Parkinsonism, a neurodegenerative disorder affecting movement, has gained increased attention in recent years. While Western medicine offers conventional treatments, Ayurveda, an ancient holistic healing system, provides a unique perspective on Parkinsonism.

Understanding Parkinsonism

Parkinsonism, a neurological condition intricately entwined with the hallmark features of tremors, bradykinesia (slowness of movement), and muscle rigidity, casts a profound shadow over the lives of those grappling with its effects. This condition, often synonymous with Parkinson’s disease, manifests in a spectrum of symptoms that collectively impede normal motor function and daily activities.

Ayurveda: A Holistic Approach

Parkinson’s Disease, recognized as Kampavata in Ayurveda, unfolds as a neurological challenge where the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda provides unique insights into its manifestation, causes, and potential interventions. Ayurveda, the holistic science of life, perceives health as a harmonious balance of bodily energies known as doshas – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. In the context of Parkinson’s, an aggravated Vata dosha plays a pivotal role.

A. Understanding Kampavata:

Ayurveda views Parkinson’s as an expression of Kampavata, where ‘Kampa’ refers to tremors, a cardinal feature of the condition. The aggravation of Vata, associated with air and space elements, manifests as tremors, stiffness, and disturbances in coordinated movements, aligning with Parkinson’s clinical presentation.

B. Causes of Parkinsonism:

Ayurveda, the ancient science of life, attributes the manifestation of Parkinsonism, or Kampavata, to an intricate interplay of imbalances within the body’s doshas and other vital elements. Understanding the Ayurvedic perspective on the causes of Parkinsonism provides valuable insights into its multifaceted origins:

1. Vata Dosha Imbalance:
  • The primary factor, according to Ayurveda, is an aggravated Vata dosha. Vata, associated with the air and space elements, governs movement and coordination. When Vata is imbalanced, it leads to tremors, stiffness, and disrupted motor functions characteristic of Parkinsonism.
2. Accumulation of Ama (Toxins):
  • Ayurveda emphasizes the accumulation of ama, or toxins, as a contributing factor. Poor digestion and lifestyle choices can result in the build-up of ama, which interferes with the smooth functioning of the nervous system, exacerbating Vata imbalance.
3. Improper Diet and Lifestyle:
  • Unwholesome dietary habits and a sedentary lifestyle play a significant role. Consuming Vata-aggravating foods, such as dry and cold items, and leading a physically inactive life contribute to the derangement of Vata dosha.
4. Emotional Stress:
  • Emotional stress is considered a potent trigger for Parkinsonism in Ayurveda. Stress disrupts the balance of doshas, particularly Vata, impacting the nervous system and contributing to the onset and progression of the condition.
  • Continue negative thinking and reduced happiness and excitement for longer time also contribute in parkinson’s disease.
5. Genetic Predisposition:
  • Ayurveda acknowledges the role of genetic factors in certain cases. An inherited susceptibility to Vata imbalance can increase the likelihood of Parkinsonism, especially when combined with environmental triggers.
6. Aging Process:
  • The natural aging process is also recognized as a factor in Ayurveda. As individuals age, there is a natural tendency for Vata dosha to increase, and this physiological change can contribute to the prevalence of Parkinsonism in older populations.

 C. Process behind Parkinsonism:

According to Ayurveda, the occurrence of Parkinsonism unfolds through a series of interconnected imbalances. The journey begins with the frequent intake of causative factors coupled with a low level of satva, leading to an elevation of Vata dosha. As Vata becomes aggravated, mental imbalance and overthinking ensue, further destabilizing the delicate equilibrium of the mind and Vata dosha. In an attempt to restore balance, the body grapples with the increasing instability of Vata dosha, but the persistent rise weakens the mind. This accumulation of Vata in the body, coupled with the inability to maintain equilibrium, results in a cascade of events marked by involuntary movements. Ultimately, the culmination of these factors manifests as Parkinsonism, highlighting the intricate connection between mental well-being, Vata dosha, and the physiological manifestations of this neurological condition.

D. Symptoms of Parkinsonism:

Early signs – 

Before the overt onset of Parkinsonism, individuals may experience subtle prodromal signs, providing an early glimpse into the impending neurological challenges:

  • Feeling of Emptiness in Head RegionA precursor to Parkinsonism can manifest as a peculiar sensation of emptiness within the head region, hinting at underlying neurological changes.
  • Excessive DreamsProdromal phases may be characterized by an increase in vivid and excessive dreaming, reflecting alterations in neural activity that precede the more pronounced symptoms.
  • Frequent GoosebumpsThe occurrence of frequent goosebumps can be an early indicator, suggesting disturbances in the autonomic nervous system linked to the emerging Parkinsonian condition.
  • Digestive DisordersGastrointestinal irregularities may surface as prodromal signs, indicating the intricate connection between the gut and the nervous system in the progression of Parkinsonism.
  • Reduced Hobbies and InterestsA subtle withdrawal from hobbies and interests may signify early neurological changes, as the individual begins to grapple with the evolving impact on motor and cognitive functions.


