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How Bilva is useful in Treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)?

Bilva: Overview

Bilva or Bael fruit (Aegle marmelos) is considered to be a very beneficial fruit for good health, because of which it holds a special importance in ancient medicinal systems. The fruit is specifically capable of balancing the ‘Vata’ and ‘Kapha’ doshas of the body, and has proven abilities to treat different types of infections in the body, especially worm infestation and stomach related problems.

Some of the basic information about Bilva can be outlined as follows:

  • Bilva or Bael fruit is a sweet, aromatic fruit which is native to India and Southeast Asia.
  • It is believed to be a spiritual, religious and medicinal plant
  • It is known by different names, such as Bengal quince, golden apple, Japanese bitter orange, stone apple, wood apple, etc.
  • The fruit can be consumed fresh or dried, as well as in the form of juice.

The use of Bilva can be very beneficial for patients suffering from several diseases, because of its proven anti-microbial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory properties.

Bilva is one of the few plants whose entire parts — root, stem, leaves, flower, fruit, etc. — can be used for treating different diseases. The root of Bilva can improve digestion, its stem is useful for treating heart problems, the leaves are beneficial in relieving pain, the flower is beneficial for managing Diarrhoea, and fruit is useful in treating digestion-related problems and balancing Vata and Kapha doshas.

In Ayurveda, Bilva has been used for the preparation of several herbal formulations since ancient times, particularly to treat gastrointestinal disorders like IBS. Ayurvedic experts believe that the use of unripe Bilva fruit is helpful in treating digestive disorders, while the use of ripe fruit is believed to have a laxative effect.

IBS Treatment in Ayurveda

How Bilva is useful in IBS?

Bilva is one of the ‘dashmool’ herbs, with remarkable medicinal properties to treat a number of health conditions, including:

  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Ulcerative colitis
  • Asthma
  • Colds
  • Diabetes
  • Constipation
  • High cholesterol
  • Heart disease.

The use of Bilva is particularly beneficial in managing gastro-intestinal disorders like Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), which is also known by some other names, including colitis, mucous colitis, spastic colon, or spastic bowel.

IBS is essentially a ‘functional bowel disorder’ which can be a long-lasting condition, but it is not life-threatening. The disorder generally results from the hypersensitivity of the colon, which may overreact to mild irritation. The condition leads to bowel muscle spasm, instead of slow, rhythmic muscle movements; thereby causing constipation or diarrhoea, or changes in stool.

IBS is typically characterized by chronic pain in the abdomen, discomfort, gas/bloating, heartburn, nausea, diarrhoea, constipation, rectal bleeding, and change of bowel habits. In addition, the other symptoms of the disorder are harder/loose stools than normal, and the sticking out of the belly. Some IBS patients may also have urinary symptoms or sexual problems.

The use of Bilva is recommended for the treatment of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) because of the following reasons:

  • Presence of substances like ‘tannins,’ which comprise a class of compounds that are known for their anti-inflammatory effects.
  • Presence of calcium, iron, phosphorous, protein and fiber
  • Abundant amounts of alakloids, polysaccharides, antioxidants, beta carotene, Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and many other bio-chemical substances.
  • Ability to protect the digestive system from ulceration.
  • Ability to reduce the frequency of IBS and intestinal spasm.
  • Beneficial in treating several infections of the Elementary canal.
  • Helpful in eliminating the old accumulated fecal matter from the bowels.
  • Ability to clean and tone the intestines by removing toxins.

Overall, Bilva is an excellent medicinal plant which can support intestinal biological formulations and reduce the frequency of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

Benefits of Bilva in Treating IBS : Ayurvedic Viewpoint<

Ayurvedic practitioners have been using Bilva or Bael fruit for treating several disorders since ancient times because of the immense health benefits of the fruit. According to Ayurveda, Bilva has the following health benefits:

  • It can calm down the extra heat in the body.
  • It can correct gastric disturbances like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), diarrhoea, and colitis.
  • Bilva leaves powder is useful in diabetes.
  • Bilva is used as a cardiac tonic.
  • Bilva is useful in treating ‘Vata’ disorders like epilepsy, hysteria, and insomnia.
  • Bilva roots can reduce swelling of the uterus, and is thus useful in pregnancy, leucorrhoea.
  • Bilva can be used as laxative.
  • It can be used for treating jaundice.

