Hydrocele

Hydrocele from the point of view of Ayurveda

A hydrocele is a discomforting condition that troubles men. A hydrocele is a sac filled with fluid that forms around a testicle. Hydroceles are most common in babies, but it can affect males of any age. Nearly 10 % of males are born with a hydrocele. Hydroceles can also form later in life, mostly in men over 40. This usually occurs if the channel through which the testicles descend hadn’t closed all the way and fluid now enters, or the channel reopens. This can cause fluid to move from the abdomen into the scrotum. Hydroceles can also be caused by inflammation or injury in the scrotum or along the channel. The inflammation may be caused by an infection (epididymitis) or another condition.

How Ayurvedic doctors treat Hydrocele

In Ayurveda, hydrocele is called as Andavruddhi  . The cause of Andavruddhi is accumulation of fluid in the sac due to vitiation of Vata dosha and Rakta dhatu, which in turn can be due to internal derangement or external  injury/trauma. 

According to Ayurvedic treatment for hydrocele, it is the use of herbs with medicinal properties to get relieves symptoms of hydrocele and prevent the problem from getting complicated into infections, tumors, or hernia. 

Ayurvedic doctor often advice a Swedana procedure for hydrocele treatment   – that also known as sweating treatment, Vedhana karma, Vrihimukha Shastra is another ayurvedic cure for hydrocele. Vachadi KalkaIt is a paste that is applied over the scrotum or any type of swelling over the scrotum. Shigru-sarshapa kalka paste made of mustard seeds, Haritakyadi Yoga paste has effective results In healing process. 

Ayurvedic formulations for Hydrocele are – Shirovirechana dravyas –  this is an herb that is used for nasal congestion, Narayana Taila – medicated oil can be used in the form of internal or oral consumption or massage or enema, Ardraka swarasa – a mixture of ginger juice with honey can also provide relief from the symptoms of hydrocele.

 

For health safety, please remember – only an Ayurvedic doctor determines the exact use of medicines and the need for procedures! Please do not self-medicate!

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More tips for prevention and Ayurvedic treatment of Hydrocele :

Try epsom salt bath to shrink hydrocele

  • paste of black pepper (around 5grms) and cumin powder in warm water. Apply this paste on the hydrocele affected part. Wash after 20 min.
  • drink lots of water and healthy fluids that keep you hydrated and healthy
  • Black tea soothes out the pain and subsides the swelling of hydrocele. 
  • cup of ginger tea every day alleviates the pain and inflammation of hydrocele
  • aloe vera and amla juice (in equal proportions) every morning on empty stomach help in hydrocele
  • start healthy changes in your lifestyle

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