Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis is a common, progressive and disabling neurological condition in which the nerves of the central nervous system degenerate. The cause is still unknown and could affect anybody at any age. Because different nerves are affected at different times, MS symptoms often worsen, improve and develop in different areas of the body.  From the ayurvedic standpoint, MS results from Vata and Pitta excesses, caused by anxiety that leads to hypertension

Multiple sclerosis is classified according to frequency and severity of neurological symptoms, the ability of the central nervous system to recover and the accumulation of damage. The general classification includes a relapsing- remitting type, a primary progressive type and a secondary progressive type..The disease is more common in Europe with incidence of about 1 per 100,000.
MS is mainly concentrated in temperate climates (and rarely found in tropical or arctic regions). Thus, western science feels there may be a geographic or climactic influence. 
Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis

  • Frequent changes in sensation
  • Visual problems
  • Muscle weakness
  • Impaired mobility
  • Depression
  • Inability to coordinate
  • Underweight
  • Constipation
  • Problems with speech
  • Constant fatigue
  • Mild or severe pain 

Ayurvedic Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

The Ayurvedic treatment for multiple sclerosis is specifically aimed at treating the basic pathology of the disease, reducing the number of attacks, improving recovery from attacks, halting or slowing down the progression of the disease and treating immune dysfunction.  As multiple sclerosis is due to vata and pitta excess, all ayurvedic treatments will aim at bringing back to normalcy the vata and pitta doshas.
The treatment will include internal medicines for suppressing immune reactions in the brain and later for correcting disabilities. Treatment varies with each patient and no two individuals may be offered the same treatment. The major aspects of an ayurvedic treatment for MS include proper diet, healing supplements, yoga and ayurvedic therapies that nourish and empower the nervous system. The efficacy of ayurvedic treatments in helping to recover from disabilities and diseases and in the supportive aspect is unmatched.

Ayurvedic remedies for Multiple sclerosis
  • Avoid caffeine, alcohol and smoking
  • Avoid all dairy products and use of wheat, barley, oats and rye
  • Get plenty of rest.
  • Avoid Physical and mental stress and strain. 
  • Avoid animal fats and include sea foods in your diet. 
  • Use olive oil or coconut oil for cooking and salads.
  • Whenever possible eat foods as fresh as possible, not refrigerated or frozen
  • Eat fresh fruits every day 
  • Eat lots of dark green leafy salads, legumes, nuts and seeds. 
  • Practice yoga regularly which will nourish and empower the nervous system.
  • Practice deep breathing exercises daily.

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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