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Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Treatment of West Syndrome in Ayurveda with Herbal Remedies


West syndrome is a developmental brain disorder. Children affected by this syndrome typically have delayed development compared to other children of the same age, but they do not have autism or intellectual disability. West syndrome may also be associated with symptoms of cerebral palsy as well as intellectual disability. Let’s know more about this rare uncommon condition that deteriorates the quality of life of the one suffering from it. The following article will provide information regarding the condition of west syndrome along with the description of its presenting features, causes, management and ayurvedic aspect.

West Syndrome


West syndrome is named after a renowned English physician William James West. He explained the case of his own son James Edwin West in an article published in 1841. West syndrome is also known as epileptic spasms, infantile epileptic encephalopathy, jackknife convulsions, salaam spasms, etc. Not much is known about what causes the syndrome, but genetic changes are thought to play a role in at least some cases. A specific genetic change called an "homozygous deletion" has been found in families with one child diagnosed with west syndrome and another without it. The description regarding the causes of west syndrome is mentioned as follows.


Causes of this syndrome are not known, but are thought to be related to certain genetic changes such as an "homozygous deletion" or "de novo point mutation". As it is a rare disorder, there have been few studies performed on those who have been diagnosed with it. However, it seems to occur mostly in males due to the fact that their primary symptoms are motor problems and delays in thought. A study conducted by Ardais et al. (2005) found that the percentage of males with a "de novo" mutation of a gene is 28% compared to 10% for females. This shows a higher occurrence of mutations in males than females. The study also found that the percentage of males with a deletion of this gene is 67%, but there were no females in the study with a deletion. This means that the chance of occurrence of the syndrome is much higher if males have this mutation. The presenting symptoms of the condition of west syndrome will be discussed as follows.


West syndrome affects the development of the brain and central nervous system. Symptoms of west syndrome may include a triad of symptoms-

  1. Lightning Attacks - In this type of attack, sudden convulsions in the entire body occur within seconds or very rapidly and are severe in nature. Bent legs can be observed.  
  2. Nodding Attacks - In this type of attack, throat and neck flexor muscles are the main part affected by convulsions. During this episode, the chin irregularly shifts towards the breast or the movement of head in the inward direction. 
  3. Salaam or Jackknife Attacks - A rapid irregular bending of head and trunk of body can be observed along with the lifting and bending of the arms. He/she may also partially draw hands in front of the chest while raising the arms. This movement when observed or imagined in slow motion, may be correlated to a muslim greeting also called salaam, hence it is named salaam attacks also.


Initial diagnosis and treatment involve identifying symptoms and working with special education teachers to help children learn communication, socialization, and self-help skills. The diagnosis may require different imaging tests such as CT scan (computed tomography), EEG (electroencephalography), MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging), etc. A "worksheet" can be used to help guide people who are working on developing goals for children with west syndrome. The allopathic medicinal treatment will include hormonal therapies such as adreno cortico tropic hormone (ACTH) and administration of steroids such as prednisone, etc. However, prolonged use of these drugs may result in various complications and hence it is not preferable. Epilepsy surgery may also be required to manage the condition if arising from a particular region of the brain. The ayurvedic aspect of this condition will be discussed as follows.


The ayurvedic principles help to provide a new and very unique perspective to the health conditions. West syndrome can be correlated to a condition similar to apasmara in the ayurveda. The vitiation of rajas and tamas are considered to be responsible for the neuro psychotic diseases. The apasmara as explained by the ayurvedic classical texts is presented with the following features and Bibhatsa chesta (tonic clonic involuntary movements) and tama pravesha (loss of consciousness) due to pragya apradha (Intellectual blasphemy) i.e. vibhransh (destruction or hindrance) of smriti, dhee, and dhriti (elements for intelligence). This imbalance in the mansik dosha will lead to imbalance between sharirik dosha (i.e. vata, pitta, kapha) also. This further will present various symptoms such as kama (passion), krodha (anger), lobha (greed), chinta (worry) etc. This can be managed effectively through the ayurvedic formulations such as Neurogenie Capsules, Sarawatarisht, Neuro Plan Syrup, etc. These formulations will be described as follows.


Planet Ayurveda is providing various preparations of natural herbs such as  neurogenie capsules, saraswatarishta, neuro plan syrup, etc. which are prepared using authentic ways and provide great results in improving the condition of west syndrome. All the herbal products manufactured here are free from chemicals, preservatives, starch, additives, colors and fillers. These products are hundred percent natural and are formulated by MD Ayurvedic doctors with deep knowledge of Ayurveda and many years of experience. The ayurvedic formulations beneficial for the condition of west syndrome are described as follows.

