Bell’s Palsy (Idiopathic Facial Paralysis) – Symptoms, Causes & Ayurvedic Treatment

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Introduction

Bell’s palsy or Facial Palsy is a kind of paralysis which is caused by dysfunction of Cranial Nerve VII (Facial Nerve). Bell’s palsy has been named after the surgeon “SIR CHARLES BELLS”. It is the condition where nerve that controls the facial muscles becomes swollen. Bell’s palsy can attack the person at any age, although the condition is common between ages of 16 and 20.

Bell’s palsy can be temporary for the most of the people. Due to the weakness in the facial tissue, half of the face appears to droop. The smile is one-sided and there is a difficulty in closing the eye. It affects the taste bud, eye, saliva and a bone which is situated in the middle of the ear.

Symptoms of Bell’s Palsy

Bell’s palsy usually occurs after 1-2 weeks of eye infection, ear infection and viral infection.

Symptoms of Bell’s palsy include:-

  • Swift weakness on one side of the face which can be observed within hours to days
  • Difficult to make the various facial expression like closing the eye, lifting the eyebrow
  • Pain around the jaws or behind the ear
  • Reduction in the ability to taste
  • The affected eye extracts tear
  • Sensitivity to sound
  • Irritation in the eye
  • Facial weakness
  • Unable to wrinkle forehead
  • Pain in the ear

Causes of Bell’s Palsy

When the seventh cranial nerve starts becoming swollen, it results in Bell’s palsy. Most of the medical researchers believe that Bell’s palsy is triggered by a viral infection.

Some Causes are:-

  • Stress
  • Cold sores
  • •Genital Herpes
  • Any damage to Immune System
  • Chicken Pox and Shingles
  • Organ Inflammation
  • Lyme Disease (Bacterial Infection)
  • Mumps
  • Flu
  • Coxsackievirus (Hand-foot and Mouth disease)
  • Respiratory Problem
  • Trauma
  • Acute Viral infection

However, most of the experts found that the Herpes Simplex 1, which is a kind of cold sore, is highly responsible for the occurrence of Bell’s palsy.

Risk Factors of Bell’s Palsy

The conditions which increase the risk of Bell’s Palsy are:-

  • Pregnancy
  • Upper respiratory infection (cold, flu)
  • Diabetes
  • High Blood pressure
  • Family History
  • Auto-immune disorder
  • Infection
  • Smoking
  • Weak Immune system
  • Chemotherapy

Diagnosis of Bell’s Palsy

The physical examination and symptoms are the most important part in the diagnosis of Bell’s palsy. There is no need for adequate diagnosis. Generally, the doctors start observing the facial expression like the movement of facial muscles, lifting the eyebrow, smile.

Treatment for Bell’s Palsy

Medical Science

Bell’s palsy usually takes several weeks or month to regain the lost strength of facial nerves.

Treatment that helps in recovery:-

  • Corticosteroids: It is used as an anti-inflammatory drug which reduces the puffiness of facial nerve. For best results, the patient needs to take it within few days of the occurrence of the Bell’s palsy.
  • Anti-Viral Drug: If Bell’s palsy has been caused by a viral infection, antibacterial drugs are prescribed.
  • Ibuprofen: It gives relief to the pain in the nerves
  • Eye drops: Eye drops are recommended to the cornea and pupil moist.

Physical Therapy:-

  • Surgery: The decompression surgery is implied to evacuate the pressure on the facial nerve. The surgery opens the passage through which the nerves pass.
  • Physical Exercise: Massaging the affected part of face helps the muscles relax.
  • Acupuncture: Thin like needles are placed into a specific point of the skin that helps stimulate nerve and muscles giving some relief.

Ayurvedic View on Bell’s Palsy

“Ardita” is the Ayurvedic name for Bell’s palsy. Meaning of Ardita is the condition caused by due to the unusual function of VATA. Due to which, the other half of the face turns in opposite direction.

Symptoms As Per Ayurveda

  • Shivering
  • Stammering
  • Pain in the neck, cheeks and adjacent area
  • Dryness in the eye
  • Sleep Disturbance
  • Pricking sensation (Sometimes)

Due to Vata imbalance, following effects can be seen:-

  • Nausea
  • Shivering
  • Lockjaw
  • Pain in the certain parts of the face

Effects due to Pitta imbalance:-

  • Yellowish face
  • Fever
  • Thirst

Effects due to Kapha Imbalance:-

  • Stiffness in the face, neck and cheeks
  • Tightness of muscles
  • Oedema

Ayurvedic Treatment

Ekangveer Ras

It is the form of a tablet. This medicine consists of heavy metal components, therefore, should be taken under strict supervision.

