Polymyositis- Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis And Natural Treatment


Idiopathic inflammatory myositis is the group of muscle inflammatory diseases that can be divided into two types i.e. Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis. These can be considered as autoimmune-mediated disorders causing muscle weakness. According to the surveys, the rate of polymyositis is increasing due to the reduced detection rate. The rate of prevalence is more in northern parts of Europe, the United States which may be due to either environmental or genetic reasons According to the modern medical system that can only suppress the symptoms of the disorder but leaves the affected person with side effects. Whereas, Ayurvedic pharmacy eliminates the root cause of the disease naturally with traditional herbs

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What is Polymyositis?

Polymyositis (PM) is a type of inflammatory myopathies (a group of muscle diseases) characterized by irritation and inflammation in muscle and tissues. This results in breaking, weakening of muscles and make even simple movements difficult. Polymyositis can occur in any age nut its prevalence is more common in people age 50-60 years. Predominately, it affects 1of 100,000 people globally and mostly affects females than males.

What are the signs and symptoms of Polymyositis?

The person with polymyositis experiences difficulty in climbing stairs, walking or getting up from the chair. Some of the common signs and symptoms include

  • Dysphasia (Difficulty In Swallowing)
  • Arthralgia
  • Fatigue and Weakness
  • Breathing Problem
  • Pain in Neck and Shoulder Muscles
  • Mild or Acute Paralysis
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Ventilator Dysfunction
  • Congestive Heart Failure
  • Weight Loss
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Fever
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon
  • Non-Erosive Arthritis
  • Irregular Heart Rate Which May Result In Inflammation

What Are The Causes Of Polymyositis?

Polymyositis can be considered as an autoimmune disorder in which the inflamed cells start attacking muscle fibers. Some of the leading factors that may trigger the onset of polymyositis are:-

1. Environmental Factors

Some of the various environmental factors like ultraviolet rays (UV), Vitamin D, certain drugs, infections or excessive smoking contribute to the onset well. Certain inhibitors like anti-tumor necrosis, interferon-alpha, penicillamine, etc. can trigger viral infections which results in chronic muscle inflammatory disorders.

2. Genetic Susceptibility

According to recent studies, the initiation of polymyositis in monozygotic twin first-degree relatives of the patient can contribute to genetic factors.

What are The Risk Factors of Polymyositis?

  1. Lupus
  2. Scleroderma
  3. Viral Infections Like HIV Etc.

What are the complications that may occur in Polymyositis?

Some of the complications are as follows

  • Weight loss and malnutrition which results from trouble in swallowing
  • Shortness of breath that may lead to respiratory failure
  • Pneumonia
  • Lung Disease
  • Dysphagia
  • Higher risks of malignancy

How can Polymyositis be diagnosed?

A part from the symptoms of polymyositis some of the physical and clinical tests that can confirm the disease are

  • Imaging Test-Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
  • Electro Diagnostics-Muscle biopsy and electromyography
  • Clinical Tests- Blood tests to measure muscle enzymes like creatine, kinase, aldolase and for detecting autoantibodies.

Ayurvedic perspective on Polymyositis

According to Ayurveda, polymyositis is caused due to poor digestion resulting in the accumulation of undigested food which ultimately causes deposition of toxins in joints. Indigestion causes an imbalance in Tridosha i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha that leads to slow down the fire elements which causes secretion of sticky end product known as ‘Ama’. Ama triggers autoimmune diseases and causes inflammation, pain, and stiffness in joints.

Natural treatment for Polymyositis by Planet Ayurveda

PlanetAyurveda is offering powerful and effective herbal medicines that can treat and reduce symptoms of polymyositis. Some of the products are discussed as follows

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Product Descriptions

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha capsule is an effective herbal formulation that has been prepared from high-quality Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera) herb. This herb is an excellent anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and immune-boosting agent because of its amazing phytochemical constitution like alkaloids, flavonoids, etc. This product is beneficial in balancing Tridosha i.e. Pitta, Vata and Kaphadosha, boosts the immune system, relieves inflammation in joints, strengthens bones and rejuvenates damaged tissues.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules two times a day after meals with plain water.

2. Shilajit Capsules

Shilajit capsules from Planet Ayurveda has been formulated from 100% pure standardized extracts of Shilajit (Asphaltum). Shilajit contains fulvic acid and humic acid which helps the body in relieving mental and physical stress. This product works significantly in increasing stamina and sexual vigor in both males and females. Shilajit possesses minerals and co-factors that are beneficial in rejuvenating nerve cells and enhances cell regeneration. Moreover, Shilajit is an excellent traditional Indian herbal remedy for suppressing weakness in muscles and anti-aging agent.

Dosage: 2 capsules two times a day with plain water after meals.

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Planet Ayurveda’s Boswellia Curcumin capsules are an effective combination of two herbs i.e. Shallaki (Boswellia Serrata) and Haridra (Curcuma Longa). This herbal blend works efficiently in Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylitis, Ankylosing spondylitis, chronic colitis, asthma, allergies, Crohn’s disease, etc. Curcumin is fully packed with antioxidants that are beneficial in treating joint movement, cardio-vascular diseases and maintains neuroprotective activities. Boswellia is a great anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties that suppress inflammation, joint pain, and stiffness. This product overall protects joint health.

Dosage: 1 capsule two times a day with plain water after meals.

4. Yograj Guggul

Yograj Guggul contains enormous traditional herbs like Shudh guggulu (Commiphora Mukul), Chitraka (Plumbago Zeylanica), Pippali (Piper Longum), Jeeraka (Cuminum Cyminum), Devdaru (Cedrusdeodara), Ela (Elettaria Cardamomum), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Mustaka (Citrus Rotundus), Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), Adraka (Zingiber Officinale), etc. These herbs are effective in treating joint stiffness, muscle spasms and reduces backache. This product is packed with various medicinal properties like anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic, anti-gout, hypo-glycemic, etc.

Dosage: 1 Tablet two times a day with plain water after meals.

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  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3482800/
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK532860/