Some people believe that psoriasis is just a common cosmetic, skin problem. Many believe it is contagious, making it one of the most stigmatized of all skin conditions and cannot be managed. So, which is it?
Psoriasis occurs when one's immune system is overactive and attacks healthy skin tissue, causing inflammation and speeding up skin cell growth. As a result, the skin becomes itchy, painful and scaly, with inflamed red plaques (patches) or silvery scales. These can appear across the body, often on the scalp, knees, back or elbows. Still, many believe these patches cannot hurt them.
Shrichand G. Parasramani, Dermatologist, Anisha Clinic, Mumbai said, "Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease which can be controlled but has no cure. It can go into remission. Patients and their families have several misconceptions of the disease, such as it are infectious in nature and they have to live with it lifelong.
It affects the patient's quality of life to a large extent which increases his level of stress. Many patients are drawn towards alternative medicine such as Ayurveda or homoeopathy due to the failure of conventional therapy and at times high cost of treatment. This leads to irregularity in treatment, resulting in a flare-up of the disease or treatment failure.
However, patients must understand the importance of addressing the disease so as to avoid the progression of psoriasis and its underlying complications. They must be told that with newer treatment options patients can lead an almost near-normal life."
Here are 4 ways Psoriasis can worsen if not managed:
Inflammation: Psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes inflammation. What's especially important to note is that even mild psoriasis can be a sign of significant inflammation in the body. This inflammation, in turn, can contribute to other associated health conditions.
Given that dermatologists are the key medical experts responsible for treating psoriasis, it is important to consult one to understand the condition and suitable and advanced treatment options such as biologics
Increased Risk of Health Complications: People living with psoriasis are at a higher risk of developing associated conditions or comorbidities. The most common of these is psoriatic arthritis which affects 30 per cent of psoriasis patients. It is a chronic and inflammatory disease of the joints, resulting in stiffness, pain, throbbing, swelling and tenderness in joints. If this is not treated, long-term joint damage can result.
People with psoriasis, particularly in more severe cases, are also more likely to have other inflammatory conditions, including heart attack, stroke, type-2 diabetes, and inflammatory bowel disease. Other related health issues can also include obesity, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, metabolic syndrome, hypertension, kidney or liver disease uveitis, and sleep apnea.
Treatment to Prevent Flare-Ups: If unmanaged, psoriasis can lead to plaques and scales that continue to build and spread. Over time, these can become quite painful, causing severe itching. Without adequate treatment to prevent flare-ups, these can increase in severity and frequency. This can even happen to patients who begin medication but suddenly discontinue adhering to their recommended prescription.
It's important to remember that psoriasis can be treated. By adopting advanced therapies, such as biologics, the disease, as well as flare-ups, can be effectively managed.
Mental Health & Quality of Life: Another long-term effect of psoriasis is its effects on an individual's mental health and across one's overall quality of life. Physical symptoms, especially in commonly visible areas like the face or hands can lead to distress and affect one's self-esteem. Psoriasis, which is highly stigmatized, can be isolating or even affect social relationships.
It is also associated with psychological conditions, including depression and anxiety. These place an individual in a vicious cycle increased plaques can lead to anxiety or depression, and such stressors act as common triggers for a psoriasis flare.
By striving to address one's psoriasis, while also attempting to manage stress such as through counselling or lifestyle changes or community support groups individuals may begin noticing improvements in their overall health and well-being.
What Steps You Should Take
First and foremost, consult a dermatologist. Typically, psoriasis can be diagnosed with a simple physical examination with the doctor taking a look at one's skin, scalp and nails.
Once diagnosed, adopting a holistic treatment plan depending on the severity of one's psoriasis is key. If previously taking medication for psoriasis with limited effects, this responsiveness to treatment may also be used to find an approach more suited to the individual, especially considering recent advancements in psoriasis treatment.
It is important to remember to treat psoriasis as a chronic condition with longer-term implications, as opposed to one with temporary treatment solutions. The main aim of psoriasis treatment is to reduce inflammation and plaques. Currently, there are newer, advanced and innovative treatments, including biologics to safely and effectively treat and manage psoriasis. These work by blocking reactions in the body that cause psoriasis and its symptoms.
