AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS

In multiple sclerosis, one of the most common neurological causes of long-term disability, the myelin-producing oligodendrocytes of the central nervous system are the target of recurrent cell-mediated autoimmune attack. In the UK the prevalence is 120 per 100,000 of the population, with an annual incidence of around 7 per 100,000. The lifetime risk of developing multiple sclerosis is about 1 in 400. The incidence is higher in temperate climates and in Northern Europeans, and the disease is about twice as common in women as men.

Pathology

An attack of central nervous system inflammation in multiple sclerosis starts with the entry of activated T Lymphocytes through the blood brain barrier. These recognize myelin derived antigens on the surface of the nervous system’s antigen-presenting cells, the microglia, and undergo clonal proliferation. The resulting inflammatory cascade releases cytokines and initiates the destruction of the oligodendrocyte-myelin unit by macrophages. Histologically, the characteristic lesion is a plaque of inflammatory demyelination occurring most commonly in the periventricular regions of the brain, the optic nerves and the subpial regions of the spinal cord.

Ayurvedic Treatment

Internal medicines and external therapies are mentioned in ayurveda for multiple sclerosis. Some of these therapies are:

In this treatment, luke warm herbal oils are applied all over the body by 2 to 4 trained therapists in a rhythmic way continuously for about 60 to 90 minutes per day for a period of 7 to 21 days. A hot water bath is given at the end .

It is a process by which the whole body or any specific part thereof is made to perspire by the application of certain medicinal pudding externally in the form of boluses tied up in a muslin bag. This is applied by 2 to 4 therapists for about 60 to 90 minutes per day for a period of 14 days.

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