Stroke Paralysis is a common medical emergency and can happen anytime and the third leading cause of death worldwide. Stroke also known as CVA (Cardiovascular Accident) is the sudden death of some brain cells due to lack of oxygen when the blood flow to the brain is lost by blockage of an artery to the brain. It’s the most common cause of adult disability. Stroke can be correlated with the disease Pakshaghata in Ayurveda.
Symptoms for Stroke Paralysis
THE FIRST STEP to recognize the Signs and Symptoms for Stroke Paralysis and if any of these are seen in the person then immediately shift to the nearest hospital, quick action and perhaps save a life.
- Sudden unresponsiveness or weakness in the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body
- Confusion, trouble speaking, or difficulty understanding speech.
- Trouble seeing in one or both eyes.
- Difficulty in walking, dizziness, loss of balance, or lack of coordination.
- Severe headache with no known cause.
The good news is that you can stop the brain damage caused by a stroke if you respond quickly for treatment. The cautionary signs of stroke, and to get help right away if you see them.
Acting F.A.S.T. Is Key for Stroke
It can help stroke patients get treatments they desperately need. It’s important to act quickly and get medical help as The stroke treatments that work best are available only if the stroke is recognized and diagnosed within 3 hours of the first symptoms.
Follow simple test:
F—Face: Ask the person to smile. Does one side of the face droop?
A—Arms: Ask the person to raise both arms. Does one arm drift downward?
S—Speech: Ask the person simple phrases to repeat. Is the speech slurred or strange?
T—Time: If you see any of these signs, take him to the nearest hospital
Note the time when any symptoms first appear. This information helps health care providers to determine the best treatment for each person.
Clinical features: Paralysis is the most common outcome of stroke
- Muscular: Paralysis of one side of the body, difficulty walking
- Visual: blurred vision, or temporary loss of vision in one eye
- Speech: difficulty speaking, slurred speech, or speech loss
- Whole body:fatigue, light-headedness, or vertigo
- Limbs: numbness or weakness
- Sensory:pins and needles or reduced sensation of touch
- Facial:muscle weakness or numbness
- Also,common:difficulty swallowing, headache, unable to understand, mental confusion, or rapid unintentional eye movement
Stroke Management in Ayurveda
Panchakarma (Cleansing therapies) for Paralysis patients include:
- Snehana (Oleation) treatment like massage, Kayaseka, Shirodhara, Shirobasti, Pichu etc with medicated oils followed by different modalities of Medicated fomentation for 7 – 21 days.
- Massage with symptom specific medicated oils followed by medicated fomentation helps to increase circulation also strengthens the muscles and nerves.
3. Virechana (Purgation) – To increase the Metabolism, to relieve constipations, strengthens the gut, also helps to improve the functioning of the nerves in the affected area.
4. Basti (medicated enema) in the form of Matra Basti, Anuvasana Basti, Nirooha Basti for the period of 8 – 32 days.
Medicated enema helps in nourishing, strengthening, and also stabilizing the overall functions of the body functioning and this treatment takes a major role in healing the stroke patient if they approach within 3 months of the paralytic attack.
- Nasya karma for 7 – 9 days -Therapy helps to strengthen the muscles, nerves and circulation above the shoulder.
Ayurveda medicine for stroke
All therapeutic measures may be started after crossing the acute phase of attack in the form of:
- Herbs like Ashwagandha, Brahmi, Eranda, Rasona, Rasna etc
- Medicines like Mahavatavidwamsana, Balarista, Dashmoola Arista, Sarasawathaarista, Bhihat vata Chintamani, Ekangavira rasa, Sacharadi kasahya, Gandarwahastadi qwatha etc
*Above said various modalities of treatments are common in practice, but the duration of the treatment, dosage, selection of herbs, type of Panchakarma, will be adjusted and planned by the ayurvedic doctors only according to the clinical findings and response to the therapy.
Diet and Lifestyle in stroke paralysis
- Avoid excessive use of spicy, astringent and/ or salty, oily/ fatty food and incompatible diet, Bengal gram, peas, potato, etc.
- Use black gram, horse gram, onion, garlic, ginger, radish, ash gourd, green gram etc in regular diet.
- Use fruits like pomegranate, grape or papaya.
- Consume low fat and a high fibres diet as advised by the physician.
- Control the treatable risk factors like Diabetes mellitus, hypertension, heart diseases.
- Practice regular exercises or physiotherapy.
- Avoid excessive starvation, excess exercises, suppressing of natural urges.
- Avoid alcohol consumption, smoking.
- Avoid discontinuation of any regular medication without medical advice.
- Be active and optimum use of affected part and Continue exercises as suggested by the physician