How to Treat Pancreatitis in Ayurveda?
Pancreatitis is an incredibly painful condition caused
by inflammation of the pancreas, located in the upper part of the abdomen. Pancreas a large and important organ that regulates the production and release of digestive
hormones and digestive juices. Once the gland becomes inflamed, the condition can progress to swelling of the gland and surrounding blood vessels, bleeding, infection,
and damage to the gland. There, digestive juices become activated inside the pancreas and start “digesting” the gland itself, causing tissue injury and
Types of Pancreatitis:
There are two types of pancreatitis:
- Acute Pancreatitis: It's a most common type, that appears
suddenly and last for few days. Mild attacks of acute pancreatitis often improve on their own or after simple dietary changes, but more severe cases may require
immediate medical attention to avoid fatal complications. Pain in the upper abdomen, nausea, and vomiting are the symptoms of this.
- Chronic Pancreatitis: A Pancreatitis become chronic when it's
develop gradually and persisting over many years. Regular alcohol use is the main cause for this. Nausea, vomiting, weight loss, and oily stools are the main symptoms
of chronic pancreatitis.
Diet can definitely aid in reviving and protecting our pancreas. Some research has been conducted on herbs and their value in aiding the pancreas to full
Following Herbs and foods may aid in restoring and protecting the pancreas. However, You should consult with your doctor and under no circumstances stop replace
your medications with them.
- Lemons – Sour fruit such as lemons, promotes the release of
vital digestive enzymes from the pancreas. Limes and kiwi fruit are also valuable for the smooth running of the pancreas.
- Calendula – or Pot Marigold, has been used as a healing herb for
centuries. Due to its anti-viral, anti-inflammatory properties as well as anti-genotoxic compounds, it is highly effective in fighting cancer. Studies have shown that
calendula could probably stop tumor cells from increasing between 70-100%. This indicates that calendula has important cytotoxic tumor properties and can activate
- Oregano – This culinary herb is rich in natural phenolic anti-
oxidants making it valuable in treating oxidation caused by diabetes. Studies shown that oregano can slow down pancreatic amylase. Oregano is believed to have robust
anti-hyperglycemic properties that can handle hyperglycemia and/or long term complications arising from diabetes.
- Haritaki – is a natural remedy in India from the fruit of the
Terminalia Chebula plant and is still not well-known in general. Research has shown that it has beneficial effects on the pancreas as well as formidable cancer
fighting properties. Haritaki is thought to be able to prevent the growth of cancerous tumors in the pancreas as it is believed to cause apoptosis (natural death of
cancerous cells). There are no noticeable side effects either. Taking haritaki extract orally lowers blood sugar levels by 43.2% - a valuable aid to diabetics.
- Dandelion – This familiar weed is an effective remedy against
pancreatic cancer cells, in particular to those which are unaffected by other cancer treatments. Studies have shown that extract of dandelion root caused cancer cells
to die, while not affecting normal cells. Dandelion tea is excellent for flushing toxins out of the intestines and also aids in restoring damaged pancreatic
- Garlic – Garlic not only aids the pancreas but it also decreases
the amount of sugar in the blood while stimulating the pancreas to manufacture ample levels of insulin. You should eat one to two slightly crushed cloves of garlic per
day, as well as adding it to your food. Garlic tea can be drunk as an alternative and a few sprigs of parsley will sweeten your breath.
- Licorice Root – is considered an excellent remedy for various
disorders of the pancreas. The Chinese have used licorice for thousands of years in their traditional medicine. Licorice is laden with anti-inflammatory properties
which reduce the pain and swelling which is linked to pancreatitis.
Prevention of Pancreatitis at Home
In addition to hospital treatment, the following lifestyle changes are recommended to help aid recovery and possibly prevent pancreatitis:
- Drink plenty of water
- Stop or reduce alcohol consumption
- Stop smoking, because the habit increases your risk of pancreatitis
- Refrain from eating foods high in fat