Herbal Remedies for West Syndrome

Herbal Remedies for West Syndrome

1. Neurogenie Capsules

Neurogenie Capsules are formulated by ayurvedic experts in planet ayurveda. It contains two wonderful ayurvedic herbs namely brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) and ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). These two herbs are known to be very effective and beneficial for the nervous system. They help to pacify the excessive vata dosha and also provide strength to the nerves and the brain, thus improving the condition of west syndrome.

Dosage - One capsule to be taken two times a day, after meals.

2. Saraswatarisht

Saraswatarisht prepared by Planet ayurveda contains a variety of natural ingredients such as brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), adrak (Zingiber officinale), etc. It is a traditional ayurvedic formulation which exhibits various health benefits such as balances all three doshas, rejuvenates the cells, and improves memory, strength and immunity of the body.

Dosage - One teaspoon two times a day.

3. Neuro Plan Syrup

Neuro Plan Syrup is prepared by planet ayurveda using a variety of ayurvedic herbs such as Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), Jyotishmati (Celastrus paniculatus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), etc. This combination of herbs is very effective in improving the neurological state of the body. It has effective vata pacifying properties and gives strength to the nerves of the body. Thus, improving the condition of the patient suffering from west syndrome.

Dosage - One teaspoon two times a day.

4. Kumar Kalyan Ras

Kumar Kalyan Ras is a traditional ayurvedic preparation with a variety of health benefits. It helps in balancing the vitiated pitta dosha in the body. Kumar means child and kalyan means benefit, so as the name suggests kumar kalyan ras is known to improve the overall well being of the child.

Dosage - One tablet two times a day.

5. Brahmi Ghrit

Brahmi Ghrit is prepared by planet ayurveda using a combination of various beneficial ayurvedic herbs such as brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), vacha (Acorus calamus), etc. These herbs are prepared in ghrit and provide a variety of health benefits. It helps to pacify the aggravated vata dosha and it is known to improve the neurological state of the body. It also helps in enhancing intelligence and various other body elements. Brahmi ghrit also acts as a rasayan and helps to rejuvenate the cells of the body hence boosting the overall body health.

Dosage - Three drops two times a day, if the child is above 7 years of age then 1/2 tsp two times a day with warm milk.

6. Anu Tailam

Anu Thailam is a classical ayurvedic formulation which is known to be very beneficial for improving the state of the neurological system of the body. It is used in the form of medicated drops instilled in the nose in appropriate doses. The vata dosha will be balanced through regular use of anu thailam.

Dosage - Two drops in each nostril, only if the child is above 7 years of age.

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In a nutshell, it can be concluded that the condition of west syndrome can be improved up to a great extent by following the ayurvedic principles and formulations prepared using ayurvedic herbs. The west syndrome must be provided with appropriate medical attention to manage the condition properly. Proper diet and healthy lifestyle is required along with the administration of ayurvedic formulations.

Thursday, May 11, 2023

Reactive Arthritis / Reiter's Syndrome & Its Ayurvedic Treatment


A person's own immune system becomes overactive and begins fighting their own body is referred to as having an autoimmune disorder. As we all know, the immune system protects our body from infections and viruses. Immune cells can normally distinguish between bodily cells and foreign bodies, but in cases of autoimmune diseases, they are unable to do so and attack healthy cells instead of the foreign bodies. In this instance, the immune system targets the eyes, bones and Urinary Tract. Reiter's Syndrome is one such illness that will be covered in this article. Let's have a look at the syndrome carefully!!!!!

Reactive Arthritis / Reiter's Syndrome


An infection within the body can cause a kind of arthritis called reactive arthritis. Reactive arthritis is most frequently brought on by a bacterial infection in the intestines or a sexually transmitted infection. It is regarded as a kind of spondyloarthritis autoimmune illness. It frequently takes a while for the arthritis to appear after the infection has been adequately treated. The large joints of the lower extremities frequently show symptoms in people with reactive arthritis. Reiter's syndrome, a triad of Arthritis, urinary tract inflammation and eye inflammation was the original name for reactive arthritis previously.

Some Facts About Reiter's Syndrome / Reactive Arthritis

Following are one of the common facts that one must know about Reiter's Syndrome:

  • Before, it was believed that the condition wasn't frequent.
  • According to NIAMS (The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Disorders) Men are more likely than women to develop reactive arthritis.
  • Diagnosis of the condition is more difficult in Women.
  • 30 years old is the typical onset age.
  • Males are also more likely than women to have significant joint pain.

