The nervous system is an amalgamation of the brain, spinal cord and nerves. The nervous system controls the overall functioning of the body. Hence any disorder to the nervous system can result in difficulties with speech, movement, learning, breathing. The brain signifies the central control system of our body and hence is considered the most vital and is attributed with the proper and smooth functioning of the body. Any biochemical, structural or abnormal electrical activity in the brain, spinal cord or other nerves can lead to neurological disorders.
Brain disorder treatment can include :
- Physical therapy
- Psychiatry and
- Speech and Language therapy
A few neurological diseases comprise of:
- Parkinsons disease
- Muscular Dystrophy
- Multiple Sclerosis
A fair share of the increase in neurological disorders all over the world can be attributed to faulty diet, lifestyle and genetic causes. Ayurveda has proven to have a very therapeutic approach towards Neurological disorders as it supports maintaining a healthy balance for the brain. Ayurveda can help manage the health issues resulting from neurological disorders with its holistic approach plus comprehensive Ayurveda Medicine and treatments like Panchakarma, palliative medicines, disease-specific Rasayana (Immune modulators), along with dietary and lifestyle recommendations.
Yet another neuro-vascular condition that causes intense crippling headaches, mostly on one side of the head as well as nausea and light sensitivity is migraine. According to Ayurveda, a condition where intense pain is felt on one side of the head is classified as “Ardhavabhedaka”. If left untreated, it may lead to issues with the ears and eyes. Migraine treatment in Ayurveda includes:
- Snehopachaaram – Internal and external
- Upanaha swedam
- Shirodhaara/ Shirovasthi
Along with the treatments, one should be subjected to internal medications as well as dietary and lifestyle changes too.
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease. It is a progressive movement disorder and a chronic condition where tremors are caused results in the slowing of movement. According to Ayurveda, this condition is known as “Kampavatha”. Even though the exact cause is not known, factors that may be leading to the condition are oxidative damage, genetic factors, environmental toxins, and ageing. It is identified to be caused due to an imbalance in Vata.
The treatment for Parkinson’s disease in Ayurveda is performed by combining ayurvedic medicines that can help ease the symptoms of the disease as well as Panchakarma therapies such as abhayagam, nasya, shirodhara and vasti, etc to eliminate toxins from the body. The treatment is aimed at improving the digestive fire slowly and strengthen the nervous system.
In Ayurveda, treatment plans are never intended at treating the symptoms of the disease in particular but finding the root cause and helping the body heal itself while balancing the doshas and removing pent up toxins from the body.
Treatments like Shirodhara (pouring oil over the forehead), Takradhara ( Steady flow of medicated buttermilk over the forehead), Shirovasti (Oil pack overhead), Pichu (Herbal pack overhead), Nasyam (nasal cleansing) etc are the treatment options in Ayurveda to bring back the inadequacy in the nervous system.
- Abhayagam – Ayurvedic massages are performed using herbal oils that could be beneficial for Parkinson’s patients according to the proper methods of classic ayurvedic texts.
- Virechana – In this Purgative therapy pent up wastes are eliminated through the anal pathway. Virechana is performed for cases of Pitta disorder to help cleanse the primary site of the pitta – the stomach and small intestine. It is an effective cure for Parkinson disease in Ayurveda.
- Basti therapy – Ayurvedic form of Enema therapy which purifies the colon where the primary location of Vata is and nourishes the body alongside. This is considered one of the best ayurvedic cures for Parkinson disease.
- NadiShodhana pranayama – A proper routine is formulated including the Nadi shodan Pranayam and yoga to reap the benefits of this treatment. NadiShodhana pranayama is astoundingly calming, and comforting to the mind, the nervous system, and efficiently balances Vata, pitta, and Kapha.
- Shiro Abhyanga therapy – This therapy involves soothing massage of the head, shoulder and neck to ease stress and fatigue relief.
- Swedana therapy – This therapy assists in bringing the chemical discharge of the brain to normal levels.
- Shirodhara therapy – It is an Ayurvedic procedure where medicated oil is gently poured over the forehead and is a likely part of the Panchakarma therapy.
- Sarvangadhara therapy – Small steam-heated satchels of herbs divided and tied in cotton bags are pressed gently on affected parts of the body.
- Nasya therapy – Nasya purifies and removes imbalanced doshas while administering medicated powders, medicinal fumes, medicated oil or medicated juice via nasal cavities.
Yoga plays a major role in maintaining the healing obtained through the treatments. For a person with Parkinson’s disease, certain yoga poses that focus on specific muscles can be made use of to bring the tremors under control while strengthening and nourishing the muscles..
Duration: 2-3 weeks as per the condition of the patient and duration of diseases.