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Muscular Dystrophy

Progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass are generated by a class of diseases known as muscular dystrophy. In this condition, the production of proteins that are needed to form healthy muscles is interfered with by abnormal genes (mutations). Muscular dystrophy is of various kinds. It mostly occurs in boys and the symptoms arise in early childhood. More than 30 types of muscular dystrophy are there that ground permanent muscle weakness. All these constraints are a variety of myopathy, a disorder of skeletal muscles where muscles shrink and evolve fragile, affecting a person’s ability to walk and conduct daily activities like brushing their teeth.

Following are some of the common types of muscular dystrophy :

  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy(DMD): This condition can cause a hard time running, walking, or jumping. As the disease progresses, it can affect a child’s heart and lungs. One of the common forms of muscular dystrophy is DMD.
  • Becker muscular dystrophy(BMD): The second most common muscular dystrophy whose symptoms can appear anytime between the ages of 5 and 60. Often the males are more likely to get impacted. This ailment affects the hip, thigh, and shoulder muscles and ultimately the heart.
  • Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy(FMD): The third common type of muscular dystrophy that affects the muscles in the face, shoulder blades, and upper arms. The symptoms of this condition tend to appear before the age of 20.
  • Congenital muscular dystrophy, Emery-dreifuss muscular dystrophy, Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, Myotonic dystrophy, and Oculopharyngeal muscular dystrophy are the various rare found types of muscular dystrophy.

Genetic mutations and differences induce most conditions of muscular dystrophy. One or both parents may pass an impaired gene to their child even if the parent is not affected by the condition. Therapies that are physical and occupational strengthen and stretch muscles. These therapies can help to retain function and range of motion.

Signs and Symptoms

The preliminary manifestations of muscular dystrophy are muscle weakness. Relying on the variety, the malady affects different muscles and facets of the body. Other cues of muscular dystrophy include:

  • Broadened calf muscles.
  • Hardship walking or running.
  • Unusual walking gait (like waddling).
  • Trouble swallowing.
  • Heart problems, such as arrhythmia and heart failure (cardiomyopathy).
  • Learning disabilities.
  • Stiff or loose joints.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Curved spine (scoliosis).
  • Breathing difficulties.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Muscular dystrophy

Mamsa kshaya or sosha can be considered as the wasting of muscles. This condition occurs due to the aggravation of Vata dosha and it decays the sapta dhatus.  Each dhatu has its digestive fire and depletion in the digestive fire can cause improper digestion and improper absorption of nutrients thus leading to this condition. This Vata aggravation can affect the complete body and the muscles in all regions get weakened or wasted according to the type or severity of the disease. Emaciation of muscular parts, enlargement of joints, visibility of bones and vessels, and intolerance to physical exercise, strain, or work indicate mamsa sosha in a person.

In Ayurveda for the management of this disorder, the concept of the paraspar dhatu paka is of prime importance. The preoperative process quoted by Acharyas has the concept of Brhmanyastu mrudu langyet “that signifies the usage of Rukshana for better brimhana treatment modalities. For example, udvartana helps in the removal of srotorodha and does sthithikarana of angas. Pachana medicines are also explained as a mode of Rukshana chikitsa and it is also a must in the treatment of muscular dystrophy initially with deepana, like parisheka with Dhanyamla. It is very well understood in the treatment principle of Vata Roga by Charaka and Yogaratnakar that upakarmas like Abhyanga, and Svedana are having prime treatment modalities. Snehana both bahya and abhyantrahelps to pacify the Vata dosha.

Yoga has been also shown to improve a muscular dystrophy patient’s digestion and aid the elimination of toxins. In muscular dystrophy, yoga can help to cope with symptoms and improve the quality of life. Regular practice of yoga can improve blood circulation and strengthens weakening muscles. Surya Namaskar, Bhujangasana, Gomukhasana, Padhastasana, Pawanmuktasana, Parvatasana, Paschimottanasana, Padmasana,  Virabhadrasana, Virasana are the various asanas that are effective in muscular dystrophy.

In contrast Abhyanga, a variety of bahya Sneha with medicated oils helps in subsiding the Vata dosha, improves muscle tone, and makes the body compact. Whereas swedana like Shastikashaali pinda swedana also improves the tone of the body.

AyurVAID Approach

AyurVAID has pioneered evidence-based, award-winning decision Ayurveda-based protocols for Muscular dystrophy treatment. Following the fundamental principles of Ayurveda, our physicians perform an in-depth assessment of the key symptoms and health factors of each patient to diagnose the root causes around your diet, individual constitution, lifestyle, work pattern, and genetic predisposition.

Based on the assessment, we arrive at the optimal Ayurveda Muscular dystrophy treatment protocol for Samprapti Vikhatan or breaking the etiopathogenesis, considering the extent of disease progression, risk factors, your constitution (prakriti), and the disease prognosis. This approach bridges the gap between the patient’s individualistic factors and the standard treatment protocols thereby making the therapy effective and safe.

Our whole person-centric approach will help you regain your happiest and healthiest state of life. Our rehabilitation specialists will also give you advice on ergonomics, nutrition, and lifestyle changes to help you better manage Muscular dystrophy.

Patient centricity is at the core of the AyurVAID approach, and we have been widely recognized for our breakthrough approach. Some of them include :

  • The first NABH-accredited hospital in India
  • Quality council of India.
  • Winner of the prestigious National Award for Best Ayurveda Centre of the year 2017 from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Government of India.
  • Industry’s best customer satisfaction score of 92%, rated by our patients.

AyurVAID Outcome of Muscular Dystrophy

According to the severity of the condition, Ayurvedic treatment for muscular dystrophy can highly reduce its debilitating effects and helps to prevent further progression. If the disease is in the primary or mild stage, Ayurveda muscular dystrophy treatment helps to reverse the process, leading to a state of remission. Thus Ayurveda can offer a centum cure.

After Undergoing The Ayurvedic muscular dystrophy treatment you are expected to be relieved from:

  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Respiratory problems
  • Solace from joint pain and stiffness
  • Fairer gait
  • Learning disabilities

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the hazardous aspects of muscular dystrophy?
These conditions are a type of myopathy, a disorder of the skeletal muscles. Over time, muscles shrink and become weaker, affecting your ability to walk and perform daily activities. The malady also can simulate your heart and lungs.
Who might get muscular dystrophy?
Muscular dystrophy often steers in homes. A child who has a parent with muscular dystrophy may inherit a mutated (changed) gene that provokes the constraint. Some people have the mutated gene but don't have muscular dystrophy.

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