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This a type of hypotension is also known as orthostatic hypotension. In this condition, sudden drop in blood pressure occur. Postural hypotension occurs mostly in someone who is rising from a position of lying down or sitting position to the standing. Sudden drop in the blood pressure occurs due to various reasons, some of them may include:-
- Low or high body temperature
- Loss of blood due to bleeding problems
- Dehydration resulting from vomiting, fever, diarrhoea & dysentery
- Severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis)
- Severe blood infection such as Sepsis
Causes of Low blood pressure:
- Pregnancy, hormonal changes such as underactive thyroid and low blood sugar
- Some medications
- Heart failure
- Dilation or widening of the blood vessels
- Liver disease, heat stroke or heat exhaustion
- Improper Diet or malnutrition
Symptoms of Low blood pressure:
- Patient gets easily tired
- Lack of concentration
Low blood pressure in Ayurveda- It is Nyuna Raktachaapa. According to Ayurveda low blood pressure occurs due to vitiation of Vata and weakness of agni.
So need to balance Vata by managing constipation, nutrition, circulation, enema therapies. Also need to cure the underlying cause like anaemia etc.
Get up slowly from a position to prevent postural hypotension.
People who have a predominance of pitta in their constitution and complain of low blood pressure should include turmeric in their food so as to control blood pressure. They can also add turmeric to aloe vera gel and consume it.
People with vata dosha’s prevalence should add garlic to their diet to treat low blood pressure.
For the kapha dosha types, trikatu or cyanne pepper is the option.
Ayurvedic choornas such as hinguvachadi choornam, vaiswanaram choornam, ashwagandha choornam and induppukanam choornam are effective for hypotension.
People with hypotension should take Epsom salt bath. You can easily do that by dissolving about 2 to 4 cups of Epsom salt into hot water. Relax for about 20 minutes in the water to treat low blood pressure.
Home remedies for Low BP
Beetroot juice is considered an excellent ayurvedic home remedy for low blood pressure. Drink one cup of the juice, twice a day for positive results.
Cinnamon, black pepper and cardamom are also excellent ayurvedic home remedies that are effective so include them in your daily diet.
Make a mixture of 1 spoon of ginger juice and 1 spoon honey and take it two times a day one hour before food.
Soak dry grapes in drinking water over night and cover the glass with a lid. Drink the water when u wake up and have the grapes as well. Do yoga or go for a walk after taking this and have breakfast after 1 hour.
Wash and soak 10 -20 grapes, 2 figs and I dry date in half glass water over night. When you wake up chew the soaked dry fruits one by one and drink the soaked water too. This should be done one hour before breakfast. This recipe will help to increase the production of blood as well as to cure depression and dark circles.
Use of Tulsi leaves, Munakka, almond with milk, Fluids, adequate salt and eating small portions of food several times a day. Avoid alcohol.
Modifications in the diet also help in case of low blood pressure. Include green leafy vegetables, milk, fish and eggs in your diet to enhance your immune system. One should also reduce the intake of caffeine, artificial sweeteners and refined sugar in order to control low BP.
Yoga for low blood pressure:
Pranayama (Bhastrika, Surya bhedana), Shava asana and Sarvang asana should be practiced for results.
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What is Pain,
pain is an unpleasant sensory an emotional experience caused by actual or potential tissue damage.
Acute pain refers to the tissue injury
chronic pain is persistent refers to disease usually for more than 3 months.
Type of pain:
- Nociceptive: usually somatic, like arthritis, post-surgical, endometrial or IBS
- Neuropathic: peripheral ex: phantom limb
- Mixed: inflammatory
Pain management is commonly done though medication physical therapy, psychological and interventional methods.
Physiology of pain: activation of nociceptors in the skin due to damage, these signals travels up to the spinal cord and cross at the spinal cord to other side then finally to cerebral cortex.
Endogenous mediators will be released with inflammation like prostaglandins, histamine, bradykinin, serotonin, acetylcholine, lactic acid etc.
Multimodal pain management: synaptic transmission and central sensitization the medications like – Anticonvulsants, Opioids, Alpha adrenergic agonists, NMDA blockers like Ketamine, morphine etc
Different medications at the different sites of the neuronal pathways to block the pain stimulation.
