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What is Cervical Dystonia – Causes, Symptoms and Herbal Treatment

Abstract

Dystonia is a disorder that causes uncontrollable contraction of the muscles which results in twitching or repetitive movements. This condition can either affect a single body part or multiple parts of the body. The muscle spasm can range from severe to mild symptoms depending on the severity of the patient. It sometimes becomes difficult for them to even perform the day-to-day tasks and it makes life miserable for patients. In this article, we are going to talk about Cervical Dystonia and its herbal treatment.

What is Cervical Dystonia?

Cervical dystonia is a long-lasting or chronic disease that causes spasms or involuntary movements of the neck muscles. It is also known as the spasmodic torticollis. It is a very rare disorder that can occur at any age but it is mostly seen in middle-aged people. Women are more likely to be affected by Cervical Dystonia as compared to Men. The symptoms differ from patient to patient but it might get worse gradually. The specific cause for the disease is not known and there can be other triggering factors.

Cervical Dystonia

There are different types of Cervical Dystonia including

1. Torticollis

One of the most common types and in this the nose, as well as chin, can only rotate in one direction. The muscles that are commonly affected are the trapezius as well as levator scapulae.

2. Laterocollis

It is the type where the head is down to the shoulder and only on one side. In this type, the individual finds it difficult to place his or her head in the center.

3. Anterocollis

These people have difficulty in speaking, swallowing as well as difficulty in vision.

4. Retrocollus

Muscles involved are the extensors where the head is pulled back.

What are the symptoms seen in Cervical Dystonia?

Pain is one of the challenging and frequently seen symptoms in the patient with cervical dystonia.

The common symptoms seen are

  • Spasmodic pain in the muscles of the neck
  • Tingling and numbness sensation
  • Headache
  • Ear and Chin move towards the shoulder
  • Involuntary movements of the muscles of the neck.
  • Head, neck, and shoulder movements are restricted

What are the causes for Cervical Dystonia?

The main cause for the disease is still not known but there are some possible reasons including

  • A neurological disorder like Parkinson’s.
  • Any external injury to the shoulder, neck, or head
  • 10 to 25 percent of people have genetic mutations
  • Consumption of certain types of drugs may also cause Cervical Dystonia
  • Trauma
  • Stroke
  • Infection

What are the Risk Factors?

Here are some risk factors causing Cervical Dystonia including

  • Age:- It is mostly seen in between the ages of 30 to 50 ages
  • Sex:- Women are most likely to be affected
  • Family history:- People who have a history of cervical dystonia in the family are most likely to suffer from the disease

How can Cervical Dystonia be diagnosed?

The first common thing done is the physical examination of the patient.

Other test

  1. Blood test
  2. MRI scan

Treatment of Cervical Dystonia

According to Allopathic, there is no particular treatment for the disease but it can be treated on the basis of the symptoms. It is mostly seen that people suffer from other bad effects and their health might also deteriorate.

In Ayurveda, the Cervical Dystonia is compared to Manya stambh where the stiffness of the neck is caused due to imbalance Vata. Through Herbal medicine, one can easily control their symptoms without any side effects.

Herbal Medicine Provided By Planet Ayurveda For Cervical Dystonia

Planet Ayurveda is a private limited company that provides herbal medicine not only in India but also in other parts of the World. All the herbal medicines are 100 percent pure as well as natural along with that it is free from chemicals, preservatives, and additives. Each medicine is made under the supervision of an MD Ayurvedic Doctor and also clinically tested as well.

Here are the list of herbal medicine for Cervical Dystonia

  1. Yograj Guggul
  2. Boswellia Curcumin
  3. Brahmi Capsules
  4. Aamvatantak Churna
  5. Giloy Capsules
  6. Ashwagandha capsules

Cervical-Dystonia

Herbs for Cervical dystonia

Product Description

1. Yograj Guggul

It is made from herbs like Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Pippali (Piper longum), Ajwain (Carum copticum), Vidang (Embelia ribes), Kulanjan (Alpinia galanga) and many more. It is very effective in any kind of muscle or joint problem including dystonia as it helps in providing nourishment and strength to the neuromuscular system. It is very effective in removing toxins from the body and making it overall healthy.

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

2. Boswellia Curcumin

It is made from two very excellent herbs including Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). It’s one of the effective combinations of anti-inflammatory herbs and is very good for increasing mobility. It is helpful in reducing morning stiffness which is very common in patients who suffer from muscle dystonia

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

3. Brahmi Capsules

This herbal medicine contains a single herb known as Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri) which is effective in treating stress. It helps in increasing the coordination between the brain neurons and is also very helpful in improving muscle movement. Along with that, it is very good for involuntary movements in the body.

