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AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF ASCITES

ABOUT ASCITES

Ascites is a very nasty condition related to the gastrointestinal system of the human body. It is marked by an excessive accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity. Peritoneum is a membrane that outlines the abdominal cavity and the organs contained in it.

It results in a large abdominal swelling that is difficult to manage and causes great hindrance in the day to day life of the patient.

It is a very difficult disorder to cure as it is most often related with serious liver conditions like Liver Cirrhosis. Many cancers of the abdomen also have Ascites as a secondary feature.

Ayurvedic Management of Ascites

MAJOR CAUSING OF ASCITES

  • Alcoholic Liver Disease
  • Heart Failure
  • Chronic Liver disease
  • Kidney and Heart Failure
  • Abdominal Tuberculosis
  • Blocked Hepatic vein
  • Kwashiorkor
  • Pancreatitis
  • Nephrotic syndrome

SYMPTOMS OF ASCITES

  • Abdominal swelling
  • Distension of the abdomen
  • Inverted umbilicus
  • Shifting dullness of the fluid in the abdomen on percussion
  • Fluid thrill
  • Dyspnea
  • Anorexia
  • Cough
  • Weakness
  • Anxious look of the patient
  • Pedal edema
  • Rapid gain in the girth of the Abdomen
  • Abdominal skin is free from any wrinkles and is completely smooth

ASCITES AS PER AYURVEDA

Ayurvedic texts have grouped the abdominal problems under "UDAR ROGA". It deals with diseases that mainly involve an increase in the size of the abdomen. There are mainly 8 types of Udara Roga and Ascites or "JALODARA' is one of them.

Jalodara is a disease in which the abdomen shivers like a fluid filled bag shakes. In this condition there is an accumulation of fluid in between the abdomen abdominal muscles and the skin.

TYPES OF JALODARA (ASCITES)

There are Mainly Two Types of Ascites:-

  1. Primary Ascites: - Drinking water after body oleation internally as well as externally and after panchakarma.
  2. Secondary Ascites: -It is often found to be associated with a kidney, heart or Liver problem.

There are further two classifications of Ascites depending upon the source of the fluid that accumulates in the abdominal cavity.

1. Transudate Ascites:-

It occurs as a result of the seepage of the fluid from the abdominal cavity. It usually has lesser cellular elements like lymphocytes, proteins etc.

It commonly occurs in case of heart failure, Anemia, Hypoproteinemia Hypertension and Beri–beri disease.

2. Exudate Ascites:-

It occurs as a result of an accumulation of fluid in the peritoneal cavity due to oozing out of the fluid from the inflamed organs underlying. It commonly occurs in conditions like Peritonitis, Tuberculosis, and Endometriosis etc.

HERBAL REMEDIES OF ASCITES

Planet Ayurveda provides effective herbal remedies such as Punarnava Capsules, Guggul Capsules, Yakrit Plihantak Churna, Vara Churna & Shilajit Capsules for ayurvedic treatment of ascites. These herbal remedies are prepared from using best quality herbs and strictly follow the principles of Ayurveda. All these herbal remedies of Planet Ayurveda are 100 percent pure, natural and vegetarian. These are free from chemicals, additives and preservatives. These are safe to use as these are free from side effects.

1. PUNARNAVA CAPSULES

Punarnava is an herb that is very helpful in case of water retention in the body. In patients of Jalodara or Ascites it helps in the elimination of excess fluid in the abdominal cavity through urine. It helps to provide symptomatic relief in this manner by acting as a safe herbal supplement.

2. GUGGUL CAPSULES

Guugul is a great rejuvenating herbal extract. It is given in Ascites patients with an underlying inflammatory condition like abdominal infection, cancer etc. It not only improves the symptoms of the disease but also helps to improve the patient's natural ability to fight the condition.

3. YAKRIT PLIHANTAK CHURNA

Yakrit Plihantak Churna is given to the patient to stimulate the liver metabolism and slow down the process of fluid accumulation in the peritoneal cavity. It is a great herbal combination that relieves the hepatic causes that result in secondary ascites.

4. VARA CHURNA

Strong purgation is recommended as per the ayurvedic line of management for Ascites. Vara churna is one of the better options which is not a very strong purgative but, it is a great optimizer of the bowel movement and the abdominal secretions. With the smooth elimination of the stools, the abdominal distension will not easily aggravate as, some amounts of fluids will be eliminated from the abdominal cavity through the fecal route.

5. SHILAJIT CAPSULES

Shilajit capsules can also prove to be very effective in naturally managing cases of Ascites. The richness of the anti–oxidant store of Shilajit capsules helps improve the patient condition. The abundance of minerals and vitamins present in shilajit proves to be very useful in slowing down the process of fluid accumulation in the abdomen. It also acts on the primary diseases that cause Ascites as a secondary condition. In case of primary Ascites, Shilajit helps in cleansing the natural channels of circulation to improve the water retention problem in the body.

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