What is Behcet Syndrome?- Causes, Symptoms and Ayurvedic Treatment
In our day to day life, we come across many health problems for which we could hold responsible some external factors like dietary, bacterial, viral or some other pathogen. But there are some diseases which do not have a cause. Such diseases are due to a response from within the body where the body’s own defence mechanisms start attacking it. In this article, we are going to cover one such disease which is called behcet Syndrome.
This is a medical condition which is characterised by the inflammation of the blood vessels. This is an autoimmune disorder and chronic in nature. It might go for a while, but symptoms reappear after sometime. Commonly affected areas are the mouth, eyes and genitals. Inflammation of the blood vessels (vasculitis) is the main pathophysiology of Behcet Syndrome. Something is to be noted that this condition is not contagious i.e it does not spread by means of contact. Though it affects both the sexes, the severity is more in men.
There are no specific causes for the behcet syndrome. It is believed that this is an autoimmune response of the body where the immune system starts attacking its own body. Some research suggests the mutation of HLA-B gene is also responsible for alteration in the protein synthesis, a particular protein which distinguishes between antigen and the body’s own cells. This leads to an autoimmune response.
Following are the symptoms of Behcet Syndrome. Symptoms depend on the site involved.
- The very first manifestation of Behcet disease is soreness in the mouth.
- This sore resembles the canker sore and heals on its own within a week or two.
- Red eye, blurred vision, swollen eye (Uveitis).
- Sensitivity to light.
- Painful sores on the scrotum or the vulva.
4. Nervous system
- Inflammation of the vessels of the brain which might be manifested by headache, dizziness, fever etc.
There are no particular diagnostic tools available for Behcet disease. Your physician will rely upon the present complaints and their history. As the mouth sores are the commonest occurrence in Behcet disease, it is mandatory that there must be three recurrences of mouth sores in the last 12 months. Along with this, one of the two signs/symptoms should be present that is genital sores or swollen eyes.
Treatment in Allopathy
There is no specific treatment available for this medical condition in allopathy. According to the severity of the pain of sores, the doctor could prescribe painkillers to manage the flare. In some cases, the allopathic doctors prescribe steroids which suppress the immune response of the body, which in turn causes more harm to the body by making it more prone to other diseases.
Ayurvedic point of view in Behcet Syndrome
In Ayurveda, every human organism is believed to be made up of five elements of the universe, i.e Air, Space, Water, Fire and Soil. It is also mentioned in Ayurveda that the digestive fire has an important role to play in one’s life. This digestive fire is referred to as Agni in ancient Ayurvedic texts. This very digestive fire is responsible for maintaining and running different life processes. But, due to the altered lifestyle of this time, like eating unhealthy foods, consuming excess sugars/salt in diet, refined oils, junk food there is an accumulation of Ama in the body. This accumulated Ama (endotoxin) impairs the agni which results in a number of diseases. With time, this ama blocks the channels (srotas) of the body which triggers an autoimmune response. Therefore, the treatment of Behcet syndrome would be based on reducing this accumulated Ama in the body.
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Products available at Planet Ayurveda for Behcet Syndrome
- Boswellia Curcumin
- Yograj Guggul
- Navkarshik Churna
- Rumogin 5 capsules
- Kaishore Guggul
- Pitta Balance
1. Boswellia Curcumin
This formulation will help in many conditions in which there is a marked inflammation because of its potent anti-inflammatory property. It is therefore a best choice for the Behcet syndrome where joints are involved and there is marked stiffness with pain especially in the morning. Ingredients of Boswellia curcumin are Curcumin (Curcumin longa), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and other herbs.
Dosage: 1-2 capsules once or daily with plain water after meals.
2. Yograj Guggul
It is a helpful remedy for the pacification of Vata dosha which is responsible for the complaints like joint pains, nerves involvement. Its antioxidants help the body to fight infections by boosting the immune system. As the autoimmune disorders are due to accumulation of Ama (endotoxins), this proves to be very beneficial because it removes toxins from the body. It also promotes healthy metabolism. Ingredients of the Yograj Guggul are Chavya (Piper chaba), Vidang (Embelia ribes), Kulanjan (Alpinia galanga), Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Ajwain (Carum copticum) and other herbs.
Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice or thrice daily after meals with plain water.
3. Navkarshik Churna
It is a classical formulation from “Chakradatta Samhita” which is indicated especially in gouty arthritis. It helps in cleansing of blood, breaking down of uric acid crystals and their excretion. Along with decreasing pain instantly, it removes the basic root cause of the disease also. It is very helpful in flushing out the toxins out of the body. Ingredients of the Navkarshik churna are Amla (Emblica officinalis), Bahera (Terminalia billerica), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) and other herbs.
Dosage: 1 teaspoonful twice daily OR 1 teaspoonful of the powder in 400 ml boiling water, and allow it to boil until it remains 50-60 ml. Then, filter it and allow it to cool down to room temperature, then consume it.
NOTE: Prepare fresh everytime, and consume this 30-45 minutes after meals.
4. Rumogin-5 Capsules
This is a wonderful remedy for the joints which have been affected with chronic inflammation leading to pain. It is very helpful to reduce the stiffness which is remarkably present in the morning. Best suited for cervical and lumbar spondylitis. It also takes care of allergic reactions like asthma and other respiratory complaints. Ingredients of the Rumogin-5 capsules are Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Pippali (Piper longum), Harida (Curcuma longa) and other herbs.
Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice or thrice a day with plain water.
5. Kaishore Guggul
Planet Ayurveda formulated this remedy especially for the affections of joints because of gout. This will help in detoxification of the body by removing the accumulated toxins, and hence will boost the metabolism. Pain in the shoulders, neck and vertebrae are the best indications for this remedy. Ingredients of the Kaishore Guggul tablets are Guggulu resin (Commiphora mukul), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Pippali (Piper longum), Danti (Baliospermum montanum) and other herbs.
Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice or thrice with plain water after meals.
6. Pitta Balance
This is an excellent formulation to balance the fire element of the body i.e Agni. It is Agni itself which gets impaired due to accumulation of the toxins, and leads to autoimmune disorders. Therefore, Pitta balance plays a crucial role in curing Behcet syndrome. Burning sensations in hands and feet along with unusual heat feeling in the body are the key indications for this formulation. It is a very useful remedy for acidity, heartburn, high blood pressure, hyper activity syndromes etc. Ingredients of the Pitta balance are Praval pishti (coral) compound, Akik pishti (Agate) compound, Jawar Mohra pishti (compound), Kamdudha ras (compound), Mukta pishti (Pearl) compound, Giloy satva (Tinospora cordifolia) and other herbs.
Dosage: 1 capsule once or twice daily.
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We have seen that Behcet syndrome is an outcome of an autoimmune response which is a result of blocked channels (srotas). Though a permanent treatment from the root cause is available in Ayurveda, prevention is always better than cure. Therefore, to avoid this accumulation of endotoxins(Ama) in our system, certain lifestyle changes are needed to be made. This will include timely consumption of food, no overeating, limited use of salt and sugar, green leafy vegetables, fruits, regular exercise and meditation. With such changes we could prevent autoimmune diseases successfully.