Porphyria- Causes, Symptoms, Complications & Herbal Remedies


Porphyria is a disorder that results from a build-up of natural chemical known as porphyrin in human body. The Porphyria is disorder of heme biosynthesis is caused by a deficiency of one of the enzymes necessary for the production of heme for haemoglobin, myoglobin, cytochromes, and other heme-containing proteins.  These enzymes are found in every organs in the body and are arranged accordingly in a pathway.

It is most active in the bone marrow and liver.  Any enzyme deficiency results in the accumulation of certain pathway intermediates, which are either porphyrins or porphyrin precursors.  Excess porphyrins cause skin photosensitivity and excess porphyrin precursors are associated with neurological manifestations. Porphyrins are essential for the function of haemoglobin, a protein in the red blood cells that links to porphyrin, binds iron, and carries oxygen to the organs and tissues. High levels of porphyrins may cause significant problems. Porphyria mainly affects the nervous system and skin.


  • Genetic risks
  • Certain drugs like barbiturates, sulphonamide antibiotics, birth control pills, psychoactive drugs.
  • Chemicals
  • Dieting or fasting
  • Smoking
  • Physical stress, such as infections or other illnesses
  • Liver disorders
  • Emotional stress and anxiety
  • Alcohol
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Excess iron


  • Abdominal pain, swelling
  • Constipation or diarrhoea
  • Insomnia
  • Palpitations
  • High blood pressure
  • Anxiety or restlessness
  • Seizures
  • Mental changes, such as confusion, hallucinations, disorientation or paranoia
  • Breathing problems
  • Muscle pain, tingling, numbness, weakness or paralysis


  • Dehydration
  • Breathing difficulties and muscle weakness
  • Low sodium in blood or Hyponatremia
  • High blood pressure
  • Chronic kidney failure
  • Liver damage
  • Permanent skin damage, abnormal appearance, scarring and colouring
  • Paralysis, coma, respiratory failure, hair loss and gall stones

Herbal Remedies for Porphyria

Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is the most vital herb in Ayurveda with its miraculous medicinal and therapeutic powers. Ashwagandha is a short woody shrub belonging to the Solanaceae family and native to the Indian subcontinent. Ashwagandha is a central component in Ayurveda.

It helps in the rejuvenation of the health and skin. This medicine is perfect for the cure of various health issues. Porphyria is considered as incurable to various physicians whereas the Ashwagandha along with some other herbs can heal it. It has a quality to cure the porphyria from the depth. It also seizes out the problem from other organs as well as helps the sensations to be cured. It makes the brain to work in the proper manner. Ashwagandha boosts immunity and helps the body in coping with stress, anxiety which is one of the prime cause for porphyria. It also treats insomnia and protects the brain cells from the deleterious effects. Ashwagandha is beneficial for various skin ailments such as premature aging, rough- dry skin, wound healing. It also stimulates collagen production and reduces cortisol level.

Dosage: One to two capsules per day, with water after meals

Pack size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules

Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi (Bacopa Monneiri) belongs to Scrophulariaceae family. It is a pure extract preparation made from the best quality Brahmi herb in the herbal capsule form. Brahmi literally means the energy or strength. It has mind enhancing and nervous system soothing effects. It calms down vata, redirects the flow of vata downwards, reduces mental illness, rejuvenates nervous system, promotes energy, promotes sleep and alleviates skin conditions.

Brahmi is very soothing to the skin and scalp. It is useful in clearing aggravations of the skin. Brahmi is recommended when an underlying nervous imbalance is involved. Applying herb to the scalp has the added advantage of a close proximity to the brain and central nervous system, where the herbs are well positioned to inspire many of the above-mentioned benefits. It promotes proper healing of wounds and minimal scarring, while helping to cleanse, soften and protect the skin. Brahmi curbs every ailment associated with nervous system and hence it is very beneficial in treating porphyria.

Dosage: One to two capsules with milk or water after meals.

Pack size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules

Navkarshik churna

It is comprised of nine vital herbs such as Amlaki, Haritaki, Babhitaki, Vacha, Neem, Manjistha, Katuki, Giloy and Daruhaldi. All these herbs act together to remove toxins from the body in a synergistic manner and are effective in treating swollen and painful joints.

