Degenerative Brain Disorders & Ayurveda

Degenerative Brain disorders affect more than 50 million people worldwide. It often strike older adults and are characterized by progressive deterioration of nerve cells, eventually leading to cell death. Researchers across globe are developing new and compelling ideas about the diagnosis and treatment of these disorders, with the goal of slowing or stopping their progression.

According to Ayurveda, Degenerative Brain disorders are caused due to imbalance in the function of ‘Tridoshas’, mainly ‘Vata’ dosha. ‘Aavarana’ plays a key role in these types of Degenerative brain disorders. With a combined protocol of Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatments, Yoga, Physiotherapy and Counseling, majority of the Degenerative Brain disorders respond very well. The quality of life improves and longevity of life increases in almost all cases, slowly, over a period of time, many Degenerative Brain disorders can be cured.

Vata are five in numbers, namely Prana, Udana, Vyana, Apana & Samana. Prana, Udana and Vyana are primarily involved in the neurological disorders. The chronic imbalance in the Apana can also upset Prana, thereby causing insomnia, hallucinations, delusions, depression and schizophrenia. The primary site of Apana is in the Pelvic region and it governs the functions of the bladder, rectum, menstruation, ovulation, ejaculation and proper bowel movements. An imbalance of the Apana function could quickly upset the Prana, thereby weakening the Agni (digestive fire) of the Majja Dhatu (Nervous tissue). The weak Agni causes accumulation of Ama or toxin in the nervous tissue which could trigger an auto immune response and cause diseases. This complex interaction between doshas causes a chain reaction involving Pitta dosha and Kapha dosha. Udana Vayu is responsible for memory and mental energy. When affected causes memory loss, fatigue, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. If Prana Vayu is affected due to direct trauma to head or due to, too much stress, too much thinking or too many negative thoughts, one may develop tics, tremors, in-coordinated movements and later diseases such as Parkinson’s disease.

Dr K V Vijayan Institute of Ayurveda Medical Science offers a very effective proven treatment methodology for Degenerative Brain Disorders, as laid on the classical texts of Ayurveda. Management of Degenerative Brain Disorders mainly consists of following procedures

» Samsodhana (Cleansing the body through Panchakarma therapy)

» Samsamana (Research based Internal Medicines)

» Kaya Kalpa (Rejuvenation Therapy)

» Sattvavajaya (Counseling/psychotherapy)

» Yoga

» Physiotherapy

Alzheimer’s disease

Alzheimer's disease is a form of dementia — a neurodegenerative disease that damages the brain's intellectual functions (memory, orientation, calculation, etc.), but usually preserves its motor functions. According to the principles of Ayurveda, Alzheimer’s is caused as a result of the imbalance in Vata – this imbalance is quite common as a person begins to grow in age. Udana Vayu is responsible for memory, when affected causes memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, is a degenerative disorder of specific nerve cells of the spinal cord, brain stem and brain. It belongs to a group of disorders known as motor neuron diseases, and results in the gradual loss of voluntary muscle control leading to paralysis.

The ALS can be co related as ‘Kapha avrita Vata’ condition mainly praana, udaana and vyaana vata according to Ayurveda.