Fight Cancer with Mind-Body Approaches

Fight Cancer with Mind-Body Approaches

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Many people who had been diagnosed with cancer generally use complementary approaches for general wellness, immune enhancement, and pain management. Findings from a substantial amount of research suggest that some mind and body approaches, such as Ayurvedic  massage therapy, mindfulness-based stress reduction, and yogic support may help to manage some cancer symptoms and side effects of treatment. 

Mind and body modalities are part of a multidisciplinary approach for reducing anxiety, mood disturbance, and chronic pain and for improving quality of life in people with cancer. Ayurvedic massages using Pitta pacifying oil and creams are efficient to fight pain and anxiety in people with cancer. To avoid possible adverse effects, the massage therapist should not use deep or intense pressure without the health care providers’ approval and may need to avoid certain sites, such as areas directly over a tumor or a known thrombus, or areas where the skin may be sensitive following radiation therapy.

There is evidence that mindfulness-based stress reduction, a type of meditation training, can help cancer patients cope with stress. There have been rare reports that meditation could cause or worsen symptoms in people with certain psychiatric condition such as anxiety disorders and depression.
Studies in women with breast cancer show that yoga may reduce fatigue and sleep disturbances, reduce depression and anxiety, and improve the quality of life. Most yoga studies have focused on women with breast cancer; much less is known about yoga for people with other types of cancer.

How Ayurveda Can Help

According to Ayurveda cancer or arbuda is not mahavyadhi. Cancer is thus treatable and preventable. Remember any disease in advanced stage is difficult to manage , even fever by any system of medicine. According to stage of condition cancer can be managed by adopting ayurvedic treatment agenda for vidradi, dusta vrina, rakta dusti, raktavata, taktagata vata etc. If patients have strength , Panch Karma protocol of snehapana , virechana , shamana, and rasayana. give best result. There is no need to jump directly to “Ayurveda cancer medicine“. Carefully planned treatment agenda according to doshavasta and with a focus on immunosupport is efficient for prolongation of quality of life.

Ayurvedic anticancer therapy includes recommendations for lifestyle and use of specific foods and herbs which are very helpful not only in preventing the progression of the disease but also makes the patients feel better and comfortable overcoming the symptoms. Curcumin, Boswellic acid and Allium sativum (garlic) could be helpful to manage pain and ache. Bacopa monnieri strengthens mental faculties and helps to manage insomnia or sleeplessness due to stress .

Omni Amritam 500 mg supplement is efficient for tumor treatment. It work on multiple biochemical pathways and are capable of influencing several organ systems simultaneously. The ingredients are Kanchnar (Bauhinia variegate) processed with Curcumin, Ocimum sanctum, Semicarpus anacordium and Sarveshwar Ras. The benefit includes proper nourishment to the body as a whole by supporting various organ systems. Many of the herbs have scientifically-proven anti-cancerous properties and are used for the treatment of various tumors. The active ingredients burn out the Ama based cancer cells and bring harmony at tridoshas level.

Sanjivani herbal detox blend of Tulsi, green tea, Withania sominifera, Asparagus racemosa, Centella asiatica, Nardostachys jatamamsi, Elettaria cardamomum, Tribulus terrestris, Zingiber officinalis and Eclipta alba could also be useful in the treatment of anxiety, tension and insomnia. Ocimum sanctum is beneficial against stress and depression during cancer. Curcuma longa, Zingiber officinale, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Terminalia chebula, Ocimum sanctum and Adhatoda vasica are used to control cough and shortness of breathe especially for lung cancer patients.

Ayurvedic therapeutic regimen rejuvenates the body tissues, tones up the systems and act as a tonic to the body against cancer cachexia. This kind of orientation toward total healing and health promotion makes ayurvedic treatment approach to cancer therapy promising.

Enhancing Ojus to Heal your Heart !