Benefits:-

Treatment of facial paralysis, cervical, neuro-muscular conditions.

Dosage:-

Ekangveer Ras tablets should be taken thrice a day with Luke warm water.

Rasraj Ras

It is a herbal product with mineral ingredients. It is used for treating Neuromuscular problems.

Benefits:-

  • Cures disease like paralysis, facial palsy and dizziness
  • Strengthens nerves and muscles
  • It is also beneficial for the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Osteo Arthritis.

Dosage:-

Intake should be twice a day daily with plain water.

Ashwagandha Avleh

  • Ashwgandha Avleh improves the physical strength, stamina and vitality. It balances Vata Dosha and increases Kapha Dosha.
  • It is used as an antioxidant.

Uses:-

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anti-arthritic
  • Anti-anxiety

Dosage:-

It should be taken twice a day either 45 minutes before the meal or 2 hours after the meal.

Herbs For Bell’s Palsy

1. Garlic

  • Garlic is good for normalizing Vata.
  • It cleans the body channels and relieves the pain and inflammation.
  • It also improves blood circulation.

2. Nirgundi

  • Relieves the nerve pain
  • Improves nerve strength

3. Castor Oil

  • It balances Vata
  • Improves nerve strength
  • Relieves inflammation

4. Clove

Take 3-4 drops of clove oil for strengthening of nerves.

5. Mustard

  • Beneficial for massage
  • Fights against the blockage of the artery

Medicines for External Use

  • Mix the paste of clove with mustard and apply for 20 minutes. It acts as an anti-inflammatory and gives relief to the pain 
  • Karpasathyadi Oil: This oil can be used for massage

Diet

  • Warm water
  • Luke Warm milk
  • Wheat
  • Garlic
  • Raisins
  • Meat Soup

After treatment, Ayurvedic measures can be used for:-

  • Moderate recovery of facial muscles
  • Strengthening of nerves
  • Blood Circulation
  • Prevention of recurrence

Home Remedies

Nasayam

It is the imposition of herbal medicine through the nostrils. It is mostly used to treat diseases like Paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, complex headache, Bell’s palsy. It rejuvenates the brain cells and invades intelligence. It also acts as a memory booster. The sense organs become stronger and immunity boosts up.

Relieves from:-

  • A headache and migraines
  • Neuro-Muscular Condition
  • Bell’s palsy
  • It also prevents loose teeth and oral cavity.
  • It cures stuttering or speech fault.

Why Are Ayurvedic Products Better?

Ayurveda is better because it not only maintains the rhythm between mind and soul but also between physical health and emotional strength. Ayurveda cures the man from body and mind. The products of Ayurveda are 100% natural extracted from herbs and the purest environment. Ayurveda has no side effects on the patients once the treatment is over. On contrary, modern medicines have “n” number of side effects after the completion of treatment and the side effects caused need to b treated further with other medicines.

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Ayurvedic treatment for Goitre | Causes, Symptoms, Diet, Lifestyle & Home Remedies

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Goitre is defined as the condition in which there is an enlargement of the thyroid gland. The size may vary from a small nodule to a large lump in the neck. Although it is non cancerous and painless but if it becomes too large it causes difficulty in swallowing and breathing. This disease is more common among women and those who are 50 years and above. Goitre may or may not be associated with the thyroid gland dysfunction.

CAUSES

Goitre is caused due to the following reasons:

  • Deficiency of iodine in the body
  • Inflammation of the thyroid gland also causes goitre
  • Exposure to radiations
  • Pregnancy and menopause
  • Family history of autoimmune diseases
  • Excessive use antiretroviral drugs, medications for cardiac problems or intake of immunosuppressant drugs
  • Cigratte smoking also causes goitre
  • Some bacterial, viral and fungal infections may also cause goitre
  • Pathologies such as thyroid cancer, thyroid dysfunction can lead to the development of goitre
  • Diseases like hashimotos thyroiditis, grave’s disease, follicular adenoma, sporadic multinodular goitre also increase the risk of developing goitre.
  • Increased intake of soyabean, spinach and peanuts increase the risk of developing goitre.

