Category: Skin Health

How to treat oral thrush naturally?

Amavisha.

Meaning: As per this shloka, a person who indulges in taking incompatible foods, excessive foods, overeating develops amadosha which is similar to poison. Hence, it is also called Amavisha.

(Reference: AstangaHridayaSutrasthanam, Chapter No. 8, Shlok No. 13 & 14)

As per Ayurveda aspect:

    • In Ayurveda, candidiasis is considered as the deficient digestion or agnimandya. Agnimandya occurs due to the accumulation of toxins in the bloodstream which causes toxicity and results in the development of various health issues. It usually occurs at the seat of Vatadosha in the lower part of the digestive tract. As the ama gets accumulated in the large and small intestines which inhibits the normal flora from proliferating.

Three doshas that are responsible for candidiasis are explained below:

Vatadosha:

  • It mainly occurs due to the excessive intake of sweet, bitter and pungent, wheat dairy and high protein rich diet items.

Pitta dosha:

  • IT occurs due to the intake of spicy, sour, pungent and acidic foods.

Kaphadosha:

  • Kaphadosha is aggravated due to the intake of oily, heavy and cold food items. Sleeping immediately after the overeating also generates ama in the body.

oral thrush treatment

As per modern aspect:

  • Oral thrush is also known as oral candidiasis in which the fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of the mouth. Candida is present as a normal organism in the mouth but sometimes due to the overgrowth, it can cause various symptoms. It causes creamy white lesions in the tongue or inner part of the cheeks. It may also spread to the roof of the mouth gums, tonsils or back of the throat.

How oral thrush can be caused?

  • Generally, the immune system works to repel the harmful invading organisms such as bacteria, fungi or virus while maintaining a balance between good or bad microbes that inhabits the body. But in some of the cases, these protective mechanisms fail and there is an increase in the number of candida fungi and allows the oral infection to take hold.

Here are some risk factors that increase the chances of oral thrush:

  • Weak immune system: It is likely to occur in infants and older adults due to the weak immune system. Some medical conditions suppress the immune system such as cancer, HIV/AIDS, organ transplant, etc.
  • Diabetes: If the blood sugar is not under control or the diabetes mellitus remains untreated then the saliva contains a large number of sugars which encourages the candida growth.
  • Vaginal yeast infections: Vaginal yeast infections are caused due to the fungus that causes oral thrush.
  • Medications: Medications such as prednisolone, inhaled corticosteroids, or antibiotics disturbs the natural balance of microorganisms in the body which increase the risk of oral thrush.
  • Other oral conditions: Wearing dentures mainly the upper dentures or other conditions that cause dry mouth increases the risk of oral thrush.

Other common causes are:

  • Use of antibiotics for a longer period of time or at a high dose.
  • Having poor oral hygiene
  • Dry mouth due to a medication or any medical condition.
  • Smoking
  • Having radiotherapy or chemotherapy for treating cancer.

Babies or elder people are a high risk of developing oral thrush or people with some other conditions such as vitamin B12 deficiency or iron deficiency or underactive thyroid.

What are the symptoms of oral thrush?

In the early stages, oral thrush may not cause any symptoms but when the infection gets worse one or more symptoms of the following may develop:

White or yellow colored patches of bumps in the inner part of the cheeks, tongue, gums, tonsils or lips.

  • Burning sensation in the mouth
  • Slight bleeding if the gumsare scraped
  • Cotton-like sensation in the mouth
  • Dry and cracked skin at corners of the mouth
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • The bitter taste of mouth or loss of taste
  • In some of the cases, it can affect the esophagus though this is uncommon.

ORAL THRUSH CARE PACK

How oral thrush can be treated naturally?

  • Planet Ayurveda is one of the most fast-growing Ayurvedic clinics of India that has come up with a wonderful combination of herbal remedies which manages the symptoms related to oral thrush which is oral thrush care pack.
  • These This pack is prepared from the pure, authentic and best quality herbs that strictly follow the principles of Ayurveda. These are free from additives, chemicals, fillers, and preservatives. These are purely vegetarian and are not tested on animals.

Gandhak Rasayana:

  • Gandhak Rasayana is made from the shuddhgandhak (purified sulfur) in which the word rasayan means rejuvenation. As it has a natural property to rejuvenate the body without any side effects. These tablets have antibacterial, anti-viral, antipruritic and anti-inflammatory properties. In Ayurveda, it is considered as a raktashodhaka (blood purifier) and also helps to balance the Vata, pitta as well as KaphaDosha.

Dosage: 1 or 2 tablets twice or thrice daily with plain water after meals.

