Paralysis is the complete loss of muscle function in an affected limb or muscle group.
- The chain of nerve cells that runs from the brain through the spinal cord out to the muscle is called the motor pathway.
- Normal muscle function requires intact connections all along this motor pathway.
- Damage at any point reduces the brain’s ability to control the muscle movements.
- This reduced efficiency causes weakness also called paresis. Complete loss of communication prevents any willed movements at all.
This lack of control is called paralysis.
- Damage in the brain or spinal cord (UMN lesion) or
- Damage to the nerves outside the spinal cord, the peripheral nervous system (LMN lesion).
- Stroke, trauma with the nerve injury, poliomyelitis, multiple sclerosis, tumor, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy etc.
The degree and extend of neurological deficit depend upon the location and extension of damage to the brain calls or nervous system. e.g. Monoplegia: Affecting only one limb, Diplegia Affecting the same body region on both side of the body, Hemiplegia: Affecting one side of the body, Paraplegia: Affecting both legs and trunk and Quadriplegia: Affecting all four limbs and the trunk
In certain cases, along with motor deficits, disturbance of speech (aphasia or dysarthria), loss of higher mental functions, numbness, tingling, pain, problems with balance and changes in vision are also observed. Spinal cord injury often causes loss of function in the bladder, bowel and sexual organs.
Paralysis finds an extensive description in Ayurvedic texts caused by derangement of Vata Dosa. Ayurveda has proved to be one of the most effective treatment methodologies for neurological disorders including Paralysis. Due to limitation in modern medicine, following acute episode of the causative condition, it is highly recommendable to take Ayurvedic treatments. Ayurveda provides Preventive, Curative & Rehabilitative measures for the management of Paralysis.
PREVENTIVE & CURATIVE APPROACH:
- Identification of risk factors & their treatment can prevent the occurrence of stroke.
- External and internal treatment modalities. Oral medications typically include herbs with proven antihypertensive, anti cholesterolemic & anti-Stress actions.
- Panchakarma treatment & Body therapies such as Abhyangam and its traditional variants act on improving the nervous system functions and help gaining lost function.
At Kerala Ayurvedic Centre, we offer traditional treatment options including Panchakarma therapies along with oral medications for treating paralysis. We undertake traditional therapies such Udwarthanam, Dhanyamla dhara, Abhyangam, Swedanam, Sneha vasthi, Virechanam, Nasyam, Karnapooranam, Sirovasthi, Sarvanga dhara(pizhichil),Sirodhara, Siro pichu, Njavara kizhi etc as per the necessity and condition of the patient about 2-5 weeks. Apart from these diet and life style modifications are essential throughout the treatment of paralysis. After the treatment we even provide Rasayana (Strengthening) & Apunarbhava (Preventive) treatment adjuncts as well.
Remember – Early intervention of Ayurvedic treatment maximizes the recovery chances of paralysis condition.
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Blog Written by Dr. Raseena Jamsheed Practicing Ayurvedic Physician at Kerala Ayurvedic Centre