In Ayurveda, the use of Bilva is considered to be beneficial for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) which is called ‘Grahani.’ It is another name for the small intestine, and is chiefly linked to the small intestine’s capability to store and metabolize food. It is in the small intestine that the food is held for the time period until it gets digested. Hence, the small intestine sees a lot of enzymatic activity or ‘agni.’ However, if an individual is suffering from a health condition in which the ‘agni’ becomes weak because of the malfunctioning of the digestive enzymes, the food is released by the small intestine in an undigested form.

Hence, according to Ayurveda, a weak ‘agni’ leads to gastrointestinal conditions like IBS because it can result in the accumulation of toxins in tissues, blocking of circulation, imbalance of the nervous system, physical and mental stress, disruption of natural biological rhythms, and lowering of natural resistance and immunity.

Ayurveda practitioners may recommend the use of Bilva to IBS patients, along with asking them to avoid the consumption of foods which aggravate the body’s ‘Vata’ dosha.

Conclusion

  • Along with the benefits of the use of Bilva in treating Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), it is also important to mention that the disorder can be effectively managed with some excellent herbal products available from herbal manufacturing companies.

Ayuredic Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)

Ayuredic Treatment For Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS)

Planet Ayurveda is one such renowned company which offers some beneficial formulations for managing IBS.

Our Products – These formulations Include

  1. Digestion Support capsules
  2. Pitta Balance capsules
  3. Kutajghan Vati tablets
  4. Sanjivani Vati tablets.

These products are prepared from standardized extracts of potent herbs, and other natural herbal components, which can be useful in treating IBS.

Herbs in IBS Care Pack

Some of the herbs which are used for preparing these formulations in particular include

  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Shunthi (Zingiber officinale)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Jeerak (Cymium cumium)
  • Sounf (Foeniculum vulgare)
  • Bahera (Terminalia bellerica)
  • Dhania (Coriander sativum)
  • Kutaj (Halorrhena Antidysentrica)
  • Praval Pishti (Coral Calcium)
  • Akik Pishti (Agate Calcium)
  • Mukta Pishti (Pearl Calcium)
  • Jawar Mohra Pishti (an Ayurvedic Calcium compound)
  • Kamdhudha Ras (an Ayurvedic Calcium compound).

All the herbs and herbal components which are used by Ayurvedic experts at Planet Ayurveda for preparing the herbal formulations for managing IBS are clearly mentioned in ancient Ayurvedic texts for their immense health benefits.

Herbal Remedies for Esophageal Varices – Symptoms and Causes

Esophageal Varices are characterised by the abnormal and enlarged veins in the esophagus (the tube that connects throat and stomach). It is most commonly seen in people with serious liver diseases.

esophageal-varices

This disease takes place when the normal blood flow to the liver is blocked by a clot or a scar tissue in the liver. As a result, the blood flows into smaller blood vessels that are not designed to carry large volumes of blood. Therefore, the vessels can leak or get ruptured causing life-threatening bleeding.

What are the Symptoms of Esophageal Varices?

Esophageal varices generally do not cause any signs and symptoms until or unless they bleed. The signs and symptoms of bleeding Esophageal varices include :-

  • Vomiting with significant amounts of blood in the vomiting
  • Light-headedness
  • Black, tarry and bloody stools
  • In severe cases, there is a loss of consciousness

Signs of liver disease include which are helpful in diagnosing varices. These include:

  • Jaundice which includes yellow colouration of skin as well as eyes.
  • Ascites characterised by fluid build up in the abdomen.
  • Easy bleeding or bruising

What are the Causes of Esophageal Varices?

