Paralysis means the loss of movement and sometimes even sensation in the affected parts of the body. Paralysis can affect either one body part half the body or the whole body. According to Ayurveda, this ailment is caused by the aggravation of Vata dosha in the body. As you may know, according to Ayurveda the body is governed by three Doshas – Vata Pitta and Kapha. Any imbalance in these doshas leads to ailments in the body. This is the reason that Ayurveda aims at correcting the imbalance in the dosha and this is a holistic system of treatment, unlike the allopathic system. With paralysis Ayurvedic treatment the so-called incurable ailments like paralysis can also be cured in many cases. Even if the ailment is not completely cured then the patient at least becomes independent and the disease can be managed properly.
Causes of Paralysis According to Ayurveda
As mentioned the main cause of paralysis as described in Ayurveda is the aggravation of Vata dosha in the brain. Continuous exposure to stress, very strenuous exercise, sleeplessness, or obstruction of the channels of the brain can lead to the aggravation of the Vata dosha. Then again sometimes injury to the head or the spinal cord can also cause paralysis. In the case of injury, Ayurveda can help the patient to overcome the dependence caused by the ailment. This is because paralysis treatment in Ayurveda is a holistic system of treatment.
Symptoms of Paralysis
The complete or partial loss of nerve functions in a part of the body or the whole body. The part of the body that loses the functionality also loses sensation in that part. This, in turn, leads to impaired voluntary movement and there also may be impairment of speech. The person may also experience impairment in the functioning of the brain causing memory loss or loss of proper mental function.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Paralysis
The best Ayurvedic treatment for paralysis can be found in multi-specialty Ayurvedic hospitals especially in India. These Ayurvedic hospitals are quite modern because they use modern systems like laboratory tests, CT scan and other diagnostic methods created by modern science. However, their methods of treatment are based on the principles of the ancient Ayurvedic system of medicine. As mentioned above paralysis is caused by the aggravation of the Vata dosha and hence the treatment aims at treating this dosha with the help of herbal and mineral medicine. Apart from this, some therapies are also used which aim at restoring the movement and sensation in the muscles which have become impaired due to paralysis.
- The treatment of paralysis includes Shiro abhyanga which is mainly the application of herbal oils on the head. This calms the nerves of the head and has a major impact on the brain. Shariraabhyanga is the application of herbal oils on the whole body, especially the part of the body which has been affected by paralysis.
- Shirodhara is a special treatment which again involves the application of oil to the head. Sarvangadhara treatment is done by applying bundles of herbs in a cotton cloth, which are steam heated. These cotton bags of herbs are pressed against the affected parts of the body.
- Pinda Sweda treatment is a mild oil application which the help of special milk rice bundles made of cheesecloth and to these rice herbs are also added to aid the treatment of the patient.