• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Cholesteatoma

Cholesteatoma is a noncancerous growth which can occur in the middle ear canal. This usually results from keratinizing squamous epithelium in the middle ear and/or mastoid process. Though this is not a cancerous growth, it can cause considerable destruction of the inner and middle ear and surrounding regions. It can therefore cause deafness, giddiness, ear discharge, pain and irritation of the facial nerve, and rarely cause infection and damage to the brain. A chronic and persistent ear discharge accompanied by deafness is usually taken to be due to cholesteatoma unless proved otherwise. Physicians need to be very alert in order to diagnose this condition in a timely manner. Modern management of this condition is by surgery; however the surgery itself can cause permanent damage and hearing loss.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment for cholesteatoma is aimed at treating the growth aggressively so as to cause a complete remission at the earliest and prevent damage to the middle and inner ear structures as well as surrounding organs and brain. Herbal medicines which reduce tumor growth as well as act specifically on the ear are used in high doses. There are several medicines and herbal combinations which have a specific action on different diseases of the external and internal ear organs. A combination of these medicines is used in order to treat and cure the disease. Ayurvedic herbal treatment may be required for periods ranging from three to six months; however, regular assessment is important in order to ensure that the disease is responding to treatment so as to prevent risk of life and other complications.

Cholesteatoma, Ayurvedic treatment, herbal medicines.

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