Nervous System

The nervous system can be considered the commander of the human body because it is responsible for all the functions, from the most basic to the most complex. The nervous system is associated with the majja dhatu. The composite of an unhealthy lifestyle, irregular sleep cycles, and suppression of natural instincts are the root cause of most problems afflicting the majja dhatu. Imbalances in the majja dhatu can cause interruptions in the flow of prana, which is the life force, essentially causing problems in every body system. Maladies of the nervous system are called Vata vyadhi because they can usually be traced back to malfunction of the vata dosha. The first line of action against these nervous system disorders is trying to balance the doshas through lifestyle and diet changes. Once these changes are implemented, therapies like Shirodhara, Vasti, Nasya, Vamana, Virechan, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi or thalapothichil, among others, are recommended according to the patient’s particular needs.

Migraine headache is a neurological condition that can cause extreme throbbing episodes, which can be crippling. Migraine is referred to as suryavartha soola in Ayurveda. The word Surya implies sun, and avartha means the emergence of adversity. According to Ayurveda, they originate in a pitha-Vata imbalance.

The strain on the eyes due to excessive exposure to the screen can trigger an episode. Therefore Ayurveda tries to manage the condition by suggesting positive routine changes. Panchkarma, rejuvenation and relaxation therapy in Ayurveda, is employed to rid the mind of toxins that might contribute to the state. Shirodhara, vasty, and Nasya have also induced positive results.

Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder. The precise cause of the disorder is unknown; however, the involvement of several factors, such as genetics, exposure to toxic substances, and repeated concussions, has been hypothesized. The classic triad of the disorder includes resting tremor, bradykinesia, and rigidity. Parkinson’s disease is known as kampavata or vepathu in Ayurveda. It is brought about by Vata vitiation; hence, the therapies are essentially focused on balancing the Vata first.

Shirodhara, a traditional ayurvedic therapy that involves pouring warm herbal oil on the forehead in a steady stream, is recommended for patients with Parkinson’s. Shiro vasti, a compelling external method of oil application, is also suggested in combination with Nasya and vasty.

Sinusitis occurs when an excess of phlegm collects in the cavities behind the face or sinuses and develops inflammation. In Ayurveda, the irritation of Kapha dosha is viewed as the leading cause of sinusitis. The ayurvedic treatment deals with sinusitis, including a blend of detoxification processes through panchkarma, drugs, decoctions, dietary, and way of life changes.

Panchkarma, in particular, is the technique of assists with unclogging the obstructed entries in the skull and facial structures and reduces congestion. During this process, herb-infused oil or powder is directed through the nostrils to clear the Kapha aggregated in the sinus region. The treatment eliminates bodily fluid, blocks sinus entries, and prevents a relapse. Treatment techniques like vaman, lepam and thalam are also recommended.

A stroke or a cardiovascular accident is a typical health-related crisis that can happen anytime and is the primary cause of death worldwide. It is caused by the abrupt demise of neurons because of the absence of oxygen when the bloodstream to the brain is lost by the blockage of an artery to the brain. According to Ayurveda, stroke is equated with pakshaghata, a condition credited to an irregularity of Vata dosha. 

According to Ayurveda, a stroke might occur due to Vata (degenerative), pitha (inflammatory), or Kapha (atherosclerotic) doshas-based changes in vascular structures. Vasty is the most suggested solution. Virechana is recommended for improving nerve functioning and metabolism. Snehana and swedana measures have also been helpful.

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