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Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson's disease, known in Ayurveda as "Kampavata," is a chronic and progressive neurological disorder that affects the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine. Dopamine is a chemical messenger that is responsible for controlled movement and coordination of the various body parts. But in case of patients with PD, the brain releases decreased amount of dopamine that leaves a person unable to control movement normally.

According to the principles of Ayurveda, Parkinson's disease develops because of aggravation of Vata Dosha. Aggravated Vata Dosha can dry up the nerves with adverse affects.

The most common signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s disease are Tremors, Muscular Rigidity, Mask Face/Staring, slowness of movement (slowness of movements)difficulty with walking and impaired balance. Thinking and behavioural problems may also occur

Causes : The cause of Parkinson's disease is generally unknown. But these factors may responsible for Parkinson’s Disease.

  • Age i.e. older people (especially males) around 60 years or older
  • Genetic mutations that can be passed in families
  • Environmental triggers like constant exposure to certain toxins or other environmental factors may increase the risk of Parkinson’s disease
  • Head injury

Line of Treatment:

Ayurvedic management of Parkinson’s Disease aims to treat the vitiated vata dosha and improve jathar agni (digestive fire) for nervous stimulation and Brimhana (Nourishment) by:

  • Internal medication in the form of medicated ghee, herbal decoction and tablets
  • External therapies that help the muscles to regain their lost strength and overcome the rigidity
    • Abhyanga – Massaging with medicated oil to pacify the vitiated Vata
    • Swedana – in the form of Podikizhi , Pizhichil, Ksheeradhara, helps to detach the toxins from the tissues
    • Sirodhara – Pouring medicated oil over head for the stimulation of brain
    • Vasti – Medicated enema with oil, decoction or ghee to expel the impure Dosha and helps to nourishes the body.
    • Nasya karma- Medicated drops inhaled through the nose
    • Rasayana karma- Rejuvenation
  • Meditation and yogic practices are performed to manage internal energies and nourish the nervous system.
  • A vata pacifying diet and proper dietary habit are essential for long-term success

Prospects of cure :

  • Depends on the duration, severity and complications of the disease and age of the patient; disease can be retarded and controlled.
  • Minimum period of treatment in order to see improvements is usually 6 to 8 weeks.


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