The Parkinson's disease characterized by muscular stiffness and shaking of fingers and hands. It is, in fact, the 4th commonest disease of old age. This disease is rarely found in ages under 65 years. It's a neurological disorder that can be treated naturally through the ancient medicinal practice of Ayurveda.
Parkinson's disease in Ayurveda
In Ayurveda, the Parkinson's disease is characterized by its primary symptom shaking or tremors, and is known by various names depicting tremors, such as Spandin or quivering, Prevepana or excessive shaking, Vepathu or shaking, Kampana or tremors, Sirakampa or head tremor, Kampavata or tremors due to Vata. The commonest name of Parkinson's disease in Ayurveda is Kampavata.
The Parkinson's disease or Kampavata occurs due to an imbalance of Vata Dosha resulting in damage to certain areas of the brain. In older ages, the accumulation of Vata in the brain tissues or Majja Dhatu that leads to a damage to the brain stem results in the condition known as Kampavata. The damage to portions of brain stems results in tremors and problems in coordination.
Symptoms and Causes
The symptoms of Parkinson's disease are as follows
- Pill rolling tremors or the uncontrolled movement of thumbs and fingers resembling a pill being rolled, in the areas of legs, hands, and arms
- Rigidity of muscles or Stambha causing slow muscle movement that's difficult to start
- Dull, depressed and expressionless face
- Expressionless and monotonous voice
- A reduction in the rate of blinking
- Urinary hesitancy, constipation, and orthostatic hypotension
- Dementia and depression or Vishada
The Parkinson's disease is caused by following factors
- Lack of the neurotransmitter Dopamine, due to the loss of function of specific areas of brain stems responsible for stimulating its production.
- Ingesting antipsychotic drugs like reserpine or the alkaline derivative of the herb Sarpagandha/ Rauwolfia Serpentina
- Manganese and carbon-monoxide poisoning
- Abnormalities of brain tissues like infarcts or tumors
The Ayurvedic treatment or Chikitsa of Parkinson's disease
The Ayurveda treatment for Parkinson's disease is mainly focused on restoring the Vata balance. The constitutional treatment is based on Fomentation and Oleation. The various aspects of the treatment are as follows
- Oleation is done through ingesting the oils, Abhyanga or massage and enema or Basti
- The oils containing Bala and Ashwagandha or coconut oil are used for pacifying Vata and promoting Ojas. These oils rejuvenate and nourish the nervous system
- Atmagupta - The seeds of herb Kapikkachhu or Atmagupta or Mucuna Pruriens contains L-dopa or Levodopamine, which is a precursor of Dopamine. The lack Dopamine is a cause of Parkinson's disease, so Atmagupta is used for the cure
- Brahmi - It's an effective herb that enhances the memory, improving the blood circulation to brain and preventing the brain damage
- Green Tea - The Polyphenols and Neuro-protective agent present in it, protects the Dopamine and reduces neuronal death
- A number of other herbs are used to treat Parkinson's disease and it's symptoms like Flax seed, Turmeric, Psyllium, Triphala, Licorice, Elm, shankhapushpi, Jatamansi, Gotu Kola and Guduchi.
- There are certain side effects of using herb Kapikkachhu, one being a loss of effectiveness at the later stages of Parkinson's disease.
The Oleation, Fomentation, and administration of herbs are clubbed with Yogic Asanas, Meditation, and a Vata pacifying diet and lifestyle. The restoration of the Dosha balance not only helps in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, but it imparts a feeling of general well-being due to the resulting healthy body and mind.
- Muniprajnaa tab: tablet made using the drugs indicated in the treatment of kampavata. A potent anti-depressant. Use full of neuromuscular disorders.
- Geriton syrup: it can be taken as an ayurvedic nervine tonic. The medicine can be administrated in nutritional disorders, general debility, convalescence, and loss of appetite.it can be taken as a daily supplement. Regularizes bowel habits. Improves physical fitness and mental alertness. Enhances the body immune system. Provides sufficient comprehensive healthcare in the old age.