Dupuytren’s Contracture & Its Treatment In Ayurveda

Dupuytren’s Contracture

Dupuytren’s Contracture? Imagine it’s been some 20-30 years since you bid farewell to your college life and your friends have now planned a reunion. You will be too excited to meet your buddies, you will wish to meet and greet them. But will you lose your confidence while you look through your body? Will you feel uncertain, with those fingers which have been pulled inwards and the vulnerable hands which makes it difficult to do even the routine activities? Don’t get discouraged. This has happened to many people around.

The largest organ of the body which is a combination of water, minerals, fats and proteins,- skin is a thin, soft membrane made of three layers with each of its layers performing different functions. It covers the outer trunk and maintains the tissues. Found below the skin, is fascia , a group of connective tissue that maintains the patency of blood vessels, stabilizes, attaches and impart strength to the skin separating the muscles of the body. Fascia may be either superficial, deep or parietal according to its anatomy.

Dupuytren’s Contracture

Introduction Of Dupuytren’s Contracture

The skin present on the palm side of the hand is anchored and stabilized by fascia. In contrast to the outer skin on the back of our hand which is loose and movable, it is this fascia that keeps the skin of the palm and fingers firm. As time passes by this fascia thickens and tightens leading to a deformity named Dupuytren’s contracture. The fingers get pulled towards the thumb resulting in contracture. It is also known as palmar fibromatosis. The affected fingers can’t be straightened out, completely disrupting day to day activities.

Symptoms Of Dupuytren’s Contracture

The disease usually progresses over years stage by stage

  • Nodule: One or more nodules that are tender and fixed to the overlying skin develop in the palm. Gradually the tenderness subsides.
  • Cords: Dense and thick cords are formed underneath the skin as the nodules thicken and contract. The cords restrict the straightening of fingers and thumb.
  • Contractures: As tissues tighten fingers are pulled towards the thumb and movements are restricted. The little and ring finger are commonly affected.

People with this deformity finds it difficult

  • To grasp objects
  • Shake hands
  • Put hands in pocket
  • Perform daily activities
  • Buttoning shirts

Risk Factors For Dupuytren’s Contracture

Even though the cause of the disease is unknown, it is said that genetics plays a major role in its development.

  • Gender: Men are more prone to this disease than women
  • Heredity
  • Age: Occurs in people over 50 years of age
  • Ancestry: Northern Europeans are at higher risk
  • Alcohol use
  • Smoking
  • Diabetes
  • Seizure Diseases

Complications Of Dupuytren’s Contracture

  • Interruption in fine motor activities
  • Deformity
  • Grasping power is lost

Treatment For Dupuytren’s Contracture

The treatment line includes the removal of cords that pull your fingers towards your palm. It can be done either surgically or non surgically

Non-surgical methods include

  1. Needling
  2. Enzyme injections
  3. Splinting
  4. Stretching
  5. Massage

Ayurveda and Dupuytren’s Contracture

Ayurveda considers Dupuytren’s contractures as vata vyadhi i.e. neuromuscular diseases. The disease is produced due to an imbalance of vata with mamsakshaya (depletion in muscle mass). Suppression of natural urges, incompatible dry, light and cold food, excessive physical activity, trauma etc are some provoking factors that causes an imbalance in vata producing pain, swelling and constriction.

Treatment In Ayurveda For Dupuytren’s Contracture

Treatment modalities are aimed at pacifying the aggravated vata. Some remedies for preventing contracture and thickening of connective tissue of skin include various herbs, Ayurvedic polyherbal formulations and Panchakarma procedures. Herbs like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris), Amalaki (Embilica officianalis) can prevent the progression of the disease. Panchakarma is effective in curing diseases from its root. Lepana / External medicated paste application, Abhyanga / Oil massage and Swedana / Steam fomentation are also very effective in this condition.

Herbal remedies for Dupuytren’s Contracture

As for every imbalance, in Dupuytren’s contracture too Planet Ayurveda has a unique combination of herbal remedies. These herbal drugs are 100% pure, organic and free from preservatives. There are no adverse reactions to the drugs manufactured from Planet Ayurveda and they help to get rid of the symptom, provide relief and preserve health. With the intense vision of taking Ayurveda to every individual, Planet Ayurveda aids in holistic healing through herbs. All these noteworthy combinations are carefully made by experienced Ayurvedic physicians after years of research and hardwork. Check out our medicines to help you come out of Dupuytren’s contracture.

Ayurvedic Treatment For Dupuytren's Contracture

1. Hakam Churna

Hakam churna is a classical polyherbal combination in powder form. This formulation is a wonderfully created combination of Chandrashoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalonji (Nigella sativa), Methi (Trigonella foenam graceum), and Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi). It is useful in all inflammatory painful conditions. Hakam churna is tridosha hara i.e. it pacifies all three doshas. Vata regulates the nervous system, Pitta controls metabolism and Kapha maintains the structure of the body. This powerful medicine also acts as antispasmodic. The aggravated vata in Dupuytren’s contracture is pacified by this herbal powder by relieving pain and stiffness. It is light, dry and warm by nature. The anti-inflammatory property of the drug is worth mentioning.

Dosage: Recommended to take 3-5 gm of powder twice daily with hot water.

2. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

This polyherbal medication in pill form contains Swarna basma (calx of gold) known for its anti-rheumatic, and antioxidant properties. It also has a combination of Rajatha basma (calx of silver) and Abhrak bhasma (calx of mica) which increases the strength of the body and promotes metabolism. This compound is an effective remedy for vata and pitta disorders. This herbal combination keeps the body healthy and increases immunity as well. It helps to enhance the flexibility of fingers and makes you independent to do your daily chores.

Dosage: As advised by your Ayurvedic physician.

3. Ashwagandhaghan Vati

This herbal tablet is made from the extracts of the herb Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera). The antioxidant properties of the drug strengthen the immune system. It is a nervine tonic that is effective in all nervous disorders. They balance all tridoshas and are effective especially in vata and kapha disorders. The anti-inflammatory property of the same helps in relieving pain and swelling in Dupuytren’s contracture. The multiple actions of this combination are attributed to the presence of alkaloids Somniferin and Withaniol.

Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice or thrice daily with lukewarm water.

4. Musli Strength Capsules

The special combination of Planet Ayurveda Musli strength capsules is a polyherbal mixture of Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) and Safed Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum). Gokshura, a powerful antioxidant, helps in reducing pain and inflammation. It helps in balancing all three doshas and provides strength and immunity to the body. The root of musli pacifies vata and pitta and is cold in potency.This magical capsule revitalizes the body and nourishes from within.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules once or twice daily.

As time passes by, the vata aggregate and take its role. We get old with our muscles and body strength reduces day by day. Disorders of vata are quite common during this period, Ayurveda provides treatment modalities that help in balancing vata and its related disorders. Herbal formulations, Panchakarma,and Yoga along with proper Ayurvedic diet and Lifestyle help in the same. Planet Ayurveda also plays a vital role in bringing back the harmony of the humors and thus providing a quality life.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. He is Author of the Book "Ayurveda – God’s Manual For Healing". He is an Ayurveda Expert Serving People worldwide through all the Possible Mediums, Operating from Main Branch in Mohali, India. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com.