MOTOR NEURON DISEASE (MND) is the name given to a group of related diseases affecting the motor neurons in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurons are those nerve cells that control muscles, and their degeneration leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.
Symptoms of motor neuron disease are:
- Difficulty in Swallowing
- Spasticity of the Limbs
- Emotional Disability
- Spastic Gait
- Inability to hold the objects in the hands
- Difficulty in Walking
- Speech is affected
- Weight Loss
- Clumsiness Wasting, Flaccidity and Loss of Tendon Reflexes
According to Ayurveda the degenerative conditions affecting brain are mainly due to vitiation of vata dosha. This change from normal life is mainly due to difficulty or blockage in its sensory and motor activities by other doshas(pitta and kapha) or dushyas like dhatus or malas leading to the so called disease.
In this case, the vata get blocked by kapha dosha leading to the state of reduced activity, weakness, spasm.
Removing the blockage caused by a specific dosha and maintaining the normalcy of vata dosha is the bottom-line of Ayurvedic treatment. It can be efficiently managed by specific oral medicines and peripheral treatment modalities.