ACOUSTIC NEUROMA – Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Yoga & Pranayama

Acoustic neuroma is a noncancerous tumour occurring due to the overproduction of Schwann cells in the inner ear. It is also known as vestibular schwannoma.

  • SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • CAUSES OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • DIAGNOSIS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • TREATMENTS FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • PROGNOSIS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • COMPLICATIONS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • ACOUSTIC NEUROMA  AND AYURVEDA
  • NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • AYURVEDIC LOCAL TREATMENT FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • HOME REMEDIES FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA
  • YOGA FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Balance problems
  • Dizziness
  • Ringing noise in the ear (tinnitus)
  •  Loss of hearing
  • Headache
  • Numbness in the face

CAUSES OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Continuous exposure to loud noise
  • Exposure to radiation

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

The above-mentioned factors cause the overproduction of Schwann cells in the inner ear leads to the formation of a tumour. The tumour then presses on the nerves in the inner ear leads to problems in hearing and balance.

DIAGNOSIS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Proper history taking by the physician
  • Physical examination
  • Audiometer tests
  • Automated auditory brain response
  • Rinnes and webers test
  • MRI scan
  • CT scan

TREATMENTS FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Treatment of underlying pathology
  • Surgical interventions
  • Radiation therapy

PROGNOSIS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Prognosis is based on the size of acoustic neuroma, the onset of symptoms and the condition of the patient
  • Generally, acoustic neuroma responds well to treatment. Untreated acoustic neuroma may produce symptoms.

COMPLICATIONS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA          

  • Brain damage
  • Blindness
  • Facial paralysis

ACOUSTIC NEUROMA AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,acoustic neuroma is managed based on ‘badhirya chikilsa’

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

The symptoms are aggravated by;

  • Excess consumption of ununctuous, cold, dry food
  • Excess vitiation of doshas
  • Agantu factors – infection
  • Water trapped in the ear
  • Injuries

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Reduced hearing ability

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Vata, pitta and kapha dosha move through all channels of circulation. Due to the subtle nature of vata it impels the remaining two doshas.
  • The aggravated vata having provoked these two doshas, exacerbated and fills up the empty channels and moves greatly inside them or by getting enveloped by the other doshas.
  • The aggravated doshas reside in the ear and produce different kinds of diseases including hearing loss, balance problems etc.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Badhirya – hearing loss
  • Shirasula – headache

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Prognosis is based on the nidana of badhirya and associated diseases

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

Ayurvedic local treatment for acoustic neuroma

  • Ear drops
  • Karna purana – vilwa taila, nirgundi taila, brihatnirgundyadi taila, kshara taila, asanavilwadi taila 

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Sarivati vati
  • Triphala guggulu
  • Pathyashadangam kashayam
  • Medicines that balances vata dosha

 AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • NASYA- anutaila, Ksheerabala, shadbindu taila

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

Internal administration

HOME REMEDIES FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Heat application around the ear by a towel dipped with hot water
  • Massage around the ear ( NOT too much pressure )
  • Clear the wax

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Avoid food items that produce vata dosha imbalance like cold and dry food, hard to digest. Because vata imbalance aggravates the symptoms.
  • Consume easily digestible food items
  • Avoid heavy exercises which further aggravate the vata dosha.
  • Oil massage on the head is advised. Which alleviates vata dosha

YOGA FOR ACOUSTIC NEUROMA

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – calms the mind and  sharpens the hearing

The patient needs to be seated in a meditative posture with the head and spine erect, with the body relaxed. The patient has to close his one nostril (e.g. left nostril if using the right hand and vice versa) with the thumb and exhale completely through the other nostril. Again, he will have to breathe in deeply through the other nostril while the opposite nostril is still closed with the thumb.

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