Esophageal Varices form when the blood flow to the liver is blocked due to the scarring of the tissue caused by the liver disease. The blood flow begins to back up which increases the pressure within the portal vein that carries blood to the liver.

This pressure known as portal hypertension forces the blood to seek other pathways through the smaller veins such as those in the lowest part of the esophagus. As a result, the thin walled veins balloon with the added blood. Sometimes, the veins get rupture and start to bleed.

Causes of Esophageal Varices Include

  • Liver Scarring (Cirrhosis):- The liver diseases such as hepatitis infection, liver disease, fatty liver disease, bile duct disorder can result in cirrhosis.
  • Parasitic Infection :- A parasitic infection known as schistosomiasis found in parts of South America, Africa, the Caribbean, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. This parasite can damage the liver, lungs, intestine and bladder.
  • Thrombosis :A blood clot in the portal vein or in a vein that feeds into the portal vein can cause esophageal varices.

Diagnosis and Treatment: The main tests that are used to diagnose esophageal varices include: endoscope exam, imaging tests and capsule endoscopy.

Modern treatment for esophageal varices includes medications to reduce pressure in the portal vein, using elastic bands to tie off the bleeding veins, certain medications to slow blood flow into the portal vein, diverting blood flow away from the portal vein, preventing infection and liver transplant.

Treatment of Esophageal Varices According to Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies which are designed by renowned medical experts of Planet Ayurveda. These herbal remedies are extremely effective herbal formulations for managing esophageal varices. These herbal formulations are :-

  • Pitta Balance Capsules
  • Arjuna Capsules
  • Digestion Support Capsules
  • Punarnava Capsules
  • Prawal Panchamrit Tablets

1. Pitta Balance Capsules

Pitta Balance of Planet Ayurveda is a wonderful formulation which is a combination of several unique ingredients which are cooling in nature as well as natural calcium compounds. These capsules are very useful in treating heart burn, ulcers, acidity, cold sores, inflamed rashes as well as cold sores. The bleeding associated with esophageal varices can be controlled by Pitta Balance Capsules.

Dosage :- 1-2 capsule twice daily.

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2. Arjuna Capsules

Arjuna Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the standardised extract of the herb Terminalia arjuna tree bark.  In Ayurveda, Arjuna tree bark is a popular herbal remedy for heart problems and blood pressure. It is not only useful in heart ailments but also helps in clearing away the blockages in the arteries. Thus, these capsules are very useful in venous thrombosis.

Dosage :- 1-2 capsule twice daily.

3. Digestion Support Capsules

Digest Support Capsules by Planet Ayurveda contain the standardised extracts of various herbs that are known to keep the digestive system healthy. These capsules help in maintaining the natural pH of the stomach and helps in curing indigestion problems. It is a complete solution to all the digestive problems and works well for the intestinal processing of the food.

Dosage :-1-2 capsule twice a day.

4. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the standardised extract of the herb Boerrhavia diffusa. This herb is considered as an excellent tonic for the heart as well as kidneys. It is also considered as a rejuvenative herb. It also increases the digestive fire and also absorbs fluids from the digestive system.

Dosage :-1-2 capsule twice daily.

5. Prawal Panchamrit Tablets

Prawal Panchamrit Ras is a classical Ayurvedic mineral formulation. As the name indicates, it is made of two words: Panch + Amrit. Panch means five and amrit means elixir. It is made of 5 bhasams which act together as elixir. They also help in longevity. Most of the ingredients of Prawal Panchamrit Ras are calcium compounds that help in calcium supplementation as well. This medicine is mainly used in the treatment of digestive disorders. Provides cooling effects.

Ingredients of Prawal Panchamrit Tablets are :-

  • Praval Bhasma (incinerated form of coral): 2 parts.
  • Mukta Bhasma (incinerated form of pearl): 1 part
  • Shankha Bhasma (incinerated part of conch shell): 1 part
  • Mukta Sukthi Bhasma (incinerated form of pearl oyster shell): 1 part
  • Kapardhika Bhasma (incinerated form of cowry shell): 1 part

Dose: 1-2 tablet twice daily.