Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension – Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis & Treatment

Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension
Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension is a condition in which there is an increase in the pressure of the skull without any obvious reason. Its symptoms mimic those of brain tumor, but there is not any presence of tumor. It can occur in children as well as in adults but this condition is mostly found in obese women of child-bearing age.The increased intracranial pressure associated with idiopathic intracranial hypertension can also cause swelling of the optic nerve and can result in vision loss.

What are the symptoms of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension?

  •  Headache behind the eyes and worsens with the movement of the eyes.
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Difficulty in seeing to the side
  • Diplopia (double vision)
  • Seeing light flashes
  • Neck, shoulder and back pain.
  • Blurred or dimmed vision
  • Brief episodes of blindness, lasting only a few seconds and affecting one or both eyes.

What are the Causes of Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension?

The exact cause of idiopathic intracranial hypertension is not known but it may be due to an excessive amount of cerebrospinal fluid in the skull. The brain and spinal cord are surrounded by cerebrospinal fluid, which acts like a cushion to protect the vital tissues from the injury. This fluid is produced in the brain and absorbed in the bloodstream. The problem in the absorption process of fluid may be the reason of intracranial pressure.

Some physicians also believe that many people with idiopathic intracranial hypertension have a stenosis in the brain but studies are going on to determine whether this is an effect or cause of this condition.

Diagnosis and Treatment: This condition can be diagnosed by MRI or CT scan as these tests can rule out other problems that can cause similar symptoms such as tumor or blood clot.

Modern treatment for idiopathic intracranial hypertension includes the prescription of drugs that are prescribed for glaucoma drugs to prevent the eye sight from worsening but there are side effects of such drugs such as fatigue, stomach upset, tingling sensation in fingers, toes and in mouth and kidney stones. Other medications such as diuretics that reduces fluid retention and migraine medications are also prescribed.

According to Ayurveda, all neurological disorders occur due to the imbalance of Vata dosha with the involvement of Pitta dosha. There are various herbs in Ayurveda which help in lowering down the elevated intracranial pressure and also help in keeping the brain tissues healthy.

Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda for Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension include:

  1. Brahmi Capsules
  2. Gotukola Capsules
  3. Stress Support Capsules
  4. Amalaki Rasayan
  5. Punarnava Capsules
  6. Green Essentials Capsules
  7. Arjuna Tea

1. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is one of the most useful gift by the nature to the mankind. There is not any other herb better than Brahmi for improving intelligence. Apart from this, Brahmi possesses anti-oxidant properties as well. This herb balances Vata and Kapha doshas. It has been used traditionally for its actions on brain cells. The research on Brahmi showed that brahmi can also influence regeneration of brain cells.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

2. Gotukola Capsules

Gotukola (Centella asiatica) is an ancient herb which has been used for memory increase and nervous exhaustion since ages. This herb feeds the nervous system and can be used for stress and depression as this herb rejuvenates the brain cells. This herb can also be taken for sleep and there are no side effects of this herb if used for longer duration and no habit- forming symptoms are seen.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

3. Gotukola Capsules

Stress and Depression have a direct effect on the nervous system as well as on the brain cells of the system. Stress and depression can give rise to the dangerous disorders. The product stress support capsules of Planet Ayurveda are packed with wonderful ingredients which reduce stress and regenerate the brain cells.

Ingredients of Stress Support Capsules are:

S.No.

Herb Used

Botanical Name

Part used

Quantity

1. Ashwagandha Withania somnifera Root 200 mg
2. Tagar Valeriana wallichii Root 200 mg
3. Brahmi Bacopa monnieri Whole 100 mg

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

4. Amalki Rasayan

Amalki Rasayan of Planet Ayurveda is prepared from fruit Amla (Indian gooseberry). Amla is the richest source of Vitamin C and is rich in anti-oxidant properties. It is one of the most powerful rejuvenating herb as well. Amalki rasayan acts as a tonic and improves eye sight and rejuvenate the brain cells.

Dosage: 1 teaspoonful of powder with water twice daily.

5. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the pure extracts of Boerhavia diffusa herb. It is a wonderful herb for the treatment of water retention as well as edema due to any reasons. Thus, these capsules act as natural diuretics to reduce fluid retention for the patients of idiopathic intracranial hypertension as modern physicians also prescribe certain diuretics but these capsules are free from side effects.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

6. Green Essentials Capsules

Green Essentials Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are the rich source of anti-oxidants as well as nutrients which are useful for rejuvenation of brain cells as well as for tissue formation.

Ingredients of Green Essentials are:

S.No.

Ingredient   Name

Botanical Name


Quantity

1. Grape Seed Vitis vinifera 100 mg
2. Wheat grass Triticum aestivum 100 mg
3. Spirulina Spirulina platensis 100 mg
4. Green tea Camellia sinesis 100 mg
5. Amla Emblica officinalis 100 mg

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

7. Arjuna Tea

Arjuna tea is one of the most effective herbal remedies for blood pressure. As idiopathic intracranial hypertension involves pressure on the skull, this tea helps in reducing pressure. Moreover, this tea is a rich source of anti-oxidants good for brain health.

Ingredients of Planet Ayurveda’s Arjuna Tea are:

Sr. No.

Indian Name

Botanical Name

Quantity
1. Arjuna Terminalia arjuna 3.20 gm
2. Punarnava Boerhavia diffusa 0.60 gm
3. Pipal Tvak Ficus religosa 0.40 gm
4. Dalchini Cinnamon tamala 0.40 gm
4. Chotti Elaichi Elettaria cardamom 0.40 gm

Dosage: 1-2 cups daily is recommended.

 

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

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