Saturday, 1 February 2020

Treatment protocols in Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aama Vata)

Rheumatoid arthritis or Aama Vata in Ayurveda is one of the most common autoimmune arthritis, which is caused when the immune system is not working properly. Rheumatoid arthritis can cause chronic inflammation on and around the joints and tissue, as well as other organs in the body. Rheumatoid arthritis is a progressive illness that can last for years and has the potential to cause joint destruction and functional disability.

 Rheumatoid Arthritis

Prolonged stiffness in the joints is the primary symptom of Rheumatoid arthritis or Aama Vata.
  • Stiffness in the morning
  • Joint pain felt on the same joint on both sides of the body  
  • Chest pain when taking a breath (pleurisy)
  • Dry eyes and mouth (Sjogren syndrome)
  • Eye burning, itching, and discharge
  • Firm lumps called rheumatoid nodules.
  • Numbness or burning in the hands and feet
  • Sleep difficulties
Most often, Rheumatoid arthritis attacks the wrists, fingers, knees, feet, and ankles. Early treatment can decrease the pain and the symptoms that help lead an active life.

 Ayurvedic Treatments
In Ayurveda, Rheumatoid arthritis or Ama Vata is treated and cured naturally. When rheumatoid arthritis gets aggravated, it affects the joints of hands, feet, ankles, elbows, lower back, knee, and hip. It makes these joints inflamed and painful. Ayurveda follows a holistic approach to treat the condition that includes diet modifications, lifestyle changes, stress management, herbal medication, ayurvedic therapies, Yoga asanas, pranayama, and meditation. These treatment procedures aim to restore the body's state of balance.

Usually, treatment is long term, and various procedures are done according to the patient's condition and presentation.
  • Agni deepana and ama pachanga: activates digestive fire and corrects metabolism. 
  • Shodhana Chikitsa: Removal of ama or Purification of the body
  • Pathya: Following dietetic regimens to prevent ama formation.
  • Shamana chikitsa: Internal medications to reduce pain and joint inflammation.
  • Rasayana: Medications to improve immunity and joint stability. 

 Rheumatoid Arthritis

Ayurveda also incorporates Panchakarma in treating Rheumatoid arthritis. Panchakarma is one of the most effective ayurvedic treatment methods. It plays a vital role in the management of chronic autoimmune diseases like RA. The treatment protocol follows a sequence of therapies leading up to detoxification therapies like Vamana (Emesis), Virechana ( Purgation), Vasthi (Enema), and Nasyam (Nasal Administration). To strengthen the tissues and improve mobility, experts will also recommend therapies like Taila Dhara (Pouring medicated oils on the body), Nhavarakkizhi ( Massage with Bolus of rice boiled in medicated milk), Ksheera Basti (Medicated milk-based enema) and administration of specific herbal preparations that protect the tissues (Rasayanas).

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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Parkinson’s Disease: Diagnosis and signs

This is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder of the human nervous system, that affects the movement of the body. It starts very slowly, often with a barely noticeable tremble in either of the hands.
This disease affects the dopamine producing (dopaminergic) neurons in an area of the brain called the substantia nigra. 

Parkinsons Disease

Dopamine is a natural neuro-tranmistter chemical found in the human body and plays an important part in controlling body movements and emotional responses.  Substantia Nigra is a structure in the mid part of the human brain and plays an important role in ‘reward’ emotions and movement of the body. It is Latin for “Dark Substance” as parts of it are darker due to presence, in high levels, of certain chemicals.

Signs and Symptoms:
The symptoms and signs can vary from person to person; be very mild and go completely unnoticed. They usually begin on one side of the body and that side can get worse, even when, later both sides get affected.  While the actual cause of the disease is unknown, genetics and environment are known to be major factors.

The following, however, are some of the most common signs:
  • A tremble, tremor or shaking at the end of limbs, often the hand and fingers. The hand may shake even while it is at complete rest.
  • Slow or dragged out body movements. Patients may drag their feet while they walk; they may have difficulty getting into or out of chairs. Even simple day to day movements may become difficult.
  • Muscles may stiffen in any part of the body limiting the patient’s range of body movements and also be very painful.
  • The posture of the patient may become stooped and body balance may become a problem.
  •  The ability to perform unconscious body movements; like, swinging of arms, blinking of eyes and smiling, may be severely reduced.
  • The patient’s way of speech may change. It may be too soft, too quick, slurred or hesitant. It may be of a single tone rather than of the usual variations.
  • The patient’s handwriting may become very small. They may also find it extremely difficult to write. 

While no specific test exists to check for Parkinsons,  a neurologist will start with the patient’s medical history; a review of the disease’s signs and symptoms and full neurological and physical examination.
In general, it is a neurological examination that determines the correct diagnosis of the disease.

