints can be managed to a large extent without any further recurrence. The most important fact to remember is that instead of leaning on to medicines it is equally crucial to get adapted to healthy food habits and lifestyle. As only half part can be done through medicines, the rest half depends on ourselves.

How Does Ayurveda Help In Increasing Platelet Count?

ABSTRACT

Blood clotting plays an important role whenever you are injured or cut. It is the cluster of blood that converts liquid to semisolid state at the site of injury. It restricts the excess flow of blood. Platelets are main factors, responsible for Blood clotting. Platelets or Thrombocytes are the small uncolored cells whose function is to stop bleeding in the injury site by forming a plug or clot.

In this article, we will read about the platelets, their role, causes and symptoms of low platelet count, side effects of infusing platelets and how Ayurveda helps in naturally increasing the platelets count.

INTRODUCTION

Platelets are the important component of blood responsible for stopping excess blood loss at the site of injury by forming clusters of blood. Blood Platelets are generated by bone marrow (spongy center inside bones) along with other components of blood. Once Platelets are generated by bone marrow and circulated all over the body, they live in the bloodstream for 8-10 days. 1,50,000 –4,50,000 platelets per microliter of blood is the normal range or count of platelets. If platelets didn’t play its role properly, an excessive loss of blood takes place, which may further lead to death. Many kinds of diseases can occur due to abnormal platelet count and reduction in platelet count is already becoming one of the most common health problems globally. Blood platelet count reduction leads to a disease named, Thrombocytopenia. Platelet count Below 1,50,000 platelets per microliter of blood leads to this disease.

Symptoms of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count

Some common symptoms of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count are following:

  • Discoloration of skin
  • Excess flow of blood at the injury
  • Bleeding from Nose and Gums
  • Blood fragments in urine and stool
  • Excess bleeding during menstruation
  • Fatigue

Causes of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count

Some common cause of Thrombocytopenia or Low Platelet Count are following:

  • Rise in the number of White blood cells (Leukemia) and other cancer
  • IDA (Iron deficiency anemia)
  • Some types of viral infections i.e. HIV, Hepatitis C, etc.
  • Chemotherapy or Radiation treatment: drugs used in this treatment or therapy destroys some normal rapidly dividing cells which are responsible for the deformation of platelets.
  • High Alcohol Consumption: Alcohol may impact the shape and function of platelets.

Low Platelet Count or ITP

Some conditions are also there in which destruction of platelets may enhance as compared to the production of platelets. This may lead to shortage of platelets in the bloodstream.

Such conditions are following:

  • Pregnancy: Anemia in pregnancy
  • Some type of severe bacterial infection may lead to destruction of platelets.
  • TTP (Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic purpura): Blood disorder in which Blood clots occur throughout the body. It may lead to low platelet count.
  • HUS (Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome): Severe Disorder causes sharp reduction in platelet count.
  • Medications: Certain medications also may cause Thrombocytopenia. For example, Sulfa containing Antibiotics, Anticonvulsants, heparin, Quinine, and many others.

PLATELET TRANSFUSION

In modern medicine, there is no specific treatment for reduction of platelets. They only go on with symptomatic treatment and end up with Platelet Transfusion. Platelet transfusion or Platelet concentrate is generally used to treat people with low platelet count or Thrombocytopenia. Transfusion increases the number of platelets in the bloodstream. Platelet Transfusion usually takes 15-30 minutes. This transfusion seems necessary for the patient having Thrombocytopenia to increase the level of platelets, but ends up with many side effects on Patient’s health.

Some of them are:

  • Hemolytic transfusion reactions: These reactions are caused by blood type incompatibilities.
  • Febrile nonhemolytic transfusion reaction: These transfusion reactions are associated with transfusion.
  • Some Allergic reactions such as Hives, Itching, Fever.
  • Septic reactions such as Tachycardia, Hypotension, Generalized pain, Multiorgan failure.
  • Circulatory overload: It includes tightness in chest, cough and rapid increase in blood pressure.
  • Post transfusion purpura: It includes Bleeding (Mucosal and Gastrointestinal).
  • Transfusion associated graft versus host disease: It is usually rare but life threatening.
  • Lung injury

LIFE SPAN OF TRANSFUSED PLATELET

Expected time period of platelets after transfusion is 3-4 days.

AYURVEDIC ASPECT WITH BETTER RESULTS

देहस्यरुधिरंमूलंरुधिरेणैवधार्यते |

  तस्मादःयत्नेनसरंक्षयंरक्तंजीवइतिस्तिथिः || 

(Sushrut, Sutrasthana, 14/45)

Acharya Sushrut in this shloka has explained the importance of blood. This shloka means that blood is the basic root tissue of the body. The whole body and life is based on blood. Thus, one must protect the blood by all means as blood is considered as another name for life.

In Ayurveda, Acharya’s has mentioned various bleeding disorders under the heading of raktapitta, where Acharya Charaka has divided raktapitta in three types:

  1. Udharvgat Raktpitt i.e. bleeding disorders related to the upper part of the body that include epistaxis, hemoptysis, etc.
  2. Adhogat Raktapitta i.e. bleeding disorder related to lower body parts that include melena, blood in stool, bleeding fissure etc.
  3. Tiryak Gata raktapitta i.eThe thrombocytopenic conditions such as ITP where bleeding from any part of the body can occur.

