Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis its Treatment by Ayurveda


Brain health is a growing and emerging concept that encloses neural development, functioning, plasticity, and recovery over the life track. A good brain is a condition in which each individual may perceive their own abilities and manage their emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological functioning that cope with life circumstances. If brain health is not good it will hamper all normal neurological functioning and may lead to a number of neurological and neurodevelopmental diseases. These types of health concerns require promotive treatment, preventive treatment, care as well as rehabilitation throughout their lifespan. In this article, we are going to study one such degenerative neurological condition – Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis and its ayurvedic management. So let’s see further all about this degenerative condition.       

       Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis


ADEM is one of the demyelinating conditions which involves a severe streak of inflammation in the CNS (Central Nervous System). It includes parts like the spinal cord, brain, and optic nerves sometimes. The swelling occurs on ADEM and damages the myelin sheath thus leading to various symptoms. This condition may follow bacterial, or viral infections and less often the vaccination MMR (measles, mumps, and rubella). ADEM damages the white matter which further leads to neurological symptoms. This condition is sometimes misdiagnosed with the first attack of MS (multiple sclerosis) as the imaging in both the demyelinating condition is the same. Let us now learn more about this disease below.   


  • It is a rare disease that is estimated to affect 1 in 1 lakh 25,000 – 2 lakh 50,000 individuals per year. 
  • The majority of cases may be seen in children (mostly younger than 10 years and less commonly between 10 – 20 years. 
  • In adults, this condition occurs mostly between the ages of 18-82.
  • Male: female ratio is 1.3:1 and more often occurs in the season of spring and winter. 
  • There are some risk factors for ADEM which include genetics, immunization exposure, infectious organisms, and light skin pigmentation.
  • This condition occurs worldwide and is susceptible to all ethnic groups.  
  • Out of all cases of ADEM, 50% to 75% of cases are developed by following any vaccination or infection among which the majority of the cases are led by bacterial or viral infection.  


  • The exact cause of ADEM is unknown but most of the clinical diagnoses agree that this condition more likely results from a response of an abnormal immune system against infection or any other trigger.
  • This arises from autoimmune conditions, in which the body’s own natural defense attacks its own healthy tissues by perceiving them as foreign bodies.  
  • Upper respiratory infections are one of the most common causes of ADEM.
  • Specific infections that lead to ADEM are as follows: 
  1. Influenza
  2. Measles
  3. Mumps
  4. Rubella
  5. Varicella-zoster
  6. Epstein Barr virus
  7. Cytomegalovirus
  8. Herpes simplex virus

Less commonly ADEM may occur following any vaccination, some of the vaccinations are mentioned as follows:

  1. Smallpox vaccination
  2. MMR (vaccination for measles, mumps, and rubella) 
  3. Immunization against whooping cough
  4. Immunization against influenza
  • Most rarely the chances of developing ADEM are from an organ transplant.  


People over 50% experience symptoms within two weeks of the condition and usually a viral or bacterial infection in the upper respiratory tract. The symptoms experienced by a patient of ADEM are written as follows: 

  •  Headache
  •  Fatigue 
  •  Fever
  •  Nausea
  •  Vomiting  
  •  Stiff neck
  •  Balance problems
  •  Drowsiness
  •  Difficulty swallowing 
  •  Difficulty speaking 
  •  Seizures
  •  Coma 


The diagnosis of Disseminated encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is done by using several different diagnostic techniques. A proper medical and physical history is needed which includes the brain, optic nerves, spine, and peripheral nerves. A clinical diagnosis is done by asking a few questions about the symptoms, any infection history, family history, checking muscle strength, ability to walk, coordination, eye examination, etc. Proper imaging is done for checking any kind of demyelination such as MRI which shows different patterns of demyelination that clears the diagnosis.  


Differential diagnosis of ADEM includes the following:

  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Optic neuritis
  • Transverse myelitis
  • Neuromyelitis Optica
  • Rheumatological conditions 


Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis (ADEM) is one of the demyelinating diseases and is basically a neurological disorder. As per Ayurveda, it can be correlated to vata vyadhi which generally denotes neurological conditions in the field of Ayurveda. Basically, ADEM has a degenerative effect on myelin sheath so vata dosha aggravation is the reason behind it. When the vata dosha aggravates it directly causes depletion of dhatus, by depletion of dhatus the degeneration occurs, so it may cause demyelination of myelin sheath. That’s why the management of Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis as per ayurveda is to balance the vata dosha and prevent degeneration. Now let’s discuss the management of Demyelinating Diseases by Planet Ayurveda.               


