Treatment of Parkinson's Disease by Ayurveda & Yoga

Parkinson’s disease is the result of the loss of dopamine producing brain cells. Dopamine is a chemical messenger responsible for transmitting signals within the brain. Dopamine causes the nerve cells to fire out of control, leaving patients unable to direct or control their movement in a normal manner. According to Ayurveda Parkinson’s is a progressive disabling condition due to vitiation of Vata element. Ayurveda & Yoga offers safe and low cost treatment of Vata related motor disorders.

Loss of dopamine- producing brain cells results in to motor system disorder called “PD” Parkinson’s disease. The four primary symptoms of PD are tremor, or trembling in hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face; rigidity, or stiffness of the limbs and trunk; bradykinesia, or slowness of movement; and postural instability, or impaired balance and coordination. As a result, the patients may have difficulty in walking, talking, or completing other simple tasks. At present, there is no definite cure for PD, but a variety of medications provide dramatic relief from the symptoms.

Motor system disorders are attributed in Ayurveda to the result of long term vitiation of Vata element. This condition is mediated through oxidative damage to the brain cells and manifested as tremor, the major symptom of Parkinson’s disease. Ayurvedic researchers are working to develop an evidence based protective therapy and remedies that can delay, prevent, or reverse the disease.  Ayurveda has been practiced in India for at least 5,000 years and has recently become popular among patients suffering from uncontrolled diseases and disorders of modern cultures. The basic principle of Ayurveda is to prevent and treat illness by maintaining balance in the body, mind, and consciousness through herbal remedies, proper diet, and Yogic lifestyle.

Mucuna Pruriens contains Levodopamine or L -dopa within its seeds. It is well documented for its clinical efficacy in Parkinson’s disease. Garlic is wonderful mega resource to control oxidative damage to neurons. Garlic extract contains a variety of organosulfur compounds, other than alliin/allicin, that are the most important and medicinally beneficial Vata balancing components. Garlic paste 5 gm should be taken with gingerly oil 5 gm along with a pinch of black rock salt twice daily is effective. This regimen gives better results along with Yogis Support of deep controlled breathing which has a deep brain stimulation.

Ayurvedic Panch Karma and Yogic support can reduce the need for levodopa and related drugs, which in turn decreases the involuntary movements called dyskinesias that are a common side effect of levodopa. It also helps to alleviate fluctuations of symptoms and to reduce tremors, slowness of movements, and gait problems.

Parkinson’s Herbs is a new ayurvedic supplement which is very effective in the lasting relief of symptoms. The active ingredients are Mucuna Pruriens 250 mg, Centella asiatica 100 mg, Convolvulus pluricaulis 100 mg, Withania somnifera 100 mg processed with Terminalia chebula. It helps to reverse the ‘Vata’ imbalance caused by either ‘depletion of sustenance factors’ or ‘obstruction of pathways’. Most of the ingredients are scientifically verified for their protective influence on motor system.

This Ayurvedic supplement is being used by AMDS India at Care through Research Clinic on Neuro-muscular Diseases since 1995. This supplement was found effective to help promote brain locomotive functions. It is a safe and natural relief for several movement disorders due to Vata imbalance. The serving size is 500 mg capsule to be taken with milk twice daily.

Restless mind, an unsatisfied sense, undernourished emotions, stressful relations, false ego and misuse of intelligence can all cause serious motor disorders in the body. Since vitiation of Vata element is a main culprit in the neuron damage, a Vata pacifying ayurvedic diet and proper dietary habits are essential to reduce long term burden of Parkinson’s disabilities. Panch Karma massage and Nasya therapy using Shat Bala Prasharni oil and Vasti therapy using medicated milk provide additional support for Vata balancing. Neuro-physiotherapy should always be combined with Panch Karma and Yoga for lasting relief. Pawanmuktasana series of Asanas are helpful to reduce the blockage of Vata flow in the Neuro-muscular system.  A simple Yogic tool such as regular practice of Bhramari Pranayama followed by Meditation is effective to reduce burden of oxidative damage to the nervous system. These non-pharmacological programs cultivate a sattvic mind and teach the patient how to safeguard their Vata element.


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