Biologics are important treatment options, particularly for people with moderate-to-severe psoriasis. While they may believe their condition cannot be improved or are distressed about other treatments failing, biologics can have life-changing impacts, especially in controlling one's symptoms. (Shrichand G. Parasramani, Dermatologist, Anisha Clinic, Mumbai)
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Winters are one of the most splendid times of the year. Delicious baked goods, coupled with a cup of hot chocolate, are an absolute treat. The winter season brings us closer to family and friends over festive celebrations. Nevertheless, winters are harsh and can take a toll on one's health. While being in a festive mood, it is essential not to forget to keep yourself warm and watch out for potential infections.
The holiday season sees an exchange of many gifts. To enjoy the holiday spirit thoroughly, you must stay healthy. Turmeric is a magic ingredient that can be used almost in every dish and helps you to remain healthy. It works as an antifungal, antibacterial, and antiviral that works as an immunity booster.
Here are some exclusive benefits of adding turmeric to your winter diet:
Physical Ailments: Turmeric is a natural substance found on the earth. Its healing properties include relief from common winter sinus, painful joints, indigestion, and cold and cough. For instant relief, you can add a pinch of turmeric to drinks like milk and tea. Daily consumption of turmeric can also help control blood sugar levels.
Winters: The holiday season is a joyous time, and we tend to indulge in alcohol and other unhealthy food items. What we call "holiday weight" can be unidentified health issues by the end of the season. A hint of turmeric can go a long way towards improving liver function. Turmeric is an antioxidant that benefits the body from the inside out.
To survive the harsh winters, one must consume foods rich in fats and proteins. We also consume hot beverages that may be soothing but upset the digestive system. Turmeric adds flavour to food and aids digestion. Consuming food with turmeric also gives a healthy glow to your skin, as the body gets rid of toxins.
Ancient Medicine: Turmeric has been a part of Asian food items and Ayurveda for many centuries. The healing properties of turmeric, which are especially significant during the winter, are magical. The main benefit is that it is a natural antioxidant. It helps you cleanse your body of harmful substances.
Flu Season: The beginning of winter marks the onset of the flu season. In most Asian households, turmeric milk is a natural medicine. Many pregnant women also seek comfort in turmeric milk in the mild flu. Turmeric helps eliminate bacterial infection and provides relief to sore throats.
Turmeric is a household favourite throughout the year. It is not only a good condiment, but also a healer. Spicing things up with turmeric is wise since artificial flavours and chemicals are part of our food groups. The healing properties of turmeric were studied for its blood-thinning properties, reducing the risk of cancer and treating Alzheimer's. (Health tips by Yashna Garg, Nutraceutical Expert, ZeoNutra)
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केंद्रीय आयुर्वेदिक विज्ञान संशोधन परिषदेने (CCRAS) ने कोविड-19 च्या सौम्य आणि लक्षणे नसलेल्या आणि सौम्य ते मध्यम लक्षणे आढळणाऱ्या रुग्णांसाठी आयुष-64 या प्रभावी औषधाचे तंत्रज्ञान 46 कंपन्यांकडे हस्तांतरित केले आहे.
यापूर्वी आयुष मंत्रालयाच्या IMPCL या उत्पादन युनिटसह केवळ 7 कंपन्यांकडे परवाना होता, ज्यांचा वापर मलेरियावरील उपचारांसाठी केला जात असे. कोविडच्या प्रादुर्भावाच्या काळात कोरोनावर ते प्रभावी आढळल्यानंतर, 39 नवीन कंपन्यांना नवीन परवाने देण्यात आले म्हणजे त्यांच्याकडे तंत्रज्ञान हस्तांतरित करण्यात आले आहे.
आयुष-64 हे CCRAS ने विकसित केले आहे, जी आयुष मंत्रालयाच्या अंतर्गत आयुर्वेदातील संशोधनासाठी प्रमुख संस्था आहे. मलेरियाच्या उपचारासाठी 1980 मध्ये ते विकसित केले गेले. मार्च 2020 मध्ये कोविडच्या पहिल्या लाटेदरम्यान, काही वैज्ञानिक अभ्यासात ते कोविड-19 च्या सौम्य आणि लक्षणे नसलेल्या आणि सौम्य ते मध्यम संसर्गामध्ये खूप प्रभावी असल्याचे आढळले. यात विषाणूंशी लढण्याचे गुणधर्म देखील असून शरीराची प्रतिकारशक्ती वाढते आणि ताप उतरतो, रुग्णांना लवकर बरे होण्यास मदत होते.
