CUSHING’S SYNDROME- Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Research Papers, Yoga & Pranayama

Hormones are the signaling molecules that regulate the physiology of the body. These are also known as chemical messengers. Hormones are secreted from the endocrine glands. Cushing’s syndrome manifested if the adrenal glands secrets too much cortisol.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • CAUSES OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • DIAGNOSIS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • TREATMENTS FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • PROGNOSIS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • COMPLICATIONS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • CUSHING’S SYNDROME  AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • YOGA FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME
  • RESEARCH PAPERS ON AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Weight gain
  • Round face (moon face)
  • Increased fat between shoulders (buffalo hump)
  • Easy bruising skin
  • Pinkish or purplish stretch marks on the skin of the breast, abdomen and thighs
  • Skin darkening
  • Muscle weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Hypertension
  • Acne
  • Excessive sweating
  • Reduced sex drive
  • Insomnia
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability

CAUSES OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Cortisol producing tumour on the adrenal gland (adenoma)
  • Pituitary adenoma

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

Due to the above-mentioned causes, the adrenal gland produces too many hormones (cortisol) leads to the symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome. The tumour in the pituitary gland produces too much ACTH (Adrenocorticotropic hormone) which in turn stimulates the adrenal gland to make more cortisol.

DIAGNOSIS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Diagnosis through clinical features
  • Blood tests – to measure the level of hormones
  • Ultrasound scanning
  • CT scan

TREATMENTS FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Surgical removal of tumours
  • Medications to control the production of cortisol
  • Treatment for underlying pathology 

PROGNOSIS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Cushing’s syndrome is manageable with appropriate treatments. If it is untreated leads to complications.

COMPLICATIONS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME      

  • Hypertension
  • Osteoporosis
  • Recurrent infections
  • Gonadal dysfunction
  • Muscle weakness

CUSHING’S SYNDROME AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda Cushing’s syndrome is managed based on the symptoms.

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Excess consumption of ununctuous, salty, incompatible food
  • Suppression of natural urges
  • Hyper or hypo functioning of agni

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Fatigue
  • Weakness

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

Hyper or hypo functioning of jataragni affects dhatu agni leads to symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome. The Adrenal gland and Kidney (Vrikka) together form the Moolasthana (origin or governing site) for Medovaha Srotas (channels carrying nutrition). Medas (adipose tissue) being Pruthvi (earth elements) and Jala (water elements) predominant area, Kapha dosha will be dominant in this area. There will be the involvement of Apana Vata (type of vata) also in this area. The Lakshana or symptoms of patients often shows the possibility that there is Vata Prakopa (vitiation of Vata) and Kapha Kshaya (decreased kapha) along with rasa, medo, asthi dhatu dushti.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Ksheena – weakness
  • Sthoulya – weight gain
  • Swedo vridhi – excessive sweating
  • Nidra nasha – insomnia 

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Yapya roga – symptoms are manageable with Ayurvedic medicines

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Kanchanara guggulu – for glandular diseases (grandhi roga)
  • Treatment for mandagni

AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • NASYA-Ksheerabala

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME

Internal administration for grandhi roga and symptoms of Cushing’s syndrome

HOME REMEDIES FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Exercise regularly
  • Take an appropriate quantity of fluids

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Avoid food items that produce dosha imbalance like salty and dry food, hard to digest. Because dosha imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Take proper rest.
  • Avoid more oily foods, junk foods
  • Consume a balanced diet 

YOGA FOR CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam   

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, and the body relaxed. The patient has to close one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.                             

  • Savasana – relaxes the body and mind

RESEARCH PAPERS ON AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF CUSHING’S SYNDROME

  1. Ayurvedic perspective of Cushing’s syndrome

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312910243_AYURVEDIC_PERSPECTIVE_OF_CUSHING’S_SYNDROME

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