Opioid receptors: inhibit the neurons at the dorsal horn and stop the release of Substance P and reduces the pain.
Poor postoperative pain management which leads to the slower recovery times, patient satisfaction, poor rehabilitation participation and outcomes, compromised patient functional outcomes, physical pain and discomfort, psychological distress, increases post-operative complications, and poor sleep hygiene.
Postoperative pain management approaches may include pharmacological, physical and psychological therapies. It’s better to avoid the narcotic medication doses, hence reduced side effects.
Mc Donald’s et al study conducted in New York introduced multimodal pain management among study group and in comparison, with the control group mentioned that by using the multi-model pain management protocol and significantly decreased a number of IV opioids doses and pain better controlled, and patients are more mobile and quickly.
What Ayurveda can offer:
Ayurveda the pain means “SOOLA”, ayurvedic treatments are affective in the management of the chronic pain. Most of the conventional remedies are not successful in the management of chronic pain, moreover, leads to the dependency and long-term side effects.
In Ayurveda the management of pain is done through herbal combination medicines along with external rejuvenation therapies like shirodhara, kativasti, dhara, potali swedam etc.
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Consider under Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD). PUD mainly refers to the presence of one or more ulcerative lesion in the stomach or in the duodenum.
Causes: Chronic Helicobacter pylori infection, long term use of NSAIDS, excess acid secretions and stress.
More than 6 million cases per year in US, in Australia the annual ulcer incidence per 1000 population was 3.8 for duodenal ulcer and 0.7 for gastric ulcer. Approximately 70 000 Australians appear to receive initial treatment for a peptic ulcer each year.
It is estimated that more than 50% of the world’s population is infected with H. pylori, it increases with age. This infection invariably causes the active chronic gastritis. Pylori infection increases the risk of ulceration and bleeding in patients taking NSAIDS.
Classification: PUD is classified as
Gastric ulcers: Most often appears at the lesser curvature and gastric antrum
Duodenal ulcers: Occurs at the duodenal bulb.
Erosive gastritis: this is an acute mucosal inflammation of the stomach that does not extend beyond the muscualris mucosa.
Causes and risk factors: one of the major risk factors is Helicobacter pylori infection and second important one was chronic use of NSAIDS, glucocorticoids in combination with NSAIDS, other causes may include idiopathic, incompetent pylorus, lower oesophageal sphincter, impaired proximal duodenal bicarbonate secretion, gastrinoma. The common risk factors may include age, male sex, family history and smoking and alcohol consumption.
Diagnosis: the preliminary diagnosis is based on the history and examination which should be supported by the supper endoscopy – which remains the test of choice in this patient, which we did and confirmed that his presentation to ED due to upper GI bleeding is the ulcers in gastric antral region.
The standard care for PUD is to test for the H. pylori. However, we don’t have this facility at the hospital. Once the confirmation of the Pylori is done, which needs to be proceeded with standard treatment for Pylori infection.
Other diagnostic procedures along with upper GI endoscopy are:
- Direct visualisation of the GI tract using video gastroscope (Contraindication if the acute perforation)
- Biopsy of the tissue obtained during the procedure to exclude malignancy or identification of H. pylori infection
One of the differentials in this case is Upper GI carcinoma or Malignancy: which can be ruled our using this method.
The goal of the treatment should be to provide the symptom relief and encourage the ulcer healing.
Criteria for ICU admission: Patients who are hemodynamically unbale because of the uncontrolled GI bleeding.
Recommendation for the specialist referral such as Gastroenterologist and surgical consultation
In our patient the main reason was suspected to be the use of NSAIDS, hence recommendation to stop the use of NASIDS and initiate the Proton Pump Inhibitors.
Standard care: For patients at high risk but require NSAIDS, better to use COX – 2 Selective NSAIDS and a proton pump inhibitor are recommended. They seem to reduce the incidence of NSAIDS induced peptic ulcers and subsequently the bleeding.
Misoprostol or sucralfate may be also useful in patients who must continue to take NSAIDS.
Standard treatment if of 2 antibiotics and a PPI for 10-14 days.
Most commonly used combination is: Amoxicillin + Clarithromycin + PPI (Omeprazole or lansoprazole).
