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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, December 5, 2016

Ayurvedic Treatment for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

To scrutinize the stuff that is around us, for walking, talking and all works we need proper functioning of brain. Human brain, a gigantic memory booster, known to contain vast storage space. This makes us creative, curious and intelligent. Sometimes, an ailment makes fault in brain functioning. This fault further can cause problem in many body functions like walking or thinking or taking etc. many of these problems can be healed with the power of nature. As nature provides the fruitful herbs that are known to treat ailments with their effective properties. The way of treatment through which these medicines known to provide its effects are mentioned in Ayurveda.

One of the problems that affects the functioning of brain is Normal pressure hydrocephalus.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus


The term hydrocephalus is a term that is portrayed by the abnormal accumulation of CSF (cerebrospinal fluid) or can say spinal fluid within the ventricles, present inside the brain.

And the Normal pressure hydrocephalus represents the condition in which there is an accumulation of spinal fluid in the brain's ventricles with little or no increase in intracranial pressure. This causes the ventricles to enlarge, putting pressure on the brain.

This problem generally happens in older persons frequently.

An average adult produces about 500 cc of spinal fluid normally.

Whenever, the circulatory path of the spinal fluid is blocked, fluid starts to accumulate in the ventricles that results in enlargement of ventricles and increased pressure within the head. These conditions results in normal pressure hydrocephalus.


Many of the cases are due to some unknown reasons. Except these, there are following reason due to which this disease can be caused.

  • Cranial surgery
  • Tumors
  • Head injury
  • Bleeding during surgery
  • Subdural hematomas


  • Faint condition of dementia – this condition involves less severe dementia which represents symptoms like loss interest in routine activities, short term memory loss and problem during routine task works.
  • Problem in walking – problem in picking up feet, making stairs, leg bending and in turning around etc.
  • Alter bladder functioning – bladder problem related with frequent urination and urgency. This can be severe in some of the cases. The urge feeling sometimes just over the top and cannot be controlled and this condition resulting in incontinence. In some cases, fecal incontinence also occur and in some cases, there is no symptom related to bladder impairment.


This problem of Normal pressure hydrocephalus can be diagnosed through following tests, which can provide assurance that the symptoms are due to Normal pressure hydrocephalus disease.

Clinical Examination

This involves physical and neurological examination;

Observe walking, attention, reaction time, memory, language, urinary urgency and emotional stage.

Brain Images Test

This involves tests like;

  • CT Scan - Picture of brain created through the use of X rays.
  • MRI - Brain images created with the use of radio signals and a powerful magnet.
  • To Check Pressure – Measurement of CSF outflow resistance, isotopic cisternography, ICP monitoring and lumbar puncture etc.


If the problem is just about to outburst, means being critical, the uttermost and common way to correct this problem is surgical implantation, in which a device is implanted that channelizes CSF away from the brain to another part of the body where it can be absorbed.

But if it's in its starting period and also along with the implantation process, to manage the internal condition of body functioning, various herbs have been used.

The medicinal system, Ayurveda has tendency to treat and manage certain kinds of ailments. One of the ailment, which this system can be managed is Normal pressure hydrocephalus. Ayurveda involves usage of herbs which provide therapeutic effects without any side effects.

AYURVEDA is a holistic way to heal the disease condition which helps to managing physical and emotional state together. This medicinal treatment is a well-known treatment way since ancient time. Ayurveda originates in ancient India. This classifies everything – body, its functioning, surrounding world, food and energy - in five elements (water, fire, space, air and earth). All these elements, in every person forms a particular pattern and to understand this pattern, Ayurveda classified the elements combination in three kinds of natural constituents or can say doshas.

Vata Dosha – known to control motion processes like breathing, circulation, nervous signaling, blinking and heartbeat etc.

Pitta Dosha – known to control metabolic processes

Kapha Dosha – known to control growth and immunity of the body system.

In case of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus, all doshas are known to be affected, but mainly vata and kapha. These doshas lead to impaired brain functioning. other reason is accumulation of ama (toxins) in the body, which further damages other organ functioning.

So in controlling all these problems, natural treatment plays an important role.

Planet Ayurveda is known to offer very effective formulations that have really fruitful effect in managing the Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus condition.


Herbal Remedies for Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus

1. Kanchnar Guggul

Kanchnar herb is well known to treat problems related with blockages and tumors. Other herbs in it are known to detoxify body, removing excessive heat, maintain proper bladder and urinary system, and dementia etc. all these helps to treat the problem of Hydrocephalus.

The herbs this formulation has are:

  • Kachnar Bark (Bauhinia variegata)
  • Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Black pepper (Piper nigrum) 
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Varuna (Crataeva religiosa)

DOSE – 2-4 tablets, two times a day, after meals with plain water.

2. Mahashankh Vati

This formulation is formed of very effective herbs that are known to treat problems related to digestive disorders, accumulation of toxins and aggravated doshas.

  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica)
  • Danti (Baliospermum montanum)
  • Shudh Parad (Purified Mercury)
  • Shudh Tankan (Purified Sodium Biborate)
  • Sarjakshar (Sodium Carbonate)
  • Yavkshar (Potassium Carbonate)

These are known to treat bowel problems, toxin removal, indigestion, improper movement and low memory. These effect to control the problem of Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus.

DOSE – Two tablets, two to three times a day, after meals.

3. Punarnava Capsules

This is known to contain herb punarnava, known to maintain urinary tract infections, bowel movements, water retention, dementia and problems related with memory and forgetfulness.

Dose – One to two capsules, two times a day, before meals with plain water.

4. Brahmi Capsules

This formulation known to contain brahmi herb, which is known to treat problems related to brain damage, injury and helps to rejuvenates the brain cells that further help to treat Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus condition.

DOSE – 2 capsules in a day.


  1. My husband has the three most common symptoms of NPH. We will have some testing to find out if he does, indeed, have it. If so, it likely started as much as seven years ago. Would seven years be too long for your herbal remedy to helpful? Thank you, Maddie Hopper

    1. Hello- Even in the persistent period of NPH, herbal remedies are helpful and rest depends upon the patients' body that how it is responding to herbs. Our herbal combination of medicines is effective in Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus. Go ahead with the above combination of medicines for your husbands' problem.
      For further assistance you can write us at or call on this number - +91-172-5214030

  2. sirji
    mujhe hydrocephalus ka problem he 4 year se. me shunt surgery bhi kara liya hu feb.2017 me. lekin mujhe phir se problem start ho gayi he. kya me ye treatment le sakta hu. for permanent relife. plz guide me.

    1. Yes, use these medicines mentioned above. It will help your condition.

      For further assistance you can write us at or call on this number - +91-172-5214030

  3. Can we take these medicines with the present medication and how long these medicines will be taken.

    1. Are your present medicines allopathic or ayurvedic?

  4. Hello, my grandfather is suffering from NPH and moderate age related cerebral and cerebellar atrophy, do these above medicines help him? Please help. Thank you.

    1. Yes, use these medicines mentioned above. It will help your grandfather's condition.

      For further assistance you can write us at or call on this number - +91-172-5214030

  5. Sir my daughter is 7months diagnosed with Hydrocephalus. I do not want shunt to be done as i am aware of the complications. Please guide me if i can go ahead with ayurved for her.

  6. Use these medicines mentioned above. It will help your condition.

    For further assistance you can write us at or call on this number - +91-172-5214030


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