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

4. Aamvatantak Churna

This herbal combination is one of the best churna for the stiffness and inflammation in the muscles or joints. As it is packed with herbs like Haridra (Curcuma longa), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and many more. It is one of the unique herbal formulations for detoxifying the body and removing ailments like headaches or tingling sensations as well.

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

5. Giloy Capsules

It is made from a single herb known as Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) which is very effective in increasing immunity. Along with that, it will help in purifying the blood and treating any kind of Dystonia as well. It helps in treating complaints like gout, pain in joints, inflammation, and increasing movement of the body.

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

6. Ashwagandha Capsules

It is one of the well-known herbs called Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and is best for increasing the strength of the body. It is one of the best herbs for providing nourishment to the tissue, bones as well as muscles. It effectively increases the strength of muscles and bones.

Dosage:- One capsule twice daily after meals

Conclusion

Cervical dystonia is a disorder that can affect the daily routine of the body and above-mentioned being the daily routine. The above mentioned article described all the herbal medicines that are beneficial in treating the disease naturally and also stabilizing the condition.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Testicular Microlithiasis

Testicular Microlithiasis

Abstract

Testicles are the pair of sperm producing, oval shaped organs & main part of male reproductive system that are contained in a sac of skin called scrotum. Sometimes there is a collection of intratubular calcifications in one or both the testes which is known as Testicular Microlithiasis (TM). TM is relatively an asymptomatic condition usually found during the scanning (USG) of testes. But as this condition is associated with many benign & malignant conditions of testes, thus, can’t be ignored and must be diagnosed at early stages to get proper treatment. In this article we’re going to discuss the both, Modern & Ayurvedic view of Testicular microlithiasis side by side and its management with the best herbal products.

Testicular microlithiasis

Introduction

Testicular microlithiasis are often numerous, uniform, tiny, echogenic multitopic calcifications within the tubules that usually don’t cast acoustic shadows. This disease of unknown etiology involves the deposition of calcium deposits in the seminiferous duct’s lumen or may have arisen from the basement membrane components of the tubules. These microliths are generally so tiny that they are impalpable, painless and asymptomatic.

Ayurvedic View

This condition is best correlated with Shukrashmarij sharkara. Shukrashmari is mentioned by different Acharyas under the types of Ashmari (urinary calculus) which are formed in the vrishna (testicles) and medhra (penis). And the concept of microlithiasis can be best correlated with sharkara mentioned by Acharaya Bagbhatta in Ashtanga Hridaya.

Causes

Exact cause of testicular microlithiasis is not known according to Modern medicine.

But in Ayurvedic Texts

Ancient Reference

(Reference- Ashtanga hridaya nidana sthana 9/15)

According to Acharyas, the suppression of the urges of semen is the basic cause of Shukrashmari. Other than that, we can consider the common causes for Ashmari (stone) formation risk factors. These are: (Reference- Charka Chikitsa 26/36)

  • Not detoxifying the body at proper intervals.
  • Consumption of unwholesome diet & lifestyle
  • Overuse of kapha vardhak aahar vihar (kapha increasing diet & lifestyle)

Ayurvedic Samprapti of Microlithiasis (Sharkara)

After drying by Vayu and getting heat from pitta, and not achieving sufficient hardness from kapha, the ashmari (stone) breaks down into small gravel-like particles, these are known as sharkara (microlithiasis).

Sign & Symptoms

It is mostly an asymptomatic condition but there are some cases of painful testicular microlithiasis also reported. The mechanism of pain was considered due to the distention of seminiferous tubules. But it may be found in association with the cases of male infertility & testicular tumors.

Ayurvedic View

The clinical features of Shukrashmari as mentioned by Acharya Baghbhatta are:

  • Pain in bladder region
  • Dysuria (difficulty in urination)
  • Inflammation of testicles (orchitis)
  • Retention of urine
  • White & soft stone (if palpable)

Diagnosis

Testicular ultrasound is the best diagnostic method. It shows the microcalcifications in both or one of the testicles. Based on the presence of these microlithiasis this condition can be categorized in 3 types:

  1. Limited Testicular Microlithiasis: Presence of less than 5 microliths.
  2. Classic Testicular Microlithiasis: Presence of 5 or more microliths (tiny calcifications).
  3. Diffuse Testicular Microlithiasis: Multiple tiny calcifications are seen.

