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Clear Water Retention with Herbal Remedies

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1. When the body cannot excrete or get rid of the excess water, it starts getting accumulated in the various body parts which is known as water retention.

2. This condition leads to inflammation of the various parts of the body like the eyes, ankles, hands and breath shortness as well.

3. Ayurveda provides various herbal remedies that are beneficial for water retention and overall well being without having any side effects.

Major Reasons of Water Retention Condition.

  • Sitting or standing for a prolonged period for a longer duration
  • Excessive salt consumption
  • Sunburn
  • PMS or premenstrual syndrome
  • Contraceptives
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • Deficiency of the various nutrients
  • Side effects of the medicines
  • Prolonged exposure of the medical conditions
  • Deep vein thrombosis or venous insufficiency
  • Failure of the kidney functioning
  • Failure of the cardiac functioning
  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Lymphedema
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Arthritis
  • Allergies

This Situation is Generally Characterized by the Following Signs and Symptoms.

  • Pain and ache
  • Swelling and puffiness of the various body parts like feet, hands and ankles
  • Weight gain
  • Body stiffness
  • Body weight fluctuation

There are several natural remedies to cure this condition. But, Planet Ayurveda has provided us with its highly efficient herbal remedies, Punarnava Mandur tablets, Punarnava capsules. These herbal supplements are the perfect combination of the various herbs, which help to clear the water retention and reduce the inflammation effectively. These natural supplements improve the quality of the blood, increase the blood count, flush out the toxins and decrease the level of cholesterol, creatinine and urea in the blood. They possess the property of the natural diuretic and help in proper functioning of the kidneys effectively.

Punarnava Mandur Tablets

The various herbal constituents of Punarnava Mandur Tablets are discussed below.

Operculina Turpethum

The root of this plant is highly effective. This herb has laxative property, which helps to cure flatulence, constipation, digestive disorders and acute pain in the colon. It helps to regulate the temperature of the body. It reduces the accumulated fluids and body fats, thereby treating obesity as well. It flushes out the toxins and help in clearing water retention.

Boerhaavia Diffusa

Also known as Hogweed is a natural anti-inflammatory agent. The roots of this herb act as the best natural diuretic. It helps to reduce swelling and eliminate the retained excess water and fluids from various parts of the body.

Zingiber Officinale or Ginger

This herb helps in the metabolism of the endotoxins, reduces cholesterol content, joint pains and inflammation. Ginger is an effective digestive stimulant and carminative in Ayurveda. This helps to get rid of the excess fluid from the body effectively.

Piper Longnum or Long Pepper

This is a rejuvenating herb, which has the anti-inflammatory property. It is useful for treating respiratory problems like cough, allergy, bronchitis and digestive disorders as well. It laos helps to reduce the fluid accumulation considerably.

Piper Nigrum or Black Pepper

This herb helps to alleviate pain and reduce swelling. It is a natural diuretic and an effective digestive stimulant and carminative. It helps to get rid of water retention from the body parts effectively.

Cedrus Deodara

The bark of the deodar trees is a natural diuretic. It has carminative and diaphoretic characteristics as well. It helps to treat renal disorders, flatulence, kidney stones, rheumatism, fevers and diabetes. It reduces inflammation and cleans fluid retention.

Plumbago Zeylanica or Chitrak

Besides being diaphoretic and carminative, this herb also acts as an appetite stimulant. The roots of this plant are highly effective for natural healing. This herb helps to treat the water retention effectively.

Terminalia Chebula

This herb helps to enhance the appetite of the individuals. It has mild laxative characteristics and is a wonderful liver and digestive stimulant. It helps to treat Ascites, constipation and water retention effectively.

Terminalia Belerica

This helps to get rid of the Kapha toxins from the body. They act as the natural cleansing agents, whose fruits help to treat the intestinal bleeding and get rid of the mucus accumulated from the lungs and various other toxic substances from the body. This has the astringent and laxative characteristics, which make this herb highly beneficial.

Besides the above mentioned herbs, Embelia Ribes, Inula Racemosa, Emblica Officinalis or amla, Berberis Aristata, Curcuma Longa, Baliospermum Montanum, Piccorhiza Kurroa, Cyperus Rotundus and Mandoor Bhasma are also present in the Punarnava Mandur herbal supplement. All these herbs are used together by Planet Ayurveda to form an effective herbal remedy to clear water retention from the body of the individuals and to lead a healthy life.

Dose: 2 to 3 tablets twice daily.

Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava is a weed. These capsules are the natural extracts of the Punarnava and no other preservatives or artificial. These act as the tonic for liver and kidney functioning. It helps to clear the urinary tract infection, promotes respiratory health, rejuvenates cells and also eliminates excess water from the body. Punarnava has astringent and cooling characteristics, which help to maintain the balance between the 3 doshas, Pitta, Vata and Kapha. It also is a wonderful diuretic agent.

Dose: 1 to 2 capsules twice daily.