Quadruple therapy: In case of triple therapy fails
- PPI+ Bismuth subsalicylate + Metronidazole+ Tetracycline
- PPI+ Bismuth sub citrate potassium + Metronidazole+ Tetracycline
PPI or H2 receptor antagonist can used before being referral to gastroenterologist.
Which needs to be followed by eradication therapy:
Combination therapy is recommended due to increased resistance of Pylori to antibiotics.
Which can be either triple or quadruple therapy plus PPI for 10-14 days as per NICE 2014 guidelines recommended for 7 days trice daily.
- After adequate treatment, outcomes are typically excellent
- Disease-associated mortality depends on general condition of patient; factors associated with increased mortality include significant blood loss, major medical comorbidities, advanced age, and endoscopic stigmata of recent haemorrhage
- Limit NSAID use; NSAIDs should be taken for brief courses at the lowest effective dose to control acute inflammation
Patients anticipating long-term use may switch from a nonselective NSAID to a selective cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor
- Advise smoking cessation
What Ayurveda can Offer?
Ayurveda consider this condition under AMLA PITTA, one of the most common condition in the society affects all ages, classes and race. The main reason according to Ayurveda is predicted to me eating excess PITTA aggravating food such as spices, curries (CURRY) and worrying (WORRY) too much and eating too fast (HURRY).
Avoid eating excess spicy foods
Avoid eating late at night
Avoid eating deep fried foods
Avoid eating fast foods
Avoid eating fast
Take more water
Drink coconut water
Do not skip meals
Avoid alcohol and smoking
Do not distract while eating such as watching TV or talking while eating or watching phone
Do not eat incompatible foods like fruit yoghurt at night times, pizza followed by milk shakes etc
- Use the pomegranate skin – dry powder mix it with buttermilk drink two times before food
- Use Yasti madhu (Liquorice) powder – 1tsp with milk two times a day after food.
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It’s been observed that the activity, the main action of the drug is activated or catalysed or accelerated by means of combination of herbs in Ayurveda, which is called as YOGA.
Explained as YOGA PRABHAVA means the formulation is getting a higher potency.
The main reason for the combination drugs or classical principle medicines is due to the combination of number of drugs commonly given during the one episode of illness tends to increase the potency and its action, along with above mentioned reason the action of one drug combination is influences or modified or balanced with the other herbs in the combination.
Some of the uses of combinations formulas are:
- Increases the potency of the formula
- Avoid severe side effects or drug reactions
- To save time and money
- When single herb fail to meet the needs
- Double benefits
- Increases absorbability
- Sometimes useful in confused differential diagnosis or unidentified doshic imbalance.
- Useful in disease predominant in two doshas and three doshas.
Mostly the Ayurevdic formulations are named with the first ingredient mentioned in it. Other principles are main ingredient, method of preparation etc.
Based on the first ingredient
- Sitopaladi Churna
- Talisadi Churna
- Nisamalaki Churna
- Chandraprabha Vati
- Khadiradi Vati
- Bilwadi Gutika
Based on the main ingredient
- Amrita Bhallataki Lehyam
- Kanchanara Guggulu
- Triphala Guggulu
- Hingvashtaka Churna
Based on therapeutic efficacy
- Arogyavardhini Vati
- Arshogna Vati
- Ashmaribheda Kwatha
Based on method of preparation
- Satadhouta Ghrita
- Sahasradhouta Ghrita
- Vasapatra Putapaka Swarasa
- Ksheerabala 101 Avarti
Based on dosage and quantity of drug used
- Shadbindu Taila
- Ashtakatvara Taila
- Shatpala Ghrita
Based on name of Acharya who profound
- Chavanaprasya Lehyam
- Agastya Hareetaki Rasayanam
Interaction of herbs and synergism in the body
Two or more herbs given at same time for two different reasons, one is to counter the action or side effect of others- which is called as antagonism the other reason is to act on the same system or location – is denoted as synergism.
