Ayurvedic Varicocele Treatment

Varicocele is like having vascular veins in scrotum or the testes. Vascular veins is a condition where the blood carrying tubes inside a particular body part swell up and stick tight to the inner skin. It is commonly seen in legs but similar condition can be observed in the scrotum (lies inside the testes). The scrotum is the shielding sac around your testes and is responsible for maintaining its shape. 

Having this condition in your scrotum may feel like a bag of worms as the size of your testes gets enlarged. This affects a type of vein termed as pampiniform plexus, which is situated in the spermatic cord. This chord holds vas deferens, the tube that carries sperm, and the testicular artery, which transports blood to the testicles. 

It is a common condition as approximately 15 – 20% of men experience this at least once in their lifetime. In most cases, varicocele is painless and might feel negligible to notice but can sometimes cause an aching sensation around your testes. For some severe cases, varicocele can cause fertility issues and might reduce sperm quality in the long run. Varicocele can happen at almost any age but is most common in teens for the hormonal imbalance in blood flow during puberty. Varicocele typically affects only one side of the testicles, and usually, it’s the left side.

Signs/ symptoms of having varicocele

If you have following signs of varicocele, you should be considering availing a medical consultancy or making the best use of ayurvedic and home remedies:  

  • Formation of lump inside the scrotum or the testicle
  • Swelling in testes
  • Enlargement of the veins of the scrotum
  • Testes size getting shrunk 
  • Discomfort in standing for long periods of time

 

Treating Varicocele by Ayurveda

While the surgical methods pose the possibility of some serious side effects inside the scrotal sac, Ayurveda on the other hand provides similar properties of treatment with no side-effects at all. 

Following are some possible side effects of having surgery to treat varicocele: 

    • Hydrocele – It refers to the condition wherein the accumulation of fluid around the scrotal sac can be observed. It can double up the tissue inflammation.
    • Abnormal body vitals – Abnormal health disorders like feeling nausea, high fever, and aching pain in abdominal/ pelvic region. 
    • Urinals complications – Difficulty in urinating and inability to empty the bladder in one go are common problems post-surgery. 
  • Scrotal swelling and infections – Prolonged infections inside the scrotal sac can be observed if there are some errors in surgical methods opted 

Having understood with the life-threatening side-effects of surgical methods opted to treat varicocele; it becomes quite evident to utilize the Ayurveda-backed treatments. Ayurveda promotes naturally driven medications and helps in providing immediate relief from the aching pain in scrotum. The medicated oils and other forms of medications used work with the Vayu Dosh (surrounding elements) in your body. This helps in reducing the symptoms and stopping the varicocele from getting bigger. 

Dietary Recommendations

Since the intake of herbal medications plays a major role in treating varicocele; it becomes equally important to have a balanced digestive system. To incorporate the same, the inclusion of easily digestible and nutritious foods is necessary. Whole-grain foods, fish oil, olive oil, fresh fruits, and vegetables are recommended additions. The dietary schedule or the time between the meals should be equal and fixed on a daily basis. This will improve the digestive system and make it easier for herbal medications to reach all fundamental body parts. Lubricants like fast food and excess alcohol should be avoided. Also, excess salty and sourness in foods should be avoided too.

Following can be key takeaways for dietary recommendations: 

    • Whole grains – The consumption of whole grain foods will lighten the abdomen muscles and prevent constipation.
    • Leafy Greens – These are rich source of rare minerals, iron and potassium that will help to enhance muscle strength and overall stamina
    • Dairy Products – To ensure increased bone and muscle strength, the consumption of dairy products is immensely important. 
  • Animal proteins – These are quickest source of protein and provide high quality amino acids in least possible calories. 
  • Fresh fruits – Vitamin rich fruits, especially oranges are especially recommended. They promote tissue regeneration. 

 

Conclusion

Varicocele is a common condition that can affect men of different ages and stages in lifestyle. As per several studies conducted, it is reported that approximately 1 out of every 5 men suffer from varicocele at least once in their lifetime. It is caused due to the accumulation of excess blood in veins inside the scrotum. Such a condition is most commonly seen in teenage due to the hormonal imbalance in the puberty phase. Having enlarged testes, irregular scrotum shape, and lower counts of sperm production are some common signs observed in case of varicocele. Ayurveda offers life saving techniques which have zero side effects, unlike the complexities involved in surgeries. The inclusion of purification techniques like Raktamkokshana (bloodletting) and Virechana (Purgation) are a great means of treating varicocele. These techniques help in removing all unnecessary toxins and reduce the symptoms of varicocele. Having balanced and equally timed daily meals will help in forming an active base for digesting herbal medications. Whole grain foods, dairy products, animal protein, leafy greens, and fresh fruits are some recommended add-ons in daily diet. 

 

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Ayurveda Vitiligo Treatment

Vitiligo is a rare skin disorder that causes the skin to lose its color and form smooth white patches in different parts of the body. It is also termed as Leucodermia, which means ‘to have white skin’. It is an autoimmune condition, wherein, the immune cells of our body attack the functioning of healthy organs. In this case, the melanocytes or the skin cells that produce melanin, responsible for providing skin color and texture, are destroyed by the body’s immune system. Also, if the spot is less than 5mm it will be termed as macules and patches for the spot greater than that.

Vitiligo is not so rare but rare to be found as approximately 2% of the total population and an estimated 2 to 5 million suffer from it. Vitiligo is expected to start showing its effects from an early age of 10 and in most cases fully developed until the age of 40. There is no evident proof that vitiligo follows a genetic transmission but nearly around 30% of the affected patients have a family member with this disease. 

