A person’s mobility and ability to perform the activities of day to day life is largely dependent on the ease of movement. When a person is unable to move freely it has a huge impact on the quality of life. Movement of the body is enabled by the musculoskeletal system that is made up of the bones and the muscles. When there are any problems with this system, a person is unable to move well. However, since movements are controlled by the nervous system, a neurological problem with the motor nerves can also cause neuromuscular disease that affects movement.
Prabhanjanam Kuzhambu is an Ayurvedic medicine known to help in the treatment of joint and muscle pain and other neuromuscular disorders. It is made up of Ayurvedic ingredients that may help prevent muscle wasting or muscle atrophy and aid in neuromuscular disorders treatment and management.
Bala (Sida cordifolia)
This herb strengthens the bones.
It is useful to overcome muscle weakness in Ayurveda treatments
It is useful in Ayurveda for its properties of being an antioxidant, antiviral, antirheumatic, hypoglycemic, diuretic, analgesic, antipyretic, immunoenhancing, hepatoprotective and useful in neuromuscular and neurodegenerative disorders.
It treats Vata Dosha disorders
Shatavari (Asparagus recemosus)
It is called the queen of herbs
It is a fertility enhancer and is used as a traditional medicine tonic for the female reproductive system.
It is useful in Ayurveda as a nutritive tonic and is known to have the following properties: diuretic, laxative, antitumor, aphrodisiac, rejuvenative, antacid, antispasmodic, antioxidant, demulcent, galactagogue, anti-microbial, anti-depressant, adaptogen and immunomodulator.
Sigru (Moringa oleifera)
The drumstick tree
Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, it is used in many traditional medicines
It is used in Ayurveda for its properties of being an antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, adaptogen, immunomodulatory, antihelminthic, anti-arthritic, antirheumatic, mucolytic, analgesic, cardiac stimulant, anti-hyperglycemic, emmenagogue and a digestive stimulant.
Varun (Crataeva nurvala)
It is a natural anti-inflammatory which makes it useful in treatment of inflammatory problems such as rheumatoid arthritis
Used in traditional medicine for prostate problem treatment, as a blood purifier, gout and skin disease treatment.
Pacifies Kapha and Vata Doshas while stimulating the Pitta Dosha
Arka (Calotropis procera)
It is used in traditional medicine for ulcers, skin diseases, enlargement of the spleen, abdominal glands, liver problems, colic and digestive issues.
Karanja (Pongamia pinnata)
Balances Kapha and Vata Doshas
Eranda (Ricinus communis)
Balances Vata and Kapha Doshas
Sahacara (Barleria prionitis)
Useful in Ayurvedic treatments for skin diseases, wounds, fever, ulcers, swelling, edema and dental caries.
It is used as a blood purifier and reduces vitiated Kapha and Vata Doshas
Improves hair growth, strength and colour
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
It has excellent anti-anxiety and anti-stress properties.
Reduces the effects of tiredness and fatigue.
Prasaarani (Paderia Foetida)
This herb is characterised by its foul smell.
Its leaves and roots are used in many Ayurvedic medicines.
It is used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-oxidant, anti-hyperglycemic and anti-helminthic properties.
It is useful in the treatment of degenerative arthritis shoulder and neck problems.
Bilva (Aegle marmelos)
The Bael or Bilva tree
It balances all the three Doshas.
Is one of the Dasha Moola or 10 important herbs.
By balancing the Pitta Dosha it relieves ulcers, inflammations and Pitta related fevers.
Syonaka (Oroxylum indicum)
This herb has anti-inflammatory and pain relief properties.
It also has anti-allergic properties
Gambhari (Gmelina arbora)
It is a general tonic in weakness.
It relieves Vata and Pitta dosha imbalances.
Patala (Stereospermum suaveolens)
It has diuretic, cardiac tonic and anti-inflammatory properties.
It balances the three doshas.
It is useful in blood-related problems.
Agnimantha (Premna integrifolia)
It has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties.
It is used in Vata disorders.
To be applied externally on the pain area.
As per Ayurvedic principles, Vata is Prana or the life force controlling movement. It is controlled by the central nervous system and is located in the Kati (lumbosacral) region of the body.
Both the types of neuromuscular disorders; degenerative or present at birth are both considered as Vata disorders and called Vata Vyadhi. The aggravated Vata Dosha affects the weaker areas of the body causing a neuromuscular disorder. This can cause the affected part to become rigid or weak.
Ayurveda treats such neuromuscular disorders with a mix of internal medicines as well as external treatments. The external treatments could include Svedana, Abhyanga, Navarakizhi, Basti and Patrapinda. They are called Panchkarma treatments and pacify the Vata Dosha while also strengthening the body.
In the longer term, Ayurvedic treatment of the problem is aimed at slowing down the progression of the disease and also improving movement.
Joint pains are caused when there is a buildup of the metabolic waste – Ama - in the body. This Ama interacting with the Vata Dosha affects the joints and causes joint pains and issues such as gout and degenerative arthritis.
The first step in treating joint pains and disorders is to eliminate the formation of Ama. Both medication and lifestyle changes can help. One should eat a balanced and wholesome diet. Optimum exercise and maintaining a healthy bodyweight relieves the stress on the joints.
The neuromuscular system is made up of all the nerves and muscles in our bodies. All actions and movements whether voluntary or involuntary are controlled by the neuromuscular system. The peripheral nervous system is composed of nerves that are made up of nerve cells called neurons. The junction between a neuron and the muscle that it controls is called the presynaptic terminal or a neuromuscular junction. When there are problems with communication between the nerve and the muscle it results in neuromuscular junction disorders. Motor neuron diseases are caused when the neurons die. Peripheral nervous system disorders cause neuropathies. The cause can be genetics, autoimmune diseases or hormonal disorders or diabetes. The wasting of muscles or muscle dystrophy causes myopathies. The causes can be genetic or due to autoimmune diseases, hormonal disorders or as a side effect of medicines. Degenerative arthritis is a condition that occurs when the cartilage of the joints get inflamed and damaged over time.
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