In Ayurveda, Parkinson’s disease is considered to be due to a ‘vata’ imbalance. Vata dosha consists of the air and space elements.

Specifically, the disorder is described as the Sanskrit word ‘Kampavata‘ (kampa meaning tremors) resembles key clinical features of ‘shaking palsy’ from Parkinson’s disease. The varying nature of tremors have different levels of severity.  The symptoms listed under the category of ‘vata’ disorders may include:

  • a) Temors (kampa)
  • b) Stiffness (stambha)
  • c) Depression (vishada)

Some of the important plant medicines:

  1. Ashwagandha (root of Withania somnifera
  2. Atmagupta, also called Kapickacchu (seed of Mucuna prureins)
  3. Bala (root of Sida cordifolia)

Home Treatment:

Apply Sesame oil and gently massage all the joints of your body.  This can be done for the whole body providing relief for muscles and the nervous system.
The treatment of ‘kampavata’ consists of both internal and external administration of Ayurvedic oils, herbal formulas and other body treatments to reverse the ‘vata’ imbalance caused by increased movement of the physical body while exhausting the nervous system.

General measures include combinations of oral ingestion of medicated edible fats (medicated ghee,) medicated enemas, massage with holistic oils, laxatives, and nasal instillation of medicated solutions to nourish the nasal passages.
These techniques help nourish of the seven internal tissues (dhatu) recognized as the metabolic sustenance factors of plasma, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow and reproductive organs.

Discussion papers

  1. Treatment of Parkinson’s disease in ‘Ayurveda’ (ancient Indian system of medicine)
  2. Parkinson’s Disease (Kampavata): Understanding the Ayurvedic Approach
  3. Kampavata/ Vepathu (Parkinson’s disease)

Kalmegh (scientifically known as Andrographis paniculata) serves as a very potent life tonic. This herb is found in countries like India, Laos, Thailand and Indonesia and has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for a variety of ailments.
This plant contains a variety a bioactive phytochemical such as Terpenoids, Flavonoids, Xanthones  and Arabinogalactan proteins. It is a multi-functional plant which acts as a potent medicinal drug. The powerful properties clears up the respiratory channels and balances metabolic disorders. It has no shortage of healing properties. Take a look at the unlimited benefits:

  1. Expectorant: Aids in promoting mucus discharge from the respiratory system.
  2. Digestive Aid: Promotes digestive stimulation, Improves gut health and the digestive flora
  3. Expectorant: Promotes mucus discharge from the respiratory system.
  4. Protects the liver and gall bladder
  5. A Blood purifier for gorgeous skin, Blood sugar reducer and enhances the immune system
  6. Anti-inflammatory: Reduces swelling and cuts down the oozing process from capillaries.
  7. A natural laxative: aids in letting go and bowel elimination
  8. Keeps the intestine in check and kills any intestinal worms
  9. Anti-cancerous properties

Kalmegh, referred to as the king of bitters, is a general solution to many health problems. The bitter tastes cuts through mucous build up in the body.It is one of the most popular medicinal plant used traditionally for the treatment of diseases such as cold, fever, diabetes, hypertension, ulcer, leprosy, laryngitis, bronchitis, skin diseases, flatulence, colic, influenza, diarrhea, dysentery, dyspepsia and malaria in India, China, and other south east Asian countries.

Clinical trial research:

  1. Clinical studies on kalmegh (andrographis paniculata nees) in infective hepatitis.
  2. A randomized double blind placebo controlled clinical evaluation of extractof Andrographis paniculata (KalmColdTM) in patients with uncomplicatedupper respiratory tract infection


  1. Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology of Andrographis paniculata and Its Major Bioactive Phytoconstituent Andrographolide

Some useful ResearchGate links:

  1. Andrographis paniculata a traditional herb with pharmacologi…
  2. Andrographis paniculata (Kalmegh): A review
  3. Traditional use of andrographis paniculata: Review and perspectives
  4. Harnessing the medicinal properties of Andrographis panicula…
  5.  Andrographis paniculata (Burm. f.) Wall. ex Nees (kalmegh), …
  6. Pharmacological Activity of Andrographis Paniculata: A Brief Review
  7. Phytopharmacological review of Andrographis paniculata (Burm..
  8. Pharmacological Aspects of Andrographis paniculata on Health…
  9.  Indigenous king of bitter (Andrographis paniculata): A review
  10.  A review of medicinal prospectives of Andrographis Paniculata Nees
  11.  An overview on Andrographis paniculata (Burm. F.) Nees.
  12.  Andrographolides and traditionally used Andrographis panicul…
  13.  Is Andrographis paniculata extract and andrographolide anaphylactic?
  14.  Efficacy of Andrographis paniculata in Upper Respiratory Tra…
  15.  Clinical studies on kalmegh (andrographis paniculata nees) i…
  16.  Neuropsychopharmacology of a therapeutically used Andrograph…
  17.  Andrographis SPP.: A Source of Bitter Compounds for Medicinal Use

Conference Paper Potential of Andrographis paniculata in brain disorders