Vitiligo progresses with a few small patches that may spread over large body parts within the course of few months. It usually begins on hands, forearms, feet, and face but has the capacity to spread to any part of the body, including the inner ear and genitals. In severe types, the patch spreads to a larger area and is able to grow every year. However, in most cases, the same patch developed at an early age remains stuck for a lifetime. Luckily, it is not a transmissible disease and hence, you cannot catch it from someone else.

Causes of Vitiligo

Vitiligo is primarily caused with the presence of autoimmune condition which depletes the melanin present in skin cells of some body parts. However, factors like genetic transmission and other specific health disorders were observed to some extent as well. Let’s explore them hereby: 

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  • Autoimmunity – As discussed in the above paragraph, vitiligo is considered to be an autoimmune condition. This condition can be the root cause for the general type of vitiligo, which is the most commonly seen. This causes the immunity of our body to attack the melanocyte skin cells which result reduces the amount of melanin to form smooth white patches. 
  • Genetic Factor – Although there isn’t any evidence that proves that vitiligo can pass from someone’s heir, it is studied that somewhere 30% of the individuals affected have one or more family members suffering from this disease.
  • Neurogenic Aspect – A substance or an enzyme that is toxic to melanocytes may be released from the nerve endings in the skin. 
  • Self-destruction – An injury caused that destroyed melanocytes to some extent can be one of the common causes.
  • Melanoma – It is a type of skin cancer and can also be termed as Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma. Having this severe skin disease can also lead to an autoimmune condition and may cause loss of melanin.
  • Chemical Exposure – Sunburn or some sort of chemical attack on the skin also makes the melanin lose from melanocytes.

 

Ayurveda Treatment for Vitiligo 

In Ayurveda, vitiligo is described as Shwetakushta or Switra or Kilasa which are a hierarchal branch of Kushta Rogas (skin diseases). It is caused by the imbalance in Vata Dosha which refers to the physical surroundings and how our body reacts to it accordingly.

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As per Ayurveda-based backing, Switra or Vitiligo can be divided in the following types: 

  • Daruna – The patches will be in red color if this condition  vitiates the rakhta dhatu (blood)
  • Aruna – The patches turn coppery in texture if this condition vitiates the muscle tissues of the affected body part
  • Kilasa – This is the most common type of vitilgo in Ayurveda. It entails that the patches will turn smooth white if this condition vitiates the fat tissue of the affected body part. 

 

Similar to the treatment of other skin and infection-based disorders, Ayurveda promotes the process of purification and detoxification to remove all unnecessary toxins from the skin cells. This methodology adopted comes from the traditional belief that ‘beauty lies beneath. This suggests that the healthy functioning of our body from the inside will direct the improvements in curing complicated skin disorders. Ranging from changes in dietary schedule to adopting home-based remedial therapies, Ayurveda has got it all covered to effectively cure vitiligo. 

Dietary Changes

It is recommended that the consumption of nutritiously rich foods which are easy to digest can enhance the working of digestive system. This sort of enhancement will improve the blood circulation and the ability to respond to all Ayurveda based medications as effective as possible. 

Following are some key notions to formulate an effective dietary schedule:

  • Having light meals
  • Fixed meal timings and an equal share of time period between them
  • Inclusion of rice, wheat and leafy green foods in daily diet
  • Include gourd family vegetables like bitter-gourd and ridged gourd in your diet
  • Recommended to avoid caffeine-based and alcoholic beverages
  • To avoid strong/highly flavored which have excess of sodium in them
  • Limiting the intake sugar in daily. This varies on the individual’s diabetic levels. 
  • Avoid vegetable roots and tubers like potato, carrot, and black gram
  • Avoid consumption of tinned or bottled foods and aquatic animals 

 

Ayurvedic Medications

Ayurveda-based herbal medications can provide an impacting relief as it corrects the underlying cause of the illness from its root and cures the condition for a long-term basis. Following can be some of the healing options available in Ayurveda to treat vitiligo

    • Bakuchi (Psoralea Corylifolia) – This is the most commonly used medication in Ayurveda to treat the condition of vtiligo. Although, it shows slow results but will be highly effective in the long run to rejuvenate the skin tone. It incorporates various ayurvedic powders which can efficiently collaborate with therapies like Panchkarma and phototherapy. 
  • Manjistha (Rubia Cordifolia) – This herbal medication can be relied upon if the expectations are to get rid of the white patches permanently. This herb possesses several strong properties that are beneficial in the management of various diseases including Vitiligo. 
  • Neem (Azadirachta Indica) – Neem possesses several anti-oxidant properties which will not only reduce the symptoms of vitiligo but shall also prevent the melanocytes from getting damaged. 
  • Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula) – Similar to that of Neem, Haritaki includes various anti-oxidant properties which prevents the spread of vitiligo due to the presence autoimmune condition. This herb also acts as an anti-depressant which helps the patients to get relieved from the psychological aspect of the condition. 

 

Conclusion

Vitiligo is a rare skin disorder that causes the skin to lose its color infractions and makes it look like a smooth white patch. Being an autoimmune condition, the melanocytes present in melanin (responsible for providing skin color and texture) are depleted from a particular body part. Although, vitiligo can appear almost anywhere body parts like hands, forearms, feet, and face are commonly affected. Apart from the presence of the autoimmune condition, vitiligo can be rarely transmitted via genetic factors involved. It is so as at least 25% of the individuals suffering have some family member with Vitiligo. 

The Ayurveda-backed vitiligo treatments involve the mechanism of purification and detoxification to eradicate all toxins from the body. This methodology helps in cleansing away the harmful toxins in the affected area and improves the skin tone. Ayurveda recommends having simplified dietary alterations that will enable the digestive system to effectively circulate the consumption of herbal medications. Herbs like Bakuchi, Manjishtha, Neem, and Haritaki are commonly preferred to help reduce the symptoms and improve the skin tone on long-term basis.

 

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