Myotonic Dystrophy Symptoms, Causes, And Treatment By Ayurveda


Myotonic dystrophy is a disorder that results in progressive weakness and muscle wasting. People suffering from this disorder have the inability to relax certain muscles and muscular contractions are prolonged in such people. In such cases, a person can have problems releasing the handle or door knob grip, temporary locking of the jaw, or slurred speech. Myotonic dystrophy is of two types majorly, i.e. type 1 and type 2 in which the signs and symptoms can be overlapping although type 1 is more severe than type 2. This write-up is all about Myotonic dystrophy and its herbal treatment and management by Planet Ayurveda’s herbal remedies.

Herbal Remedies For Myotonic Dystrophy


A myotonic dystrophy is a group of genetic disorders and types of muscular dystrophy and which is one of the most common kinds of it in adults. Signs and symptoms of this disorder can appear at any age but the most common age can be between 20-30 years. In this muscular disorder, there occurs progressive weakness and muscle wasting which gets worse over passing time. Myotonic dystrophy type one is more common than type two.


The two types of Myotonic dystrophy are usually similar but the symptoms can be slightly more severe than type two. However, some of the basic signs and symptoms which both involve are:

  • Muscle contractions are longer than normal, i.e. Myotonia
  • Speech is slurred
  • Lenses of the eye can become cloudy, i.e. Cataract
  • Electrical signals which control heartbeat can become defective, i.e. Cardiac conduction defects
  • Diabetes
  • Progressive muscle wasting
  • Progressive muscle weakness
  • Distal muscles, i.e. muscles that are far away from the center of the body are usually affected. For example, the face, legs, neck, and hands

There are certain other symptoms that can only occur in Myotonic dystrophy type 1 are constipation, trouble swallowing, or gallstones.


The main causative factor behind Myotonic dystrophy is a genetic mutation. As myotonic dystrophy is of two types, i.e. type 1 and type 2, hence the mutation causing it is also of two types resulting in respective types. DM1 or type 1 is caused due to the alteration or mutation in the gene called DMPK, i.e. myotonic dystrophy protein kinase. Whereas DM2 or type 2 is caused due to mutation in the CNBP gene, i.e. nucleic acid binding protein gene. Certain proteins which are vital for many body functions are created by the instructions of the given genes. Hence any alteration or abnormal mutation in them causes the production of faulty protein or even protein might be absent which may result in affecting different organ systems like the brain, depending upon the functions of a certain protein.


Neuromuscular disorders specialist doctors can often diagnose Myotonic dystrophy with the help of medical history and physical examination. Patterns of weakness, muscle wasting and myotonia are found here. Certain lab tests like EMG (Electromyography) can help in the confirmation of the diagnosis.


Conventionally there is no exact treatment for Myotonic dystrophy, type 1 or type 2. Medicines are given to control the disability and manage the symptoms like Mexitil is given to combat myotonia. For pain, your doctor would recommend certain anti-inflammatory medicines along with assistive devices for muscle weakness.


Ayurvedic treatment of Myotonic dystrophy can help in improving the quality of a patient’s life along with muscle growth. As per Ayurveda, Myotonic dystrophy is caused due to Vata Vriddhi (Aggravation of Vata dosha) and Dhatu kshaya. As it is an inherited condition hence complete cure is not necessary but proper Ayurvedic treatment can help in maintaining a good range of motion in all the joints of the body.


Planet Ayurveda is a very well-known herbal pharmaceutical company that deals in the production of Ayurvedic medicines and products which are used by Ayurveda experts (MD Ayurvedic doctors) to treat various ailments naturally. For Myotonic dystrophy, Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal remedies.

Myotonic dystrophy, Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal remedies.

Products List

  1. Tribulus power
  2. Ashwagandha Ghrit
  3. Atirasadi churna
  4. Boswellia curcumin
  5. Gandhak Rasayan
  6. Bala Ashwagandha oil
  7. Dhanwantaram oil

Herbal Remedies For Myotonic Dystrophy

Herbal Remedies For Myotonic Dystrophy

Products Description

1. Tribulus power

This Ayurvedic formulation is prepared from Gokshur (Tribulus Terrestris) in its standardized form. Tribulus power capsules are used widely for treating various ailments including weakness of muscles. It helps in gaining the power of muscles back naturally.

Dosage  Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Ashwagandha ghrit

Ashwagandha ghrit is a herbal formulation in the form of ghee prepared using Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) mainly. It balances the tridosha, i.e. vata, pitta, and kapha dosha, and helps in treating weakness of the muscles and general weakness.

Dosage  Take 1 teaspoon twice daily with warm water

3. Atirasadi churna

Ayurvedic herbs like Safed Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Semal musli (Salmalia malabarica), Varahi kand (Dioscorea tuberosa), Gokshura (Tribulus Terrestris), Behmen (Centaurea Behmen), Kesar (Crocus sativus), etc. are used for preparing of Atirasadi churna. It helps in improving the weakness of hands and feet, gives strength, and helps in treating coordination problems.

Dosage  Take 1 teaspoon twice daily with warm milk after meals

4. Boswellia curcumin

Boswellia curcumin capsules are prepared from standardized extract of Haridra (Curcuma longa) and Shallaki (Boswellia serrata). These herbal capsules help in relieving the muscular pain of the limbs along with treating inflammation of the blood vessels.

Dosage  Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

5. Gandhak rasayan

It is formulated using Shuddha gandhak (Purified sulfur). Gandhak rasayan helps in relieving inflammation in the body and eliminates the free radicals from the body which cause oxidative damage to the body.

Dosage  Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

6. Balashwagandha oil

Balashwagandha oil helps in rejuvenating and restoring the function and strength of the muscles. This herbal oil tones up the nerves and helps in improving their conduction. It is prepared using herbs like ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Bala (Sida cordifolia), Laksha (Laccifer lacca), Manjishthta (Rubia cordifolia), Durva (Cynodon dactylon), Sariva (Hemidesmus indicus), etc.

Direction  It is to be applied locally on the affected areas and massaged gently.

7. Dhanwantarm oil

It is prepared using herbs like Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris), Agnimantha (Premna mucronate), Dashmoola (Group of ten roots), Shalaparni (Desmodium gangeticum), Shyonaka (Oroxylum indicum), etc. Dhanwantaram oil helps in ameliorating the vitiated Vata dosha along with relieving the pain in muscles and rectum and anus spasms.

Direction  Slightly heats the oil (only warm) and apply on the affected part and then give hot fomentation over the affected muscular area.



Ayurveda can help in improving the life quality of a person suffering from Myotonic dystrophy that too naturally. Our experts at Planet Ayurveda are always there to help such patients by healing them using the science of Ayurveda. You can write to us at and read about us at


Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD - Ayurveda) is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Pvt. Ltd. He is Author of the Book "Ayurveda – God’s Manual For Healing". He is an Ayurveda Expert Serving People worldwide through all the Possible Mediums, Operating from Main Branch in Mohali, India. With his Vast Experience in Herbs and their Applied Uses, he is successfully treating Numerous Patients suffering from Various Ailments with the help of Purest Herbal Supplements, Diet, and Lifestyle, according to the Principles of Ayurveda. For More Details, visit

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