Ayurvedic treatment for Pancreatitis


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Pancreatitis Ayurvedic treatment


Pancreatitis refers to the swelling of the Pancreas. It is a small but important organ situated behind the stomach in the abdomen.1

Pancreatitis is a serious condition - presenting as two types - acute and chronic. Acute pancreatitis is when the condition happens suddenly but gets resolved or cured in few days; whereas chronic pancreatitis ends up with the inflammation for many years.1

As per Ayurveda, the organ called Pancreas, is described as ‘Agnyashaya’ i.e seat of the agni (digestive fire). Thus pacncreatitis can be synonymous with Agnyashaya shoth. Its symptoms are caused due to the malfunctioning of Agni (digestive fire).2

An impaired digestive power (mandagni) is a root cause of undigested food toxins (Amadosha) and it is the crucial factor for manifestation of most of the diseases.2




Acute pancreatitis is estimated to develop as an auto immune condition where the enzymes themselves attack the organ.1

Most common causes of an Acute pancreatitis are - 1:

  • Gallstones – that accounts for around half of all cases
  • Alcohol consumption – that accounts for about a quarter of all cases

By reducing alcohol intake and altering diet to make gallstones less likely, the chances of developing acute pancreatitis can be drastically reduced.1




The most common symptoms of acute pancreatitis include1:

  • Sudden and severe pain in the center of abdomen
  • Malaise
  • Loose watery diarrhea
  • Indigestion
  • High fever
  • Abdominal swelling




Acute pancreatitis is a sudden conditon and hence it patient usually land up in a hospital due tot he pain and discomfort. Diagnosis is conformed in th ehospital through examination, and blood tests.1

Levels of pancreatic enzymens in blood namely that of lipase and amylase are raised in a blood test.1

The following tests help determine the severity of pancreatitis1

  • CT scan
  • Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan
  • Ultrasound Scan
  • Endoscopic Retrograde Cholangiopancreatography (ERCP)




Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Regularly consume buttermilk, cumin seeds and pomegrenade.
  • Drink warm water
  • Eat easy-to-digest foods.
  • Avoid Dadhi (Curd), Madya (Alcohol), Shukta (Acidic beverages/soft drinks), Jagarana (Staying up late), Vegadharana (Suppression of the urges), Aniyata asana (Improper posture) and Upavasa (Fasting for longer period)

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

1. Suryanamaskara:


2. Udarshaktivikasakayogasanas -

Pawanmuktasana (wind-relieving pose):


Shavasana (corpse pose):


Ardhamatsyasana (half-seated spinal twist): T

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Bhujangasana (cobra pose):

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  1. What is GERD?

Acid reflux disease - also commonly known as Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD) is condition in which acid from the stomach regurgitates or moves up into the esophagus (gullet).

  1. How are fissures caused?

An anal fissure may occur when due to passing of hard or large stools during a bowel movement. Anal fissures typically cause pain and bleeding with bowel movements. One may experience spasms in the ring of muscle at the end of the anus (anal sphincter).

  1. Can a fissure heal completely?

With appropriate treatment and following of pathya apathya, a fissure can heal completely. Although care should be taken not to be constipated and have high amount of fiber in food.

  1. What is a kshar karma? How is it different from other surgery

Kshar karma is a specialized Ayurvedic surgical procedure that involves minimal blood loss and provides excellent relief in hemorrhoids and fistulas. It involves the applying of a sclerosing agent, such as apamarg kshar snuhi kshar etc.

It differs from conventional surgery as in it does not require anaesthesia, shows minimal blood loss and need not require inpatient admissions.

