Parkinson's syndrome is a nervous disorder in which the movements are affected. The symptoms usually start with a barely noticeable tremor in the hand. Later, these tremors become frequent causing the stiffness and slowing of movements. In early stages of Parkinson’s disease, a persons’ arms may not swing, face may be without expressions, and speech might become slurred; which progresses over time and the condition may worsen.
“Kampavata” is the term for Parkinson’s disease in Ayurveda. This is caused due to vitiation of Vata dosha. The reason for pathogenesis of Kampavata can be genetic factors, aging, exposure to harmful toxins, increase in free radical concentration and iron content, over-intake of drugs, brain tumor, etc. When Vata dosha gets accumulated, it hinders the passages of neurons, which are responsible for movements and leads to prior symptoms, which later develops into serious medical conditions.
The treatment for Parkinson’s syndrome in Ayurveda is elimination of toxins such that the blocked channels are freed and is proper passage of messages. The treatment includes detoxifications by panchakarma procedures, nindana parivarjana, shodhana chikitsa, herbal drug therapy, and counseling to avoid stress. This not only eliminates the disease from its root cause but also avoids future occurrence of the same.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a progressive, chronic neurological illness with both motor and non-motor symptoms. The loss of nigrostriatal dopaminergic neurons is attributed to the motor symptoms of PD [resting tremor, bradykinesia (slow movements), and muscular rigidity], but the presence of non-motor symptoms (sleep disorders, depression, and cognitive changes) that almost always precede the classical motor symptoms supports neuronal loss in non-dopaminergic areas as well.
The symptoms of Kampavata according to Ayurveda can be noted as follows:
Parkinson’s syndrome is caused due to vitiation of Vata dosha, and specifically disturbs functioning of brain cells.
Internal and exterior administration of medications in various forms aimed at balancing the Vata Dosha are used to treat Kampavata. The therapy of Kampavata is separated into three techniques, which can be used concurrently or sequentially according to the patient's and disease's features.
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