Coeliac disease (Ayurvedic Name- Anna- Vaha Shrotas-dushti) is an adverse reaction of the immune system, where the immune system attacks the body’s tissues. This is particularly exacerbated by a gluten-rich diet, meaning gluten triggers an autoimmune response that damages the lining of the small intestine (gut). Intestines stop absorbing the nutrients in the bloodstream properly and patients become anemic (hemoglobin deficiency) along with delayed growth and weight loss.[Note – Gluten is a special type of protein group, called prolamins and glutelin, which occurs with starch, which is found in wheat, spelled, rye and barley, etc.]
Coeliac Disease is an auto-immune condition, in which the affected individual reacts abnormally to the indigestion of gluten and other cereal of protein, the intestine becomes inflamed and damaged, resulting in poor absorption but when gluten is excluded from the diet the intestine recover and functions are restored.
It is a relatively common condition with a wide range of presenting symptoms. In some people, the gluten-driven immune reaction extends beyond the intestine and can involve the skin and other tissue.
Etiological Factor of Coeliac Disease
Usually, this type of condition is more prevalent in countries where a high consumption of foods that contains gluten.
Consumption of protein gluten-rich products like Bread, Pasta, Cereals, and Biscuits.
It’s an autoimmune disorder, so exact causality is not clear but possibly because the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy cell instead of harmful one and produce antibodies against them. Antibodies usually fight off bacteria and viruses.
In some cases, gene variation appears to increase the risk of this condition.
A patient who has digestive system infection such as Rotavirus Infection during early childhood is more likely to develop Coeliac Disease.
Other autoimmune disorders like type 1 diabetes, thyroid condition, Down’s Syndrome and Turner Syndrome, etc.
Symptoms of Coeliac Disease…
The most common symptoms for adults are diarrhea, fatigue, and weight loss.
- Adults, experience bloating and gas, abdominal pain, nausea, constipation, and vomiting.
- Iron deficiency leading to anemia.
- Loss of bone density.
- Dermatitis herpetiformis (blistery skin rash with itching)
- Dental enamel damaged
- Fatigue with headache
- Ulcer in the mouth
- Numbness and tingling sensation in hand and feet, possible problems with balance, and cognitive impairment including nervous system injury.
- Joint ache
- Hypo-spleniumum (reduced function of the spleen)
- Heartburn with acid reflux disorder.
Pathological test for coeliac disease-
- Blood test – identify the people who have this condition
- Biopsy – to confirm the diagnosis
Ayurvedic Concept with Management
According to Ayurveda, Coeliac disease can be co-related with ‘AnnaVaha Srotas Dushti’, which means ‘disorder of channels of food transport or gastro-intestinal tract’[Note- ‘Annavaha Srotas’ is the channel for transportation, digestion, and absorption of food. ‘Diamante’ is a comprehensive term used in Ayurveda at various places in different contexts like Artery, Nerve, tubular structure, etc]
According to Ayurveda, Coeliac disease indicated the imbalance of certain body energies that leads to extreme weakness in immunity and digestive system and this condition results from the wrong decision of immune cells.
The digestive system first gets disturbed and caused ‘Agnimandhya’ (low digestive fire) and the formation of the ‘Ama’ (toxins) and disease manifest and gradually lead to several diseases.
Ayurveda explained treating ‘Pitta Dosha’ normalizes the liver and immune system. Primary treatment is to be planned to increase and stabilize the ‘Koshthagni’ (digestive fire), Ayurveda diet is planned accordingly.
Nutritive and easy-to-digested food is advised, even Lifestyle advice also plays a significant role in managing the symptoms and treating the disease.
At Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic, the first line of treatment for Coeliac disease is correcting the immune system, calming the gut-brain, correcting the digestive impairments, improving the absorption the nutrients from the food through yoga, lifestyle recommendation, panchakarma therapy (detoxification of body) and internal use of herbal drugs.
- Treatment with a mild herbal enema (Basti) aims at removing the toxins and opening circulation to loosen impurities embedded in tissue
- Treatment like ‘Panchakarma Therapy’, Specially ‘Ksheer-Vasti’ is highly useful along with ‘Deepan’ (Stimulating digestive Fire through fasting) and ‘Pachana’ (digestion capacity increased through herbal medication.
- Useful herbal preparation from ‘Pippali’ (Piper Longum), ‘Chavya’ (Boswellia Serrata), ‘Chitrak’ (Piper Rectrofractum), ‘South’ (Dry Ginger Powder), ‘Amlavetas’(Garcinia Pedunculata) and ‘Nagkeshra’ (Messua Ferrea), etc is highly useful.
Herbal Medicines: Consume only as per the instruction of an Ayurvedic doctor) like Hingvadi Vati, Chitrakadi Vati, Triphala Churna, Trikatu Churna, Shivakshara Churna, Kutaja ghana Vati, Pravala panchamrita
Diet and Lifestyle Advice by ‘Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic’
Strictly avoid all gluten-rich food products like Wheat, Rye, Oats Barley, etc along with processed food.
Tea, Coffee, and caffeine as they contain ingredients that can stimulate the intestines and cause diarrhea should be avoided.
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Throughout your treatment journey, a team of health coaches stays connected with you to track your relief progress and help with your health queries.
Customized diet and lifestyle plans designed by Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic’s doctors to complement the medicines for holistic treatment of the root cause.
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