Chandraprabha Gulika/Pills: Diuretic, Laxative, Rejuvenative, Immuno-modulator, Anti-inflammatory.
Reference Text: (Bhaishajyaratnavali-Prameha)
PRESENTATION: 50 Tablets
About Chandraprabha Gulika
Chandraprabha vati also known as Chandraprabha Gulika and Chandraprabha Vatika is a classical Ayurvedic formulation and medicine, markedly used to help in the treatment of of Prameha, which correlates in many ways with obesity, metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus. It is also used in the treatment of diseases related to kidneys, bladder, urniary tract, pancreas, bones, joints, and the thyroid gland.
Chandraprabha Prabha Gulika is known to aid in the following healing properties including as an antacid, an anti-inflammatory, and anti-arthritic especially for spine and lower back pain. It is also known to aid in digestive stimulation, and in the formation of red blood cells while helping to lower bilirubin.
It is also recommended in the management of diabetes, male and female reproductive issues and mental disorders. Chandraprabha is beneficial when dealing with disorders such as kidney stones, urinary incontinence, benign prostatic hyperplasia, male infertility, erectile dysfunction, diabetes, dysmenorrhea, oligomenorrhea, amenorrhea, polycystic ovarian disease, anxiety, the effects of mental stress, and depression.
It is also one of the prescriptions as an Ayurvedic medicine for holistic health, as a supplement for reducing general debility, and for helping increase physical strength. Chandraprabha Gulika assists in increasing the excretion of harmful toxins like creatinine, urea and uric acid from the body and is helpful in correcting the natural functions of kidney and helps to eliminate the excess uric acid.
The key benefits of Chandrprabha Gulika are:
Aids in the treatment of urinary infection
Helps to provide relief from constipation
Helps improve respiratory functioning
Assists in the treatment of skin infections
- Guduchi (Giloy)
- Chitraka bark
- Pippali mool
- Gaja pippali
- Saindhav Lavan
- Suvarchal Lavan
- Vida Lavan
- Swarnamakshika bhashma
- Danti mool
- Lauha Bhashma – Ferric ash
Urinary tract infections are caused by microbes such as bacteria overcoming the body's defenses in the urinary tract. They can affect the kidneys, bladder, and the tubes that run between them. Women are at greater risk of developing a UTI than are men.
The symptoms of a UTI can depend on age, gender, the presence of a catheter, and what part of the urinary tract has been infected. Common symptoms of a UTI include:
- Strong and frequent urge to urinate
- Cloudy, bloody, or strong-smelling urine
- Pain or a burning sensation when urinating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Muscle aches and abdominal pains
Causes of urinary infection
The vast majority of urinary tract infections (UTIs) are caused by the bacterium Escherichia coli (E. coli), usually found in the digestive system. There are many factors that can put you at an increased risk of a getting a UTI, including:
- A weakened immune system
- Kidney stones
- A previous UTI
- Prolonged use of urinary catheters
- Abnormally developed urinary structures from birth
- Reduced mobility after surgery or prolonged bed rest
- Age — older adults are more likely to get UTIs
- Urinary tract obstructions or blockages
Diabetes is a metabolic disorder that occurs when your blood sugar (glucose), is too high (hyperglycemia). Glucose is what the body uses for energy, and the pancreas produces a hormone called insulin that helps convert the glucose from the food you eat into energy. When the body either does not produce enough insulin, does not produce any at all, or your body becomes resistant to the insulin, the glucose does not reach your cells to be used for energy. This results in the health condition termed diabetes.
The symptoms include:
- Excessive thirst and hunger
- Frequent urination
- Weight loss or gain
- Blurred vision
- Slow-healing wounds
- Skin infections
- Darkening of skin in areas of body creases (acanthosis nigricans)
- Breath odor that is fruity, sweet, or an acetone odor
- Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
Causes of Diabetes
Different causes are associated with each type of diabetes:
- Type 1 diabetes: here, the immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas.
- Type 2 diabetes: stems from a combination of genetics and lifestyle factors.
- Gestational diabetes: is the result of hormonal changes during pregnancy.
