Motor Neuron Disease MND Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies

Motor Neuron Disease MND Ayurvedic Herbal Remedies

What is Motor Neuron Disease MND :-

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing neurological disorder that attacks the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord send electrical messages from the brain to the muscles to move the arms, legs, trunk, neck, and head. As motor neurons degenerate, the muscles do not work properly and gradually weaken and waste away. This muscle weakness and wasting affects speech, swallowing, movement, and breathing. 

Types of MND :- 

There are various subtypes of MND. In each type, symptoms tend to start in different ways. However, as the disease progresses, the symptoms of each type of MND tend to overlap. This means that symptoms in the later stages of each type of MND become similar. The main types of MND are:

* Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This is the classical MND and the most common type. About 8 in 10 people with MND have this type. Symptoms tend to start in the hands and feet. The muscles tend to become stiff as well as weak at first.

* Progressive bulbar palsy (PBP). About 2 in 10 people with MND have this type. The muscles first affected are those used for talking, chewing and swallowing (the bulbar muscles).

* Progressive muscular atrophy (PMA). This is an uncommon form of MND. The small muscles of the hands and feet are usually first affected but the muscles are not stiff.

* Primary lateral sclerosis (PLS). This is a rare type of MND. It mainly causes weakness in the leg muscles. Some people with this type may also develop clumsiness in the hands or develop speech problems.

What causes MND :-

The causes of MND are currently unclear but the generally accepted view is that this disease is a result of a combination of environmental, lifestyle and subtle genetic risks. About 5-10% of MND patients have a known family history of MND. The remaining cases (90-95%) are sporadic.

Motor neurone disease is most commonly diagnosed in those over the age of 40 years, occurring mainly in those aged between 50 and 70 years. In some cases, though, symptoms can first appear in a person's 20s.  

Usually the onset of motor neurone disease is gradual but younger patients may show a more rapid progression. The average life expectancy is 2–4 years from diagnosis but some people succumb within a matter of months, while others live up to 20 years or (in rare cases) beyond. 

Ayurvedic view of MND :-

According to Ayurveda, Motor Neuron Diseases is a caused by Vitiation of  Vata Roga and Kshaya Roga. Vata  dosha is responsible for  the respiratory, blood, lymphatic, excretory, and reproductive systems functioning. It also responsible for functioning of the brain. It also controls the secretion of various chemical neurotransmitters and hormones. The modification from having a normality in life is due to the impediment in its sensory and motor activities by other doshas (Pitta and Kapha), or Dushyas like dhatus or Malas, thus leading to the disease. In such case, the vata becomes teemed by kapha dosha, thus leading to reduced activity, faintness, and spasm. In Ayurveda  its comes in to the under the class called as Kashta Saadhya Vyadhi (difficult to cure).

Ayurvedic Treatment options for MND :-

It’s always tough to handle MND and results depend upon type of MND. In most of the cases due to lack of early diagnosis patients nerve damaged had worsen his/ her mobility and other communication abilities. But in cases with early diagnosis very good results can be achieved with suppressing the progression of disease and improving the quality of life.

Treatments include mild external therapies and specific head therapies along with internal medicines. Treatment course depends upon patients response to medicines.

Herbs and herbal compounds used in MND are :-

* Ashwagandha churna
* Brihatvat chintamani ras
* Brahmi churna
* Panchagavya ghritam
* Kalyanavleha
* Shilajit tablets
* Saraswatarishtam
* Brahmarasayanam
* Shankhpushpi curna
* Suvarnayukta Brahmi vatti
* Makardhwaj Vati
* Vatagajankush rasa
* Rasraj Rasa

From the above mentioned herbs, Brihatvat chintamani ras promotes mental health and supports the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. It also helps to treat pain, control tumors, and balance Pitta and Vata doshas in the body.  Brahmi and Aswagandha help to promote memory, good mental health, decrease inflammation, anxiety, and stress, stimulate the immune system, manage blood pressure, and eliminate free radicals out from the body.

Panchkarma Therapies quite effective in MND are :-

* Abhyandam
* Shirodhara
* Nasyam
* Pizichil
* Shastisali pinda swedan
* Marma Therapy

The Ayurvedic diagnosis and treatment of MND may vary from patient to patient and at different stages in same patient. It is advised to book a consultation with our practitioners to know which herbs and therapies will be best in your case of MND.

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Disclaimer : Sandeep Kumar and Anupam Vasudeva are not GP, they have Ayurveda medical degree from India where it is considered equal to any other medical degree. This qualification is recognized in Australia by vetassess governing body as Complementary Health Therapists. Life Line Ayurvedic Herbal Clinic does not claim to cure a disease or terminal illness and does not create any unreasonable expectation of beneficial treatment. Ayurvedic medicines and treatments are generally considered to be safe but rarely may be associated with possible adverse reactions in individual cases. We recommend seeking urgent medical attention in the case of an adverse reaction. This website provides you with information. You must contact your Ayurvedic or another health professional before you apply them. Read More