paralysis ayurvedic treatment

In a world that constantly seeks holistic approaches to health, Ayurveda stands out as a time-tested system of medicine. With its roots in ancient India, Ayurveda not only addresses physical ailments but also emphasizes the interconnectedness of the mind, body, and spirit. One area where Ayurveda showcases its comprehensive understanding is in the world of paralysis.

1. Introduction to Ayurveda and its holistic approach

Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine originating in India, embodies a holistic approach to health and well-being. Rooted in the concept of doshas—Vata, Pitta, and Kapha—it views individuals as unique combinations of these energies. The holistic principles of Ayurveda focus on personalized care and preventative measures. Holistic healing modalities, including Panchakarma, herbal medicine, dietary guidance, and yoga, are employed to restore balance. Embracing the spiritual dimension, Ayurveda goes beyond physical health, recognizing the intricate relationship between individuals and the cosmos. Through its holistic philosophy, Ayurveda empowers individuals to attain optimal health and a harmonious balance in their lives. Understanding Ayurveda’s holistic approach is crucial in comprehending its unique perspective on paralysis.

2. Understanding paralysis in Ayurveda

Paralysis is a neurological disorder associated with the brain that can manifest in any part of the body and affect individuals of all age groups, although it is more prevalent in the elderly. In Ayurveda, this condition is primarily attributed to an imbalance in the Vata dosha. While the causative factors of this disorder have a long history, the body continually tries to restore balance. However, there are instances when paralysis suddenly manifests.
Paralysis, referred to as “Pakshaghat” or “Ardhangvaat” in Ayurveda, is extensively detailed in ancient Ayurvedic texts. This condition involves the loss of motor functions in one part of the body and is linked to an increased Vata dosha. The term “Pakshaghat” signifies the sudden onset of paralysis, highlighting the significance of understanding and addressing the imbalances in Vata for comprehensive treatment.

A. Causes according to Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, the occurrence of paralysis is attributed to various causative factors, primarily linked to the vitiation of the Vata dosha. The key contributors to the development of paralysis according to Ayurveda include:

  • Aggravated Vata Dosha: The imbalance of Vata, the dosha responsible for movement and control, is a primary factor leading to paralysis. This vitiation disrupts the normal functioning of the nervous system.
  • Poor Lifestyle Habits: Unhealthy lifestyle practices such as irregular eating patterns, lack of exercise, Frequent exposure to cold and inadequate sleep contribute to the aggravation of Vata dosha, increasing the risk of paralysis.
  • Dietary Factors: Consuming Vata-aggravating foods, including dry and cold items, processed foods, and an excess of bitter or astringent tastes, can disturb the balance of doshas and contribute to paralysis.
  • Trauma or Injury: Physical trauma or injury, especially to the head or spine, can disturb the flow of vital energy and trigger paralysis.
  • Underlying Health Conditions: Certain systemic disorders and chronic diseases, such as excessive loss of blood, diabetes and hypertension, can predispose individuals to paralysis by affecting the nervous system.
  • Age-related Factors: The elderly are more susceptible to paralysis due to the natural aging process, which tends to increase Vata dosha in the body.
  • Emotional Stress: Prolonged emotional stress and mental strain can exacerbate Vata dosha, playing a role in the manifestation of paralysis.

B. Process behind Paralysis

In Ayurvedic understanding, the occurrence of paralysis follows a gradual process influenced by imbalances in the Vata dosha. It begins with a person having a weak nervous system (Majja Asar) coupled with frequent intake of causative factors. As Vaat dosha increases, the body attempts to maintain balance, but persistent disruption in Vaat dosha due to continual intake of these factors leads to its accumulation in a particular body part. Vaat dosha, inherently dry, intensifies the dryness in that area. Eventually, the accumulated Vaat dosha adversely affects the nervous system, either directly or due to external trauma weakening the nerves. This impact results in a loss of control over the affected body part, ultimately leading to paralysis. Unlike modern science, Ayurveda highlights the significance of the intricate interplay between imbalances in doshas, external factors, and the gradual manifestation of symptoms.


