Herbal Remedies for Arteriovenous Malformation

Arteriovenous malformation

ABOUT ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATION (AVM)

AVM is an unusual connection between arteries and veins. It is also considered as a fault in the blood vessels of cardiac or respiratory system. Arteriovenous malformation is a combination of two words. "Arteriovenous" means channel between arteries and veins and "malformation" means abnormality formed in any part of the body.

Nature of arteries is to carry blood containing oxygen from the heart to the brain, and veins carry blood with less oxygen from the brain and back to the heart. When one suffers from arteriovenous malformation (AVM) in that case clusters of blood vessels in the brain or on its surface bypass the normal brain tissue and directly diverts blood from the arteries to the veins. Malformation is said to arise during fetal development or soon after birth. Males and females are similarly affected with AVM. AVMs are asymptomatic which results in intense pain or bleeding or lead to other serious medical problems.

SYMPTOMS OF ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATION

The symptoms of AVM vary as it can develop in any part of the body and the size of the blood vessels are also involved. AVM can begin anywhere in various body parts but are most commonly present in the brain & spinal cord.

SYMPTOMS OF AVM IN THE CHEST, ABDOMEN OR OTHER ORGANS

  • Chest pain
  • Abdominal pain
  • Back pain

SYMPTOMS OF AVM IN BRAIN

  • Seizures
  • Headache or pain in one area of the head
  • Muscle weakness or numbness in one part of the body
  • Bleeding in the skull
  • Confusion
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in any side of the body.

SYMPTOMS OF AVM IN SPINAL CORD AND LIMBS

  • Lack of coordination
  • Muscle weakness
  • Inability to move a limb
  • Difficulty in movement coordination

SYMPTOMS OF AVM IN CHILDREN UNDER TWO YEARS

  • Hydrocephalus
  • Seizures
  • Congestive heart failure

COMPLICATIONS OF ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATION

  • Bleeding in the brain (hemorrhage): As AVM puts too much of pressure on the walls of the affected arteries and veins, they result in the AVM cracking and bleeding into the brain (a hemorrhage).
  • Reduced oxygen to brain tissue: In case of AVM, blood rushes quickly through the different paths as it is not slowed down by the channels of smaller blood vessels. As a result, brain tissues can't easily absorb oxygen from the fast-flowing blood because of AVM. The brain tissues without enough oxygen, get weak or can even die.
  • Thin or weak blood vessels: As AVM puts extreme pressure on the thin and weak walls of the blood vessels, a lump in the blood vessel wall may develop and become vulnerable to rupture.
  • Brain damage:  As you grow, your body may recruit more arteries to supply blood to the fast-flowing AVM. As a result, some AVMs may get bigger and displace or compress portions of the brain. This may prevent protective fluids from flowing freely around the hemispheres of the brain.

DIAGNOSE OF ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATION

Various types of tests are performed for the diagnosis of AVM:

  • CT scan: This test produces detailed images from inside the body.
  • MRI: Magnetic Resonance Imaging produces images of the affected blood vessels in the brain.
  • MRA (Magnetic Resonance Angiogram): It produces images of the blood vessels.
  • Angiography: Angiography visualizes the blood vessels around the head and neck.

ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATION (AVM) & AYURVEDA

As per Ayurvedic point of view, AVM (Arteriovenous Malformation) primarily involves vata disorder along with the contribution of pitta and kapha dosha. Ayurvedic treatment helps to resolve the blocked channels in the body & the affected blood supply is improved. The cardiac system is cured with this treatment.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR ARTERIOVENOUS MALFORMATION (AVM)

Planet Ayurveda has natural & herbal remedies such as Ashwagandha Capsules, Brahmi Capsules, Gotukola Capsules, Punarnava Mandoor, Arjuna Capsules & Pitta Balance for ayurvedic treatment of Arteriovenous Malformation (AVM). The herbs used in these herbal remedies are effective in curing the affected person.

1. Ashwagandha capsules

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is amongst one of the most potent herbs in Ayurveda. Use of this herb is very effective to manage the spinal disorders. It acts as a powerful nervine tonic. This herb helps to strengthen the muscles and helps to relieve muscle spasm and fatigue. This herb is quite good to balance the vata dosha. Use of this herb is quite effective to treat the Spinal AVM. It helps to manage the symptoms associated with AVM like difficulty with walking or climbing the stairs, weakness in one or both sides of your body, numbness, tingling or sudden pain in legs.

Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily, with plain water after meals.

2. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri) is a great neurotonic, immunomodulator, rejuvenator, antioxidant, adatpogen and memory enhancer in Ayurveda. Its amazing properties are very helpful to relieve nervous exhaustion and mental fatigue. It helps to strengthen the body and maintain a good blood supply in the body.

Dosage – 2 capsules two times a day, with plain water, after meals.

3. Gotukola Capsules

Ayurvedic treatment for spinal AVM by Planet Ayurveda comprises the Gotukola capsules. These capsules are obtained from the standardized extract of the herb Gotu kola (Centella asiatica). It possesses, blood detoxification properties which help in the removal of toxins (ama) from the body. This herb helps to improve the blood circulation in AVM spinal which is the root cause of this problem.

Dosage – 2 capsules, twice daily with water after meals.

4. Punarnava MandUr

Pure extract of different herbs are used for the preparation of these tablets. The ingredients that are used for the preparation of these tablets are Punarnava, Pippali, Maricha, Amalaki, Haritaki, Haridra etc.

Dosage – 2 Tablets thrice daily with plain water, half an hour after meals.

5. Arjuna Capsules

The pure form of "Terminalia arjuna" is used for the preparation of these capsules. These capsules deal with dizziness, chest pain, abdomen pain, pain in muscles, inflammation & weakness in body associated with AVM. It balances all the three doshas vata, pitta and kapha in the body. These capsules help to maintain healthy blood circulation, metabolism & make the heart healthy.

Dosage - One to two capsules, twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

6. Pitta Balance

The ingredients present in the preparation of these capsules are Praval pishti, Akik pishti, Kamdhudha ras, Giloy Satva & Mukta pishti etc. These ingredients balances the three doshas pitta, vata and kapha in the body. Pitta balance capsules are rich in natural calcium, give a cooling effect on the mind, reduce muscular cramps, leg cramps, balances blood circulation & causes proper digestion in the body.

Dosage - One capsule, twice daily, with plain water, after meals.



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