Category: Oromandibular Dystonia

Oromandibular Dystonia with Its Ayurvedic Correlation


Oromandibular is a rare neuromuscular disorder of oromandibular region  characterised by involuntary repetitive muscular contraction of oromandibular region. Its various physical manifestations can be dangerous for patient health and it can make patients socially disabled. Sometimes this can be misdiagnosed and patients get wrong treatment  There is no specific diagnostic criteria and treatment for this in modern medicine. In ayurveda there is proper treatment mentioned for diseases related to neuromuscular conditions. This can be correlated with the vata vyadhi as per Ayurveda and treatment of vata vyadhi is explained properly in ayurvedic medicinal textbooks. Ayurvedic medicine is helpful in detoxifying the body and it has the potency to treat this disease properly.


Dystonia is the involuntary muscle contractions of different parts of the body.  Based on the anatomical  site of the dystonia, it can be categorised as focal, segmental, multifocal and generalised. It can also be categorised on the basis of causes. Primary dystonia is idiopathic and secondary dystonia mostly occurs due to trauma and medications. It is important to not ignore dystonia and treat well

Oromandibular dystonia is a focal dystonia in which masticatory spasm &  lingual muscles result in involuntary movement and pain in the jaw when opened, closed or deflected. It is sometimes referred to as cranial dystonia. Cranial dystonia is a condition in which the dystonia affects the region of the face and mouth. The symptoms come in later life after mid age (50 years and above) and appear to be more common in women.

Oromandibular Dystonia


The specific reason for oro mandibular is unknown. After much discussion on the organic cause for this syndrome it is sometimes placed under adult onset torsion dystonia. However there is no significant sign for the pathogenesis of this disease. Because of this some scientist suggest that it is “psychogenic”


To diagnose oromandibular dystonia is difficult because its symptoms mimic other dental problems. Misdiagnosis can lead to harm to the patient and the progression of symptoms.

1. Dental mimics

Omd is present with dysfunction of both oral and facial musculature. It can be mimicked with the Temporo mandibular joint because in both the cases pain is present and bone dislocation occurs.

2. Medical Mimics

Neurological movement disorders can also be mimicked from omd if jaw tremor is present. There are many conditions like this for example parkinson’s disease  when tremor affects the jaw, chin and mouth. In progressive stages can also include depression & stress and because of this it can be misdiagnosed as a psychiatric disorder. Drugs like dopamine can induce omd and tardive dyskinesia so it is difficult to differentiate


  1. Involuntary opening of mouth
  2. Jaw shifting towards one side or the back
  3. Involuntary movements in the face or lip
  4. Involuntary movements of tongue
  5. Slurred speech
  6. Difficulty in chewing
  7. Muscle contraction of jaw and face
  8. Pain in jaw and oral cavity


It is considered to be vata vyadhi in Ayurveda which means this is occurred due to the vitiation of dosha (vata)  in the specific region oromandibular.  Vata vyadhi has some specific characteristic symptoms like: asthi bhanga (dislocation of bones), shotha (swelling), stambha (stiffness), gaatra suptataa (numbness of body), bheda(spitting pain).

For treating vata vyadhi several ayurvedic therapies and drugs work magnificently. Among them some therapies are as follows: Sneha, Sweda, Mridu shodhnam, Snigdhoshana vasti and seka etc.


Planet ayurveda herbal medications are one of the certified medicines which are tested in the lab and they are ISO certified. These products are not using any additives, flavours or preservatives and they have no side effects. Planet ayurveda products are pure herbal medications in this disease many products can be used some of them are as follows: Dhanwantharam capsules, Boswelia curcumin and  yograj guggul etc


This formulation was used by many ayurvedic practitioners in treating disease. In ayurveda there is mentioned that not only a single substance on this earth which can not be used as drugs that’s why in ayurveda along with herbal medication minerals are also used in treating different diseases. The main ingredients are Parada (Purified mercury), Abhraka (Mica), Swarna (purified gold) etc.

Dosage: 1 tablet to be chewed with little milk after meals.


It contain many useful ingredient like: Guggul (commiphora mukul), Nagarmotha (cyperus rotundus), Chitrak (plumbago zeylanica) and Amla (emblica officinalis) etc They are very helpful in balancing the vitiation of vata disease. Many properties like antioxidant, anti inflammatory, anti bacterial, anti thrombotic which are useful in treating oromandibular dystonia.

