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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Periodic Paralysis Management in Ayurveda

ABSTRACT

Paralysis is considered as the muscle function loss in any part of the body. This condition occurs when there is something wrong between the message passage from brain to muscles. This condition can be partial or complete and may affect one or both sides of the body. This condition makes it difficult for a person to perform his day to day activities. One such condition is Periodic paralysis which is a genetic condition. In this article we will discuss all about this condition and how Ayurveda can help in making the affected person’s quality of life good. So let’s take a look!!!!

Periodic Paralysis

INTRODUCTION

Periodic paralysis includes a group of genetic disorders which leads to weakness of the affected area or its paralysis. It can be triggered by some common things such as heat, cold, high carbohydrate food, starvation, excitement, stress or any kind of physical activity. The common mechanism in these conditions includes malfunctioning of the ion channels of cell membranes of skeletal muscles. In this condition malfunctioning leads to leakage of electrically charged ions in or out from the muscle cells which causes depolarization of the muscle cells and restricts the movement of the muscles. So let us see in the below article about its types, causes, diagnosis and Ayurvedic management.

SOME FACTS ABOUT PERIODIC PARALYSIS

  • Periodic Paralysis is a rare genetic disorder which causes sudden attacks of stiffness, weakness and paralysis of muscles.  
  • Its episodes start in early childhood or may be from adulthood. 
  • The condition is triggered by stress, cold, exercise, fasting or high levels of thyroid hormones. 
  • As the patient grows older the condition becomes permanent. 
  • For managing this condition it is necessary to take medicines with a perfect diet and lifestyle changes.

TYPES OF PERIODIC PARALYSIS

Periodic Paralysis is a kind of autosomal dominant myopathy which includes following group of disorders:

  • Hypokalemic Periodic Paralysis - In this condition potassium leaks from the bloodstream into the muscle cells. 
  • Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis - In this condition  potassium leaks into the bloodstream from the muscle cells.  
  • Paramiotonia Congenita - This condition accompanies the hyperkalemic periodic paralysis, also sometimes present alone. The first symptom of this condition is muscle contracture that occurs while exercise and activity.
  • Andersen-Tawil Syndrome - This form of periodic paralysis consists of  fainting, heart rhythm problems and risk of sudden death. During its attacks potassium levels can be high, low or even normal.

CAUSES OF PERIODIC PARALYSIS

One of the most common causes of periodic paralysis is altered potassium levels and some diets including carbohydrates along with various physical activities are considered as triggers of periodic paralysis. The common trigger is exercise after resting for a long time. Hyperkalemic type of periodic paralysis as the name suggests occurs due to high potassium levels outside the cell and the hypo is associated with low potassium levels. There is no other cause or trigger of periodic paralysis.

SYMPTOMS OF PERIODIC PARALYSIS

Following are the symptoms experienced by a person with Periodic Paralysis:

  • Muscle pain after exercise
  • Tingling sensations
  • Muscle cramping 
  • Permanent weakness in later life
  • Muscle weakness attacks which lasts for a few minutes to days.

DIAGNOSIS OF PERIODIC PARALYSIS

This condition is generally difficult to diagnose and patients usually report wrong diagnosis for many years. They used to take such treatment that may even worsen their condition. A patient may feel migraines upto 50% and various symptoms cause an array of confusion such as headaches, visual, sensory, auditory and speech difficulties.  As we read in the introduction that this condition is genetic so we can diagnose it by DNA examination. Another diagnostic test is Electromyography that is to be done after DNA testing for confirming the type of Periodic Paralysis.

AYURVEDIC VIEW OF PERIODIC PARALYSIS

As this condition is genetic in nature so as per Ayurveda this condition comes under Beej dushti (vitiation of sperm or ovum). In Ayurveda science of genetics is very well explained by Acharya Charaka and Sushruta. The information given by them makes us very well understand the concept of heredity. According to Acharyas genetic disorders occur due to defects in sperm or ovum of the parents. Acharya Charaka explained the whole genetic under three units that are beej (sperm and ovum), beej bhaag (chromosome) and Beejbhagavyava that is gene. Vikriti of these three leads to various disorders and periodic Paralysis is one among them.

Dosha responsible for Periodic paralysis - This condition is a genetic condition but there must be a dosha predominance in the cause of any disease. In case of Periodic Paralysis there is an aggravation of vata dosha which causes various symptoms of Periodic Paralysis. Vata dosha vitiation causes a defect in signal supply from brain to muscles which affects muscle contraction. If there is no proper muscle contraction it results in various symptoms such as muscle stiffness, muscle spasm and at last muscle paralysis. So to manage these symptoms Ayurvedic management is to be by pacifying vata dosha. For this following are remedies by Planet Ayurveda that assist in managing the condition by pacifying vata dosha.

