Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

NATURAL TREATMENT FOR MUSICIAN’S DYSTONIA

ABSTRACT

Musician’s dystonia is the task specific movement disorder which is most severe one amongst instrumental performer disorders. It is also known as musician’s cramp. Musician’s dystonia can be of two types, i.e. embouchure dystonia and focal hand dystonia. In this movement disorder there occurs loss of voluntary motor control and continuous incoordination of muscles while performing the highly trained task specific movements like playing a specific musical instrument. Usually there is no pain in this disorder however it can occur sometimes as a form of strain due to the compensatory use of antagonist muscles for a dystonic movement. In this article, all about Musician’s dystonia and herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda to manage and treat this condition is discussed well.

INTRODUCTION

Task specific focal dystonia along with several other occupational ailments are commonly found in professional musicians, who are using the particular type of musical instrument for long term. Many cases of focal dystonia are left undiagnosed and untreated as per the estimate by experts. Males are more prone to develop this condition as compared to females and in less than half of the cases, family history of dystonia is also found. In this condition, the mostly used or most active digits of hands are affected, hence the affected digits can differ depending upon their use in playing the instrument. Musician’s dystonia is usually left undiagnosed due to the absence of pain and its intermittent nature. It is also confused with certain tendon pathology or overuse disorder. This condition is considered to arise from the certain changes in the brain that occur while attaining the advanced musical techniques and skills.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

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There are various signs and symptoms which appear gradually in musician’s dystonia

  • Initially the musician suffers from lapses while performing, which usually is in an instinctive ability of a performer. This condition is most of the time ignored considering it to be lack of preparation or faults in techniques
  • Usually the people playing guitar, piano and brass instruments get affected by this condition. The symptoms come up only while playing the instrument otherwise there is no problem in performing any other activity
  • People playing piano commonly have the complaints in right hand specifically the fingers
  • Person playing guitar gets the symptom in left hand while percussionists and guitarist observe complaints in any of the both hands
  • An individual playing brass instrument develop symptoms in the jaw and corners of the mouth while those playing woodwind gets trouble in embouchure or hands
  • Usually none of these musicians have any kind of pain
  • Inability to play the particular instrument like fingers starts to shake, hands stop moving or freezes or clenching of fingers occur while playing the instrument

CAUSES

Musician’s dystonia is a neurological disorder which acts just like a computer virus which corrupts the whole program; this form of dystonia affects the sensory motor programs in the brain, those contain all the information about playing an instrument.

Basically, musician’s dystonia occurs when abnormal changes are seen in the communication of body parts with the brain via nerves. This results in incoordination between instructions given by the brain and inability of the parts to execute those movements. Generally, this abnormality of coordination between the brain and other body parts remains unknown. However, there are certain triggering factors also like injury to the affected body part, certain infections, stroke, adverse reactions to medication, Parkinson’s disease and carbon monoxide poisoning. Besides this, there can be some instrument related risk factors like practicing too much or prolonged performance time, playing a new instrument, changes in technique, or nerve injury leading to changes.

DIAGNOSIS

Usually the medical history, occupational history and information about the medications you take, can help in suspecting the condition. Many times, musician’s dystonia is incorrectly diagnosed as overuse injury. However MRI, CT scans and electromyography can help in confirming the diagnosis.

TREATMENT

Conventionally musician’s dystonia is considered to be incurable. However certain medications are used to manage the condition like anticholinergics which helps in blocking the transmission of nerves to the affected muscles. But these medicines can result in various side effects and cannot be used for long term.

On the other hand Ayurveda is the natural science or science of life which deals and treats the disease with the help of natural herbs and their formulations along with other natural techniques. These natural therapeutic measures of Ayurveda do not harm the body further in any way even if taken for long term.

HERBAL REMEDIES BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda has been indulged in treatment of various acute and chronic diseases which are considered to be incurable in modern medicine. Owing to the fact that the herbal medicines produced here are purely herbal, vegetarian and organic and are free from any chemicals, and other harmful additives. Efficacy and safety is also ensured with these herbal formulations. For Musician’s dystonia, Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal medicines as below

Products List

  1. Rumogin 5 capsule
  2. Yograj guggul
  3. Vrihat vatchintamani ras
  4. Boswellia curcumin
  5. Brahmi capsule

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Products Description

1. Rumogin 5 capsule

These herbal capsules are prepared using standardized extract of Pippali (Piper longum), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Haridra (Curcuma longa), and Shallaki (Boswellia serrata). Rumogin 5 capsules help in easing the movements of the digits and treating the ailments associated with it.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Yograj guggul

