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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.

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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.

Treatment of Fish Odour Syndrome (Trimethylaminuria) with Ayurveda

Introduction

Trimethylaminuria (TMAU) is an inherited condition (in an autosomal recessive fashion) in which the victim emits rotten fish smell. Hence it is also known as fish odor syndrome or fish malodor syndrome. TMAU is a psychologically disabling condition as it has a huge psychosocial impact. This disorder is caused due to an inherited deficiency of flavin mono oxygenase 3. This enzyme is crucial for the trimethylamine metabolism. Trimethyl amine is a tertiary amine whose odor resembles of a rotten fish.

Odorous trimethyl amine is oxidized by flavin mono oxygenase 3 into non odorous trimethyl amine – N – oxide. This mechanism is corrupted in TMAU patients. Hence TMA gets accumulated in the body and it may release out of the body through sweat, urine, expired air and reproductive fluids. Thus TMAU victims emits fishy odor around the clock, but the intensity may vary from moderate to severe.

Incidence of TMAU is noted more in females than males, as the estrogen & progesterone levels may exacerbate the condition. The condition may worsen when the victim nears his puberty and in females it is most intolerable during menstrual cycle and menopause. The smell can become fishier while having oral contraceptives.

Secondary cases of TMAU can be noticed in persons who had prolonged therapeutic administration of choline for Alzheimer’s disease or Huntington’s chorea.

Differential Diagnosis

Bacterial vaginosis, urinary tract infections, cervical cancer, advanced liver of kidney diseases, foul smelling urine (especially in children) due to colonization of Aerococcus urinae bacteria in urinary tract, all these may mimic the TMAU symptoms. These may have a raised level of trimethyl amine in urine, but there will not be any underlying genetic factors.

Trimethylaminuria & Ayurveda

In Ashtanga Hrudaya, uttara stana Acharya details about baala graham. It is mentioned that, a child seized by Andhapoothana graham will emit fishy odor. Treatment protocols aimed at andhaputana graham can be made use in TMAU patients. Also aggravation of thridosha especially pitta can be noticed in TMAU patients. The foul smell is in account of aggravated pitta. So while managing TMAU, balancing pitta is of prime importance.

Treatment of Trimethylaminuria

It is really rhapsodic that TMAU has no complete cure, as it is connected to genetic factors. But there are many simple techniques to improve the quality of life in TMAU patients.

  • Stress level & hormonal changes – avoid stress & relax well. Increased stress may cause hormonal changes leading more perspiration. More the perspiration more fishy smell. One may resort to pranayama and meditation techniques to ease the mind. This step is very crucial in TMAU management, as the patient may suffer from low self esteem, poor psycho social connections, depression etc.
  • Avoid all the parameters that can cause excess perspiration like strenuous exercises, fever etc.
  • Wash the body with acidic ph soaps (5. – 6.5) and laundry on regular basis
  • Diet – limit the intake of marine fish (contains higher concentration of TMAO, a precursor of TMA), egg yolks, red meat, raw soybeans, mustard seeds etc. limit the ingestion of Brussels sprout, as they may inhibit flavin monooxygenase 3 enzyme.
  • Supplement with riboflavin, as flavin monooxygenase 3 has a flavin cofactor

Herbal Remedies for Trimethylaminuria (TMAU)

Planet Ayurveda offers various herbal remedies for Trimethylaminuria that provides effective results on symptoms associated with this disease.

1. Green Essentials

Capsules Green Essentials are among the unique products manufactured by Planet Ayurveda. These capsules nourish the cells and fight against various ailments. These capsules are known to clear heavy metals so these capsules are quite effective for the patients suffering from fish odour syndrome.

Dosage:- 1-2 capsules twice daily.

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2. Manjishta Capsules

Prepared from the standardized extract of rubia cordifolia herb. It is well known for its blood purifying properties. It helps to detoxify the body. It boosts the immune system. It is also coolant in nature and hence reduces perspiration and aggravated pitta.

Dosage:- 1 cap twice daily after food with lukewarm water.

3. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak Rasayan is an Ayurvedic medicine used in the treatment of skin diseases, provides nourishment, improves digestion strength and mostly indicated in the diseases arising due to depleted body tissues, itching, skin diseases and other toxic conditions.

Dosage:- 2 tablets twice daily.

4. Kaishore Guggul

Kaishor guggul is a very famous Ayurvedic medicine that acts as a natural blood cleanser, aging skin health promoter and is widely used in various skin diseases. It contains natural blood purifying herbs such as Triphala and Giloy. Triphala is the nature’s best remedy for detox as it removes toxins within the blood and therefore useful in all metabolic disorders.

Dosage:- 2 tablets twice daily.

5. Navkarshik Churna

It is very effective in controlling TMA level in blood. It corrects the protein metabolism and cleanses the blood. It is very effective for pain management in arthritic condition. As the name indicates it contains nine ingredients, each taken in karsha pramana (12 gms). The ingredients are amalaki (emblica officianalis), haritaki (terminalia chebula), vibhitaki (terminalia bellerica), neem (azadirachta indica), vacha (acorus calamus), manjishta (rubia cordifolia), katuki (piccorrhiza kurrao), guduci (tinospora cordifolia), daruharidra (berberis aristate). It balances the tridoshas.

Dosage:- Half tsp daily after meals.

6. Neem Oil Mixed With Jatyadhi Oil

For external application, mix neem oil with jatyadhi oil and apply on the affected skin. Jatayadi oil is an Ayurvedic medicine used for the external application as it heals the wounds quickly. It is applied over the infected skin diseases. Jatyadi oil balances Pitta and kapha doshas.

Neem oil has immense benefits. Neem oil helps in cleansing and healing the wounds quickly. It is useful in numerous skin diseases.

7. Royal Honey Shower Gel

Use Royal Honey Shower Gel for bathing as it contains natural ingredients that are anti-bacterial and anti-septic in nature that helps in relieving the bad odour.

It is true that complete cure of TMAU is not possible, as this disease is hereditary and has some genetic connections. But the above mentioned herbal products are guaranteed to prevent the progression of TMAU and can effectively manage the fishy smell of TMAU. These products are 100% natural & safe as it does not contain any preservatives, artificial colors, addictives, binders, fillers etc.