SYMPTOMS

  • Painless swelling in the neck region
  • Excessive cough
  • Difficulty in swallowing and breathing
  • Feeling of something pressing inside the throat
  • Hoarseness of the voice
  • Feeling of heaviness in the body
  • Protruding eyes
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling sleepy most of the time
  • Raised cholesterol level
  • Changes in the menstrual flow
  • Neck vein distension
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Diarrhoea
  • Nausea and vomiting

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVED CENTRE

According to Ayurveda, Goitre is known as Galganda. Galganda is caused mainly due to vitiated kapha and vata dosha. The vitiated kapha dosha combines with the meda dhatu of the body and leads to the formation of immobile, heavy swelling in front of the throat known as galganda. It is of three types in Ayurveda:

  1. Vataj Galganda- This type of galganda is caused due to the aggravated vata dosha. The swelling is blackish in colour and slightly painful. Patient also feels dryness and tastelessness in the mouth.
  2. Kaphaja Galganda- This type of galganda is mainly caused due to the aggravation of the kapha dosha in the body. The swelling is large in size, cold to touch. Patient feels less pain and experiences sweetness in the mouth.
  3. Medoj Galganda- This is caused due to disturbed meda dhatu. The swelling area is white in colour and has offensive odour. Patient experiences oilyness in the mouth.

It is believed that it deactivates the thyroid gland and ultimately slows down the metabolism of the body.

Ayurvedic formulations useful in goitre are:

  • Kanchanar Guggulu
  • Aarogya Vardhini Vati
  • Trikatu Churna
  • Trikatu Tablet

Panchkarma therapies that can be done in this condition are:

  • Parisheka- This is done to reduce swelling over the body
  • Sarvanga Abhyanga
  • Patra Pinda Sweda
  • Basti, both Niruha and Matra. Ksheer basti, Eranda Mooladi Basti are generally done.
  • Netra Basti to reduce the inflammation over the eyes

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Prepare your food using iodised salt.
  • Include milk in your diet.
  • Avoid coffee, alcoholic drinks and soda.
  • Onions, oats, egg yolks and citrus fruits help in reducing the swelling of the neck.
  • Avoid eating heavy and sour food stuffs.
  • Do regular excercises of the neck and yoga.
  • Have easily digestible foods.
  • Consume iron rich food and food containing vitamin A & B.
  • Avoid leading a sedentary lifestyle and taking mental stress as this can disturb the thyroid gland functioning.

HERBAL REMEDIES

  • Take two tablespoons crushed flaxseeds and add little water to it. Mix well and prepare its paste. Apply this on the throat and then wash off after 20 minutes. Dry with a clean piece of cloth.
  • Crush a handful of sorrel seeds and add two tablespoons olive oil. Mix well and apply this paste on the swelling. Wash off after 15 minutes.
  • Take a handful of dandelion leaves. Crush them to prepare a paste and add two teaspoon clarified butter and mix well. Heat the mixture till it turns lukewarm. Now apply this paste on the affected area and leave for 15 minutes.

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Amenorrhoea – Types, Causes, Symptoms & Ayurvedic treatment

INTRODUCTION OF THE DISEASE

Amenorrhoea is the absence of menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age. A woman usually menstruates after every 23 to 35 days. Women who have missed atleast three menstrual periods in a row have amenorrhoea. It is a normal feature in prepubertal, pregnant and post menopausal females. Physiological state of amenorrhoea is seen,most commonly, during pregnancy and lactation. Apart from the reproductive years there is absence of menses during childhood and after menopause.

For a woman to have regular menstrual cycles, her hypothalamus (that stimulates the pituitary gland), pituitary gland (that releases luteinzing hormone and follicle stimulating hormone which influence the production of estrogen and progesterone that control cyclic changes in the lining of the uterus), ovaries and uterus must be functioning properly. Her cervix and vagina must also have a normal anatomy.

TYPES OF AMENORRHOEA

THERE ARE TWO TYPES OF AMENORRHOEA

1. Primary Amenorrhoea:-

When a woman has not had her first menstrual period by the age of 16 years, it is known as primary amenorrhoea or delayed menarache. This is common in teenage girls who:

  • Are very thin or very athletic
  • Are underweight
  • Have not experienced the normal puberty related rise in body fat
  • Have genetic problem
  • Have abnormal female reproductive organs

2. Secondary Amenorrhoea is seen in:-

  • Pregnancy
  • Breast feeding
  • Menopause
  • Emotional or physical stress
  • Rapid weight loss
  • Strenuous exercise
  • Polycystic ovarian syndrome
  • Premature ovarian failure
  • Hysterectomy

SYMPTOMS OF AMENORRHOEA

AMENORRHOEA IS A SYMPTOM IN ITSELF. ASSOCIATED FEATURES ARE

  • Excess body and facial hair
  • Acne
  • Lowering of the voice
  • Altered sex drive
  • Changes in the breast
  • Breast milk secretions
  • Weight gain or weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Dry skin and hair
  • Worry and anxiety
  • Headache
  • Muscular and neural pains

AYURVEDIC VIEW AND TREATMENT ACCORDING TO CHANDIGARH AYURVEDA CENTRE

According to Ayurveda, imbalance of sharirik dosha mainly Vata and Kapha and mansik dosha Raja and Tama are responsible for amenorrhoea.

