ROLE OF AYURVEDA IN AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
by Dr Vaid Ji on Sep 06, 2023
Autoimmune disorders are those conditions in which your immune system reacts to your body cells and mistakenly damages them thinking it as invaders.
Usually your immune system protects you from diseases and infections. When it senses pathogens in the body it directs an immune response to target these foreign cells. Generally your immune system is able to differentiate between foreign cells and its own cells. But, if you have an autoimmune disease, the immune system considers some part or parts of your body to be foreign and it creates autoantibodies which attack the healthy cells.
Autoimmune diseases vary greatly some affect single area while some may affect even your whole body.
CAUSES OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
There is no specific known cause for immune system disorders which cause it to identify its own cells as foreign. Yet, some people have more probability of having autoimmune disorders than others. Some of the factors which increase the risk are:
- Females have more probability of having autoimmune diseases than males.
- Your family history affects you due to inherited genes, though environmental factors may also contribute.
- Exposure to sunlight, mercury, chemicals, cigarette, smoke and certain infections which can be viral or bacterial in nature also increase your risk of autoimmune disease.
- Ethnicity also has a role to play as some autoimmune disorders are more common in people in certain groups.
- What diet and nutrients you consume also affects the risk and severity of autoimmune disease.
- Other health conditions, including obesity can be a likely cause for developing autoimmune disease.
COMMON SYMPTOMS OF AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
Although autoimmune diseases may be different they have similar early symptoms. These include:
- Fatigue or tiredness
- Fever of low grade
- Muscle aches
- Trouble concentrating
- Tingling in extremities
- Loss of hair
- Rashes on skin
In some autoimmune diseases like psoriasis or rheumatoid arthritis symptoms may come and go. When the symptoms appear that period is known as flare up and when symptoms are not present it is known as a period of remission.
Also the individual symptoms vary according the disease.
COMMON AUTOIMMUNE DISEASES
- TYPE 1 DIABETES:
In type 1 diabetes, the immune system destroys the insulin producing cells in the pancreas resulting in high blood sugar due to unavailability if insulin. This high blood sugar can damage the blood vessels and organs.
- RHEMATOID ARTHRITIS:
In RA, your immune system attacks the joints and causes symptoms like swelling, warmth, soreness and stiffness in joints. It usually affects older generation but can start as early as 30 years also or as a juvinile.
In psoriasis skin cells multiply too quickly and the extra cells build up and form inflamed patches. On lighter skin tones these patches may appear silver to white like scales whereas on darker skin tones these may appear purplish having dark brown or even grey colored scales.
Sometimes patients who suffer from psoriasis may also develop psoriatic arthritis.
- MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS:
It refers to the autoimmune disorder where the protective coating surrounding nerve cells is damaged in CNS. This damage can then result in numbness, weakness, trouble walking.
Some of the other auto immune disorders which are commonly seen are:
- SLE- Systemic lupus erythematosus
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Addison's disease
- Graves' disease
- Sjorgen's disease
- Hashimoto's thyroiditis
- Myasthenia gravis
- Celiac disease
HOW AYURVEDA HELPS IN AUTOIMMUNE DISORDERS
In modern science, there has been found no cure for the autoimmune disorders and current treatments focus on improving the quality of life through controlling symptoms and minimizing flare-ups. But in Ayurveda treatment of the patients with autoimmune diseases can be highly effective in controlling the symptoms and preventing the risk of mortality.
According to ayurveda the human body has smriti- the cellular memory which is subconscious. When this smriti is not well aligned it targets the harmless cells and tissues in the body. The ayurveda focuses on restoration of balance and strengthening the natural immunity. Patients diagnosed with autoimmune diseases are advised to use Ayurvedic herbs on a regular basis along with the panchakarma therapies suggested by the physician to control the abnormal response of the immune cells.
Chandigarh Ayurved Centre has many medicines for autoimmune diseases, which is very effective in this condition. The main ones out of many are given down below, which has the best results in curing autoimmune disorders without any side effects.