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Thursday, 24 October 2019

Stroke Rehabilitation

When the blood supply to an area of the brain stops due to clogging or bursting of arteries, it can lead to Stroke or Brain Attack. The brain cells in the area die due to lack of oxygen and nutrients. When cells are dead, the body function controlled by that part of the brain will get affected and leads to various systemic problems. Rehabilitation will help stroke patients to relearn the skills which are lost when part of the brain is damaged or affected.

 The common symptoms of stroke include:
  • Confusion
  • Numbness
  • Lack of muscular control in various parts of the body
  • Vision problems
  • Movement problems
The common complications of stroke include:
  • One part of the body gets paralyzed
  • One side of the face may get paralyzed
  • Problems in bladder and bowel control
  • Mental and emotional disturbances
  • Speech difficulties
Through ayurvedic management of stroke, we aim to restore the stopped functions as much as possible through treatments, exercises, and diet, which can rejuvenate and trigger the brain cells and also enhance the overall health. As the holistic system of medicine, Ayurveda aims to treat the root cause of the problem and helps to recover from the illness completely.

Depending upon the stage of paralysis, a treatment plan is prepared by the senior physicians. If the stroke or paralysis happened recently, then mild ayurvedic therapies like Kaya, Seka, and Abhyanga are suggested. If the patient suffers from stroke for more than a year, other more extensive treatments are recommended. The treatment plan includes:

  • Preparing the patient’s body for the medicated oil or ghee procedure.
  • Internal and external oleation is performed as per the suggestion of the doctor.
  • A steam bath process like swedana is then performed for detoxification.
  • Herbal medications are prescribed for regaining the muscle strength and immunity of the body.
  • Appropriate physiotherapy treatment is provided.
 At Vaidya Healthcare, our staff and specialist strive to provide you with quality treatment and personal care. Plan your Stroke Rehabilitation with us

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Tuesday, 8 October 2019

How Ayurveda Helps In Alcohol Rehabilitation?

Alcoholism is undoubtedly the bane of contemporary society. It not just wrecks the health and productivity of the individual but also extracts a huge economic cost from the nation. Dependency  on alcohol throws the social and work life of an individual out of gear and adversely affects his or her mental health. 

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The underlying reason for alcohol dependency is the inability to handle stress. When alcohol consumption is considered as an escape route from the rigours of life, the person's physical and psychological deterioration begins.

As the intake of alcohol increases several of the organs are compromised as the toxins within the intoxicant take effect. It destabilizes the functioning of vital organs like the liver, heart , pancreases and the gut.

Ayurveda  has identified alcohol as a toxin that upsets the equilibrium of the bio-elements , Doshas, within the human body. It primarily upsets the balance of Pitha, which is a combination of fire and water as against other "Doshas"  that are made up of different combinations of the five basic elements.

Ayurveda tries to address the root cause of this imbalance which in the case of alcohol addiction is often the underlying mental and physiological stress. Alcohol is considered as a quick fix to conceal this stress and have a temporary respite from thoughts that unsettle the mind and the body. However the patient doesn't realize that it's a futile attempt at attaining peace of mind. 

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One of the primary steps undertaken is to purge the body of all toxins. For which it's important to assess in detail all aspects of the patient's lifestyle including diet intake, sleep pattern, emotional condition and the physical state. Once having understood the extent of toxins present in the system,  a comprehensive package that includes panchakarma, meditation and herbal medication is prescribed.

While Panchakarma expels the toxins from the system, herbal medication rejuvenates the mind and the body and meditation helps in attaining greater focus and control over the mind. This holistic treatment effectively brings about complete relaxation to the body and the soul, restores the balance of the life forces within and thus eliminates the root cause behind the craving for intoxicants in the system.
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Friday, 8 March 2019

Ayurvedic Treatment Is The Best Option For Curing Dermatitis

Seborrheic dermatitis causes itchy, red rash and dandruff-like flakes on your body or scalp. Dermatitis often goes undiagnosed as this skin disease’s symptoms resemble symptoms of eczema, dandruff, or psoriasis. It is bad for your health as patches get larger and keep reappearing. To keep this skin scourge controlled Ayurveda and nature have solutions.

Dermatitis can occur on your scalp or any part of your body. It usually appears on the oily areas of your body, such as back, upper chest, side of the nose and face. The skin will look greasy and swollen. Those with oily skin are more prone to this disease as dermatitis tends to occur in areas of heavy sebum or oil production.

There are Allopathic treatments for the disease. Doctors usually prescribe medicated shampoos and antifungal creams. But these medications won’t cure the disease completely. When the seasons change the symptoms tend to reappear. Corticosteroid medication is given in more severe cases to prevent a flare-up.

