Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies for acute & chronic pancreatitis

Pancreatitis
HEALTH HERBS & NUTRITION - REMEDIES - ENDOCRINE SYSTEM (HORMONES) - PANCREATITIS

· General Description

· Acute Pancreatitis

· Chronic Pancreatitis

· Herbal & Homeopathic Remedies

· Helpful Dietary Habits

· Dos and Don'ts

Natural herbal & homeopathic products for acute & chronic pancreatitis

General description & overview of acute & chronic pancreatitis

Pancreatitis is an inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is a large gland behind the stomach and close to the duodenum. The duodenum is the upper part of the small intestine. The pancreas secretes digestive enzymes into the small intestine through a tube called the pancreatic duct. These enzymes help digest fats, proteins, and carbohydrates in food. The pancreas also releases the hormones insulin and glucagon into the bloodstream. These hormones help the body use the glucose it takes from food for energy.

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Normally, digestive enzymes do not become active until they reach the small intestine, where they begin digesting food. But if these enzymes become active inside the pancreas, they start "digesting" the pancreas itself.

Acute pancreatitis occurs suddenly and lasts for a short period of time and usually resolves by itself. Some people have more than one attack and recover completely after each, but acute pancreatitis can be a severe, life-threatening illness with many complications.

About 80,000 cases occur in the United States each year; some 20 percent of them are severe. Acute pancreatitis occurs more often in men than women.

Chronic pancreatitis does not resolve itself and results in a slow destruction of the pancreas. Either form can cause serious complications. In severe cases, bleeding, tissue damage, and infection may occur. Pseudocysts, accumulations of fluid and tissue debris, may also develop and enzymes and toxins may enter the bloodstream, injuring the heart, lungs, and kidneys, or other organs.

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About, Symptoms, Causes of acute pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis usually begins with pain in the upper abdomen that may last for a few days. The pain may be severe and may become constant - just in the abdomen - or it may reach to the back and other areas. It may be sudden and intense or begin as a mild pain that gets worse when food is eaten. Someone with acute pancreatitis often looks and feels very sick.

Other symptoms may include:

• Swollen and tender abdomen

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Fever

• Rapid pulse

• Severe cases may cause dehydration and low blood pressure. The heart, lungs, or kidneys may fail. If bleeding
   occurs in the pancreas, shock and sometimes even death follow.

Natural remedies, medicines & cures for acute & chronic pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis is usually caused by gallstones or by drinking too much alcohol, but these aren't the only causes. If alcohol use and gallstones are ruled out, other possible causes of pancreatitis should be carefully examined so that appropriate treatment—if available—can begin.

Causes

Common causes include drinking too much alcohol and gallstones blocking the bile tubes. Other contributing factors may also include:

• Drugs

• Physical damage to the pancreas

• Mumps or

• Pancreatic cancer

Diagnosis

Besides asking about a person's medical history and doing a physical exam, a doctor will order a blood test to diagnose acute pancreatitis. During acute attacks, the blood contains at least three times more amylase and lipase than usual. Amylase and lipase are digestive enzymes formed in the pancreas. Changes may also occur in blood levels of glucose, calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, and bicarbonate. After the pancreas improves, these levels usually return to normal.

A doctor may also order an abdominal ultrasound to look for gallstones and a CAT (computerized axial tomography) scan to look for inflammation or destruction of the pancreas. CAT scans are also useful in locating pseudocysts.

Complications

Acute pancreatitis can cause breathing problems. Many people develop hypoxia, which means that cells and tissues are not receiving enough oxygen. Doctors treat hypoxia by giving oxygen through a face mask. Despite receiving oxygen, some people still experience lung failure and require a ventilator.

Sometimes a person cannot stop vomiting and needs to have a tube placed in the stomach to remove fluid and air. In mild cases, a person may not eat for 3 or 4 days and instead may receive fluids and pain relievers through an intravenous line.

If an infection develops, the doctor may prescribe antibiotics. Surgery may be needed for extensive infections. Surgery may also be necessary to find the source of bleeding, to rule out problems that resemble pancreatitis, or to remove severely damaged pancreatic tissue.

Acute pancreatitis can sometimes cause kidney failure. If your kidneys fail, you will need dialysis to help your kidneys remove wastes from your blood.

Alternative medicines, remedies & cures for acute & chronic pancreatitis. Gallstones can cause pancreatitis and they usually require surgical removal. Ultrasound or a CAT scan can detect gallstones and can sometimes give an idea of the severity of the pancreatitis. When gallstone surgery can be scheduled depends on how severe the pancreatitis is. If the pancreatitis is mild, gallstone surgery may proceed within about a week. More severe cases may mean gallstone surgery is delayed for a month or more. After the gallstones are removed and inflammation goes away, the pancreas usually returns to normal.

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About, symptoms, causes, of chronic pancreatitis

If injury to the pancreas continues, chronic pancreatitis may develop. Chronic pancreatitis occurs when digestive enzymes attack and destroy the pancreas and nearby tissues, causing scarring and pain.

