Prolactinoma – Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment
A prolactinoma is a tumor originating n the pituitary gland and is responsible for secreting excess amounts of a hormone called prolactin. This tumor can cause headache, visual disturbances, impaired production of pituitary hormones, and hyperprolactinemia, which may lead to infertility or impotence.
This condition can be treated with medicines or by resorting to surgery. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can be used as supportive therapy to bring about faster or a more complete relief, and reduce the need for surgery. Medicines like Arogya-Vardhini, Triphala-Guggulu, Panch-Tikta-Ghrut-Guggulu, Kaishor-Guggulu and Kanchnaar-Guggulu can be used to reduce the size of the tumor. Herbal medicines like Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), Punarnava (Boerhaavia diffusa), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and Mandukparni (Centella asiatica) can also be used for this purpose.
Medicines like Maha-Triphala-Ghrut, Shatavari-Ghrut, Punarnavadi-Qadha, Punarnavadi-Guggulu, Pathyadi-Qadha, Abhrak-Bhasma, Godanti-Bhasma, Laghu-Sutshekhar-Ras, Ekang-Veer-Ras, Vat-Gajankush-Ras, Maha-Vat-Vidhvans-Ras, and Bruhat-Vat-Chintamani-Ras can be used to reduce visual disturbances, headache and other symptoms caused by pressure of the tumor on the surrounding brain tissue.
Medicines like Yashtimadhuk (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Kapikacchu (Mucuna pruriens), Triphala (Three Fruits), Dashmool (Ten Roots), Ashwagandha, Mandukparni, Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) can be used to bring the pituitary function to normal. Immunomodulatory medicines like Suvarna-Malini-Vasant, Suvarna-Parpati, Suvarna-Bhasma, Trivanga-Bhasma, Bhrungraj (Eclipta alba), Tulsi, Trikatu (Three Pungent Herbs), and Kutki (Picrorrhiza kurroa) can be used to facilitate faster therapeutic improvement and also to prevent a recurrence of the tumor.
The overall management of prolactinoma depends upon the size of the tumor and the severity of the symptoms. It should be noted that all such patients should be under the regular supervision and care of a specialized team of doctors including a Neurologist and an Endocrinologist.