Natural Treatment Of Xerostomia
Many of the diseases may not be present as an independent disease but found as an associated symptoms of an underlying health condition. One of such diseases affecting the oral mucosa is xerostomia. In this article we are going to discuss xerostomia, its possible causes, and clinical features, along with the best Ayurvedic treatment for this disease.
Xerostomia is the condition which is characterised by the dry mouth or excessive thirst. Xerostomia in general terms is the subjected feeling of dryness of the oral cavity. The disease is often associated with less functioning of salivary glands. This disease in Ayurvedic texts can be best correlated with the trishna roga, which is arised due to the udaka vaha srotas dushti. (vitiation in the microchannels associated with the transport of water and other intracellular-extracellular fluid of the body). This condition is usually associated with hyposalivation, change in salivary composition, and other psychogenic conditions.
SIGN AND SYMPTOMS
The clinical manifestations of the xerostomia include dry and sticky feeling in the mouth, sores in oral cavity, frequent thirst, sores at the corners of mouth, dry and cracked lips, feeling of dried throat, tingling or burning sensation in the tongue or in the whole mouth, red, tough, dry or raw tongue, problems in speaking, and intraoral halitosis (bad breath). Also xerostomia increases the susceptibility to oropharyngeal candidiasis, tooth decay, loose acrylic dentures, dental caries, acid erosions, suppurative sialadenitis. Further the associated symptoms may include altered sense of smell (dysosmia), metallic or other altered taste sensation (dysgeusia), and trouble chewing or swallowing (dysphagia) etc.
In Ayurveda, the clinical picture of the patients suffered with Trishna roga as given by Acharya Charaka is given by this phrase as
Trishna roga is characterised by mukhshosh (dryness of the mouth), swar bheda (altered voice), bhram (delusion), santaap (fever or burning sensation), pralap (delirium), taalu jihva shosh (dryness of palate and tongue), oshth shosh (dryness of the lips), jihva nirgam (protrusion of the tongue), murcha (episodes of fainting due to prolonged dehydration), aruchi (anorexia), badhirya (gradual deafness), marma peeda (pain in the vital points), sharir saathilya (flaccidness in the body). These all features of trishna roga are clearly visible in the patients with Xerostomia.
The physiological causes of xerostomia include decreased salivary flow during night time, due to mouth breathing, periods of anxiety, dehydration, in old age people as the senile changes in salivary glrnd tissues leads to the reduction in the salivary output. This condition can also be raised as a side effect of many allopathic medicines including atropine, hyoscine, anti-hypertensives, antidepressants, opioids, cytotoxic drugs, antihistamines, protease inhibitors, antireflex drugs such as Proton pump inhibitors (e.g. Omeprazole), diuretics, interleukin-2, benzodiazepines etc. These all medications that cause the condition of xerostomia as a complication is termed as xerogenic. Also, xerostomia is formed as a side effect of certain conditions such as anaemia, diabetes mellitus, HIV/AIDS, Sjoren’s Syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, Salivary glands atresia or aplasia, Rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, Parkinson’s disease, Mumps, lupus, primary biliary cholangitis, cerebral palsy, Amyloidosis, sarcoidosis, cholinergic dysfunction, hepatitis-C patient, renal failure etc.
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Herbal remedies as suggested by Planet Ayurveda’s experts for the treatment of Xerostomia
- Acido Plan Syrup
- Neuro Plan Syrup
- Gum Care Powder
- Chitrakadi Vati
1. ACIDO PLAN SYRUP
Acido Plan syrup is the polyherbal syrup formulation made by Planet Ayurveda’s experts. The ingredients of this syrup include Patola (Trichosanthes dioica), Sajji kshar (Soda-bi-carbornate extracted from natural source), Ghrit Kumari (Aloe barbadensis), Triphala (Terminalia bellirica, Emblica officinalis, and Terminalia chebula), Saunf (Foeniculum vulgare) and shatavari (Asparagus racemosus). These all herbs help in making the stomach environment adequate for digestion. This will reduce the ama production which is one of the reasons for trishna roga (xerostomia).
Dosage- 2 teaspoon twice daily, after meals.
2. NEURO PLAN SYRUP
This syrup acts in xerostomia condition by enhancing the neurological functions and making the good neuromuscular coordinations for treating the weakness in the salivary glands or either tissues, leading to hyposalivation condition. The contents of this poly herbal syrup include nervine tonics such as Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Trikatu (Zingiber officinale, Piper nigrum, and Piper longum). These ingredients make it a perfect combination for treating various neurological conditions (such as Alzhimers, Salivary glands atresia or aplasia) associated with xerostomia.
Dosage- 2 teaspoon two times a day, after meals.
3. GUM CARE POWDER
This powder blend for local application in the gums made by Planet Ayurveda contains many herbal ingredients that play an important role in gum care and maintaining adequate oral hygiene. The ingredients of this polyherbal powder includes Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Poog (Areca catechu), Karpur (Cinnamomum camphora) etc. herbs that not only treat the gum diseases but also enhance the salivary secretions that are essential for treating the condition of Xerostomia.
Method of Application- Massage your teeth and gums gently with 3-6 gm powder. Rinse the mouth with lukewarm water after 2-3 minutes.
4. CHITRAKADI VATI
This is a classical remedy for various stomach and digestion related disorders consisting of herbs like Plumbago zeylanica, Piper nigrum, Ferula asafoetida, Trachyspermum roxburghianum, etc. herbs along with the five types of salts well processed in pomegranate juice. As already discussed that indigestion is the root cause of all the ailments and as this disease is having kapha predominance and related with mandagni, so this formulation is very much effective in xerostomia by improving the digestive fire and the digestion process.
Dosage- One tablet twice daily after meals with plain water.
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As we have already seen in the causes section of this article that the side effects of various allopathic medications are the prime cause of this disease. So it’s best to avoid any further Allopathic medicine for the treatment of this condition. This condition is well treated with Ayurveda with a holistic approach of herbal medications, dietary and lifestyle modifications.
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