Acharya Sushruta has also explained features resulting after excessive blood loss (Sushrut, Sutra, 14/31)

  • Blindness
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataract
  • Malnutrition
  • Seizures
  • Paraplegia
  • Hemiplegia
  • Cough
  • Respiratory Difficulties
  • Anemia
  • Death

HERBAL MEDICINES BEING PROVIDED BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda provides the best combination of 100% safe and pure herbal remedies named as ITP pack (for adults) to increase the number of platelet counts and treat adults suffering from ITP. Planet Ayurveda provides standard quality medicines which are made up of the best and effective quality of herbs. These herbal medicines are free from any kind of preservative and chemicals.

Herbal formulations suggested by our experts for dealing with reduced platelet count are:

ITP Care Pack for Adults

Treatment of Low Platelet Count

  1. Ashwagandha Capsules
  2. Brahmi Chayawanprash
  3. Giloy Capsules
  4. Gandhak Rasayan Tablets
  5. Green Essential Capsules
  6. Immune Booster Capsules
  7. Kumar kalyan Ras
  8. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

Full Description of above enlisted Herbal Drugs:

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

It is made up of root extract of Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera). It is well known for Balancing “Vata” in the body, Ashwagandha is one of the best immunity boosters and improves the production of white and red blood cells along with platelets as well.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily after meals, with plain water

2. Brahmi Chayawanprash

It is made up of the potential herbs’ extract including Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and 28 unique ingredients. Planet Ayurveda’s Brahmi chayawanprash is the herbal formulation in the form of avaleha (jam form). Tridoshas are effectively maintained with this product, also, it balances the nervous and immune system. It prevents viral infections which may be a cause for Thrombocytopenia.;

Dosage: 1 teaspoon twice daily with lukewarm milk or warm water

3. Giloy Capsules

Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) is the herb with enormous benefits. It is also known as “Guduchi” and “Amrita” and considered as the best immunity booster. Planet Ayurveda’s Giloy capsules is the herbal formulation that contains extract of the stem of giloy. It increases the killing capability of the macrophages (which reduce the chances of infection) that leads to low platelet count. Blood vascular systems are also promoted by these capsules.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water, after the meals

4. Gandhak Rasayan Tablets

Planet Ayurveda’s Gandhak Rasayan tablets are formulated with pure and fully standardized quality of shuddha gandhak (purified sulphur). It pacifies tridoshas, eliminates harmful effects of toxins and improves the immune system.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with normal water, after meals

5. Green Essentials Capsules

These Capsules from Planet Ayurveda are made up of the combination of Different types of green high quality, nutrient enriched herbs such as Spirulina (Spirulina Platensis), Amla (Embellica officinalis) and WheatGrass (Triticum aestivum), etc. It is a beneficial dietary supplement that helps to maintain a healthy body.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily after meals, with plain water

6. Immune Booster Capsules

Immune Booster Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are totally pure and vegetarian filled with the extracts of some potential and high quality herbs such as Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera), Cow Colostrum (Bovine Colostrum) and Bhumi Amla (Phyllanthus Niruri). It mainly aids in boosting the immune system and promoting a healthy digestion, respiration, along with positive effects on all the body functions.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water, after meals

7. Kumar Kalyan Ras

As the name specifies that it is especially formulated to be used by kumars (children). Kumar Kalyan Ras of Planet Ayurveda is prepared using different types of minerals or their ashes such as Swarna Bhasma (Ash of Gold),  Loha Bhasama (Iron Ash), Makshika Bhasama (Ash of copper-iron pyrite), Shuddha Parada (Purified Mercury), Ghritkumari Rasa (Extract of  Aloe Vera juice), etc. It helps to sustain the healthy cardiovascular system of the children. Also, it assists in treating the symptoms of low platelet count such as fever, etc.

Dosage: 1 twice daily with plain water, after meals.

8. Suvarna Basant Malti Ras

Planet Ayurveda’s Suvarna Basant Malti Ras is high quality herbo-mineral formulation that contains the blend some effective natural ingredients as mentioned in the nacient ayurvedic texts. The extracts of Shuddha Hingula (Cinnabar in a purified form), Marich (Piper Nigrum), Mukta Bhasma (Pearl Ash) and Nimbu Swarasa (Lemon juice) as Bhavna Dravya, etc. are mixed together in this classical formulation. It is useful to reduce Thrombocytopenia symptoms such as Fatigue, weakness, etc.

CONCLUSION

As we have clearly seen in the above article, modern medicine has no specific mode of treatment for the reduction of platelets. They give the symptomatic treatment and finally end up relying on platelet transfusion for the whole life, which keeps on causing adverse effects on life. But, Ayurveda works on the root cause, eliminates it and treats the symptoms as well, which in turn relieves the patient from this health disorder. Thus, it has a better scope for treating a patient with Thrombocytopenia. For more details, stay connected through www.planetayurveda.com.