Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease is a degenerative neurological disorder characterized by muscle rigidity affecting movement, speech and posture. The disease affects mostly the basal ganglia of brain and falls under the movement disorder category. Although it usually affects persons after the age of  50, it sometimes is found in persons as young as age 35. Because this condition occurs more frequently in industrialized countries, some have speculated that this condition may be caused by environmental toxins
A few of the characteristics of the disease are rigidity of muscles, slowness in movements and tremor. Early stages are slight shaking of hands during fine hand movement. Advanced symptoms include shaking or tremor, stiffness or rigidity, hindered walking and stooped posture.
Ayurveda considers Parkinson's disease to be the result of the vitiated vata. It is vata that controls the overall level of balance and activation of the nervous system in an individual.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

  • An expressionless face
  • Slow, soft and indistinct speech
  • Tremors
  • Slowness of activities
  • Rigidity of muscles
  • Walking with small rapid steps
  • Losing balance on turning

Ayurvedic Treatments for Parkinson’s Disease 

Ayurvedic treatments for Parkinson’s disease will centre on rectifying and bringing to balance the vitiated vata so that all the three doshas work in perfect harmony in the human body. Ayurveda considers Parkinson's disease to be the result of vitiated Vata. It is vata that controls the overall level of balance and activation of the nervous system in an individual.
Ayuarvedic treatments for Parkinson’s disease will be done after a complete analysis of the patient, time of onset, physical condition, history of previous disease in the family etc. Ayurvedic therapies will consist of panchakarma treatments and internal medicines. Vasti, sirodhara, thalam, sirovasti etc are found effective in arresting the disease and  helping in the  recovery process.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Parkinson’s Disease 

  • Physical and mental relaxation
  • Avoid caffeine and alcohol.
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Warm baths and regular massage will help relax tired muscles.
  • Mild exercises daily to build stamina.
  • Avoid using stepladders or stools to reach high objects.
  • Slowdown when you feel yourself in hurry.
  • Don't overdo physical activities. Know your limits and stay within them.
  • When your hands or feet get cold wear gloves or warm socks. 

Ayurveda & Neurological Disorders

As Alzheimers disease is a result of vitiation of vata dosha they are advised to consume vata pacifying foods. A diet of basmati rice, dal, well cooked vegetables etc are all thus recommended. Ayurveda uses medicinal herbs in the several formulations that it makes for treating epilepsy patients. The medicinal herbs used commonly are brahmi, sanku puspam, malkagni, and jata manzi. These medicinal herbs are used in the preparation of kashayams, lehyams, choornam and aristams for epilepsy patients.

Patients suffering from migraine and headache should maintain good dietary habits. This will ensure good health and offer immunity from recurring bouts of headaches. During the time of head ache they should not eat very heavy meals. Consuming cooked vegetables without having it fried in oil should be encouraged. Ayurvedic treatment of multiple sclerosis involves the use of medicinal herbs in the preparations of kashayams, arishtams, choornams, lehyams etc. These medicinal herbs have been time tested and have been found effective from the earliest of times. Parkinson's disease patients are given oral medicines as part of the rejuvenation treatment in ayurveda. These oral medicines are extracts of pure medicinal herbs and are used in the preparation of kashayams, lehyams, choornams etc to be consumed by patients suffering from Parkinson's disease

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