Besides the Punarnava Mandur tablets and Punarnava capsules, Varunadi Vati, Mutrakrichantak churna and Rencure capsules are the herbal supplements manufactured by Planet Ayurveda, which treat water retention. These herbal supplements are fully natural and vegetarian and they do not have any side effect at all.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Grahani (Chronic Malabsorption)

GrahaniGrahani and Agni (the digestive–fire) are having mutual relationship which has been described as Adhara-Adheya-Sambandha in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Grahani has been mentioned as an Agni Adhishthana (malfunctioning of the digestive-fire) by a majority of the Ayurvedic physicians. Mandagni (low the digestive–fire) is the root cause of Ama (enteric toxins). Ama is the critical factor for the manifestation of the majority of the diseases. Among these diseases, Grahani is the prime- disease of the digestive tract and patients are often seen in clinical practice.

The ‘Small’ Intestine has been mentioned as Grahani in Ayurvedic system of medicine. Literally, grahain menas ‘that holds’. The small intestine is a long organ and consisting of three main layers:

    1. Mucosal: The innermost layer of the grahani (small intestine) is a complex but dynamic site of identification of six tastes (diet-chemistry). Small intestine contains hairlike structures, known as villi, which pushes the food particles towards the deeper layers.
    1. Muscular: The muscular layer pefros action through the process of peristalsis (alternating contracting and relaxation). For this apparent reason, grahani has been classified mostly as mamsa…muscle tissue in Ayurveda.
  1. Serosal: The function of the serosal layer is to interface with the general circulation so as to perform the assimilation of micro and macronutrients.

Definition

Grahani defines a diseased condition, in which the integrity and the function of the small intestine (known as grahani in Sanskrit) is compromised. Grahani is the principal seat of agni… the digesrive fire. Normally, grahani holds up the meals, until it is digested and releases it from the site only, after digestion is over. But when the function of grahani is compromised due to weakness in the digestive fire, it releases the ingested material even in undigested conditions.

Cause

In Ayurveda, first part of the small intestine is known as grahani (anatomically known as the duodenum). Most probably, the disease has got name from grahani as it the site of absorption of food. Some Ayurvedic texts have called it as sangrahani. According to Ayurvedic concept, irregular dietary habits and continuous exposure to stress are contributing factors of the disease. Today we call this disorder as malabsorption as a process of absorption is hindered in the small intestine. According to modern medicine, the exact cause of the disease is not known.

Types

Ayurveda Describes Four Different Types of Grahani.

    • Vata grahani (Malabsorption caused by vitiation of the biological air): In vata grahani, constipation is the predominant symptom.
    • Pitta grahani (Malabsorption caused by vitiation of the biological fire): In pitta grahani, diarrhea is the predominant symptom.
    • Kapha grahani (Malabsorption caused by vitiation of the biological water): In kapha grahani, dysentery is the predominant symptom.
    • Tridosha grahani: In this case, all the three biological humours are involved.
  • Other texts have mentioned two varieties of grahani accrual (samgraha grahani) (accrual malabsorption) and an incurable type called ghatiyanthra grahani (tympanitis predominant malabsorption). This has been described as sangrahini.

Signs and Symptoms

The clinical features encountered in malabsorption are

  • Abdominal pain
  • Anaemia
  • Dehydration
  • Depression
  • Diarrhoea with fatty stools
  • Lethargy
  • Loss of weight

The worst part of grahani is that in later stages, the human body refuses to absorb carbohydrates and minerals. Here, the disease tends to be chronic.

Remedies

Grahani is considered under eight major diseases. Grahani  is hard to diagnose and difficult to treat.

    1. Planet Ayurveda’s Agnitundi vati and Digestion Support, an proprietary Ayurvedic medicine, are clinically-tested for improving digestion, detoxfying ama and improving other symptoms associated with grahani.
    1. Planet Ayurveda’s Kumarisaar in doses of Kumari Saar 3 tbsp should be taken twice daily in the morning and evening, with equal water. Kumari (Aloe vera), the major ingredient in the formulation is effective in grahni caused by vitiation of the the biological fire..pitta.
    1. Planet Ayurveda’s Chitrkadi vati (One tablet, twice a day with lukewarm water) is very efficacious in promoting appetite and restoring the digestion.
  1. Half teaspoonful (2.5 g) of Planet Ayurveda’s Bilwadi churana thrice a day is prescribed with lukewarm water for diarrhoea associated with grahani caused by vitiation of the the biological fire pitta.

Prognosis of Grahani

According to Ayurveda

  • Grahani is curable if occurring in children
  • Grahani is difficult if occurring in middle age

Grahani is incurable if occurring in older patients

  • Samgraha grahani (accrual malabsorption) is difficult to cure,
    Ghatiyanthra grahani (tympanitis predominant malabsorption) is incurable.

Precautions or Diet

Dietary restriction has its own importance in treating malabsorption. Buttermilk is the mainstay of the treatment. Salt, spice and water should be avoided. Sleeping for one hour during the day is beneficial.

Conclusion

Although Grahani is predominately a pitta disease, one must take care for other biological humours…vata and kapha. In addition, addressing the mind/body relationship is of prime importance alongwith health lifestyle and dietary choices.