MUSCLE WEAKNESS DISEASES

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The Ayurvedic Clinic on NMD was launched on 28th March 1995 at Central Medical Institute Bhilai by a group of high profile Ayurvedic doctors under Clinical guidance of Padma Shri Prof. M.P. Pandey of Ravishanker University Raipur and Dr Mukesh D Jain of Sanjivani Wellness Bhilai. The main thrust clinic program are care through research Neuro-muscular weakness with a focus on Ayurvedic treatment of deranged Vata disorders. The program is concentrating specially on to find out effective remedies severe debilitating diseases such as monoplegia, paraplegia, hemiplegia, Parkinson’s disease, sciatica, rheumatoid arthritis and against several Muscular dystrophies.

Vata is considered as “Prana” , the principal bio-motive force responsible for all movements in living body system. The Vata is situated in the lumbosacral (Kati) region and is operated through Central nervous system. According to Ayurveda, the walking disability due to contraction of muscle tendon of one leg by deranged Vata is chief symptom in Khanja, whereas if both legs are affected in similar manner, the disorder is called Pangu (Susruta, Vagabhata).

NMD affects some part of the neuromuscular system viz. the muscles, the peripheral motor nerves or the muscle controlling nerve cells (motor neurons) in the spinal cord. Motor neurons are nerve cells located in brain, brainstem, and spinal cord that serve as controlling units and vital communication links between the nervous system and the voluntary muscles of the body. Messages from motor neurons in the brain (called upper motor neurons) are transmitted to motor neurons in the spinal cord (called lower motor neurons) and from them to particular muscles. All neuromuscular diseases are progressive in nature, and all results in muscle weakness and fatigue. Some NMDs are present at birth, some manifest in childhood, and others have an adult onset. The disease may be passed down through family genetic lines. At other times there is not a family history and the disease is the result of a spontaneous genetic mutation, or an abnormal immune response or an unknown cause. But in every case Vata deregulation is the primary cause.

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive movement disorder marked by tremors, rigidity, slow movements (bradikinesia) and posture instability It occurs when cells in one of the movement-control centers of the brain begin to die.
Ayurvedic Treatment: focus on Tridoshic balancing and empowerment of dhatus. Thereby focus on treating or delaying symptoms, enhancing physical mobility and preventing cardiac and respiratory complications.

Since 1995 the Ayurvedic clinic targeted care through research on Muscular dystrophy. Genetic flaws are responsible for debilitating effects of different forms of muscular dystrophies. Our genetics is regulated by life forces and the later is influenced by the cosmic forces. This is purely a scientific and holistic understanding. Ayurveda considers this condition as Mamsa-vata-kshaya (MVK) related to Beeja dosha and impairments of Mamsagni (muscle enzyme). It involves deranged Vata and subsequent degeneration of muscles and structures related to it. Ayurvedic treatment might slow or stop the progression of muscle degeneration.

In Ayurvedic Clinic over 400 patients from India and abroad were treated and monitored during five year of follow up. A combined strategy of age-old Til-Mash Pinda sweda (TMP), Sukumar Guggul & Mamsagni Rasayana along with Yogic support is effective in the long-term management of muscular dystrophies. So far, we have treated Duchenne type, Bucker type and Limb-Girdle type of patients with very promising results such as

(i) weight loss
(ii) Decrease in blood CPK level
(iii) Relief in Pain and Stress
(iv) Decrease in walking difficulty
(v) Further check on muscle wasting and contractures.

These results suggest that there is check on further muscle destruction. The Ayurvedic clinic now under Dr Mukesh Jain had been making all out efforts to explore the possibility of finding as easy naturally available, effective and inexpensive remedy for the diseases of Vata (Prana) derangement.

The Ayurvedic clinical programs are supported by The Ayush Sansthan a non-profit registered organization with Govt of Chhattisgarh and the clinical studies are monitored by a panel of well known experts. The work is regularly published in national & international journals and is available in this website.

Utmost care was exercised while selecting the ayurvedic ingredients to ensure that the drugs should be non-controversial, inexpensive and easily available. As far as Pharmaco-vigilance is concerned we are not using any toxic heavy metals in the medicine used and new simple formulations are being developed in view of latest scientific verification on Ayurvedic ingredients. Purified and processed Mercury, the master medicine of Ayurveda is used in the preparations in the form of Ras Sindoor which is carefully prepared under supervision of a qualified ayurvedic doctor. Other ingredients used are standardized extracts of Withania somnifera, Curcuma longa, Tinospora cordifolia, Piper nigrum, Zingiber officinalis, Phyllantus emblica, Terminalia arjuna and Commiphora mukul and Centella asiatica. All these ingredients have been scientifically verified and documented.

Treatment Agenda:

The clinical agenda consist of Panch Karma Procedure of initial 10 days duration (to be followed at home if required), dietic and yogic support along with appropriate ayurvedic supplements. The duration of treatment lasts between 8 weeks to 6-8 months.

