Ayurvedic Treatment for Hemochromatosis

Abstract

Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder that is characterized by iron overload in the blood. In this condition, the body stores too much iron. This disease can cause serious damage to the body including the heart, liver, and pancreas. The iron increases in the body because the body absorbs too much iron from the food. The genes that have been inherited cause this disease but only a few people can develop serious conditions. Hemochromatosis was first identified in the 1800s, and by 1935 it was considered an inherited disease. It is an autosomal recessive disorder and affects 1 in 300 people in the United States. This is considered a common genetic disorder in the United States. In this article we are going to discuss Hemochromatosis disease and its Ayurvedic management through herbs and herbal formulation.

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Hemochromatosis Disease

Etiology/Causes

This is caused by genetic mutations in a gene that controls the amount of iron in the body. Other possible causes of this disease are:

  • Excessive iron in the diet
  • Multiple blood transfusion
  • Anemia
  • Iron pills
  • Liver diseases such as Hepatitis C, fatty liver disease

Clinical features/Signs and Symptoms

The person with hemochromatosis having the following complaints

  • Joint pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Diabetes
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Heart failure
  • Liver failure
  • Bronze or gray skin colour
  • Pain in the knuckles of the pointer and middle fingers

Risk factors

Factors that increase the risk of this disease include

  • Having 2 copies of a mutated HFE gene
  • Family history
  • Men are more prone than female

Complications

When there is excessive iron accumulates in the organs of the body then it may lend into the following complications

  • Liver cirrhosis
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Diabetes
  • Skin problems

Diagnosis

There are many tests available for diagnosing and monitoring iron loading. A doctor will advise you of some blood tests

  • Blood tests: These are usually the first test for diagnosing this disease. Blood tests like serum ferritin and serum transferrin saturation should be prescribed.

Other additional testing methods are

  • Liver function test
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Liver biopsy

Ayurvedic treatment

There is no cure for this disease in allopathic medicine. In modern medicine, they just treat iron overload and its symptoms by iron chelation therapy and diet changes. But Ayurveda manages this condition very well by herbal formulation.

Herbal formulations for Hemochromatosis

One of the leading herbal manufacturing companies offers wonder herbal products. The name of that brand is Planet Ayurveda. It manufactures its herbal products from the extracts of potential herbs and these herbal formulations are tested with ancient time-tested formulas. Planet Ayurveda offers the following herbal formulations

Herbal Remedies Hemochromatosis

  • Punarnava Capsules
  • Triphala Capsules
  • Manjishtha Capsules
  • Navkarshik Churna
  • Giloy Capsules
  • Curcumin Capsules

Products description

1. Punarnava Capsules

This is a single herbal formulation of Planet Ayurveda. It is prepared from the extracts of Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa). It is used in the treatment of water retention and edema. It is also helpful in the treatment of blood disorders. It increases the RBCs in the body and helps to expel the excessive iron overload in the body. It naturally helps the body to expel fluids from the body. Punarnava is a rejuvenative and is also used in impaired urinary functions. It is beneficial in promoting healthy liver function.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice a day with plain water after meals

2. Triphala Capsules

These capsules are polyherbal formulations prepared from Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica). It is the best supplement for digestive disorders and also beneficial in many more diseases as it has tridoshas properties meaning three myrobalans balance all three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha). These help in clearing the blockage of channels and help in treating inflammatory complications, liver problems, ulcers, constipation, and diarrhea. It has good effective results in this disease by purifying the blood. 

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with water after meals

3. Manjishtha Capsules

Manjishtha is the blood purifier. This is the best natural blood purifier so helpful in this disease. It is made from the extracts of Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia). This reduces stress, anxiety, and depression also. It treats all skin ailments and allergies. It enhances blood circulation and detoxifies the body. Manjishtha capsules are rich in antioxidant properties, purify the blood and support the healthy immune system. This is also a natural muscle relaxant. By its blood purification properties, it is also used in skin ailments. 

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with water after meals

4. Navkarshik Churna

This is a herbal formulation in powder form. This formulation maintains a healthy immune system. It helps in blood cleaning and clearing away the toxins from the blood. This herbal formulation is prepared from the herbs such as Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Neem (Azadirachta indica), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia),  Daruhaldi (Berberis aristata). Navkarshik Churna is also one of the best herbal supplements for Gout. This also maintains a healthy digestive system.

Dosage: 1 tsp, twice a day with warm water after meals.

5. Giloy Capsules

This is a single herbal product of Planet Ayurveda. This herb is used in almost every disease. It is made by the extracts of Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). This Ayurvedic herb helps build up a strong immune system. It acts wonderfully in all types of fever. Giloy lowers down the inflammations caused due to high temperature and infection. It has anti-arthritic, antipyretic, digestive, anti-inflammatory, and excellent blood purifier properties. Giloy Capsule is used in the treatment of chronic fever, gout, skin problems, anemia, leprosy, infections, and weak immune system.  

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily with water after meals  

6. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin is called Turmeric in English. It is used in Indian kitchens for flavoring and coloring. These capsules are prepared from the extracts of Curcumin (Curcuma longa). It works as the best adjuvant to chemotherapy and radiotherapy. It purifies the blood and is antiseptic in nature. It helps to stop the spread of infections and also controls them. These capsules are rich in antioxidant properties and helpful in clearing the free radicals in the body.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily, with water after meals

Conclusion
Hemochromatosis is a genetic disorder and it is very difficult to treat or we can say that it is rarely managed by allopathic medicines. But Ayurveda manages these types of conditions from its root cause. Planet ayurveda provides herbal medications to manage these hereditary and autoimmune disorders and shows very good results. Planet Ayurveda also provides diet plans and lifestyle modifications along with Herbal formulations. For more details of our products, you can check our store website www.planetayurveda.com.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) is an expert ayurvedic doctor based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company.

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