Amidst the growing dependency on sedentary lifestyle and Dosha imbalance, most people nowadays are getting diagnosed with some condition or the other. And one of the most reported ones throughout the populace is joint pain, early arthritis, digestion troubles, insomnia etc. Additionally, people who are already suffering from some form of arthritis fail to resist from the no activity lifestyle trap to avoid pain. But little do they realize that without any kind of movement or exercise, the pain increases instead of decreasing, thus continuing the vicious cycle.
Arthritis is an umbrella term that describes more than 100 conditions that affect the joints, tissues around the joint, and other connective tissues. It chiefly defines swelling and tenderness of one or more of your joints within the body. Although lifestyle modifications, well-balanced food and proper sleep timings, might help one mitigate swelling and arthritis, incorporating some home remedies and herbs in the daily lifestyle gives you a surer shot to deal with this condition effectively. And much to your respite, Ayurveda brings an absolute formulation to manage Vata disorders like arthritis in the form of Simhanada Guggul.
What is Simhanada Guggul?
Simhanada Guggul, also known as Vatari Guggul is an ayurvedic proprietary medication that is mainly used for the treatment and management of different types of joint pains, swelling, stiffness and inflammation associated with gout and rheumatoid arthritis. Powered with antirheumatic, detoxifying, antitoxin, antimicrobial, antipruritic, depurative, laxative, anti-gout, and demulcent qualities, simhanada guggul is also helpful in treating skin diseases, abdominal disorders, hair woes, cough, asthma, loss of appetite, colicky pain, and other Vata disorders (mainly paralysis).
How To Prepare Simhanada Guggul?
144 grams Haritaki - Terminalia Chebula
144 grams Bibhitaki - Terminalia Bellirica
144 grams Amla (Indian Gooseberry) - Emblica Officinalis
48 grams Saugandhika(Gandaka) - Purified sulphur
144 grams Kaushika(Shudda guggulu) - Commiphora mukul
192 grams Eranda Tail (Castor Oil) - Oil of Ricinus communis
First prepare the kashayam or decoction by adding the triphala ingredients in coarse powder form.
Boil the water to reduce the decoction to ¼ of the volume.
Then, filter the liquid and add the castor oil while heating the filtrate.
Next add purified sulphur and guggulu into the filtrate.
Keep stirring until the formulation concentrates and becomes solid.
Use your palm to roll the solid substance into tablets or gutikas.
Keep it under direct sunlight to remove excess moisture.
Store the tablets in amber-coloured glass jars for future use.
Ayurvedic Indications Of Simhanada Guggul
Ayurveda, the timeless approach of alternative herbal remedies has extensively mentioned the use of this time-tested formulation multiple times in several ayurvedic scriptures and journals of Charaka and Susruta. It is mostly indicated for use in the following conditions which include, Amavata (relieves arthritis), Vranaropana (wound healing), Dahahara (relieves burning sensation), Deepana (enhances stomach fire), Pachana (helps in digestion), Rochana (stimulates appetite), Vamana (prevents nausea and vomiting), Amahara (treats indigestion), Balya (improves muscle strength), Kasahara (Relieves cough, Shwasha (relieves breathing difficulties), Jvara (useful in fever), Anulomana (improves breathing), Kustha (treats skin disorder), and Krimihara (relieves intestinal worms).
Incredible Health Benefits Of Simhanada Guggulu
Relieves Pain And Inflammation
Imbued with strong analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and pain-relieving properties of the bio-active components, simhanada guggul offers extensive relief from pain and inflammation, thereby reducing the chances of chronic autoimmune inflammatory diseases like joint pain, rheumatoid and osteo arthritis which occurs due to the vitiation of Vata Doshas. Being a natural vasodilator, it is also used to treat painful muscle spasms, sore muscles, arthritic conditions, and other inflammatory situations. Studies report that uses of horsetail has improved the symptoms of arthritis and even regulated the immune response to a vast extent.
Fortifies Bone Health
This powerful anti-inflammatory formulation extensively helps to absorb calcium and improves bone mineral density, strengthening the bones and connective tissue and preventing them from breaking. It also helps in the production of collagen in the bones, protecting the bones from damage and enhances overall bone health. In prescribed doses not only does it help to prevent osteoporosis but also diminish the risks of bone fractures in the advanced years.
The presence of Triphala in this magical formulation showcases potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-gout or anti-hyperuricemic effect which is useful in reducing serum uric acid levels in the body. Additionally, abundance of castor oil, Shuddha Gandhak and Guggulu have the synergic effect of diminishing inflammation, pain and stiffness in patients suffering from hyperuricemia (i.e., abnormally elevated serum uric acid level) and gouty arthritis.
Thanks to its detoxifying, antioxidant, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, simhanada guggul helps in treating a host of skin infections as well. It not only helps in shielding the skin from oxidative radical damage due to the harmful UVA and UVB rays, but also arrests the various signs of aging like wrinkles, fine lines etc. Additionally, it helps in treating infectious conditions like eczema, rashes, psoriasis etc.
Enhances Hair Growth
Apart from improving skin quality, this potent ayurvedic formulation also plays a quintessential role in promoting hair growth. It holds high significance in promoting blood circulation in the scalp and hair follicles, which in turn enriches the roots by bringing in more nutrients through the blood supply and help in the growth of new hair. It also mitigates male pattern baldness, prevents premature greying, sudden hairfall and treats different types of scalp infections.
The appropriate therapeutic dosage of Simhanada guggul usually varies from person to person depending upon the age, body strength, effects on appetite, severity, and condition of the patient. It is strongly recommended to consult an ayurvedic doctor or practitioner as he or she would evaluate the patient’s indications, past medical conditions and prescribe an effective dose for a specific time period.
Adults: 500 to 2000 mg, along with warm water, twice or thrice a day after meals or as suggested by the ayurvedic doctor or health care provider.
Thanks to the powerful qualities and host of health-promoting herbal ingredients, Simhanada Guggul is extremely beneficial in recommended doses. But if it is consumed in excess or without prior consultation with a doctor, it can lead to side effects like loose stool, diarrhoea, irritable bowel syndrome, and visceral hypersensitivity. Since its safety profile in pregnant women, lactating mothers and children is yet to be studies and established, it is suggested to avoid using it without doctor consultation.
Simhanada guggul, a traditional ayurvedic formulation has been known since ages for its anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving and analgesic properties. Not only does this incredible concoction of herbal ingredients provide relief from joint and arthritic pain, but also strengthens bones and muscles, enhances skin and hair health, treats gout and promotes digestion.