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Ayurvedic Treatment of Herditary Moto and Sensory Neuropathy

DO YOU HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF NEUROPATHY?

Neuropathy is a disease which is caused due to malfunctioning of nerves in human body. The nerves that are affected mostly are sensory nerves, motor nerves and autonomic nerves. Sensory nerves as the name suggest sensory it controls sensations in body like tingling sensation, pain, weakness in the hands and feet, numbness in body. These nerves carries sensory information towards the central nervous system. Motor nerves carry impulses from the brain or spinal cord to a muscle or gland, allow power and movement in the body. Autonomic nerves controls the systems of the body.

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DO YOU HAVE THE KNOWLEDGE OF HEREDITARY MOTOR AND SENSORY NEUROPATHY?

As the name suggests hereditary it is inherited from the parents as it is an autosomal recessive genetic disorder. HMSN is caused by a gene mutation located on chromosome 15, one of the 22 autosomal pairs of chromosomes. HMSN is also known as Charcot – Marie – Tooth Disease which is progressive disease of the nerves with weakness, numbness more in the legs than the arms. When it is inherited from parents the gene is expressed in children. HMSN are of two forms either hypertrophic demyelinated nerves or complete atrophy of neural tissues in body.

1. Hypertrohic conditions which causes neural stiffness and demyelination of nerves.

2. Complete Atrophy which causes the breakdown of axons and neural cell bodies.

  • Hereditary Motor Neuropathy- is neuropathy associated with distal weakness without sensory loss in body.
  • Hereditary Sensory Neuropathy – is neuropathy associated in which distal weakness may also occur.

SYMPTOPMS OF HEREDITARY MOTOR AND SENSORY NEUROPATHY

Symptoms may appear shortly after birth or during first year of life. Mostly appear in teenagers.

  1. Lack of muscle strength in body
  2. Loss of mobility
  3. Developmental abnormalities in the spine, hand and feet
  4. Mild to moderate cognitive impairment
  5. Babies with HMSN have difficulty in sitting and crawling
  6. Children with HMSN experiences delay in motor development. Handgrip strength is weak, children are hypersensitive to touch, language development is delayed and learning capacity is affected
  7. At the end of teenage or beginning of adulthood may experience anxiety, agitation, depression, visual or auditory hallucinations, high risk of respiratory failure and bronchopneumonia
  8. Fatigue experiences
  9. Pain in body
  10. Lack of feeling, lack of reflexes, lack of sight and hearing.
  11. Patients may suffer from hammer toes, foot drop, high arched feet, foot deformities and scoliosis.

DIAGNOSIS OF HEREDITARY MOTOR AND SENSORY NEUROPATHY

Patient are diagnosed through

  • a physical evaluation that looks for muscle atrophy, weakness and sensory responses.
  • Electromyography EMG and motor nerve conduction test can be done of patient.
  • Patient can go through genetic testing.
  • Males are mostly prone to this disease than females.

HMSN is classified into seven groups which are mentioned below

  • HMSN1 other name is Chacot-Marie – Tooth Disease type 1A and 1B, it is hypertrophic demyelinating type in which patient experiences weakness, atrophy in the lower legs and later develop weakness in hands
  • HMSN2 OTHER NAME IS Charcot-Marie – Tooth disease type2 symptoms similar to type1, onset in adolescence.
  • HMSN3 other name Deierine-sottas disease (Charcot-Marie-Tooth type3) which has onset in infancy ,result in delayed motor skills.
  • HMSN4 which is spinal type causes muscle weakness.
  • HMSN5 other name Charcot-Marie – Tooth which occurs between 5-12 yrs lower legs are affected, atrophy followed by upper extremities.
  • HMNS6 other name Charcot – Marie-Tooth type6 which causes muscular weakness and atrophy, vision loss.
  • HMNS7 other name Retinitis pigmentosa which causes later onset with muscular weakness and atrophy in lower extremities.

TREATMENT FOR HEREDITAY MOTOR AND SENSORY NEUROPATHY

There is not any proper treatment in allopathy, to get relief from this disease physical therapy, stretching, braces and orthopedic surgeries to prevent injuries and deformities. Physiotherapy, neurology, and occupational therapies can be taken by patients suffering from this disease.

TREATMENT IN AYURVEDA

As we know Ayurveda is world’s oldest holistic healing system it treats the patient whole body. It treats the disease from its origin and has good results on body. It balances the tridoshas ( Vata, Pitta, Kapha) in body which are the root cause of diseases. It keeps the mind, body and spirit in good harmony with nature. Ayurvedic medication heals HMSN disease by curing the inflammation, degeneration of peripheral nerves. The herbs used for this disease act on the central nervous system and nerve cells which improves neuromuscular coordination and preserve functioning of muscles in the body.

