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Ayurveda for Rhino-Orbital Mucormycosis Infection

Abstract

This article is about the ayurvedic management and prevention of Rhino-orbital mucormycosis, also known as rhino orbital zygomycosis, is a disease of the nasal-ocular cavity. It is a form of fungal infection affecting cavities of the head. It is caused by the ‘mucorale’ type of fungus, hence the name mucormycosis. It usually affects a person whose immune system is not as strong compared to other healthy individuals. Most commonly reported symptoms are double vision, partial or total loss of vision in one or both eyes, and weakness of the eye muscles. It can lead to permanent blindness and even death. Herbal remedies are provided for its management.

Introduction

Rhino Orbital Mucormycosis is a kind of mucormycosis. Mucormycosis is the name of a fast growing infection caused by a fungus of the family Mucoraceae (order Mucorales). It majorly affects the people whose immunity is compromised i.e. is not able to perform as well as it used to before the person was exposed to certain environmental factors or medication. Depending on the region of the body that it affects, mucormycosis infection is categorized as of the following types:

  • Rhino – cerebral mucormycosis: it involves the nose, the sinuses and the brain. The following are also ultimately recognized as rhino cerebral mucormycosis:
    • Rhino – nasal mucormycosis: it involves only the nasal cavity and the paranasal sinuses (rhino meaning nose, nasal standing for the sinuses).
    • Rhino – orbital mucormycosis: it affects the nose, the paranasal sinuses and the whole eyes (rhino meaning the nose, orbital standing for the hollow cavity of the eye).
    • Rhino – orbito – cerebral mucormycosis: it affects the nose, the sinuses, the eyes and the brain (rhino meaning nose, orbito meaning hollow of the eye, and cerebral standing for the brain).
  • Pulmonary Mucormycosis : when the airways and the lungs are also affected, it is called pulmonary mucormycosis (pulmonary meaning lung related).
  • Cutaneous Mucormycosis : when the fungal spores (cells) enter the body through ruptures in the skin, it is called Cutaneous mucormycosis (Cutaneous meaning skin related).
  • Gastrointestinal Mucormycosis : when the spores manifest in the stomach and then travel to the intestines, it is called gastrointestinal mucormycosis (gastrointestinal stands for stomach and the intestines).
  • Disseminated Mucormycosis : when the fungal; infection spreads in all the blood and through it to the rest of the body, it is called disseminated mucormycosis (disseminated meaning ‘spreading throughout’).

Symptoms of Rhino Orbital Mucormycosis

  • Fever
  • Pain in the eyes
  • Redness in the eyes
  • Swelling in cheeks
  • Loss of sensation in the face
  • Paralysis of the facial muscle
  • Formation of layer of dead cells
  • Damage of the hard palate
  • Lumps in the nasal passage
  • Fluid retention in the eyelids
  • Protrusion of eye muscles
  • Reduced movement of eye muscles
  • Reduced vision in one or both eyes
  • Loss of vision in one or both eyes
  • Eye lenses become opaque
  • Cornea becomes extra curved
  • Unable to focus
  • Inflammation of the sinuses
  • Ulcers inside the mouth
  • Black Ulcers inside the mouth and the nose
  • Totally closed eyes due to extreme swelling and edema in eyelids

Causes

Various factors contribute to the development of any condition in an individual.  In case of mucormycosis, the inhalation of fungus cells is the only cause. Mucormycosis becomes aggravated so fast that its immediate treatment is very important.

  • Fungal cells (called spores) are present everywhere. If these are inhaled, they spread fast into the nasal sinuses and from there affect the brain.

Risk Factors

Some factors decide the severity and susceptibility of a condition affecting a particular individual. Those factors are:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Diabetic ketoacidosis
  • Hypertension
  • Immunosuppressant therapies
  • Tumors
  • Tumor suppressing treatments
  • Chemotherapy
  • Protein deficiency
  • White blood cell deficiency
  • Organ transplantation
  • Bone marrow transplantation
  • HIV AIDS infection
  • Anemia i.e. lack of iron
  • Hemochromatosis i.e. excess of iron
  • Chronic kidney disease

Complications

  • Complete loss of vision
  • Exenteration i.e. Removal of eyes may be required
  • Removal of various glands may be required
  • Nervous failure
  • Total paralysis
  • Death

Herbal Remedies for Rhino-Orbital Mucormycosis Infection
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Herbal Remedies By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda manufactures pure herbal formulations that are used as medications and tonics worldwide. These formulations are carefully sourced from authentic texts on Ayurveda written in ancient India thousands of years ago. The formulations are chemical free and additive free and thus safe for consumption by people of all ages and individual conditions. The products are suitable for people with all dietary preferences and restrictions since these are completely plant-based, halal and completely organic. A combination has been created by experts at Planet Ayurveda for ayurvedic management of rhino-ocular mucormycosis infection.