Treatment

Line of management for Testicular Microlithiasis in Ayurveda includes

  1. Herbs rich in vata and kapha dosha quenching properties along with the use of best herbal mutravirechak (diuretics).
  2. Avoidance of the possible causative/risk factors that can be responsible for Shukra ashmari.
  3. Use of plenty of fluids orally.
  4. Ashmari (here Testicular Microlithiasis) in the beginning without any associated disease, is easily manageable. So the procedure like sneh karma (local massage), kshaar prayog (use of alkali preparations), kshaya prayog (use of medicated decoctions), ksheer paryog (milk use) and uttara vasti (therapeutic enema through urethral route) are recommended. (Reference– Sushrut Chikitsa 7/2)

Herbal Remedies for Testicular Microlithiasis by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is ayurveda based herbal manufacturing company. The product formulated here are made with strict adherence to the ancient ayurvedic texts and principles. The formulations are prepared under the guidance of our expert ayurvedic physicians and are 100% obtained from natural sources, and are made with the help of ancient time-tested formulas.

Best Herbal Remedies as suggested by our team expert’s for Testicular microlithiasis are:

  1. Varunadi Vati
  2. Boswellia Curcumin
  3. Kanchnaar Guggul
  4. Reno Plan Syrup

Herbal Supplements for Testicular Microlithiasis

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Product Description

1. Varunadi Vati

The classical poly herbal combination formulated in tablet form. This is one of the best herbal remedies for various stone related cases. The ingredients include the combination of best three herbs having diuretic & blood purifying actions i.e., Varun (Crataeva nurvala), Gokshur (Tribulus terrestris) and Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa). The blood purifying action of these herbs reduces the risk of stone formation in testicles and diuretic action facilitates the passage out of micro stones through urine. Also, the fourth ingredients i.e., Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) has analgesic properties which reduce the pain in testicular microlithiasis cases.

Dosage: Two tablets twice daily with lukewarm water, after meals.

2. Boswellia Curcumin

This formulation is the best remedy suggested by our experts for any painful, inflammatory or infectious conditions available in capsule form. Boswellia Curcumin as the name describes, is made up of two ingredients Boswellia serrata (Shallaki) and Curcuma longa (Curcumin or haridra). In the case of testicular microlithiasis, the boswellia part will reduce the pain as Shallaki is well known for its analgesic properties & haridra fasten up the healing process & also reduce the risk of the infection in testicles. These both in combination will also act as a great anti-inflammatory agent, reducing swelling in inflammatory cases of this disease.

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

3. Kanchnaar Guggul

The best-known herbal formulation for any swelling related disorders. Kanchnaar guggul is the classical formulation having 9 ingredients available in tablet form. The main ingredients include the Kachnaar (Bauhinia variegata) in combination with Guggul (Commiphora mukul) which acts as a perfect herbal anti-inflammatory agent. Also, the other ingredients such as trikatu (Piper nigrum, Piper longum and Zingiber officinale) also act as an analgesic agent aids in painful conditions also due to ushna virya (hot potency) they start dissolving these stones. And triphala (Terminalia chebula, Terminalia bellerica and Embilica officinalis) will promote the cleansing of toxins from the body which will help in reducing the recurrence of these microliths. In the end, the varun (Crataeva nurvala) will make the slow passage of the dissolved stones in an easy way.

Dosage: Two tablets twice daily with lukewarm water after meals. (Either crush or chew well the tablets for better results)

4. Reno Plan Syrup

This poly herbal syrup is formulated by Planet Ayurveda’s experts for various kidney related disorders & urinary tract infections due to the diuretic action of these multiple herbs. The main ingredient of this syrup is Bhumayamlaki (Phyllanthus niruri) which is known for its stone crushing actions, it will speed up the dissolution of these microliths and the ingredients of this syrup such as Punarnava, gokshura etc. along with Trinpanchmool Ghan will facilitate the excretion of these through urinary passage. Trinpanchmool Ghan is the 5-root extract i.e Kash (Saccharum spontaneum), Shara (Saccharum munja), Kush (Desmostachya bipinnata), Darbha (Imperata cylindrica), Ikshu (Saccharum officinarum) which are considered as the 5 best herbs for mutravirechaniya activity (i.e enhance free flow of urine), and are also beneficial in urinary tract infection which may be caused due to testicular microlithiasis. The other left constituents of the syrup such as kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata), Kaasni (Cichorium intybus), Trapush (Cucumis sativus) etc. will promote the normal functioning of the kidney that reduces the risk of further stone formations.

Dosage: Two teaspoons twice a day, after meals.

Conclusion

After reading this article you know about Testicular microlithiasis, in the modern system of medicine there is no exact treatment of this disease available. They only rely on symptomatic treatment and if the patient is presented with an asymptomatic condition only monitoring is done for any associated diseases. This will lead to formation of many complications. However, in Ayurveda, with the use of these herbal formulations the dissolution and easy removal of these microliths is possible. These herbs will not only treat the disease but also prevent the recurrence of this type of disease and other associated urinary tract infections & side by side enhancing the kidney functions.