Dosage: 2 tablets should be taken twice daily after meals.


It is highly recommended in the treatment of vata dosha vitiation disease such as paralysis, hemiplegia, facial palsy, tremors etc. It has excellent properties like anti ageing and rejuvenating properties.

Dosage: 1 tablet should be taken twice daily after meals


Its main ingredients are Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa) They together give a very beneficial result in anti inflammation. In oromandibular dystonia, shallaki works as a painkiller and specifically acts on muscular pain. Curcumin is the principal ingredient of  haridra which have antioxidant properties and useful for quick healing of wounds

Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily, after meals with plain water.


These are basically a soft gel capsule of oil form which are derived from dhanwantaram tailam. It can be used for neurological disorders such as paralysis, tinnitus etc. Its indications are given for many diseases like: hemiplegia, paraplegia, neuromuscular disorder, trigeminal neuralgia etc. It can be mainly used in vatika disorder i.e it is recommended in oromandibular dystonia.

Dosage: 1 capsule should be taken two times daily.

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Oromandibular dystonia as described earlier in focal dystonia involving the masticatory and tongue muscles. It can be suspected in people with involuntary repetitive muscular contractions of the oromandibular. Due to its presentation it is difficult to diagnose and sometimes patients can be misdiagnosed with other diseases. For proper management it should be diagnosed  correctly and treatment should be started according to that. In ayurveda there is proper mention of management of vatika disorders and they are treated well.

Treatment of Oromandibular Dystonia with Herbal Remedies


In problems like “Oromandibular dystonia” concern related to facial and dental appearance are also seen, which may give rise to certain psychological issues such as depression. So we need to focus on both the patient state of mind as well as ongoing disease progress to treat such disorders.


The word oromandibular dystonia comprises ‘oro’ means oral cavity. ‘Mandible’ is associated with the mandible (the jawbone). ‘Dystonia’ is a neurological syndrome in which continuous muscular contraction results in the reiteration of movements & abnormal body postures.So, oromandibular dystonia is a kind of dystonia which affects the oral cavity, jaw, tongue, and leads to difficulty in speaking, chewing and eating.According to Ayurveda we can correlate it with “हनुग्रह/ हनुस्तंभ”

“हनुग्रहस्तदा अत्यर्थं  सो अन्नम कृच्छानिषेवते’’|| (सु. निदान.  १/५३)

Due to excessive surge in vata dosha of our body, our mandibular joint got restricted, immovable due to the fact that the patient faces problems in chewing and eating. This condition is called “hanugrah”.

“हनुमुले स्थितो बंधनात स्रंसतयनिलोहन |

विवृतासयत्वमथवा कुर्यात स्तब्धमवेदनम ||

हनुग्रह च संस्तभ्य हनु संवृत वक्त्रताम ||”

(च. चि. २८ /४९)

It states that elevated vata dosha is situated at the temporomandibular joint leading to severe pain at the affected area. It is of 2 types: In one there is: Vivritasyta ‘विवृतास्य्ता’ (mouth remains open), Samvritasyta ‘संवृतास्य्ता’ (in which mouth get closed). Oromandibular dystonia possesses an aggregation of different kinds of symptoms. As per ayurveda it comes under “vata vyadhi” primarily it evolves due to vitiated vata dosha. Vata is considered as one of the most important energy in the body as it is the only movable energy that takes pitta and kaph along.

पित पंगु कफ पंगु पंगवोमलधातवः

वायुना यत्रनियंत्रते तत्र गछन्ति मेघवतः ||”

This is a very beautiful shloka mentioned in our text that tells us about the importance of vata. It states that both pita and kapha along with other “मल” (waste products) dhatu’s(essential substance) of our body are “पंगु” (i.e. unable to move) ,only vata (वायु) take them from one place to other, same as the air in atmosphere take megh (clouds) to different directions.

Oromandibular Dystonia


Exact cause of the disease is not known but we can consider that due to increase in conduction of neurotransmitters to oromandibular region, the functioning of that area got increased which results in elevation of involuntary movements, Hereditary cause- sometime there may be a family history of disease inheritance, By intake of certain neurotoxic & psychotropic drugs,Trauma, It can also see as symptoms in certain disorders like in tetanus.