Product List

  1. Gandhak Rasayan
  2. Kaishore Guggul
  3. Manjishtha Capsules
  4. Neem Capsules
  5. Pitta Balance

Product Description

1. Gandhak Rasayan

These tablets are made with purified Sulphur which aims at purifying the deepest levels of tissues in the body, thus preventing as well as eliminating the microbial growth in the nose and the eyes.

Dosage : 1-2 tabs thrice daily with lukewarm water after meals.

2. Kaishore Guggul

a formulation of Guggul (Commiphora mukul) with other herbs including Amla (Emblica officinalis), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), Red physic nut, etc. which aims to prevent spread of microbes through the blood, Kaishore guggul is recommended in mucormycosis because it is an effective antimicrobial too.

Dosage : 2 tabs twice daily with warm water after meals.

3. Manjishtha Capsules

made with the pure extract of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia) these capsules will help to purify the skin and blood and hence prevent fungal growth in the cavities of the body.

Dosage : 2 caps twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Neem Capsules

made with the pure standardized extract of Neem (Azadirachta indica) in the form of capsules, it is known widely for its beneficial properties on the whole body internally as well as externally. It is also an antimicrobial in nature.

Dosage : 2 caps twice daily with plain water after meals.

5. Pitta Balance

a herbo -mineral formulation consisting of Kamdudha Ras (calcium compound), Mukta Pishti (Pearl calcium), Giloy Sattva (Tinospora cordifolia), etc., Pitta Balance capsules are immune boosting and also help promote growth of white blood cells required to fight fungal infections.

Dosage : 1 cap twice daily with plain water after meals.

CONCLUSION

Mucormycosis of the rhino-ocular cavity is affecting many people presently. It may be associated with Covid – 19 and other contemporary microbial infections because the cases have surged especially in the people who are receiving modern treatment of Covid – 19. The medications used in modern treatment are quite strong and can have many side effects. It is recommended that herbal remedies be sought whenever possible. The herbal remedies described here are generally safe for everyone. These are formulated keeping in mind the requirement of their suitability for all individuals. However, pregnant women and people with multiple conditions should consult an ayurvedic physician before beginning any medication.

Water Retention (Fluid Retention) – Ayurvedic treatment

Shvathu’ is Ayurvedic name for Edema. Ayurveda explains that three energies – Vata, Pitta and Kapha are very essential for a healthy body. ‘Shvathu’ (Edema) which according to Ayurveda happens due to disturbed balance of all the three energies Vata, Pitta and Kapha

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Water retention

Fluid Retention or water Retention is swelling that occurs in the body due to the excess fluid accumulation. It is also known by other name called Oedema. The swelling may occur in any part of the body or it may be general, all depends upon the cause. Fluid retention commonly manifested by swelling in feet and lower legs, but swelling may possibly be in arms, hands, face, or other areas of the body also.

Causes of Fluid Retention

  • Fluid retention may be result of illness like that of Heart problems such as heart failure etc. or Kidney failure, cirrhosis of the liver or an underactive thyroid.
  • Intake of high amount of salt.
  • Certain drugs may be the reason which include medication for high blood pressure, corticosteroids and NSAIDS etc.
  • Burns where skin holdsthe fluid and swelling happens in response to burn injuries.
  • standing for long periods of time
  • Body’s reaction to hot weather tends the body to be less effectivein eliminating fluid from tissues in the summer months
  • Sometimes dietary deficiencies such as insufficient protein or vitamin B1.
  • Inactivity in routine results in accumulation of fluid in the feet and legs.
  • In Pregnancy hormones encourage the body to hold onto excess fluid.
  • Hormones associated with menstrual cycle.
  • Weakened valves in the veins of the legs cause chronic venous insufficiency.