There are various ways the drugs act in concert
- Summation or addition: Similar in action
- Potentiating: enhance the activity
- Stability: preservation
Pharmaceutical process of Ayurveda
Mainly works on
- Easy administration
- Digestible and easy elimination and assimilation
- More tolerable
- More preservable
All the above mentioned process are mentioned under the Ausadha Kalapana (medicinal formulations)
Ayurvedic Dosage form:
- Solid dosage forms – tablets (Gutika and vatika)
- Semi solid form – Jams and Ghee (Avaleha and Gritham)
- Liquid form – Self fermented drinks (Asavam and Aristam ) in Oil form, drvakam, swarasam, panaka, phantam etc
- Powder form – Dry herbal powders
Most of the combinations are made from herbs but may also contain animal, mineral sources as well.
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Chronic wide spread pain for more than 3 months along with fatigue and disruption to the sleep with or without an association with a disease (Medical or neurological) condition is considered as fibromyalgia. Often associated with co-morbidities such as anxiety and depression.
Fibromyalgia is a diagnosed as diagnosis of exclusion, means rule out other conditions are co-existed or leading up to fibromyalgia. However, it can be diagnosed predominantly though clinical diagnosis only, one among the many criteria’s are 1990 American College of Rheumatology fibromyalgia Diagnostic Criteria, which states that having more than 11 tender points of 18 fibromyalgia associated localized areas of pain, pain- affected areas among all four regions of the body and the axial skeleton for more than 3 months duration can be diagnosed with fibromyalgia.
Exact cause for the fibromyalgia is still unknown, its been predicted that alterations in the pattern of sleep and changes in neuroendocrine transmitters such as serotonin, substance P, growth hormone and cortisol suggest the regulation of the autonomic, neuro-endocrine system appears to the basis of the syndrome.
It is divided in to two different types, primary and secondary. Primary is not associated with any identifiable underlying condition, secondary associated with an underlying condition may have triggered the disordered pain, which does not explain the patients symptoms.
Central disorder of pain sensation, increases with age, predominantly happens in women. Presented along with symptoms of TMJ and IBD, increase levels of substance P in CSF, gene alterations serotonin and catecholamine’s.
“Waste basket diagnosis” is the perfect term we can use in finding the diagnosis of fibromyalgia.
- Morning stiffness
- Autonomic dysfunction
- Foggy brain (Fibro fog)
The role of HPA axis (Hypothalamic pituitary axis) is critical in stress adoption, in fibromyalgia this response is disturbed and leads to increased stress and pain. Hence, it is presented with psychiatric co-morbidities.
Nevertheless, the approach to manage this condition needs a multidisciplinary approach.
What Ayurveda can offer?
Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine that is bases eternal concepts of health and wellbeing. It advises to follow a healthy lifestyle, diet, herbs and regular cleansing process to maintain the healthy balanced state.
Fibromyalgia is Vata Disorder, Aggrvated vata accumulates in the MAMSA (muscle, nervous and fibrous tissue) and cause the srotoavaraodha, (blockage of cannels) the information spread to central nervous system or over stimulation of CNS and leads increased secretions of Substance P in CSF, which indicated the aggravated VATA stimulation leads to the improper secretion of neuropeptides in central nervous system and causes the sensitivity and excess pain stimuli all over the body.
Available Ayurveda Treatments:
The best possible approach for the treatment of VATA disorders in Ayurvedic Medicines is: Medicated Enema (panchakarma ), five cleansing therapies need to be adopted based on the doshic imbalance and prakriti.
Following, a full spectrum of diet and lifestyle modifications along with herbs will be of great use to control the day-to-day symptoms
Finally, regular treatments from Authentic Ayurvedic Medical center- Jeeva health will offer the regular body- rejuvenating treatments like – Abhyngam, shirodhara, valuka swedam, navar khizi, podi khizi pinda swedam and kativati.
The ultimate treatment goal in fibromyalgia is chronic persistent pain and lethargy, unique Ayurvedic tretaments can provide a relief for both the chronic and acute pain and provide a natural approach for the elimination or balancing of the root cause.
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Inflammation of bursa,.
What is Bursa?
Bursa is a fluid filled sac that reduces the friction between two surfaces, such as bone and ligament or tendon and bone.
It is expected to have more than 160 bursas in the human body.
What causes the inflammation of bursa?
