Stroke Rehabilitation Treatment in Ayurveda
What is stroke?
The sudden death of brain cells due to lack of oxygen, caused by blockage of blood flow or rupture of an artery to the brain. Sudden loss of speech, weakness, or paralysis of one side of the body can be symptoms. A suspected stroke may be confirmed by scanning the brain with special X-ray tests, such as CAT scans. The death rate and level of disability resulting from strokes can be dramatically reduced by immediate and appropriate medical care. Prevention involves minimizing risk factors, such as controlling high blood pressure and diabetes. Abbreviated CVA. Also known as cerebrovascular accident.
Generally, stroke can cause five types of disabilities:
- Paralysis or problems controlling movement, Sensory disturbances including pain,
- Problems using or understanding language.
- Problems with thinking and memory and Emotional disturbances.
- The outcomes of treatment are more successful
What Is Paralysis?
Paralysis is one of the most common disabilities following a stroke. The paralysis is usually on the side of the body opposite the side of the brain damaged by stroke, and may affect the face, an arm, a leg, or the entire side of the body. Paralysis can affect any body parts and impair body functions in several ways. As a result there are several types of Paralysis. However, based on the body region involved there are 4 main types of Paralysis.
Ayurveda is the best ever treatment method for method for Stroke Rehabilitation
Ayurvedic Treatment for Stroke
According to ayurveda, Stroke is called as Pakshaghata. Caused due to vitiation of vata dosha, which controls the motor and sensory activities in the body.
The line of treatment is to bring back the motor and sensory functions of the brain. The internal medicines boost the blood supply and natural antioxidants increase the oxygenation to the brain, rejuvenates the brain cells and decrease the cell death.The external therapies and panchakarma improves the functioning of peripheral nervous system.The heat modalities in therapy maintains the muscle tone and reduce muscle spasm/ stiffness.
The patients suffer from hemorrhage or clot in the brain tissue. This leads to the inhibition of various body functions or gets manifested as convulsion. According to our experts in ayurvedictreatment for stroke, it is thought that the vaata movement is blocked because of which the symptoms are manifested. Hence, our therapies are aimed at restoring the flow of vaata in the body and excrete the toxins summed up in the body. As a result, our therapies include multiple features, all of which work in quick recovery of your patient. Our trained and experienced ayurvedic doctors have wide range of treatments for the patients, so that the internal toxins are removed. Besides, ayurvedic oil massages and enema use helps in restoration of the muscle functions across the body. These methods are not only tested across ages, but have been scientifically proved to be effective for stroke patients.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Paralysis
Considering the stage of the paralysis, for how long the patient has had this condition as well as their strength, an optimized treatment plan is formed by our senior physicians. If the paralysis is of a recent onset, then medication such as DhanwantramKashayam etc. is prescribed along with some mild treatments like Abhyanga (Application of medicated oil on the body), or Kaya Seka (pouring of warm medicated oil on the body).
A patient who has had paralysis due to a stroke for longer than one year requires more extensive treatment. This is because half of the body has been inactive for so long that the muscles start to waste away (no longer have strength to function). Hence, the treatment plan usually has five stages.
- Medication to prepare the body for internal as well as external (Snehana) Oleation
- Snehana internally with some medicated oils or ghee + external oleation. (For 3 – 7 days)
- (Swedana) Fomentation – causing sweating with steam bath etc.
- (Virechana) Purgation with a medicinal powder or castor oil.
- Medication to regain strength of muscles as well as overall immunity
Various Medicines used for Paralysis or stroke treatment in Ayurveda:
- Dhanadanayanadi Kashayam, Dhanwantara Kashayam, Ashtavarga Kashayam, Bala arista and Ashwagandharishta
- Ashwagandha, Bala churna
- Balaswagandhadi taila, Ksheerabala taila, Dhanvantara taila, Maha masha taila
- Promptly control your BP, Diabetes and attend physiotherapy sessions for speedy recovery.
- Snehana (application of medicated oil on affected body part)
- Pindaswedana (fomentation of affected body part)
- Kayaseka (Pouring of medicated oil in the body in a specific manner)
- Vasti (special type of enema therapy)
- Virechana (Purgation)
- Nasya( Administration of medicine through nostrils)
Physiotherapy also contributes equally in improving the condition of the patient by various exercises and therapies.
Advantages of Ayurvedic and Physiotherapy Rehabilitation
- Strengthen the muscle tissue
- Re-establishes the neuromuscular function
- Recuperate the lost function of the body
- Improves the quality of life of the patient
- Patient can very well perform his normal daily activities