Ayurvedic Treatment of Scleroderma

Scleroderma

About Scleroderma

Scleroderma is an autoimmune ailment of the connective tissue, which is mainly characterized by fibrosis -- the formation of scar tissue -- in the skin. This disease leads to the thickening or tightening of the affected skin; and can involve blood vessel problems, unprompted scarring, pain, itching, and inflammation.

With autoimmune diseases being those diseases which occur when the body's tissues are attacked by its own immune system, the occurrence of Scleroderma is caused by an 'overactive' immune system. In this condition, the body produces excessive amounts of collagen, which is a significant component of the skin.

Scleroderma can occur in different forms; and affects different parts of the body, including kidneys, lungs and other internal organs. The skin changes in this disease can be quite widespread, though the most affected parts mainly are the fingers, face, neck, and feet. When these parts are affected by Scleroderma, the hardening of the skin can hamper the movement of the fingers, jaw, and toes.

Scleroderma generally affects people aged between 30 and 50 years; with women being at a higher risk of the disease in comparison to men. The severity of this disease can vary from person to person.

Types of Scleroderma

1. Localized scleroderma

This type of Scleroderma mostly affects only the skin, though it might also spread to the muscles, bones and joints. However, it is a mild form of the disease which does not affect the body's internal organs.

Localized Scleroderma may either be 'Morphea' Scleroderma, in which hard, oval-shaped patches are formed on the affected skin; or it may be 'Linear' Scleroderma, in which lines or streaks of hardened skin are formed on the face, arms, or legs.

2. Systemic scleroderma

This type of Scleroderma is a serious form of the disease which can affect many parts or systems of the body, including the skin, muscles, joints, blood vessels, heart, lungs, and kidneys.

One kind of Systemic Scleroderma is called 'Limited' Scleroderma which has a gradual onset, and affects the facial skin as well as the skin of the hands and feet. It may also damage the lungs, intestines, or oesophagus; and, in some cases, it may affect the heart and increases the blood pressure in the lungs.

The second kind of Systemic Scleroderma is called 'Diffuse' Scleroderma which has a quick onset; and thickens the skin on the hands, upper arms, the middle part of the body, and the feet. It may also affect the gastrointestinal tract, and other internal organs, such as the heart, kidneys, and lungs.

Causes of Scleroderma

The exact cause of Scleroderma is not yet clearly known; though it is believed that this disease is mainly caused by an overproduction of collagen of the skin. Other than excessive production of collagen, two other possible causes of Scleroderma are:

  • Genetics
  • Environmental factors like viral infections, radiation therapy, or organic solvent.

Whatever the cause of Scleroderma may be, this disease leads to an over-active immune system in the affected individuals, and damages the inner lining of small blood vessels and injures the tissues.

Symptoms of Scleroderma

Some of the most common symptoms of Scleroderma are:

  • Thickening of the affected skin
  • Swelling, puffiness or pain in fingers and/or toes
  • Ulcers or sores on finger-tips
  • Cold fingers or toes which turn red, blue, or white
  • Tiny red spots on face and chest
  • Pain or swelling in joints
  • Dryness of eyes or mouth
  • Muscle weakness
  • Weight-loss
  • Diarrhoea
  • Bloating
  • Heartburn
  • Breathlessness

Ayurvedic Treatment of Scleroderma

Since Scleroderma is a chronic skin condition, the treatment mainly revolves around the management of the symptoms of the disease, in order to provide relief to the patients.

Ayurvedic products can be extremely beneficial in managing Scleroderma symptoms. These products are made from pure extracts of herbs, under the guidance and supervision of Ayurvedic experts; and are free from chemicals, preservatives, and artificial colours.

According to Ayurveda, Scleroderma is a skin condition caused by imbalance of the body's three 'doshas' --- Vata, Pitta and Kapha. This condition mainly disrupts the Tvak (skin), Mamsa Dhatu, Rakta Dhatu, and Rasa Dhatu.

Herbal Remedies for Scleroderma

Planet Ayurveda provides effective herbal remedies such as Neem Capsules, Gandhak Rasayan, Ashwagandha Capsules and Arjuna Capsules for ayurvedic treatment of Scleroderma. These herbal remedies are prepared from using best quality herbs and strictly follow the principles of Ayurveda. All these herbal remedies of Planet Ayurveda are 100 percent pure, natural and vegetarian. These are free from chemicals, additives and preservatives. These are safe to use as these are free from side effects.

1. Neem Capsules

Neem has been known, since ancient times, for its immense medicinal importance and its ability to maintain a healthy skin and overall health of the body. Neem capsules are made from the pure extract of 'Neem' herb (Azadirachta indica), which has proven anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, and can be very helpful in reducing skin inflammation. Neem capsules can effectively treat dry skin problems, skin rashes, skin irritation and itching of the skin.

For the patients of Scleroderma, it is recommended that two Neem Capsules should be taken with plain water twice daily, after meals.

2. Gandhak Rasayan

This is also a very useful product -- in the form of tablets -- for the management of Scleroderma symptoms. Prepared from pure Gandhak (Sulphur purified) Gandhak Rasayan tablets can make the skin healthy, remove the skin's dead surface, improve immunity, reduce inflammation, and enable the body to combat bacterial infections.

To manage Scleroderma, two Gandhak Rasayan tablets should be taken 2-3 times a day, with plain water, after meals.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

Pure extract of 'Ashwagandha' herb (Withania somnifera) is used for preparing these capsules which can give a notable boost to the immune system and enhance the body's physical and mental capabilities. Moreover, this wonderful herb eliminate toxins from the body to lower the body fatigue, and it also effectively supports the functioning of the immune system and the circulatory, reproductive, and adrenal systems.

The recommended dosage of Ashwagandha Capsules for Scleroderma patients is: One or two capsules twice a day, with plain water, after meals.

4. Arjuna Capsules

These capsules are prepared from the standardized extract of pure 'Arjuna' herb (Terminalia arjuna). This herb has astringent properties; and it is very beneficial in detoxifying the blood, controlling intensified Pitta, relieving bleeding conditions, and improving a person's stamina.

For managing Scleroderma symptoms, one or two Arjuna Capsules should be taken with plain water two times a day, after meals.

Conclusion

Scleroderma is not an infectious, contagious, cancerous or malignant disease. Its symptoms can be effectively relieved with the help of above-mentioned Ayurvedic formulations which are completely safe for use and do not have any side-effects.


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