Nerve Weakness also known as nerve palsy is a collective term for a range of nervous disorders that causes weakness or immobility of nerves in some parts of the body. In some cases it is only temporary and fades over time. However, sometimes it doesn’t respond well to either the passing of time or various treatment options. In that case, nerve weakness possesses a permanent health issue that must be dealt with care. Nerve weakness means anything from a weakness to a complete paralysis. It can result from any sort of damage to the nerve.
THREE TYPES OF NERVES IN THE BODY ARE
Autonomic nerves control the involuntary or partially voluntary activities of the body, including heart rate, blood pressure, digestion and temperature regulation.
Motor nerves control the movements and actions by passing information from brain and spinal cord to muscles.
Sensory nerves relay information from skin and muscles back to your spinal cord and brain. The information is then processed to let the feel pain and other sensations.
Since nerves are essential, nerve pain, weakness and damage can seriously affect the quality of life.
CAUSES OF NERVE WEAKNESS
- Autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Guillain-Barré syndrome (condition in which the immune system attacks the peripheral nerves), myasthenia gravis, lupus and inflammatory bowel disease
- Compression or trauma
- Diabetes and diabetes neuropathy
- Drug side effects and toxic substances
- Motor neuron diseases
- Nutritional deficiencies
- Infectious disease like Lyme disease, the herpes viruses, HIV and hepatitis C
SYMPTOMS OF NERVE DAMAGE
Autonomic nerve damage or weakness may produce the following symptoms:
- Inability to sense chest pain such as angina or heart attack
- Excessive sweating or less sweating
- Dry eyes and dry mouth
- Bladder dysfunction
- Sexual dysfunction
Motor nerves weakness may produce the following symptoms:
- Muscle atrophy
- Twitching or fasciculation
Sensory nerve damage and weakness may result in following symptoms:
- Tingling or prickling
- Problems with positional awareness
TYPES OF NERVE WEAKNESS
- Peroneal nerve palsy
- Ocular nerve palsy
- Cranial palsy
- Ulna palsy
- Bell’s palsy
These are other forms of Nerve weakness or nerve palsy that produces similar results, in which the nerves associated with the particular region becomes ineffectual and are not able to produce the desired function.
Contractures of joints around the weak nerve may complicate motor nerve damage. Loss of sensation may lead to accidental burns or other injuries. Scarring may occur in and around the damaged nerve, resulting in the formation of neuroma. With imperfect healing and prolonged weakness, there may be paresthesias, changes in hot or cold sensitivity, paresis, or paralysis.
NERVE WEAKNESS HERBAL REMEDIES
- Cap. Boswellia Curcumin
- Cap. Ashwagandha
- Tab. Yograj Guggul
- Medhya Churna
Boswellia-Curcumin is the combination of two anti-inflammatory and analgesic herbs, Boswellia serrata (shallaki) and curcumin (turmeric). These herbs not only relieve the joint pains but are also beneficial in reducing swelling and therefore improve flexibility. These herbs also increase circulation to the joints and promote health.
Benefits and Uses : Boswellia has anti-atherosclerotic properties making it a good herb for the cholesterol and heart. Boswellic acids have anti-inflammatory properties and are of supreme importance as they are very beneficial when used for aches and pains that are caused owing to different ailments. Curcumin is well known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anticancer properties and is used in various health conditions. It has therapeutic activities for a wide variety of conditions and diseases including those of pains, wounds, nerve weakness, pulmonary and gastrointestinal systems. It has strong antioxidant that removes toxins from the body.
Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily, after meals with plain water.
Ashwagandha Capsules consists of root extract of ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) herb which is also known as Indian ginseng. It is known to possess miracle healing qualities. It is known as adaptogenic. Ashwagandha plant is 5000 ft tall with life span of 5 years. Leaves are small and oval shaped with yellowish green flowers and rough, strong, thick roots. Ashwagandha root powder extract is used in therapeutic procedures as it contains active components withanolides and withaferin A. It is the best herb for balancing vata which governs entire body movement and nerve impulses.