According to ayurveda- these kinds of disorders occur due to vitiated vata dosha in the body.

  1. Intake of ruksh (rough), sheet (cold), laghu (low weight) food items.
  2. If one does अध्यशन (overeating, even if previously eaten food is not digested) प्रमिताशन (eat in less quantity).
  3. Over indulge in strenuous exercises.
  4. When one chew hard substances.
  5. One controls his/her natural urges for a longer time.
  6. If a person sleeps on a hard surface or sits on an uncomfortable chair/bench.
    When a person has had an underlying disease for a long time.

Following Are the Symptoms

  • Spontaneous opening or closure of mouth
  • Pain in facial region
  • Difficulty in speaking
  • Uncontrolled eye movements.
  • Problem with grinding food and swallowing.
  • Diminished sensation in jaw.
  • Struggling with teeth grinding and chewing.


  • By clinical evaluation of signs and symptoms.
  • Neurological examination.
  • Intramuscular electromyography( EMG)

Treatment of Oromandibular Dystonia

According to Ayurveda

  1. Firstly do निदान परिवर्जन( avoidance of the cause)
  2. Local massaging (अभ्यंग) with any herbal oil by keeping a slow pace would be appreciated. e.g., with महामाष तैल
  3. Oil pulling- 2 ancient methods used in this regard are as follows
  4. गण्डूष (mouth is completely filled with oil, keep it in mouth until you start having sweating on your forehead) e.g. with महानारायण तैल
  5. कवल (gargles is done with oil)
  6. Local (स्वेदन) – use naadi sved. This medicine is sprayed on the patient’s body to make it free of toxins.
  7. Using शिरोधारा- pouring medicated herbal oil over the head of a patient by a specially made shirodhara yantra.
  8. BASTI KARMA (बस्ति कर्म) – BASTI is considered as “अर्ध चिकित्सा” means only basti can remove all the ailment of our body.

Herbal Formulations for Oromandibular Dystonia By Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a trusted and renowned organisation offering herbal products all over the world. Their products are 100 % pure and prepared using ancient time tested formulas. They are totally safe and devoid of any kind of chemical, additive, preservative and binders. There are numerous products for managing oromandibular dystonia, some of them are listed below:-

  1. Rasraj Ras
  2. Yograj Guggul
  3. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
  4. Boswellia Curcumin
  5. Dhanwantharam capsule

1. Rasraj Ras

It is a classical herbomineral formulation prepared using are Rasa sindura (purified mercury), Abhrak satva (purified silica), Swarna bhasma (purified ash of gold), Rajata bhasma (purified ash of silver), vanga bhasma (purified ash of tin), Ashwagandha powder, Javitri, Kakamachi juice etc. It is very efficient in treating nervous disorders. These tablets strengthen the functioning of nerves and muscles.

Dosage- 1 twice daily to be chewed with little amount of milk, after the meals.

2. Yograj Guggul

It is a polyherbal formulation prepared using Shuddha (Pure) Guggul. The other ingredients are musta, Chitraka, Amalaki, Haritaki, Bibhitaki etc. It is an herbal painkiller that helps in preventing muscle cramps and is very effective in joint disorders. This medicine rejuvenates and strengthens the skeletal and neuro-muscular system

Dosage 2 twice daily with plain water after the meals.

2. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

It includes swarna bhasma, Rajata bhasma, Abhrak bhasma, Loha bhasma, Pravala bhasma, etc. It works best against the vata dosha in our body and is also effective in convulsions, tremors or facial paralysis.

Dosage 1 twice daily to be chewed with little milk, after meals.

3. Boswellia Curcumin

It is an effective combination of Boswellia and Curcumin extracts, prepared by Planet Ayurveda. It possesses great anti-inflammatory, antifungal properties, very good for your skin.

Dosage- 1 twice daily with normal water, after meals.

4. Dhanwantharam capsule

The main ingredients are Ela, Shunthi, Haritaki, Jati, Brihati, Kiratatiktha and several others. It stabilizes the vitiated vata dosha and improves blood circulation in the body.

Dosage 1 twice daily with jeera (cumin) water, after the meals.

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So you can choose ‘planet ayurveda’ as it offers a tremendous amount of herbal preparations with great positive results in oromandibular dystonia. Their products are 100% organic and free from preservatives and coloring agents manufactured under the guidance of ayurveda experts.