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Best Ayurvedic Herbs For Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis is a multi-system diseased condition that involves abnormal collections of granulomata (inflammatory cells that form lump). The primary targets of this disease in the initial stages are lungs, lymph nodes or skin, whereas less commonly eyes, heart, brain, liver or any other organ can be affected. In this article we are going to discuss the clinical features and causes of disease along with the best Ayurvedic herbs for management and prevention of sarcoidosis.
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Sign And Symptoms

The clinical features of this disease may vary depending upon the organs affected. But some common manifestations may include fever, fatigue, weight loss, pain in multiple joints, dryness of mouth, recurrent episodes of epistaxis (bleeding from nose) and abdominal swellings. If the involved organ is lungs then this disease is presented with dry cough, shortness of breath, pain in chest and wheezing like symptoms, if skin is the target organ then rashes in skin, skin sores and hair loss are the prime features, disease affects eyes then there are features such as dry eyes, itching in eyes, pain & burning sensation in the eyes and reduced vision, whereas the nervous system involvements may include headaches, loss of hearing and seizures like severe symptoms. And the swollen lymph nodes are the manifestation for sarcoidosis involving lung disease.

Causes

The exact cause of sarcoidosis is unknown, but there are some possible risk factors that are associated with the disease including that women are more prone than males, people of American- African descent are more likely to develop this condition. Sarcoidosis commonly affects the age group of 20-40 years; its occurrence in children is rare. People with family history of sarcoidosis are at higher risk for developing the disease.

Ayurvedic View

According to Ayurveda, recurrent overconsumption of the factors responsible for the vision of tridosha with kapha dosha predominance, leads to mandagni (decreased digestive fire).

Ancient Reference

(Reference- Ashtanga Hridaya Sutra sthana 13/25)

As a result of this weakening of digestive fire, the food articles is unable to digested completely and it is left in the stomach for a longer duration, this undigested food juice is full of toxins and known as ama (endotoxins/auto-antigen), when this ama under the influence of vata dosha is transmitted to lungs or any other organs through bloodstream or lymphatic route, leads to the alteration in normal metabolism of lungs or other tissues, lead to granulomatous cells formation and ultimately results up as sarcoidosis.

Best Ayurvedic Herbs For Sarcoidosis

1. Haridra

Curcuma longa (Curcumin) is the best source of antioxidants, which pacifies the free radicals (formed due to ama) that causes cell damage. Also, haridra helps in relieving the respiratory system related manifestations, and also fasten up the healing process.

2. Guggul

The anti-inflammatory properties of the Commiphora mukul is best for reducing the size of inflammatory cells. It has an effective role in kapha disorders. As these granulomatous cells are mainly formed due to kapha dosha vitiation, thus its best to use guggul in Sarcoidosis.

3. Neem & Kachnaar

The primary ability to be used in this disease of these both i.e Neem (Azadirachta indica) and Kachnaar (Boerhavia diffusa) is raktashodhak (blood detoxification), as we know ama dosha is transmitted to other organs through blood. Thus, blood purification is necessary to reduce the risk of further transmission.

Along with these, few combinations of drugs have the same effects individually but when used in combination they show intensified results. These are -

4. Shadushna

The combination of six drugs namely Pippli (Piper longum), Pippali mool (roots of Piper longum), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Chavya (Piper retrofractum) and Shunthi (Zingiber officinale) and Maricha (Piper nigrum). These drugs are having best deepneya (digestion stimulant) ability that boosts up the reduced digestive fire and prevent further production of the ama (the basic cause of the disease), these drugs also have blood purifying abilities and shoolhar (analgesic) helps in reducing pain related complaints in sarcoidosis.

5. Triphala

This is the combination of Haritaki (Terminila chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica) and Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) which is used for the detoxification of the body. It helps in eliminating the excess ama dosha from the body and thus treating the cause of Sarcoidosis.

Herbal Remedies For Sarcoidosis

Planet Ayurveda is a globally emerging manufacturing hub, that formulates the herbal medicines on ancient ayurvedic principles and the products are being made by ancient time tested formulas. Planet Ayurveda provides sarco care pack which contains an effective combination of 4 formulations i.e. Curcumin Capsules, Kanchnaar Guggul, Aller-G Care, and Punarnava mandur, which are having amazing results on the patients of Sarcoidosis, relieving their symptoms and treating the very cause of the disease. Let's have a brief introduction of the products.

  1. Curcumin Capsules are the standardised extract of Curcuma longa. It has been widely used in ayurvedic practice since ages. It acts as anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antimicrobial and antibacterial.
    Dosage - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
  2. Kanchnaar Guggul is the best classical remedy for various inflammatory reactions, containing a combination of Kachnar and guggul and other herbs such as triphala that helps by reducing size and preventing further multiplication of those granulomatous cells of sarcoidosis.
    Dosage - 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.
  3. Aller-G Care capsules are the best formulation made by Planet Ayurveda’s experts for relieving respiratory disorders. In this disease, these capsules will aid in coping with the various breathing difficulties associated with pulmonary sarcoidosis (most common form of sarcoidosis) by dilating the alveoli and bronchioles in the lungs.
    Dosage - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
  4. Punarnava Mandur is a well known herbal formulation used for blood related disorders, it treats the anaemic condition resulting due to recurrent epistaxis and also having haemoglobin enhancing properties due to the presence of mandur (purified form of ferric oxide calx) and other constituents such as panchkol. This formulation also has properties of blood detoxification when used regularly, so it aids in eliminating the toxins from blood, helpful in preventing the blood mediated transmission of granulomatous to other body tissues.
    Dosage - 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

Conclusion

The use of herbal drugs for Sarcoidosis, not merely the best way of treating the disease but also boosts up the body’s immunity side by side, prevents the disease from further transmission or becoming severer. Thus, Ayurveda with an holistic approach of herbal formulations along with diet and lifestyle modifications is the best method of treatment for Sarcoidosis patients.
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