Cirrhosis is a late stage of scarring (fibrosis) of the liver caused by many forms of liver diseases and conditions. When the liver is injured — whether by disease, excessive alcohol consumption or another cause — it tries to repair itself. In the process, scar tissue forms. As cirrhosis progresses, more and more scar tissue forms, making it difficult for the liver to function.
Symptoms of Liver Cirrhosis
Cirrhosis often has no signs or symptoms until liver damage is extensive. When signs and symptoms do occur,
they may include:
- Easily bleeding or bruising
- Loss of appetite
- Itchy skin
- Weight loss
- Swelling in your legs, feet or ankles (edema)
- Yellow discoloration in the skin and eyes (jaundice)
- Fluid accumulation in your abdomen (ascites)
- Spiderlike blood vessels on your skin
- Redness in the palms of the hands
- Confusion, drowsiness and slurred speech
Causes of Liver Cirrhosis
The most common things that raise the risk for cirrhosis are:
- Heavy drinking due to alcohol addiction
- Obesity, which raises the chance of conditions that lead to cirrhosis
- A long-term hepatitis B or hepatitis C infection
Splenomegaly is defined as enlargement of the spleen, measured by size or weight. Enlarged spleen can be prevented by preventing the underlying illness as best as possible. An enlarged spleen is at risk for damage when it grows beyond the protection given to it by the lower ribs.
The symptomsof an enlarged spleen include:
- Frequent infections
- Easy bleeding
- Pain or fullness in the left upper abdomen that may spread to the left shoulder
- Feeling full without eating or after eating only a small amount
Causes of Splenomegaly
The enlargement of the spleen may be temporary, depending on treatment.
Contributing factors include:
- Viral infections
- Bacterial infections, such as syphilis
- Parasitic infections, such as malaria
- Blood cancers, such as leukemia
- Cirrhosis and other diseases affecting the liver
- Various types of hemolytic anemia - a condition characterized by early destruction of red blood cells
- Metabolic disorders, such as Gaucher's disease
- Pressure on the veins in the spleen or liver or a blood clot in these veins
Urinary infection, Diabetes, Liver Cirrhosis, and Splenomegaly - An Ayurvedic Approach
Urinary infection: According to Ayurveda, Urinary Tract Infection or Pittaj Mutrakrichhra is caused by the aggravation of Pitta Dosha. Pitta is an Ayurvedic humor that symbolizes heat or fire. A diet and lifestyle that increases Pitta can lead to UTI because aggravated Pitta produces heating toxins in the body which accumulate in the mutravahi strotas (urinary channels) and create an imbalance in the infection-fighting properties of the urinary system. Ayurveda's wisdom offers guidelines to balance pitta dosha and strengthen the urinary tract to provide long-term relief and to avoid recurring infections.
Diabetes or “Prameha” in Ayurveda is divided into 20 types, based on the predominant Doshas in the body. This sums up to 4 types caused due to Vata, 6 types caused due to Pitta and 10 types caused due to Kapha. Prameha when not treated leads to “Madumeha” which is the Diabetes Mellitus.
According to Ayurveda, one suffers from burning of palms and soles, dryness of mouth and a sweet taste in the mouth.
The three main divisions of Diabetes according to Ayurveda are:
Kapha: This causes indigestion, lack of hunger, flu, running nose, lethargy and vomiting.
Pitta: This causes pain in the bladder leading to urinary tract infection, fever, acidity, diarrhea and sleep apneas.
Vata: This causes severe cold and cough, breathing problems, constipation, fatigue, sudden tremors or chills and insomnia.
The liver is called Yakrit in Ayurveda. Pitta is the predominant humor of the liver and most liver disorders are aggravated conditions of Pitta. Excessive bile production or a blockage in the flow of bile usually indicates high pitta, which in turn affects the agni or enzyme activities responsible for absorption, digestion and metabolism.
According to Ayurvedic theory, liver cirrhosis reflects extreme aggravation of pitta dosha. Since liver is a seat of pitta, aggravated pitta affects the liver function and later vitiates other doshas as well. Rasa and rakta dhatus are particularly intoxicated while other dhatus too become weak. Almost all functions of pitta such as digestion of food, complexion of skin, feeling of hunger, and production of blood get considerably hampered. In Ayurveda enlargement of spleen is known as “pleehodar”. Pleehodar is also caused by combination of impure blood with “kapha”.