Herbs like Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), Pippali (Piper longum), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Ela (Eletteria cardamomum), Ardraka (Zingiber officinale), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Mustaka (Citrus rotundus), etc. are used to make this classical formulation. Yograj guggul helps in facilitating the easy movements of hands, fingers and jaw. It also supports healthy muscles and joints

Dosage– Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

3. Vrihat vatchintamani ras

Neurological disorders like musician’s dystonia are caused due to the vitiation of Vata dosha and vrihat vatchintamani ras tablets helps in balancing this dosha, therefore, eliminating the root cause of the disease. These tablets are prepared using Abhraka bhasma, swarna bhasma, pravala bhasma, rajata bhasma, suta bhasma, loha bhasma and mukta bhasma.

Dosage- Take 1 tablet twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Boswellia curcumin

Boswellia curcumin capsules are formulated with the pure extract of two herbs, i.e. Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Haridra (Curcuma longa). It relieves any kind of inflammation and also treats the underlying infection of musician’s dystonia.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

5. Brahmi capsule

It is manufactured using the standardized extract of the single herb, i.e. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). Brahmi capsules possess neuroprotective properties which help in preventing any kind of damage to the brain and nerves. It also helps in treating such disorders.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

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CONCLUSION

Musician’s dystonia can be a great trouble for any musician and its incurable description by conventional system of medicine can make it more worrisome. However, the herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda can help in managing and treating the condition more effectively.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome or Prostatitis

Abstract

Chronic pelvic pain syndrome or prostatitis is an all too common male genitourinary condition characterized by episodes of pain and discomfort, usually in an unpredictable manner. In the normal adult, the prostate weighs approximately 20gm. It is a retroperitoneal organ encircling the neck of the bladder and urethra and is devoid of different capsules. Classically, the prostate has been divided into five lobes, two of which are attributed distinctive significance in the development of tumors and benign enlargements.  The first five lobes include a posterior, middle, anterior and two lateral lobes. But some investigations show that these five lobes become fused into three distinct lobes, two major lateral lobes and a small median lobe which presumably includes the classic posterior lobe.  In this article we will discuss how an infection can affect the prostate and what symptoms it will cause. In addition we will also consider the ayurvedic aspect of prostatitis conditions and what formulations are best for its management.

Introduction

Male chronic pelvic pain syndrome or chronic prostatitis is an urological disorder that can affect males in any age. If we understand in terms of chronic pelvic pain syndrome then prostatitis is termed as category 3 prostatitis or chronic prostatitis. The pain in the pelvis is associated in 90% of the cases and represents itself as the primary symptom of non bacterial prostatitis.the etiology for this condition is not fully understood so the treatment options vary according to age and severity of symptoms. Chronic prostatitis affects younger men aging upto 45 years. These patients can present with perineal and genital pain that can be of continuing nature. The prevalence of this condition in asia is estimated to be 2.7-8.7%. Prostatitis is termed as chronic when it is around 3 months or more.

Pelvic Pain

Causes

The chronic form of prostatitis can be due to bacterial invasion or can also present without bacterial invasion. In chronic pelvic pain syndrome the prostate is of non bacterial form. The reasons for the onset of this condition are not known but can be associated with the previous bacterial prostatitis. Other causes that can be included are psychological stress and damage to the urinary tract (can be the result of surgery or any blunt kind of physical injury). This abacterial type of prostatitis is sometimes termed as prostatosis.

Histological presentation of chronic prostatitis

Chronic prostatitis is a much more common condition than the acute form. When correctly diagnosed should be restricted to those cases of inflammatory reaction in the prostate characterized by the aggregation of numerous lymphocytes, plasma cells and macrophages as well as neutrophils within the prostatic substance. It should be pointed out that  in the normal senile chnages,  aggregations of lymphocytes are prone to appear in the fibromuscular stroma of this gland. All too often, such nonspecific aggregates are diagnosed as chronic prostatitis, even though the pathognomonic inflammatory cells, that is the macrophages and neutrophils are not present.

