• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is also known as ALS and is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system which results in progressive muscular weakness, cramps, wasting, and spasticity. There are several different types of ALS which include classic, sporadic, and familial. ALS is basically a motor neuron disease which causes inflammation of the nerves coming out from the spinal cord. This condition is most common in adults from the age of 50 to 70. Currently, there is no known treatment for ALS in the modern system of medicine.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment for ALS is aimed at treating the inflammation and progressive degeneration which is characteristic of this disease. Ayurvedic herbal medicines which are known to improve and strengthen the nervous system, and which bring about a regeneration of the nerve cells are used in high doses in the treatment of this condition. Inflammation is treated with herbal medicines which have a known anti-inflammatory action as well as a soothing action on the nerves and the microcirculation supplying the nerves.

Treatment for ALS is mainly in the form of oral medication that can be supplemented with localized treatment in the form of application of medicated oils, followed by fomentation with medicated steam. Localised treatment also helps in stimulating the peripheral nerves to heal quickly and brings about an early change in neuromuscular coordination, balance and sensory input.

Individuals affected with ALS need to take regular treatment for at least 6 to 8 months in order to significantly benefit from Ayurvedic herbal treatment. However, it is important to note that for a disease with no known cure and treatment, Ayurvedic herbal treatment can successfully improve the quality of life and significantly improve the survival and life span of affected individuals. Aggressive treatment for prolonged periods can bring about a remission in this condition.

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment, herbal medicines, ALS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

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