कोविडच्या पहिल्या लाटेदरम्यान, आयुष मंत्रालय आणि वैज्ञानिक आणि औद्योगिक संशोधन परिषद (CSIR) सोबत याची क्लिनिकल चाचणी घेण्यात आली, ज्यामध्ये असे दिसून आले की आयुष-64 हे कोविड रूग्णांसाठी खूप फायदेशीर औषध आहे. आत्तापर्यंत यावर 8 क्लिनिकल चाचण्या करण्यात आल्या आहेत, ज्यामध्ये घरात विलगीकरणात असलेल्या 63 हजार रुग्णांवर आयुष-64 देण्यात आली आणि हे औषध फायदेशीर असल्याचे आढळून आले. 8 क्लिनिकल चाचण्यांमध्ये 5 यादृच्छिक आणि दोन स्वतंत्र अभ्यास देखील होते, ज्यात रुग्णांना केवळ आयुष-64 औषध दिले गेले.
कोविडच्या पहिल्या लाटेपूर्वी, आयुष मंत्रालयाचे उत्पादन युनिट आयएमपीसीएलसह सात कंपन्याकडे आयुष-64 च्या उत्पादनाची जबाबदारी होती. मात्र आता हे तंत्रज्ञान 39 कंपन्यांकडे हस्तांतरित करण्यात आले आहे, ज्यामुळे हा आकडा 46 वर पोहोचला आहे.
या निर्णयामुळे त्याच्या उत्पादनात वाढ होईल आणि त्याची मागणी पूर्ण करणे देखील सोपे होईल. आजपर्यंत, या औषधाचे कोणतेही दुष्परिणाम आढळून आलेले नाहीत, तरीही तज्ञ डॉक्टरांचा सल्ला घेतल्यानंतरच ते घेण्याचा सल्ला तज्ञांनी दिला आहे.
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The Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) has transferred the technology of Ayush-64, an effective drug in mild and asymptomatic and mild to moderate cases of Covid-19, to 46 companies.
Earlier only 7 companies including IMPCL, the manufacturing unit of the Ministry of Ayush, had its license, which used it for treatment of malaria. After being found effective on Corona during the Covid outbreak, 39 new companies have been given fresh licenses i.e. technology has been transferred to them.
Ayush-64 has been developed by the CCRAS, which is the premier institution for research in Ayurveda under the Ministry of Ayush. It was developed in 1980 for the treatment of malaria. During the first wave of Covid in March 2020, some scientific studies found it to be very effective in mild and asymptomatic and mild to moderate infection of Covid-19. It also has properties of fighting viruses, increases body's immunity and reduces fever, helping patients recover quickly.
During the first wave of Covid, a clinical trial was conducted with the Ministry of Ayush and the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), in which it was revealed that Ayush-64 is a very beneficial medicine for Covid patients. So far, 8 clinical trials have been done on this, in which Ayush-64 was administered on 63 thousand patients quarantined at home, and the drug was found beneficial in this trial. There were also 5 random and two single studies in 8 clinical trials, where patients were given only Ayush-64 medicine.
Before the first wave of Covid, seven companies including IMPCL, the manufacturing unit of the Ministry of Ayush, were responsible for manufacturing Ayush-64, but now the technology has been transferred to 39 companies, taking this figure to 46.
This move of CCRAS will lead to an increase in its production and will also make it easier to meet its demand. Till date, no case of side effects for this medicine have been reported, yet experts suggest taking it only after consulting the doctors.
