Paralysis: Cure with Panchakarma
Features of Paralysis: There is loss of tactile inputs and outputs in the affected part of the body. That means, the person cannot feel it when something touches him/her or even when someone else touches him/her. The person also cannot feel pain in the affected part. In fact, it has been said that the most painful aspect of paralysis is the painlessness. Numbness to weather is common. The person cannot feel heat or cold. There could be tingling sensations in the unaffected parts of the body. There is generally an impairment of vision. The person becomes incontinent. If paralysis lasts for a long time, then the biggest danger is that of the ‘death’ of the affected part. Due to the constant depletion of blood from the affected part, the part may become seriously damaged. As a result the muscles and tissues in that part will also get wasted, leading to disuse atrophy, as mentioned earlier. In quadriplegia, the most serious form of paralysis, the person’s body becomes like the mere ‘skin and bones’ within a few months of the affliction. Speech impairment is also a very common by-product of paralysis. Along with speech impairment, there could be loss of auditory senses and visual senses as well. If the person is paralyzed on one side of the body, then there is a great chance that the eye on that side would lose its power of sight.

Diet for People with Paralysis: Warm & freshly cooked foods. Sweet, sour and salty are the tastes that are good for creating a balance of the vata. Avoid bitter, pungent and astringent foods in taste. Nuts are very good for balancing the vata. Rice and wheat both are okay, but barley must be avoided. The juicier fruits such as bananas, mangoes, oranges, etc are preferred. Dry fruits such as apples, figs, pears and pomegranates must be avoided. Asparagus, beet, carrot are the vegetables should be important part of the daily diet. Among the meats, white meats such as poultry and fish are much better as compared to red meats such as beef, pork and mutton.

Ayurvedic Management: Ayurveda has prescribed a few herbs that are beneficial for the treatment of paralysis.

Ashwagandha is prescribed for the treatment of paralysis due to its vata pacifying properties. Bala is used as an effective remedy in all kinds of paralysis because of it muscle and nerve strengthening properties it is a best herb for curing vata induced degenerative neurological changes.

Snehana – Massage of affected regions with medicated oils like Mahanarayn Tail, Mahamash Tail & Vishgarbh Tail is done.

Pinda Swedana – A special type of fomenting with the Red rice bolus on the affected region with medicated herbs and mixtures is very effective.

Vasti – Niruh Vasti with Dashmool Kwath and Anuvasan Vasti with Ksheer Bala Tail is very efficacious in Paralysis.

Shirodhara – Dhanvantar Tail or Bala Tail is most recommended for Shirodhara in Paralysis.

*Prof. Dr Sanjeev Sood, Editor of the magazine "DAV's Ayurveda For Holistic Health" ( is working as Head of Panchakarma Department, Dayanand Ayurvedic College, Jalandhar, India and Visiting Faculty to European Institute For Research in Ayurveda [EISRA] - Holland, International Cooperated University of Ayurveda [ICAU], Medicarom – Romania. Dr Sood is author of eBooks on Nadi Pariksha [Pulse Diagnosis] and Yoga for Better Health.







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