• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Ataxia Telangiectasia

Ataxia telangiectasia, also known as A-T or Louis Bar Syndrome, is a rare and inherited neuro-degenerative disease. This disease is characterized by ataxia or poor coordination and movements as well as involuntary movements due to dysfunction of the cerebellum; dilated capillaries in different parts of the body – especially in the eyes - known as telangiectasia; a reduced immunity, causing a predisposition to infections of the ear, sinuses and lungs; an inability to repair broken DNA, thereby increasing the risk of cancer; delayed milestones; early ageing; and feeding as well as swallowing problems.

This disease usually makes an appearance in early childhood. The conservative management of this condition includes symptomatic treatment as well as special education and supervision by a team of experts. Ayurvedic treatment can be judiciously utilised to control and manage all the symptoms of this condition. Ayurvedic herbal medicines are primarily used to strengthen the different parts of the brain and nerves, especially the cerebellum. Herbal medicines are also given to improve neuromuscular coordination and strengthen nerves, muscles and tendons.

Concurrent herbal treatment also needs to be given to boost the immune status of the body and normalize damaged DNA in order to prevent the risk of infections and cancers, as well as to prevent early ageing and normalize growth of the body tissues. Treatment also needs to be given to treat dilated capillaries and strengthen blood vessels. Overall, medicines which normalize the growth of all the tissues in the body are useful in the management of this condition. If required, localized supplementary treatment in the form of full body massage can also be done with the help of medicated herbal oils.

The normal life expectancy for individuals with ataxia telangiectasia is about 25 years; modern management has enabled a much longer survival for affected individuals. Additional Ayurvedic treatment can help to significantly control and treat most of the symptoms of this disease. Ayurvedic herbal treatment can therefore definitely help to improve the quality of life of patients affected with ataxia telangiectasia.

The writer, Dr. A. A. Mundewadi, is available as an online Ayurvedic Consultant at and

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