  1. What are the risk factors of developing bowel incontinence?

A number of factors can increase the risk of developing fecal incontinence. These include:

  • Age: It is more common in middle-aged and older adults.
  • Female gender: Fecal incontinence is slightly more common in women. One reason may be that fecal incontinence can be a complication of childbirth.
  • Nerve damage: People who have long-standing diabetes or multiple sclerosis — conditions that can damage nerves that help control defecation — may be at risk of fecal incontinence.
  • Dementia: Fecal incontinence is often present in late-stage Alzheimer's disease and dementia.
  • Physical disability: Being physically disabled may make it difficult to reach a toilet in time. An injury that caused a physical disability also may cause rectal nerve damage, leading to fecal incontinence. Also, inactivity can lead to constipation, resulting in fecal incontinence.
  1. What exercises can be done to have better control on the motions?

Certain asanas that help strengthen the pelvic floor (muscles around the anal opening) are recommended for better control over the anorectal area. These are -

Utkatasana                   Virabhadrasana                 Ananda Balasana             Shlabhasana


  1. Can celiac disease lead to anything serious?

Untreated, celiac disease can cause the following complications:

  • Malnutrition: The damage to your small intestine means it can't absorb enough nutrients. Malnutrition can lead to anemia and weight loss. In children, malnutrition can cause slow growth and short stature.
  • Calcium loss of calcium and low bone density: Malabsorption of calcium and vitamin D may lead to a softening of the bone (osteomalacia or rickets) in children and a loss of bone density (osteoporosis) in adults.
  • Infertility and miscarriage: Malabsorption of calcium and vitamin D can contribute to reproductive issues.
  • Lactose intolerance: Damage to your small intestine may cause you to experience abdominal pain and diarrhea after eating lactose-containing dairy products, even though they don't contain gluten. Once your intestine has healed, you may be able to tolerate dairy products again. However, some people continue to experience lactose intolerance despite successful management of celiac disease.
  • Cancer: People with celiac disease who don't maintain a gluten-free diet have a greater risk of developing several forms of cancer, including intestinal lymphoma and small bowel cancer.
  • Neurological problems: Some people with celiac disease may develop neurological problems such as seizures or peripheral neuropathy (disease of the nerves that lead to the hands and feet).

In children, celiac disease can also lead to failure to thrive, delayed puberty, weight loss, irritability and dental enamel defects, anemia, arthritis, and epilepsy.

8.Who gets affected by pancreatitis?

Acute pancreatitis is more common in middle-aged and elderly people, but it can affect people of any age. Men are more likely to develop alcohol-related pancreatitis, while women are more likely to develop it as a result of gallstones.

9.What are the common causes of developing ulcers in stomach?

Common causes of peptic ulcers include -

  • Long-term use of non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • An infection with the bacteria Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori)
  • Rare cancerous and/or noncancerous tumors in the stomach, duodenum, or pancreas

Addtionally, intake of alcohol and smoking also increase the chances of having a gastric ulcer.

10.What causes hemorrhoids?

Swelling in the anal or rectal veins causes hemorrhoids. Several factors may cause this swelling, including -

  • Chronic constipation or diarrhea
  • Straining during bowel movements
  • Sitting on the toilet for long periods of time
  • A lack of fiber in the diet

Another cause of hemorrhoids is the weakening of the connective tissue in the rectum and anus that occurs with age.

Pregnancy can cause hemorrhoids by increasing pressure in the abdomen, which may enlarge the veins in the lower rectum and anus. For most women, hemorrhoids caused by pregnancy disappear after childbirth.



  1. NHS Choices. Acute pancreatitis. Available at http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/Pancreatitis/Pages/Introduction.aspx accessed on Aug 24th 2016
  2. Joshi N. A Conceptual Study of Diet in Grahani with Special Reference to Malabsorption. Int. J. Ayur. Pharma Research, 2015;3(11):28-33
  3. Bisht Y, Sushma R. Management Of IBS - A Psychosomatic Disorder. Int Ayu Med J. Jan 2016. Vol. 4(2): 15-19
  4. Kavuri V, Raghuram N et al. Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Yoga as Remedial Therapy. Evid Based Compl Alt Med. Volume 2015, Article ID 398156: 10 pages

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