Ayurveda Q&A: Herbs that improve renal function

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.
This week’s answers:

1. Which is the best Ayurvedic Hair oil available in the market, to prevent hair loss and graying hair?
Thank you – Mangesh
Use Keshamani oil or Karkunthal oil. Both are very effective for hair growth, Prevention of hair fall, Dandruff and Premature graying. Use Keshmani or Aloe Vera based Trisha shampoo for hair wash. These shampoos are very mild, herbal based and after wash does not require any conditioners.

2. Dear Sir, Myself Dilip Billore, My son Aarav Billore Age – 4 Yrs. Suffering from low platelet count Between 15,000 – 25,000 count. WBC, RBC count is all fine since birth he is having this. Presently we are giving him Pappya leaf juice – 6 Teaspoonfull daily Wheatgrass juice – 6 Teaspoonfull daily Honey with Honu & gangaren powder. – 1 Teaspoonfull daily He doesnot have bleeding since november 2011,
Pl. suggest for betterment of him.
Please give 500 mg of Kaseesam (101) – thrice daily after food with warm water or lemon water. This is one of the best Ayurveda remedy to improve platelet counts. 1 gm of Punarnava Mandooram thrice daily after food does help too.

3. sir, i have dark circles around both eyes. please suggest Ayurveda treatment for me.
Dark circles are specialty of Ayurveda. It requires both internal and external approach.

1. Tea bags are very effective. Make tea from tea bags, don’t throw the teabag, then close your eyes and keep the tea bag on your eyes, and stay for 20 mins, repeat this for 21 days.

2. Water with lemon is an effective remedy – 8 glass of water + one full lemon juice mixed and taken everyday improves the dark circles in no time. Use it for 40 days for better results.

3. Improve Vitamin B and C intake. Diet plays a very important part in dark circle prevention so remember to include a decent amount of vegetables in your diet.

Following is one of the common Spa rituals suggested for Dark Circle as a part of Bridal make up

a. Night Before bed time – Mix Almond oil and Honey in equal parts and do a soft massage over the eyes followed by lukewarm water wash

b. Morning – 1 teaspoon of each Fresh tomato juice + Lemon Juice + Greengram flour – Make it as a paste. Close your eyes, apply over eyes and do a gentle massage for 10 minutes followed by warm water wash

c. Intake or 50 ml of each fresh carrot juice + Tomato Juice + Papaya juice – Once a day. All mixed or separately helps.

4. I have high triglyceride level (980mg/dl) and low HDL (27mg/dl), the Serum Cholesterol is 210 Mg/dl. I am also suffering from diabetic (Fasting 122 mg/dl and PP 189mg/dl), stone in Kidney and fatty liver. My request is how to control triglyceride level and what should be my diet chart. I belongs to Kerala and is working in Kolkata.
Intake of Maha Thiktakam Kashayam 15 ml + 45 ml of warm water twice daily 30 minutes before breakfast and dinner + 2 gm of clove powder improves the liver function and cholesterol. Intake of Siva gutika 1 – 5 minutes before food thrice daily can address diabetes, renal and liver functions

Herbs, effective for protecting the liver, cholesterol, diabetes & improving renal functions

a. Andrographis paniculata (kalmegh) – Andrographolide, the active constituent isolated from the plant Andrographis paniculata, showed significantly increased the percent viability of the hepatocytes. For centuries Andrographis has been an important herb in the Asian healing systems of Ayurveda, Unani and Traditional Chinese Medicine. Traditionally this herb has been used to potentiate immune system response to inflammation and infections, and as an anti-inflammatory, antipyretic (lowers fevers) and a hepato-protective.

b. Phyllanthus Amaris (Bhuiamala) – Phyllanthus Amaris has been researched for its effects on hepatitis. Clinically reported that 22 of 37 cases of Hepatitis B lost their “carrier” status after using the herb for a month.

c. Boerhavia diffusa (Punarnava) – An alcoholic extract of whole plant Boerhavia diffusa given orally exhibited hepatoprotective activity. The extract also produced an increase in normal bile flow suggesting a strong choleretic activity.

