The peritoneum is the word used for the membrane which lines the abdominal cavity and retro means behind it. This clears the meaning of Retroperitoneal fibrosis which means fibrosis behind the peritoneal cavity of the abdomen. This fibrosis is the result of a rare inflammatory disorder which eventually causes the formation of abnormal fiber-like tissue. This fibrous growth does not remain limited to the abdomen but spread up to the ureters as well which carries urine from the kidneys to the bladder. Gradually there occurs blockage or compression of the ureters by excessive growth of fibrous tissue. Retroperitoneal fibrosis can result in kidney damage. In this article, we will be learning about the Retroperitoneal fibrosis, its causes, signs and symptoms, diagnosis and herbal treatment and management by Planet Ayurveda.
Ormond’s disease is the other name given to Retroperitoneal fibrosis which is a rare condition. The exact location of the fibrosis development starts from the area between the stomach and intestine that is called the retroperitoneal area. In this, connective tissues start to grow excessively resulting in the formation of an abnormal mass. This mass compresses or blocks the ureters, one or maybe both. Hence, toxins start to accumulate in the blood due to backing up of urine in ureters. Eventually, kidneys start to fail. However, the prognosis of Retroperitoneal fibrosis can be good if diagnosed early and proper treatment is given but with the delay of treatment kidney failure occurs. All this starts due to the inflammation and fibrosis of the abdominal aorta which is one of the large abdominal arteries. The abdominal aorta supplies the blood from the heart to the region below the kidneys. With the advancement of the disease, arteries supplying to the kidneys and legs also get affected resulting in pain and swelling in the legs and decreased functions of the kidneys.
Signs and Symptoms
Signs and Symptoms appear due to the reduction of blood flow from the abdominal aorta to the lower parts of the body and eventually kidney failure. Some of the major observed symptoms are:
- Pain in the back and abdomen which is dull in character
- Pain between the back and upper abdomen on one side
- Pain in legs
- Legs, one or both undergoes discoloration
- Swelling on legs, especially on one leg
- Severe pain in the abdomen with bleeding
- Weight loss
- Loss of appetite
- Low hemoglobin
- Yellow discoloration of eyes and skin
- Reduction in urine
- Cloudiness of thoughts
The exact cause behind Retroperitoneal Fibrosis is not known and most of the cases are idiopathic. However, it is found to be associated with some of the factors:
- Tumors in the abdomen or pelvic region
- Trauma to the pelvis or abdomen in recent times.
- Bacterial infection, especially actinomycosis.
- Recent surgery on the pelvis or abdomen.
- Certain cancer treatment.
- Some medicines are used to treat hypertension and migraine.
Retroperitoneal fibrosis is usually diagnosed by MRI and CT scan and some other tests used in the procedure are kidney function test, blood tests for inflammation marker and anemia, Intravenous pyelogram which is an X-ray of the ureter and kidneys that reveals the blockage due to fibrosis, Ultrasound of kidneys and Biopsy to rule out cancerous cells.
Early diagnosis is the key to better prognosis and preventing surgery. Treatment of Retroperitoneal fibrosis is completely based on the location of the fibrous tissue and the severity of the disease. General treatment includes draining procedures for the ureters to clear the obstruction through a drainage tube or stent. In advanced cases, surgery is required.
Ayurvedic approach is one of the ways out to manage the condition and prevent the surgery to the possible extent. Ayurveda is the science of life that treats diseases by keeping nature in balance. As per the Ayurvedic approach diseases are caused due to the vitiation or imbalance of the doshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha dosha, in the body and health can be restored by maintaining the balance of these doshas. Ayurvedic treatment involves herbs, herbal formulation, and other natural therapies to maintain a balance of bodily humor and functions.
Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda is a well-known name in the herbal pharmaceutical market which offers numerous herbal medicines and supplements that are prescribed by the Ayurveda experts to the patients as per the disease or ailment one is suffering from. All the herbal formulations are devoid of chemicals, preservatives, additives, dye, colors, or fillers. Due to this the efficacy and safety of these medications increase much higher than the other similar products available in the market. The best quality of herbs and minerals are used in all of the formulations and authenticity is our first priority. For Retroperitoneal fibrosis also Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal medicines that helps in managing and treating the condition naturally.
- Boswellia curcumin
- Mahashankh vati
- Nephralka capsule
- Punarnava capsule
- Chandanadi vati
1. Boswellia Curcumin
Boswellia curcumin herbal capsules are prepared from standardized extracts of Sallaki (Boswellia serrata) and active compound of turmeric (Curcuma longa), i.e. curcumin. These herbal capsules help to relieve the inflammation of the abdominal aorta and hence prevent fibrosis. Also, the pain in the back, abdomen, and legs are relieved by the consumption of Boswellia curcumin capsules.
Dosage – Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.
2. Mahashankh Vati
Mahashankh vati is a herbo-mineral tablet prepared from a blend of amazing herbs and minerals like Saindhava lavana (Rock salt), Pippali (Piper longum), Vida lavana (Black Salt), Sauvarchala Lavana (Sochal salt), Shunthi (Zingiber Officinalis), Maricha (Piper nigrum), etc. These tablets help in treating the digestive issues like nausea, loss of appetite which are majorly present in Retroperitoneal fibrosis and enhance immunity as well.
Dosage – 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water.
3. Nephralka Capsules
These herbal capsules are prepared from standardized extracts of Moolisatva (Raphanus sativus), Revandchini (Rheum emodi), Bhumiamla (Phyllanthus niruri), Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), and Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa). Npehralka herbal capsules are an amazing formula to maintain the healthy functioning of the kidneys and prevent harm to the kidneys. It helps in eliminating the accumulated toxins in the blood.
Dosage – Take 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.
4. Punarnava Capsule
Boerhavia diffusa or Punarnava herb’s standardized extract is used for the preparation of these capsules that have a wide range of therapeutic properties. It helps in clearing the harmful substances from the body that are accumulated in the blood owing to its diuretic action. These capsules also help in the regeneration of new cells.
Dosage – Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.
5. Chandanadi Vati
Safed Chandan (Santalum album), Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis), Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris), Choti Elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum), Gairik (Red ochre), etc. Regular consumption of Chandanadi vati helps in maintaining healthy blood circulation, aids digestion, and balances the metabolism in the body. In Retroperitoneal fibrosis, it helps in treating obstructed blood supply, clears toxins from the blood, manages nausea and loss of appetite, and imparts a cooling and soothing action.
Dosage – Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water.
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Retroperitoneal Fibrosis can be managed and treated successfully if diagnosed early. Prognosis starts to get negative with the increasing time without treatment. Hence do not ignore the signs and symptoms mentioned. Keep a regular check on your body functions and lead a healthy life.