Ayurvedic Treatment for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and ALS

Whether you take a walk in the park, talk with your family, chew down your food or gulp down a bottle of water, motor nerves or neurons pull the strings from the background round the clock. Motor Neurone Diseases (MND) are basically a group of diseases that primarily affect these motor neurons. With a constant degeneration, neurons in the body start to die, resulting in the weakening of the body muscles. Some of the most common MNDs are Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Progressive Muscular Atrophy (PMA), Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP), Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS) and Kennedy's disease or Spinal and Bulbar Muscular Atrophy (SBMA). 

Symptoms are pretty gradual at first and could be mistaken for some other ailment.  Some of the early symptoms of this disease are weakness in your ankles or legs , muscle cramps, a speech that is slurred, weakening grip over objects etc. You could also experience a gradual thinning of your legs and arms, as you lose muscle mass gradually with the progression of the disease. 

Ayurvedic Treatment for Motor Neurone Disease helps in delaying the symptoms such as improving your speech and grip over things etc. Motor Neurone Disease treatment in ayurveda has its primary focus on improving the symptoms and providing the patients with an improved quality of life.

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Understanding Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and ALS

MND interferes with the process by which messages transmit from motor neurones to our body muscles. This interference results in the weakening of muscles, eventually leading to our muscles getting progressively weaker and thinner. This seriously impacts our ability to speak, eat, breathe etc. Basically, the quality of our lives degrades as the disease progresses. This disease has no proven clinical treatment. That is why, Ayurvedic Treatment for Motor Neurone Disease has garnered significant attention from everyone in the past few years.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Named after an American Baseball player who had this disease, it is one of the most widely-known MND (Remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!). ALS causes a loss of muscle control as the nerve cells in our brain and spinal cord are negatively impacted. It begins with muscle twitching and a feeling of weakness in one of the arms or legs. As the time progresses, it starts to negatively affect the muscles that control speech, mobility, breathing etc. This results in patients developing slurred speech and trouble while swallowing food or anything liquid. ALS usually starts between 40 to 60. In most of the cases, patients at an advanced stage have their movements severely limited and they have no resort except living a bed-ridden life till the end. Most patients have a life-expectancy of 3-5 years after the detection of the first symptoms, though few of them also live beyond 10 years, provided the disease is managed well in the initial stages.

Ayurvedic Approach to MND Treatment

Ayurvedic Treatment for Motor Neurone Disease focuses on delaying the symptoms of MND and ALS. It also helps in supporting and strengthening the unaffected, healthy muscles. The main aim of the Motor Neurone Disease treatment in ayurveda is to halt the march of the disease and keep a check on the further degeneration of the muscles in the body.

MND Disease Treatment in Ayurveda

MND treatment in ayurveda aims at reducing vata and pacifying mamsa kshaya. Certain herbs and medicines can help in boosting brain functions and nerve cells and maintaining the strength in the unaffected muscles. Some therapeutic procedures like snehana (internal or external or both), swedana, nasya (administering medicine via nose), virechana (purgation), shirovasthi, vasthi (enema with appropriate drugs), brumhana, rasayana chikitsa (rejuvenation therapy) are also used to alleviate the symptoms in patients. Furthermore, doing certain Yoga asanas and low-impact exercises may also help in improving your quality of life, in case you get affected by MND.

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Ayurvedic Medicine for MND

Ayurvedic medicines for MND have a primary focus on regaining strength in the muscles and to delay the symptoms in patients, leading to a better life quality. Medicines such as Ashwagandha, Amala and Mulethi have shown remarkable promise in improving the prognosis for MND patients.

Apart from this, practising certain Yoga poses also yields positive results in dealing with the MND symptoms.

Latest Treatments for MND in Ayurveda

Though MND is incurable, Ayurvedic treatments can surely help in managing the symptoms and considerably slowing down the progression of the disease. 

  • Herbal Medicines and Therapies: Ashwagandha, Amala and Mulethi are used to treat the symptoms of MND in Ayurveda. Furthermore, procedures like snehana, swedana, nasya, virechana, shirovasthi, vasthi, brumhana, rasayana chikitsa etc. are some of the therapies that are widely used to treat the symptoms of MND patients. 
  • Yoga and Exercises: Combining medicines with certain Yoga poses may have a positive impact on the quality of a patient's life. Asanas such as Halasana, Balasana, Anuloma-Viloma etc. are recommended to MND patients. However, do consult your physician before commencing Yoga, as certain poses could be prohibited for some people due to their medical history or their MND symptoms. In addition to this, you can also opt for exercises like light jogging, swimming, shoulder rolls, wrists rolls etc. to strengthen your muscles. It is vital that you consult your medical provider before starting any exercise routine though.
  • Dietary Modifications: MND patients are advised to consume warm, easily digestible foods. Cold, processed foods are a strict “no-no”. Have protein-rich foods and add lots of veggies and the power of fruits to your daily diet to enrich your body. Including spices such as ginger, cumin, and coriander in your diet would improve metabolism and digestion.

