Paralysis

Paralysis is the loss of muscle movements and coordination in some parts of the body. The individual is unable to move his body as he wishes and needs the help of someone else. The loss of movement ability occur in hand muscles, leg muscles, facial muscles etc leading to paralysis in that particular region.
Paralysis or palsy means loss of muscular power due to some problem in the Nervous System. Various technical names are given to various forms of the disease. Hemiplegia is applied to paralysis affecting one part of the face along with the corresponding arm and leg. Diplegia means total paralysis. Monoplegia is the paralysis of single limb
Symptoms of Paralysis

  • Weakness or paralysis of the limbs
  • Loss of sensitivity on the affected part
  • Impairment of vision
  • Frequent loss of conscience
  • Paralysis of the muscles of the face
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Coordination problems
  • Dizziness,
  • Sudden headache
  • Sleep disorders

Causes of Paralysis

  • Due to vitiation of vata dosha
  • Impairment of the central nervous system like brain/ spinal cord
  • Strokes- loss of blood supply to the brain
  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • Tumors in the brain-these build up pressure on the blood vessels in the brain
  • Trauma
  • Neurological diseases
  • Spondolysis
  • Multiple sclerosis

Ayurvedic Treatments for Paralysis
Ayurveda terms paralysis as pakshavada, a disorder caused by the vitiation of vata dosha. Ayurvedic treatments for paralysis will aim to rectify the vitiated vata dosha. In the ayurveda system of medicine vata is responsible for the proper coordination of all voluntary movements in the human body. A constraint in the proper movement of vata can cause paralysis in a person.
Internal medicines will be given in addition to purification therapies like vasti, abhyangam, kizhi, siro dhara, thalam, njavara kizhi etc. to bring the patient back to normalcy after the removal of toxins. Purification process will be undertaken only after a complete diagnosis of the patient: the condition of patient, duration of disease and whether actual cause of the disease is hemorrhage, emboli or ischemia. Specific exercises will be helpful in some patients. Yoga and meditation is found to be very effective and is also part of the ayurveda treatment for paralysis.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Paralysis

  • Take warm and freshly cooked foods
  • Avoid foods that are bitter, pungent in taste
  • Include sweet, sour and salty foods in your diet
  • Consume nuts
  • Rice and wheat ok – avoid barley, millet, rye
  • Avoid red meats such as beef, pork, and mutton
  • Massage the affected parts with ayurveda tailam
  • Practice yoga and meditation
  • Proper care of the affected person
Ayurveda & Neurological Disorders

As Alzheimer’s 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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