Category: Brain / Memory Health

What is Pick’s Disease? – Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis and Treatment

Abstract

The brain is one of the amazing organs of the body that controls the various functions of the body. The brain helps in receiving information through five senses including touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight. It is divided into four lobes and each one of its own function, one of these lobes is the frontal and temporal lobe which is responsible for controlling body movement, judgment, emotions, personality, memory, hearing, organizing, and understanding the language as well. When both of these lobes are affected this results in frontotemporal disease which is caused due to damaging of neurons. Due to nerve death, the commonly noted symptom is difficulty in behavior and thinking as well. One of the common forms of the disease is frontotemporal Dementia better known as Pick’s Disease. In this article, we are going to discuss Pick’s disease and its treatment through herbal medicine.

What Is Pick’s Disease?

Pick’s disease is one of the rare conditions which causes an irreversible and progressive type of Dementia. It is a type of Frontotemporal dementia which is resulted due to the degeneration of the frontotemporal lobe. The patient who has dementia their brain does not work properly enough. As a result, they find it difficult in thinking, memory, behavior, judgment as well as language. There are many conditions resulting in dementia including Alzheimer’s disease and this could affect different parts of the brain. Pick’s disease is one of these diseases where both the temporal and frontal lobe is affected. This affects emotional control, multitasking, inhibition, or planning and along with that, it might also disturb the emotional behavior.

Pick's Disease

What Are The Signs And Symptoms?

Anyone suffering from Pick’s disease will progress slowly and worsen the condition more. Most commonly seen are difficulty in interacting with people for example changes in behavior or not able to talk socially. Changes in behavior and personality are one of the most significant clinical features. The patient might suffer from some emotional or behavior changes like

  1. Changes in mood
  2. Behavior becomes very compulsive
  3. Symptoms similar to depression
  4. Detached socially
  5. Social skills are poor
  6. Repetition in behavior

What Causes Pick’s Disease?

It is caused due to the formation of an abnormal amount of nerve cell protein better known as Tau. This type of protein is found in all types of nerve cells and if the patient suffers from Pick’s disease then an accumulation of spherical clumps is very commonly seen. When the nerve cells start to get accumulated in the frontal as well as temporal lobe this causes the cell to die. The brain tissue starts to shrink resulting in symptoms similar to dementia. Yet, it is not proven by the scientist what causes the formation of these abnormal proteins. But it is found by the geneticists that Pick’s disease is related to abnormal genes. It has also been seen that the recurrence of the disease is closely related to the family.

How Pick’s Disease Can Be Diagnosed?

There is no specific test done to diagnose the disease but by knowing the medical history along with the imaging test. The Doctor might ask for few things like

  1. Knowing the total medical history.
  2. Asking about complete writing and speaking tests.
  3. Taking interviews with the family to learn about the behavior of patients.
  4. Neurological examination
  5. MRI, PET, and CT scans will help.

Treatment

According to Allopaths, there is no specific treatment for Pick’s disease but there are some medications that will slow the symptoms. For example by providing antipsychotic and antidepressant medicines and will help in treating behavioral and emotional changes.  These medications might lead to other health disorders too.

According to Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, the bodies are made from Vata, Pitta, and Kapha whereas Pick’s disease is caused due to an imbalance of Vata. It can be considered as Smriti-Bhransh which means loss of memory. This mental health can be managed through herbal medicine without even causing any side effects.

Herbal Medicine Provided By Planet Ayurveda for Pick’s Disease

Herbal Remedies for Pick's DiseaseHerbal Remedies for Pick's Disease

Planet Ayurveda is a manufacturing company that runs globally and provides herbal medicines in different countries. All the herbal medicine made under the supervision of an MD Ayurvedic Doctor and also clinically tested as well. Each herbal remedy is free from chemicals, preservatives, colors, etc making it safe to use and free from side effects as well.  Here is the list of herbal medicine

  1. Brahmi Chyawanprash
  2. Gotu Kola capsules
  3. Shilajit Capsules
  4. Memory Support

Product Description

1. Brahmi Chyawanprash

This Chyawanprash is made from herbs like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus), and many others. It is very helpful in reducing mental fatigue and also increases concentration. The daily use of this herbal Chyawanprash will enhance memory and one of the best herbal formulations for reducing anxiety as well as stress.

