Pancreatitis, Causes, Symptoms and Herbal Treatment
Pancreatitis is inflammation in the pancreas. It is a disease in which your pancreas becomes inflamed.
The pancreas is a large gland that is present behind your stomach and next to your small intestine. The pancreas is a digestive gland that performs a range of both endocrine and exocrine functions.
The endocrine part produces several important hormones, including insulin, glucagon, somatostatin, and pancreatic polypeptide which is involved in the homeostasis of blood glucose and is also involved in the control of upper GI motility and function.
The exocrine part is responsible for the digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, and lipids. The major enzymes involved in the digestion of proteins are trypsinogen and chymotrypsinogen. Those involved in the digestion of fats are lipase and amylase.
Pancreatitis is inflammation of the pancreas. It happens when digestive enzymes start digesting their own pancreatic cells.
TYPES OF PANCREATITIS
Acute pancreatitis occurs suddenly and usually cures in a few days with treatment. It is often caused by gallstones. Common symptoms are severe pain in the upper abdomen, vomiting, and nausea. It took only a few days of treatment in the hospital for intravenous (IV) fluids, antibiotics, and medicines to relieve pain.
Chronic pancreatitis does not heal or improve. Over time it gets worsens and leads to permanent damage. The most common cause is heavy alcohol use. Other causes include cystic fibrosis and high levels of calcium or fats in the blood, other inherited disorders, some medicines, and autoimmune conditions.
Symptoms include nausea, weight loss, vomiting, and oily stools. Treatment may also be a few days in the hospital for intravenous (IV) fluids, medicines to relieve pain and nutritional support. After that, you may need to start taking enzymes and eat a special diet. It is also important to not smoke or drink alcohol. Of the many causes of pancreatitis, the most common are alcohol consumption and gallstones.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF PANCREATITIS
Symptoms of acute pancreatitis
- High heart rate
- Nausea, vomiting
- Lethargy and weakness
- Tender and swollen belly
- Pain in the upper part of your belly that radiates to your back. After eating it generally get worse, especially foods high in fat.
Symptoms of chronic pancreatitis
The symptoms of chronic pancreatitis are much similar to those of acute pancreatitis. But you may also have:
- Constant pain in your upper abdomen that radiates to your back. This pain may be severe.
- Diarrhea and weight loss because the pancreas isn’t releasing enough enzymes to break down food.
- Upset stomach, nausea and vomiting
CAUSES AND RISK FACTORS FOR PANCREATITIS
Acute pancreatitis causes include:
- Autoimmune diseases
- Drinking lots of alcohol
- Metabolic disorders
In up to 15-20% of people with acute pancreatitis, the cause is unknown.
Chronic pancreatitis causes include:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Family history of pancreas disorders
- High triglycerides
- Alcohol use for a long time
In about 25% to 30% of cases, the cause of chronic pancreatitis is unknown. People with chronic pancreatitis are usually men between ages 30 and 40.
AYURVEDIC VIEW IN PANCREATITIS
The physical qualities of pitta are ishatsneha (slightly viscous), ushna (hot), tikshna (sharp, penetrating or intense), drava (liquid), amla (when vidagdha, sour), sara (fluid) and katu (acrid).
The features of pancreatitis are similar to the features of pitta where tikshna and ushna guna of pitta are aggravated.
Pancreatitis in the first phase is Vata-Pita (fire & air components) results in aggravation of digestive fluids found in the pancreas. In the chronic period, there are degenerative changes that are detected
Chandigarh ayurvedic Centre provides medicine, which detox the body and pacifies aggravated pitta dosha sheet dhara ,trikatu churan, detox premium powder panchskar churan, liver care tablet
Detail description of ayurvedic medicine
1. Detox Premium Powder
These herbal sachets are prepared from ingredients such as Shankh bhasma, Sutshekhar ras, Parvalpishti, Shukta, Giloy, Kamdudha ras, Shvetparpati that gives calming effect on the stomach.