Planet Ayurveda is a GMP-certified clinic that has been working for many years under the rules of Ayurveda – A Holistic science. They formed their own herbal remedies under the strict observance of M.D. Ayurveda practitioners. All these remedies are devoid of any kind of added preservatives, color, fiber, gums, resins, and any kind of synthetic materials. As we read earlier for the management of ADEM there is a need to pacify vata dosha and prevent the further depletion of the myelin sheath. For this purpose Planet Ayurveda provides you with 5 remedies that we are going to discuss below: 

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Herbal Remedies For Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis

Herbal Remedies For Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis

Products Description


Brahmi Capsules by Planet Ayurveda is a miraculous herbal remedy that consists of a standardized extract of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). Brahmi is one of the best nervine tonics which regulates the nervous system by pacifying the vata dosha. These herbal capsules possess very miraculous antioxidant effects that reduce the formation of free radicals and prevent oxidative stress. It is useful in conditions that are related to neurodegeneration due to its wonderful anti-inflammatory effects. Brahmi consists of potent brain-boosting properties and is used as a memory enhancer, aphrodisiac, and health tonic. So these properties of Brahmi made these capsules effective for managing ADEM. 

Dosage  2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.         


Ashwagandha capsules are a herbal remedy by Planet Ayurveda consisting of a standardized extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). Ashwagandha provides strength and immunity to the body and relieves associated symptoms of demyelinating diseases such as muscle pain, weakness, spasm, weakness in limbs, and various other symptoms. It consists of potent adaptogenic properties which aid in decreasing any kind of stress in the body which is the main cause behind any degeneration in the body. These are the miraculous properties of Ashwagandha capsules that promote positive results in the management of ADEM.    

Dosage  1 capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.   


Vrihat vatchintamani ras is a classical ayurvedic formulation that is formulated by Planet Ayurveda under the strict observance of M.D. Ayurveda practitioners. This ayurvedic formulation is present in tablet form and consists of ingredients such as Swarna bhasma (calyx of gold), Rajat bhasma (calyx of silver), loha bhasma (clay of iron), kumari ras (Aloe barbadensis) and various others. This formulation is one of the best rasayana for vata disorders, as we studied earlier, vata dosha aggravation is the main cause behind the demyelination of the myelin sheath. So by providing rejuvenating properties it helps in preventing degeneration and promoting the regeneration of myelin sheath.   

Dosage  1 tablet twice daily with plain water after meals.  


Musli strength capsules by Planet Ayurveda are a miraculous capsule formulation for boosting strength and immunity. These herbal capsules consist of standardized extracts of two herbs such as safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) and gokshura (Tribulus terrestris). It consists of miraculous immune-boosting properties which help in alleviating fever, and fatigue-like symptoms. The herb is full of adaptogenic, strengthening, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. The adaptogenic property relieves any kind of stress and prevents degeneration of the myelin sheath. The other property of muscle strength capsules is to boost the strength in the body.      

 Dosage  2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.      


Atirasadi churna by Planet Ayurveda is a herbal formulation prepared in powder form. This herbal powder consists of ingredients like safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum), kali musli (Curculigo orchioides), gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris), and various others. The herbal powder consists of miraculous strengthening properties which promote the overall strength of the body. The immune-boosting properties aid in boosting the immunity of the person affected with demyelinating disease as well as prevent the degeneration of the myelin sheath. Thus atirasadi churna is effective in alleviating symptoms such as muscle weakness, pain, muscle spasm, fatigue, and various associated conditions. 

Dosage 1 tsp twice daily with plain water after meals.        



ADEM is one of the demyelinating conditions which involves a severe streak of inflammation in the CNS (Central Nervous System). Brain health is very important by which each individual may perceive their own abilities and manage their emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and psychological functioning that cope with life circumstances. The condition of ADEM leads to demyelination of the myelin sheath which further affects brain health. ADEM causes hampering of neurological functioning which shows symptoms affecting the day-to-day activities of the person. So the management of such neurological conditions is very important. As per ayurveda ADEM occurs as a result of vata dosha aggravation and dhatu depletion. In this article, we also mentioned the management as per ayurveda and for the same purpose the remedies provided by Planet Ayurveda. These remedies are free from any kind of added synthetic material and preservatives. So feel free to consume these remedies and make your life easier.      

Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. He is Author of the Book "Ayurveda – God’s Manual For Healing". He is an Ayurveda Expert Serving People worldwide through all the Possible Mediums, Operating from Main Branch in Mohali, India. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit

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