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Perhaps no other organ is more vital than the heart at sustaining our existence as well as being the intimate connection between our emotional life and overall health. Shockingly, every 20 seconds. someone in the U.S. has a heart attack.
“To protect the heart and great vessels, above all take measures that are healthy for the heart and promote ojas, that cleanse the gaps and channels & help create serenity of mind.” – Charaka Samhita

Many thousands of years ago, the classical texts of Ayurveda identified the specific causes of heart disease as we known them today. For example, it was mentioned that eating too much fatty and rich food along with suffering from chronic mental and emotional stress were considered the root causes of heart disease. Our modern lifestyles are all too familiar with these factors and we could refine the root cause of heart disease as being stress on various levels [physical, psychological, and biochemical-oxidative stress].

Our every experience creates a scar on our mind – an impression on the mind. Every thought creates a groove on the brain. So, the total number of scars is samskar which decides your tendencies and life style. All that action, reaction, behavior – that comes from samskar.

There is a profound relationship for every passing thought, subtle feeling, and fleeting emotion within the mind and its influence upon the entire body. In a way, any action within the mind provides a similar [re]-action within both the heart and brain. According to the wisdom of Ayurveda, imbalanced emotions such as worry, grief and fear can “dry up” the natural storehouse of nourishing ojas and therefore can affect heart-health. From an Ayurvedic perspective, ojas can be enhanced by rasayanas [i.e. rejuvenatives]. There are various forms of rasayanas, however, all rasayanas are thought to operate at the deepest level of our physiology.

“Neuro Cons” – a unique natural blend which is dietary supplement for heart-Ojus-consciousness! It is ayurvedic formulation Ashwagandha, Shilajit, Mukta, Abhrak, Yashad processed with Brahmi Ghrut (Ghee).
Remember, Ojas has the capacity to counteract the etiological factors or causes of disease !!

SAY GOOD BYE TO HAIR LOSS WITH KESHYA

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Who doesn’t want a head of luxuriant hair that is well groomed and styled? Even those who are not too bothered about their clothes, tend to fret about their hair, especially if they suffer from hair loss. Hair loss is a global problem for millions of people of both sexes, across age-groups.  Little wonder then, that hair care products and treatments, constitute a multi-billion industry today.

There are oils, shampoos and other products that offer specific solutions to hair problems. But as they only work on the surface of the scalp and the hair and most of them contain harmful chemicals, they tend to either be ineffective or damage the hair in the short or long term.

Expensive hair-regeneration treatments hold out the promise of ‘crowning glory’ to those who are losing hair, but they need to be done only by experts who can gauge the dangers and side-effects on those undergoing treatment. Drugs and drug-based solutions are popular too, but they come with their own set of side-effects and contraindications, whether they are used topically or consumed internally.*

The drawback with hair care products and drugs is that they don’t have a holistic approach to hair-health, because problems related to hair are not only localized, but also have deeper roots in the form of nutrient deficiencies and imbalances in the body.

                                                                                                                                 As you can see, the last two factors are not localized but are still directly connected with hair-health. But there is no cause for despair. There is an excellent solution to all hair-related problems, which not only solves your hair problems, but also tones up your liver and general health. Keshya, is that wonderful Ayurvedic health supplement that has been developed by the world-renowned Ayurvedic Physician, Dr. Mukesh D. Jain, with some of the most effective, scientifically proven, and time-tested herbs. It has been clinically evaluated for over two decades for its efficacy in controlling hair loss and promoting overall hair-health and is completely safe for both men and women.

The most important ingredient of Keshya is Bhrangaraj, (Eclipta Alba), which is also known as Keshraj in Assamese and Karisalankanni in Tamil. This Ayurvedic herb is scientifically verified for its efficacy as a liver cleanser and tonic. As we saw above, hair loss can be the result of the imbalance of pitta in the liver – one of the tridoshas elucidated in Ayurveda. Ranjak Pitta, produced in the liver directly affects hair health, including thinning, premature greying and discoloration of hair.

