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MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disorder of the brain and spinal cord where the body attacks the protective myelin sheath covering the nerves thereby hindering the transmission of impulses. The result is that the central nervous system features patches of demyelination due to loss of myelin sheath and communication between brain and body is disrupted. Fatigue, numbness, weakness, vision impairment, etc are the general features exhibited. The condition usually manifests in adulthood and females tend to be more prone to it. The condition can be treated well in the initial stages and later stages can be managed with proper rehabilitation techniques. Delaying progression and recurrence of the condition is also the aim of treatment.

CAUSES

As usual in most auto immune disorders the exact causes are unknown. Genetics tend to play a role even though it is not very significant. Environmental factors may also trigger the condition.

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

The features depend upon the area of central nervous system where the damage has occurred and therefore it varies considerably from one person to another. Relapses or deterioration in condition after a temporary relief or exacerbation, and remission or decline in symptoms or recovery periods are shown by this condition.

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Fatigue is the most common symptom and

  • can be associated with dizziness
  • Difficulty to walk
  • Numbness or tingling sensation in different parts of the body
  • Electric shock like sensation on movement of neck is felt by some
  • Visual problems which can be just blurring or pain in eye movements or can be even loss of vision. It may be the initial symptom in some cases
  • Difficult to tolerate heat
  • Speech difficulties
  • Tremor
  • Muscle weakness and stiffness may occur
  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction is common
  • Pain may be present in different parts of the body
  • Emotional disturbances, depression and mood swings may occur

TYPES

Four types are recognized for the condition as follows:

  • Relapsing remitting: Most common type

Just as the term suggests there is period of relapses and remissions in between

The duration between attacks and severity varies from person to person

  • Secondary progressive: Here, symptoms worsen overtime with or without relapses and remission. The Relapsing remitting type usually changes into this type slowly
  • Primary progressive: Not so common type

Symptoms gradually worsen with time without a period of remission in between

Most difficult to treat and leads to disability earlier than others

  • Progressive relapsing: Most rare among the four

Characterized by steady decline in the condition with acute relapses

DIAGNOSIS

  • Diagnosis is made by a detailed neurological examination
  • Detailed examination of the eye is necessary
  • Lesions on brain due to damage can be visualized by an MRI scan
  • Spinal tap or Lumbar puncture may be performed
  • Blood tests may be done to rule out other conditions

PROGNOSIS

Earlier detection enables good prognosis whereas diagnosis after complete damage of the nerve may not bring good result. But brain is always a mystifying organ and new pathways can be developed by various stimulating treatments whereby improvement can be expected. This aspect is called as neuroplasticity.

AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE

Multiple sclerosis is a disease where conduction of nerve impulses is affected which means that that it is a disorder due to aggravation of Vaatha dosha. This aggravation can be due to a number of reasons, the main reason being agni mandya and formation of aama. Agni mandya is the impairment in digestive capacity leading to reduced digestion of food consumed. This creates undigested matter which on stasis becomes toxic to body and is called as aama. Aama obstructs the pathways of circulation and brings derangement in the balance of body humors. Here, obstruction to the flow and aggravation of vaatha occurs. Thus it can be considered as an aavaranaja vaatha vyadhi. Moreover, suppression of natural urges and failure to seasonally eliminate accumulated toxins in body can be a reason for the aggravation of vaatha dosha. A judicious plan of treatment according to the condition of the patient can bring good results.

Treatment protocol

  • Removal of aamais the initial step which can be achieved by:
    • Langhana or fasting therapy for digesting the accumulated toxins
    • Use of internal medications that can assist in digestion of aama and increase the digestive power
  • Next step is expulsion of the excessively accumulated toxins from body by means of any of the five cleansing therapies of Ayurveda called as Panchakarma. Among them, Vasthi or enema therapy is the most efficient method here, since vasthiis best to cure diseases due to aggravation of vaatha.
  • Before performing Panchakarmas,certain procedures that can assist in the easy elimination of toxins are done. They are called as They mainly include internal administration and external application of oil, ghee etc and fomentation therapies like steaming of body, application of medicated pastes over body etc.
  • Exercises and Yoga will help to reduce stress, increase muscle tone and keeps both body and mind healthy.
  • Finally, Rasayanaor rejuvenation therapy can be done to refresh body functions and restore healthy tissues
  • Proper after care and regular follow up will delay progression of the condition and will provide a long lasting relief

Maintaining a healthy diet suiting the condition of the patient is very essential

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