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The pancreas is a gland located behind the stomach in the upper abdomen. The pancreas produces insulin and digestive enzymes like trypsin and chymotrypsin. Pancreatitis is termed as the inflammation of the pancreas. Pancreatitis can be Acute Pancreatitis and Chronic Pancreatitis.

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Ayurveda says about Pancreatitis

According to Ayurveda, Pancreas is known as ‘Grahani’ which means the seat of Agni, and Pancreatitis is known as 'Agnyashaya’.

Agnyashaya can be caused due to imbalance of the Vata-Pitta element in Rasa Dhatu (digestive fire) in the initial stage. When the situation becomes worse, there are chances of Dhatu Kshaya means degenerative changes in Agnyashaya.

SUMMARY

Pancreas is the largest gland in our body and produces essential digestive enzymes and regulates blood sugar. The inflammations of the pancreas are known as Pancreatitis. There are various reasons for the inflammations and of course, Ayurveda has effective treatment methods to cure Pancreatitis.

General Symptoms of Pancreatitis

Following are the common symptoms of Pancreatitis. They are,

  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Pain in the upper abdomen or back.
  • Fever.
  • Quick heart rate.
  • Weight loss.
  • Abdominal pain after eating.
  • Elevated blood pressure.
  • Abdominal tenderness.

SUMMARY

Fever, vomiting, pain in the upper abdomen, elevated blood pressure, quick heart rate, etc are the general symptoms of Pancreatitis. Once we identify the symptoms of Pancreatitis, look for effective remedies in Ayurveda to cure Pancreatitis.

Different Types of Pancreatitis

Based on the severeness and period, Pancreatitis can be classified into Acute Pancreatitis and Chronic Pancreatitis.

  • Acute Pancreatitis.
  • Chronic pancreatitis.

1. Acute Pancreatitis:

Acute pancreatitis is a sudden inflammation of the pancreas, usually happens quickly and can be resolved with proper medical support. Acute pancreatitis causes infections, tissue damages, bleeding into the gland, cyst formation, etc.

Symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis:

  • Diarrhea.
  • Fever.
  • Severe pain in the center of your abdomen.

SUMMARY

Acute pancreatitis is the sudden inflammation of pancreatitis. Abdominal pain, fever, and diarrhea are the main symptoms of Acute Pancreatitis.

Causes of Acute pancreatitis:

  • Consumption of alcohol.
  • Gallstones(deposits of digestive fluids).
  • Cystic fibrosis( a genetic disease that leads to lung infections).
  • Bacterial and Viral infections.
  • Certain medications(Use of certain drugs causes damage to other organs sometimes).
  • Triglycerides in your blood(A type of fat in the blood).
  • Abdominal surgery.
  • Abdominal injury.
  • Blockage of the pancreatic duct.

SUMMARY

Common causes of Acute Pancreatitis are abdominal surgery, consumption of alcohol, gallstones, abdominal injury, viral infections, cystic fibrosis, etc.

2. Chronic Pancreatitis

Chronic pancreatitis is the inflammation of the pancreas which gets worse over time and that situation leads to permanent damage to the organ. Chronic pancreatitis destroys the normal functioning of the Pancreas permanently.

Symptoms of Chronic Pancreatitis:

  • Sudden weight loss.
  • Abdominal pain.
  • Oily stool.
  • Vomiting.

SUMMARY

Chronic Pancreatitis can be easily identified by looking into symptoms like vomiting, oily stool, sudden weight loss, abdominal pain, etc. If we don't care about the symptoms, the situation will become worse and damages the Pancreas gland.

Causes of Chronic Pancreatitis

  • Alcohol consumption.
  • Increased secretion from the parathyroid glands.
  • Gallbladder diseases.
  • Trauma( traumatic injuries to the pancreas).

SUMMARY

General causes for Chronic Pancreatitis are alcohol consumption, smoking, lifestyle problems, gallbladder diseases, trauma, etc.

Home Remedies to Cure Pancreatitis

Of course, we cannot go and meet the doctor every time due to various reasons. Once we identify the symptoms and nature of Pancreatitis, there are certain home remedies available to cure Pancreatitis to an extent.

  • Haritaki

    Haritaki is an effective herb in preventing pancreatitis as it has antifungal and antibacterial properties that reduce inflammations.

  • Lime juice

    Drinking a glass of lime juice is essential for the smooth functioning of the pancreas. Lime contains Vitamin C, iron and helps in the releasing of digestive enzymes from the pancreas.

  • Turmeric

    Turmeric is rich in anti-inflammatory properties which reduce pancreas inflammations and pain due to burning sensations.

  • Oregano

    Oregano is rich in phenolic antioxidants and anti-hyperglycemic substance which helps in reducing diabetes and inflammations on the pancreas.

  • Garlic

    Consuming one or two cloves of garlic per day can effectively cure pancreatitis. Garlic contains various antibiotic properties that repair various tissues and ensure the good health of vital internal organs.

  • Broccoli

    Broccoli is rich in phytochemical glucosinolate which is famous for its anti-pancreatic cancer properties.

  • Onion

    Onion is rich in a property called flavonoids which are best in treating pancreatitis.

  • Sweet potato

    Sweet potato helps in the stimulation of blood sugar by releasing sugar into the bloodstream. Sweet potato also rich in antioxidants and also have cancer-fighting properties.

  • Blueberries

    Blueberries are rich in antioxidant properties that prevent pancreatic inflammations.

  • Dandelion root

    Dandelion root herb intensifies the digestion of fat by improving bile production.

SUMMARY

Natural herbs that can prevent the symptoms of Pancreatitis are blueberries, turmeric, onion, garlic, broccoli, oregano, haritaki (Chebulic myrobalan), dandelion root, sweet potato, etc. The above-mentioned herbs were used from ancient times and found very effective in treating pancreatitis.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Pancreatitis

Ayurveda suggests certain effective remedies to cure Pancreatitis are through proper management of Ahar(diet) and Vihar(lifestyle changes).

SUMMARY

By following a healthy diet, Pancreatitis can be prevented positively.

Ahar(Diet):

  • Include more fruits, vegetables, and cereals in your diet.
  • Consuming buttermilk is a fine remedy in treating chronic pancreatitis.
  • Avoid sour food, fast foods, fried foods, etc.
  • Drink more warm water.
  • Always prefer foods which will digest easily.

SUMMARY

By following a healthy diet, Pancreatitis can be prevented positively.

Vihar(Lifestyle):

  • Ayurveda suggests various Yoga Asanas to prevent Pancreatitis and ensure good health are Surya Namaskar, Pawanmuktasana, Shavasana, Ardhamatsyasana, and Bhujangasana.
  • Avoid smoking and alcohol consumption.
  • Avoid suppression of the natural urges.
  • Avoid day-time sleeping.
  • Avoid fasting for a very long period.
  • Have light foods during the night which will easily digest.
  • Maintain a healthy weight because overweight sometimes causes the formation of gallstones which in turn leads to pancreatitis.

SUMMARY

By following the above-mentioned lifestyle changes, Pancreatic diseases can be controlled very effectively.

Conclusion

All the information was collected from various Ayurvedic resources and always consult your Ayurvedic doctor before starting self-medication.

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