Ayurvedic Treatment For Hemihypertrophy
Normal cells have a tendency to grow and there is a mechanism that governs the turning off of this growth after a certain time or when the cell acquires the adequate shape & size. But due to some mutation in genes or other factors, the body cells lose this ability to stop controlling their growth, and resulting in overgrowth of cells. One of such congenital diseases is hemihypertrophy. In this article we are going to discuss hemihypertrophy with the best Ayurvedic treatment for hemihypertrophy.
Hemihypertrophy also known as hemihyperplasia is a rare disorder which affects the half portion of the body. The half side of the body grows larger than the other side due to excess production of cells and resulting in the gross visible asymmetry of the body. The disorder is mostly congenital and evident at the birth and early stages of life. Sometimes this condition is not that much evident, but becomes visible with the person lying down. It also affects the normal gait of the person.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS
The obvious sign of this disease is the tendency of one portion of the body to grow larger than the other side. As a result of which a limb can be longer or larger in size, which creates noticeable differences in posture and walking pattern of the individual. Other changes include the enlarged one side of the face or trunk. Speaking and feeding problems due to macroglossia (larger tongue).
These children are at high risk of developing tumors, especially abdominal tumors. Wilms’ tumor, a cancer of kidneys, is the most common example. Other cancers associated with hemihypertrophy are hepatoblastomas (cancer of liver), leiomyosarcomas (carcinoma of muscles) and adrenocortical carcinomas (adrenal gland carcinoma).
No exact cause of this disease is known. It is believed to be inherited in families. Genetic involvement is also considered, but the genes responsible are not well defined, as they differ from person to person. A mutation in chromosome 11 is being suspected to be in the association with the hemihypertrophy condition.
In Ayurveda this hemihypertrophy is considered as a condition arising due to excessive vitiation of vata and kapha dosha which leads to man’s dhatu vridhi (increase in the muscular tissues) of the one side of the body. Acharya had given the beautiful description of symptom arising from mans vridhi as (Sushruta samhita Sutra sthana 15/14) In this phrase, due to increased mans dhatu leading to overgrowth of muscle mass in the region of buttock, throat, abdomen, lips or tongue, arm, leg etc. body parts along with heaviness in the body and increased tendency of developing gulma (abdominal tumors), piles, etc.
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The best treatment plan suggested by our experts for hemihypertrophy
- Infee syrup
- Navkarshik churna
- Punarnava Capsule
- Kaishore Guggul
- Ashwagandha Capsule
- Nirgundi oil mixed with bala ashwagandha oil.
1. Infee Syrup
This product is the best poly herbal formulation specially manufactured for immune modulating purpose. The ingredients include giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) and madhuyashti (Glycyrrhiza glabra) like herbs which are full of antioxidants and these help in scavenging the free toxins and thus improving the functions at cellular level and preventing the cells to undergo hypertrophic changes.
Dosage- 2 teaspoon twice daily, after meals
It is the classical poly herbal formulation in fermented liquid form which is the best tonic for adolescence. The ingredients such as jatamansi (Nardostachycus jatamansi), arvinda (Nelumbo nucifera) and other 26 contents are rich with the goodness of antiviral, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, immune-modulatory, sedative and neuroprotective qualities. That promotes the overall functioning of the body by reducing the hypertrophied cells or mass in this diseased condition, also nervous tonics will enhance the neuromuscular co-ordinations.
Dosage- 2 teaspoon with equal amount of plain water, twice daily after meals
3. Navkarshik Churna
This churna (powder) is a classical poly herbal blend powder made for promoting better metabolism. The ingredients such as triphala (the combination of three herbs i.e. Terminalia chebula, Terminalia bellerica, and Emblica officinalis) along with katuki (Picrorhiza kurroa) support the better excretion of endotoxins from the cells and promote the normal tissue functions and also contents like vacha (Acorus calamus), manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), daruhaldi (Berberis aristata) and neem (Azadirachta indica) are well known for their blood detoxification properties, aiding in betterment of the metabolism at cellular level and prevent from further hypertrophication.
Dosage- 1 teaspoon with lukewarm water, twice daily after meals
4. Punarnava Capsule
These are the single herbal formulations made by Planet Ayurveda’s experts from the standardized extract of punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa). Punarnava is well known for its property of balancing vata and kapha dosha, as we know this disease is manifested due to vata and kapha predominance. Also the punarnava is one of the best herbal diuretics and possesses blood purifying actions, and plays a great role in reducing the swelling (hypertrophied mass) in hemihypertrophy.
Dosage- 1 capsule twice daily, with plain water after meals
5. Kaishore Guggul
The very effective classical ayurvedic formulation for various inflammatory and pain related conditions. This product is enriched with the combination of herbs such as trikatu i.e. sonth (Zingiber officinale), maricha (Piper nigrum) and pippali (Piper longum), these three herbs in combination improves digestion and help in maintaining the jatharagni (digestive fire) which in turn will promote functioning of various dhatu agni (the fires responsible for the proper anabolic and catabolic functions of the body tissues), along with other ingredient such as guggul (Commiphora mukul) and guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia) which will perform anti-inflammatory action and the triphala promotes the excretion of all the rest ama (endotoxins) out from the body. This effective combination will prevent the cells from going hyperplastic or hypertrophic changes.
Dosage- 2 tablets twice daily along with plain water after meals
6. Ashwagandha Capsule
These are the very effective single herb products made by Planet Ayurveda team for providing strength. It is made from the standardized extract of Withania somnifera. As we know, this disease i.e. hemihypertrophy will decrease the bodily strength and make the affected person weak. These capsules will aid the patients to regain their bodily strength along with doing immune modulatory actions.
Dosage- 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals
7. Nirgundi oil mixed with bala ashwagandha oil
Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) is the best herbs mentioned for vata quenching properties. And bala ashwagandha oil is the oily formulation mentioned in Ayurvedic texts made from the best balya dravyas i.e. strength giving herbs such as bala (Sida cordifolia). The local massage of these oils will increase the blood circulation of the affected part, thus help in relieving the pain and promote better functioning of the part.
Method of application- Take 5-10 ml each of Nirgundi oil and bala ashwagandha oil and mildly heat them, and apply locally on the affected part of the body, do it twice daily.
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There is no exact treatment of hemihypertrophy condition in the Allopathic medicine system. But Ayurveda being a life science with a holistic approach of diet and lifestyle modification is the best way to treat such disorders with the herbal formulation in a safer and effective way.
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