Ayurveda for Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the movements of the various body parts. In the ancient medical science of Ayurveda, Parkinson’s disease is described as “Kampavata” which occurs due to vitiation of the principle force of motion (Vata Dosha). The improper dietary habits (Aahar) and lifestyle (Vihar) regimen hinder the neural conduction mechanisms in the body leading to Parkinson tremors.
The vitiated principle force of motion (Vata) travels in the body through microchannels (Srotas) and occupies the available free spaces. Gradually, after some time such unhealthy accumulations of Vata Dosha (pre-dominant in old age) in the body lead to the development of the symptoms of Parkinsonism. Hence, the natural solution for Parkinsonism focuses on balancing the vitiated force of motion to naturally control the body movements. Best Ayurvedic practitioners use natural remedies (Medhya Rasayanas) for Parkinson disease to provide relief from difficulty in walking, talking, trembling of the limbs, and head etc.
Natural therapies for Parkinson Disease
Parkinson’s natural therapies in Ayurveda provide quick relief from tremors with the help of below-mentioned methods: –
Avoidance of etiological factors (Nidaan Parivarjana): – The 5000 years old medical science of Ayurveda deals with the etiological factors responsible for Parkinson’s tremors. In the natural therapy of Parkinson’s, patients are guided to avoid such type of diet and lifestyle (Aahar and Vihar) which vitiates the principle force of motion (Vata). For example, the food having dry (Rookshaya), light (Laghu), cold (Sheet), unstable (Daruna), rough (Khara) and non-slimy (Vishada) is generally not recommended for the Parkinson’s patients.
Balancing bodily humors (Shamana Chikitsa): – In this step, the Vata Dosha is balanced with the help of natural Ayurvedic herbs for Parkinson’s. These brain-nourishing herbs (Medhya Rasayanas) viz. Mandukaparni (Centella asiatica), Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Guduchi (Tinosporacordifolia), & Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis) are natural neuro-protective. These herbs are well known for increasing the life span of neurons, improving intelligence, improving luster, and supporting speech. These Medhya Rasayana also improve somatic (muscular) disorders which naturally help to eliminate the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Removal of accumulated Dosha from the body (Shanshodhana Chikitsa): – In this step, the accumulated Vata Dosha is expelled out from the body via oleation (Snehana), massage (Abhyanga), hot fomentation (Swedana), nasal therapy (Nasya), & medicated enema (Basti).
“Powerful neurological support to manage problems with walking, movement, and tremors”
- Pacifies excessive Vata (vitiated force of motion) in the nervous system.
- Reduces muscles’ rigidity and increases muscles’ strength, flexibility, and
- Eliminates stress and promotes blissful sleep.
Home remedies for Parkinsonism
- Avoid screens and keep your room dark at night. Create a relaxing pre-bedtime routine and follow it every night.
- Get plenty of natural light during the day which is a natural remedy for Parkinson disease. Make sure your mattress and pillow are comfortable and support you well.
- Coconut oil and red palm oil contain powerful substances like ketones which help in repair and rebuild the nerve lining or myelin sheath of neurons.
Diet for Parkinson’s
- Drink 10-12 glass of water per day. Eat high fiber-rich foods whole grain cereals, brown rice, green leafy vegetables.
- Limit sugary foods, saturated fats like – butter, fried greasy foods, carbonated beverages, & limit salt intake.
Yoga/Pranayama/Exercise for Parkinson
Bhujangasana/ Setu Bandhasana (Bridge pose): – These techniques help in strengthening the muscles which are generally weakened in Parkinson.
Anulom Vilom/ Bhramari: – These help in increasing oxygen concentration in blood. These also help in relaxation of the body to provide relief from stress and enhancement of concentration and memory.
Exercise for Parkinson: – As one of the main symptoms of the characteristic triad of Parkinsonism is rigidity, stretching exercise for the body is of utmost importance. And the patient with Parkinsonism has festinating gait so their balance is also altered. Balance training reduces the fall risks in patients which can further lead to secondary impairments.