FACIAL PALSY

FACIAL PALSY

Bell’s palsy is a disorder of the nerve that controls movement of the muscles in the face.Damage to this nerve causes weakness or paralysis of these muscles. Paralysis means that you cannot use the muscles at all.

Bell’s palsy affects about 30,000 – 40,000 people a year in the United States.It involves damage to the seventh cranial (facial) nerve. This nerve controls the movement of the muscles of the face.Bell’s palsy is thought to be due to swelling (inflammation) of this nerve in the area where it travels through the bones of the skull.

In ayurveda this condition is called (arditha) means loss of function of facial muscles, ayurveda consider this as a vata disorder because vata is the one dosha control the motor and sensory activities of the body,mainly the brain function.

There are many possibilities for vata disorders it might be due to some external factors or due to some infection, in ayurveda these factors are termed as (dushyas) which will vitiate the dosha. The main pathology behind facial palsy is the inflamation of the concernd nerve, in ayurveda without the involvement of pitta there wont be any inflamation, as the nerve get blocked the blocking factor will be mainly kapha, depending upon the severity of blockage the nerve damage will be there, and this determines whether the disease is vata,pitta or kapha predominant,the treatment will vary according to the doshic predominance.

The net result will be getting the doshic balance and the proper vata function Treatment modalities include both internal and external therapies.

Internal medicines

include herbal decoctions which reduces the inflamation, special tablets, choornas, ghee preparations which can pierce the blood brain barrier and increase the regeneration,

External modalities

Mainly increases the muscle tone,power,and blood circulation leading to increased muscle activity Thala,,Nasya, Sirodhara, Ksheeradhara, Pichu, Sirovasti, Ksheeradhooma, Lepana, Medhya Rasayanas, and rehabilitation therapy.