Ayurvedic Treatment for Cerebral Palsy: Holistic Healing for a Better Life

Cerebral means ‘Brain’ and Palsy means ‘an impairment in the functioning of the motor nerves.’ Cerebral palsy (CP) refers to a group of neurological disorders that negatively affects the body movement and muscle coordination in kids. This disease appears in infancy or in early childhood. It is caused by major damage to the developing brain of an infant. This results in the handicap in the brain's ability to control movement and body postures as well. Ayurvedic Treatment for Cerebral Palsy encompasses various approaches such as specific Cerebral Palsy Ayurvedic medicines, massages, therapies etc. to ease the symptoms and assist in the rehab process of the patients. 

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Understanding Cerebral Palsy (CP)

In CP,  certain areas of the brain engaged in controlling the muscle movements and coordination do not develop to the fullest during the fetal developmental stage. In some cases, severe injuries to the brain, before or after the birth, also lead to Cerebral Palsy. In all of the cases, the disabilities arising out of this disease are permanent and no proven clinical treatment has been effective in controlling this disease. Cerebral Palsy Treatment in Ayurveda also focuses more on improving the prognosis for the kids affected by CP and assists in improving the quality of their lives.

Since CP has a negative impact on the healthy brain development, people with CP have limitations w.r.t movement and posture. The symptoms of CP vary in different people, as the symptoms depend on the part of the brain affected. Some people also report a change in their symptoms as they grow older.

CP patients exhibit a wide variety of symptoms, such as:

  1. Ataxis, which is a lack of muscle coordination while performing specific functions
  2. Spasticity, which means stiff muscles and a presence of exaggerated reflexive actions in patients
  3. Persistent weakness in either of the arms of legs
  4. Kids develop a "scissored" gait i.e. they walk on their toes rather than using their entire feet
  5. Muscle tones also exhibit variety, some become extremely sloppy whereas others could be very stiff
  6. Kids with CP are usually late at learning various motor movements and achieving developmental milestones 
  7. Writing, unbuttoning/buttoning a shirt or actions involving precise movements are difficult for CP patients

In addition to the symptoms mentioned above, kids also display swallowing difficulties, sensory perception issues, muscle spasms etc. In around 25-30% cases, mental retardation has also been observed. CP Child Treatment in Ayurveda tries to reduce the degree of these symptoms and offers herbs, medicines, massages etc. to improve the life-quality of the kids suffering from CP.

Ayurvedic Approach to Cerebral Palsy Treatment

Though the disabilities associated with CP are irreversible, Ayurvedic Treatment for Cerebral Palsy has shown encouraging results in recent times. Ayurveda describes CP as a form of disturbance in the nervous system. Ayurveda is a traditional form of treatment for cerebral palsy which focuses on alleviating the symptoms and bettering the life-quality of CP patients.

Cerebral Palsy Treatment in Ayurveda

Ayurveda has a branch called Kaumarabhruthya which has its entire focus on child health care. Ayurveda does not have a specific term for Cerebral Palsy as such. However, there are references to certain conditions like Phakka (Kasypa Samhitha describes Phakka Roga as a disease in which the child doesn’t start walking even after turning 1), Vata Vyadhi spectrum diseases such as Pangulya, Jadathwa, Ekangaroga(monoplegia), Pakshaghatha(hemiplegia), Sarvangaroga(quadriplegia) etc. that have a resemblance with CP symptoms. 

In Ayurveda, Classical “Panchakarma”(panch means ‘five’ & karma means ‘therapies’) treatment is offered to CP patients. This therapeutic procedure focuses on improving the physiological function and rectifying metabolism (Vata, Pitta and Agni) in patients. The therapies focus on:

  1. Strengthening the metabolic process
  2. Brain-strengthening medicines and herbs
  3. Improving the focus of brain
  4. Alleviating the symptoms of Spasticity and strengthening the muscles
  5. Making use of Ayurvedic herbs to boost up the functioning of the brain

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CP Child Treatment in Ayurveda

CP Child Treatment in Ayurveda, as discussed earlier, has its focus on improving the symptoms, helping in restoring the muscle strength and boosting the overall life-quality of CP patients. CP Child Treatment in Ayurveda consists of the following procedures:

  • Deepana and Pachana: This treatment precedes the actual Panchakarma treatment. CP patients are given lukewarm water with Shunthi (dry ginger) or Dhanyak (dry coriander) added to it. The amount is modest at first. 
  • Udwartana: The Rookshana treatment known as Udwartana has shown promising results in reducing the spasticity in CP patients. This process involves massaging the muscles of the body with a powder of certain herbal medications. This treatment focuses on enhancing the blood circulation and it also aids in improving the lymphatic circulation in the body.
  • Sarvaanga Abhyang: Abhyang aims at providing nourishment to the body via massage. 