Causes Of Reiter's Syndrome / Reactive Arthritis

The most frequent cause of reactive arthritis is bacterial infection of the gastrointestinal tract or urinary tract. Chlamydia trachomatis is the most frequent bacteria linked to reactive arthritis that is the reason for chlamydia infections. Sexual contact is the main way that this bacteria is disseminated. Symptoms of reactive arthritis can also be caused by the same bacteria that cause food poisoning. Shigella and Salmonella are common examples of these food poisoning bacterias. Reactive arthritis development may be influenced by genetics. Reactive arthritis is more common in those who carry the HLA B27 gene, according to NIAMS. Not everyone who carries the HLA B27 gene will experience reactive arthritis if they contract an infection.

Symptoms Of Reiter's Syndrome / Reactive Arthritis

Reactive arthritis is accompanied by three different sets of symptoms:

  • Symptoms associated with Musculoskeletal System: Symptoms of the musculoskeletal system include swelling and joint pain. Ankles, knees, and the sacroiliac joints in your pelvis are the joints most frequently affected by reactive arthritis. Moreover, you can feel tightness, pain and swelling in the joints of your fingers, buttocks, back or heels.
  • Symptoms associated with Urinary System: Urethritis is a disorder that manifests as urine symptoms. The tube connecting your bladder to the exterior of your body is called a urethra. The inflammation of this tube is known as urethritis. A frequent urge to urinate and burning or pain when urinating are the most common symptoms. As part of reactive arthritis, men may develop prostatitis. The prostate gland becomes inflamed when someone has prostatitis. When a woman has cervicitis, her cervix becomes inflamed. Furthermore, reactive arthritis may be indicated by it.
  • Symptoms associated with Eyes and Skin: One of the primary signs of reactive arthritis is eye inflammation. Your mouth and skin may also be affected by reactive arthritis. The membranes of the eyes become inflamed when conjunctivitis occurs which includes symptoms such as Itching, Pain, and discharge. Moreover, skin rashes like keratoma blennorrhagica (tiny pustules on the feet soles) could appear. Less frequently mouth ulcers can occur.

Diagnosis Of Reiter's Syndrome / Reactive Arthritis

A physical examination, a review of your medical history and blood tests to screen for infection or inflammation will all be performed by your doctor. Moreover, a blood test might reveal whether you have the HLA B27 gene, which raises your risk of reactive arthritis. If your symptoms point to a chlamydia infection, your doctor may order additional testing to rule out other sexually transmitted infections. In men, the urethra will be swabbed, while in women, the pelvis will be examined and the cervical cavity will be swabbed. A needle-based arthrocentesis, which includes draining the fluid from your joint, may also be performed by your doctor. The fluid is subsequently subjected to tests.

Ayurvedic View Of Reiter's Syndrome / Reactive Arthritis

Reiter's condition is classified as an "amavata vyadhi" or Vata dosha illness in Ayurveda. Neurological or neuromuscular diseases can be linked to vata vyadhi. Pain, numbness, and weakness are the sole causes and pathogenesis of ailments brought on by vitiation of the vata dosha in general. Rasa Dhatu, Rakta Dhatu, Asthi Dhatu, Majja Dhatu and Vata dosha are involved.

Causes As Per Ayurveda

  • Intake of Unctuous
  • Cold meals in excess
  • Suppression of Natural Desires
  • Incompatible Food Intake
  • Infections as Agantuj karana

Symptoms As Per Ayurveda

  • Toda (Aching Pain)
  • Ruk (Pain on the joints)
  • Lalima (Redness on joints)
  • Sada (Weakness)
  • Sopha (Oedema)
  • Jwara (Fever)

Ayurvedic Treatment

Local Treatment

  1. Svedana: Svedana, a popular Ayurvedic therapy, uses herbal steam to help the body discharge toxins through the skin. Sweda is a Sanskrit word that means "sweat" or "perspiration." During this therapy, sweat is discharged via the skin pores, which releases ama or toxins that are deeply ingrained in the body.
  2. Lepa: Lepa means applying herbal packs to various body regions. It is a combination of herbal powders and liquids like water, milk, honey, fruit juices, etc. In case of Reiter's Syndrome Lepa of Vatahara herbs can be used which includes all the herbs of Dashmool and various other Vata Pacifying herbs.
  3. Abhyanga: Ayurvedic massage is called abhyanga. Snehana, which means "Love or to nurture," is another name for it. This is due to the fact that applying oil to the body is a loving gesture. Oil is incredibly nutritious and calms the skin, nervous system, and immune system in addition to the skin.

Yoga for Reiter's Syndrome

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam: Relieves aches and pains and relaxes the mind.
  • Shavasana: Calms the body and the psyche.

