Can Addison’s Disease be managed with Ayurvedic Remedies without Hormone Replacement Therapy?
Addison’s disease is also called Adrenal Insufficiency, as it damages the adrenal gland causing low production of the steroid hormones “Cortisol” and “Aldosterone”. It is a health problem that can be serious if not treated on time but it is good to find that it is uncommon and can be managed well with natural methods of treatment. So, let us know deeply about why is the normal production of these hormones necessary? What are their functions in our body? How does Addison’s disease appear, what are the indications and how can it be treated with the most ancient and traditional system of medicine, Ayurveda.
What is Addison’s Disease?
As discussed above, Adrenal insufficiency is another name of Addison’s disease, which clearly mentions that the main issue here is with adrenal (cortex) gland. The adrenal glands are situated just above our kidneys and helps in maintaining body functioning by forming some necessary hormones. When these glands failed to produce the appropriate amount of “Cortisol” and “Aldosterone” hormones, then the situation occurs. It can affect the people of any age group irrespective of their sex. The adrenal cortex is also responsible for producing sex hormones “androgens”. Cortisol hormone aids in body response to stress, and maintaining blood pressure, blood sugar levels, healthy heart and strong immunity whereas Aldosterone helps in regulating the level of sodium and potassium and the fluid that is excreted by the kidneys in the form of Urine.
How can Addison’s disease be identified?
The symptoms of Addison’s disease don’t appear in the primary months but starts to be visible gradually after some period of time. In most of the cases, the signs are negligible until an injury or illness makes them worse.
These signs include
- Excessive Tiredness
- Reduced appetite
- Weight Loss
- Craving for Salt
- Mouth sores
- Low BP, which may result in fainting
- Abdominal cramps
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
- Muscle or joints ache
- Mood Irritation
- Disturbed Sleep
- Mental symptoms
- Sexual dysfunction
- Body hair loss
Acute Adrenal Failure
Other than these gradually developing symptoms, it can also result in acute adrenal failure which means Addisonian crisis. It can be sudden and life-threatening, so if a person experiences any or more of the below signs suddenly then it should be taken as a medical emergency:
- Severe weakness / fainting
- Lower back or leg pain
- Severe pain in abdomen
- Low BP
What are the causes of Addison’s disease?
As already briefly discussed above that the main cause of Addison’s disease is insufficient amount of two essential hormones that are Cortisol and Aldosterone. This insufficiency happens when the adrenal (cortex) glands get damaged. There are two types of Adrenal insufficiency, one is Primary and the other is Secondary. The most common causes of Primary type can be:
- Infections of Adrenal glands or other parts
- Adrenal gland or other types of Cancer
- Bleeding into the Adrenal Gland
- Surgical history
On the other hand, the secondary type can especially be the result of the intake of certain drugs for the treatment of some chronic conditions like Arthritis, Asthma, etc.
Are there any complications of Addison’s disease?
We have already mentioned a complication above while knowing the symptoms i.e., Addisonian Crisis. Moreover, the people suffering from Adrenal insufficiency are more at risk of getting autoimmune diseases than all others.
How to Diagnose Addison’s disease?
To diagnose Addison’s disease, some lab tests including urine test, blood test and imaging tests, need to be done in order to check the sodium, potassium and the hormonal levels along with the physical examination by a well-qualified physician.
What is the Best Treatment for Addison’s Disease?
Hormone Replacement therapy which is the common treatment being provided for Addison’s Disease can provide relief for a period of time, but it never eliminates the root cause of the problem, also show many adverse effects on health in the long run. So, to safeguard people against these bad results of this therapy and the severe consequences of adrenal insufficiencies, Planet Ayurveda has prepared some effective combination of herbs which not only treat the condition but also help in preventing its recurrence. Moreover, the herbs are safe to use and the supplements are 100% pure containing natural extracts without any additives or chemicals.
- Navkarshik Churna
- Gotukola Capsules
- Kanchnar Guggul
- Boswellia Curcumin
1. Navkarshik Churna
Navkarshik Churna from the house of Planet Ayurveda is prepared totally with the reference of Chakradatt Samhita, thus is the best classical formulation in an attractive pack, which is easy and convenient to take. It is one of the best Ayurvedic medicines that are mainly recommended for gouty arthritis.
The Major Herbs in this Product are
- Neem (Azadirachta indica)
- Katuki(Picrorrhiza kurrao)
- Manjishtha(Rubia cordifolia)
- Giloy(Tinospora cordifolia)
- Vacha(Acorus calamus)
- Bahera(Terminalia bellerica)
- Haritaki(Terminalia chebula)
- Amla(Emblica officinalis)
- Daruhaldi(Berberis aristata)
That together acts in relieving joint pain, inflammation, and modulating immunity. Therefore, it is a well-supportive remedy for Addison’s disease.
Dosage: 1 tsf with plain water, twice daily after the meals.
2. Gotukola Capsules
These capsules are manufactuted using the standardized extract of Gotukola / Mandookparni (Centella asiatica). It balances the tridoshas, maintains healthy brain functions and supports proper blood circulation. The herb is good at combating stress and depressive symptoms. It is also helpful in improving sleep and energy levels of the body. Hence, it aids in the management of Adrenal insufficiency.
Dosage: 1 Capsule with normal water, two times daily after the meals.
3. Kanchnaar Guggul
Kanchnaar Guggul is a combination of containing extract of
- Kanchnaar Bark (Bauhinia variegata)
- Amalaki(Emblica officinalis)
- Haritaki(Terminalia chebula)
- Bibhitaki(Terminalia bellerica)
- Black Pepper(Piper nigrum)
- Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
- Pippali Piper longum)
- Varuna (Crataeva religiosa)
It is a classical formulation which is prepared with the reference provided in the chapter of Cancer treatment in Shrangdhar Samhita. So, we can easily define that this herbal formulation is good at eliminating tumors, rejuvenating cells and detoxification of the body. With these fundtions, it becomes an effective herbal medicine for treating Addison’s disease.
Dosage: 1 tablet thrice a day, with lukewarm water after the meals.
4. Boswellia Curcumin
Boswellia Curcumin, the name of the formulation itself says that it includes two major ingredients that are Shallaki(Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin(Curcuma longa). These herbs are blended together to act more efficaciously in the conditions of severe inflammation, joint and back pain, and to cut down the unnatural growth in the body. So, to manage the causes and symptoms of adrenal insufficiency, the product is involved in its treatment.
Dosage: 1 Capsule two times a day with plain water, after the meals.
Hence, to conclude, we should say that after learning about the types of the disease and its different situations, causes and symptoms. Ayurvedic treatment can be tried before going for a treatment which will have the negative effects on life forever. The herbs have the ability to deal with the health problems, and when they are adopted at the initial stage, they can be more wonderful than the other drugs and chemicals available. For further assistance, reach us anytime at email@example.com or visit www.planetayurveda.com.