The vocal cord which is also known as Vocal folds that are responsible for the production of sound or speech. The vocal cords are located within the larynx at the top of the bacteria. These are the two bands of smooth muscle tissue found in the larynx (Voice box). The sound from vocal cords is produced when these cords vibrate after the air passes through the cords from the lungs. Then this sound is transferred or sent to the throat, nose and mouth. The sound of each person’s voice is different and decided by the size and shape of the vocal cords. Some of the vocal cord disorders are laryngitis, vocal nodules, vocal polyps, and vocal cord paralysis. Here in this article, we will discuss one of the vocal cord disorders and that is vocal cord palsy and its Ayurvedic treatment in detail.
The vocal cord palsy is the paralysis of the vocal cords. It occurs when the nerve impulses to the voice box are disrupted. The disruption of nerve impulses results in the paralysis of the vocal cord muscles. It can affect the ability of speech and even breathing. Palsy means complete or partial absence of vocal cord movement. Two nerves are involved in this disease; one is recurrent laryngeal nerve and superior laryngeal nerve.
Ayurvedic Aspect of Vocal Cord Palsy
We can correlate this disease with Swarbheda or swarakshaya. Acharya Sushruta individually mentioned this disease in Uttaratantra chapter. Acharya Sudhruta stated that when a person proclaims with high pitch, reading in louder voice, injury, improper use of voice, consumption of excessive cold food items then the doshas are exacerbated and invade or localize in the vocal cord. This further causes modification in the vocal cord functioning. The ability of talking or speech is lost partially or completely as a result of this impairment of voice box.
Types of Vocal Cord Palsy
The vocal cord palsy is of two types i.e. Unilateral vocal cord palsy and bilateral vocal cord palsy
- Unilateral vocal cord palsy: in this type, the paralysis occurs on the one side of the vocal cord and it presents with dysphonia, difficulty in swallowing, shortness of breath. It occurs when there is damage to the recurrent laryngeal nerve.
- Bilateral vocal cord palsy: In this type, both sides of vocal cords are affected and it denotes reduced or absent movement of both vocal cords that resulting from the impaired function of the vagus nerve or its distal branch that is recurrent laryngeal nerve.
In this disease, the nerve impulses to the voice box or vocal cord are disrupted, further resulting in the paralysis of the vocal cord muscles. The exact is not now but some factors that are responsible for vocal cord palsy are:
- Injury to the vocal cord during surgery
- Neck or chest injury
- Endotracheal intubation
- Neurological conditions like multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease
- Infections like Lyme disease, Epstein-Barr virus, and herpes
Clinical features/Signs and symptoms
In most of the cases only one side of the vocal cord is paralysed. Paralysis of both sides is rare but if it occurs then it can be a serious condition. This can cause significant problems with breathing and swallowing. The symptoms of vocal cord palsy include:
- A breathy quality to the voice
- Hoarseness of voice
- Inability to speak loudly
- Noisy breathing
- Loss of vocal pitch
- Ineffective coughing
- Frequent throat clearing
- Choking or coughing while swallowing food, drink, or saliva
- The need to take frequent breaths while speaking
- Loss of your gag reflex
Factors that may increase the risk of developing vocal cord palsy include
- Undergoing chest of throat surgery
- Patient who is suffering from neurological problems
A doctor will ask about symptoms to diagnose this condition. To further evaluate the voice problems, a doctor will performed the following tests
- Laryngeal electromyography
- To rule out other diseases some blood tests and scans are done like MRI scans, CT scans to rule out other diseases.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Vocal Cord Palsy
A person who is suffering from vocal cord palsy involves the following things to manage this condition
- Scrupulously avoid the causative factors
- Kavala grahan (Mouth gargling/oil pulling)
- Nasya (Nasal drops)
- Dhumapan (Medicated herbal smoking)
Some Classical Formulations for Swarabheda are
- Bhairav ras
- Kinnar kanth ras
- Lavangadi vati
- Eladi vati
- Marichyadi vati
- Vyoshadi vati
- Ajmodadi churna
- Pippali churna
- Chavyadi churna
- Kantakari kwath
- Gojihvadi kwath
Herbal Remedies for Vocal Cord Palsy
Planet Ayurveda provides wonderful herbal remedies for this disease. The products of Planet Ayurveda are 100% natural and vegetarian and also they are free from chemicals and preservatives. The herbal products offered by this company are:
- Ashwagandha ghrita
- Brahmi chyawanprash
- Kanchnaar guggul
- Tumo trim capsules
- Shilajit capsules
1. Ashwagandha Ghrita
This is an Ayurvedic formulation in ghrit form. This herbal formulation contains Ashwagandha as a main ingredient. It is useful as aphrodisiac, anti-inflammatory, antioxidants, anti-stress, analgesic, and healing properties. This formulation is made from the herbs like kakoli (Fritillaria roylei), Kasheera kakoli (Roscoea purpurea), Vriddhi (Habenaria intermedia), Jivaka (Malaxis acuminata), etc. It maintains the health of muscles and neurons. It is the best nerve tonic. This balances vata dosha and has good results in this condition.
Dosage: ½ teaspoon twice daily with warm water.
2. Brahmi Chyawanprash
This is a wonderful herbal supplement for neurological disorders. It provides strength to the body. It is made from herbs like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), along with other herbs. This formulation increases the coordination between brain neurons thus helpful in improving the short and long term memory. Due to these properties it has a good result in vocal cord palsy.
Dosage: One teaspoon twice daily.
3. Kanchnaar Guggul
It is a classical formulation. It has many herbs like Kachnaar bark (Bauhinia variegata), Hariraki (Terminalia chebula), Bibhitaki (Terminalia chebula), Piper (Piper longum), Ginger (Zingiber officinale), Black pepper (Piper nigrum), Varuna (Crateva religiosa) and many more. The ingredients in this formulation are very beneficial in managing conditions like tumors, swollen lymph nodes, cancer, etc. these properties make this classical formulation very effective.
Dosage: 2 tablets twice a day after meals with plain water.
4. Tumo Trim Capsules
This is a polyherbal formulation of Planet Ayurveda in a capsule form. It is prepared from the ingredients like Haridra (Curcuma longa), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), along with other herbs. These ingredients naturally trim the tumor’s growth and give strength to the body. It stops the unwanted growth of cancer cells and prevents further growth. It also provides strength to the neurons and thus provides.
Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals with plain water.
5. Shilajit capsules
This is a single herbal formulation. This herbal formulation is well known for reducing weakness. This herbal medicine improves the mental as well as physical health. It has antioxidants, adaptive, rejuvenating, Rasayana properties. This formulation is made from the standardized extracts of Shilajit (Asphaltum punjabianum). Shilajit is the best supplement for providing nourishment to the body. This ingredient has high affinity for free radicals and helps in detoxifying the body from free radicals.
Dosage: 1 capsule twice a day after meals with plain water.
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We can manage Vocal cord palsy by proper diet and lifestyle. This disease can have an impact on personal as well as professional life of the person. These above-mentioned herbal formulations show great results in managing these types of chronic conditions and also don’t have any kind of side effects if used for a long time.. For better results just follow the herbal treatment from Planet Ayurveda because the products of this company are 100% natural and free from chemicals and additives. For more details of our products, you can check our website www.PlanetAyurveda.com. For more queries, you can send your queries to our email id email@example.com