Parkinson's Disease from the point of view of Ayurveda
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder. Smooth and coordinated bodily muscle movements are made possible by dopamine- a substance in the brain. In Parkinson’s, the cells of the substantia nigra start to die. When this happens, dopamine levels are reduced. When they have dropped 60 to 80 percent, symptoms of Parkinson’s start to appear. Parkinson’s disease symptoms include muscle rigidity, tremors, and changes in speech and gait. According to researches men are one and a half times more likely to develop Parkinson’s than women. Parkinson’s usually appears between ages 50 and 60 years. This is one of the most common extra-pyramidal crippling disease affecting the older adults.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Parkinson's Disease
According to Ayurveda Parkinson’s disease is known as Kampa Vata- where Kampa- means Shaking and Vata – is known and air energy.
Ayurveda explained on the basis of Kampa Vata – the aggravation of Vata is due to many factors such as excessive physical activity, lack of proper nutrition, severe constipation , aggravated Vata disturbs the Rasa Dhatu (Tissue) which cause the early symptoms of dryness in the skin , later relocated to other Dhatus, affecting muscular and Brain tissue causing the muscle stiffness, rigidity, alerted behaviour and tremors.
Ayurvedic medicine offers Parkinson’s treatment option – and it is always prescribed only on the advice of Ayurvedic doctors . Ayurvedic treatment for this condition mainly based on the treatment of unbalanced Vata . Internal and External Oleation (Snehanam) and fomentation (Sednam) form the basis of the constitutional treatment. Oleation can be done by internal consumption of medicated oils and Ghee. External Oleation can be done by different Ayurvedic Massage – like Abhyangam, Shirodhara, Pizhichil
Ayurvedic treatment for KAMPHA VATA also applied Basti or Vasti treatment. Vasti (Anal enema) is the best purification method in order to balance the disturbed Vata. Ayurveda offers wide range of herbal supplements to help the patients of Parkinson’s – prescribed at the discretion of Ayurvedic physicians.
Moreover, following regular Ayurvedic diet and life style principles and practicing yoga will give be always a best way to prevent further disease progression.
Tips for effective Ayurvedic treatment of Parkinson's Disease:
– Exercise Regularly – Yoga is the best
– Practise Pranayama regulary
– Sleep Well
– Eat healthy