‘Osteo’ means ‘of the bone’. Osteoporosis literally means ‘porous bones.’ Osteoporosis is the thinning/degeneration of bones that occurs with age. The Bone Mineral Density (BMD) declines with age and bones become weak and fragile making them more susceptible to fracture. Bones become porous, compressible almost like a sponge. In most cases symptoms are not noticed superficially till a fracture occurs in the bone. Bones affected by Osteoporosis can break even with a relatively minor injury as compared to normal healthy bones. The spine, hips, ribs, and wrists are common areas of bone fractures from osteoporosis. However, fractures can occur in any other affected bone in the body. It is therefore important to keep our bones healthy right from an early age with good dietary habits, exercise and thus ensure a healthy lifestyle.
By about 20 years of age, the average human acquires 98% of his skeletal mass. This process of bone acquisition slows down, as one gets older. Between the ages of 35-40 yrs, bone mass begins diminishing slowly, until age 50, and then declines progressively. This loss, if severe, can lead to Osteoporosis. Some other causes of Osteoporosis include:
Deficiency of calcium, vitamin D and phosphorus
Medical conditions like: Over-active thyroid, Diabetes, Rheumatoid arthritis, Anorexia, Bulimia
The following risk factors may, trigger osteoporosis:
1. Family history.
2. Low calcium diet or poor absorption of nutrition, deficiency in vitamin D.
3. Lack of physical exercise.
4. Women who are underweight or who have a small thin frame of body.
5. Alcohol consumption.
7. Overuse of medicines such as corticosteroids, diuretics, medications for blood pressure, etc.
8. Osteoporosis is also common in people with either too high or too low levels of hormones in the body. Reduction in estrogen levels in women due to early menopause or surgical removal of ovaries often poses greater risk of Osteoporosis.
9. Immobility of the body due to effects of any other medical condition.
HOW DOES A PERSON KNOW THTAT HE/SHE HAS OSTEOPOROSIS?
Osteoporosis is difficult to detect at an early stage. Most people don’t realize that they have it. The disease slowly and silently steals bone, often giving no pain or sign, until the first fracture. Therefore, the disease is also referred to as the “silent thief.” Women above the age of 40 years experiencing constant dull pain very often, are advised to go for a medical assessment and BMD test. Fractures of the spine, wrist, or hip in old age could be due to Osteoporosis.
1. Bole pain in the hip, arm, or wrist
2. Low back pain.
3. Loss of height and a stooped posture.
4. Neck- piling.
5. Fractures of the hip, spine, back or wrist (sometimes without failing).
While it is estimated that 25-30% of all women are prone to fracture because of Osteoporosis, it is believed that 50% of women over 75 years of age have osteoporosis. Both men and women are prone to Osteoporosis. After the age of 65-70 years, men begin to lose bone rapidly. Women begin to lose bone mass once they reach menopause, between 40-45 years. This is the time when the hormone (estrogen) levels fall. Women are nearly four times more likely than men to suffer an Osteoporosis-related fracture.
Diagnosis for Osteoporosis is done by a Bone Mineral Density (BMD) test.
BMD scores are:
Above -1 is normal.
Between -1 to -2.5 is Osteopenia
Lower than -2.5 is Osteoporosis.
LACK OF EFFECTIVE TREATMENT IN MODERN MEDICINE
There is no known effective treatment in modern medicine for Osteoporosis.The treatment in modern medicine includes a multifaceted regimen of diet, lifestyle habits and Osteoporosis medications in order to prevent further bone loss and fractures.
Hormones, such as estrogen, and some hormone-like medications approved for preventing and treating Osteoporosis, such as raloxifene (Evista), also play a role in the treatment. However, fewer women use estrogen replacement therapy which may increase the risk of heart attacks and some types of cancer.
SVHRC –EFFECTIVE TREATMENT FOR A HEALTHY LIFE
Shreevidya Herbal Research Centre (SVHRC) has been successful in treating patients with Osteoporosis since 2005.
A new herbal medicine has been invented by the Chief Scientist and owner of SVHRC -Shri H G Bhat. Our research has found that the herbal combination of “Orthonorm” and Vedanshaman”is highly successful in managing Osteoporosis. This herbal combination not only reduces pain but also treats Osteoporosis effectively. The time taken for the treatment differs with age and the intensity of the disease. The herbal combination has been successfully administered to many patients of different age groups.
The earlier a patient is detected with Osteoporosis the easier it is to manage Osteoporosis.
It takes a longer time in cases where NSAIDS and steroids have been administered.
1. Treatment is for minimum 6 months or more depending on the condition and age of a patient.
2. Foods that are sour and spicy are to be avoided. Also it is suggested to avoid those that are hard to digest like non-vegetarian food and refrigerated cold foods or cold drinks in any form.
3. It is found that the Body Metabolic Rate (BMR) reduces with the age. As the BMR reduces, calcium metabolism also reduces and free radicals increase in the body. To avoid this walking/exercise/ yoga is to be followed regularly.
4. Patients are advised to refrain from staying in cold/air-conditioned atmospheres .
Doctors at SVHRC prescribe the diet and routine to be maintained by patients undertaking Herbal Treatment for maximum benefits. It includes a list of Do’s and Don’ts to be followed by the patient.
Mrs. Krishnaveni R. Bhat was the first case of Osteoporosis treated by SVHRC. She was 62 years old when she started developing Osteoporosis. In 2015 February she started showing symptoms of uneasiness all over the body during winter and pain in the knee joints. She underwent a bone mineral density test. The test showed the score -2.7. A score that is less than -2.5, is considered to be Osteoporosis.
She opted for treatment of Osteoporosis at SVHRC as there was no medicine in any system of medicine. Many herbal combinations were tried. One of the combinations ‘Orthonorm’ and ‘Vedanshaman’ started showing positive results. Her joint pain and uneasiness started reducing. Medicine was continued. After two months when bone mineral density test was done her BMD score came down to -2.3 indicating improvement in health. She continued the medicine for next 8 months and today she has overcome Osteoporosis.
TESTIMONIALS (TRIUMPHS OF SVHRC!)
I had Osteopenia (first stage of Osteoporosis) in 2015 July. My bone marrow density score was -1.7. I started taking ‘Orthonorm’ tablets for 6 months. When I checked my bone marrow density after 6 months, it was -0.5.
I am 30 years old now. In the year 2015 I started getting weakness at the age of 28 years. So I was checked for bone marrow density test by the doctors of SVRHC. My BMD test score was -2.7(minus two point seven) indicating osteoporosis. I was advised to take herbal combination of “Orthonorm” and “Vedanshaman”. After 6 months of treatment again my BMD was checked which was -0.5 indicating the osteoporosis had been totally regretted.