Motor Neurone Disease Ayurvedic Treatment

MND treatment in ayurveda includes certain therapies such as :

  • Nerve Strengthening Therapies: Abhyanga (oil massage) and Basti (enema using certain herbal medicines) are recommended to promote good nerve health. 
  • Stress Management: Breathing exercises, deep breathing, Pranayama, Anuloma-Viloma etc. should be a part of your daily routine to manage stress, in case you are an MND patient.

Natural Treatment for ALS

ALS treatment in Ayurveda has multiple facets such as:

  • Dietary Changes: Adequate caloric intake should be your primary focus as an MND patient. Since ALS leads to the thinning and weakening of muscles, adding protein-rich foods such as poultry, fish, tofu, and legumes in your diet would help you in slowing down the weakening of your muscle tissues. Research has suggested that higher levels of ALA (a polyunsaturated fatty acid in the blood) result in a slower decline in the functional abilities among ALS patients. Try to include flaxseeds, chia seeds, walnuts, hemp seeds, flaxseed oil, chia seed oil, and canola oil to your diet, as they are rich in ALA. In addition to this, stay hydrated, as dehydration often aggravates the already-present symptoms.
  • Herbal Remedies: Turmeric, Ginger, Aloe Vera etc. are good at controlling inflammation of body cells, as these herbs are anti-inflammatory.  
  • Physical Therapy: Halasana, Balasana, Anuloma-Viloma etc. are some of the asanas that are beneficial for ALS patients. ALS patients need to strengthen their weakening muscles. Wrist, ankle, shoulder stretches and rolls are pretty good for strengthening the joints. Additionally, swimming, walking also help in improving mobility. Be sure to consult your healthcare provider beforehand.

Muscular Dystrophy Treatment in Ayurveda

Muscular dystrophy leads to a gradual weakening of the muscles. It is caused by an interference in the genes. These unhealthy genes interfere with the normal functioning of the muscles, eventually leading to the weakening of the muscles. Muscular Dystrophy Treatment in Ayurveda helps to balance the Pitta dosha. 

Deepana (a process to stimulate the digestive system), herbal formulations aimed at maintaining Agni( Digestive Fire) and udvarthana (powder massage), Dhnyamla Dhara (herbal steaming using fermented cereals liquids) etc. are used to flush out toxins and restore balance in the body. In addition to this, Abhyanga (a form of oil massage) Sweda karmas (pinda svedas) etc. are quite helpful in toning down the Vata in the body and it also has a positive influence on the body’s muscle tone.

Ayurvedic Medicine for ALS and Muscular Dystrophy

ALS treatment in ayurveda and Muscular Dystrophy Treatment in Ayurveda make use of herbs and medicines to boost brain’s functions and restore the strength in the muscles. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is quite helpful in managing stress, promoting relaxation, and it also supports the healthy working of the nervous system. Furthermore, Vacha (Acorus calamus) is known for its nootropic and memory-enhancing effects. It improves cognitive function, concentration, and speech-related disorders in ALS patients. If you suffer from ALS, you can consult your doctor w.r.t. using these herbal medicines for alleviating your symptoms.

Why Choose Ayurvedic Treatment for MND and ALS?

  • Natural and Safe: No side-effects, no surgeries and completely based on natural methods, herbs and therapies.
  • Holistic Approach: Focus is on working on the root cause of the disease and not just treating the disease in a superficial manner.
  • Improved Quality of Life: Quality of Life is of primemost importance to MND patients and Ayurveda helps in tackling this aspect by offering a wide range of treatment methods that include herbs, medicines, therapies, massages etc. to delay the symptoms of MND and help the patients with their rehab.

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Disclaimer: The purpose of the content on this page is not to substitute any professional medical advice but to provide information to the reader. If the reader is a patient with MND or ALS, we recommend not making any diet or routine changes without consulting his/her doctor or dietitian. For appointments, call our 24×7 helpline: +91-9821929797 or visit www.karmaayurvedahospital.com.

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