d. Eclipta alba (Bhringaraj)- Was significantly restored by Ea. The study shows that hepatoprotective activity of Ea is by regulating the levels of hepatic microsomal drug metabolising enzymes.

e. Swertia Chirata(Chirayata) – Simultaneous treatments with S. Chirata caused improvement at both biochemical and histo-pathological parameters.

f. Terminalia belerica (Baheda) – Induced physiological and biochemical alterations in the liver. Administration of compound I led to significant reversal of majority of the altered parameters. Our results confirm the presence of hepato protective activity in altered parameters.

g. Tenospora cordifolia(Guduchi) – Outstanding results in people suffering from jaundice have been obtained using a herb called Tenospora Cordifolia used the herb in malignant obstructive jaundice.

Although simple, if regularly practiced can prove effective in improving all the above problems

a. Drink Giloy (Tenospora cordifolia) juice.
b. Add black salt to tomato juice and consume it once a day.
c. Soak a tender bark of Acacia tree in water overnight and consume it in the morning.
d. Obtain a tablespoon of juice by grinding the black seeds of papaya and mix with 10 drops of fresh limejuice. Take this concoction twice a day for a month.

Ayurveda Panchakarma for health and Prevention of Complications

Ayurveda emphasizes preventative and healing therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation. To achieve this balanced state of body, mind and consciousness, Ayurveda prescribes Panchakarma Therapy for the cleansing of body toxins.

Panchakarma means five purification process or therapies. Ayurvedic treatments give more emphasis on prevention than cure. That’s why prevention is always better than cure.

Panchakarma is of purification type of treatment. There are so many subtypes of this therapy and different types of herbal massages, fomentation’s such as steam, external oil treatments, Basti (medicated enemas), Virechana (purgation through herbs), Vamana (emesis through herbs), Nasya (nasal administration of oils) etc. are also incorporated. These practices are extremely helpful in relieving deep seated diseases as well as being beneficial for maintaining and improving physical and mental health. Please visit the nearby Ayurveda Health Centers for a personalized Ayurveda Pancha karma Therapy.

5. I am 55 year old female. I recently had a physical and all the blood works was good, except for the white blood count which was a little low. When I had the blood work done I had been fasting for about 3 days. The doctor told me to eat and redo the blood work. I also asked her to check my B12 levels at the same time. After the test the white blood cell count was even lower and B12 was too low. She prescribed injections for b12 and she wants me to do another white blood test after I’ve been on food for two weeks.
I am not a vegan. I don’t eat dairy, but I do have chicken maybe 2 times a week.
Could you give me some information on how to improve my white blood cell count and B12.
Thanks so much for your time!!!!

Vitamin B12, vitamin B12 or vitamin B-12, also called cobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin with a key role in the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system, and for the formation of blood. It is one of the eight B vitamins. It is normally involved in the metabolism of every cell of the human body, especially affecting DNA synthesis and regulation, but also fatty acid synthesis and energy production.

A lack of vitamin B12 (B12 deficiency) is one cause of anaemia. Pernicious anaemia is a condition where vitamin B12 cannot be absorbed into your body. It is the most common cause of vitamin B12 deficiency in the UK.

B12 is most critically needed to form myelin, the protective “insulation” that surrounds nerve endings and helps nerves communicate each other efficiently. Without adequate B12, myelin can break down and cause symptoms that mimic multiple sclerosis, depression or dementia. Other common symptoms include poor memory and mental fogginess, loss of motivation, apathy, mood swings, low energy, fatigue, muscle weakness, soreness or redness of the tongue, tingling, numbness or crawling sensations in the arms, legs or feet, lack of coordination and hair loss.

Vitamin B12 is essential to life and good health and must be consumed in our food. The main source of this vitamin in most diets is red meat, organ meats, eggs and milk and milk products like curd. Small quantities are found in soybeans, green beans, beets, carrots and peas. Other foods such as barley, malted syrup, sourdough bread, parsley, shitake mushrooms, Organic Fermented soya products, tofu and soybean paste, seaweeds (Nori etc) and algae such as spirulina also have some B-12 in them.

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