Muscular Dystrophy is a group of inherited diseases in which the muscles that control movement (voluntary muscles) progressively weaken. In muscular dystrophy, abnormal genes (mutations) interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle.
|Early Symptoms Include||Later Symptoms Includes|
|ü A waddling gait
ü Pain and stiffness in the muscles
ü Difficulty with running and jumping
ü Walking on toes
ü Difficulty sitting up or standing
ü Learning disabilities, such as developing speech later than usual
ü Frequent Falls
|ü Inability to walk
ü A shortening of muscles and tendons, further limiting movement
ü Breathing problems can become so severe that assisted breathing is necessary
ü Curvature of the spine can be caused if muscles are not strong enough to support its structure
ü The muscles of the heart can be weakened, leading to cardiac problems
ü Difficulty swallowing, with a risk of aspiration pneumonia. A feeding tube is sometimes necessary
The treatment approach to the disease is based on the fundamental principles of Ayurveda. The aim of treatment is not to cure the disease but to slow the progression and improving the quality of life and helping the patient to be more self-dependent. A holistic method using scientifically proven drugs and a combination of yoga and treatment procedures is used to achieve this.The treatment procedures will strengthen the muscles and act on the muscle fibers. The exercises stretches, strengthens and elongates the spine, improves circulation and eliminates toxins. Breathing exercises tones up and strengthens the respiratory muscles.
This therapy also acts by the mechanism of thermoregulation regulated by skin and coordinated with the functions of the other excretory organs increases the metabolic activity which in turn increases the oxygen demand and blood flow. This vasodilatation stimulates the superficial nerve ending causing a reflex dilatation of the arterioles.
Diet Recommendations for Muscular Dystrophy
Wholesome diet supplemented with vitamins, amino acids, and herbs will help manage or reduce the debilitating muscular dystrophy symptoms. Avoid refined foods, including white bread, pasta, and sugar. Avoid or reduce use of red meat and trans fatty acids.Don’t eat cakes, cookies, crackers, French fries, onion rings, and other processed foods. Refrain from stimulants like coffee, alcohol, and tobacco. Include in your diet good sources of protein like cold-water fish, lean meats, and beans. Eat plenty of antioxidant-rich foods including fruit (blueberries, cherries, tomatoes) and dark green vegetables (kale, collard greens, spinach, and green peppers). Cook with unsaturated oils (canola and olive oil). Whole grains and dried fruit are other good sources of fiber around which you should plan your meals.Jivagram is a unique center for personalized Ayurveda healthcare and treatment that is nestled in the peaceful countryside, far from the city rush. Jivagram inspires Ayurveda as a way of life, where you can heal spiritually and physically to become healthier, happier and more peaceful.Having expertise of 25 years in providing personalized Ayurveda treatment and Panchakarma therapies, along with hospitality and commitment to deliver the best quality care makes Jivagram unique in many aspects.