Dosage:- One teaspoon twice daily.

2. Gotu Kola capsules

It is made from the single herb known as Gotu Kola (Centella asiatica) and is one of the effective herbs in increasing memory. It is packed with nutrients like Vitamin A, B, E, K and magnesium. It is very effective in improving the blood circulation in the brain and giving nourishment to the nervous system.

Dosage:- Two capsules twice daily after meals with water.

3. Shilajit Capsules

It is made from a single herb called Shilajit (Asphaltum) which is well known for reducing weakness. This herbal medicine will improve mental as well as physical health as it contains antioxidants. It helps in boosting energy and also very effective in controlling cognitive disorders especially Pick’s disease

Dosage:- One capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Memory Support

As the name says it is very effective in supporting and also increasing memory. It is made from some effective herbs like Vacha (Acorus calamus), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) and Vacha (Acorus calamus). All these herbs will relieve mental stress and also give life to the dead brain cells.

Dosage:- Two capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.

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Conclusion

Brain is the C.P.U and it should be taken care of as mentioned in the article that how this mental disorder can affect life. All the herbal medicine provided in the article will help in treating the pick’s disease naturally and also improving memory

Treatment of Hydrocephalus With Herbal Remedies

Abstract

Hydrocephalus is a condition in which fluid buildup is noticed in the cavities of the brain that are called ventricles. These ventricles are seated deep within the brain and due to accumulation of fluid (cerebrospinal fluid) the ventricles increase and put pressure on the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid normally flows in through the ventricles and bathes the brain and the spinal cord. But if this fluid is accumulated in the brain ventricles it puts too much pressure on brain tissue and hence causes damage. This damage of tissues can result in imparied brain functions and the impairment depends on the level of tissue damage. In this article we will discuss the hydrocephalus in detail, mentioning its causes, symptoms, types and ayurvedic treatment.

Introduction

The term hydrocephalus is derived from the greek word ‘hydro’ which means water and ‘cephalus’ that means head. The water here refers to the presence of cerebrospinal fluid. The accumulation of CSF in the ventricles results in increased intracranial pressure inside the skull and also causes progressive enlargement of head, convulsions, tunnel visions and mental disability. Hydrocephalus can happen at any age but usually it occurs more frequently in infants and adults around 60 years and above.

Hydrocephalus

Causes

The causes of hydrocephalus vary with age like in infants it is generally the result of injury to the head before or during birth, congenital defects, tumors of the central nervous system and infections before birth that affects CNS. On the other hand, in older patients (in older children and adults) it is generally the result of developmental defects, tumors of the brain or spinal cord, bleeding in the brain and injury to the brain.

Types of Hydrocephalus

  1. Communicating hydrocephalus
  2. Non communicating hydrocephalus
  3. Normal pressure hydrocephalus (NPH)

1. Communicating Hydrocephalus

This type is also called as non-obstructive hydrocephalus. In communicating hydrocephalus the flow of cerebrospinal fluid is blocked after it exits the ventricles. In this form CSF can still flow between ventricles that remain open.

2. Non communicating Hydrocephalus

Non communicating hydrocephalus is also known as obstructive hydrocephalus and this generally occurs when the flow of cerebrospinal fluid is blocked. The blockage is generally seen in one or more narrow passages connecting the ventricles.

3. Normal pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH)

This type typically affects people ages around 60 years. It can be the result of any injury or even stroke. Normal pressure hydrocephalus generally develops gradually, blocking the CSF drainage. It causes fluid buildup with time. After this the enlarged ventricles press the brain around the skull and thus causes symptoms. The NPH includes dementia, walking difficulties, slurred speech which are similar to Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease making the diagnosis difficult. In most of the cases normal pressure hydrocephalus remains undetermined. Bleeding in the brain due to stroke, injury, tumor and infections like meningitis are its main causes. Such patients usually develop urgency and incontinence, walking difficulties, altered gait, cognitive challenges as the early symptoms of NPH.