Normally, the food we eat is digested by the digestive fire and is converted into rasa dhatu. This rasa dhatu nourishes the successive dhatus and other tissues of the body. Artava or menstrual blood is a part of this rasa dhatu. But when the digestion is impaired, instead of the healthy rasa dhatu, ama or toxins are produced. This ama accumulates in rasavahi srotas (which carries the nutrient plasma) or aartavavahi srotas (which carries the menstrual flow) and blocks them stopping the flow of menstruation, which leads to amenorhoea.

SINGLE HERBS USEFUL IN AMENORRHOEA

  • GhritKumari or Aloe Vera
  • Kakmachi
  • Bhumi Amalaki
  • Punarnava
  • Kutki
  • Shatavari
  • Triphala
  • Vidari kanda
  • Wild Yam

AYURVEDIC FORMULATIONS RECOMMENDED IN AMENORRHOEA

  • Punarnava Mandoor
  • Kumari Asava
  • Loha asava
  • Dashmoola Arishta
  • Aarogya Vardhini Vati
  • Raja Pravartini Vati
  • Pushyanuga Churna
  • Ashoka Arishta
  • Shatavari Kalpa
  • Dhatri Rasayan
  • Saubhagya Shunthi Pak

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

  • Take plenty of milk, fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Strive for balance in work, recreation and rest.
  • Avoid hard to digest and junk foods.
  • Avoid ice creams, cold drinks and lots of raw vegetables.
  • Eat warm, nutritious and easily digested foods like khichadi and soup which give the gastrointestinal tract a rest and facilitate cleansing.
  • Drink filtered or boiled water.
  • Avoid taking alcohol.
  • Avoid salty and dry foods.
  • Sweet, sour and salty tastes nourish vata dosha.
  • Regular meditation and relaxation techniques are important to reduce mental stress.
  • Daily oil massage can be helpful in maintaining the imbalanced dosha.
  • Take deepana dravyas like cinnamon(is a good choice because of its demulcent and stimulating properties ), dried ginger( works as an emmenogogue), turmeric( helps to regulate menses by decongesting the liver).
  • Abhyanga, shirodhara, svedana therapies are beneficial as they pacify Vata dosha and provides nourishment to the system.
  • Apart from above therapies, anuvasana and uttara bastis help to encourage healthy downward movement.

HOME REMEDIES

  • Boil a teaspoon full of saffron in half a cup of water and reduce it to about a table spoon and this should be taken in a day by dividing it into three parts. Saffron is a powerful antioxidant that can treat chronic inflammatory conditions as well as reduce stress that may be causing amenorrhoea
  • Fomentation with hot and wet towel or hot water bag should be done around the pelvis to get relief from the pain and menstrual cramps
  • A cup of black beans should be boiled in 5 cups of water and a half cup of this juice should be taken before meals. This regulates the menstrual cycle.
  • Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of tomato juice is said to improve blood circulation and treat amenorrhoea.
  • Raw beetroot of fresh beetroot juice is considered an effective treatment for amenorrhoea.
  • Foods such as papaya, seasame seeds, ginger and bitter gourd can increase the internal body temperature and improve ovulation. This in turn can result in regular periods.
  • Mix half a teaspoon of cinnamon in a glass of milk and drink this everyday for weight loss. Weight loss is important to ensure regular menstruation
  • The herb pennyroyal is one of the best natural remedies for amenorrhoea. It stimulates the reproductive system and encourages menstruation.
  • Soak a teaspoon of fenugreek seeds in water overnight. Drink this water in the morning to get relief from amenorrhoea.
  • Unripe papaya is a great home remedy for the treatment of amenorrhoea. It helps in the contraction of the uterus and helps in getting rid of amenorrhoea.
  • One teaspoon of aloe vera juice with a pinch of black pepper is used for the treatment of amenorrhoea.

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