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केंद्रीय आर्युर्वेदीय विज्ञान अनुसंधान परिषद (सीसीआरएएस) ने आयुष -64 की प्रौद्योगिकी का हस्तांतरण 46 कंपनियों को किया। यह कोविड-19 के हल्के और बिना लक्षण वाले या हल्के से सामान्य संक्रमण वाले मामलों में काम आनेवाली असरदार दवा है।
इससे पहले आयुष मंत्रालय की उत्पादन इकाई आईएमपीसीएल समेत सिर्फ 7 कंपनियों के पास इसका लाइसेंस था, जो मलेरिया के इलाज के लिए इसका इस्तेमाल करती थीं। कोविड के प्रकोप के दौरान कोरोना पर इसके प्रभावी पाए जाने के बाद 39 नई कंपनियों को नए लाइसेंस दिए गए हैं यानी उनको प्रौद्योगिकी हस्तांतरित कर दी गई है।
आयुष-64 की प्रौद्योगिकी का विकास सीसीआरएएस द्वारा किया गया है, जो आयुष मंत्रालय के तहत आयुर्वेद में अनुसंधान का प्रमुख संस्थान है। इसे 1980 में मलेरिया के इलाज के लिए विकसित किया गया था। मार्च 2020 में कोविड की पहली लहर के दौरान, कुछ वैज्ञानिक अध्ययनों ने इसे कोविड -19 के हल्के और बिना लक्षण के या हल्के से सामान्य संक्रमण में काफी असरदार पाया। इसमें वायरस से लड़ने के गुण भी होते हैं। साथ ही, इससे शरीर की प्रतिरोधक क्षमता में वृद्धि होती है और बुखार कम हो जाता है, जिससे मरीजों को जल्द ठीक होने में मदद मिलती है।
कोविड की पहली लहर के दौरान, आयुष मंत्रालय और वैज्ञानिक एवं औद्योगिक अनुसंधान परिषद (सीएसआईआर) के साथ एक नैदानिक परीक्षण किया गया था, जिसमें यह पता चला था कि आयुष -64 कोविड के मरीजों के लिए एक बहुत ही फायदेमंद दवा है। इस पर अब तक 8 नैदानिक परीक्षण हो चुके हैं, जिनमें घरों में कोरान्टीन किए गए 63 हजार मरीजों को आयुष-64 दिया गया और इस परीक्षण में यह दवा फायदेमंद पायी गयी। इन 8 नैदानिक परीक्षणों के दौरान 5 क्रमरहित और दो एकल अध्ययन भी किया गया जिनमें मरीजों को सिर्फ आयुष-64 दवा दी गई।
कोविड की पहली लहर से पहले, आयुष मंत्रालय की उत्पादन इकाई आईएमपीसीएल सहित सात कंपनियां आयुष-64 बनाती थीं, लेकिन अब 39 कंपनियों को प्रौद्योगिकी हस्तांतरित करने के साथ यह आंकड़ा 46 हो गया है।
सीसीआरएएस के इस कदम से इसके उत्पादन में वृद्धि होगी और इसकी मांग को पूरा करना भी आसान हो जाएगा। आज तक इस दवा के दुष्प्रभाव का कोई मामला सामने नहीं आया है। फिर भी, विशेषज्ञ कहते हैं कि डॉक्टरों से सलाह के बाद ही यह दवा लेनी चाहिए।
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1. OZiva kids Superfood immunity Multi Gummies- OZiva Superfood Immunity Multi is a clean blend of powerful superfoods with Ayurvedic Herbs specially created to support enhanced immunity in children. It boosts and strengthens the immune system with plant-based Vitamin C, supports the production of white blood cells and antibodies to fight infections, reduces chances of infection with Zinc's anti-inflammatory properties,
helps keep the immune system balanced with Vitamin D by preventing it from overreacting, combats illnesses, increases immune cells and maintains healthy immune system with plant-based extracts of Elderberry, Amla and Acerola Cherry. These delicious gummies are easy to chew and are vegan with no preservatives, gelatin free, no artificial sweeteners, no artificial colour, soy-free. Recommended 1 gummy daily for children of age 5 years and above.
2. Fast&Up Charge Kids- Fast&Up provides high-quality supplements and vitamins to increase performance. Fast&Up Charge Kids has a triple action formula with Immunity Booster Herbs like Curcumin, Ginger and Tulsi which helps strengthen the body's defence system. It has essential nutrients, Active Vitamin C Complex, Natural Amla, 100% RDA Vitamin C which helps to boost immunity. Kids above the age group of 4+ can consume Fast&Up Charge Kidz.
3. NutriBears Daily Multivitamin Gummies- This advanced NutriBears Kid's Multivitamin Gummy supplement helps in filling the gaps in your child's diet. Fortified with a vitamin complex that contains Vitamins A, B5, B12, C, D, and E, as well as Folic Acid, Iodine, Magnesium and Zinc, our vitamin gummies taste great and give your child the boost they need to be at their physical and mental best.
4. Patanjali Nutrela Kid's SuperFood Nutrition Drink- Patanjali Nutrela Kid's Superfood is a scientifically designed advanced formula as per ICMR guidelines for every growing kid for 4-12 years in delicious chocolate flavour. An ideal blend of milk protein and vitamins with botanical extracts. It is 100 per cent vegetarian, GMO-free, gluten-free, no artificial colour, preservative-free and trans-fat-free. Balanced nutrition for active growth with essential amino acids.
5. Amazing Grass Kidz Superfood - Berry Blast- This nutritional smoothie combines the farm fresh greens with a rainbow of over 30 wholesome fruits and veggies providing kids with the whole food nutrition their growing bodies need and the amazing taste they'll love. This plant-based drink is dairy-free, Certified Organic by CCOF - Non-GMO and More. (Agency)
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