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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, February 15, 2016

Writer's Cramp - Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis & Ayurvedic treatment

Dystonia, Writer's Cramp, Mogigraphia, Scrivener's Palsy


Writer's cramp are of two types, out of which; one is known as simple writer's cramp ; focal hand dystonia; arm dystonia or finger dystonia is found to have an obstruction in performing a peculiar task , for instance , holding a pen and retarded précised writing is observed. On the other hand, dystonic writer's cramp is not restricted to hands but also hinder various tasks. The atypical position of elbow and wrist, clutching pen firmly or not able to use hands properly in performing simple tasks like handling vessels, daily routine works (like, shaving, applying make-up) are observed. It is most commonly found in the ranges of the age of 30 to 50 on an average of 38. It is predominantly found in men than women.

It is an involuntary muscle movements and effects somatic nervous system. The exact details for the causes are still being worked out.


  • It is presumed to be the consequence of dissipation of voluntary muscular activity.
  • Brain injury with syncope and nearsightedness are also related.
  • Influence of heredity have been reported.
  • The failure in functioning of basal nuclei in cerebral cortex and motor cortex results in the writer’s cramp.
  • Other disorders which may contribute to writer’s cramp are hypoxia, ischemia, malignancy, and heavy metal poisoning.


  1. Severe pain in hands
  2. Stiffness
  3. Discomfort
  4. Trembling, shaky hands
  5. Not being able to clutch, grip, hold things
  6. Limited hand activities e.g., playing any instrument, holding pen, clumsy handwriting.


There are no test as such, but few parameters which are able to assess the severity of the disorder are as follows:-

  • ADDS (Arm Dystonia Disability Scale) and WCRS (Writer's Cramp Rating Scale) to check writing ability.
  • MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging) to check systemic abrasion.
  • EMG (Electromyography) to check contractions.


Traditional or folks medicine have advanced over years before the modernization of civilization. WHO states that the 80% of the world population is dependent upon the traditional medicines being the reason that they are economic with lesser or no side-effects. Having pure and poised ability to treat the diseases conveniently. Hence, the treatment for writer's cramp in approach to Ayurveda.

Entire set is advised for complete cure. Herbs take little more time to show their results but they go down to the root cause and beat the problem. Let's have a look what Planet Ayurveda offers for Writer's Cramp.


1. Brahmi Capsules

Bacopa monnieri commonly known as brahmi, Waterhyssop, Jalnaveri, Nirbrahmi and also designated as 'Herb of Grace' belongs to family Scrophulariaceae; is CNS stimulator, protector from brain disorders. Having various active constituents like triterpenoids saponins , alkaloids, sterols which help in overcoming the many disorders like mental diseases related to memory impairment, sleeplessness or sexual related disorder like impotence, decreased libido, helps in controlling cholesterol, treats respiratory diseases like coughs and bronchitis, protects bone from arthritis and inflammations. In context to writer's cramp Brahmi is a brain tonic which relaxes muscle contraction associated which brain cells and soothes the nerve cells.

Dosage- 2 cap twice daily with water after meals, 2 Bottles.

2. Ashwagandha Capsules

Withania somnifera, the Indian Ginseng belonging to family Solanaceae. Widely known as "adaptogen" due to its ability to enhance physical strength and immunity. It uplifts the skeletal muscle weaknesses. The nerve tonic strengthens the physical durability. Overcome the mental pressure and nervous breakdowns.

Dosage- 1 cap twice daily with water after meal, 1 Bottle.

3. Kishore Gugglu

The mixture of supreme herbs consisting:-

Tinospora cordifolia, commonly known as Giloy, Guduchi, amrita, designated as "Amrit herb of Ayurveda" belonging to family Menispermaceae, a herb that protects the body from any kind of disease. Its main constituents like berberine, giloin, choline act as anti-inflammatory, anti stress, immunomodulator etc.

Embelia ribes, belonging to Primulaceae, is commonly known as Vidang, considered widely for benefits from many diseases. It is primarily used for strengthening body and reviving from weakness.

Commiphora wightii, gugul, guggul, mukul , belongs to family Burseraceae, gugulipid an extract , is widely used in various diseases. Together these herbs relieves the severe pain and discomfort.

Dosage- 2 tab twice daily with water after meal, 1 Bottle.

4. Spirulina Capsules

Spirulina is a cyanobacteria , the blue- green algae is considered as "Superfood" having mixture of various vitamins and minerals. Having anti-oxidant properties, it scavenges the free radicals saving the body from inflammation and cancer, keeping body healthy.

Dosage- 1 cap twice daily with water after meal, 1 Bottle.


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