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NATURAL TREATMENT FOR MUSICIAN’S DYSTONIA

ABSTRACT

Musician’s dystonia is the task specific movement disorder which is most severe one amongst instrumental performer disorders. It is also known as musician’s cramp. Musician’s dystonia can be of two types, i.e. embouchure dystonia and focal hand dystonia. In this movement disorder there occurs loss of voluntary motor control and continuous incoordination of muscles while performing the highly trained task specific movements like playing a specific musical instrument. Usually there is no pain in this disorder however it can occur sometimes as a form of strain due to the compensatory use of antagonist muscles for a dystonic movement. In this article, all about Musician’s dystonia and herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda to manage and treat this condition is discussed well.

INTRODUCTION

Task specific focal dystonia along with several other occupational ailments are commonly found in professional musicians, who are using the particular type of musical instrument for long term. Many cases of focal dystonia are left undiagnosed and untreated as per the estimate by experts. Males are more prone to develop this condition as compared to females and in less than half of the cases, family history of dystonia is also found. In this condition, the mostly used or most active digits of hands are affected, hence the affected digits can differ depending upon their use in playing the instrument. Musician’s dystonia is usually left undiagnosed due to the absence of pain and its intermittent nature. It is also confused with certain tendon pathology or overuse disorder. This condition is considered to arise from the certain changes in the brain that occur while attaining the advanced musical techniques and skills.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

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There are various signs and symptoms which appear gradually in musician’s dystonia

  • Initially the musician suffers from lapses while performing, which usually is in an instinctive ability of a performer. This condition is most of the time ignored considering it to be lack of preparation or faults in techniques
  • Usually the people playing guitar, piano and brass instruments get affected by this condition. The symptoms come up only while playing the instrument otherwise there is no problem in performing any other activity
  • People playing piano commonly have the complaints in right hand specifically the fingers
  • Person playing guitar gets the symptom in left hand while percussionists and guitarist observe complaints in any of the both hands
  • An individual playing brass instrument develop symptoms in the jaw and corners of the mouth while those playing woodwind gets trouble in embouchure or hands
  • Usually none of these musicians have any kind of pain
  • Inability to play the particular instrument like fingers starts to shake, hands stop moving or freezes or clenching of fingers occur while playing the instrument

CAUSES

Musician’s dystonia is a neurological disorder which acts just like a computer virus which corrupts the whole program; this form of dystonia affects the sensory motor programs in the brain, those contain all the information about playing an instrument.

Basically, musician’s dystonia occurs when abnormal changes are seen in the communication of body parts with the brain via nerves. This results in incoordination between instructions given by the brain and inability of the parts to execute those movements. Generally, this abnormality of coordination between the brain and other body parts remains unknown. However, there are certain triggering factors also like injury to the affected body part, certain infections, stroke, adverse reactions to medication, Parkinson’s disease and carbon monoxide poisoning. Besides this, there can be some instrument related risk factors like practicing too much or prolonged performance time, playing a new instrument, changes in technique, or nerve injury leading to changes.

DIAGNOSIS

Usually the medical history, occupational history and information about the medications you take, can help in suspecting the condition. Many times, musician’s dystonia is incorrectly diagnosed as overuse injury. However MRI, CT scans and electromyography can help in confirming the diagnosis.

TREATMENT

Conventionally musician’s dystonia is considered to be incurable. However certain medications are used to manage the condition like anticholinergics which helps in blocking the transmission of nerves to the affected muscles. But these medicines can result in various side effects and cannot be used for long term.

On the other hand Ayurveda is the natural science or science of life which deals and treats the disease with the help of natural herbs and their formulations along with other natural techniques. These natural therapeutic measures of Ayurveda do not harm the body further in any way even if taken for long term.

HERBAL REMEDIES BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda has been indulged in treatment of various acute and chronic diseases which are considered to be incurable in modern medicine. Owing to the fact that the herbal medicines produced here are purely herbal, vegetarian and organic and are free from any chemicals, and other harmful additives. Efficacy and safety is also ensured with these herbal formulations. For Musician’s dystonia, Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal medicines as below

Products List

  1. Rumogin 5 capsule
  2. Yograj guggul
  3. Vrihat vatchintamani ras
  4. Boswellia curcumin
  5. Brahmi capsule

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Products Description

1. Rumogin 5 capsule

These herbal capsules are prepared using standardized extract of Pippali (Piper longum), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Haridra (Curcuma longa), and Shallaki (Boswellia serrata). Rumogin 5 capsules help in easing the movements of the digits and treating the ailments associated with it.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Yograj guggul

Herbs like Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), Pippali (Piper longum), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Ela (Eletteria cardamomum), Ardraka (Zingiber officinale), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Mustaka (Citrus rotundus), etc. are used to make this classical formulation. Yograj guggul helps in facilitating the easy movements of hands, fingers and jaw. It also supports healthy muscles and joints

Dosage– Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

3. Vrihat vatchintamani ras

Neurological disorders like musician’s dystonia are caused due to the vitiation of Vata dosha and vrihat vatchintamani ras tablets helps in balancing this dosha, therefore, eliminating the root cause of the disease. These tablets are prepared using Abhraka bhasma, swarna bhasma, pravala bhasma, rajata bhasma, suta bhasma, loha bhasma and mukta bhasma.

