Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a debilitating disease of the central nervous system, interfering with nerve impulses within brain and spinal cord . The name sclerosis comes from a Greek word meaning “scars”. These scars affect the central nervous system and depending region of scars various types of symptoms develop in the affected person. These scars may cause loss of nerve fibres as well as their ensheathing myelin. In Multiple sclerosis (MS) insulating covering of nerve cells( myelin) in the brain and spinal cord is damaged. This damage disrupts the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate and further results in various signs and symptoms that include physical, mental, and also psychiatric issues.
MS affects more than two million people worldwide and over 23,000 in Australia. Most people are affected between the ages of 20-40, but it can affect any age . On an average women are affected three times more than men.
Causes of Multiple Sclerosis:
No known cause of MS has been found till date. MS is believed to be one of autoimmune disorder caused by various genetic, enviromental and infectious factors.
According to ayurveda Vitiated Pitta is lodged by Vata dosha in ‘Majjadhatu” causing inflammation and loss of majja (fat tissue) from nerves.
Various Symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis (MS):
Trembling of limb or occasionally head
Muscle Spasticity or Numbness
Problems in walking / balance / coordination
Tingling sensation/ pain
Bladder / bowel issues
Stuttering / slurred speech
Depression / Emotional issues
The Ayuvedic|Natural Treatment Approach:
In Ayurveda MS is treated with purification and cleansing therapies to remove ama toxins from body. If the patient is too young, too old, too weak, too debilitated or lacks financial means to perform strong Shodhana therapies, Shamana therapies are performed. The primary form of Shamhana therapy is diet and lifestyle modifications. Complete Ayurvedic treatment approach involves the following steps:
Purify and cleanse the body to remove toxins
Relieve inflammation in the nerves caused by MS
Rejuvenate the body to repair damaged myelin sheath
Calm the immune system to halt the disease activity
Activate body’s healing process to reverse and remove the scars in the CNS.
Prevent further remission of disease
At Ojus Health Ayurveda Clinic in Melbourne , Australia we follow systemic approach for MS management with Proper diet and lifestyle advice, yoga and meditation , purification with Panchkarma detox followed by various Rejuvenation therapies such as Shirodhara, Abhyanga, Pizchill , Kizhi and various herbal oil therapies.