HERBAL REMEDIES BY PLANET AYURVEDA FOR PERIODIC PARALYSIS

Planet Ayurveda is an ISO, Halal and GMP certified company which formulates their own remedies. This company works as per strict regardance to Ayurveda - A Holistic Science. The remedies are prepared by pure herbs and minerals that make the remedies more effective and free from side effects. The company works on the aim of Ayurveda that is to promote the health of the healthy person and to alleviate the disease of the diseased. It has almost all types of remedies by which almost all kinds of health concerns are resolved. For managing the symptoms of Periodic Paralysis Planet Ayurveda provides the following remedies. Let us see what remedies assist in managing periodic paralysis and how.

PRODUCTS LIST

  1. Yogendra Ras
  2. Neurogenie Capsules
  3. Ashwagandhadi Ghrit
  4. Medhya Churna
  5. Neuro Plan Syrup
  6. Dhanwantharam Tailam

Herbal Remedies for Periodic Paralysis

Herbal Remedies for Periodic Paralysis

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

1. Yogendra Ras

Yogendra Ras is a classical Ayurvedic formulation which has been used since ancient times for managing various Vataj disorders. The formulation is prepared by Planet Ayurveda strictly as per mentioned in Classical texts. The remedy is available in tablet form and consists of ingredients such as shuddha parada (purified mercury), loha bhasma (calyx of iron), shuddha gandhaka (purified sulfur) and various others. This remedy effectively pacifies vata dosha and manages the functions of the Brain. These tablets also consist of Rasayan (rejuvenating) properties which effectively helps in preventing further damage to muscles and managing the symptoms of Periodic Paralysis.

Dosage - 1 tablet twice daily to be chewed.

2. Neurogenie Capsules

Neurogenie Capsules is a polyherbal formulation by Planet Ayurveda. This formulation is especially formulated for maintaining brain health. The remedy consists of standardized extract of herbs such as Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). This herbal remedy assists in rejuvenating the Brain and maintains its various functions. In Periodic Paralysis there is a vata predominance so these capsules assist in managing its symptoms by pacifying vata dosha effectively.

Dosage - 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Ashwagandhadi Ghrit

Ashwagandhadi Ghrit is a classical Ayurvedic formulation which is made by Planet Ayurveda as mentioned in the classical texts. This formulation is available in jam form which consists of ingredients such as Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), go ghrit (Cow’s ghee), Bhibhitaki (Terminalia billerica), etc. It assists in improving cognitive functions, reducing stress, regulates proper functioning of nerves due to miraculous nervine properties. Thus Ashwagandhadi Ghrit effectively manages the symptoms of Periodic Paralysis.

Dosage - 1 tsp twice daily with warm water after meals.

4. Medhya Churna

Medhya Churna is a herbal powder formulation by Planet Ayurveda. This herbal powder consists of pure powder of herbs such as Vacha (Acorus calamus), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and various others. This herbal powder assists in maintaining cognitive functions and boosts memory too. The churna helps in regulating the functions of nerves thus effective in Periodic Paralysis.

Dosage: 1/4th tsp twice daily.

5. Neuro Plan Syrup

Neuro Plan Syrup is a polyherbal formulation by Planet Ayurveda which is mainly produced to maintain the nervous health. This syrup consists of ingredients such as mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus), Sonth (Zingiber officinale) and various others. This herbal syrup promotes the nerves to supply proper messages to the muscles for promoting muscle contraction. So this syrup by regulating muscle contractions assists in preventing further degradation of muscle cells.

Dosage - 2 tsp twice daily with plain water after meals.

6. Dhanwantharam Tailam

Dhanwantharam Tailam is a classical Ayurvedic formulation that is formulated by Planet Ayurveda as mentioned in classical Ayurvedic texts. This formulation is prescribed for local application. This herbal oil when applied on the affected parts helps in relieving muscle stiffness, muscle pain and helps in maintaining the muscular activities. Also the preparation has rejuvenating properties so when applied over muscles assists in providing strength to the muscles.

Method of Application - Take a few drops of Dhanwantharam tailam and apply it on affected muscles.

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at - costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214040

CONCLUSION

Periodic paralysis includes a group of genetic disorders which leads to weakness of the affected area or its paralysis. Periodic Paralysis is a rare genetic disorder which causes sudden attacks of stiffness, weakness and paralysis of muscles. One of the most common causes of periodic paralysis is altered potassium levels and some diets including carbohydrates along with various physical activities are considered as triggers of periodic paralysis. It consists of various symptoms such as Muscle pain after exercise, Tingling sensations, Muscle cramping , Permanent weakness in later life and various others. As per Ayurveda genetic disorders occur due to defects in sperm or ovum of the parents. Acharya Charaka explained the whole genetic under three units that are beej (sperm and ovum), beej bhaag (chromosome) and Beejbhagavyava, which is considered as a gene. For management of periodic Paralysis Planet Ayurveda provides various remedies that help you with managing the symptoms without causing any side effects.

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