Symptoms

Most people with Chronic Pancreatitis have:

• Abdominal pain, although some people have no pain at all. The pain may get worse when eating or drinking, spread
   to the back, or become constant and disabling. In certain cases, abdominal pain goes away as the condition
   advances, probably because the pancreas is no longer making digestive enzymes.

• Nausea

• Vomiting

• Weight loss

• Fatty stools

• Weight loss, even when their appetite and eating habits are normal. The weight loss occurs because the body does
   not secrete enough pancreatic enzymes to break down food, so nutrients are not absorbed normally. Poor digestion
   leads to excretion of fat, protein, and sugar into the stool.

If the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas (islet cells) have been damaged, diabetes may also develop at this stage.

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Causes

The usual cause of chronic pancreatitis is many years of alcohol abuse, but the chronic form may also be triggered by only one acute attack, especially if the pancreatic ducts are damaged. The damaged ducts cause the pancreas to become inflamed, tissue to be destroyed, and scar tissue to develop. Damage from alcohol abuse may not appear for many years, and then a person may have a sudden attack of pancreatitis. In up to 70 percent of adult patients, chronic pancreatitis appears to be caused by alcoholism. This form is more common in men than in women and often develops between the ages of 30 and 40.

While common, alcoholism is not the only cause of chronic pancreatitis. Other causes of chronic pancreatitis are:

• Blocked or narrowed pancreatic duct because of trauma or pseudocysts have formed

• Unknown cause (idiopathic)

• High levels of calcium in the blood (hypercalcemia)

High levels of blood fats (hyperlipidemia or hypertriglyceridemia)

• Certain autoimmune conditions

Certain drugs, including azathioprine, sulfonamides, corticosteroids, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs),
   and antibiotics such as tetracycline

• Infection with mumps, hepatitis virus, rubella, Epstein-Barr virus (the cause of mononucleosis), and cytomegalovirus

• Abnormalities in the structure of the pancreas or the pancreatic or bile ducts, including pancreatic cancer

• Surgery to the abdomen, heart, or lungs that temporarily cuts off blood supply to the pancreas, damaging tissue

• Hereditary diseases, such as cystic fibrosis

• Injury to the abdomen

Heredity - Hereditary pancreatitis usually begins in childhood but may not be diagnosed for several years. A person
   with hereditary pancreatitis usually has the typical symptoms that come and go over time. Episodes last from 2 days
   to 2 weeks. A determining factor in the diagnosis of hereditary pancreatitis is two or more family members with
   pancreatitis in more than one generation. Treatment for individual attacks is usually the same as it is for acute
   pancreatitis. Any pain or nutrition problems are treated just as they are for acute pancreatitis. Surgery can often
   ease pain and help manage complications.

Diagnosis

Diagnosis may be difficult, but new techniques can help. Pancreatic function tests help a doctor decide whether the pancreas is still making enough digestive enzymes. Using ultrasonic imaging, endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), and CAT scans, a doctor can see problems indicating chronic pancreatitis. Such problems include calcification of the pancreas, in which tissue hardens from deposits of insoluble calcium salts. In more advanced stages of the disease, when diabetes and malabsorption occur, a doctor can use a number of blood, urine, and stool tests to help diagnose chronic pancreatitis and to monitor its progression.

Herbal supplements for acute & chronic pancreatitis. Chronic pancreatitis is rare in children. Trauma to the pancreas and hereditary pancreatitis are two known causes of childhood pancreatitis. Children with cystic fibrosis, a progressive, disabling, and incurable lung disease, may also have pancreatitis. But more often the cause is not known.

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in acute & chronic pancreatitis

Treatment for pancreatic disorders depends on the cause. Surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy and life long medication such as insulin may be necessary to treat individual disorders of the pancreas.

Natural and holistic remedies can be highly effective when used in combination with other conventional treatments. These remedies manage to address the symptoms of pancreas problems as well as the individual’s overall health and wellbeing. Herbal and homeopathic remedies are gentle, yet effective without the harmful side effects of conventional medicine.

Herbs such as Galega officinalis maintain pancreatic health and healthy insulin levels while Vaccinium myrtillus (Bilberry) is traditionally recommended to promote healthy blood sugar levels as well as healthy insulin production. Gymnema sylvestre is a well-known and highly respected Ayurvedic remedy which is also known as the 'sugar killer' as it is said to remove the taste for sweet foods.

Another powerful herb is Ginkgo biloba which has a beneficial effect on peripheral and cerebral circulation and can therefore help to promote pancreas health as well as healthy body tissue and circulation. Remember to find a remedy that suits your individual needs obtain all herbal and homeopathic remedies from a reputable source.

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Gymnema Sylvestre is an herb of Southeast Asian origin that is a well-known and highly respected Ayurvedic remedy also known as the 'sugar killer', as it is said to remove the taste for sweet foods. More recently, Gymnema Sylvestre has been shown to help in the maintenance of healthy blood glucose. Furthermore, Gymnema sylvestre has been linked to pancreatic rejuvenation in animal studies.

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Galega Officinalis (Goats Rue) is an herb that was used tradionally in medieval Europe to help support pancreatic health and encourage healthy insulin levels. This has more recently been confirmed by clinical trials. Studies have also suggested that this potent herb has been shown to help the body in maintaining balanced glucose in the bloodstream.