AYURVEDIC MEDICINES USED FOR THE TREATMENT OF HMSN DISEASE BY PLANET AYURVEDA ARE MENTIONED BELOW

Planet Ayurveda’s main aim is to make the planet people to remain disease free and live a healthy and happy life. So here are some products mentioned below for the treatment of HMSN disease.

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1. Ashwagandha Capsules

also known as Withania Somnifera is a great medicinal plant acts as adaptogenic tonic. As the name is withania sominfera which are responsible for multiple actions on body. This herb has withanolides, alkaloids and glycosides in its roots. Use of Ashwagandha capsules gives strength to back muscles, it relieves the muscles. As it is nervine tonic it enhances the physical and mental stamina of body. It can be given to growing adults as well as to old age persons.

Dosage – 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

2. Boswellia Curcumin

It is very beneficial for maintaining the joint health as it support the overall health of the body. It is a combination of boswellic acids and curcuminoids in it which inhibits leukotriene biosynthesis, inhibits 5- lipoxygenase, inhibits topoisomerase I etc. It decreases inflammation and promotes circulation to the joints in body.

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

3. Vrihat Vaat Chintamani Tablet

The minerals and herbs used in the preparation of this tablet are beneficial for balancing Vata Dosha in HMSN disease. This tablet is formed by the combination of various bhasma which has very good action on treatment of vata dosha in body which causes diseases like paralysis, hemiplegia, tremors etc.

Dosage – 125mg once or twice a day, before or after meals or as directed by ayurvedic doctor. It is traditionally administered along with honey, Musta Kashaya.

4. Brahmi Capsules

Brahmi is a creepy herb that grows in branches used for a healthy and strong body. Brahmi is the best brain tonic used since ancient times. It increases memory power of people. Brahmi has an active compound Bacosides which acts on the degrading cells of brain. It also regenerates brain cells.

Dosage – 1-2 capsules twice daily, with plain water, after meals.

5. Shilajit Capsules

act as a best carrier of energy and provides proper nutrition to body. In HMSN patients it increases energy in body, acts as memory increaser, sharpens intelligence, helps in mood disorders symptom. Shilajit contains triterpenes, fulvic acid, humic acid and minerals in it.

Dosage – 2 capsules twice daily, with plain water or milk after meals.

The combination of all these medication is helpful in fighting with the signs and symptoms of hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy patients to live a long, strong and healthy life and get a respectful behavior in society and to live life independently without getting dependent on others.

Effective Herbal Remedies for Chikungunya Fever

Chikungunya was first detected in 1952 in Africa. Chikungunya word comes from the Makonde language meaning that which bends up. This is a reference to Chikungunya symptom where patient walks in a stopped posture due to joint pain. It is also known by the name Chicken guinea, Chicken gunaya. Presence of word chicken has lead a lot of misconceptions about the disease.It is a viral disease transmitted in humans by the bite of infected mosquitoes. Aedes aegypti mosquito (yellow fever mosquito) is the primary transmission agent of chikungunya. This mosquito is usually found in tropics and hence chikungunya is predominantly seen in Asian countries. It generally bites during the day time.

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Incubation period of Chikungunya disease is 2-6 days but the symptoms usually appear 4-7 days post infection. It has 2 phases- Acute phase and Chronic phase.

Acute Phase:

  • Characteristics of acute phase includes an abrupt onset of chills, fever reaching upto 40 degree celcius(104 degree F) . Severe joint pain and muscular pain is the main and most problematic symptom experienced by the patients suffering from chikungunya.

Chronic Phase:

  • Chronic phase is characterised by poly-arthralgia that can last from weeks to years beyond the acute stage. 95% of the infected adults are symptomatic after infection which can also lead to disability.

Ayurvedic View:

  • In ayurveda, it is known as sandhi jwara that literally means ‘fever of the joints’.Chikungunya fever is considered as vata dosha disorder.  In chikungunya, Ayurveda believes in enhancing the immunity of an individual. Thus, Immuno-modulator medications are prescribed that help to modulate the immune response of body against antigens which inadvertently affects the joints. Ayurvedic treatment helps to reverse the inflammatory process as well as prevents the tissue damage. Medicines to improve immunity, medicines to reduce fever and treatment to bring down muscle pain, nausea, fatigue, rash, headache are given in Ayurveda alongwith rejuvenation medicines.
  • Allopathic treatment options are only symptomatic for mitigating the pain and fever along with anti-inflammatory drugs, in such cases convalescence cause prolonged joint pain which may require analgesics along with long term anti-inflammatory therapy.

