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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Ayurvedic Treatment of Acute Medullary Infarct – Brain Stroke

Acute medullary infarct is a rare condition in which an infarction or stroke occurs in the lateral medulla which is a part of the brain stem. It results when the oxygenated blood doesn't get to this part of the brain when the arteries that lead to it are blocked. The cause of medullary infarct is not clear. It is a neurological condition caused by the blockage of the vertebral artery or posterior inferior cerebellar artery. It is the clinical manifestation resulting from occlusion of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery (PICA) in which the lateral part of the medulla oblongata infarcts. The most commonly affected artery is the vertebral artery followed by PICA, superior middle and inferior medullary arteries.

The brain stem is in charge of delivering messages to the spinal cord for motor and sensory functions. A stroke in this area causes problems with how the person's muscles function and the sensations are perceived.

The outlook for acute medullary infarct depends on the size and location of the area of the brain that is damaged by the stroke. Some individuals may see a decrease in their symptoms within few weeks or months.


The most common symptom of acute medullary infarct is dysphagia or difficulty in swallowing. Other symptoms include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hoarseness
  • A decrease in sweating
  • Hiccups
  • Rapid eye movements
  • Dizziness
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Difficulty in maintaining balance
  • Problems with body temperature sensation
  • Sometimes, people with acute medullary infarction experience numbness or paralysis on one side of the body.
  • Bradycardia or a slow heart rate
  • Low or high blood pressure
  • Vertigo
  • Diplopia
  • Horner’s syndrome

Some researchers have found that persons with heart disease, blood clots, minor neck trauma from rotational activities are at the risk of acute medullary infarct.


According to modern medicine, there is no treatment of acute medullary infarct. Doctors will probably focus treatment on relieving or eliminating the symptoms like prescribing speech therapists for learning swallowing therapy that helps the patients to swallow again. Medicines for reducing pain are also prescribed. Blood thinners like heparin or warfarin are also prescribed which help in preventing further clots.

According to Ayurveda, acute medullary infarct can occur due to the vitiation of Vata dosha which gets lodged in the corresponding nerves. When Vata gets aggravated, it dries up the tendons making the organ or parts of that side incapable of functioning and loss of sensation.

Planet Ayurveda offers herbal remedies which are very helpful for the patients to recover after the acute phase. There are various herbs and natural remedies which play a significant role in recovering the patients from brain stroke without causing any side effects.


  1. Brahmi Capsules
  2. Gotukola Capsules
  3. Ashwagandha Capsules
  4. Medhya Churna
  5. Brahmi Chywanprash

1. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the pure extract of herb Brahmi (Bacopa monneri). Brahmi herb pacifies the Pitta and Kapha doshas in the body. It helps to provide relief from the symptoms like: stress, headache, anxiety, brain complications and helps in keeping the mind calm and relaxed. The active compound bacosides present in brahmi helps in regenerating the brain cells. There is no harm in taking brahmi capsules for longer periods of time. It supports nervous system as a whole. This herb also has a strong affinity for lymph, nervous system, blood, urinary tract, circulatory and digestive systems. It is used for overall strengthening and energy promotion of the body.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

2. Gotukola Capsules

Gotukola Capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared from the pure extract of the herb Centella asiatica. This herb supports healthy blood circulation, maintains healthy brain and balances all the three doshas of the body: Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Gotukola herb relaxes the central nervous system and slows the also slows the effects of aging.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

These are pure natural capsules that are obtained from Withania somnifera (Ashwagandha). It is the most commonly herb used in Ayurveda which works on the nervous system as it possesses natural rejuvenating properties. It is helpful in relieving all types of nervous related disorders like: paralysis, alzheimer's disease etc. This herb works on the non-specific basis to normalise the physiological functions by working on neuroendocrine system.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily.

4. Medhya Churna

The product medhya churna of Planet Ayurveda is a natural brain supplement that works wonderfully in lowering down anxiety, improve memory. It is a 100% natural formula which is made up of natural herbs having wonderful medicinal properties. It is an excellent brain and nerve tonic which is known to rejuvenate the nervous system.

Ingredients of Medhya Churna are:

  • Vacha (Acorus calamus): 50 gm
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): 5 gm
  • Ajmoda (Carum roxburghianum): 5 gm
  • Shwet Jeerak (Cuminum cyminum): 5 gm
  • Krishna Jeerak (Carum carvi): 5 gm
  • Sonth (Zingiber officinale): 5 gm
  • Marich (Piper nigrum): 5 gm
  • Pipali (Piper longum): 5 gm
  • Patha (Cissampelos pareira): 5 gm
  • Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis): 5 gm
  • Brahmi (Bacopa monneiri): 5 gm

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

5. Brahmi Chyawanprash

Brahmi Chywanprash of Planet Ayurveda is a wonderful herbal jam containing a blend of Amla (Emblica officinalis), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and 48 other herbs. It helps in maintaining balance of all the three doshas (energies), dhatus (body tissues) and the malas (body wastes).

Dosage: 1 tsp. full twice daily after meals preferably with milk.


Avoid non-vegetarian food, alcoholic beverages, smoking, excessive salt, frozen foods as these are the causes of degeneration.

Good medical care is of utmost importance particularly throughout the acute stage. The patient should only take water for the primary few days. Thereafter, one can take fruits like oranges, apples, pineapples etc. As the healing progresses, the fruit and milk diet are often step by step followed by a well-balanced diet consisting of nuts, grains and vegetables.

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