Dosage- Take 1 tablet twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Boswellia curcumin

Boswellia curcumin capsules are formulated with the pure extract of two herbs, i.e. Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Haridra (Curcuma longa). It relieves any kind of inflammation and also treats the underlying infection of musician’s dystonia.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

5. Brahmi capsule

It is manufactured using the standardized extract of the single herb, i.e. Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri). Brahmi capsules possess neuroprotective properties which help in preventing any kind of damage to the brain and nerves. It also helps in treating such disorders.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at – costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030 Or Check Website – www.PlanetAyurveda.com

CONCLUSION

Musician’s dystonia can be a great trouble for any musician and its incurable description by conventional system of medicine can make it more worrisome. However, the herbal remedies by Planet Ayurveda can help in managing and treating the condition more effectively.

AYURVDIC TREATMENT FOR CHRONIC VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY

ABSTRACT

Some diseases although have very less prevalence rate but being presence of a pathology whether it is common or uncommon one is always a topic of concern. One such very important topic of discussion is chronic venous insufficiency. So let put some rays of limelight over this topic and how ayurveda helps you in dealing with such ailments.

INTRODUCTION

Chronic venous insufficiency is a problem associated with circulation of blood, in which veins of legs don’t allow blood to flow back up to your heart that produce accumulation of blood in the legs producing other associated symptoms like straining of blood in the veins. Normally this condition arises due to prolonged standing habits may even be seen as an occupational hazard. As some professions require prolonged standing that makes our body more prone toward this ailment. Normally the valves present inside the lumen of the vein allow blood from lower extremities to flow back toward the heart, but  when the functioning of these valves get impaired, blood will not flow properly leading to pooling of blood in legs.

As per ayurveda we can correlate chronic venous insufficiency with ‘shotha roga’

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This verse states that

When there is an elevation of vata dosha inside the body, it takes pitta, kapha and rakta dosha along with him (i.e. vata) toward the bahya sira (veins), due to that there comes a problem in circulation of blood inside the veins and it get accumulated in between the skin and muscular tissue producing inflammation over there, known as “shotha” (edema)

ETIOLOGICAL FACTORS

These are the main causes (nidan as per ayurveda) that results in formation of an ailment.

CHRONIC VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY

The most common cause of CVI is reflux of the venous valve of superficial veins of the lower extremities. This may occurs due to various associated conditions such as:

  • Superficial vein thrombosis
  • Deep vein thrombosis
  • Formation of arteriovenous fistula
  • Phlebitis (inflammation of veins)
  • Prolonged standing habits
  • Hypertension
  • Lack of exercise
  • Excessive smoking
  • Occupation related hazard, seen in the profession of teaching very often.

As per ayurveda it occurs due to

  • Consumption of salt in excess proportion
  • Intake of guru (bulky), amla (sour), lavan (salt), nava dhanya (newly formed grains) in higher amount
  • Marmaghat (injury to important organs of our body)

Purvarupa (Prodromal symptoms)

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As per ayurveda the common prodromal symptoms are explained in above mentioned shloka and it states that:

  • Feeling of warmth in affected area
  • Burning in localized area
  • Vasodilatation
  • Heaviness in the affected part

CLINICAL FEATURES

It includes the signs and symptoms. A symptom means the general complaints along with which patients present in front of the physician. Signs: It means what a physician notices himself by observing the patient’s condition.

  • Itching
  • Pain
  • Swelling in the lower limbs
  • Difficulty in moving, walking, sitting
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue and malaise
  • Hyper pigmentation of the underlying skin
  • Formation of leg ulcer
  • Painful leg cramps
  • Abnormal muscle spasm of lower extremities
  • Feeling of tightness in the lower limbs

Risk factors

It includes the factors responsible for increasing the chance of developing an ailment in the body. In right coronary artery blockage the common risk factors are:

  • Hypertension
  • Obesity
  • High blood cholesterol level
  • Inactivity/lack of exercises
  • Indulging in prolonged standing habits.
  • Varicose vein
  • Deep vein thrombosis.

DIAGNOSIS

  • Through physical examination of the patient by using:
    • Inspection
    • Palpation
    • Auscultation
    • Percussion
  • Doppler ultrasound
  • Invasive venography

MANAGEMENT

Preventive measures

  • Avoid consumption of processed and junk food.
  • Do not smoke.
  • Indulge yourself in regular exercises- perform exercise to certain extent not beyond your strength.
  • Avoid severe unaccustomed exertion and harsh exercises after heavy meals or in cold weather.
  • Eat a healthy diet rich with good antioxidants and other important nutrients by adding more fruits and vegetables in the diet.
  • Use of exercise on a regular basis.

