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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ayurvedic Treatment for Friedreich's ataxia

What is the most important thing in the world that should be take care of? This precious thing is our health. If this is ruined, there is no longer happiness in our lives. Take care of your health and body, this is the only place you have to live in. The best way to take care of body is through the use of natural flora and fauna. Natural herbs are enriched with great therapeutical properties. These are safe to use so can be used to treat the problems in healthy way. There is a neuromuscular problem which if occurs affects body up to great extent. Today we are discussing about this disease. This is famous with the name of Friedreich's ataxia. This problem can be managed through herbal treatment. But what is this problem exactly about? First we should have knowledge regarding this.


This is a rare genetic, neurodegenerative, progressive and movement disorder. This disease involves damage to your brain and heart. This was first described by a German scientist, Nikolaus Friedreich in 1863. This is why this ailment is named 'Friedreich's ataxia'. In this ataxia, reflects the mean lack of order or coordination in the body movements.


This is a genetic problem which occurs due to mutation in a gene. This is an autosomal recessive disorder in which an individual has two copies of defected gene.

In a new born baby, there is a set of two genes for every character. One came from mother and other from the father. These genes present on the number of chromosomes. There are 23 pairs of chromosome in a human body. 22 are autosomal and one is sex chromosome. Every chromosome carries number of genes. These genes are present in two parts, known as alleles. During genetic formation in a new born two allele from father and two from mother has to combine. So according to this four possibilities are there and if both the parents known to contain mutant genetic allele, the chances of disorder increases.

In the case of Friedreich's ataxia, FXN gene is responsible for the ailment. This gene is present on the chromosome 9.

This gene mutation further limits the production of a protein, frataxin.

  • A gene which is important for the functioning process of mitochondria, helps to move iron content and in formation of iron-sulfur clusters (are important part of mitochondrion functioning in oxygen transfer). As mitochondria acts as an energy source for all body functioning. As this energy flow obstructs and due to production of free radicals, this results in cellular damage and other serious consequences.
  • Another effect of this gene mutation is this – as FXN gene normally known to produce 33 copies of DNA sequences. These sequence may repeat in case of disorder, it repeats over 66 to 1000 times. This DNA number when got out of control, severe brain cerebellum and spinal cord damage known to occur.


This can be looked out through some symptoms which are proliferate during disease. These are:-

  • Ataxia of legs and torso
  • Weak legs
  • Weak muscles
  • Speech problems
  • Lack of coordination
  • Change in vision
  • Loss of hearing
  • Loss of touch
  • Inward turning of feet
  • Scoliosis
  • Cardiac problems such as hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, Enlargement of the heart or decreasing its pumping capacity
  • Sometime diabetes can arise due to glucose intolerance which happens because of decreased production of insulin.


  • Physical examination involves testing reflexes
  • Electromyography (EMG)
  • Nerve conducting velocity test (NCV)
  • CT scan
  • Genetic testing

This problem should be treated as soon as possible. This problem can be treated through natural ways. This is more convenient and harmless way of treatment.

Natural Way of Treatment is Known with a Name - Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient medicinal treatment way that originated in India many years ago. Ayurveda concept is rooted in Vedas. This is an ancient art of healing ailments that involves science, philosophy and spirituality are all necessary aspects of healthy living.

This healing system works on the principle of three doshas that is known to control the all body functioning. These are:-

  1. Vata dosha is known to contain the process like movements such as respiration, circulation, impulses and elimination.
  2. Kapha dosha is known to control growth and immunity and protection system of the body. The stomach mucosal lining, cerebro spinal fluid and spinal column all categorized under this dosha.
  3. Pitta dosha is known to control metabolism of the body.


In Ayurveda, the protein frataxin is correlated with prana vata that controls the action of udana and in turn vyana vata is impaired and induced gati.

Due to decreased pranayatna (action potential), less ATP production (urga karma) is there. This leads to decreased cellular metabolism (known as bala in ayurveda), due to which ama drvya is produced at the cellular levels. This ama leads to obstruction and iron alternation reacts with oxygen to produce free radicals (known as ama visha) and destroys cellular processes.

So we can say that Friedreich's ataxia is known to cause due to imbamace in vata, the prana, udana and vyana types of vata.

This problem of imbalance of dosha can be treated through the combination of herbal formulations that orignated from the womb of nature.

Planet Ayurveda is known to contain very effective herbal ayurvedic formulations that are known to provide very great effect in the case of Friedreich's ataxia.


Herbal Remedies for Friedreich's ataxia


Ashwagandha is a very fruitful herb which is known to treat neurodegenerative problems. This is known to contain properties like anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, mind-boosting, anti-stress, rejuvenating, anti-aging, immunity booster, adaptogenic and many more. This is known to improve the functioning of brain like attention and coordination. This helps to provide reserve and sustain energy to promote sound body functioning. This helps to strengthen the iron content and enhances the blood and oxygen content in the body. All these properties of Ashwagandha helps to treat the problem of Friedreich's ataxia.

Dose – 1 – 2 capsules, two times a day, after meals with plain water.


This is known as one of the most spiritual of all herbs of India. This herb is very helpful to maintain the neuromuscular problems. This is said to develop the crown chakra, the energy center at the top of the head which is known to balance the right and left hemispheres of the brain. This herb is known to contain properties like rejuvenating, blood tonic, anti-toxic, anti-oxidant, anti-bacterial and many more. This herb helps to detoxify the body, reduces stress on veins and capillaries, treats leg cramps, abnormal tingling and extremities, enhances the memory, mental power, coordination, energies CNS, helps to rebuild energy etc. all these things help to manage the condition of Friedreich's ataxia.

Dose – 1 – 2 capsules, two times a day, after meals.


Shilajit is a mineral deposit that is enriched with properties such as rejuvenating, anti-oxidant, immunity enhancer, regenerating, adaptogenic, anti-inflammatory and many more. These help to treat problems like tissue degeneration, weak immunity, iron insufficiency, bone weakness and energy weakness etc. Therefore helps to treat the Friedreich's ataxia problem.

Dose – 2 capsules, two times a day, with plain water or milk after meals.


Brahmi is very helpful to treat problems related to brain and spinal cord. A phytochemical, Bacosides, known to contain therapeutic properties that have influence on the degenerative cells of the brain, relieves stress, enhances heart working, rejuvenates nervous system, strengthens the body, energizes the body movements and helps to redirect the flow of vata problems, so very effective to treat Friedreich's ataxia.

Dose – 1 – 2 capsules, two times a day, after meals, with plain water.


A formulation that is combination of fruitful herbs that are very effective to treat the problem of Friedreich's ataxia. This is known to treat problems like weak immunity, to rejuvenate brain cells, improves memory, concentration problem, coordination in body movements, mental problems, fatigue, nerve cells weakness, stammering problems and speaking abilities etc.

This formulation is known to contain following herbs that are known to provide above effects:-

  • Acorus calamus – Vacha Roots   
  • Withania somnifera – Ashwagandha Roots
  • Carum roxburghianum – Ajmoda Seeds
  • Cuminum cyminum - Shwet Jeerak Seeds  
  • Carum carvi - Krishna Jeerak Seeds
  • Zingiber officinale - Sonth Rhizome 
  • Piper nigrum - Marich  Fruits
  • Piper longum - Pipali   Fruits
  • Cissampelos pareira - Patha   
  • Convolvulus pluricaulis - Shankhpushpi
  • Bacopa monneiri - Brahmi

Dose – 1/4 teaspoon once daily with 1 spoon of Cow Ghee (Clarified Butter).

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