As Parkinsonism advances, the signs and symptoms become more pronounced:
  • Involuntary Movements (Tremors): A hallmark sign of Parkinsonism, involuntary movements or tremors, often manifest initially in the hands and progress over time.
  • Muscle Stiffness and Difficulty in MobilityProgressive muscle stiffness becomes apparent, hindering normal mobility, walking, and standing, reflecting the impact on motor coordination.
  • Sleep Disturbance: Parkinsonism can disrupt the sleep cycle, leading to disturbances such as insomnia or interrupted sleep patterns, further impacting overall well-being.
  • Fatigue: Individuals may experience heightened fatigue, contributing to a sense of lethargy and reduced energy levels as the condition progresses.
  • Difficulty in Speaking: Articulation challenges emerge, with difficulty in speaking clearly and coherently, underscoring the impact of Parkinsonism on fine motor control.
  • Reduced Senses: A decline in sensory perception becomes evident, affecting various senses such as smell and taste, as the neurological changes extend beyond motor functions.


Ayurvedic Remedies in Ayurveda

A. Herbal remedies: 

In Ayurveda, the management of Parkinsonism involves a comprehensive approach, incorporating herbal formulations renowned for their neuroprotective and balancing properties. These Ayurvedic medicines aim to pacify aggravated Vata dosha, address underlying imbalances, and support overall neurological health. Some notable Ayurvedic medicines for Parkinsonism include:

  1. AshwagandhaAshwagandha, an adaptogenic herb, is celebrated for its neuroprotective effects. It helps reduce stress, enhances cognitive function, and supports the nervous system, providing valuable support in managing Parkinsonism.
  2. BrahmiBrahmi, known for its cognitive-enhancing properties, aids in improving memory and cognitive function. It plays a crucial role in alleviating mental stress and enhancing overall brain health.
  3. KapikachhuMucuna Pruriens, a natural source of L-DOPA, a precursor to dopamine, is beneficial in managing Parkinsonism symptoms. It helps optimize dopamine levels, addressing the neurotransmitter imbalance associated with the condition.
  4. GuggulGuggul, renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, aids in reducing inflammation and promoting joint flexibility. In the context of Parkinsonism, it contributes to overall physical well-being.

B. Ayurvedic therapies 

Ayurveda, with its holistic approach, offers therapeutic interventions to manage Parkinsonism by addressing the root causes and harmonizing the imbalances within the body. These Ayurvedic therapies aim to enhance neuroprotection, restore vitality, and promote overall well-being:
1. Panchakarma:
  • Virechana (Purgation): Utilizes herbal formulations to eliminate excess Vata and toxins from the body, promoting detoxification and balancing doshas.
  • Basti (Enema): A medicated enema with nourishing oils or herbal decoctions to pacify Vata dosha and rejuvenate the nervous system.
2. Abhyanga (Ayurvedic Massage):
  • Therapeutic oil massage, especially with Vata-pacifying oils, helps alleviate stiffness, improves blood circulation, and provides a soothing effect on the nervous system.
3. Shirodhara:
  • A continuous flow of warm medicated oil onto the forehead (third eye) induces a state of deep relaxation, calming the mind, and supporting neurological balance.
4. Nasya:
  • Administering medicated oils or herbal preparations through the nasal passages helps clear nasal congestion, enhance sensory functions, and address Vata imbalances in the head region.
5. Rasayana Therapies:
  • Incorporating rejuvenating Rasayana treatments with specific herbs helps strengthen the immune system, nourish tissues, and promote longevity, benefiting those with Parkinsonism.

Diet and Lifestyle in Ayurveda

A. Dietary recommendation 

Ayurveda emphasizes the pivotal role of diet in managing Parkinsonism by focusing on foods that pacify aggravated Vata dosha, enhance digestive fire, and provide nourishment to the nervous system. The following dietary guidelines can support individuals with Parkinsonism:

  • Warm and Moist FoodsPrioritize warm and moist foods to balance Vata dosha. Incorporate soups, stews, cooked vegetables, and freshly prepared, warm meals into your daily diet.
  • Ghee (Clarified Butter): Ghee is revered in Ayurveda for its nourishing properties. Including moderate amounts of pure ghee in your diet can aid in lubricating joints and supporting overall neurological health.
  • Cooked GrainsOpt for cooked grains like rice, quinoa, and oats. These provide a wholesome source of energy while being easy to digest, supporting digestive strength.
  • Nourishing OilsInclude nourishing oils such as sesame oil, olive oil, or coconut oil in your cooking. These oils contribute to the lubrication of joints and assist in maintaining flexibility.
  • Herbs and SpicesIntegrate Vata-pacifying herbs and spices into your meals. Turmeric, cumin, fennel, ginger, and asafoetida (hing) possess anti-inflammatory properties and aid in digestion.
  • Fresh FruitsChoose ripe, sweet fruits such as bananas, avocados, and berries. These fruits provide essential nutrients and natural sweetness without aggravating Vata.
  • Cooked VegetablesEmphasize the consumption of cooked, easily digestible vegetables. Steamed or sautéed vegetables like carrots, zucchini, and sweet potatoes are beneficial.
  • Warm LiquidsSip on warm, herbal teas throughout the day. Ginger tea and chamomile tea can have calming effects and support digestion.
  • Avoid Cold and Raw FoodsMinimize the intake of cold and raw foods as they can aggravate Vata dosha. Opt for warm, cooked meals to soothe the nervous system.
  • HydrationStay adequately hydrated with warm water. Sipping warm water throughout the day helps maintain hydration and supports the digestive process.