Conservative therapy

  • Use of compression stockings
  • Antihypertensive medications to reduce high blood pressure
  • Tilting bed in such a manner that feet are above the level of heart.
  • Use of ankle pump or sequential compression pump.

Surgical intervention

  • Ligation- In this surgical procedure, we do tie up the vein to prevent blood flow.
  • Surgical repair of the affected portion of the vein.
  • Laser ablation of vein.
  • Vein transplant therapy
  • Sclerotherapy

In ayurveda we use following below listed treatment protocols

  1. Nidan parivarjan chikitsa– Avoiding the root of disease. Under this treatment protocol we need to avoid all the causative factors that lead to formation of a pathology in our body.
  2. In ayurveda we use two treatment modalities in chronic venous insufficiency to sustainably manage the disease further growth. The first one is sanshodhan chikitsa (detoxification procedure) and san shaman chikitsa (alleviating treatment)

Sanshodhan chikitsa (detoxification procedure)

As chronic venous insufficiency is a life threatening condition if not treated initially so we need to use ‘mridu sanshodhan’ (mild detoxification procedures)

  • Snehana karma (oleation therapy) Smoothing the body dosha’s by using herbal   ghrit/oil.
  • Mridu svedan (gentle fomentation) – fomentation is done with herbs that possess mild action.
  • Mridu vaman (inducing emesis with mridu dravya (herb that are not very strong/harsh in action)
  • Agni karma (therapeutic cautery) to provide instant relief from pain by balancing out vata-kapha dosha with the use of heat procedures in balanced amounts.

San shaman chikitsa (alleviating treatment)

  • In this treatment modality we use the herbal medicines by oral route to balance   vitiated doshas within the body itself.
  • In this we can also use herbal formulation of planet ayurveda, as their products are made up of pure and standardized extract of herb and their products are also 100% organic and free from harmful chemicals and preservatives.

HERBAL REMEDIES OF PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet ayurveda is a leading herbal manufacturing unit serving people worldwide with their authentic approach of healing by using principles of ayurveda. They have various herbal formulations that will work very efficaciously in conditions like chronic venous insufficiency, it includes

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1. Kanchnaar guggul

This herbal formulation contains bark of kanchnar (Bauhinia variegata), haritaki (Terminalia chebula), pippali (Piper longum), kali mirch (Piper nigrum) etc. Kanchanar is a best herb to act as “gandmala nashak” (aid in removing lymphadenopathy), the remaining herbs contain anti-inflammatory action. So this joint combination works really well in stopping the growth of harmful free radicals hence providing great results in chronic venous insufficiency.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily with lukewarm water.

2. Gotu kola capsule

This herbal capsule contains standardized extract of gotukola (Centella asiatica). This herb is mentioned as the best ‘medhya herb’ (brain tonic) in classical ancient texts. It rejuvenates our mind and helps in strengthening the nervous system of our body. It also contains great antioxidant properties thus helps in removing  obstruction present inside the blood channels and proves as a great choice in chronic venous insufficiency patients.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules with plain water two times a day.

 3. Arjuna capsule

This herbal formulation contains pure and standardized extract of arjuna (Terminalia arjuna). Arjuna is known for its numerous health benefits on the heart and circulatory system of our body. It contains kashaya rasa (taste) due to this it acts very well in detoxifying the blood. It also shows great results in lowering the level of bad cholesterol, thus works efficiently in the right coronary artery blockage as cholesterol (leads to formation of clot in the lumen of vein) is the main culprit to generate this ailment.

Dosage: 1-2 Capsules, twice daily with plain water.

4. Manjishtha capsule

This herbal capsule contains pure extract of manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia). This herb is clinically proven as the best blood purifier due to various active principles present in it. It helps in removing harmful toxins out from the blood so it helps in removing venous insufficiency very profoundly.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meal.

5. Fenugreek capsule

This capsule contain standardized form of fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum).Fenugreek  known as ‘methi’ is a classical Indian herb contains properties like vata-kapha hara (help in reduction of vitiated vata-kapha dosha) and chronic venous sufficiency also arises due to the vitiation of these two doshas itself. Thus this herbal formulation proves as a very efficacious medicine in patients suffering from chronic venous insufficiency.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meal.

Contact my assistant to provide you the costing / ordering and delivery information at – costing.planetayurveda@gmail.com or call at +91-172-5214030 Or Check Website – www.PlanetAyurveda.com

 

CONCLUSION

Now we can conclude that ayurvedic herbs are very effective in managing as well as preventing diseases like chronic venous insufficiency. As ayurveda follow the treatment protocol of ‘nidan parivar jan chikitsa’ (avoiding the root cause of disease). In chronic venous insufficiency, the most common cause is prolonged standing. So with ayurveda, we can sustainably save ourselves from such ailments by following the ideal dietary and lifestyle regime of “dinacharya and ritucharya”. So do consider to opt for ayurvedic treatment by visiting planet ayurveda. They are serving mankind with their authentic approach of healing.