Herbs present in navkarshik churna are the best liver detoxifying herb which helps the liver to clear the toxins from the system. The liver works hard to clear the toxins from blood but these herbs helps the hepatic cells to clear the toxins quickly. It helps to purify the blood and corrects the metabolism of the body and is useful in relieving every type of pain. Since liver disorders are one of the main causes of porphyria, navkarshik churna helps to curb the disease due to the presence of liver cleansing herbs.

It can also relieve various skin diseases. Navkarshik Churna has various therapeutic properties. It is an immunomodulator and improves immunity. It also acts as an anti – inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-infection. It helps to relieve pain with ease. Navkarshik churna helps to balance body metabolism, helps to purify the blood and also relieve various skin diseases.

Dosage: 1 – 2 teaspoonful’s of Navkarshik Churna, two times in a day with plain water after meal.

Pack size: 100 g per Jar

Aloe vital Capsules

It contains aloe vera extract. It effectively treats mild to severe skin conditions or reactions. Aloe Vitals Capsules are one of the most powerful sources of Aloe vera which helps in relieving several ailments. It improves the health naturally. In earlier times, aloe vera was a popular herb to relieve several skin problems. It is also used for fairer and younger looking skin. Aloe vera not only helps in skin ailments but also in an array of health concerns like blood cleansing, liver problems, cancers, kidney ailments, female health problems, irregular menstruation, PMS and ovarian cysts . Ayurvedic properties of Aloe vera are cooling, cleansing, bitter, improves eye sight, and helps to reduce excess weight, rejuvenating, stamina increasing, and strength promoting, aphrodisiac for both men and women. Aloe vera works to clear skin diseases including eczema, porphyria, dermatitis and psoriasis. It helps to keep the skin moistened and hydrated.

Overall aloe vera acts as an antibiotic, rather than as a topical ointment. Aloe wonderfully subside the pain and discomfort, instantly. Aloe has an excellent healing capabilities. As a result, aloe should be used until the rash is completely diminished, not just until the pain and redness has subsided.

Aloe contains an extremely strong anti-inflammatory component called B-sitosterol. Aloe is also full of vitamin E, which is wonderful for the skin. Aloe naturally contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. While combining the natural healing properties with its chemical anti-inflammatory, aloe proves to reduce redness, inflammation, itch and discomfort.

Dosage: One or two capsules along with plain water, two times a day after the meals

Pack size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules

Aarogya vardhini vati

It is an excellent remedy for blood purification. It is a mixture of 12 essential ayurvedic medicines such as Shuddh Parad, Shuddh Gandhak, Lauh Bhasma, Abhrak Bhasma, Tamra Bhasma, Haritaki, Babhitaki, Amalaki, Shuddh Shilajatu, Shuddh Guggulu, Chitrak Mool and Katuki. These are useful in relieving liver disorders and various skin diseases. It also enhances immune system.

Arogyavardhini vati helps in the treatment of skin diseases naturally. This herbal remedy can be consumed every day to boost up the immune system. It is also an excellent remedy for liver disorder. Some skin conditions such as porphyria which may occur due to liver disorder can be treated with this formula. It not only helps in blood purification but also enhances the body immunity to prevent the recurrent signs and symptoms of skin diseases. Arogyavardhani vati may be taken regularly to enhance the body immunity and to prevent skin diseases. It is a useful natural remedy for all types of skin diseases. It works naturally and helps to get rid of skin diseases by blood purification. Skin diseases are common in people having liver disorder. It is a traditional remedy that has been used for the treatment of skin diseases such as psoriasis, dermatitis and porphyria. Regular intake of this herbal remedy provides long lasting results without producing any negative effects on any other parts of the body.

Dosage: 2 tablets of Arogyavardhini Vati two times in a day after meals with plain water.

Pack size: Each bottle contains 120 tablets

Dr. Vikram Chauhan


Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. He is Author of the Book "Ayurveda – God’s Manual For Healing". He is an Ayurveda Expert Serving People worldwide through all the Possible Mediums, Operating from Main Branch in Mohali, India. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com.

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