Symptoms of prostatitis

It can start with the local symptoms like low back pain, discomfort and then slowly will associate with frequent micturation especially at bedtimes, dysuria (pain during micturation), difficulty in urination, sense of urgency when you need to urinate, tenderness or pain in perineum, the space between scrotum and anus. Pateint may present with symptoms like sextual dysfunction and some systemic conditions like urine retention. Pain may also be present in penis or testicles, as mentioned earlier the condition is quite common in young males so difficulty in ejaculation is also a very important symptom. Either the patient will have above described symptoms or may just present with recurrent urinary tract infection.

Ayurvedic prospect

In Ashtanga hridaya acharya vagbhata mentioned that due to vitiated vata a glandular, hard, stone like, stable and predominant structure occurs between the passage of malamarga (rectum) and basti (urinary bladder). This results in obstruction of mala, mootra and apana vayu and thus symptoms like pain, dysuria, urgency, increased frequency occurs. (Ashtang hridaya nidaan sthana 9/23-24 ). Above mentioned stanza indicated towards enlargement of the prostate which can be noticed in benign prostate hypertrophy, prostatitis and prostatic cancer.

Diagnosis

In local examination per rectal examination is done to check any swelling or inflammation in the prostate. Other test might include the following:

  1. Urine test
  2. Semen test
  3. Blood test
  4. Prostate biopsy
  5. Ultrasound of prostate and urethra
  6. Cystoscopy

Treatment of Chronic pelvic pain syndrome or prostatitis

In modern medicine a limited and varying medication is prescribed due to the non understandable cause of this condition. Prescriptions usually include non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs, alpha blockers, muscle relaxants and psychological therapy for stress and anxiety. If nothing works then finally surgery is suggested. Ayurveda manages a condition according to its root cause. Generally vrishya and rasayan, shoothanashak, herbs that inhibit 5a reductase inhibiting activities (5a reductase are the enzymes that convert testosterone into dihydrotestosterone which is important for the inflammation progression of the prostate) like saw palmetto, prunus africana etc. and diuretic drugs.

Planet Ayurveda Which Is An Herbal Manufacturing Company Offers Its Products For The Management Of Prostatitis. These Products Are Totally Herbal and Do Not Cause Any Side Effects. The Products That Offered By Planet Ayurveda For the Management of Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome Are

  1. Prostate support Tablets
  2. Mahashankh vati
  3. varunadi vati
  4. Boswellia curcumin
  5. Punarnava capsules

Herbal Remedies For Chronic Pelvic Pain And Prostatitis

Chronic Pelvic Pain And Prostatitis

1. Prostate support tablets

These  tablets are exclusively formulated to support the functioning of the prostate, reduce inflammation and prevent urine retention and dysuria. The herbs that are included in this formulation are gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), varuna (Crataeva nurvala), Kanchnaar (Bauhinia variegata), punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) and saralghan (Pinus roxburghii). All of these herbs are potent to reduce prostate inflammation, reduce pain and prevent urine urgency frequency and retention.

Dose: Two capsules twice a day after meals.

2. Mahashankh vati

Mahashankh vati is formulated to help in the enhancement of digestion and also relieves symptoms like bloating and indigestion due to malaavrodha in prostatitis. It is a classical formulation and is manufactured using piper longum, chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), danti (Baliospermum montanum) and many more.

Dose: Two tablets twice a day after meals.

3. Varunadi Vati

It is a classical formulation which is formulated using shuddha guggul (Commiphora mukul), gokshur (Tribulus terrestris), varun (Crataeva nurvala), and punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa). Gokshur and punarnava are famous for their diuretic actions and varuna is having diuretic properties and also has laxative properties. Varunadi vatti is also used as a non hormonal preparation for managing benign hypertrophy of prostate and also for avoiding residual urine in void.

Dose: Two tablets twice a day after meals.

4. Boswellia curcumin

Boswellia curcumin capsules are manufactured using two potent and effective herbs which are Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Haridra (Curcuma longa). Both of these herbs have anti-inflammatory properties that help in reduction of swelling and pain.

Dose: One capsule twice daily after meals.

5. Punarnava Capsules

Punarnava (Boerhavia Diffusa) is a very potent herb that helps in excretion of excess fluid in form of urine and also helps in enhancing bladder functions. These capsules are made from the standardized extract of punarnava.

Dose: One capsule twice daily after meals.

Conclusion

Prostatitis is very common in young males and the reasons for this condition are not clear. Ayurvedic management of this condition is very much possible using above mentioned formulations. Prostatitis should not be ignored for long otherwise hydronephrosis due to prolonged urine retention can be noticed and indigestion symptoms can exacerbate. In case of any query kindly visit www.planetayurveda.com