• Dr A A Mundewadi

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Neurodegenerative Disorders

Updated: Oct 24, 2020

Neurodegenerative disorders are characterized by degeneration of neurons or nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord, causing symptoms of ataxia (loss of balance and coordination) and dementia (disturbed mental functioning). Inflammation, oxidative stress, genetic mutation, early cell death, and abnormal protein deposits form the hallmark pathology in these diseases. Common diseases of this group include Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Huntington’s disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, and Ataxias (including Spino-Cerebellar Ataxia). Currently there is no treatment or cure for these diseases in the modern system of medicine.

Ayurvedic treatment has a significant role to play in the successful management of these diseases. Ayurvedic medicines strengthen the nervous system, improve general and specific immunity, reduce and treat inflammation, and reduce oxidative stress. Herbal medicines have properties which reduce abnormal protein synthesis and accumulation; help reduce genetic mutation and its effects; reduce premature programmed cell death; and help in reversing damage to nerve cells. Ayurvedic treatment also helps improve muscular strength and neuromuscular coordination.

The main treatment consists of oral medication, while local massage with medicated oils and Panchkarma treatments form complementary therapy. Usually, most affected individuals need treatment for about 6-8 months, depending upon disease severity and response to treatment. With a remission of symptoms, medicines can be gradually tapered off and a ‘wait and watch’ approach can then be maintained, in order to detect a relapse. Therapeutic results are best when treatment is commenced at the earliest, since neurological damage can be reversed easily at the earliest stage of presentation.

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

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