Ayurvedic Treatment Of Benign Essential Tremor At Central India

About Benign Essential Tremor –

Essential tremor, also known as benign essential tremor, is a brain disorder that causes a part of your body to shake uncontrollably. The unintentional shaking motion is called a tremor.  Tremor is an involuntary, rhythmic shaking movement produced when muscles repeatedly contract and relax. It usually affects arms and less in legs which cause inability to do fine works, usually of unknown etiology.

However, the following can also be affected:

  • head
  • face
  • tongue
  • neck
  • torso

In rare cases, tremors can occur in the legs and feet. Although usually not a dangerous condition, essential tremor worsens over time and can be severe in some people.

It isn’t caused by other diseases although it is sometimes confused with Parkinson’s disease. Essential tremor can occur at any stage but it is most common in people of the age of 40 and above.

Causes of Essential Tremor

Hand tremors can occur due to different causes including the following:

  • Diseases like Parkinson’s, peripheral neuropathy, dystonia, hyperthyroidism, hypoglycemia, multiple sclerosis, stroke, and brain tumors
  • Mental health disorders
  • Physical exhaustion
  • Alcoholism and alcohol withdrawal
  • Addiction of drugs such as cocaine
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • General aging
  • Fatigue
  • Side effects of certain medications like antidepressants
  • Withdrawal of certain medications like benzodiazepine

The Symptoms of Essential Tremor-

The tremors associated with essential tremor are small, rapid movements. You may experience tremors constantly, frequently, or occasionally. Both sides of your body may or may not be equally affected. Most people experience tremors when they’re trying to do something, such as tying their shoelaces. These tremors are known as “action tremors.” Other people may experience tremors when they’re not doing anything. These are called “tremors at rest.”

Tremors can range from minor to severe. Your tremors may be so minor that they don’t affect your everyday life, or they may be severe enough to interfere with your normal activities.

The following are symptoms of essential tremor in different parts of the body:

  • You may experience noticeable shakiness in the hands or arms when trying to do activities with your hands.
  • Tremors in the head and neck can make your head shake in a “yes-yes” or no-no side motion.
  • Parts of your face may appear to twitch, such as your eyelids.
  • Tremors in the tongue or voice box can make your voice sound shaky when you’re speaking.
  • Tremors in your core, legs, and feet can cause problems with balance. They can also make your gait, or the way you walk, appear abnormal.

Certain factors may make your tremors temporarily worse, including:

  • emotional stress
  • fatigue
  • hunger
  • very cold or very hot temperatures
  • caffeinated drinks
  • smoking cigarettes

The Risk Factors for Essential Tremor-

People are at a higher risk of developing essential tremor if they’re over age 40.

Genetics can also affect risk. Essential tremor may be inherited, but it can also occur in people who don’t have a family history of the condition. When there’s a family history of essential tremor, it’s called familial tremor. Your child has a 50 percent chance of developing essential tremor if you have the disorder.

Ayurvedic Treatment Of Benign Essential Tremor At Central India

  1. Agni Dipana

2. Anulomana

3. Use Of Madhura Rasa

4. Use of Sthira Guna Ousada

5. Brmhana Treatment

Medications For Essential Tremor In Ayurveda

Medications for essential tremor include the following:

Kalyanaka Ghrita

Kalyanaka Ghrita is an Ayurvedic medicine, in herbal ghee form.This medicine has ghee as its base. It is used for the preparatory procedure for Panchakarma and also as a medicine. It is also known as Kalyanaka ghritam.

Kalyanaka Ghrita benefits: 

It is used as medicine and also in the preparatory procedure called Sneha karma for the treatment of a cough, anemia, epilepsy, psychosis, schizophrenia, infertility, inflammatory conditions, fever, lack of memory etc.

