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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Herbal Remedies for Myotonic Dystrophy - Signs, Symptoms & Treatment

myotonic dystrophy, herbal remedies

Myotonic dystrophy which is also called as dystrophia myotonica, is a genetic disorder that affects muscle function. It is the condition with gradual worsening muscle loss and weakness. Contracted muscles became unable to relax well. It is typically inherited from parents in an autosomal dominant fashion. Myotonic dystrophy is the most common muscular dystrophy of adulthood (onset typically in between 20's & 30's but can occur in any age group).


Signs and symptoms can occur at any time from childhood to adulthood. General weakness is the typical symptom of myotonic dystrophy that usually begins in the muscles of face, neck, hands and feet. Symptoms are peculiar with slow progression and affects multi organ system level including heart. Other symptoms include;

  • Poor vision or cataract (cortical cataract with blue dot appearance or posterior subcapsular cataract)
  • Intellectual disability
  • Heart conduction problems
  • Early balding in men
  • Infertility in male patients
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Weight loss
  • Neck lifting becomes difficult due to muscle weakness


It is a bitter truth that myotonic dystrophy is of no cure as it is having genetic association. Main focus should be on managing the complications of the disease. Main objective of the medical care is to enhance the quality of life of the patient. Muscle strengthening physical activities like aerobic exercises is recommended. Mobility aids and adaptive equipments should be made available for the patients as there is muscle weakness and visual impairment.


In Ayurveda, myotonic dystrophy is connected with mamsakshaya. Imbalance of vata dosha along with pitta and sapta dhathu accounts for the mamsakshaya. Dhatu agni also plays a vital role in sapta dhatu vitiation including mamsa. In Ayurveda myotonic dystrophy is managed by balancing vata pitta dosha, regulating dhatu agni and increasing muscle strength.


Planet Ayurveda put forwards its magical combination of formulations to manage myotonic dystrophy. All these formulation are purely natural devoid of any preservatives, chemicals, binders, artificial flavors etc. These formulations are aimed at improving the quality of life, managing the complications, increasing muscle strength and modulating the immune system.

The herbal remedies for myotonic dystrophy include:

  1. Ashwagandha Capsules
  2. Gotukola Capsules
  3. Musli Strength
  4. Yograj Guggul
  5. Vrihat Vaatchintamani Ras
  6. Dhanwantarm Oil

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) is a potent Adaptogenic i.e. highly effective in managing stress. Ashwagandha is very popular for its capacity to lower the blood pressure and promoting heart health. Improving heart health is of prime importance in managing myotonic dystrophy. Problems relating to cardio pulmonary system account for the death in most of the myotonic dystrophy victim. It helps to prevent the immunosuppressive activity of the body. It also helps in muscle strengthening and muscle building especially in children.

Dosage: 1 to 2 capsules twice daily after meals with lukewarm water.

2. Gotukola Capsules

These capsules are prepared from the standardized herbal extract of centella asiatica. Muscular dystrophy can be considered as both physical and mental illness. Gotu kola plays a very beneficial role in heart diseases. Also these are effective in fatigue. It also helps in increasing the venous sufficiency. It is also very useful in lowering the blood pressure and helps to resolve the symptoms including heart failure, angina, fatigue & syncope etc.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily after meals with lukewarm water.

3. Musli Strength

This is formulated with musli (chlorophytum borivilianum) and gokshura (tribulus terrestris) and is excellent in maintaining healthy life. Musli is a wonder herb and medicinal plant and is used as a tonic. It is very useful in increasing the general immunity of the body. Also it is very beneficial in curing male impotency as it have spermatogenic property. Musli is very useful in general weakness and fatigue. Musli will give a feeling of vigour and well being. Gokshura also helps to improve vigour. It can be used as a food supplement and incredibly helps in body building and training. It is also helpful in cardiovascular disorders maintaining a healthy heart. Gokshura is an effective rasayana, rejuvenating the health.

Dosage: 1 tsp twice daily after food with lukewarm water or milk.

4. Yograj Guggul

It is a classic Ayurveda formulation widely used in muscular disorders. The main ingredients of yograj guggul include;

  • Commiphora mukul (guggulu)
  • Cyperus rotundus (musthaka)
  • Plumbago zeylanica (chitraka)
  • Emblica officianalis (amalaki)
  • Terminalia bellerica (vibheetaki)
  • Terminalia chebula (hareetaki)
  • Piper longum (pippali)
  • Carum copitum (ajwain)
  • Embelia ribes (vidanga)
  • Tribulus terrestris (gokshura)
  • Cuminum cyminum (jeera)
  • Zingiber officinale (shunti)
  • Rock salts

It is a Rejuvenative supplement and helps in supportive therapy. The primary action of yograj guggul is muscle relaxation, which is very beneficial in myotonic dystrophy patients. It is an excellent remedy for muscle spasm. Yograj guggul is widely used in vatika diseases. In myotonic dystrophy, yograj guggul is one of the best choices of medicines.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day after meals with lukewarm water.

5. Vrihat Vatachintamani Ras

1 pill is chewed with milk. It is mainly used in vata vyadhis. It also has anti aging and rejuvenating property. Vrihat vatchintamani ras contains gold in its pure form. Gold is an excellent health promoter and immune booster. It can enhance the intellectual growth. It helps to pacify both vata and pitta. It helps to increase semen production and is also a body detoxifier.

6. Dhanwantharam Thailam

Massaging the body with warm dhanwantharam thailam is very beneficial. This helps to increase the blood circulation, thereby increasing the muscle strength. It is very useful in vatika condition and neuro muscular problems for external application.

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