ALL PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION IN DETAIL:
1. Detox Premium Powder:
Detox premium powder of CAC are specially formulated for ulcerative collitis. The various ingredients used for the formation of these sachets are Prawal pishti, Shukta pishti, Giloy satv, Kehrva pishti, Jahar Mohra pishti, Sutshekhar ras, Kamdudha ras that in combination provide good relief on the signs and symptoms of ulcerative colitis patients.
– Shukta pishti: This is prepared from pearl oyster shell calcium. This pishti shows antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties that treat the fever and reduces ankle swelling.
– Prawal pishti: It is made from coral calcium that provide cooling effect and also reduces vitiated pitta doshas.
– Giloy satv: This herbal satv remove all toxins from the body. It reduces excessive Pitta from the body. It increases the RBC, WBC or platelets associated with SLE patients.
– Akik pishti: It is a mineral-based medicine that reduces excessive heat, weakness, & general debility.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice a day with normal water.
2. Pain-O-kill Tablets
As the name suggests these tablets will kill the pain naturally. The herbs present in the formation of these tablets are Ashwagandha, Hadjod, Punarnava, Nirgundi, Methi, Garlic, etc. These herbs in combination show antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulator properties. The regular use of these tablets reduce body pain and acts on its root cause.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
3. Twak Tailam :
Twak tailam is very effective for the skin as it deeply nourishes the tissues and improves the skin luster. The tailam is composed of yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), etc. The tailam supports skin health, helps in reducing uneven pigments, improves complexion, and helps in deep detoxification and blood purification without any side effects.
Method of Application – Apply over the affected area of the skin.
4. Nerve Up Tablet:
It is pure herbo-mineral formulation which helps to balance the vata dosha. It act as nervine stimulator and also reduces Kapha doshas. It mainly acts on central nervous system. It contains natural ingredients like Shudha kuchala, Shudha shilajeet, Praval pishti etc. These contains natural Vatahar properties and helps in curing vata diseases. It speeds up physical and mental processes. It helps in painful joints, stiffness , inflammation, swelling and general weakness.
Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water after meal.
5. Curcumin Capsule
Curcumin Capsule helps in pacifying all three doshas. Curcumin Capsule is beneficial for variety of skin conditions like Acne, Eczema, Psoriasis, and Dermatitis. This Capsule contains standardized extract of the herb Curcumin (Curcuma longa). Curcumin is the active ingredient in Turmeric having powerful Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial, Antifungal, Anti-microbial and Antioxidant properties.
Recommended Dosage: Take 2 capsules twice daily.
6. Rasayan vati:
CAC Rasayan vati is herbo-mineral ayurvedic formulation, which is 100% natural. Rasayan vati contains various herbs such as Aswagandha, Shilajeet, Amla, Kesar, Musali, Shatavar, Brahmi , Mukta pisti, Praval pisti, Jaiphal, Vang Bhasam, Dalchini, Javitri, Gokhru, Kaunch Beej, Saunth, Mirch, Pipli, Amla, Kesar, Manjith, Anant Mool, Brahmi, Musali, Swarn Vang, etc. These ingredients show antioxidant, aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, antipyretic, analgesic, immuno-modulator properties. These tablets provide good results in General debility, Psychological disorders, and improves immunity.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily.
7. Giloy Capsule
Giloy herb due to its medicinal properties is widely used to treat ailments in Ayurveda. The capsules are made up of extracts of the Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). In the case of thalassemia, it reduces the anxiety and mental stress, boosts immunity, helps in the formation of healthy RBC’s and increases the blood supply to all parts of the body that helps in the normal functioning of all the body organs. Giloy is a universal herb that helps to boost immunity. It improves digestion, reduces stress, anxiety, respiratory system, hence it maintains overall immunity of the body.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 capsule twice daily with normal water.
8. Immuno Boster Tablet
It is a pure herbal combination that helps to build up immunity. It consists of effective levels of antioxidants. vitamin C and E circulate in the body to protect it against the damage caused by free radicals. It has natural immunity-boosting properties to prevent and ease cough, cold, headache, and infections. it provides quick relief from early signs of running nose, itching throat, body ache, and weakness.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.