Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder affecting 1% of the population over age 65 and is the fourth most common neurological degenerative disorder found in the elderly. The defining feature of parkinsonism is bradykinesia, or slowness with decrement and degradation of repetitive movements (“fatigue”), but Parkinson’s presents with tremors, rigidity, and bradykinesia. In Ayurveda Parkinsonism is mainly known by Kampavata, Which is one among Vatavyadhi. Due to aggravated chalaguna of vatadosha the onset of disease begins and exhibits. Direct reference to Parkinson’s disease in the ancient ayurvedic literature is sparse and refers only to related symptoms including tremors. Thus, the condition is referred to in the modern ayurvedic literature by various names for tremors: Kampavata (tremors due to vata), vepathu (shaking, as in being off track or out of alignment), prevepana (excessive shaking), sirakampa (head tremor), spandana (quivering), and kampana (tremors). Parkinson’s disease is most commonly called Kampavata.
The three main physical, motor symptoms are:
1.Tremor: this can affect the hands and feet. Tremor is most marked at rest and actually improves when performing a task. Another condition known as essential tremor (ET) is often misdiagnosed as Parkinson’s as it too causes a tremor, but one which is absent at rest and most marked when performing a task
2.Muscular rigidity: this causes stiffness during movement
3.Bradykinesia: this causes slowness and tends to make initiating movements very difficult.
The most common recognizable symptom of Parkinson’s disease is known as a “pill rolling tremor.” In this condition, the thumb and fingers move uncontrollably in a manner resembling the rolling of a pill between the fingers. Tremors most commonly appear in the hands, arms and legs, though other areas may be affected. Small movements of the hands and fingers may eventually be difficult. Another symptom is stambha (rigidity), in which movement becomes slow and difficult to initiate. Patients usually have to look at their feet to begin, shuffle forward to and occasionally, inadvertently break into a trot (festination). The arms do not swing in coordination with the usual stride. The face may appear without expression (mask face), dull or depressed, though no depression may be present. Reduced blinking is an early symptom. The voice becomes monotone and expressionless, further causing some to mistake this as depression. Fifty percent of patients will develop dementia- (1)Vishada (depression), can accompany the disease but the symptoms of mask face and monotone voice occur as a part of Parkinson’s disease and should not be confused with depression.
In Ayurveda Parkinson’s disease is known by KampaVata. It is a vatavyadhi, and the diagnosis can be arrived based on vitiated vatadosha. Due to chalaguna of vata, tremors are seen in hands, even at rest. The word ‘kampa’ means shaking or shivering. Numerous factors can be thought to aggravate vata. The vitiated vata in turn vitiates the rasa dhatu (plasma), and is later localised into mamsa and majja, which can be taken as the brain. The above-mentioned symptoms can be observed as a part of this shift, leading to the complete manifestation of kampavata.
Ayurvedic treatment for this condition centers around the treatment of vata disturbance. Oleation and fomentation form the basis of the constitutional treatment (4). Oleation through massage (abhyanga) and enema (basti) are indicated as well as the ingestion of oils. Naturally, jatharagni must be strong enough to support such as a heavy regimesn. If the patient exhibits significant ama and is strong enough, gentle purification procedures should be administered first.
Oils medicated with ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and bala (Sida cordifolia) are commonly used to pacify vata and build ojas. They are known to be rejuvenative with a strong nourishing action on the nervous system. The herb atmagupta (Mucuna pruriens – also known as Kapikacchu) has received a lot of attention historically and again in recent years. Ayurveda teaches that a holistic treatment regimen offers the greatest chance of success with Parkinson’s patients.
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Diet and regimen –
A vata pacifying diet and proper dietary habits are essential to long term success. Additional vata pacifying regimens including daily oil massage (applied by the patient or practitioner) and sensory therapies complete the treatment.
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