Herbal Treatment By Planet Ayurveda For Reiter's Syndrome / Reactive Arthritis

In accordance with the goals of Ayurveda, which are to promote good health in healthy people and treat disease in sick people, Planet Ayurveda is a clinic that provides services almost worldwide. They formulate a variety of herbal and herbo-mineral supplements that completely adhere to Ayurvedic principles. These medications are free of fillers, gums, resins, colours, fibres, and preservatives. The majority of the time, medicines aid in preserving general health as well as in preventing and managing practically all health issues. We shall learn about Planet Ayurveda's treatments for this disease in this article based on our previous discussions.

  1. Boswellia Curcumin
  2. Amalaki Rasayan
  3. Yograj Guggul
  4. Aamvatantak Churna
  5. Ashwagandhaghan Vati
  6. Orthovita Oil
Ayurvedic Treatment For Reactive Arthritis / Reiter's Syndrome

Products Description

1. Boswellia Curumin

Boswellia Curumin is one of the capsule formulations made by Planet Ayurveda. These capsules are purely herbal and made up of standardized extract of herb Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curumin (Curcuma longa). Both the herbs serve with best anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. These capsules provide miraculous relief in tod (pain) and Shopha (inflammation). The antioxidant effect of these capsules helps in eliminating Ama dosha from the body which is the reason behind this autoimmune condition.

Doasge: 1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. Amalaki Rasayan

Amalaki Rasayan is one of the herbal capsules made by Planet Ayurveda with standardized extract of herb Amalaki (Emblica officinalis). Amla is one of the best sources of Vitamin C which makes this herb one of the best anti-oxidant. These properties of Amalaki Rasayan help in preventing free radical formation and eliminate the Ama dosha from the Body. Amla helps regulate uncontrollable urination by cleansing the bladder and strengthening the muscles that control it. So it is quite helpful in reducing the symptoms associated with the Urinary System.

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

3. Yograj Guggul

Yograj Guggul is one of the tablet formulations that has been used since ancient times to regulate the Vata Dosha related conditions. Guggul (Commiphora mukul), musta (Cyperus rotundus), amalaki (Emblica officinalis), pippali (Piper longum) and some other ingredients combined to form these herbal tablets. This medicine is excellent for balancing Vata dosha and removing Ama dosha from the body, which aids in managing symptoms of Reiter's Syndrome.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Aamvatantak Churna

Aamvatantak Churna is a Poly-herbal powder formulated by Planet Ayurveda. This herbal powder contains Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum), etc. As the name says, aamvatantak aids in calming the vata dosha and removing ama dosha from the body. This formulation effectively reduces the symptoms of Reiter's Syndrome, such as pain, stiffness, inflammation, fever, etc by reducing the ama and vata doshas.

Dosage: 1 tsp twice daily with plain water after meals.

5. Ashwagandhaghan Vati

Planet Ayurveda prepares Ashwagandhaghan vati, a traditional Ayurvedic medication, in accordance with ancient texts. The main component of this medicine, which is available in tablet form, is ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). It is one of the greatest rasayanas and has amazing antioxidant effects. Also, it has immune-boosting qualities that aid to lower the risk of the immune system destroying healthy tissues by raising immunity. The best strengthening characteristics of ashwagandha aid in lowering reiter's syndrome-related weakness.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.

6. Orthovita Oil

Planet Ayurveda prepares Orthovita Oil using a variety of herbal oils. This oil is made up of saindhavadi taila, gandhapura oil, turpentine oil and shula gajendra oil. This oil has anti-inflammatory, analgesic and vata pacifying qualities. It also has properties that reduce stiffness. So, when this oil is applied locally to the affected area, it reduces the numerous symptoms of Reiter's Disease like pain, inflammation, etc.

Method of Application: Apply on the affected area 2-3 times a day.


An infection within the body can cause a kind of arthritis called reactive arthritis. The most frequent cause of reactive arthritis is bacterial infection of the gastrointestinal tract or urinary tract. It affects the Musculoskeletal System, Urinary System, eyes and skin. Reiter's condition is classified as an "amavata vyadhi" or Vata dosha illness in Ayurveda. Treatment as per Ayurveda includes various Local treatments such as Swedana, Lepa, Abhyanga, etc and Various Yogasana helps in reducing the symptoms of Reiter's Syndrome such as Nadi Shuddi Pranayam and Shavasana. Along with this Planet Ayurveda provides a herbal treatment that helps in eliminating Ama Dosha from the body and pacify Vata Dosha thus reducing various symptoms of Reiter's Syndrome.