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Sunday, September 19, 2021

Monomelic Amyotrophy Treatment in Ayurveda - Motor Neuron Disorder

Monomelic amyotrophy is a motor neuron disorder. A motor neuron is a cell in the brain and spinal cord that allows us to move, swallow, speak and breathe. These cells send commands from the brain to the muscles that carry out the normal functioning of swallowing, moving, speaking and breathing. The nerve of these cells is the longest in the body. This is the part of the central nervous system and these cells connect the muscles, glands, and organs throughout the body. Motor neuron diseases are a group of rare neurodegenerative disorders. These neurodegenerative disorders affect the motor neurons (cells that control voluntary muscles of the body). In this article, we are going to discuss one of the motor neuron diseases is Monomelic amyotrophy and its Ayurvedic management.


Monomelic Amyotrophy is a rare motor neuron disorder that is characterized by muscle weakness in the upper extremities. This disease affects the lower motor neurons. These are the cells that help to communicate information between the brain and muscles that are involved in movements (skeletal muscles). This disease causes weakness and loss of muscle mass in the arms and fingers. It is marked by the insidious onset of muscle atrophy. This disease was first described in 1959 in Japan.

Monomelic Amyotrophy, Motor neuron disorder


The cause of this disease is due to impaired functioning of the anterior horn cells of the lower cervical cord. But this cause is not fully understood and is still considered unknown. Some researchers believe that the cervical dural sac and compressive flattening of the lower cervical cord is the cause of this disease. It is also thought that this disease occurs because the material that surrounds the spinal cord is displaced. This is all because of the downward movement of the neck. Family history is also considered one of the causes of this disease.


A person may experience the following symptoms:

  • Muscle weakness in the hands
  • Fasciculations
  • Tremor
  • Cold hands
  • Muscle cramps


  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
  • Cervical spondylotic amyotrophy
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome


The most common diagnostic criteria are the weakness of the hands and it usually occurs at the age of 15-25 years of age. Physical examination and neurological examination can be the possible diagnosis for this disease. Some diagnostic techniques to rule out this disease includes:

  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Electromyography
  • Nerve conduction velocity


As there is no cure for this disease in Allopathic medicine. So it’s better to adapt Ayurvedic Treatment for better results. Ayurveda is the branch of holistic science which has served humanity for 5000 years. These ancient time therapies treat the disease from its root cause. They mainly act on vata, pitta, and Kapha dosha. If you are wondering about herbal products then you might follow Planet Ayurveda herbal products. This is a manufacturing company that manufactures herbal products from potential herbs. These are chemical and preservative-free products. They are made by following the ancient time-tested formulas. Planet ayurveda provides the following herbal products for this disease:

  1. Shilajit Capsules
  2. Ashwagandha Capsules
  3. Boswellia Curcumin
  4. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
  5. Brahmi Vati (Gold)


1. Shilajit Capsules

This is nature’s best anti-aging, youth-restoring compound. It is a single herbal formulation that works best for weakness due to any reason. These capsules contain fresh Shilajit (Asphaltum punjabianum) extract from the Himalayan mountains. It helps in the treatment of general weakness, low testosterone level, chronic fatigue syndrome, neurodegenerative disorders, etc. The medicinal properties of this ingredient make it the best adaptive, restorative, and rejuvenative. Shilajit is an effective anti-aging and a powerful rejuvenator of the body.

Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day with plain after meals.

2. Ashwagandha Capsules

This is an effective stress relief herbal supplement. This is prepared from the standardized extracts of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). This herb is useful in debilitating conditions, fatigue, stress, anxiety, and nervous breakdown. This herb is best for this disease as it gives strength to the muscles and calms down the system. This is the best herb for balancing Vata dosha in the body. Vata dosha is the main cause of neurodegenerative disorders so this herb gives relief from this disease. It is a nerve tonic, enhances physical as well as mental stamina.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice a day with plain after meals.

3. Boswellia Curcumin

This is a polyherbal formulation that is used in the treatment of pain and inflammation. Muscle pain, stiffness, and inflammation are the common symptoms of this disease so this formulation is best for this disease. This is an effective combination of anti-inflammatory herbs that is Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). It increases the strength of the muscles and gives relief from this disease. Curcumin provides protection from infections as it has antiseptic properties.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice a day with plain after meals.

4. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

This is a classical Ayurvedic medicine. It is used to manage all vata disorders. It pacifies Vata dosha. This disease is due to Vitiated vata and this classical Ayurvedic is very helpful in this disease. It contains very effective ingredients such as Swarna bhasma (Gold calx), Rajat bhasma (SIlver calx), Praval bhasma (Coral calx), etc. These ingredients improve the sensory and motor functions of the body. This remedy is also helpful in paralysis, hemiplegia, facial palsy, tremors, etc. It is an excellent rejuvenative and anti-aging Ayurvedic medicine.

Dosage: 1 tablet twice a day to be chewed with plain water.

5. Brahmi Vati (Gold)

This Ayurvedic formulation is used in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Brahmi is used for ages in India. This formulation is used as Tonic and when blending with Gold it is extensively used in debilitating conditions like Monomelic Amyotrophy. Brahmi stimulates the brain cells and enhances the power of the nervous system. It contains ingredients like Abhrak bhasma (Copper calx), Akik pishti (Calcium compound), Swarna Bhasma (Gold calx), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans), etc.

Dosage: 1 tablet twice a day to be chewed with plain water.

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At last, we concluded that this disease is not managed by allopathic medicines. They just try to treat the symptoms, not the disease. But Ayurveda treats this disease from its root cause by pacifying vata dosha. This disease is caused by vata dosha mainly. So above-mentioned herbal products are also helpful in pacifying vata dosha and ultimately alleviates this disease.

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