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    February 07, 2012 1 min read

    Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferers motor skills, speech and other functions. It belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders and it develops from a loss of dopamine producing cells.

    Parkinson's distinct triad of symptoms are

      1. Bradykinsesia (slow physical movement)

      1. Rigidity - muscle stiffness can occur in any part of the body

      1. Tremor/ shaking - often occurs when the hand is at rest

    In Ayurveda Parkinson's disease known as Kampavata or Vephatu and is considered to be a Vataja nanatmaja Vyadhi (diease of Vata). Kampavata can be translated as tremors due to Vata.

    Reference from Madhava Nidana 22: 74

    The whole body or head, hands, legs get tremors. This is called vepathu or kampa. This causes difficulty in movements and walking.

    In the time of Charaka and Sushruta a cluster of symptoms (sanskrit words below) are described which can be seen as a description of Parkinson's disease.

    Kampa = tremor

    Sirakampa = head tremor

    Stambha = rigidity

    Cestasana = bradykinesia

    Vakvikrti = disturbance in speech

    Bhudhikshaya = cognitive impairment. depression, anxiety, change in mood

    Nidranasha = sleep disturbance

    The Ayurvedic treatment approach will involve Vata and Kapha reducing measures with diet , and herbs (e.g. Kapikaccu churna, Rasona,Ashwagandha and Bala churnam) and external treatment.

    External therapies are:

    Abhyangam (oil  massage)

    Svedana (herbal steam)


    Patra Potali svedam (special prepared bolus of medicinal leaves)

    Pizhichil (pouring medicated oil in a specific manner over the body)

    Thalam (applying medicines over the centre of the head)

    Udvarthanam (powder massge)

    Basti (Anuvasanam = a type of medicated enema)

    Nasya (administration of nasal drops)

    Rasayana (rejuvenation treatment)

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