Cerebrospinal fluid is the clear fluid and is like plasma in which the central nervous system bathes. It is occupied with the ventricular system, the subarachnoid space and the central spinal cord. The fluid helps in supporting the weight of the brain, absorbing the shock during some trauma, providing nutrition, homeostasis and maintaining the immunity. The volume of cerebrospinal fluid is around 125 ml to 150 ml present in the subarachnoid spaces while 25 ml is present in the ventricles. The reduction of CSF can be seen during the aging or people suffering from some neurodegenerative disorder. But when this fluid starts to leak this might lead to serious condition and through this article we are going to discuss in detail along with its herbal treatment.
What is Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak?
Cerebrospinal fluid leak is seen when the fluid present in the brain starts to escape from the hole or small tear in the outer layer of the dura mater which is the connective tissue. This fluid might then get leaked from the ear, nose or other parts of the body. When this fluid leaks out of the dura mater which causes the pressure as well as the volume to drop resulting in a cushioning effect. This effect then leads to brain fag and causing symptoms like pain in neck and eye, along with that seizures, spasm, impairement in hearing and many more.
Cerebrospinal fluid leak is a very rare problem but it is estimated that 5 in every 1000,000 people are affected with this problem. This is most commonly found in people between the age of 30 to 40 years old. Sometimes the sinusitis, headache disorders and migraines are confused with the cerebrospinal fluid leak due to similar clinical features.
What are the symptoms of Cerebrospinal Fluid Leak?
According to the studies of Spinal CSF Leak Foundation one of the common signs seen in the disease is an upright headache and it becomes much worse in the upright position. The headache is improved by lying down and sometimes it might worsen. Along with that there is also a watery as well as clear fluid leaking through the ear and nose that also also moves to head especially while bending forward. The fluid can also go back and drain into the throat which gives them a metallic as well as salty taste.
Other clinical features seen are
- Loss of hearing
- Vision changes
- Sensitivity to sound as well as light
- Stiffness of neck
- Pain in arms
- Problems in balancing the body
- Loss of smell
What are the Causes of Cerebrospinal fluid leak?
In 90 percent of the cases the leak in cerebrospinal fluid is due to the injury on the head. Blunt force injury to the head can lead to fracture of the skull or either temporal bone. The fracture can lead to tear on dura mater resulting in leak of cerebrospinal fluid.
Other clinical causes for the leak of fluid is
- Anesthetic injection
- Epidural injection
- Brain tumor
- Lumbar puncture
- Abnormalities present on the structure of skull
How can Cerebrospinal Fluid leak be diagnosed?
There are a number of tests that can help in diagnosing the leak present in the brain and one of these tests is suspecting the discharge of fluid on the piece of filter paper. As the fluid comes in contact with the paper the blood and mucus is separated. This will result in the formation of two rings also known as “double ring” signs.
Some health workers are able to identify it just by looking at the fluid as it is thick and sticky as well as clear. As compared to other mucus the cerebrospinal fluid consists of glucose which is very high in concentration. Checking the levels of glucose from the nasal discharge can also be helpful in detecting the leak.Other than that MRI and CT Scan can be helpful in locating the area where the discharge is present.
Herbal Medicine Provided by Planet Ayurveda For CSF leak
Planet Ayurveda is a Private limited company which provides herbal medicine not only in India but also other parts of the world. All the herbal remedies are free from chemicals, preservatives as well as additives along with that it is made under the supervision of an MD Ayurvedic Doctor. Each and every remedy is clinically tested as well making it safe to use and free from side effects. Here are the list of herbal medicine for treating the cerebrospinal fluid leak
- Kaishore Guggul
- Punarnava Capsules
- Gotu Kola Capsules
- Neuro Gin Capsules
1. Kaishore Guggul
It is made from the combination of herbs like Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Vibhitaki (Terminalia chebula), Amalaki (Phyllanthus emblica), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Danti (Baliospermum montanum) etc. It is one of the effective herbs that helps in eliminating the toxins from the body and improving metabolism of the body. Along with that it is effective in all kinds of injury which is one of the common causes for the cerebrospinal fluid leakage.
Dosage:- Two tablets twice daily with water after meals.
2. Punarnava Capsules
These capsules are filled with herbs like Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) which is one of the best herbs for reducing any kind of inflammation. It is very effective in removing the fluid from the body and is wonderful for balancing all the three dosha. Due to its rejuvenating property it is helpful in repairing the tear of dura mater resulting in leakage. These herbal medicines are also helpful in reducing pain as well as stiffness from the body.
Dosage:- One capsule twice daily after meals with water.
3. Gotu Kola Capsules
This herbal medicine is prepared from the extract of one single herb called Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica). It is very effective in reducing any kind of pressure on the brain due to the leakage and it naturally reduces swelling. Gotu Kola is well known for improving blood circulation and is one of the best herbs for treating symptoms like vomiting, nausea, and weakness. It also helps in improving the thinking as well as memory skills which is commonly noted in cerebrospinal fluid leakage.
Dosage:– One capsule twice with plain water after meals.
4. Neuro Gin Capsules
The capsules are made from two excellent herbs known as Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). Both of them are well known for improving both physical as well as mental health of the body. Neuro Gin is best for treating all kinds of brain disorders as it will naturally reduce the discharge. It is helpful in treating symptoms like losing the balance of the body which is commonly seen in the CSF leakage patients.
Dosage:– Two capsules twice daily after meals with water.
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Cerebrospinal Fluid leakage is one of the rare problems but yet it can lead to serious problems if left untreated. As the above article explains all the signs that the patient might suffer if there is leakage of fluid so it’s better to reach out for diagnosis. All the mentioned herbal medicines are one of the best herbs for treating the leakage naturally without causing any complications.