Category: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis(ALS)

Ayurvedic Aspect of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis – Lou Gehrig’s Disease

Lou Gehrig’s disease also known as Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive fatal neurological disorder that impacts the wellbeing of a person both physically and mentally. In this disease, both lower and upper motor neurons get degenerated that lead their way to muscle atrophy and numerous other associated symptoms. Let’s discuss in detail about ALS and its management with Ayurvedic herbs and herbal formulations.

Ayurvedic Aspect of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

In Ayurveda, the main cause of all the diseases is imbalance in any or all of the tridoshas. We can correlate Lou Gehrig’s disease with vata vyadhi.

The Main Causes of Vata Vyadhi is

  • Ruksha, sheeta and alpaahara sewan
  • Katu, tikta, kashay rasa sewan
  • Ratri Jagran (Awakening at night)
  • Suppression of adharneeya vega (Natural urges)
  • Adhyashana (overeating)

The Symptoms of Vata Vyadhi includes

  • Sankocha of maspeshi (Constriction of muscles)
  • Anga shaithilya (Weakness)
  • Gati vaishamya (Irregular body movements)
  • Spandan (Throbbing sensation)
  • Ayasa (lethargy)
  • Gatra suptata (Numbness)
  • Khalli (cramps)
  • Pralapa (delirium)
  • Panguta (Paralysis)

The Treatment of Vata Vyadhi comprises of

1. Shodhana chikitsa

  • Snehana (oleation therapy)
  • Swedana (sudation therapy)
  • Virechana (purgation therapy)
  • Basti (Medicated enema)
  • Nasya and dhoomrapaan (Nasal drops and medicated smoking)

2. Shamana chikitsa

In this, the treatment is done with vata shamak herbs like Rasna, Ashwagandha, Dashmool herbs, bala etc. Rasayan therapy is also given to patients suffering from Vata vyadhi. Herbs included in Rasayan therapy are Shilajit, Shivagutika, Bala Rasayan etc.
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Definition of ALS

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a motor neuron disease which attacks the nerve cells that control the voluntary muscle action like movement of arms, legs, hands and face. It gradually progresses and restricts the functions of motor neurons and causes symptoms like difficulty in grip holding, weakness of voluntary muscles and muscle twitching etc.

Causes of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

The exact cause of ALS is unknown but there are some factors which are responsible for causing Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

  • Mutations in the genes.
  • Activation of calcium dependent enzymatic pathways.
  • Premature ageing leads to damage of neuron cells.
  • Age of 47 years or above
  • Family history of motor neuron disease.
  • Smoking
  • Exposure to environmental toxins.
  • Metals and chemical exposure
  • Trauma due to some injury.
  • Viral infections

Symptoms of ALS

The symptoms go unnoticed at initial stages and vary according to its progression at the later stages.

Initial stage Symptoms

Symptoms may vary depending upon its onset:-

Limb-Onset

  • Difficulty in holding the grip.
  • Weakness in the shoulder, ankle or hip
  • Widespread twitching of the muscles (fasciculation)
  • Muscle cramping
  • Wasting of muscles with weight loss

Bulbar-Onset

  • Increasingly slurred speech (dysarthria)
  • Difficulty in  swallowing (dysphagia)

Respiratory-Onset

  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Dyspnoea (Shortness of breath)
  • Waking up frequently during the night because the brain is temporarily starved of oxygen when lying down

As the disease progresses, the patient may suffer from following symptoms

  • Muscle weakness and atrophy
  • Spasticity
  • Excessive salivation
  • Restricted body movement
  • Excessive yawning
  • Difficulties with concentration, planning and use of language.
  • Fronto-temporal dementia

At later stages, it may produce complications like

  • Significant shortness of breath due to muscle paralysis
  • Paralysis of the body.
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Dementia
  • Eating problems.

Secondary or other associated Symptoms

Due to the emotional stress, ALS leads to numerous psychological symptoms.

  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety

Diagnosis of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

The diagnosis of this disease is difficult as it mimics with other neurological conditions.