Sign and Symptoms

The general sign and symptoms of hydrocephalus includes abnormal enlargement of head, recurrent nausea and vomiting of unknown type, sleepiness, irritability, sun setting eyes (downward deviation of eyes), seizures, increases urgency, incontinence in some cases, blurred vision, diplopia, poor gait, poor coordination, slow development in children and swelling of optic disc. In rare cases loss of memory, cognitive challenges, bulging fontanel and prominent scalp veins will be noticed. Generally the risk of hydrocephalus is increased by premature births, brain infections and hemorrhage.

In Ayurveda, hydrocephalus is correlated with upshershak. In ashtanga hridaya uttaratantra upshershak is understood as a condition in children. The cause of upshershak is believed to be vata prakopa in garbha (before birth). This vitiated vata gets its root in kapala and then it produces swelling similar to the colour of skin and remains painless. (A.H.Ut. 23/21)

Diagnosis

  1. Computerized tomography showing enlarged spaces or ventricles of the brain.
  2. Chiari malformations (abnormality at the base of the brain where the spinal cord joins with the skull).
  3. Dandy walker syndrome (when the fourth ventricle is enlarged due to the partial or complete closure of the other ventricular outlets).

Treatment

In modern medicine, the commonest method of Treatment of Hydrocephalusis surgical insertion of drainage systems called shunts. Another surgical procedure is also done known as endoscopic third ventriculostomy.Ayurveda explains that generally the upshershak reduces on its own. If it does not resolve then applying lepa made up of jaw, gehu, moong and ghrita is very beneficial. Rakta visravan is also done again and again, sudation with dashamoola kwatha is done.

For the management of hydrocephalus planet ayurveda also offers some of its herbal products. These products are made from the standardized extract of herbs and helps in pacifying vata and initiates the absorption of accumulated CSF.

Herbal Remedies for Hydrocephalus

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The Formulations offered areas Follows

  1. Brahmi capsules
  2. Gotu kola Capsules
  3. Ashwagandha capsules
  4. Punarnava capsules
  5. Amalaki Rasayan
  6. Brahmi Chyawanprash

Products Description

1. Brahmi capsules

Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) is known for its wonderful results in brain malfunction which is the result of many conditions. Brahmi is known to increase the memory power and boost brain functioning. It also helps in nourishing the damaged brain cells.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

2. Gotu kola capsules

These Capsules are made from the extract of gotu kola (Centella asiatica). The parts used for the preparation are the leaves of gotu kola. This herb is very beneficial in improving circulation, improves alertness and provides relaxation.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

3. Ashwagandha capsules

This herb is known to reduce nervous breakdown due to hydrocephalus. It nourishes the brain tissue and provides effective results in pacifying vata. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) also helps in increasing the body’s immunity and thus reducing the hydrocephalus caused due to brain infection.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

4. Punarnava capsules

In Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), punar means again and nava means new. The herb is known to rejuvenate the cells and thus limiting the damage caused due to accumulation of CSF. It also helps in the absorption of CSF and thus relieves the symptoms. It also helps in stabilizing urinary incontinence or urgency.

Dose: One capsule twice a day after meals.

5. Amalaki Rasayan

Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) rasayan work by decreasing the intracranial pressure that builds inside the skull due to the accumulation of CSF. It enhances your immunity and fights with the infections.

Dose: One capsule twice daily after meals.

6. Brahmi Chyawanprash

This formulation contains Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) , vasaka (Adhatoda vasica) and many more. This is very beneficial in reducing symptoms related to memory, walking and altered gait. The use of this product on a daily basis is very helpful in balancing tridoshas, nourishing the body and strengthening immunity.

Dose: One tablespoon twice daily after meals.

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Conclusion

Hydrocephalus occurs generally in children but now is commonly seen in the adults too. Such conditions are capable of causing great damage to the brain and its tissues thus producing a variety of symptoms. The formulations offered by planet ayurveda are potential of resolving the symptoms and managing this condition very efficiently. The products offered by planet ayurveda are totally herbal and do not cause any side effects. The products are internationally certified and do not contain any kind of fillers, dyes, adulterants etc. In case of any query kindly visit www.PlanetAyurveda.com