Sjogren’s Syndrome is an autoimmune disorder that decreases the amount of moisture produced by the glands in the eyes and mouth. It is accompanied by other autoimmune disorders like Rheumatoid arthritis and lupus. In this condition, the mucous membranes and moisture secreting glands are affected first, which results in decreased tears (keratoconjunctivitis sicca) and saliva (xerostomia). Other symptoms associated with this condition are- Joint pain, swelling, stiffness, swollen salivary glands, skin rashes, vaginal dryness, fatigue, etc.
Sjogren’s Syndrome is termed ‘Shushkakshipaka’ in Ayurveda. It can be broken into two words, ‘Shushka’ means ‘absent’, and ‘Paka’ means ‘inflammation’ of Netra. It comes under the Sarvagata Netra Roga which is a Vata/Vata-Pitta dominant vyadhi. It also leads to derangement of metabolism and tissues of the body. Ashru is the product of Ras, Meda, and Majja Dhatus. It is derived from Rasa Dhatu, whose restoration provides nutrition to the outer tunics. When this is vitiated, it leads to the condition of Sjogren’s syndrome.
The treatment of Sjogren’s Syndrome in Ayurveda focuses on the root cause of the condition, which in this case is vitiation of doshas. It involves treatments like- Deepan-pachana, Mridu virechan, Basti, Seka, Aschyotan, Akshi tarpana, Nasya, Anjana, etc. It also involves intake of herbal medications like- ashwagandha, Boswellia, Curcumin, green tea, ginger, white willow, etc. that help in relieving the symptoms. This line of treatment helps in curing the condition in a holistic way.
Unlike other treatment procedures that jump straight to symptom management, we address the root-cause of the disease. Our treatment for Sjögren’s Syndrome has proved to achieve a near cure and symptom-free state. We focus on diet, use of potent herbs, meditation, massage with herbal oils and yoga. These classical practices have proven to be very helpful in our Sjögren’s Syndrome Treatment.
Sjogren’s Syndrome is termed ‘Shushkakshipaka’ in Ayurveda. It can be broken into two words, ‘Shushka’ means ‘absent’, and ‘Paka’ means ‘inflammation’ of Netra. It comes under the Sarvagata Netra Roga which is a Vata/Vata-Pitta dominant vyadhi.
It also leads to derangement of metabolism and tissues of the body. Ashru is the product of Ras, Meda, and Majja Dhatus. It is derived from Rasa Dhatu, whose restoration provides nutrition to the outer tunics. It helps in lubrication of eyes.
When Vata-Pitta doshas are vitiated in Sanchaya Avastha, it circulates all over the body in Ras dhatu, along with Prakopa avastha. This further reaches Meda and Majja dhatu in Prasara avastha and takes seat in Akshi. This leads to Vata lakshana as Darun, rukshavartma, kricchonmilana, netrashool, aviladarshana and Pitta lakshanas as Shitechha and Netrapaka.
Ayurvedic therapies for Sjogren’s Syndrome are
Deepana-Pachana should be performed before any treatment to acquire niramavastha of doshas. It helps to eliminate ama from the abdomen.
Virechana is the process of eliminating vitiated doshas (mostly pitta) from the lower gastrointestinal tract via the anal pathway. A shodhana procedure provides clarity to mind, strengthens sense organs, stability to tissues, etc.
It is the process of administering medications in suspension form through the rectum using basti yantra (specific apparatus). By virtue of the drug's virya, it draws the doshas or mala from all over the body, from the foot to the head.
In this application, the medication is poured continuously from four inches above the closed eye (on the eyelids) for a specified duration determined by the dosha. It is used to treat acute cases of eye disease.
It is a process in which medicinal drops are delivered into the open eye from a height of two inches. It is the first-line therapy for all eye diseases.
It is a treatment in which the eye is filled with medicinal oil or ghee for a set amount of time. It nourishes the eyes and treats the vata-pitta vikara.
It is a medicinal method in which medication is infused in the nostrils in the form of drops. This medication is quite successful in treating a variety of urdhavjatrugata-related disorders.
The anjana shalaka is used to apply medication to the inside surface of the lid margin from kaneenaka sandhi to apanga sandhi.
The ayurvedic approach to treating MCTD is by eliminating toxins from the body. This process involves therapies like Vamana, Virechana, Poorvabhisamskaar, Rasayana Prayoga, Raktamokshana, etc. The treatment is associated with the intake of herbs like- Ashwagandha, Haridra, etc. that are known to boost the immune system & Ojas. These herbs along with therapies help in eliminating toxins from the body and restoring normal healing and functioning of the body. This line of treatment helps to reverse the condition of MCTD in a completely natural way.
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