Seborrheic dermatitis can be cured of its roots only by Ayurveda. It is due to the increase in Vayu and Kapha doshas inside your body that leads to seborrheic dermatitis. In Ayurveda, it is known as Darunak. To reduce the effects of these two doshas, ayurvedic physicians recommend avoiding certain foods, and dry and cold weather. They encourage to eat more bitter veggies and avoid too much sour, salty, cold items, eggs, and curds. Certain panchakarma procedures like Murdha thaila, Abhyangam, Nasyam, and Virechan oil treatments are very effective and are recommended under supervision. For external application on the skin Marichyadi thailam is highly recommended.

Herbs like amla, mulethi, giloy, neem, and daru harida are highly recommended in Ayurveda for controlling seborrheic dermatitis.

Ayurveda also recommends regular exercise and having healthy food to boost your body immunity. It is equally important to maintain a regular bath and hygiene to prevent skin infections.

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Vaidya Health Care offers ayurveda treatment for eczema in India. It is one of the leading ayurvedic clinics for treating atopic dermatitis in Kerala. They treat with traditional ayurvedic warm oil massage, Shirodhara and herbal steam bath, to promote lymphatic circulation, gently cleanse the system, calm the body and mind, and overcome fear and insecurity around the issue.

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Can Ayurveda help in sports injury rehabilitation?

Sports injury occurs due to a sudden twist or blow in a particular body part which leads to fractures, soft tissue tears and bruises. A sports injury is generally treated with painkillers and wearing splints and supports. But if the injury is an acute one, the last option left is surgery. Ayurveda has a different approach to a sports injury. Yes, it's true that Ayurveda takes more time to cure an injury than allopathic does, but the results are life-changing.

You might be thinking whether Ayurveda actually works for sports injuries or not? Yes, it does! Ayurveda uses age-old techniques and herbal medicines to cure the injury in 100% natural ways. Now let’s see how it works.

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How does Ayurveda work on the body?

Sports medicine deals with prevention, cure and rehabilitation. Ayurveda has a wide range of herbal medicines that help to relieve pain at a primary stage and then speeds up the healing process. The herbal medicines aim at healing the soft tissues, like muscles, bones, tendons, ligaments and cartilages. At the same time, these medicines can also heal if any organ needs support. These are special kind of formulations that speeds up the healing process.

There is a huge range of external therapies like upanaha, essential oil massage, lepanas, elaziki and many more that aims to cure joint immobility and makes the affected area stable. Bandhanas or bandages are one of the most popular treatments that have been used since ages. Another classic procedure is Varma Chikista that helps to increase joint function and mobility at a fast rate.

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Vaidya Health Care- the most renowned clinic for Ayurveda Treatments

Vaidya Health Care is one such enterprise that provides the best Ayurveda treatment options in India. The enterprise provides one of the most effective and affordable sports injury treatment in Kerala. We have a team of members who are specialized in various kinds of ayurvedic therapies that can bring life-changing results in you. The main aim is to find the root of the problem and then treat the disease from within. 

Our team provides the best Sports Rehabilitation in Kerala as we use ayurvedic techniques along with physiotherapy to give better results at a fast rate.

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Ayurveda Treats Anal Fissure In The Right Dimension

Any of the medical conditions that you need to get treated are nothing to be ashamed of. Anal Fistula is a common medical condition that causes intense pain, swelling and redness around your anus. Have you been through these symptoms? If yes, it is high time you get the treatment for the same and relieve from the pain that you have been through for the past time.

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The various glands and present inside the anus might get clogged or blocked due to any of the infections giving rise to bacteria build up. This infection can actually cause tunnels to form from inside of the anus to skin surface around the anus. This can lead to bleeding, painful bowel movements, fever or a fowl - smelling discharge. While there are various treatments and solutions for anal fistula, Ayurveda provides the best and complete effective treatment. Vaidya Ayurveda Hospital has been successful in diagnosing the condition at the most premature stage helping a complete cure with no signs of reoccurrence.

Ayurveda uses the concept of balancing the doshas to maintain the balance of the health. Kshara karma and Kshara soothram are the treatment methods that we, at Vaidya Ayurveda hospital makes use of to get the best and effective results. The procedure is done after providing the anaesthesia to help the patient with the pain and irritation. After that, a seton thread is inserted to the external opening of the fistula and is entered into the internal anal space. The thread is taken back through the anal opening, forming a loop. The thread is seasoned with a mix of various medicinal herbs. The thread is left in place for around a week and the process may repeat for upto five times. The number of days having the thread in loop and the number of times the process repeating totally depends on the intensity of the infections and depth of the fistula formed. 

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The process is minimally invasive, safe and effective. Also, kshara sutra and khara karma do not have side effects, making it much easy for faster healing and recovery. We, at Vaidya Ayurvedic Hospital provide the best ayurvedic treatment for anal fistula in Kerala. Book an appointment right now, to get rid of the pain that had been putting you in concern.

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