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Diagnosis

  • Chikungunya fever is diagnosed on the basis of serological tests like ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assays) for detection of antibodies like IgG and IgM and RT- PCR (Reverse Transcriptase polymerase chain reaction). These tests are used to detect the presence of virus in blood.
  • A study by researchers at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri has found that symptoms and blood test results of patients with chikungunya is similar to that of rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Symptoms of chikungunya:

  1. Severe joint pain
  2. Fever
  3. Rash
  4. Headache
  5. Nausea
  6. Vomiting
  7. Muscular pain

How Chikungunya spreads

  • Several varieties of viral infections are spread through droplets discharged into the atmosphere by the sneezing of the infected patients.
  • It is important to note that sometimes, post chikungunya affects multiple joints leaving a person debilitated for a long time so proper treatment is necessary.

Some key points about Chikungunya-

  1. It is a viral disease.
  2. Mosquito control is the only effective prevention technique.
  3. Usually non- fatal
  4. Currently, there are no vaccines available.
  5. Transmission is only through mosquito bite not through human to human.

Prevention of Chikungunya fever

  • Vaccine is yet to be developed. It is in experimental stage. Currently the only way to prevent disease is to avoid mosquito bites. It spreads from human to human only through a mosquito carrier.
  • Hence mosquito control is the best way to fight chikungunya.
  • Stangnant water must not be allowed in and around residential areas as it is the breeding site for the mosquito.
  • Since there is no cure for chikungunya in modern medicine. Ayurvedic treatment provides relief to a large extent without causing any side effect.

Herbal Remedies for Chikungunya Fever

  • There is no cure of chikungunya in modern medicine. They provide only symptomatic relief. Some of the Herbal Remedies for Chikungunya Fever by Planet Ayurveda are-

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Giloy Capsules:

  • Giloy capsules are wonderful and effective herbal formulation by Planet Ayurveda which is prepared from the pure extract of herb Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia).
  • Giloy is considered as anti-pyretic, immuno-modulator and anti-inflammatory thus provides relief in all kinds of fevers.

Dose: 1 capsule twice a day with plain water after meals.

Joint Aid Plus:

  • Joint Aid Plus capsules of Planet Ayurveda has both anti-inflammatory and pain relieving properties which is effective against both chronic and acute inflammations caused by chikungunya fever.

Ingredients of Joint Aid Plus Capsules-

  1. Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) – It is pure natural herb which is useful in treatment of various diseases like joint pain, muscular pain etc.
  2. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – It is useful in relieving symptoms of various diseases like stress, rheumatism, inflammation etc. and gives strength.
  3. Shallaki (Boswellia serrate) – It has anti-inflammatory property. It has positive results for joint pains. It is good choice for osteoarthritis, joint pain, gout and rheumatoid arthritis.
  4. Guggul (Commiphora mukul) – It has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. It has pain relieving property.
  5. Sonth (Zingiber officinale) – It is also known as dry ginger. It has anti-inflammatory property. It is used in joint pain

Dose: 2 capsules twice a day after meals.

Curcumin Capsules:

  • Curcumin capsules of Planet Ayurveda contains Curcuma longa. It is considered as best anti-inflammatory agent due to the presence of curcumin in it.

Dose: 2 capsules twice daily after meals.

Immune Magic Capsules:

  • Immune Magic capsules of Planet Ayurveda are prepared using a wonderful combination of the various useful herbs that are mentioned in an Ayurvedic texts and are frequently used for various other health benefits too. The herbs used in the preparation of this product include:
  1. Grape seeds (Vitis vinifera)
  2. Cow colostrum (Bovine colostrums)
  3.  Bhumi amla (Phyllanthus niruri)
  4. Amalaki (Emblica officinalis)
  • All these herbs are used in their natural forms. This product is a great way to supplement the healthy diet in order to stay healthy.

Dose: 1 or 2 capsules twice a day after meals.

Tulsi Capsules:

  • Regular use of Tulsi capsules of Planet Ayurveda helps body to fight infections in a very effective way. It is a natural immuno – modulator.

Dose: 1-2 capsules twice a day after meals.

All the products of Planet Ayurveda for Chikungunya are completely safe and natural without any side effects.