GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME – Ayurvedic Treatment, Diet, Exercises, Yoga & Pranayama

       Guillain-barre syndrome is a neurological condition in which the immune system attacks the nerves in the peripheral nervous system.

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

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • High blood pressure
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty in speaking and swallowing
  • Tingling sensation
  • Abnormal heartbeat
  • Coordination problems
  • Problems in bladder control
  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty in breathing

CAUSES OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Infections
  • Immune system disorders
  • The exact cause is not known

PATHOPHYSIOLOGY OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Guillain-barre syndrome is an autoimmune disease, triggered by infections such as herpes virus, influenza etc. The autoimmune response produced after infections results in nerve damage. It commonly affects the nerves of the peripheral nervous system.

DIAGNOSIS OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Proper history taking
  • Neurological examinations
  • Spinal tap
  • Electromyography
  • Nerve conduction studies

TREATMENTS FOR GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Medications –Analgesics
  • Physiotherapy
  • Immunoglobulin therapy

PROGNOSIS OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Prognosis is based on the stage of the disease and the condition of the patient. About 60% of patients attain full recovery of motor strength by 1 year.

COMPLICATIONS OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME     

  • Breathing difficulties
  • Heart problems
  • Permanent nerve damage
  • Bowel and bladder dysfunction

GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda,Guillain-barre syndrome falls under Vata vyadhi or a Vata dosha imbalance disorder (Sahacharadi kashaya).
  • Vata vyadhi can be correlated to neurological or neuromuscular disorders. The causes and pathogenesis of diseases caused by vitiation of Vata dosha, in general, are the exclusive cause and pathogenesis ofpain, numbness, weakness.

NIDANA- AYURVEDIC CAUSES OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Excess consumption of ununctuous, cold food
  • Excessive physical exercise.
  • Suppression of natural urges.
  • Trauma
  • Injuries

PURVAROOPAM- AYURVEDIC PREMONITORY SYMPTOMS OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Pain and weakness in the body

SAMPRAPTI – AYURVEDIC PATHOGENESIS OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • 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 vata resides in the body and produces different kinds of aches and pains.

LAKSHANA- AYURVEDIC SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Toda – aching pain
  • Ruk – Pain on the body
  • Bhedanam – cutting pain
  • Sada – weakness

AYURVEDIC PROGNOSIS OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Difficult to cure – krichra sadhya

CHIKITSA- AYURVEDIC TREATMENT FOR GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

Ayurvedic local treatment for Guillain-barre syndrome 

  • Svedam – Fermentation
  • Pain-relieving lepa application
  • Abhyanga – oil massaging

AYURVEDIC SAMANA TREATMENT FOR GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Dasamoolarishtam
  • Rasaraj ras
  • Bruhat vata chintamani rasa
  • Laksha guggulu
  • Sahacharadi kashaya
  • Trayodasanga guggulu
  • Mahayogaraja guggulu
  • Dhanadhanayanadi kashaya

 AYURVEDIC SHODHANA TREATMENT FOR GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • VASTHI – Medicated enema

COMMONLY USED AYURVEDIC MEDICINES FOR GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

Internal administration

External application

  • Snehadhara – with balaswagandha tailam and ksheerabala tailam
  • Shashtika Sali panda sweda

HOME REMEDIES FOR GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Proper rest
  • Drinking plenty of fluids
  • Bathing in warm water
  • Body massaging

DIET AND BEHAVIOUR FOR GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • 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, cow’s milk
  • Avoid heavy exercises which further aggravate the conditions.
  • Oil massage on the whole body advised. This alleviates vata dosha.
  • Take proper rest.

YOGA FOR GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  • Nadi Shuddi Pranayam    – calms the mind and gets relief from aches and pains

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.

                             

  • Savasana – relaxes body and mind

RESEARCH PAPERS OF AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF GUILLAIN-BARRE SYNDROME 

  1. Ayurveda management of Guillain-Barre syndrome: A case report

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0975947617308094

2.     An ayurvedic approach in the management of Guillain-Barre syndrome: A case study

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4623634/

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