Most common cause for bursitis are local trauma (Direct Injury), fall on the joint, overuse injury, sports injury, excessive kneeling, leaning on the elbows for longer period of time while working at a desk.
Other systemic diseases such as RA, SLE and Gout will cause chronic and recurrent bursitis.
Infections are another important cause for the acute and chronic bursitis, can be from haematogenous spread infections from Staphylococcus aureus or other pathogens, most commonly happens due to puncture (transcutaneous) or micro trauma , less commonly due to haematogenous spread which is called as septic bursitis.
Crystalline deposits will cause bursitis in Gout.
Different types of bursitis
Most common type of bursitis is Sub acromion bursitis, which occurs at the shoulder joint, involves supra supinates muscle.
Other types of bursitis are:
Pre-patellar Bursitis (House maids knee) occurs just above the knee due to the inflammation of patellar bursa.
Infra-patellar Bursitis (clergyman’s knee) inflammation of one or more infra patellar tendons due to repetitive strain injuries
Trochanteric Bursitis causes pain on the lateral aspect of hip.
Olecranon Bursitis (Students Elbow) pain in the posterior aspect of elbow, due to constant kneeling on the joint, also happens in most computer bound sitting jobs.
Pes Anserine Bursitis happened between skin and patella, most often occurs in Obese people or in severe degenerative arthritis condition.
Most of the times the inflammation occurs due to recued subcutaneous fat and increased susceptible for direct injury.
Due to the above-mentioned reasons, there will be increased fluid secretions from synoviocytes or increased inflammation.
With the persistent inflammation there will be increase in the inflammatory cytokines, proteases, cyclooxygenases, or sodium or ureate crystals deposits may occur at the site.
Predominantly the diagnosis happens clinically by physical examination.
Physical examination may reveals that pain, swelling, local redness, aberrations, contusion, and reduced range of motion.
In septic bursitis is suspected with systemic issues such as fever or altered inflammatory markers, need for arthrocentesis / aspiration for the identification of specific bacteria is warranted most commonly performed in shoulder and knee joints.
Most common treatments include RICE
- Ice application
- Local Steroid Injections
- Finally surgical correction may include bursectomy.
Bursitis can be treated as generalized inflammation by using some of the treatments such as valuka swedam or lepam or Dhara based on the presentation.
If there is reduction of subcutaneous fat; need for local Dhara treatment will be very effective.
If the Burs is intact with increased inflammation need for upanaha and lepa treatments.
Clinically best treatment for bursitis is valuka swedam., where we use herbs as such as rasandhi with sand- made in in to poultice, warm poultice will be applied gently on the joint for a period of time will give significant changes in pain and inflammation.
Some of the anti-inflammatory herbs such as Turmeric, Boswellia, Moringa and aswgandha and Pippali (Piper Longum) will be useful in reducing some of the symptoms.
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Plantar fasciitis (PF) is one of the most common lesion that presents as heal and ankle pain. Nearly 15 % of these patients require a professional care. The intensity of the pain aggravates with weight bearing activities, obesity and increased activity.
The plantar fascia is a thickened fibrous aponeurosis that originates from the medial tubercle of the calcaneus, runs forward to inset into the deep, short transverse ligaments of the metatarsal heads, dividing into 5 digital bands at the metatarsophalangeal joint. The fascia is made of 3 parts, which are medial, central and lateral bands. Among them the central fascia is the thickest and strongest part, this is the most common part that involved in recurrent injury and leads to plantar fasciitis. The diagnosis is mainly based on the patient’s history and clinical examination, further investigation is rarely needed.
Intrinsic factors such as increased BMI and age, reduced ankle dorsiflexion, seronegative arthritis and spondyloarthropathies and pes planus (Flat foot) and pes cavus incresesd curvature of the foot.
Increases high intensity training activities, training errors, inappropriate running techniques, prolonged walking on hard surfaces, inappropriate shoes, increased weight bearing activities
Sudden forcible load and plantar fascia and repetitive injury.
PF is considered as a degenerative tissue condition and inflammation of fascia at the tuberosity of the calcaneus. Small tears of the fascia and surrounding tissue are replaced by angiofibroblastic hyperplastic tissue. The lesion sites do not show inflammatory cell invasion with scar tissue and fibrosis are one of the main histological features of PF.
