Beriberi is also known as thiamine deficiency as this disorder is essentially caused due to the lack of thiamine or vitamin B1 in the body. This occurs when either the body is unable to produce sufficient vitamins or when it is unable to absorb the same. Thiamine is essential for the breakdown of carbohydrates molecules that turns into energy useful for the functions of the body. It is equally essential for the neurological disorders as well as the cardio vascular system of the body. One of the main symptoms of this disorder is extreme fatigue and weakness, depression, abdominal cramps, leg cramps, poor concentration.
Prolonged deficiency that is not attended to can lead to grave disorders such as paralysis, heart ailments, extreme body ache etc. Beriberi usually is either dry or wet and afflicts the body with neurological or cardiovascular disorders accordingly. Beriberi occurs in infants and spreads gradually along with the growth of the child. Apart from allopathic and other alternative medicines there are several herbal remedies as well that are effective in curing thiamine deficiency. Some of them are discussed below.
Herbal Remedies For Beriberi
One of the best sources of niacin is ginger water that is prepared with the ginger herb. The ideal way of preparing ginger water is by slicing the ginger and mixing it with salt. Once this mixture is boiled well the drained liquid is then used for curing the thiamine deficiency. This ginger water is excellent for foot soak as well and lowers the swelling and pain in the feet substantially.
This unique herb is found exclusively only in the Philippines and is known to be pectoral and carmative in nature and helps in getting rid of the cough and congestion. It aids in the removal of phlegm and is best used in the form of its herbal tea. Alagau leaves can be boiled in water and steeped to prepare the tea. This has to be consumed at least twice a day for a month to get good results.
Dang Gui Shao Yao San( peony powder)
This Chinese herb is used traditionally for getting rid of Beriberi. It has a good amount of niacin which is used to get rid of the water retention in the feet and also is instrumental in reducing the dampness. It is easily available in the form of miniscule pills and capsules as well. It has to be consumed daily for at least a couple of moths regularly for best results.
This is a bulbous herb with many benefits and is excellent for treating beriberi symptoms such as swollen feet and water retention. The juice extract can be consumed as well as can be used as a foot soak. Beriberi can be prevented if the gel is consumed daily.
Ji Ming San (Cock’s Crow)
This is another Chinese herb that is known to be rich in the thiamine content and is extremely popular for curing vitamin B1 deficiency that is preventing Beriberi. The ideal way of using this herb is in the form of coarse powder. It is advised to consume 30 mgs of this powder on an empty stomach for optimum results. The dose can be altered gradually as the person starts healing.