Manjistha Capsules:

  • Majistha capsules are formulated with the pure and standardized extra extract of manjistha. This herb works both as internally or externally to promote skin growth and luster.
  • It also treats the cracked skin and promotes the healing process of skin tissues. Being a blood purifier it removes the toxins and acts as a strong antioxidant as well as astringent. These capsules are used as the best alternative to chemical-based skin treatment.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice or thrice daily with plain water after meals.

Arjun Saar and Gum Care Powder:

  • Arjun Saar contains arjuna and amla in it because these wonderful herbs have a great combination of anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, anti-fungal and immunity boosting properties it in. This formulation is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, and zinc.
  • Gum care powder is a natural herbal formulation that maintains the hygiene and healthy condition of the oral cavity which includes the tongue, teeth, oral mucosa, and gums. This formulation acts as a total mouth rehab. It contains herbs like haritaki, sonth, karpur, poog, Marich, khadir, twak, lavang, safatika, etc. All these herbs reduce the inflammation by releasing the abscess.

Usage: Rinse with water alternatively once in a day.

Acido Plan Syrup:

  • Acido plan syrup is the herbal liquid formulation used for the management of acidity. This formulation absorbs quickly in the body and provides instant relief. It contains a standardized extract of a powerful combination of herbs such as Triphala (haritaki, bibhitaki and Amalaki), saunf, ghritkumari, patola, pittapapada, Shatavari, sajjikshar, and kokum. These herbs are effective in treating nausea, dyspepsia, loss of appetite, acute gastritis and mucosal damage.

Dosage: 1 to 2 teaspoon twice or thrice daily with plain water after meals.

How Meningitis can be treated naturally

Overview

Meningitis is the inflammation of the protective covering (meninges) of the brain and spinal cord caused due to certain infections. It is a serious and life threatening condition that requires prompt diagnosis and treatment. It is mostly caused by a viral infection but bacterial, parasitic and fungal infections may also be the causes. The early treatment of meningitis can prevent serious complications. This infection can occur in children as well as adults.

How Meningitis can be treated naturally

What are the causes of Meningitis?

  • Viral infection is the most common cause of meningitis followed by bacterial infections and rarely fungal infections. The bacterial infection is life threatening therefore identifying the cause is essential.

Types of Meningitis are:

1. Bacterial Meningitis

  • It occurs when the bacteria  from the bloodstream travels to the brain and spinal cord and cause acute bacterial meningitis or it can also occur when bacteria directly invade the meninges.
  • Bacteria that cause infections such as Streptococcus pnemoniae, Haemphilus influenzae, Neisseria meningiditis and Listeria monocytogenes.

Bacterial Meningitis

2.Chronic Meningitis

  • Chronic meningitis is caused when a slow growing bacteria such as fungi or Mycobacterium tuberculosis invade the membranes and the fluid surrounding the brain,
  • The signs and symptoms of chronic meningitis are similar to that of acute meningitis such as fever, headache, vomiting, mental cloudiness etc.

3.Fungal Meningitis

  • Meningitis caused by fungal infections is very rare. Its symptoms may mimic the symptoms of acute bacterial meningitis.
  • Cryptococcal meningitis is a common fungal form of the disease that affects people with immune deficiencies.

4.Viral Meningitis

  • Viral meningitis is the most common type and is mild and usually clears on its own.
  • Viruses such as herpes simplex virus (HPV), mumps etc. can cause viral meningitis.

sign and symptoms of Menningitis

What are the symptoms of Meningitis?

In the initial stages, the symptoms of meningitis mimics flu.

The symptoms are:

  1. Stiff neck
  2. Sudden high fever
  3. Headache with nausea and vomiting
  4. Seizures
  5. Severe headache that seems different from the normal
  6. Loss of appetite and thirst
  7. Sensitivity to light
  8. Confusion
  9. Difficulty in concentrating

What are the symptoms of Meningitis in newborns and infants?

  1. High fever
  2. Inactivity or sluggishness
  3. Poor feeding
  4. Stiffness in the baby’s neck or body
  5. Constant crying
  6. Excessive sleepiness
  7. Irritability
  8. A bulge in the soft spot on the top of baby’s head

Diagnosis:

  • The doctor can diagnose meningitis based on the medical history, physical examination and with the help of certain tests such as blood tests or CT scan.

Treatment

  • Modern medicine physicians prescribe corticosteroids and intravenous antibiotics for the treatment of acute bacterial meningitis to reduce the risk of swelling and seizures.
  • For viral meningitis, antibiotics are not prescribed as it can resolve on its own after sometime.

How Ayurveda can help in the treatment of Meningitis?

  • According to Ayurveda, meningitis is caused due to low immunity and vitiation of Pitta and Kapha mainly Tarpak Kapha. The function of Tarpak Kapha is that it helps the nerve impulses to move at a proper rate by nourishing and protecting the axons of nerves but when it is vitiated it obstructs the nerve impulses.
  • Along with the modern treatment for meningitis, ayurvedic treatment can be continued to prevent the complications.

