Partial empty sella syndrome is a rare condition presented by malformed or enlarged structure in the skull, called sella turcica. Sella turcica is the tiny, bony nook located at the base of the brain which protects and holds the pituitary gland. As this is a rare disorder very small number of people are affected by it and their sella turcica is abnormally shaped leading to leakage of spinal fluid into it. In case of partial empty sella syndrome the sella turcica is not really empty. It is partially filled with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). In Partial empty sella syndrome the pituitary glands are also smaller. In this article you will get all the information about Partial empty sella syndrome and its Ayurvedic treatment.
Partial empty sella syndrome is related to the skull’s part known as sella turcica. It is an indentation at the base of the skull in the sphenoid bone which holds the pituitary gland. The sella is not actually empty in partial empty sella syndrome. The CSF (Cerebrospinal fluid) is partially filled in the sella turcica in case of Partial empty sella syndrome. Pituitary glands will be smaller in these cases even if they might not appear in the imaging tests. It can be of two types, Primary and secondary Partial empty sella syndrome. Primary PESS (Primary empty sella syndrome) is the type where the cause remains unknown while in secondary PESS the cause is an underlying condition.
As per the Ayurvedic aspect, the Partial empty sella syndrome can be correlated with a condition called tridoshaja dushti. The main causative factor behind it is vitiation of the Vata dosha that causes channels obstruction leading to aggravation of the other two dosha, i.e. Kapha and Pitta dosha. This aggravation of Pitta dosha causes low digestive fire (Agni).
Signs & Symptoms
Usually the people with Partial empty sella syndrome do not have any signs and symptoms. Very less people who have the signs and symptoms, those include:
- High blood pressure
- Impotency in men
- Lower sexual drive
- Decreased or abnormal pituitary function
- Irregular or no menstrual period
Some of the less common ones are:
- Swelling in the eyes
- Leaking of spinal fluid from nose
- Pressure feeling inside the skull
- Loss of clarity of vision
The exact cause of Partial empty sella syndrome (primary) is not known. However there are certain theories which relate it to birth defect in a membrane which covers the sella turcica, i.e. diaphragm sellae. In some cases there is a tear in this diaphragma sellae that leads to leakage of CSF into the sella turcica. While in case of Secondary empty sella, there are certain causative factors like
- Head injury
- Pituitary tumors
- Certain underlying conditions of pituitary gland or brain like intracranial hypertension, Sheehan syndrome, hypophysitis or neurosarcoidosis.
Due to the absence of symptoms it can be really hard to diagnose the Partial empty sella syndrome. Usually the doctor on suspecting the condition will do the thorough physical examination of the patient and take a detailed medical history. Further for the confirmation of the syndrome MRI scan and CT scan is done. It will help in differentiating the Partial empty sella syndrome from Total empty sella syndrome.
Partially empty sella syndrome is usually not treated conventionally until there are no signs and symptoms. Depending upon the symptoms patients is either advised for surgery to prevent leakage of CSF from nose or they are put on medication for relieving the symptoms like headache.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Partial Empty Sella Syndrome
As we discussed, the cause here as per Ayurveda is the vitiation of the tridosha, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha. Hence the treatment lies in restoring the balance of these dosha which will eventually bring back the health and help in managing and treating the condition.
Herbal Remedies of Planet Ayurveda For Partial Empty Sella Syndrome
Planet Ayurveda has been treating the suffering humanity since almost two decades using the authentic and pure herbal remedies and products produced in Planet Ayurveda only. For Partial empty sella syndrome Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal remedies.
- Brahmi Capsule
- Gotu Kola Capsule
- Ashwagandhaghan Vati
- Telomere Boostup
- Yogendra Ras
- Jivantyadi Ghrit
- Gandhak Rasayan
1. Brahmi Capsule
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) in the standardized extract form is used to prepare these herbal capsules. Brahmi capsules help in treating all kinds of neurological disorders because of the natural therapeutic properties it possesses. They help in treating headaches, confusion and visionary ailments.
Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.
2. Gotu Kola Capsule
Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) is the single herb used in a standardized form to formulate these amazing capsules. Gotu Kola capsules improve circulation in the body, boost the function of the brain, relieves stress and helps in managing the PESS.
Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.
3. Ashwagandhaghan Vati
Ashwagandhaghan vati is prepared from extract of a herb, Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). These therapeutic tablets impart strength to the muscles and help in maintaining the balance of the tridoshas.
Dosage– Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water.
4. Telomere Boostup
It is prepared using herbs like Moringa (Commiphora wightii), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Grapeseed (Vitis vinifera), and Amla (Emblica officinalis). Telomere boostup acts as a rejuvenating rasayan and helps in preventing formation of ama and eliminates it. It also helps in reducing stress and getting better sleep.
Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.
5. Yogendra Ras
It is a classical Ayurvedic formulation, prepared using Parada (Purified and processed mercury), Swarna bhasma (Gold bhasma), Loha bhasma (Iron bhasma), Vanga bhasma (Bhasma or tin) etc. Yogendra ras provides strength to muscles and nerves and helps in treating PESS.
Dosage- Chew 1 tablet once a day daily.
6. Jivantyadi Ghrit
This Ayurvedic formulation is composed of herbs like Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), Kakoli (Fritillaria roylei) etc. This Ayurvedic ghee helps in controlling and restoring the balance of aggravated Pitta dosha.
Dosage– Take 1 teaspoon twice daily after meals.
7. Gandhak Rasayan
This remedy is known widely for its amazing therapeutic effects on skin that has been used since ages to treat various types of skin ailments. Gandhak Rasayan is prepared from purified sulphur (Shuddha gandhak). It is a nourishing herbal remedy which cleanses the body inside out and makes the body free from all types of toxins.
Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water.
Partial empty sella syndrome is a rare condition, hence to get all the information about it in detail, at one place is also difficult. But now reading this article will surely make it easy for you. Read and choose the mode of treatment yourself wisely! In case of any query kindly visit www.planetayurveda.com