Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, MD, FFARCSI

The inflammation of a twin layered sac around the heart known as pericardial sac is a lethal contamination, medically known as pericarditis. A healthy well-being of pericardium is really essential so as to ensure the normal functioning of the human heart. The common cause of pericarditis is the micro-organismic bodies like bacteria, fungi, parasites or viruses flowing into our blood stream. However, sometimes underlying cardiac ailments like heart muscle rupture, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, kidney failure etc. also lead to non-infective pericarditis. Normal flu viruses can end up causing this lethal syndrome in any individual.

As seen over time, viruses that cause mumps and mononucleosis, HIV and varicella have all been allied to pericarditis. Initially there is not much trouble, but after 3rd week of virus illness patients start complaining about discomforting symptoms like cough, chest congestion, general malaise, and shortness of breath.

Casual Options of Treatment

If one is facing a grave issue and wants immediate cure, then going down the lane of allopathic treatment is recommended. There you would be asked to go for some tests including chest X-ray, C.T. scan and echocardiograph. These help the doctors determine the exact location and probation period of the pericarditis causing micro-organism. Thereafter, according to the circumstance of the patient, cardiologist would seek either medication or drainage methods (may or may not be surgery).

But, why go for the extremes if you are not in a prime stage of inflammation. Before reaching extravagances, if the situation can be brought under control, then the appropriate steps should be followed straight away.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Pericarditis

Ayurvedic Treatment for Pericarditis

How does ayurveda help in pericarditis? Ayurvedic methods used for pericarditis aim to treat the inflammation well and eventually remove the excessive fluid accumulation in the pericardial sac. Ayurveda always follows the natural path to cure any ailment, no matter how intense the situation is. Henceforth, the following medicines are the most recommended ones by Ayurvedic practitioners-

  • Ras-Sindur
  • Malla-Sindur
  • Sameer-Pannag-Ras
  • Yograj-Guggulu
  • Punarnavadi-Guggulu
  • Punarnavadi-Qadha
  • Arjunarishta
  • Dashmoolarishta
  • Triphala-Guggulu and
  • Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu.

Also, there have been some cases reported where the patient was in the amateur stage of pericarditis and seeking Ayurvedic treatment alone got the pericardium back to normal functioning. Some of those herbal Ayurvedic medicines that help in treating pericarditis are Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Pushkarmool (Inula racemosa), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Behada (Terminalia bellerica), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris).

The underlying basis of Ayurvedic knowledge lies in treating the ailment right by its roots. In similar fashion, any Ayurvedic medicine which is meant to act on the “Mansa” and “Rakta” dhatus (or say heart and blood tissues) will prove helpful in treatment of pericarditis. By research we have found out some of such medicines, namely, Patha (Cissampelos pareira), Musta (Cyperus rotundus), Patol (Tricosanthe dioica), Nimba (Azadirachta indica), Triphala (Three fruits), Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa) and Draksha (Vitis vinifera). The general medicines those of which have a play in upholding a stronger immune system and increase the strength of human heart by enhancing the therapeutic cardiac responses are also good for pericarditis patients. Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Maha-Laxmi-Vilas-Ras, Suvarna-Sameer-Pannag-Ras, Shrung-Bhasma and Makar-Dhwaj-Ras have the same effect over the individual.

Herbal Treatment without Ayurvedic Medicines for Pericarditis

An herb (may or may not be Ayurvedic) can be used in form of glycerites, tinctures and/or dried extracts (powders). Most recommended method of using herbal treatment while seeking Ayurvedic non-medicinal approach is to get the herb dried in form of tea. It should be carefully consumed and typically with hot water, unless recommended otherwise.

No matter which way of treatment you opt for, the most important thing is still a correct diagnosis. Continuously ignoring the symptoms might lead to a misunderstanding to the infecting viruses to spread rapidly and harm endlessly. In order to stay out of trouble every individual must make it a habit of consulting professional medical advice when any disease continues over a week or two.

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, MD,FFARCSI

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Last Modified On: October 11, 2018

This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer

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