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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. Neurogenie Capsules

Neurogenie capsules by Planet Ayurveda contain two herbal extracts such as Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) contains antioxidant properties that help in preventing the formation of free radicals and protects the cell from damage. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) acts as a miraculous nervine tonic. It consists of properties such as snigdha (unctuousness) and ushna (hot potency) that effectively pacify vata dosha. By these properties Neurogenie capsules assist in relieving the symptoms of writer’s cramp.

Dosage- 1 capsule twice daily after 30 min of meals with warm water.

2. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia curcumin capsules by planet ayurveda is a herbal remedy that is prepared with two standardised herbal extracts that is Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and curcumin (Curcuma longa). As we read earlier that in a writer's cramp intense pain is one of the major symptoms so shallaki as an excellent analgesic and vata pacifying, effectively reduce the pain in case of writer’s cramp. Curcumin (Curcuma longa) is a standardised extract of turmeric which acts as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic as well. So due to these effects Boswellia-Curcumin capsules promote the easy management of writer’s cramp.

Dosage- 1 capsule twice daily after 30 min of meals with warm water.

3. Rasraj Ras

Rasraj Ras is a classical ayurvedic formulation which consists of ingredients such as rasa sindura (processed and purified mercury), abhrak satva (processed and purified silica), swarna bhasma (calyx of gold), loha bhasma (calyx of iron) and some other. This herbo-mineral remedy has been used since ancient times for maintaining neurological health. This formulation consists of various properties such as balya (strengthening), rasayana (rejuvenating) and vata roga hara (aids in the management of neurological disorders) which effectively work in the management of writer’s cramp.

Dosage- One tablet daily after meals to be chewed with warm ghee or as directed by a physician.

4. Trayodashang Guggul

Trayodashang guggul by Planet Ayurveda is a classical ayurvedic formulation prepared by Planet Ayurveda as per reference from classical texts. This formulation consists of ingredients like guggul (Commiphora mukul), ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), babool (Acacia catechu), giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) and various other herbs. As per ayurveda the dosha responsible for governing all the movements in the body is vata dosha which respectively controls all the functions of the nervous system. The cause of writer’s cramp is mainly Vata imbalance so trayodashang guggul will help out with this condition.

Dosage- 2 tablets twice daily after 30 min of meals with warm water.


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