• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP)

Chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP) is an acquired immune-related inflammatory disorder of the peripheral nervous system, usually involving the nerve roots. This condition involves the loss of protective covering of the peripheral nerves. Symptoms of CIDP can be quite variable, and include numbness, tingling, pain, burning pain, progressive muscular weakness, loss of deep tendon reflexes, and abnormal sensation. This condition usually results from an auto immune reaction. The symptoms may be progressive and intermittent. Autonomic dysfunction may be present in addition to the other symptoms, and includes symptoms like giddiness, bladder and bowel dysfunction, and cardiac problems. Investigations like electromyography and nerve conduction studies are necessary for the diagnosis of CIDP. The modern management of CIDP includes the use of steroids, plasmapheresis, intravenous immunoglobin and immuno-suppressants. The prognosis of this condition is variable and includes relapses and remissions.

Ayurvedic herbal treatment for CIDP involves the use of herbal medicines which have a specific action on nerve cells and on the entire nervous system. These medicines help in a gradual and progressive regeneration of damaged peripheral nerves, and thereby gradually reduce symptoms. Medicines may also be given for immunomodulation of the affected individual, so as to reduce the auto immune reaction and prevent further damage to the nervous system. Specific symptoms need to be treated separately.

Supplementary treatment can be given in the form of local massage of the entire body or the affected limbs with the use of medicated oils, as well as the use of fomentation using medicated steam. This treatment can hasten the process of recovery and provide a sense of well-being.

Depending upon the severity of the condition, treatment can be given for periods ranging from 8 to12 months. Most individuals affected with CIDP usually obtain significant improvement with the help of Ayurvedic herbal treatment. Long-term treatment with herbal medicines can also help to prevent relapses. Ayurvedic herbal treatment is thus very useful in the management and treatment of CIDP.

Ayurvedic herbal medicines, Herbal treatment, chronic inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy, CIDP

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