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.

Dr. Vikram Chauhan

http://www.drvikram.com

DR. Vikram Chauhan, MD - AYURVEDA is an expert ayurvedic doctor based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company. Write at - herbalremedies123@yahoo.com, Contact at - +91-172-521-4030 Websites - www.planetayurveda.com, www.alwaysayurveda.com

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