Celiac disease is a chronic digestive disorder caused due to damage in the lining of the small intestine. It leads to malabsorption of minerals and nutrients. The destruction of the lining is due to an immunological reaction to gluten. This is generally known as Wheat Allergy as wheat has the highest amount of gluten in it. This type of allergy is seen more in North India as compared to South India due to high consumption of wheat products that contain gluten.
Our body’s immune system is designed in a way that whenever it sees a foreign invader, it releases certain antibodies that protect us from being diseased. But when people with celiac disease eat foods containing gluten, then their immune system regards gluten as a foreign invader and forms antibodies to attack the intestinal lining. This causes inflammation of the intestines and destroys the villi present over there. Villi are hair like structures that are responsible for increasing the rate of absorption of the substances.
Nutrients from food are generally absorbed by the villi. But if villi are destroyed due to certain reasons, then nutrients are not absorbed properly and it results malnourishment despite of what and how much the person eats.
- Abdominal pain and bloating
- Loose stool
- Weight loss or gain
- Joints pain
- Weakness in the body
- Delayed onset of puberty and irregular menses in females
- Loss of enamel and tooth discolouration
- Infertility in both men and women
- Severe skin rashes
- Tingling sensation in the legs
- Muscle cramps
- Growth problems in children
- Decreased appetite
- Mouth sores
AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE
According to Ayurveda, this can be related with anna vaha srotas dushti. Consumption of Gramaya Aahar or processed food causes disturbance in the digestive system or derranged agni and hence results in the formation of ama or toxins in the body.
Fasting, eating during the digestion of the previous food, over eating, irregular eating, intake of unsuitable diet, faulty adaptation to places, time and seasons and suppression of natural urges hampers the digestive power and leads to the production of ama. The derranged agni becomes unable to digest even the lightest food and the food being undigested gets acidified and toxic. If koshthagni does not work properly, it leads to vidagdha paka, acting like a poison and gives rise to several diseases.
Ayurvedic treatment involves stimulating the digestive fire using deepana, pachana and rasayan Chikitsa to promote the strength and immunity of the body.
Single herbs beneficial in this disease are:
- Bhallatak beeja
Ayurvedic formulations used in this disease are:
- Hingvadi Vati
- Chitrakadi Vati
- Triphala Churna
- Trikatu Churna
- Shivakshara Churna
DIET AND LIFESTYLE
- Avoid all those food items that contain gluten like those made from wheat, rye, oats and barley.
- Avoid processed foods that contain gluten.
- Include yoghurt, buttermilk, juices, pulses and fruits in your diet.
- Include old rice, buckwheat, ragi, whole corn, millets and gluten free oats.
- Include ginger, coriander leaves, lentil, green gram soup, black pepper, nutmeg and skimmed milk in your diet.
- Include herbs like ginger, fennel and cumin in your diet that will stimulate digestive enzyme secretions which will further improve digestion, absorption and clear away the accumulated toxins out of the body.
- Foods items rich in monosaturated fats such as olive or canola oil are healthy as well as easily digestible.
- Avoid bread crumbs, soya sauce, vegetable starch, natural flavouring.
- Avoid tea, coffee and caffeine as they contain ingredients that can stimulate the intestines and cause diarrhoea.
- Take thousand micrograms of primrose oil three times a day.
- Drink medicinal clay in four ounces of water two times a day.
- Take three or four silica gel capsules.
- Take a green food supplement once a day.
- Put three or four drops of alimony concentrate into eight ounces of water. Drink atleast three times a day.
- Have three cups of horsetail tea in a day to control inflammation and strengthen intestinal lining.
- Have herbal decoctions containing saffron and dandelion to cleanse the blood.
- Eat pickled ginger to reduce the inflammation.
- Add cayenne pepper in the food. This will help to produce the sweat and aid in the elimination of toxins.