The predominant treatment is NASIDS, resting and cold compression treatment, seeing podiatrists to find the right shoes and techniques, doing physiotherapy treatments will strengthen the movements and strengthen the local area and prevent further injury, Finally the use of steroidal injections at the site.
Use of injectable platelet rich plasma (PRP) in the chronic cases of PF, it is a biological treatment that initiated and promotes natural healing and allows for direct repair of the damaged tissue without the associated risks of surgery. It can be rich in transforming growth factor; vascular endothelial growth factor and platelet-derived growth factor. The PRP has some anti-inflammatory and pro-inflammatory cytokines and interleukins such as IL4, IL 8 and IL 13 and Interferon –alpha and tumor necrosis factor.
The combination of these growth factors and anti-inflammatory components is necessary to initiate the healing stage and to reverse the degenerative process at the base of the plantar fascia.
PF is a common and degenerative condition that has significant burden on the day-to-day life; require often a multi- disciplinary approach to get better. That may often include using NSAID’s and Steroidal injections and using of PRP injections are still under the evaluation. There is a need for further research is warranted.
Ayurvedic Treatment Approach:
The heal pain and heal spur is considered as vatakandaka, this condtion results due to Kapha and vata vitiation. According to Ayurveda classical texts this condition is treatable, the aggravation of vata and kapah leads to the persistent inflammation and pain. By avoiding the vata aggravating activities such as long standing habits, excess exercise, bare foot walking, lack of proper sleep, mental stress etc., use of very gentle activity and using warm oil self massages may help prevent the further damage.
Some of the Ayurvedic Treatments may be helpful:
- Abhyangam: Regular massage with oils that are indicated
- Dry poultice massage with valuka or ishtika swedam
- Internal medicines such as anti-inflammatory herbs
- Panchakarma / Detox to prevent further degenerative changes
- Specific Detox treatments such as Virechana karma ( Purgations) and Matra vasti (Oil enema) to prevent further aggravation of VATA.
Some useful Ayurvedic tips:
- Hot water fomentation with salt
- Dry sand or brick poultice application
- Black sesame oil massage
- Using – fried moringa leaves in castor oil made it like a small poultice bag and apply every day for 15minute will be able to help prevent the pain and inflammation.
- Using the preparations like AYUNA – JOINT-S will helps to reduce the pain.
If the symptoms persists, please contact your healthcare provider, or make a booking with our experienced practitioners at Jeeva health Melbourne and Canberra to see how Ayurvedic medicine can be able to help your condition can get better.
Obesity and DM in children is one among the complex presentations and management during the child hood. Obesity is constantly growing. It is presented as worldwide problem both in adults and children. The complexity of the disease and its presentation makes more difficult to manage, as the multiple risk factors come in to play with obesity. Recently, along with adult obesity rates the child hood obesity rates are rapidly growing and increasing the global burden of the disease. Approximately one third of children in U.S are overweight and obese, which in turn increases the risk of obesity as an adult.
One third of children in the US are overweight or obese with approximately 17% obese. Worldwide approximately 43 million preschool children are estimated to be overweight and obese and 92 million are considered to be at risk of overweight and its complications such as diabetes, metabolic disorders, sleep apnea and psychological issues. One of the major contributors for increasing the obesity rates among the children is due to lack of physical activity, not following dietary recommendations, sedentary lifestyle and behavioral issues. However, obesity has been related to the genetics, environment, metabolism, behaviors, and personal history of obesity, culture and social factors.
With huge increase in the child hood obesity rates, the obesity associated diseases such as Diabetes also on the rise. Type 2 DM in young adults also been diagnosed more frequently, especially among low income and ethnic minority groups. The prevalence of obesity in US (2015) adults was 38%, over all prevalence among adult’s ages 40-59 was 42.8%, which is higher than young adults population group aged between 20-30 was at 35.7%. There is no significant difference between adult’s aged 60 and over (41%) and to the younger age group.
Obesity among 2-19 years of age was 18.5% between 2015-2016, which is constantly growing and directly related as the one of the major risk factors for the adult obesity and other related conditions such as Diabetes. Obesity is defined as having excess of body weight caused by a chronic caloric imbalance with more calories being consumed than expected.