In addition to correcting the imbalance of pitta, Bhrangaraj has a host of other hair-related benefits too. It boosts blood circulation to the scalp, which ensures better nourishment for the hair follicles, resulting in healthy hair growth. This miraculous herb is regarded as the ‘Rasayana’ in Ayurveda – an ingredient that rejuvenates and slows down the ageing process. It has been proven to be better than Minoxidil in regeneration of hair, without any side effects!

Besides Bhrangaraj, there are other excellent herbs in Keshya, which have a wide range of benefits

  • Emblica Officinale, acts as an antioxidant and helps fight free radicals that damage the hair.
  • Centella Asiatica (Gotu Kala) increases blood circulation to the scalp and nourishes hair follicles, strengthening them.
  • Rajat Bhasma is a rejuvenating herb that helps brain nerves, fights against anxiety and stress and boosts immunity.  Mouktik (Pearl) Pishti is a natural calcium that corrects the pitta imbalance in the liver, prevents premature graying and discoloration, and helps in hair growth.
  • Aloe Vera contains enzymes that help repair dead cells on the skin. It also conditions and prevent itching and dandruff.

Why waste money on expensive hair care products that might not deliver what they promise or risk your health with drugs that come with side-effects?  Go for the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda in the form of Keshya, which is both safe and effective.


*Minoxidil, a vasodilator used to treat cardiac problems is applied on the scalp in the form or drops and foam, to help hair growth. Though how it works is not very clear, it is supposed to be effective. The other steroidal drug, Finasteride, is used in the treatment of baldness in men and works by decreasing the amount of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a male hormone linked to hair loss and other health problems.

 

 

Give your body an internal scrubbing with Detox Drink

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The human body is a wonderful machine, but like all machines, it needs to be nurtured, maintained and cleansed regularly to prevent accumulation of unwanted deposits and toxins, to run smoothly. However, the fast-paced life we lead today interferes with the eating, sleeping and eliminating functions, making it very difficult for us to keep our bodies free from toxins. For, while it is easy to wash off external grime and dirt, we can’t scrub our internal organs!
Ayurveda identifies Ama, (auto-toxins) as one of the culprits for poor health. These are produced in the body due to seasonal changes, ageing, unhealthy food and lifestyle, among other reasons. There are three types of ama, of which the first kind – sticky ama – is produced due to the accumulation of fetid and decomposed food in the large intestines. As a result, the digestive enzymes stop functioning properly and the system gets affected, causing illness. In fact, the first stage of any disease is sometimes called ama, which in Sanskrit means undigested or uncooked.
Our gut has a lot more importance in our body than we give it credit for. Scientists call it the ‘second brain’, because of its very intricate web of over 100 million neurons. It is estimated that 95% of serotonin, the chemical that influences our moods is found in the guts. Not just all these, but the gut also controls the immune system of the body. Naturally, when the gut is polluted, it affects not only our physical but also our emotional wellbeing.
Elimination of toxins from the deeper tissues, organs and channels is achieved through detox and rejuvenation treatments, which are at the core of Ayurveda. While some of the cleansing treatments are complicated and need expert supervision, there is a super-easy way to detoxify. A team of senior Ayurvedic physicians led by the world-renowned Dr. Mukesh D. Jain has created a wonderfully cleansing Detox Drink – a completely natural herbal drink made with scientifically proven Ayurvedic herbs. It not only detoxifies the body, but also provides immense health benefits.
Detox Drink
 strengthens the functionality of digestive and respiratory systems.
 improves the functional capacity of the heart, regulates blood pressure, blood sugar and blood cholesterol,
while improving RBC levels.
 stimulates the kidneys to increase urine output.
 controls irritability, mental debility, anxiety, sleep disturbance and aggressive behavior.
 enhances memory and concentration contributing to overall intelligence.

