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:
- Ashwagandha (root of Withania somnifera
- Atmagupta, also called Kapickacchu (seed of Mucuna prureins)
- Bala (root of Sida cordifolia)
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.