Type II DM has greatly increased during the recent decade, the incidence of DM in children and adolescents range form 1-51 per 1000 depending on the ethnic group. Especially, the prevalence rates are high among North-American Indians and lowest among non-Hispanic white youth and highest among Native Americans.
BMI (Body mass index) measured to use the classification on obesity among children as overweight or obese. As per the CDC based on BMI 85% are having obesity whereas, 95% was diagnosed with Obesity.
Many factors such as genetics, ethnic minority group, low socio-economic status, behavioral factors such as lack of physical activity and barriers to healthy diet are consider to be the factors responsible for the Obesity and DM. Predominantly, early risk factors for metabolic syndrome including high leaves of BMI, Insulin, glucose and triglycerides, eating more saturated fats, and SBP, LDL and Serum Cholesterol are known to be the major contributors to the obesity.
The US Preventive and Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommended in 2010 that children be screened for obesity by the age of 6 years and if they meet the criteria they should be offered moderate to intense (25 hours or more) physical activity, diet and behavioral treatments. However, given the fact that obesity in children at the age of 5 predicts the later life obesity, obviously screening needs to be initiated earlier.
The treatment approaches may include: Family based behavioral lifestyle intervention, internet- delivered interventions, and residential interventions, medical interventions and school based interventions. Adult obesity medical therapies are including Metformin, orlistat (Serious GI side effects) and Bariatric Surgery.
What Ayurveda Says:
Ayurveda, the science of life emphasizes on being healthy and living healthy. One of the vital aspects of healing through Ayurveda recommends maintaining healthy weight and appetite is essential for balanced healthy life. In order to keep the healthy weight at all age groups, one should eat according to their body constitution and follow the day-to-day rituals of Ayurveda to achieve the optimal health benefits.
What Ayurvedic treatment options available:
In order to get the maximum benefits of Ayurvedic treatments one should eat according to their constitution. The combination of herbal remedies, diet and lifestyle aspects such as yoga and some physical / external – Panchakarma therapies will be able to help to manage the healthy appetite and controls excess body fat accumulation.
Greeva Basti is a hot oil therapy that is used in the treatment of neck pain and related ailments of the neck. Greeva refers to the neck, and Basti means ‘to hold or contain’ something inside. It is a procedure that involves oleation and sudation over the posterior neck region. It addresses problems related to the spine, muscles and skeletal tissues of the neck and shoulders.
- Cervical spondylosis; Ankylosing spondylitis; Cervical disc lesions; Disk prolapse
- Sprains and strains
- Chronic pain in the neck
- Tension headaches and migraines
- Torticollis (Wry neck)
- Tingling, numbness of the hands
- Compression fractures
- Frozen shoulder
- Polymyalgia Rheumatica
- Spinal stenosis
- Paget’s disease of the bone
- The patient lies face down on the massage table
- A leak-proof dough-ring (made of black gram or whole wheat flour) is securely placed over the cervical region of the neck, including 2-3 thoracic vertebrae
- Heated and specially medicated oil is slowly poured into the dough-ring. This oil is recycled throughout the procedure in order to maintain a warm temperature for the duration of the treatment – usually between 15-30mins.
- Calms, rejuvenates, and nourishes the nerves, bones and muscle tissue around the neck and shoulders
- Relieves pain and discomfort
- Stimulates nerves and blood supply, which improves circulation around the neck and shoulder region
- Improves flexibility and enhances ease of movement
*Pre and post-treatment Procedures:
Abhyanga and pinda sweda is performed from the neck to the waist before Greeva Basti is applied. Following Greeva Basti, fomentation is used (herbal steam applied over the neck region to help the oil further absorb into the tissues). It is also recommended to administer Nasya (medicated nasal oil) in combination with Greeva Basti.
Oils and Ghee recommended for Greeva Basti:
- Ksheerabala tailam
- Mahamasha tailam – popular for many neurological disorders
- Kottamchukkadi tailam
- Balashwaghandhadi tailam
- Ashwaghandabalalakshadi tailam
- Sahacharadi tailam
- Pinda tailam
- Tiktaka ghritam
- Guggulutiktaka ghritam
- Tila tailam