Detox Drink contains a blend of the following scientifically verified detox herbs:
Ginger, whose anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties may help to prevent heart disease, neuro-degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s cancer, as well as symptoms of aging.
Tulsi helps in oral care, respiratory and lung disorders, fever, heart diseases and stress.
Gotu kola is a psychic and spiritually transformative and adaptogenic herb, which enhances intelligence and memory, fortifies the immune system, helps in hair growth, strengthens the adrenals, aids digestion, is useful in treating varicose veins, tones up circulation. It also helps purify blood and is good for chronic skin conditions such as eczema.
Sappon wood also known as Caesalpinia sappan is a medicinal and dye yielding plant, which kills bacteria, reduces swelling, and relieves pain. It promotes blood circulation and enhances cardiovascular contraction. It also helps in hypnotizing and anaesthetizing the central nerve, to relieve pain.
Eclipta Alba (Bhringaraj) has long been recognised by Ayurvedic physicians for its liver protective abilities. It is the drug of choice to treat liver diseases such as jaundice and hepatitis and is an integral part of any detoxification regime.
Cinnamon is loaded with anti-oxidants and is scientifically verified for its anti-inflammatory properties. It minimizes the risk of heart diseases and can improve sensitivity to the hormone insulin. It lowers blood sugar levels and has a powerful anti-diabetic effect.
Arjun, also known as Terminalia Arjun has been used to balance the three “Patho-physiological factors viz., the Tridoshas identified by Ayurveda as Kapha, Pitta and Vata. The bark of Arjun has been used in India, primarily as a heart remedy for more than 3000 years.
Clove, also known as Syzygium aromaticum, is rich in antioxidants. Cloves provide fiber, vitamins and minerals like manganese, vitamin K and vitamin C.
Cardamom improves blood circulation, provides gastrointestinal protection, cholesterol and cancer control and relieves cardiovascular problems. It is useful for curing dental diseases and urinary tract infections such as cystitis, nephritis, and gonorrhea. Cardamom possesses aphrodisiac properties and is also used as a cure for impotence, erectile dysfunction, and premature ejaculation.
Peppermint Leaves or pudina, are beneficial to the respiratory system, including in the treatment of coughs, colds, asthma, allergies and tuberculosis.
Detox Drink gives our internal organs, tissues and mind a regular ‘scrubbing’ to rid them of all accumulated toxins. All you need to do is add a pinch of it in half a glass of water and drink first thing in the morning. Did you ever believe that internal cleansing could be so simple?
Go on, give Detox Drink a try and welcome a world of wellness into your body and mind!

Say Goodbye to Hair Loss with Keshya!

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Who doesn’t want a head of luxuriant hair, that is well groomed and styled? Even those who are not too bothered about their clothes, tend to fret about their hair, especially if they suffer from hair loss. Hair loss is a global problem for millions of people of both sexes, across age-groups. Little wonder then, that haircare products and treatments, constitute a multi-billion industry today.
There are oils, shampoos and other products that offer specific solutions to hair problems. But as they only work on the surface of the scalp and the hair and most of them contain harmful chemicals, they tend to either be ineffective or damage the hair in the short or long term.

Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s disease is a slow but relentlessly progressive neuron-degenerative disorder. The clinical decline Viz: bradykinesia, tremor, rigidity and gait dysfunctions, reflects ongoing nigrostriatal dopaminergic degeneration. The progressive degeneration ultimately results in severe motor, mental, and functional disability vendo viagra. You can fight and win Parkinson problem with Ayurvedic strategy of Vata Balancing. Parkin Oil and Herbs are effective and safe treatment to balance the Apana and Prana Vata. Read more…http://www.raipurnews.com/dr-mukesh-d-jain/parkinsons-ayurvedic-treatment

Maintain Mobility in DMD Patients

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Ayurveda in CG

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Quality health care and low cost gives Indian Ayurveda a competitive advantage in the medical tourism industry.

