Sarcopenia- a condition that causes inevitable muscle mass deterioration as a person growing towards the older age and some other secondary factors. In this article we are going to discuss sarcopenia, causes and its symptoms also along with that the ayurvedic view will also be mentioned in this article and the people who are thinking that this condition is just not treated with any kind of treatment. Here we are going to break this myth of the people. We will discuss the best treatment for sarcopenia that is ayurvedic treatment. So now let’s discuss the detailed view about sarcopenia and its treatment in ayurveda.
Sarcopenia is a condition of loss of mass of the body specifically along the aging process. But the primary one is due to old age and the secondary one has a lot of secondary factors responsible for it. Generally it is considered normal to lose muscle mass with growing age. But sarcopenia is regarded as severe muscle loss that is different from the normal aging muscle mass loss. It affects the gait, overall ability of doing daily activities and gait. However researchers conclude that this mass deterioration is unpreventable. But don’t worry we are here with a miraculous solution that will change this myth that sarcopenia is inevitable. Ayurvedic treatment is doing such a great proceeding in curing and even preventing this condition. As per ayurveda the modern correlation of sarcopenia is mamsa kshaya related to excessive increase in vata dosha due to old age. So now let us discuss in detail about sarcopenia, its ayurvedic view and treatment as per ayurveda.
Symptoms of Sarcopenia
Sarcopenia is characterized by various symptoms that we are going to mentioned below:
- Loss of stamina
- Interfere physical activity
- Reduced activity may further cause excessive shrinkage of muscles
- Excessive weight loss
Causes of Sarcopenia
As we know that sarcopenia is classified into two types that are primary and secondary. So let’s take a look at the causes of both the types of sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is mostly seen in the people who are highly inactive but some research compiled that it may occur in the people who are physically active but have some other factors responsible for sarcopenia. Below are some factors that are responsible for causing sarcopenia.
Causes of Primary Sarcopenia
Primary sarcopenia is generally age related and the factors that are responsible for primary sarcopenia are:
- Hormonal imbalance: hormones like growth hormone, insulin, testosterone, all these are responsible for providing good physique and as the levels of these hormones depleted there is muscle loss and which may lead to sarcopenia.
- Nerve cells reduction: As nerve cells are responsible for the transmission of signals from the brain to the muscle tissues which induce the muscle movements.
- Depletion in the ability of the body to convert protein into energy.
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
Causes of secondary sarcopenia
Secondary sarcopenia is a condition that occurs secondary to some other health issue. Below are some health concerns that are responsible for secondary sarcopenia
- Inadequate physical activity that may cause loss of muscle mass in lower extremities
- Organ failure like kidney failure, liver failure, heart failure, etc.
- Malignant cancer
- Endocrine disorders such as diabetes mellitus, grave’s disease and hyperthyroidism.
- Not enough intake of proteins and calories which are responsible for muscle mass formation.
Ayurvedic View of Sarcopenia
According to ayurveda sarcopenia is correlated to mamasa kshaya due to growing older age. As in old age vata dosha gets vitiated in excessive amounts which lead to dhatu kshaya.
Causes of Mamsa Kshay
Age related causes
Old age (senile degeneration due to excessive vata elevation in old age)
- Excessive dry meal
- Only taking food of one taste
- Excessive fasting
- Excessive exercise
- Waking up in night
- Excessive stress
- Excessive anger
Symptoms of Mamsa Kshaya
According to acharya charaka (Ch.Chi.17/65) and (Su.Su. 15/9)
- Emaciation of buttocks, abdomen, neck, lips, penis, thighs and other muscular regions.
- Body pain
- Joint pain
- Reduction in weight
- Dryness in body
Herbal Remedies for Sarcopenia by Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda helps you in alleviating sarcopenia with their special herbal formulations that cures sarcopenia in a miraculous way and reduces the symptoms of sarcopenia by balancing vata dosha and promoting mamsa vridhi. Planet Ayurveda’s herbal treatment for sarcopenia includes 4 herbal formulations that are ashwagandha capsules, weight gain capsules, Vikramprash and shatavari ghrita. All these formulations are made under the proper guidance of M.D. Ayurveda experts. Formulations are 100% purely formed without any added preservatives and synthetic materials like resins, gums, starch, fibers, etc. so now let’s take a proper view on all the 4 formulations that are used in case of sarcopenia.
- ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES
- WEIGHT GAIN CAPSULES
- SHATAVARI GHRIT
1. ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULES
These capsules are made up of only single herb and include standardized extract of ashwagandha (withania somnifera). Ashwagandha is a well known herb for promoting weight. It includes miraculous properties of nourishing the body by alleviating vata dosha. It increases muscle formation and provides muscle strength as well. Along with that it is a great rasayana which means it prevents the deterioration of the nerve cells which further improves the transmission of signals from brain to muscles which promotes muscle contraction and at last improves muscle formation.
Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.
2. WEIGHT GAIN FORMULA
This remedy is present in capsule form and includes ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), vidanga (Embelia ribes), haritaki (Terminali chebula), bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), amalaki (Emblica officinalis), saunf (Foeniculum vulgare), pippali (Piper longum) and jeerak (Cuminum cyminum). As the name suggests these capsules are especially made for increasing weight. So the fact is that how these capsules work in weighting gain. See the first ingredient is ashwagandha so as we discussed earlier that the herb ashwagandha is a great rasayana which means it prevents deterioration and promotes the nourishment of the body. Now comes to the other herbs that are vidanga, haritaki, bibhitaki, saunf, pippali and jeerak improves overall digestion which also has a great role in gaining weight as if the thing that we eat is not digested properly then how it is gonna be absorbed and helps in strengthening weight. Also one effective antioxidant herb is also present in this weight gain formula that is amalaki (Emblica officinalis). Due to its antioxidant effect it helps in preventing nerve cell damage so if nerve cells don’t degenerate then there is not an effect over signal conduction to muscles and which in turn prevent muscle loss.
Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.
This herbal remedy is available in the avaleha (paste) form and includes total 47 ingredients that are- bilva (aegle marmelos), agnimantha (Premna mucronata), shyonak (Oroxylum indicum), kashmarya (Gmelina arborea), Patla (Stereospermum suaveolens), Shalparni (Desmodium gangeticum), Prishnaparni (Uraria picta), Mudgaparni (Phaseolus trilobus), shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum), kali musli (Curculigo orchioides) and some other herbs. This herbal remedy provides overall good health. From a good rejuvenator to great aphrodisiac all the properties are present in this remedy. So adding this herbal remedy will provide a healthy body along with gaining strength and weight by enhancing muscle mass production. Also with growing age a person must need a good rejuvenator to be added into day to day life or rather than using any other health supplements must choose vikramprash as a good rejuvenator.
Dosage: 2 teaspoons twice a day with lukewarm water after meals.
4. SHATAVARI GHRIT
This formulation is available in ghrit form and includes 16 ingredients such as-Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), jeevak (Microstylis muscifera), Rishyabhak (Microstylis wallichii), meda (polygonatum cirrhifolium), maha meda (Polygonatum cirrhifolium), kakoli (Lilium polyphyllum), Kshir kakoli (Fritillaria roylei), Munaka (Vitis vinifera) and some other herbs. All the ingredients when compiled together forms a good herbal formulation for gaining weight by promoting muscle formation and rejuvenating nerve cells. Adding this herbal remedy in the herbal treatment of sarcopenia is worthy. Taking it along with other medications will help you in promoting the health of the patient in sarcopenia and to prevent sarcopenia.
Dosage: 6 gms per day along with honey.
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Sarcopenia is a condition of muscle loss primarily due to age related and secondarily due to some physical inactivity or any malignancy. Primary types of sarcopenia occur due to loss of nerve cells which in turn hamper signal transmission from brain to muscles and lead to muscle loss. In secondary type of sarcopenia muscle mass loss due to inactivity mainly which means there is less muscle contraction and less muscle mass growth. Symptoms of sarcopenia include weakness, Loss of stamina, interference in physical activity, Reduced activity may further cause excessive shrinkage of muscles and Excessive weight loss. As per ayurveda it is known as mamsa kshaya which mainly occurs due to excessive vata dosha vitiation. And vata dosha vitiation can occur due to old age, eating food that elevates vata and even following vata vitiating lifestyle. People who are suffering from this may seek ayurvedic treatment. Here we also discuss the ayurvedic treatment of sarcopenia by planet ayurveda which helps in curing sarcopenia by its various herbal formulations which includes rejuvenating and muscle mass gaining properties. So choose this treatment wisely and get cured effectively.