Takayasu’s Arteritis is a type of granulomatous vasculitis, which means a collection of condition that cause blood vessel inflammation. ‘Arteritis’ is a general term that means inflammation of the blood vessel or arteries. The Takayasu’s arteritis was described by Dr. Mikito Takayasu in 1908, at the Annual Meeting of the Japan Ophthalmology Society.
Takayasu’s Arteritis causes the inflammation of large arteries in the body. It is an inflammatory disease. The blood vessels which become inflamed in Takayasu’s Arteritis is aorta and its branches. This disease is known by other name also such as, Pulseless disease, Aortic arch syndrome.
In Takayasu Arteritis, the inflammation damages the aorta. It is the main artery, that carries blood from our heart to the different parts of the body. Some arteries are also inflamed in Takayasu Arteritis, the pulmonary artery, which supply blood to the lungs and other important arteries branching out from the aorta may also affected by this disease. The ‘subclavian’ arteries, which, supply blood to the arms, the ‘renal’ arteries, which supply blood to the kidneys, the ‘coronary’ arteries which supply blood in the heart, and the ‘carotid‘ arteries in the brain and the head.
Takayasu Arteritis is considered to be an autoimmune disease in which the immune system of the affected individual attacks their own arteries by mistake.
Over a period of time this disease can lead to thickening or blockage and narrowing (stenosis) of the arteries. Sometimes arteries abnormally dilated, the condition is called Aneurysms.
Symptoms of Takayasu Arteritis
When inflammation causes narrowing of the artery can reduce blood flow and results in less oxygen supply sent to the body organs. This can also lead to chest pain and high blood pressure and over a period of time it can lead to heart failure or stroke.
This disease mostly affects the 10 to 40 years age group girls and women. Some sign and symptoms are:
- Fatigue, dizziness
- Mild fever
- High blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Difficulty in thinking clearly
- Decreased pulse
- Visual Changes
- Weakness or pain in limbs with use
- Shortness of breath
Causes of Takayasu Arteritis
The cause of Takayasu Arteritis is unknown. The disease is more likely the consequences of genetic factor and environmental factors. The most common hypothesis is it caused by viral and bacterial infections.
Diagnosis of Takayasu Arteritis
There are multiple tests described by the doctor to rule out the disease conditions. The most common tests done to diagnose Takayasu’s arteritis are:
- Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA)
- Blood Tests: There is an inflammation marker test, C-reactive protein test.
- Computerized tomography (CT) angiography.
- Ultrasonograpphy(Color Doppler)
- Positron emission tomography (PET)
Complications Of Takayasu Arteritis
The damage to the arteries can lead to a variety of complications. More common complications associated with Takayasu’s arteritis include:
- Hardened arteries.
- High blood pressure.
- Heart failure.
- Aortic aneurysm.
- Transient ischemic attack (TIA).
Ayurvedic Aspects Of Takayasu Arteritis
Ayurveda, originated in ancient India more than 5,000 years ago, which is the world’s oldest system of natural medicine. Ayurveda treats many diseases in a natural way without any side effects. For preparing their herbal remedies, Ayurvedic Practitioner with great care assess whether there is an imbalance in the body’s three energies – Vata, Pitta and Kapha – which they believe are responsible for good health.
Takayasu Arteritis is the disease caused due to the exacerbation of Vata, primarily the Praan Vata. Hence, these herbs for Takayasu Arteritis are selected by experts of planet Ayurveda with who focuses on two results:
- Controlling the symptoms of the disease
- Balancing of the three energies Vata, Pitta and Kapha in the body.
Herbal Remedies For Takayasu Arteritis
The effective management of Takayasu Arteritis is largely dependent on the early detection of the disease, and relieving its symptoms. Some excellent herbal formulations offered by Planet Ayurveda herbal manufacturing company can be very effective. These formulations are prepared from 100% pure and natural herbs, The herbal formulations which can effectively manage the symptoms of Takayasu Arteritis are:
- Boswellia Curcumin Capsules
- Gotukola Capsules
- Arjuna Capsules
- Total Heart Support
- Gugggul Capsules
1. Boswellia- Curcumin Capsules
These capsules are prepared by combining two well-known anti-inflammatory herbal components Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). Both the herbs have properties for treating anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic conditions. Boswellia serrata herb contains a compound called ‘boswellic acids’ which relief, inflammation and Curcumin is the most active antioxidant found in Turmeric.
The use of this capsule may increase the blood supply to the joint tissue.
Dosage: Two capsules two times a day.
2. Gotukola Capsules
Pure and standardized extract of The ‘Gotukola’ herb (Centella asiatica) are used to prepare these capsules.It is used to maintain healthy blood circulation, anxiety, overcome stress, fatigue and tiredness. This herb has immense significance in Ayurveda.
Gotukola capsules are very beneficial in control of Takayasu Arteritis because these capsules can maintain healthy blood circulation in the body, maintain healthy metabolism.Moreover, these capsules balance the body’s three ‘doshas’ -Vata, Pitta, and Kapha and also useful in balancing the psychic energies, Satva, Rajas and Tamas.
Dosage: One capsule twice a day.
3. Arjuna Capsules
Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna) extracts have been widely used in Ayurvedic medicine. The bark of the tree is used to make these capsules. It has other therapeutic benefits such as it has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These play a very important role in the treatment of Cardiovascular disordesr. The bark is rich in calcium, copper, magnesium and zinc.
Arjuna has the capability to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol and can effectively manage Coronary artery disease.
Dosage: Two capsules twice daily.
4. Total Heart Support
These are special capsules, extracts of some useful herbs by Planet Ayurveda to make healthy blood and heart functions. It is made from natural ingredients such as: Arjuna (Terminalia Arjuna), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis).
These herbs have an abundance of cardiovascular and antioxidant properties which makes the heart muscles strong, cleansing of blocked arteries and also help to maintain a healthy heart function.
Dosage: One capsule two times a day.
5. Guggul Capsules
These capsules are prepared from the ‘Guggul’ (Commiphora Mukul) herbal extract in the form of a yellowish-brown resin. This herb has the ability to fight several inflammatory and degenerative conditions, strength the joints, and maintain a healthy muscle.
Guggul Capsules promotes healthy blood circulation, reducing the fats in the body, maintaining healthy metabolism, keeping the bones and joint health.
Dosage: One capsule twice a day.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. WEBSITE – WWW.PLANETAYURVEDA.COM