Quality health care and low cost gives Indian Ayurveda  a competitive advantage in the medical tourism industry.   Raipur Nov 27, 2012 High quality health care and low cost gives Indian Ayurveda a competitive advantage in the medical tourism industry. People with uncontrolled medical neuro-muscular conditions such as Muscular dystrophy, myopathies, Multiple sclerosis, Myasthenia gravis, Parkinson’s disease and Autism are exploring possible ayurvedic treatment now in Chhattisgarh. Sergei 13 year, Damir 14 year and Dima – 8 year from Moscow are suffering from severe DMD and getting their simple and safe ayurvedic treatment in Sanjivani Wellness Centre in Bhilai Chhattisgarh. “DMD is not curable but can be treated to support patient condition” said Dr Mukesh D Jain, Program Director on NMD of Ayush Samiti. Muscular dystrophy is one of the most difficult disorders to treat. Conventional methods of coping with the disease include exercise and drugs that slow down or eliminate muscle wasting like anabolic steroids and supplementation. The current treatment of muscular dystrophies has evolved from electrical simulation to Gene Therapy and Cell Therapy. The goal of the treatment is (i) to correct the genetic defect, (ii) to restore functional expression of dystrophin, (iii) to slow disease progression, and (iv) to improve the quality of life of MD patients.  Read Full Raipur Story » http://www.raipurnews.com/chhattisgarh

 

Autism

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Autism is a complex dis-ability that affects the perception, processing and functioning of brain.  Autistic children have difficulties in verbal & non-verbal communication, and often have delayed language development. They also have mental retardation. About 10-20% autistic children begin to improve between 4 to 6 years of age and eventually attend an ordinary school and obtain work. But 10-20% can live at home but need to attend a special school or training centre and cannot work. Autism is a neuro-biological disorder affecting the neuron-anatomy & neuro-chemistry of the brain. CT scans have isolated a subgroup of autistic children with enlarged ventricles and MRI has identified a subgroup of autistic adults with hypoplasia of the cerebellar vernius. Some harmful substances ingested during pregnancy also have been associated with a risk of autism. An accurate diagnosis must be based on observation of the child’s communication, behaviour & developmental levels. The characteristic 4 behaviour of a child are suggestive of autism that needs further assessment:-

  • Does not gesture (point, wave, grasp) by 12 months
  • Does not say single words by 16months
  • Does not say two-word phrases on his/her own by 24 months
  • Has any loss of any language or social skill at any age

Autism can be diagnosed by following criteria:-Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

(1)     Impairment in the social interactions and non-verbal behaviors such as eye-to-eye contact, and facial expression.

(2)      Lack of spontaneous seeking to share enjoyment, interests, or achievements with other people.

(3)     Persistent per-occupation and lack of emotional reciprocity.

(4)     Delay in the development of spoken language or repetitive use of language or idiosyncratic language.

(5)     stereotyped and repetitive motor mannerisms (e.g., hand or finger flapping or twisting, or body movements)

Treatments: Autism usually requires lifelong multidimensional approach of combined treatments such Behavior modification, Communication therapy, Dietary modifications and medicines. Other physical therapies such as ayurvedic massage, Panch karma procedures are used to help child control body movement.

 

 

Behavior modification Positive reinforcement to teach self care skills: Speech therapy (also sign language teaching) and structured class room training. (”special schooling”).

  • Development of regular routine with minimum or no changes
  • Behavioral techniques to encourage social & interpersonal interaction.

 

 

Medication Chemical or natural medicines may be used to treat various symptoms of autism e.g. attention difficulties, anxiety & can also be used to treat that may accompany the disorder (eg-epilepsy). Depression, obsessive-compulsive behavior & anxiety may be treated using antidepressants or Medhya Rasayana group of ayurvedic herbs. These medicines often reduce the frequency & intensity of repetitive behavior & irritability, tantrums & aggression & improve eye contact & responsiveness.

 

Communication therapy: this therapy is used to treat autistic patients who are unable to communicate verbally or to initiate language development. In young children with the disorder, speech therapy may be used to help the patients gain the ability to speak.

