Herbal Remedies for Harlequin Syndrome

Harlequin Syndrome

About Harlequin Syndrome

Harlequin Syndrome is one of the most mysterious and dramatic autonomic syndromes where flushing is limited to one side of the face, a symptom that does not appear to have received attention in the past. It involves unilateral sweating in response to spicy foods, heat and exercise may develop spontaneously as idiopathic hyperhidrosis which is sometimes accompanied by flushing and sometimes not. Harlequin Syndrome is characterised by unilateral facial flushing and sweating which are predominantly induced by heat or exercise. The sympathetic deficits confine to the face. Rarely, the autonomic deficits involve the arm or the parasympathetic neurons in the ciliary ganglia. It is a rare condition but it should be treated well and on time before it poses any health complications.

In Harlequin Syndrome, autonomic nervous system is affected. The autonomic nervous system is responsible for controlling the body's natural processes such as- sweating, skin flushing.

Signs and Symptoms of Harlequin Syndrome

The common symptom is flushing and sweating of the face, neck and the upper chest region due to the exposure to heat or by doing any strenuous activity.

Causes of Harlequin Syndrome

The exact cause of Harlequin Syndrome is not completely understood. In some patients, the underlying cause seems to be a lesion or tumor that affects the ability of the cells of the autonomic nervous system to communicate with one side of the body but in some cases, the exact cause is not known.

It is believed that torsion of thoracic spine blocks the anterior radicular artery. Another reason is the lesion to the preganglionic or postganglionic cervical sympathetic fibres and parasympathetic neurons of the ciliary ganglion.

When Patients Need Treatment?

Treatment of Harlequin Syndrome includes removing any lesion that is responsible for the symptoms but if no lesion is present, no treatment is available. Patients need treatment as this is an embarrassing condition for them.

Harlequin Syndrome - According to Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, Harlequin syndrome is the disease of high Pitta in the body. Excess heat production in the body leads to this syndrome. Ayurvedic treatment of any disorder involves the balancing of aggravated doshas in the body with the help of natural remedies and modifications in the diet and lifestyle. Ayurveda (the ancient system of medicine) has an answer for this rare syndrome also. There are many herbs and natural treatments for pacifying the aggravated Pitta which is the main cause of this syndrome and also provides holistic health to the individuals.

Herbal Remedies for Harlequin Syndrome

Planet Ayurveda offers effective herbal remedies such as Curcumin Capsules, Gandhak Rasayan, Ashwagandha Capsules and Pitta Balance for ayurvedic treatment of harlequin syndrome. The remedies are 100% pure without the addition of any chemical, additive or preservatives. As herbs used in these herbal remedies are natural, there is no risk of side effects as compared to modern medicines. Modern medicine provides symptomatic relief only but Ayurveda works on the root cause of the disease.

1. Curcumin Capsules

Curcumin Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared by using the pure and standardised extracts of herb Curcuma longa. Curcuma longa is an herb commonly used in India. Curcumin Capsules are used in variety of health conditions. The active compound of this herb is curcumin. This compound is known to have anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that is effective in harlequin syndrome.

Pack Size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice a day with plain water after meals.

2. Gandhak Rasayan

Gandhak Rasayan is an Ayurvedic medicine widely used in the treatment of skin diseases, itching and many other disorders. It balances all the three doshas: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Gandhak Rasayan of Planet Ayurveda is prepared by using pure Gandhak (sulphur) and sharkara. This medicine is quite effective in controlling the sweating that occurs on face, neck and upper chest region. It contains 100% sulphur which is highly effective in controlling the symptom.

Pack Size: Each bottle contains 120 tablets in it.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day with plain water after meals.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the standardised extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Ashwagandha has been used for a number of diseases since ages like to improve muscle mass and strength, to treat muscle wasting, in neuromuscular disorders etc. To manage this health problem as well, this product is also effective.

Pack Size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules in it.

Dosage: 1 capsules 2 times a day after meals with plain water.

4. Pitta Balance

Aggravation of Pitta leads to excessive heat production in the body which results in sweating in the affected body parts. So, to control sweating, Pitta dosha in the body must be balanced. Pitta Capsules of Planet Ayurveda regulate heat production thereby controls the sweating. These capsules help in balancing Pitta dosha naturally. These capsules are 100% natural and formulated by MD Ayurveda experts and free from chemicals, preservatives, starch, fillers etc.

Pitta Balance Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are a great source of natural calcium too as it contains natural calcium compounds. This compound is prepared by using five important ingredients such as Praval Pishti (Coral calcium), Kamdhudha Ras (Calcium compound), Akik Pishti (Agate calcium), Mukta Pishti (Pearl calcium) and Giloy satva (Tinospora cordifolia).

Pack Size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules.

Dosage: 1 capsule 2 times a day with plain water after meals.

Dietary Guidelines

Diet plays an important role to control the symptoms of harlequin syndrome. A person with this problem must take pitta pacifying diet.

  • Fruits such as – apples, sweet mangoes, pomegranates, figs, melons, dates are good for pacifying pitta dosha. So, include these fruits in the diet.
  • In vegetables, include sunflower, asparagus, cucumber, lettuce, alfalfa, bell peppers are good to pacify pitta dosha.
  • Spices such as cumin, coriander, cardamom, mint and turmeric can be included in diet. So, cook the food by using these herbs. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
  • Avoid caffeinated drinks, excess of almonds, cashew nuts, walnuts as these increase Pitta dosha.

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