Paralysis is the state of loss of the ability to move some or all of the body. In simple terms, your body muscles get interrupted to make voluntary movements. It is also known as Hemiplegia, wherein the word ‘Hemi’ means, half and ‘plegia’ is paralysis. This happens due the abnormalities in the structural aspects of the nervous or muscular tissues.
SYMPTOMS OF PARALYSIS
The prominent symptom of paralysis includes the inability to move part of the body, or not being able to move at all.
It may occur suddenly or gradually. Paralysis may affect any of the following parts of the body:
- the face
- the hands
- one side of the body (hemiplegia)
- one arm or leg (monoplegia)
- both arms and legs (tetraplegia or quadriplegia)
- both legs (paraplegia)
The affected part of the body can also be:
- floppy (flaccid paralysis)
numb, painful or tingly
- stiff (spastic paralysis), with occasional muscle spasms
CAUSES OF PARALYSIS
It can occur due to various causes, some of which are of serious concern.
Common causes of paralysis include:
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve disorders like multiple sclerosis.
Bell’s palsy is an acute facial palsy of unknown cause. It causes temporary facial paralysis. Paraplegia involves both legs, while quadriplegia affects all limbs.
PARALYSIS TREATMENT IN AYURVEDA
Since ancient times, Ayurveda has always been known for its natural treatment that eliminates the fundamental causes of any disease.
Karma Ayurveda’s Ayurvedic treatment encompasses basic lifestyle changes whereas herbal medicines synergise the body, spirit, and mind.
Ayurveda targets the basic cause of the ailments. It does the same while treating paralysis. The first step that includes paralysis treatment in Ayurveda is to know the root cause of the paralysis. As mentioned earlier in this article, that stroke is one of the causes of paralysis, and it is crucial to understand that, what is the aetiology behind it.
- Erred management of hypertension– if you fail to manage your blood pressure then it may increase the risk of stroke, which triggers the occurrence of paralysis.
- Related trauma to brain injuries– it causes emotional distress which leads to weakening of voluntary muscles hence causing paralysis.
- Haemorrhage or Brain infections– at times, bacterial infections cause damage to the cortex which can lead to paralysis in later stages. Also, haemorrhage causes brain damage leading to paralysis in the later stages.
- Auto-immune disease– these diseases can also lead to loss of the movement of voluntary muscles.
Paralysis treatment in Ayurveda is related to “Vata dosha”. Therefore, the treatment is also associated with the restorations of the motor and the sensory functions as they both are associated with the vatta.
The treatment is further divided into two parts:
- Internal Medicine:
- External Treatments
Internal medicines are administered to the patients that work effectively for the curing of the diseases by targeting the root cause of the paralysis.
The administration of these internal medicines helps fix the neurological activity to treat the patients suffering from paralysis.
External treatment includes the administration of the external methods along with internal medicines to review muscular strength and function.
Oils are highly effective for restoring the stiffness associated with muscles and muscular strength restoration.
Paralysis treatment in Ayurveda includes “Basti” and ”Nasya” which are highly effective “panchakarma” treatments for curing patients suffering from any kind of muscle impairment.
Another external treatment for treating paralysis is the application of oil and massage therapies provided to patients who have Kapha doshas deficiency.
There are majorly five types of Paralysis treatment in Ayurveda:
Vamana: Emesis which is orally elimination of GI-tract contents to clear the gut.
Varichana: It is the process of purgation or cleansing.
Asthpanvasti: This involves the process of enema using medicated decoction.
Anuvasana Vasti: the process of enema is carried out using medicated oil.
Shierovirechan: in this process, the medicine is administered via the nasal passage.
WHEN TO APPROACH A DOCTOR
For preventing the adverse effects of paralysis it is very essential to diagnose it on time and treat it. With the Ayurvedic Upchar, one can see the change as some or all muscle control and feeling return on their own.
Living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle is the step in treating paralysis. Regular exercise can be one of the steps toward paralysis treatment in Ayurveda.
Ayurvedic treatments are highly effective for treating people suffering from paralysis.
“Panchakarma” is an effective method for the treatment of nervous issues including paralysis. An important point to note here is that it doesn’t cause any side effects.