Parkinson’s Disease

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Parkinson’s disease, known in Ayurveda as “Kampa Vata,” is a neurological disorder affecting 1% of the population over age 65 and is the fourth most common neurological degenerative disorder found in the elderly.

Signs and Symptoms

The most common recognizable symptom of Parkinson’s disease is known as a “pill rolling tremor.” In this condition, the thumb and fingers move uncontrollably in a manner resembling the rolling of a pill between the fingers. Tremors most commonly appear in the hands, arms and legs, though other areas may be affected.

Ayurvedic Treatment

Ayurvedic treatment for this condition centers around the treatment of vata disturbance. Oleation and fomentation form the basis of the constitutional treatment. Oleation through massage (abhyanga) and enema (basti) are indicated as well as the ingestion of oils. Oils medicated with ashwagandha (withania somnifera) and bala (sida cordifolia) are commonly used to pacify vata and build ojas. They are known to be rejuvenative with a strong nourishing action on the nervous, vata must be pacified at its site of origin in the colon, site of overflow in the rasa dhatu and at its site of relocation in the majja dhatu. Apana vayu disturbance may be treated with moist laxatives . A vata pacifying diet and proper dietary habits are essential to long term success. Additional vata pacifying regimens including daily oil massage (applied by the patient or practitioner) and sensory therapies complete the treatment regimen. Finally, a supportive environment should be created which is not overly stimulating. Meditation and yogic practices are the cornerstone of all holistic ayurvedic programs, as they cultivate a sattvic mind and teach the patient how to manage their internal energies. This is essential for good health. When pitta is vitiated in addition to the primary vata disturbance, care should be taken that treatment and lifestyle do not overheat the mind or body.  Anger, overly critical, intense). Another good herb to add to the formula for a pitta-vitiated individual is Gaducci (Tinospora Cordifolia), and excellent bitter, nervine tonic and pitta rasayana.

 

 

KIDNEY CARE IN AYURVEDA

 

Ayurveda generally states that following a lifestyle and diet according to your body constitution is essential for maintaining good mental and physical health. Season and environment are considered to be a major factor in health as well.

Gokshra is Ayurveda’s one of the best herbs for the kidneys. It helps maintain efficient kidney and urinary functions. This is because it will promote the flow of urine, and will cool and soothe the membranes of the urinary tract. The herb has also been used to remove urinary stones. Gokshra also stops bleeding and has an antiseptic effect. It is known to nourish and strengthen the kidneys and reproductive organs Gokshra has been used in the treatment of cystitis, renal calculi (kidney stones), incontinence, gout and impotence. Chandraprabha is known for its effective results in urinary diseases. It is indicated for pain while urinating, benign prostate enlargement & suppression of the urination right dose to improve your symptoms.

 

How to prevent kidney and urinary tract conditions

Begin the day by emptying the bladder and drink a large glass of (filtered or boiled) water afterwards. You can add a squeeze of lemon juice to the water.End the day by emptying the bladder again, just before going to bed. This makes sure that the body holds the urine for the smallest amount of time possible during the night.

Practicing personal hygiene is very important, because many ailments of the urinary tract are caused by bacterial infection. Keep the genital area clean and dry. Wash before and after sexual intercourse. For women it is also important to empty the bladder completely before and after intercourse. Their urethra (the tube from the bladder that passes out urine) is shorter and opens nearer the anus. To prevent bacteria, it is therefore important to wash thoroughly from front to back. Underwear should be clean and changed as often as needed, too.

Women should not wash their genital area with soap, for soap might destroy the delicate pH-balance of the vagina.

For people with diabetes mellitus it is very important to make sure that their sugar-levels are not too high. For in the long run, this will cause kidney damage.

 

Keeping the kidneys healthy and clean is very important for our overall health. If the kidneys seem sluggish, we can help them flush out the waste by consuming enough water per day. We have to make sure to drink at least 1½ litres of water a day. A good cleansing drink is cranberry juice; it flushes out the kidneys and protects against urinary tract infections. Eat foods that are good for the kidneys (see diet tips above) and eat plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits according to the season. In addition, Ayurveda advises regular physical exercise as it has very positive effects on our health, for example on the blood pressure. A 30-minute walk everyday is adequate exercise for an adult. Many kidney diseases are caused due to high blood pressure and diseases such as diabetes. Exercise reduces the risk of high blood pressure and diabetes, and is therefore beneficial for our kidneys. However, in some cases a healthy lifestyle does not completely protect against kidney problems. For instance when kidney damage is due to diabetes or an underlying condition such as congestive heart failure, stress, shock, heart attack, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or dehydration.