Shankh bhasma: This ayurvedic bhasma is prepared from conch shell. The bhasma shows antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antacid, digestive stimulant properties. The problems like indigestion, heartburn, acid reflux, abdominal pain, loss of appetite, etc are easily treated with it.
Sutshekhar ras: It is an ayurvedic preparation that maintains pitta dosha in the body. This ras provides effective results in abdominal pain, heartburn, nausea, fever, headache, epigastric tenderness, etc.
Parval pishti: This pishti is prepared from coral calcium processed in rose water. It provides effective results in acidity, burning sensation, headache, etc.
Shukta pishti: This pishti balances the pitta dosha in the body and removes all toxins from the body.
Giloy satv: Giloy satv possesses antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, carminative, immunomodulator, etc properties. It eliminates the ama from body hence provide good results in acidity problem.
Kamdudha ras: This ras reduces heat, burning sensation, epigastrium tenderness, irritability, heartburn, and acidity.
Shwet parpati: It is also effective in acidity.
Recommended Dosage: Take one sachet twice daily.
2. Panchsakar Churna
This churna is very effective for acidity patients as it shows antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, laxative, & analgesic properties. It is a classical herbal churna prepared from ingredients like Shatapushpa,Balaharitaki, Shunthi, Swarnapatri, & Saindhav lavana. It helps in removing all toxins
from the body & provides good results in acidity. All signs & symptoms related to pancreatitis are treated with the regular use of this churna.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 teaspoonful at bedtime with warm water.
3. Sheet Dhara Syrup
This herbal syrup is prepared from ingredients such as ajwain satav, mushak kapoor, peppermint, etc that naturally relieve the symptoms like bloating, blenching, nausea, vomiting, feeling of discomfort, etc. The regular use of this herbal syrup neutralizes the high acid content, reduces abdominal pain, & cramps.
Recommended dosage: Take half teaspoonful of this syrup in half a cup of water. Drink this mixture twice daily on an empty stomach.
4. Liver Care Tablet
These tablet are 100% safe and purely ayurvedic formulation. It maintains the proper functioning of the liver and stimulate the growth of new liver cells. Liver Care Tablets contains Ingredients like Kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Kutaki(Picrorhiza kurroa), Bhumi amla( phyllanthus niruri), Giloy(Tinopora Cordifolia), Yavakshar( Hordeum vulgare), Imli Kshar( Tamarindus indica), Mukta Shukta pisti etc. These herbs balances excess Pitta Dosha and helps in problems like pancreatitis abdominal bloating,flatulence, abdominal pain, loss of appetite and indigestion.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
5. Trikatu Tablet:
Trikatu means 3 most essential species –Maricha (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum), and Sonth (Zingiber officinale). It is an herbal formulation used in Ayurveda for enhancing effects and increasing the absorption of ayurvedic medicines. It has hot potency, which means its intake results in the production of heat in the body and increases digestive juices and bile salt secretion. Trikatu tablet promotes the bioavailability of nutrients and increases the absorption of drugs in the bloodstream.
Healthy Tips & Diet for Acidity Patients:
Drink plenty of water and juices prepared at home.
Include raw vegetables & fruits in your diet as a salad.
Prepare an herbal tea from 3 to 4 basil leaves, boil in two cups of water until the remaining one cup. Strain the mixture, let it cool down, & drink this once.
Fennel seeds reduce acidity, improves digestion, solve indigestion issues. You can eat one teaspoon of fennel seeds after meals. Or take a teaspoon of fennel seeds in two cups of water. Boil until the remaining one cup. Strain the mixture let it cool down and drink this once.
Green coconut water is also good for patients.
Consume cold milk by adding a pinch of green cardamom & fennel seeds powder in it.
Eat fruits like papaya, apple, watermelon, muskmelon, banana, apricot, etc.
Avoid fast & processed food items.
Add whole grain in your diet and avoid white flour (maida).
Do perform yoga poses like Kapalbhati Pranayama, Halasana, Bhastrika Pranayam, Vajrasana, Pawanamuktasana, Ushtrasana, & Anulom vilom Pranayam, etc.