It helps venous and lymphatic drainage and also helps in dilating the arterioles which results in an increased blood-circulation in the CP patients. This massage tries to alleviate the stiffness in the muscles as well, as it stimulates the Central Nervous System (CNS) and works on stimulating the nerve endings. 

  • Swedan: Also known as sedation or diaphoresis, Swedan is helpful in reducing the symptoms in a lot of diseases and is widely used in Ayurveda. There are different types of Swedan which includes Vaaspa Swedan (steam baths) and Naadi Swedan (tube sweating). The body of the CP patient is exposed to a steam that originates from boiling the fluid (the fluid contains herbs or liquids like Dhanyamla or milk). Swedana aids in reducing the stiffness of the muscles in the CP patients and helps in improving the mobility as well.
  • Shashtika Shali Pinda Swedan: In this therapy, the entire body or a specific area is heated, compressed, and massaged to provide stimulus to the nerve endings and nourish the muscles. Shashtika Shali Pinda Swedan's heat and pressure, with the combination of the BalamoolaKwath's cow's milk, works on increasing the local blood circulation, reducing spasticity, strengthening tendon extensibility, alleviating pain, and nourishing the muscles etc. This also lends a helping hand in preventing Atrophy in CP patients.
  • Nasyam: In Nasyam, patients are administered the medicines via their noses. It is always advisable that the patient should be in a comfortable position while the medicine is being administered. Administering the combination of herbal juice, oil, and powders helps in clearing the channels by removing Kapha that is creating an obstruction in the upper respiratory system.
  • Basti: In Basti, a specific equipment also known as the Basti Yantra is used to administer medicines in the form of suspension through the rectum or genitourinary tract. The medicinal solution is delivered up to the umbilicus, hips, waists, small-intestine, and loins, churning the collected Purisha and Dosha materials. Basti Chikitsa is considered Ardha Chikitsa (half treatment). This treatment helps in controlling the Vata throughout the body by working on Moolasthana (Pakwashya). Since the rectum has a healthy supply of blood and lymph, the medicinal solution passes through the rectal mucosa, enters the bloodstream and travels through the entire body. This therapy aims at improving the fine motor skills as well as the general motor skills, such as sitting, standing, crawling, walking etc. in CP patients.

Cerebral Palsy Ayurvedic Medicine

Cerebral Palsy Ayurvedic Medicine focuses on alleviating the symptoms, improving the functional capacity of the brain and some of them also help in nourishment of the damaged brain cells.

Ayurvedic medicines such as Brahmi (bacopa monnieri), Mandukaparni (centella asiatica), Shankhpushpi (convolvulus pluricaulis), Jyotishmati (celastrus paniculatus), Kushmand (benincasa hispida), Ustukhuddus (lavandula stoechas), Yashtimadhu (glycyrrhiza glabra) ashwagandha (withania somnifera), Shatavari (asparagus racemosus), Guduchi (tinospora cordifolia), Vacha (acorus calamus), Haritaki (terminalia chebula), Abhrak bhasma, Suvarna bhasma, Suvarna prashan etc. have shown good results in improving the functions of the brain in the CP patients.

In addition to this, herbs like Guduchi (tinospora cordifolia), Amalaki (emblica officinalis), Musta (cyperus rotundus), Panch tikta ghrita, Panch tikta ghrita guggulu, Brahmi ghrita and Pancha gavya ghrita help in muscle formation in CP patients.

Furthermore, certain medications like Kaishor guggul, Yograj guggul, Vata gajankush ras, Mahavatvidhwans ras, Tapyadi loh ras, Vishtinduk vati have been found effective in strengthening the muscular coordination and nerve conduction. 

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Why Choose Ayurvedic Treatment for Cerebral Palsy?

  • Natural and Safe: Uses herbal and natural remedies without any side effects
  • Long-term Relief: Cerebral Palsy Treatment in Ayurveda focuses on alleviating pain, improving the prognosis of the disease and assists in providing CP patients with a long-lasting relief.
  • Improved Quality of Life: With its focus on addressing the root cause of the disease and offering a holistic treatment, Cerebral Palsy Treatment in Ayurveda helps in giving CP patients an improved quality of life.

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