Symptoms of Fluid Retention

Anyone affected by the condition of edema may experience the following symptoms:

  • Swelling in the affected parts of the body.
  • Puffiness occurs and gives the feeling of a heaviness.
  • Skin gives shiny, tight, or stiff appearance.
  • Indentation develops on pressing the skin.
  • Feeling that clothes, shoes, rings, or watches are too tight.
  • This results in unexpected or fast gain in the weight within few days.
  • Stiffness in the joints may also occurs.
  • Decreased flexibility of the joints in the arms and legs, such as the ankles, wrists, and fingers
  • Reduction in the amount of urine.
  • Commonly affected parts are Feet, ankles and hands.
  • Pain may also be felt in the affected parts.

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Natural remedies for water retention

1. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava Capsules are pure herbal product of Planet Ayurveda that are very efficient natural remedy for water retentionor say edema. It can naturally reduce the swelling and inflammation due to any reason.

Punarnava holds diuretic properties andhas ability to strengthen the body making it able to remove fluids outside. It is formulated by the use of pure extract of Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa).

Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) Punarnava is a potent herb that possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Its roots act as diuretic agent, reduce swelling and accumulated fluid in the body. This is atremendous herbal remedy for fluid retention.

DOSE:– 2 Tablets twice, daily with plain water after meals.

2. Punarnava Mandoor

Punarnava mandur is a traditional ayurvedic tablets having beneficial properties to remove toxins from the blood and arenatural diuretic. This herbal product is helpful in relieving the symptoms of ascites, renal failure, liver failure, fluid accumulation, swelling, puffy eyes, and many other problems related with accumulation of fluid in the body tissues.

INGREDIENTS:-

  1. Boerhaavia diffusa (Punarnava): The roots of this amazing herb are diuretic, can reduce swelling and accumulated fluid. It is good natural remedy to act against fluid retention.
  2. Zingiber officinale (Shunti): Shunti is a useful herbin reducing swelling around joints and even good natural agent to reduce the fluid accumulation.
  3. Piper longum (Pippali): Useful in alleviating inflammations. Itlessensthe complete swelling and fluid accumulation.
  4. Piper nigrum (Maricha): This herb is carminative in nature. Effective in easingthe pain. Efficient herb natural diureticthat benefits indecreasing swelling and inflammation.
  5. Emblica officinalis (Amalaki): Herb which is natural to cause diuresis.
  6. Terminalia chebula (Haritaki): Herb with property to act as natural diuretic.
  7. Piper chaba (Chavya):It also act as natural diuretic that can reduce swelling and inflammation in the body.
  8. Curcuma longa (Haridra): Haridra is potent herb to help in reduction of swelling, pedal edema and even useful to get rid of excessive fluid accumulation.
  9. Embelia ribes (Vidanga): Good Natural diuretic
  10. Plumbago zeylanica (Chitrak Mool): Herb that has features to reduceswelling, inflammation, and lower the fluid accumulation.
  11. Ferric oxide calx (Mandoor Bhasma): This ingredientcan remove toxins from the blood as well can reduce edema, swelling around joint, fluid accumulation in the feet, heart and other parts of the body.

3. Water ex Tablets

Water Ex Tablets are proficient herbal formulation of Planet Ayurvedathat are potent to sustain the water balance of the body. These are purely natural tablets that work as natural remedy for fluid Retention by providing reliefto a person from the problem of water retention.

This Herbal product isformed making use of standardized extracts of three most remarkable herbs that altogether has made it a perfect ayurvedic treatment of water retention.

Herbs are:

  • Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa): Punarnava herb is cool in nature and is a natural diuretic checking fluid retention in the body. It can reduce swelling in several parts of the body in edema and can evenmanage the symptoms of swollen joints due to fluid retention.
  • Varuna (Crataeva nurvala): Useful herb that help to remove excess of fluids in the body and thus providing relief from the swelling in water retention.
  • Gokshura (Tribulus terristeris): Gokshura is also a natural diuretic that can remove additional fluid from the body. Effectively reduce swelling occuring due to fluid accumulation.

Amalgamation of these herbs have formed this product an excellent natural remedy for water retention in a healthy and natural way.

DOSE: 2 Tablets twice daily with water after meals

4. Trinapanchmool Ghan Vati

Trinapanchmool Ghan Vati is a natural product that can manage the water retention in the body. This herbal preparation deals with edema like swelling in legs, hands, arms, ankle and feet. It is blended with following useful herbs

Ingredients:

  • Kush (Desmostachya bipinnata)
  • Darbh (Imperata cylindrica)
  • Kaas (Saccharum spontaneum)
  • Saar (Saccharum munja)
  • Ikshu (Saccharum officinarum)

Dosage – 2 tablets twice or thrice daily after half an hour of meal with plain water.