Natural Treatment for Buruli Ulcer

Introduction

Buruli ulcer, affecting the skin and sometimes bone as well is a chronic disease which causes progressive debility. It is caused by bacteria, Mycobacterium ulcerans. Buruli ulcer can be really dangerous as it can cause long term disability or even permanent disfigurement. Not many have heard about this disease but the number of cases have been increasing since 2013.

Natural treatment for Buruli Ulcer

Its most cases are found in tropical and subtropical countries like Africa, Western Pacific, South America and Australia. As a mode of transmission of Buruli ulcers is not known hence it cannot be prevented. Mycobacterium ulcerans belongs to the bacterial family which is the causative agents of leprosy and tuberculosis. The only treatment present in modern medicine is early diagnosis and prevention of long term disability or morbidity.

Buruli ulcer causes severe necrosis of skin, soft tissue and bone. Just like tuberculosis and leprosy, this disease is also more common in people with compromised immunity. It is the third most common disease caused by Mycobacterium after both the diseases mentioned above. Usually, children are affected by Buruli ulcer, mainly between the ages of 5-15 years.

Signs and symptoms of Buruli ulcers:

  • This disease usually begins with a small painless nodule or swelling which gradually worsens with time. It can also start as a large painless indurated area or swelling present on arms, legs or face. When present on a face it appears like edema. 
  • Usually as not much is known about this disease, either it is not treated or wrongly treated. Gradually the swelling or induration will ulcerate, mostly within 4 weeks or less.
  • This ulcer has undermined borders and when the bone gets affected it produces permanent deformity or disability.
  • Mycobacterium ulcerans releases a mycolactone toxin which is a local immunosuppressant. Due to this there is no fever and pain in the disease.
Treatment for Buruli Ulcer in Ayurveda

Diagnosis:

  • In endemic areas, Buruli ulcers are easily diagnosed but in other areas, it is late diagnosed or misdiagnosed.
  • Depending upon the location of the ulcer, its whole course, the age of the patient and absence of pain and fever in initial days, other causes of ulcers should be excluded.
  • Other causes of ulcers to be excluded from the diagnosis are venous insufficiency, chronic lower leg, phagedenic ulcers, diabetic ulcers and extensive ulcerative yaws.
  • Early signs and symptoms where Buruli ulcers start with small nodule or induration are often confused with ganglions, lipoma, boils, fungal infection and lymph node tuberculosis.
  • So first of all your doctor need to exclude all the above- said causes and other health ailments.
  • The method used to diagnose this ulcer is PCR, i.e. polymerase chain reaction, histopathology, microscopy, and culture.
  • Hence, patient’s medical history, travel history (if a person has recently visited the area where Buruli ulcer is prevalent), physical examination and laboratory examinations are done to diagnose a case of this disease.

Conventional Treatment

  • Antibiotics and surgery are the only means of treatment in modern medicine where survival or recovery is not sure. The aim is to minimize the loss of soft tissues or bone.

Ayurvedic approach to Buruli Ulcer

  • Approach to various health ailments is much different in Ayurveda as compared to conventional medicine.
  • ?In Ayurveda every case is individualized and treated individually.
  • In Ayurveda, ulcers are known as Vrana.

Meaning– Vrana originating from an internal cause, i.e.  Due to vitiation of any of three doshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha dosha are known as ‘Nij’ while those caused by external causes are called as ‘Agantuj’.

Reference– Charak Samhita, chikitsa sthanam, chapter 25, shloka no.6

Internal factors that aggravate these doshas can be:

  • Weak immunity and low resistance
  • Inadequate diet and nutrition and accumulation of toxins in the body
  • Increased mental and physical stress

Herbal Remedies for Buruli ulcer:

  • Planet Ayurveda offers the herbal remedies which restore the balance of the doshas and treat the disease naturally.
  • All the medicines prescribed are completely natural and Ayurvedic made from best quality of herbs.
  • These herbal medicines are purely vegetarian and not tested on animals.
  • No chemicals, preservatives, additives, dye or fillers are added in them and prepared according to strict Ayurvedic principles.

1. Curcumin capsules

  • These are the herbal capsules prepared from a standardized extract of curcumin, the main content found in turmeric. It exhibits many medicinal qualities like anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and healing properties. In buruli ulcers these capsules will help to relieve inflammation and accelerate the healing of the ulcers.

Dosage– Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Guggul capsules

  • These capsules help to balance all the three doshas in the body hence eradicating the root cause of the Buruli ulcers.
  • It maintains healthy blood circulation which helps in faster healing of the ulcer.
  • Immunity is also improved by regular consumption of Guggul capsules.

Dosage– Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water

3. Immune Booster

  • Immune Booster : As this attacks those people mainly whose immunity is low so we need something to boost up the immunity so that the Mycobacterium ulcerans does not get the chance to attack the person.
  • These capsules are prepared from the combination of various herbs like Vitis vinifera, Phyllanthus niruri, Emblica officinali and Cow colostrums.
  • All these work together to enhance the immunity of the person.

Dosage– 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Recumin gel

  • This natural gel is made from a blend of the herbs which have  the main action of healing and treating inflammation like Neem (Azadirachta indica), guggul (Commiphora mukul), jasmine (Jasmine officinalis), Jivanti (Leptadenia reticulata) etc.

Application- Apply locally on the affected area

5. Gandhak rasayan

  • It works as a blood purifier, eliminates the toxins from the blood and gives healthy skin. These herbal tablets work to treat various skin ailments naturally. Purified sulphur is used to prepare these herbal tablets.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

6. Jatyadi oil

  • It is an herbal oil prepared from a combination of various amazing herbs which when applied fastens the healing of wounds and ulcers and gives relief from pain, swelling, and redness.

Application- Apply locally on the affected area