Dietary modification
Changing the diet or adding dietary supplements may improve digestion and eliminate food intolerances or allergies which may contribute to behavioural problems in autistic patients. Vitamin B, magnesium & cod liver oil supplements (contain A&D) may improve behaviour, eye contact, attention span & learning in autistic patients. Vitamin C improves depression.

 

Differential diagnosis:

    1. Child Schizophrenia: In infantile autism in contrast to children schizophrenia there is little or no period of normal development, mental retardation & epilepsy are common, have symptoms suggestive of negative symptoms of schizophrenia & there are no hallucination or delusions.
    2. Reactive attachment disorder of infancy: This disorder is characterized by a failure to establish normal attachment to a caregiver or an indiscriminate sociability. This is the result of psychosocial deprivation or abuse. These children have potentials for normal imaginative play & normal responses to the environment. There are no motor abnormalities & they are not mentally retarded.
    3. Elective mutism: There is absence of speech in some but not necessarily all environments. These children communicate via gesture, nodding or short monosyllabic utterances.
  • Others: The other disorders need to be differentiated are Tourette’s disorder, habit disorder’ obsessive compulsive disorder, attention deficit, specific developmental (language) disorder, acquired aphasia with convulsions, schizoid personality, neuron-degenerative diseases & Mental retardation.

 

 

 

 

 

DMD Treatment Options

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Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that causes muscles to gradually weaken over time. A person with DMD will eventually lose the ability to walk and will have problems with breathing and his or her heart.  Children who have DMD make no or low amounts of a protein called dystrophin. Dystrophin acts like glue, holding muscles together by keeping the structure of muscle cells. Without it, muscles weaken over time and become unable to work properly. A simple and inexpensive blood test called creatine kinase (CK) can help make the diagnosis. If the test results are positive, you should confirm it by DNA finger printing and muscle biopsy.

Children with DMD  might:   

(i) Not be able to walk by 15 months of age

(ii) Walk with the legs apart, on the toes, or walk with the belly pointed out (also called Lordosis), or both

(iii) Fall frequently

(iv) Need help getting up from the floor with their hands in order to stand (also called Gowers manoeuvre)

(v) Have difficulty with motor skills such as running, hopping, jumping, or climbing stairs

(vi) Have larger calves than other children of the same size or age (also called pseudo-hypertrophy)

(vii) Frequently complain of having tired legs and have behavior and learning difficulties.

Treatment option: There is no 100% specific treatments that can reverse the progression of deterioration. Treatment is aimed at keeping the patient independent for as long as possible and preventing complications that result from weakness, reduced mobility, and cardiac and respiratory difficulties. Treatment may involve a combination of approaches, including physical therapy, drug therapy, and surgery. Assisted ventilation is often needed to treat respiratory muscle weakness. Obese patients with Duchenne MD may develop obstructive sleep apnea and require night-time ventilation. Patients on a ventilator may also require the use of a gastric feeding tube.

Synthetic Steroids may be prescribed to delay muscle degeneration. Steroids such as prednisone can slow the rate of muscle deterioration in Duchenne MD and help children retain strength and prolong independent walking by as much as several years. However, these medicines have side effects such as weight gain and bone fragility that can be especially troubling in children.

Natural Ayurvedic Drugs that may help delay the loss of muscle mass: Herbal preparations such as Mamsagni, Sukumar Guggal and Fulvia, either alone or in combination, are being studied to determine if they are able to increase strength and muscle mass. These nutritional supplements have been found to protect cell membranes from oxidative injury. It may also be essential for proper mitochondrial function and cellular energy production. Scientists are investigating the safety and efficacy of Ayurvedic ingredients when added to steroids as a treatment for boys with Duchenne MD.