C. Symptoms of Paralysis

Early Symptoms of Paralysis (Prodromal Signs):

Before the onset of paralysis, individuals may experience prodromal signs indicating the impending condition:

  1. Localized Dryness: Dryness in a specific body part.
  2. Sudden Muscle Spasms: Brief and sudden contractions of muscles.
  3. Pinpoint Pain: Abrupt and localized sharp pain.
  4. Numbness and Tingling Sensation: Periodic sensations of numbness and tingling.
  5. Frequent Goosebumps: Occasional appearance of goosebumps.
Late Signs and Symptoms of Paralysis:

As paralysis progresses, more evident signs become prominent:

  1. Sudden Loss of Control: Significant loss of control over a specific body part or the entire body.
  2. Loss of Movement: Inability to move the affected body part.
  3. Loss of Sensation: Diminished or absent sensation in the paralyzed area.
  4. Weak Nadi (Pulse): Weakening of the pulse.
  5. Muscle Spasms: Persistent contractions of muscles.
  6. Muscle Wasting/Atrophy: Gradual weakening and wasting of muscles.


3. Ayurvedic Treatment to Paralysis 

A. Ayurvedic Herbs 

Ayurveda offers a range of herbal formulations known for their potential in addressing paralysis and promoting nerve health. It’s crucial to note that the use of these medicines should be done under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. Some renowned Ayurvedic medicines beneficial for paralysis include:
  1. Brihat Vata Chintamani Ras: This classical Ayurvedic formulation contains potent ingredients like Swarna Bhasma (gold) and Abhraka Bhasma (mica), known for their neuroprotective properties.
  2. Yogendra Ras: A combination of herbs and minerals, Yogendra Ras is recognized for its ability to strengthen the nervous system and improve motor functions.
  3. Maha Rasnadi Kwath: This herbal decoction, composed of anti-inflammatory herbs like Rasna (Pluchea lanceolata) and Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), helps alleviate pain and inflammation associated with paralysis.
  4. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Known as an adaptogen, Ashwagandha is prized for its rejuvenating properties. It helps reduce stress, promotes nerve health, and supports overall well-being.
  5. Maharasnadi Kashayam: Another Ayurvedic decoction, Maharasnadi Kashayam, is beneficial in managing inflammatory conditions, providing relief from symptoms associated with paralysis.
  6. Balarishta: This Ayurvedic fermented preparation contains Bala (Sida cordifolia) and Ashwagandha, contributing to nerve strengthening and muscle tone improvement.
  7. Dashmoolarishta: Comprising ten potent herbs, Dashmoolarishta is known for its anti-inflammatory and rejuvenating properties, aiding in paralysis management.


B. Ayurvedic therapies for paralysis

Ayurvedic therapies for paralysis focus on restoring balance to the doshas, particularly Vata, strengthening the nervous system, and rejuvenating affected muscles. These therapies are best administered under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. Here are some key Ayurvedic therapies for paralysis:

1. Panchakarma: 
  • Basti (Enema Therapy): Medicated enemas, known as Basti, are crucial in pacifying aggravated Vata dosha. These enemas use herbal oils or decoctions to cleanse and nourish the colon, promoting overall well-being.
  • Virechan (Medicated purgation): This therapy is commonly advised in any kind of paralysis by Ayurveda.
2 Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage):
  • Tailored Oil Massage: Abhyanga involves gentle and rhythmic oil massage using specific herbal oils. This therapy enhances blood circulation, reduces stiffness, and nourishes the muscles and nerves.
3. Shirodhara:
  • Oil Pouring on Forehead: Shirodhara is a calming therapy where a continuous stream of warm oil is poured onto the forehead. It induces deep relaxation, soothes the nervous system, and alleviates stress.
4. Nasya (Nasal Administration):
  • Medicated Nasal Drops: Nasya involves administering herbal oils or medicated liquids through the nasal passages. This therapy helps in clearing blockages, improving oxygenation, and supporting neurological functions.
5. Swedana (Sweating Therapy):
  • Herbal Steam Bath: Swedana promotes sweating and detoxification. It is especially beneficial in paralysis as it helps in eliminating toxins, reducing stiffness, and improving circulation.
6. Pizhichil (Oil Bath):
  • Continuous Oil Pouring: Pizhichil involves pouring warm medicated oil over the body while simultaneously massaging. This therapy enhances muscle tone, reduces pain, and supports nervous system function.
7. Baluka Sweda (Herbal Fomentation):
  • Herbal Bolus Fomentation: Baluka Sweda employs heated herbal boluses for fomentation. This therapy helps alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, and enhance mobility.
8. Manasika Chikitsa (Mental Health Therapies):
  • Meditation and Counseling: Addressing the mental and emotional aspects is crucial in paralysis management. Meditation and counseling help reduce stress, anxiety, and promote mental well-being.


4. Lifestyle and dietary recommendations

A. Balancing doshas through diet

A balanced and nourishing diet is integral to the Ayurvedic approach for managing paralysis. The dietary recommendations focus on pacifying aggravated Vata dosha, enhancing digestion, and providing essential nutrients for overall well-being. Here are key dietary guidelines:

  • Warm and Moist FoodsEmphasize the consumption of warm and moist foods to counter the dryness associated with Vata imbalance. Include soups, stews, and freshly cooked meals.
  • Ghee (Clarified Butter)Incorporate moderate amounts of ghee in the diet. Ghee helps lubricate the digestive tract, supports digestion, and is considered beneficial for nervous system health.
  • Well-Cooked GrainsChoose well-cooked grains like rice, wheat, oats, and quinoa. These grains are easy to digest and provide sustained energy.
  • Mung Dal (Split Mung Beans): Mung dal is a recommended protein source for its light and easily digestible nature. It supports digestion and doesn’t overburden the digestive system.
  • Herbs and SpicesInclude digestive herbs and spices such as ginger, cumin, coriander, and asafoetida in your meals. These aid digestion and help in reducing bloating.
  • FruitsOpt for ripe, sweet fruits like bananas, papayas, and cooked apples. Avoid raw, cold fruits, as they can aggravate Vata.
  • VegetablesChoose well-cooked, easily digestible vegetables such as carrots, beets, and squashes. Avoid raw and cruciferous vegetables.
  • Nuts and SeedsConsume soaked and peeled almonds and seeds like pumpkin and sunflower seeds. These provide essential nutrients and support nervous system health.
  • Avoid Cold and Dry FoodsSteer clear of cold, dry, and processed foods as they can exacerbate Vata dosha. Minimize the intake of refrigerated and packaged items.
  • HydrationStay adequately hydrated with warm water and herbal teas. Avoid excessive consumption of cold beverages.