  1. Electromyogram (EMG)
  2. Nerve conduction study- This study is done to rule out the nerve damage by measuring its ability.
  3. Magnetic Resonance Imaging MRI helps us in finding the spinal tumors and damage to the neurons.
  4. Blood and Urine Tests
  5. Spinal tap (lumbar puncture)
  6.  Muscle biopsy

Treatment of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

As per the modern scientific studies, it is a fatal disease, and only symptomatic management is done. There is no cure for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

As per Ayurvedic medicine science, We can manage Lou Gehrig’s disease by working on the causes as well as its symptoms with Ayurvedic remedies and herbal formulations.

Herbal remedies for ALS by Planet Ayurveda

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Treatment ofAmyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Planet Ayurveda is a trusted and renowned organization that offers a wide variety of herbal products worldwide. These products are prepared using the pure herbs and following the strict Ayurvedic principles under the guidance of Ayurvedic experts. Below are the herbal formulations available in the house for the management of Lou Gehrig’s disease

Herbal Products

  1. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
  2. Brahmi capsules
  3. Ashwagandha capsules
  4. Shilajit capsules
  5. Gotukola capsules

Products Description

1.Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

This is herbo-mineral formulation prepared using Aloe vera juice extract, Swarna bhasma, Loha bhasma, Rajata bhasma, Pravala bhasma, etc. This also helps in pacifying the Vata Dosha and helpful in treating pain and controlling tumors. It promotes mental health and supports the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. It also helps to treat pain, control tumors, and balance Pitta and Vata Doshas in the body.

Dosage: One tablet two times daily after meals with plain water

2. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi capsules are prepared using the standardized extract of Bacopa monnieri. This is considered as an aphrodisiac tonicPromotes good mental health and reduces inflammation. This alleviates the free radicals from the body and boosts the immune system. Brahmi calms the mind and reduces all psychological symptoms.

Dosage: Two capsules twice a day after meals with plain water

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

This is a safe herbal formulation that contains a standardized extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). It helps in balancing the Pitta and Vata Dosh and strengthens the voluntary muscles. Ashwagandha promotes the nerves function and is helpful in relieving symptoms like muscle cramping, twitching of muscles, etc.

Dosage: One capsule two times a day after meals with plain water

4. Shilajit Capsules

These capsules are prepared using the extract of Shilajit (Asphaltum punjabinum). In ancient texts, Shilajit herb is known as Rasayan due to its rejuvenating property. It helps in restoring the neuron functions and enhancing the stamina and metabolism of the body. This removes all the toxins from the body and increases the immunity.

Dosage:1-2 capsules once or twice daily after meals with plain water.

5. Gotukola Capsules

This herbal formulation is prepared using Centella asiatica’s standardized extract. These capsules maintain the normal functioning of the brain and heart. Gotu Kola pacifies all the tridosha in the body and promotes the functions of voluntary neurons and aids in relieving systems like restricted muscle movements, weakness, difficulty in holding grip, etc.

Dosage: Two capsules twice a day after meals with plain water.

Contact Planet Ayurveda Support Team to provide you the costing/ordering and delivery information at – costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or Call at 0172-521-4030 (India), +91-172-521-4030 (Outside India) or Whatsapp at (+91) 9915-593-604.

Conclusion

Therefore, we can conclude that the above provided information is relevant and presented in an effective way. Lou Gehrig’s disease is a fatal disease which only can be managed well with Ayurvedic herbs and herbal formulations. These herbal formulations work well on the brain and nervous system, slow down the progression of the disease, and also aids in the prevention of various other diseases.

Is There Any Solution of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?Treatment & Management

Overview

The brain is the largest & most complex organ in human body. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis comes under motor neuron disease. It comes under a group of progressive neurological disease that causes dysfunction in nerves. Dysfunction of nerves that controls muscle movements is responsible for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis Treatment & Management

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS?