Enhancing natural muscle repair mechanisms: Skeletal muscle has the ability to repair itself, but its regeneration and repair mechanisms are progressively depleted during the course of several types of MD. Understanding the repair mechanisms may provide new therapies to slow, and possibly stabilize, muscle degeneration. New studies are identifying points in the regeneration-repair pathways that can be targeted by either drug or gene therapy for muscle rescue. For example, researchers have shown that chronic blockade of the muscle growth inhibitor myostatin can enhance muscle repair in animal models of MD. Other study has found that increased expression of a muscle repair protein, dysferlin, can help offset muscle damage in dystrophic animals. And the strategy of enhancing natural muscle repair mechanisms with insulin-like growth factor 2 is being used in a clinical trial for myotonic dystrophy.

Cell-based therapy: The muscle cells of MD patients often lack a critical protein, such as dystrophin in Duchenne MD or sarcoglycan in the limb-girdle MDs. Scientists are exploring the possibility that the missing protein can be replaced by introducing muscle stem cells capable of making the missing protein in new muscle cells. Such new cells would be protected from the progressive degeneration characteristic of MD and potentially restore muscle function in affected persons.

The natural regenerative capacity of muscle provides possibilities for treatment of MD. Attempts to take muscle precursor cells from fathers of Duchenne patients and implant them into patients’ muscles originally failed. However, more recent studies have focused on using stem cells to try to restore missing proteins in MD patients.

Gene replacement therapy: A true cure for Duchenne, congenital, and limb-girdle MD might be obtained if the defective dystrophin gene could be replaced by a functional gene. The large size of the dystrophin gene and the early inability of gene-delivery systems (viral vectors) to target muscle have been substantive barriers to development of gene therapy for Duchenne MD.

Over the last several years, a mini-dystrophin gene (one that is small enough for a viral carrier to deliver it) has proven successful in animal models of Duchenne MD. Viral delivery systems are much better today. As a result, researchers have made important progress in delivering a dystrophin mini-gene to muscles of a mouse model of Duchenne MD.  Scientists also are using high-throughput screening (HTS) to find drugs that increase the muscle production of the protein utrophin, which is similar to dystrophin and can help compensate for its loss.

Genetic modification therapy to bypass inherited mutations: Approximately 80 percent of Duchenne MD patients have mutations in the dystrophin gene that causes it to function improperly and stop producing the dystrophin protein. By manipulating the protein synthesis process, production of a gene that “reads through” the genetic mutation that stops production can result in functional dystrophin.

Physical Therapy, Yoga & Diet Support:  These therapies can help prevent deformities, improve movement, and keep muscles as flexible and strong as possible. Options include passive stretching, postural correction, and exercise. An Ayurvedic program is developed to meet the individual patient’s needs. Therapy should begin as soon as possible following diagnosis, before there is joint or muscle tightness.

Passive stretching can increase joint flexibility and prevent contractures that restrict movement and cause loss of function. Passive stretching on children may be easier following a ayurvedic massage (TMP procedure), warm bath or shower.

Regular, moderate Yogic exercise can help MD patients maintain range of motion and muscle strength, prevent muscle atrophy, and delay the development of contractures. Persons with a weakened diaphragm can learn deep breathing exercises that are designed to keep the lungs fully expanded.

Dietary changes: Proper nutrition is essential, for overall health. Limited mobility or inactivity resulting from muscle weakness can contribute to obesity, dehydration, and constipation. A high-fiber, high-protein, low-calorie diet combined with recommended fluid intake may help. MD patients with swallowing or breathing disorders and those persons who have lost the ability to walk independently should be monitored for signs of malnutrition.

Support aids such as wheelchairs, splints and braces, other appliances, and overhead bed bars (trapezes) can help maintain mobility. Braces are used to help stretch muscles and provide support while keeping the patient ambulatory. Spinal supports can help delay scoliosis. Repeated low-frequency bursts of electrical stimulation to the thigh muscles can produce a slight increase in strength in boys with Duchenne MD.

If your child is diagnosed with DMD, there are many groups that can help you, including the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy: http://www.parentprojectmd.org  and the Muscular Dystrophy Association: http://www.mda.org/ . For Ayurvedic treatment you can contact the Ayush Muscular Dystrophy Society (India) http://ayush-samiti.co.in

 

 

 

 

 

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