B. Lifestyle modification for Parkinsonism: 

Ayurveda places a significant emphasis on lifestyle modifications to manage Parkinsonism by creating an environment that supports overall well-being and addresses specific imbalances associated with the condition. Adopting these Ayurvedic lifestyle practices can contribute to enhanced neurological health:
  • Regulated Routine (Dinacharya): Establish a consistent daily routine, aligning activities with the natural rhythms of the day. Adequate sleep, regular meals, and structured daily activities help maintain balance.
  • Adequate Rest and SleepPrioritize sufficient rest and quality sleep. Creating a calming bedtime routine and ensuring a restful sleep environment contribute to overall nervous system support.
  • Stress ManagementIncorporate stress management techniques into daily life. Practices such as meditation, deep breathing exercises, and mindfulness help alleviate stress and contribute to mental calmness.
  • Optimal Exposure to Sunlight: Spend time outdoors, especially during the early morning. Exposure to natural sunlight supports the body’s circadian rhythm and enhances mood.
  • Avoid OverexertionPractice moderation in physical activities to avoid overexertion. Balancing physical activity with periods of rest prevents excessive strain on the body.
  • Nourishing Social ConnectionsFoster positive social interactions. Spending time with loved ones, engaging in meaningful conversations, and participating in supportive communities contribute to emotional well-being.
  • Balanced Work-Life Integration: Strive for a balance between work and leisure. Avoid excessive work-related stress and create space for recreational activities that bring joy and relaxation.
  • Maintain a Positive MindsetCultivate a positive outlook on life. Focus on gratitude, engage in activities that bring joy, and nurture a mindset that supports emotional resilience.
  • Ayurvedic Mind-Body PracticesExplore Ayurvedic mind-body practices such as Shirodhara (oil pouring on the forehead) and Nasya (nasal administration of medicated oils) for additional support in managing neurological health.

Yoga and Meditation

Yoga and meditation play pivotal roles in managing Parkinsonism, offering a holistic approach to enhance physical flexibility, mental clarity, and emotional well-being. These practices are tailored to address the specific challenges associated with Parkinsonism:

  • Gentle Yoga AsanasIncorporate gentle yoga poses that focus on flexibility, balance, and strength. Seated poses, modified Sun Salutations, and slow-paced movements help improve overall body coordination.
  • Balancing AsanasEmphasize balancing poses to enhance stability. Tree pose, Warrior II, and Tadasana (Mountain Pose) promote body awareness and improve equilibrium, addressing balance issues associated with Parkinsonism.
  • Pranayama (Breath Control): Practice pranayama techniques, such as deep diaphragmatic breathing and alternate nostril breathing. Controlled breathing enhances lung capacity, oxygenates the brain, and promotes a sense of calmness.
  • Mindfulness MeditationEngage in mindfulness meditation to cultivate present-moment awareness. Mindful breathing and body scan meditations help reduce stress, enhance concentration, and foster a positive mental outlook.
  • Yoga NidraExperience Yoga Nidra, a guided meditation for deep relaxation. This practice helps alleviate stress, enhances sleep quality, and supports overall neurological health.
  • Chair YogaAdapt traditional yoga poses to a seated or supported position. Chair yoga allows individuals with limited mobility to benefit from the therapeutic aspects of yoga, improving joint flexibility and muscle tone.
  • Dynamic Stretching: Integrate dynamic stretching into the yoga routine. These controlled, repetitive movements improve muscle flexibility, reduce stiffness, and contribute to enhanced mobility.
  • Mind-Body Connection PracticesEmphasize mind-body connection through visualization techniques. Visualization enhances neural pathways, fostering improved communication between the brain and body.
  • Yoga for Stress ReductionIncorporate stress-reducing yoga practices. Restorative yoga poses, such as Savasana (Corpse Pose) and supported backbends, promote relaxation and help manage stress levels.


    • Ayurveda is often used as a complementary approach. Consultation with healthcare professionals is crucial for integrated care.
    • Individual responses vary. Some may experience improvement sooner, while others may require more time. Patience is key.
    • Ayurveda’s focus on preventive care may contribute to overall well-being, potentially reducing the risk of neurodegenerative conditions.

When administered under the guidance of a qualified practitioner, Ayurvedic treatments typically have minimal side effects. However, individual reactions may vary.

    • Ongoing research aims to validate Ayurvedic treatments scientifically. Collaborative studies between Ayurvedic and Western medicine researchers contribute to this effort.

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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