How Planet Ayurveda can help in the treatment of Meningitis?

  • Planet Ayurveda provides herbal remedies that act as Rasayanas for enhancing the immunity of an individual and other herbs that act on the brain and nervous system to provide strength and nourishment.

Meningitis Care Pack by Planet Ayurveda includes:

  1. Brahmi Capsules
  2. Ashwagandha Capsules
  3. Kaishore Guggul
  4. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules
  5. Medhya Churna
  6. Septrin Tablets

1.Brahmi Capsules

  • Brahmi is an anti-oxidant herb that is used very commonly in Ayurvedic practice. Planet Ayurveda’s Brahmi Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Bacopa monnieri.It is used in the treatment of all brain disorders such as dizziness, confusion, sleep disturbances, insomnia, and lack of mental composure. It is a very good nerve tonic and protects the nerves, heart and blood vessels. Brahmi is also as an anti-inflammatory herb therefore useful in the treatment of meningitis.

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

2.Ashwagandha Capsules

  • Ashwagandha is used in Ayurveda since a very long time for several health conditions. In Ayurveda, ashwagandha is considered as a Rasayana. Planet Ayurveda’s Ashwagandha Capsules contain the standardized extract of the herb Withania somnifera. Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, it is widely used in the treatment of meningitis. This herb protects the brain from degeneration and dementia.

Dose: Take 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

3.Kaishore Guggul:

  • Kaishore Guggul is a classical Ayurvedic medicine which possesses anti-microbial properties. Planet Ayurveda’s Kaishore Guggul contains the natural purifying herbs like Triphala and Giloy which are useful in removing toxins from the blood. It has anti-biotic and anti-inflammatory actions which help in the treatment of infections as it is a natural blood cleanser. It acts as Rasayana as well.

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

4.Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

  • Boswellia Curcumin Capsules by Planet Ayurveda is a unique product that contains Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) and Turmeric (Curcuma longa) as the ingredients. Both these ingredients are anti-inflammatory in nature and work in a synergistic manner to reduce infection and inflammation. Curcumin is the best anti-inflammatory herb that has potent effects similar to the efficacy of corticosteroids. Turmeric has anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-biotic properties that are useful in the treatment of meningitis.

Dose: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

5Medhya Churna

  • Planet Ayurveda’s Medhya Churna is a powerful blend of dried extracts of herbs that  act as a wonderful brain tonic. All the herbs used in this powder have been used individually since immemorial times for various types of brain disorders. Therefore, this churna is very effective in the treatment of meningitis.

Ingredients of Medhya Churna are:

Sr. No.

Botanical Name Common Name Parts Quantity
1. Acorus calamus Vacha Roots 50 gm
2. Withania somnifera Ashwagandha Roots 5 gm.
3. Carum roxburghianum Ajmoda Seeds 5 gm.
4. Cuminum cyminum Shwet Jeerak Seeds 5 gm.
5. Carum carvi Krishna Jeerak Seeds 5 gm.
6. Zingiber officianle Sonth Rhizome 5 gm.
7. Piper nigrum Marich Fruits 5 gm.
8. Piper longum Pippali Fruits 5 gm.
9. Cissampelos pareira Patha Whole 5 gm.
10. Convulvulus pluricaulis Shankhpushpi Whole  5 gm.
11. Bacopa monnieri Brahmi Whole  5 gm.

Dose: Take 1/4 spoon powder twice a day with plain water after taking meals.

6. Septrin Tablets:

  • Planet Ayurveda’s Septrin Tablets are useful in  conditions such as infections, pain, and inflammation. All the herbs used in this formulation are anti-inflammatory in nature which are very useful in the treatment of meningitis.

Ingredients of Septrin Tablets are:

Sr. No.

Herb Used Botanical Name Parts Used Quantity
1. Guggul Commiphora mukul Resin 200 mg
2. Haldi Curcuma longa Root extract 150 mg
3. Tulsi Ocimum sanctum Leaves extract 100 mg
4. Sonth Zingiber officinale Root extract 20 mg
5. Marich Piper nigrum Seed extract 20 mg
6. Pippali Piper longum Fruit extract 10 mg

Dose: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after taking meals.

Prevention:

  • Since it is an infectious disease, it can spread through coughing, sneezing, sharing utensils, cigarette etc. So it is necessary to wash hands, practice good hygiene etc.

Diet:

(Reference: Charak Samhita Chikitsasthanam, Chapter No. 12, Shlok No. 20)

Meaning: In this shloka, a diet that should be avoided in inflammation is explained. According to this shloka, a person having inflammation should avoid lean meat, dry leafy vegetables, newly harvested grains, food items prepared from jaggery and rice flour, fermented foods, curd, sesame seeds, oily foods, alcohol and sour foods.