KsheerabalaThailam For Neuromuscular Disorders
KsheerabalaThailam is an Ayurvedic oil formulation that is used for external Panchkarma treatments. It is used in Ayurvedic therapies to help with Vataimbalance caused by neuromuscular disorders. It has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-rheumatic properties. The KsheerabalaThailam is also used to relieve the inflammation and pain caused by sciatica, arthritis, myalgia and spondylosis. It helps manage pain in neuralgia and other such disorders. The word Ksheera refers to cow’s milk. Bala is the herb SidaCordifolia. The oil base used in this formulation is Sesame oil which is the most preferred oil for Panchakarma treatments.
Every day we go about our daily activities and pay very little attention to how our body moves. Our body performs not only the normal functions of standing, sitting and walking but also fine motor activities. The process by which this is achieved is through the proper functioning of the neuromuscular system. When this system is affected it reduces the mobility of a person. Degenerative diseases of the neuromuscular system can seriously impact one’s ability to go about daily activities. They can be present at birth or be gradually degenerative.
Bala-kwath (Sidacordifolia) and Bala-kalkan (Sidacordifolia)
Ksheera (Cow’s milk)
Ayurveda And Neuromuscular Disorders
In the Ayurvedic system, Vata is Prana or the life force that controls movement. This Prana is controlled by the central nervous system but is located in the Kati (lumbosacral) region of the body. Ayurveda recognises that while some neuromuscular disorders are present at birth others are gradually degenerative. Ayurveda considers both the types as Vata disorders or VataVyadhi. When the VataDosha is aggravated it causes these problems. This aggravated VataDosha affects the weak part of the body resulting in a neuromuscular disorder. This can cause either rigidity or weakness of that part.
The treatment of these disorders in the Ayurvedic system of medicine is multi-faceted. The prescribed treatments include medicine that is taken internally as well as external treatments called Panchakarma treatments. These Panchkarma treatments include Svedana, Abhyanga, Navarakizhi, Basti and Patrapinda as required. They help to strengthen the weak parts of the body by pacifying the VataDosha. It is recommended that these treatments be supplemented with Yogasanas, lifestyle changes and proper diet to further strengthen the body. There are also herbal formulations that are recommended by Ayurveda to strengthen the nerves and muscles. Long term Ayurvedic treatment of neuromuscular disorders aims at slowing down the progression of these diseases while improving mobility.
The Neuromuscular System and Western Medicine
As the name indicates, the neuromuscular system comprises all the nerves and muscles in our body. They work in perfect synchronicity as the neuromuscular system. While our muscles help move the body parts, the brain sends it the signals to move through the nervous system. Even the involuntary function of breathing is controlled by the neuromuscular system. Our every action and movement from speaking, swallowing, smiling and walking are dependent on the neuromuscular system.
The main part of the central nervous system which is the brain communicates with the rest of the body through the spinal cord. The spinal cord then links with the peripheral nervous system. The peripheral nervous system has nerves made up of neurons. These neurons have tails called axons by which they are interlinked. When the person decides to move, the brain sends a message which is communicated through the special type of neurons called the motor neurons. The message is first communicated through the upper motor neurons. This is then transmitted to the lower motor neurons and then to the muscles that those particular neurons control. The junction between a neuron branch and muscle is called a presynaptic terminal or a neuromuscular junction. On average, each muscle has a connection to 50 to 200 motor neurons. Some muscles have even more connections. The mechanism of this transmission from nerve to the muscle is via the release of a chemical called acetylcholine at the presynaptic terminals. This is detected by the receptors in the muscle which moves when there is sufficient acetylcholine detected.
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