Category: Neck Pain

Ayurvedic Treatment for Vocal Cord Palsy

Abstract

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.

Introduction

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.

Vocal Cord Palsy
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

  1. 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.
  1. 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.

Etiology/Cause

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
  • Stroke
  • Tumor
  • 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

Risk factors

Factors that may increase the risk of developing vocal cord palsy include

  • Undergoing chest of throat surgery
  • Patient who is suffering from neurological problems

Diagnosis

A doctor will ask about symptoms to diagnose this condition. To further evaluate the voice problems, a doctor will performed the following tests

  • Laryngoscopy
  • 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

Rasa

  • Bhairav ras
  • Kinnar kanth ras

Vati

  • Lavangadi vati
  • Eladi vati
  • Marichyadi vati
  • Vyoshadi vati

Churna

  • Ajmodadi churna
  • Pippali churna
  • Chavyadi churna

Kwath

  • 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:

  1. Ashwagandha ghrita
  2. Brahmi chyawanprash
  3. Kanchnaar guggul
  4. Tumo trim capsules
  5. Shilajit capsules

Products Description

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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Conclusion

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 herbalremedies123@yahoo.com

How to Treat Cervical Spondylosis with Ayurveda

What is CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS TREATMENT IN AYURVEDA

It is the disorder related to aging which involves discs, vertebrae, and ligaments in the neck or cervical spine.

It is also known as Arthritis of the Neck, Cervical osteoarthritis, or Degenerative Osteoarthritis.

In cervical spondylosis, edges of the vertebrae start developing osteophytes. After some time the disc becomes thinner and loses its ability to absorb the shock that increases the risk of spondylosis.

If joints in the neck are swollen it is called FACET JOINTS. It makes pressure on the spinal cord or nearby nerve roots that create a tingling or pricking sensation and pain in limbs. In some cases, there is a loss of sensation and coordination. Some people develop difficulty in walking.

ACCORDING TO AYURVEDA

Cervical spondylosis in Ayurveda is described under “GRIVA SANDHIGATA VATA “or also called as “MANYASATAMBH” means stiffness in the neck. The abnormality in Vata doshas is caused by two procedure, in which one is Kapha and Pitta is not functioning properly.

Herbal Remedies for Cervical Spondylosis

The shalok describes that MANYA SATAMBH is a vataj dosha. When abnormal Vayu dosha entered into the nerves of neck, then MANYA SATAMBH develop. In this roga(disease) neck is contracted and stiffened inside.  Neck become stiff, watering from the mouth, teeth chattering is present, the body becomes rigid type. Back part is stretched, yawning or giddiness is present. They are the symptoms of MANYA SATAMBH.

CAUSES OF CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

  • OVERGROWTH OF BONES: The body trying to grow extra bones for making a stronger spine. This overgrowth of bones is called BONE SPURS or OSTEOPHYTES. This overgrowth of bones creates pressure on the delicate or soft area of the spine, like on spinal cord and nerves, which starts causing pain.
  • DRYING OF GEL-LIKE MATERIAL IN THE DISCS: In our spinal bones, discs are present between there is thick, pad-like cushions. This material protects from shock, injury, lifting, twisting, and other physical activities. This gel-like material start drying gradually and spinal discs become dehydrated bones rubbing with each other, so this is painful.
  • CRACKS IN THE DISCS:  The spinal discs start because of which gel-like material starts leaking. This leakage material puts pressure on the spinal cord and nerves that results in pain and numbness.
  • INJURY OR ANY TRAUMA: Any trauma to your neck, like during road accident, falling, fighting, etc. damage the spinal discs.
  • STIFFNESS IN THE LIGAMENT: The ligaments of the spinal cord start stiffening that makes your neck stiffed or tight and create restrictions in the movement of the neck.
  • MORE USING OF NECK: In some occupations or professional works and in some hobbies forceful and continues movements of the neck region,  this put the pressure on the spine.
  • Some genetical factors are also responsible for spondylosis.
  • As previously present in the family.
  • Smoking and any drug addiction are also responsible.
  • Overweight and lazy, inactive persons become primary for cervical spondylosis.
  • Any hormonal imbalance.

SYMPTOMS OF CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

Normally patients of cervical spondylosis, do not have any symptoms.

The range of clinical features occur from mild to severe or sometimes develop suddenly.

Common symptom is PAIN. Sometimes the pain radiates to the arm and fingers.

The pain mostly accelerates during

  • Person is in standing position
  • During the sitting position
  • While sneezing
  • At the time of coughing
  • When you are tilting your neck backward

Another symptom that is common is the weakness of the muscle. Due to weakening of muscles, it is difficult to grasps the objects and it is harder to lift the objects in arms.

Other common signs are:

  • The neck becomes stiffed
  • Headache mostly occurs
  • On the shoulder& leg region and arm, there is tingling sensation and numbness also occur in legs.

COMPLICATIONS OF CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

Cervical myelopathy can create other disabilities at different grading.

  • Tetraplegia
  • A chest infection can occur recurrently
  • Paraplegia
  • Pressure on the sores

Best Exercise for Cervical Spondylitis

EXERCISE FOR CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

  • Try to keep your body in a straight position. Make your posture straight during sitting and standing, don’t create a C-type curve shape posture of the spinal area. It is also called NECK STRETCH exercise. Hold this step for at least 5 seconds, and do the 5 repetitions.
  • NECK TILT sideways and also forwardly tilt your neck so that it touches the chest area. Do this for about 5 seconds and repeat this exercise 5 times.
  • NECK TURNING EXERCISE: Just turn your head at one side in a comfortable manner, stretch your neck muscle softly. Repeat this process, in the opposite direction.
  • SHOULDER EXERCISE: Move your shoulder in a round or circular manner, this process stretches your neck and spinal muscle.

LIFESTYLE ADVICE

  • Yoga like Tadasana, bhujangaasan, etc. and other physical activities such as swimming, cycling, light dumbbell, pushups are useful in cervical spondylosis.
  • PHYSIOTHERAPY is also another option for treating cervical spondylosis.
  • Painkiller can be used in severe condition.
  • Avoid physical or mental efforts, try to stay free from mental stress.
  • Take a good hour of sleep during night time. At least 6-7 hours of sleep is necessary.
  • Have a soothing massage with lukewarm oil.
  • Intake of easily digested food should be increased, vegetable soups, dairy products and nuts like almond, cashew nuts are added to your daily life.
  • Start taking of protein, calcium-rich diet.
  • Take a sunbath which is a good source of vitamin D, makes your bones stronger.

HOME REMEDIES FOR CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS

  • Take two cloves of garlic and crush them. Add this paste to one glass of milk. Put it on a low flame for boiling, when one-fourth part is left, then strain it and divide it into two equal parts. Drink one part in the morning and another one at night time.
  • Take one tablespoon of castor oil before sleeping time.
  • Massage with almond oil or sesame oil on the back give a soothing effect.
  • During pain, you can take one glass of hot milk and add a pinch of turmeric in it. This remedy act as a natural analgesic.
  • An ice pack can be used during pain or stiffness.
  • Heat therapy also is used.
  • Take some cloves of garlic and one tablespoon of ajwain and roasts them until they become reddish brown, now add this material into the warm mustard oil or sesame oil. Massage with this oil mixture.