B. Lifestyle modification for Paralytic Patients 

Adopting a supportive and mindful lifestyle is essential for individuals managing paralysis. These lifestyle modifications aim to enhance overall well-being, promote independence, and mitigate the challenges associated with paralysis. Here are key recommendations:
  • Structured RoutineEstablish a consistent daily routine that includes regular meal times, adequate rest, and specific periods for therapies and exercises. A structured routine helps in maintaining stability.
  • Assistive DevicesIntegrate the use of assistive devices such as wheelchairs, canes, or braces as needed. These tools enhance mobility and independence, facilitating a more active lifestyle.
  • Accessible EnvironmentModify living spaces to ensure accessibility. Install ramps, handrails, and widen doorways to facilitate easy movement. Creating an environment that accommodates mobility aids is crucial.
  • Regular TherapiesEngage in regular Ayurvedic and physiotherapy sessions to improve muscle strength, joint flexibility, and overall mobility. Physiotherapists can tailor exercises to individual needs and abilities.
  • Mindful Movement PracticesIncorporate gentle movement practices like yoga or Tai Chi, focusing on adapted poses and exercises. These practices promote flexibility, balance, and mental well-being.
  • Social EngagementMaintain social connections to prevent isolation. Engage in activities, join support groups, and interact with friends and family. Social connections contribute to emotional well-being.
  • Hygiene and Skin CarePay careful attention to personal hygiene to prevent skin issues and infections. Regular skin checks, proper positioning, and skincare routines are crucial for preventing complications.
  • Mind-Body PracticesExplore mind-body practices such as meditation and relaxation techniques. These practices contribute to mental calmness, reducing stress and anxiety.
  • Quality Sleep: Prioritize quality sleep by maintaining a consistent sleep schedule and creating a conducive sleep environment. Quality sleep is vital for overall health and recovery.
  • Regular Medical Check-upsAttend regular medical check-ups to monitor overall health and address any emerging issues promptly. Regular assessments contribute to proactive management.

C. Yoga for paralysis

Yoga, with its holistic approach to physical and mental well-being, can be a beneficial complement to the management of paralysis. However, it’s crucial to approach yoga practices under the guidance of a qualified instructor, ensuring that exercises are adapted to individual capabilities. Here are some yoga practices suitable for individuals managing paralysis:

  • Adaptive Asanas (Yoga Poses): Engage in adaptive yoga poses that cater to the individual’s range of motion and abilities. Poses can be modified with the use of props and support, focusing on gentle stretches and strengthening.
  • Pranayama (Breath Control): Practice pranayama techniques, emphasizing slow and mindful breathing. Techniques like diaphragmatic breathing and alternate nostril breathing can enhance respiratory function and promote relaxation.
  • MeditationIncorporate meditation into the routine to cultivate mental calmness and focus. Mindful meditation practices contribute to stress reduction and emotional well-being.
  • Chair Yoga: Explore chair yoga, where poses and stretches are adapted for individuals who may need to remain seated or have limited mobility. This form of yoga provides the benefits of movement within a comfortable and supportive setting.
  • Visualization Techniques: Utilize visualization techniques during meditation to create a positive mental outlook. Imagining the body’s healing process and envisioning improved mobility can positively impact the mind-body connection.
  • Restorative YogaInclude restorative yoga poses that involve gentle stretches and relaxation. These poses, supported by props, encourage deep relaxation and can alleviate tension in the muscles.


    • Ayurvedic treatment is personalized, making it adaptable for individuals of all ages and health conditions.
    • The timeline for recovery varies based on individual factors, but Ayurveda focuses on sustainable and long-term healing.
    • Ayurveda suggests dietary modifications based on individual dosha imbalances, promoting a balanced and nourishing diet.
    • Ayurveda encompasses a holistic approach, incorporating herbal remedies, lifestyle modifications, and therapeutic practices.

Uniqueness of our therapies  

At Arogya Mandir – Shri Siddhanath Ayurvedic Hospital, Miraj, we delve deeply into the ayurvedic examination of each patient. Utilizing noninvasive Ayurvedic diagnostic tools such as Ashtavidha Parikshan and Nadi Parikshan, we precisely determine the pathogenesis of the disease and then prescribe therapies tailored to the specific condition. This approach leads to expedited results.

Our therapies boast the following distinctive features:
– Tranquil and hygienic therapy rooms staffed with trained therapists in a positive environment.
– Selection of appropriate massage oil based on the patient’s Prakruti and the condition of the disease.
– Complimentary Prakruti and Dhatu Sarata examinations before the commencement of therapies.
– Authenticated procedures for each therapy.
– Judicious use of herbal medicines and instruments during the therapy sessions.
– Specialized rooms equipped with all facilities for inpatient care.

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