  • This is a kind of motor neuron disease that attacks the nerve cells that are used in voluntary muscle actions. In this disease patients are not able to control his actions of arms, face & legs.
  • Motor neurons are present in brain & spinal cord. When amyotrophic lateral sclerosis progresses motor neuron cells degenerate & die. In this condition brain can no longer control voluntary actions of body.
  • In this condition, the body doesn’t have control on arms, face & legs. After some time person is unable to breathe that leads to respiratory failure.

WHAT ARE THE TYPES & CAUSES OF AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS?

The exact cause of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is not known. It may be sporadic ALS & familial ALS.

  • Sporadic ALS: This type of ALS occurs randomly & found in 90-95 % cases. It contain no clear cause & do not create any risk factor.
  • Familial ALS: This type of ALS is inherited. 5-10 % of people are suffering from familial ALS.

Some causes of ALS includes:

  • Low immune system: When immune system attacks body’s own cells that kill nerve cells.
  • Imbalance of proteins: When proteins are not processed by nerve cells it causes nerve cells to die.
  • Imbalanced chemical in brain: Release of glutamate in high level creates toxins in nerve cells by causing ALS.

Symptoms Of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS:

  • Weakness in legs, feet, hands or ankles
  • Slurred speech
  • Swallowing trouble
  • Muscular cramps
  • Twitching in arms, shoulders & tongue
  • Difficulty in maintaining good posture
  • Difficulty in walking
  • Fatigue
  • Dizziness

RISK FACTORS OF AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS:

There are many reasons that increase risk of ALS mentioned below:

  • Age: People between age of 40 & 60 are at more risk.
  • Sex: More in men than women.
  • Heredity: About 5-10% people are suffering from ALS & their children get this disease.
  • Genetics: Genetic variations in body can be a cause for ALS.

AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS

Herbal Remedies for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

According to Ayurveda amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is due to imbalance of vata & kapha dosha in body. Planet Ayurveda offers combination of herbal remedies that gives effective result in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. It maintains signs & symptoms associated with this disease.

PRODUCTS DETAIL

  • BRAHMI CAPSULE
  • ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULE
  • VRIHAT VATCHINTAMANI RAS
  • MUSLI STRENGTH
  • ATIRASADI CHURAN

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

Here are the herbal remedies that will help to manage overall condition of patient.

BRAHMI CAPSULE

  • These capsules contain standardized extract of herb Brahmi. Herb Brahmi increases communication between nerves. Brahmi capsules increase learning, memory power & reduces pain. Active ingredients in Brahmi herb are Bacosides A & B, alkaloids, sterols & polyphenols that are beneficial in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Recommended Dosage

  • 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water, 30 min after meals.

ASHWAGANDHA CAPSULE

  • Pure extract of Withania somnifera is used for capsule preparation. It contains “Withanolide A” that induces neuritic regeneration & synaptic reconstruction, also maintains a good neurological system. These capsules balance fatigue, weakness, slurred speech & muscular cramps related with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Recommended Dosage

  • 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water, 30 min after meals.

VRIHAT VATCHINTAMANI RAS

  • These tablets provide effective results in neuropathy, anxiety, depression, fatigue & weakness associated with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. These tablets balance vata dosha in body responsible for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Recommended Dosage:

  • 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water, 30 min after meals.

MUSLI STRENGTH

  • These capsules contain extract of Safed musli (Chlorohytum borivilianum) & Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) that increase strength & stamina. Safed musli overcomes dizziness, fatigue & weakness over affected body parts. Gokshura herb balances immune system of an individual. Musli strength capsules maintain overall condition of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

Recommended Dosage:

  • 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water, 30 min after meals.

ATIRASADI CHURNA

  • This churan contains herbal combination of herbs like safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum), Kali musli (Curculigo orchioides), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Akarkara (Anacyclus pyrethrum), Vidari kand (Pueraria tuberosa), Safed behmen (Centaurea behen), Jaiphal (Myristica fragrans), Taalmakhana (Hydrophlla spinosa) & Kesar (Crocus sativus) that give effective result in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. The churna helps in walking difficulty, weakness, fatigue, muscular cramps, swallowing trouble & overall weakness of body.

Recommended Dosage

  • 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water, 30 min after meals.