We move through live functioning of our muscles. They require bio-energy (Pranic or Vatic force) for their functioning; mainly contraction and relaxation. The natural source of Prana for the muscle is our food-drink and air. Normally the Prana / Vata force is manifested in the form of fuel molecule derived from food. They can not be directly used by the muscle fibers. They need to be broken down further inside each muscle fiber before they can be used by the cell’s mitochondria to make fuel molecule ATP.

Actually the mitochondria inside the muscle fiber acts as “carbonator of engine” that convert fuel in to energy. Most muscle weakness is caused by defects in the enzyme that control chemical reactions used to breakdown food. Enzyme defects are caused by flaws in the genes that govern production of enzymes. A gene is an inborn set of instructions for making a protein, such as an enzyme. The Ayurvedic term Agni attributes the enzymatic function in our body. If there is inborn defect in our Prana Sutra (Genes) then deficiency or absence of that enzyme will result.

Our Prana Sutra (Genes) are passed from mother and father to their children. Therefore genetic or Agni defects can be inherited through Beeja Dosha of parents.

Muscle weakness results due to weakness of metabolism and is dependent upon our make up of Prana Sutra that carry forward parental Prana Shakti that is used in producing energy (ATP) for muscle contraction and other cellular functions.

Most Common Cause of Muscle weakness:

In metabolic myopathies, missing enzymes prevent mitochondria from properly processing fuel, and no energy is produced for muscle function. Muscular dystrophy refers to a group of genetic diseases characterized by the progressive weakness and subsequent degeneration, destruction and deformation of muscles and structure related to it.

Most Common Muscle disease among Children:

Most children I see are affected by muscular dystrophies, inflammation of muscles, cerebral palsy, motor problems related to injuries at the time of birth or there after, and also birth-related injuries to the arms and legs – mostly to the nerves in the arms. The most common diagnosis would be spasticity in children, muscular dystrophy and different kind of delays such as not walking, crawling, and so on. Other less common problems are spinal muscular atrophy, neuropathies, and so on.

Duchenne muscular dystrophy & Myotonic muscular dystrophy

DMD is most common form in children while MMD is mostly affecting adults. However muscular dystrophy can affect people of all ages.

Muscle Weakness: the Primary symptom

  • Progressive frequent falls
  • Walking difficulty
  • Poor muscle tone & curved spine (deformity)

Proper Diagnosis:

Muscular dystrophy is diagnosed by blood test : Serum CPK (an enzyme found in muscle) and Muscle test: EMG: (electromyography). An E.C.G. is should also done to monitor changes in cardiac status.

Ayurvedic Treatment:

Ayurveda offer prevention & treatment of muscle weakness. The Ayurvedic Garbha Sanskar and parental counseling is advised when there is a family history of muscular dystrophy. Women may be asymptomatic but still be carrier of the gene for the disorder. Genetic studies can detect DMD with about 95% accuracy during pregnancy.

The ayurvedic treatment focuses on augmentation of the Agni at muscle tissue level. Ayurvedic treatment might slow or stop the progression of muscle weakness due to degeneration, destruction and subsequent deformity and disability. A combined strategy of Til-Mash-Shashtic rice-wheat bran Pinda Swedana, Anuvasana Vasti, Pizhinchal procedure using Shat Bala Prasarni oil and oral administration of Mamsagni Rasayana* is effective in the long term relief of the disability due to muscle weakness.

Ayurvedic Medicine: Mamsagni Rasayana

Dr Mukesh Jain is exercising utmost care while selecting the ayurvedic ingredients to ensure that the drugs should be non-controversial, inexpensive and easily available. As far as Pharmaco-vigilance is concerned we are careful regarding heavy metal toxicity.

The Mamsagni Rasayana is new simple, rejuvenative formulation developed in view of latest scientific verification on Ayurvedic ingredients. Purified and processed Mercury, the master medicine of Ayurveda is used in the preparations in the form of Ras Sindoor along with Gold Bhasma in low dose. These ingredients are carefully prepared under supervision of a qualified ayurvedic doctor. Other ingredients used are standardized extracts of Withania somnifera, Curcuma longa, Tinospora cordifolia, Piper nigrum, Zingiber officinalis, Phyllantus emblica, Terminalia arjuna and Commiphora mukul and Centella asiatica. All these ingredients have been scientifically verified and their effects are documented.

The targeted aim of Mamsagni Rasayana is not the production of Dystrophin enzyme but we have noticed definite functional improvements in patients such as

(i) weight loss
(ii) Decrease in blood CPK level
(iii) Relief in Pain and Stress
(iv) Decrease in walking difficulty
(v) Further check on muscle wasting and contractures.

These results suggest that there is check on further muscle destruction. The Ayurvedic clinic now under Dr Mukesh Jain had been making all out efforts to explore the possibility of finding as easy naturally available, effective and inexpensive remedy for muscle weakness.

The Ayurvedic clinical programs are supported by The Ayush Sansthan a non-profit registered organization with Gov’t of Chhattisgarh and the clinical studies are periodically monitored by a panel of well known experts. The work is regularly published in national & international journals and is available in this website.

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