Kalyanaka Ghritham Ingredients: 

Triphala – Haritaki – Terminalia chebula, Vibhitaki – Terminalia bellirica, Amla – Emblica officinalis – 12 g each
Vishala – Citrulus cholocynthis
Bhadra ela – Amomum subulatum
Devadaru – Cedrus deodara
Elavaluka – Prunus avium
Sariva – Hemidesmus indicus
Haridra – Turmeric
Daruharidra – Berberis aristata
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prishnaparni – Uraria picta
Phalini – Callicarpa macrophylla
Nata – Valeriana wallichi
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Manjishta – Rubia cordifolia
Nagakeshara – Mesua ferrea
Dadimaphalatwak – Punica granatum
Vella – Embelia ribes
Talisapatra – Abbies webbiana
Ela – Cardamom
Malati – Jasminum sambac
Utpala – Nymphea stellata
Danti – Baliospermum montanum
Padmaka – Prunus poddum
Hima – Sandalwood – Santalum album
Sarpi – ghee – 768 g
The above combination is heated till herbal ghee is prepared.

Kalyanaka Ghrita reference: 
Ashtanga Hrudayam Uttarasthana 6/26 – 28, Sahasrayoga.

Dosage: 20ml  + Ashwagandha Churna gm – with milk at night.

Orila Kshira pakam – 50 ml once in a day after food

Sahacharadi Thailam

Sahacharadi Thailam is an Ayurvedic herbal oil used in the treatment of Vata imbalance disorders, muscle and joint stiffness and convulsions. It is used orally and also for massage.

Sahacharadi Tailam uses:

 It is useful in the Ayurvedic treatment of Vata diseases, tremors, convulsions, psychosis, the stiffness of thigh, muscle cramps, and muscle wasting.

It helps to relieve rhinitis and sinusitis.

It is useful in gynecological disorders.

Sahacharadi Thailam ingredients and how to make:

Coarse powder of –
Sahachara – Strobilanthes ciliates – 4.8 kg
480 grams of each of
Bilva – Aegle marmelos
Agnimantha – Premna mucronata
Shyonaka – Oroxylum indicum
Gambhari – Gmelina arborea
Patala – Stereospermum suaveolens
Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
Prinshnaparni – Urarica picta
Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris
Brihati – Solanum indicum
Kantakari – Solanum xanthocarpum
Abhiru – Asparagus racemosus – 2.4 kg
Water for decoction – 49.152 liters, boiled and reduced to 12.288 liters, filtered.

Paste prepared from fine powders of 48 g of each of
Sevya – Khus Khus – Vetiveria zizanioides
Nakha – Capparis sepiaria
Kushta – Saussurea lappa
Hima – Sandalwood – Santalum album
Ela – Cardamom – Elettaria cardamomum
Sprikka – Anisomeles malabarica
Priyangu – Callicarpa macrophylla
Nalika – Hibiscus cannabinus
Ambu – Pavonia odorata
Shaileya – Parmelia perlata
Lohita – Indian Madder (root) – Rubia cordifolia
Nalada – Nardostachys jatamansi
Loha (Agaru) – Aquilaria agallocha
Surahva – Himalayan cedar (bark) – Cedrus deodara
Choraka – Angelica glauca
Mishi – Indian Dill – Anethum sowa
Turushka – Liquid amber orientalis
Nata – Indian valerian (root) – Valeriana wallichi
Ksheera – Cow milk – 3.072 liters
Taila – Sesame oil – Sesamum indicum – 3.072 liters
The above set of ingredients is heated till only oil remains, filtered.

Reference of Sahacharadi Tel: Ashtanga Hrudayam Chikitsa Sthana 29 / 66-68

Dosage: Sahacharadi Tailam for head applications and Nasayam. Nasyam with Tailam is indicated in brain disorders.

Kapikacchu Churnam

Kapikacchu – Mucuna prurient is a very famous multi-faceted herb of Ayurveda, with immense health benefits. Its usage is spread from an aphrodisiac to neurological conditions. Its extract – L-dopa is widely used in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.

Dosage: 1 teaspoon with milk in the morning + Dandanayana Churnam – 3gm.
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