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Ginkgo Biloba is a plant that dates back about 200 million years! It has survived mainly in Oriental temple gardens, where it is highly prized for its medicinal properties in Chinese Traditional Medicine. Studies have proven Ginkgo biloba as a natural antioxidant with regards to cardiac health. Furthermore, this herb has been shown to have great supportive capabilities with regards to healthy blood glucose levels.

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Vaccinium Myrtillus (Bilberry) is an herb first written about in the twelfth century, when Abbess Hildegard of Bingen wrote of bilberry's usefulness for inducing menstruation. Both, leaves and berries are used in various herbal preparations. Leaves contain caffeic acid, irridoids and tannins and are known to be beneficial in the treatment of diabetes. Most famous use of bilberry is in the treatment for vein and lymphatic disorders. This is achieved by the berries of bilberry which are rich in anthocyanins that strengthen the capillaries and reduce their permeability. Other constituents of the bilberry berry are vitamin C, tannins and catechin, a polyphenol. Anthocyanins, which are antioxidants, along with vitamin C fight against the free radicals present in the food and the atmosphere. These, together with vitamin E, have proved to be very good in treating eyesight related problems as well as in improving cataract symptoms in the older people. Bilberry has also been prescribed in diarrhea and also inflammation of the digestive tract.

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Chromium Picolinate is a mineral supplement and highly absorbable nutritional form of chromium - an essential nutrient for sugar and fat metabolism. The adequate daily dietary intake for chromium is 50 to 200 micrograms, but most diets contain less than 60% of this intake! The FDA agrees that chromium may be of benefit in reducing the risk of insulin resistance and possibly of Type 2 diabetes. In one controlled study, subjects were administered a placebo or 100 or 500 micrograms of chromium picolinate two times per day for four months. Those subjects receiving 100 micrograms twice per day demonstrated no significant improvements, while the group receiving 500 micrograms twice per day saw highly significant improvements in the glucose/insulin system.

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Helpful dietary habits (recommendations) in acute & chronic pancreatitis

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A low-fat diet (with no more than 30 to 40% of calories from fat) is often recommended to help prevent the steatorrhea that often accompanies pancreatic insufficiency. In a controlled study of chronic pancreatitis patients, a very low-fat diet resulted in less than one-fourth as much steatorrhea compared to a more typical fat intake. Since a very low-fat diet may not be appropriate for a person with malnutrition, this recommendation should only be followed after consulting a healthcare professional.

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A preliminary study of chronic pancreatitis patients reported that a high-fiber diet was associated with a small but significant increase in the amount of fat in the stool. The patients all complained of increased flatulence while using this diet, but an undesirable increase in the frequency of bowel movements did not occur. Increases in dietary fiber may not be well tolerated by people with pancreatitis, but more research is needed.

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A few preliminary reports suggest that food allergy may cause some cases of acute pancreatitis. Food allergies identified in these cases included beef, milk, potato, eggs, fish and fish eggs, and kiwi fruit. No research has investigated the possible role of food allergy in other causes of pancreatic insufficiency.

Dos and don'ts (precautions) in acute & chronic pancreatitis

In Acute Pancreatitis

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Treatment depends on the severity of the attack. If no kidney or lung complications occur, acute pancreatitis usually improves on its own. Treatment, in general, is designed to support vital bodily functions and prevent complications. A hospital stay will be necessary so that fluids can be replaced intravenously.

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Before leaving the hospital, a person will be advised not to drink alcohol and not to eat large meals. After all signs of acute pancreatitis are gone, the doctor will try to decide what caused it in order to prevent future attacks. In some people, the cause of the attack is clear, but in others, more tests are needed.

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Unless the pancreatic duct or bile duct is blocked by gallstones, an acute attack usually lasts only a few days. In severe cases, a person may require intravenous feeding for 3 to 6 weeks while the pancreas slowly heals. This process is called total parenteral nutrition. However, for mild cases of the disease, total parenteral nutrition offers no benefit.

Homeopathic medicines for acute & chronic pancreatitis. -	If pancreatic pseudocysts occur and are considered large enough to interfere with the pancreas's healing, your doctor may drain or surgically remove them.

In Chronic Pancreatitis

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Relieving pain is the first step in treating chronic pancreatitis. The next step is to plan a diet that is high in carbohydrates and low in fat.

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A doctor may prescribe pancreatic enzymes to take with meals if the pancreas does not secrete enough of its own. The enzymes should be taken with every meal to help the body digest food and regain some weight. Sometimes insulin or other drugs are needed to control blood glucose.

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In some cases, surgery is needed to relieve pain. The surgery may involve draining an enlarged pancreatic duct or removing part of the pancreas.

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For fewer and milder attacks, people with pancreatitis must stop drinking alcohol, stick to their prescribed diet, and take the proper medications.

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Herbal & hoemopathic products recommended in acute & chronic pancreatitis

Insulate Plus

Helps maintain healthy circulation, blood sugar levels, insulin production and bio-availability.

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Diabetonic

Support blood sugar within the healthy range and support pancreatic health.

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