Benefits and Uses : Ashwagandha is useful in conditions such as chronic fatigue syndrome, stress, palpitation, restlessness, anxiety, nervousness, insomnia, ageing, diabetes neuropathy, sudden weight loss and weakness. Ashwagandha strengthens and relieves the nerves and muscles by calming down the nervous system. Being a nerve tonic it enhances physical and mental stamina. Ashwagandha works wonderfully for curing erectile dysfunction, low sperm count and premature ejaculation. Ashwagandha has anti-infective, anti-biotic qualities and is effective for treating all types of cancers and swollen glands.
Dosage : 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
3) Yoraj Guggul
Yograj Guggul is a herbal formulation comprised of Guggul, Ghee and 27 other herbs such as chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), pippali (Piper longam), yawani (Trachyspermum ammi), jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), devdaru (Cedrus deodra), chavya (Piper retrofractum), maricha (Piper nigrum) etc.
Yograj guggul is effective for the treatment of vata and kapha related disorders. Gum, resin and volatile oil are the active ingredients with medicinal effects. It is primarily used to treat a variety of musculo skeletal and nervous disorders. Nerve weakness is a painful condition of the nerves accompanied by inflammation, loss of sensation and stiffness, limiting the movement and mobility. Yograj guggul reduces pain, swelling and flushes out the toxins out of the body.
Benefits and Uses : Yograj guggul tablets boosts immunity and is useful to treat musculo skeletal disorders, arthritis and various nervous disorders including nerve palsy or nerve weakness. It is beneficial in abnormal ligament and tendon tear. It relieves cervical spondylitis, fibromyalgia and nerve damage. It is also used in indigestion, constipation, flatulence and dyspepsia. It curbs obesity by detoxifying the body, removing the excess fats and toxins from the body.
Dosage : 2 tablets twice or thrice daily with plain water or milk after meals.
Medhya churna is an excellent mixture of eleven herbs including vacha (Acorus calamus), ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), ajmoda (Apium graveolens), jeerak (Cuminum cyminum), patha (Cissampelos pareira), shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) and brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and many more.
Ashwagandh treats stress related ailments and neurological disorders. It rejuvenates brain by curbing metabolic and emotional stress. Cortisol, the stress hormone contributes to mental ageing. Ashwagandha combats the stress by decreasing cortisol production. It also acts on endocrine system, encourages hormonal balance and reduces the hot flashes, anxiety and mood swings.
Brahmi effectively improves memory, recollection and retention of things. It calms down the mind and also treats anxiety, hallucination. Brahmi contains an active protein molecule bacoside B which strengthens nervous system and nourishes the brain. Brahmi has a positive effect on cognitive functions. Being an antioxidant brahmi protects the neural oxidative stress and stimulates brain's own chemicals that protect neurons from damaging. Brahmi contains bacoside A which protects the areas of the brain responsible for serotonin uptake and balances the neurotransmitter. Brahmi may help balance dopamine levels and stabilize certain chemicals in the brain.
Shankhpushpi prevents neurotoxicity and reduces stress. Alkloids in shankhpushpi boosts serotonin production and acts as a brain tonic, memory enhancer, promotes intelligence, eliminates hypertension, anxiety, stress-related disorders, epilepsy, insomnia and numerous neurodegenerative diseases. The herb works primarily by supporting the central nervous system.
Benefits and Uses : Medhya churna helps in improving memory, recollecting and retaining things in a better way by rejuvenating the nervous system. It is effective as a nerve tonic for overall improvement of mental health. It is suitable to treat forgetfulness, cloudy thoughts and confused mind. Medhya churna is popularly used as a nerve tonic which helps to balance vata, pitta and kapha energies thus, improving concentration, alleviating stress and anxiety.
Dosage : 1 teaspoon twice daily with plain water.
INDICATIONS OF THESE HERBAL REMEDIES
- For strong central nervous system, respiratory system, immune system and digestive system.
- To curb musculo - skeletal ailments and nervous disorders.
- To treat arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, spondylitis and rheumatism.
- To strengthen, nourish and rejuvenate the nerves.