• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Amyloidosis

Amyloidosis is a medical condition involving the deposition of an abnormal protein called amyloid in various tissues of the body including the heart, kidneys, liver, intestines, skin, nerves, joints, and lungs. Amyloidosis can be either localized or systemic, depending upon the area or organs affected. Symptoms resulting from this condition usually result from the abnormal functioning of the involved organs. Alzheimer's disease is due to a localized form of amyloid deposition in the brain, while long-standing kidney failure can cause beta 2 micro globulin amyloidosis. Systemic amyloidosis can be primary, secondary, or inherited.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment for amyloidosis involves the removal of the abnormal protein from different parts of the body and treatment of the affected and dysfunctional organs. Ayurvedic herbal medicines which have a specific action on protein as well as muscle tissue are used in high doses in the treatment of this condition. In addition, medicines are also used to flush abnormal protein through the circulatory system either from the gastrointestinal tract or through the kidneys. Specific treatment also needs to be given for dysfunctional organs and depends upon the organs affected.

Special care needs to be taken when important organs like the heart, kidneys, liver and lungs are affected, since the dysfunction of these organs can adversely affect the individual and increase morbidity and mortality. Most individuals affected with amyloidosis require treatment for periods ranging from six to nine months, depending upon the severity of the condition. Once patients demonstrate a decrease in abnormal protein deposition, further treatment is given to prevent a recurrence of the condition. In order to achieve this, medicines which act on the blood, muscle, as well as fat tissue are used so as to regulate and normalize the metabolism of the body. Treatment also needs to be given to regulate the immune function of the affected individual in order to reduce treatment time and achieve recovery as early as possible.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment and thus be judiciously utilised in the management and treatment of amyloidosis.

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment, herbal medicines, amyloidosis

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