Kerala Speciality treatment for Parkinson’s disease
Interview With Ashtavaidyan Alathiyoor Narayanan Nambi

Tharavad  Ayurveda Retreat for Parkinson’s Treatment 

Interview With Ashtavaidyan Alathiyoor Narayanan Nambi

Ayurveda , it is a system introduced to the human evolution for treating the physical and mental ailments ranging from symptom to syndrome. This  methodology is based on principled diagnosis for its practical approach in dealing with acute and chronic diseases. This multi-faceted medicinal system treats the disease at any stage through a series of traditional treatments based on scientific explanations.

Ayurveda is all about how to maintain life in a state of perfect health and takes a patient in entirety on physical, mental and spiritual levels while treating the disease. With advanced researches bringing to light more and more about the influence of mind over body, Ayurveda is fast becoming a holistic alternative to all other systems of medicine. Ayurvedic scriptures deals elaborately with measures of healthy living during the entire span of life and its various phases. Ayurveda propates ( stresses)  balancing of ‘ Tridoshas’ – vata ( vayu , Air and Space ) & Kapha ( Earth , Phlegm) . According to ayurveda the Tridoshas will be in equilibrium in a normal healthy person . When any of the Tridoshas start vitiating , disease and ailments step- in.

THARAVAD Ayurveda Retreat is located near the banks of Bharathapuzha(river) in Kuttippuram, Malappuram District,  is a calm and peaceful village atmosphere with well appointed Traditional Kerala Architectural Styled Cottages and other facilities blends into the green & natural landscape of the paddy fields and Coconut groves. The grandeur and richness of the ancient Kerala Tharavad and the essence of its beauty is carefully adopted and nurtured at the aptly named “Tharavad”.

Interview with Future Medicine , Ashtavaidyan Alathiyoor Narayanan Nambi , famous doyens of  Ayurveda belonging to one of the Ashtavaidya families of North Kerala , the family has rare traditions in Ayurvedic treatment procedures and he is the eldest member of the family has been decorated with many coveted positions in various Ayurvedic institutions , explains the treatment and way of methods in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease

By Sumithra Sathyan

In Ayurveda , How can we define a person that he got Parkinson’s disease ?

It is mainly known as ‘ Kampa vata ’ in Ayurveda . The disease is related with mind . 75% related with body and 15 % with mind .  According to Ayurveda, most of the diseases of the Vata are essentially the conditions of degenerative diseases of the nervous system. Kampa vata is one such condition caused by imbalance of Vata. The treatment of 'kampavata' consists of both internal and external administration of drugs in different forms aimed to reverse the 'vata' imbalance.The person loss his balance of the body and sometimes mind also .Shaking hands , shaking fingers , imbalance of body and seems the person tends to fall into ground are the main symtoms of Parkinson’s .

Is Ayurveda has treatment in this disease ?

In Ayurveda , the treatment given to the disease not to the symtoms .So Ayurveda need totally different way of treatment , sometimes it is not practicable in our fast living sytem .But yet Ayurveda was found to be an effective treatment for patients with Parkinson's disease. Ayurveda is an ancient Indian system of medicine. It has an integrated approach to the prevention and treatment of illness and tries to maintain or re-establish the harmony between the mind, body, and forces of nature.

Treatments in Ayurvedic Treatment (Chikitsa)

Ayurvedic treatment for this condition centers around the treatment of vata disturbance. Oleation and fomentation form the basis of the constitutional treatment . Oleation through massage (abhyangai) and enema (bastii) are indicated as well as the ingestion of oils. Naturally, jathargni must be strong enough to support such as a heavy regiman. If the patient exhibits significant ama and is strong enough, gentle purification procedures should be administered first. Oils medicated with ashwagandha (withania somnifera) and bala (sida cordifolia) are commonly used to pacify vata and build ojas. They are known to be rejuvenative with a strong nourishing action on the nervous system. The herb atmagupta (Mucuna Pruriens - also known as Kappikacchu) has received a lot of attention historically and again in recent years . A controlled trial using a derivative Mucuna Pruriens called HP 200 was found to be effective in treating Parkinson's disease. Ayurveda teaches that a holistic treatment regimen offers the greatest chance of success with Parkinson's patients. In addition to using Mucuna Pruiens (V-PK ++, sweet/bitter/cool/sweet), vata must be pacified at its site of origin in the colon, site of overflow in the rasa dhatu and at its site of relocation in the majja dhatu. Apana vayu disturbance may be treated with moist laxatives such as psyllium (Plantago Psyllium), flaxseed (Linum Usitatissimum), or the traditional formula, triphala. Vyana vayu in the rasa dhatu may be treated with demulcents, such as slippery elm (Ulmus fulva) or licorice (Glycyrrhiza Glabra). And, prana vayu in the majja dhatu may be treated with kappikacchu (Mucuna Pruriens, along with supportive herbs such as ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera). If vata has also entered the mamsa dhatu causing rigidity, herbs which are muscle relaxers and nervine sedatives may be of value. Jatamansi (Nardostachys Jatamansi) and Shank Pushpi (Canscora Dicussata) may be used. If vata has entered the manovaha srota and depression is present, Gotu Kola (Hydrocotyle Asiatica) and Saint John's Wort (Hypericum Perforatum) are examples of herbs which can be added to formulas or used separately.

Is it need a long term treatment ?

A vata pacifying diet and proper dietary habits are essential to long term success. Additional vata pacifying regimens including daily oil massage (applied by the patient or practitioner) and sensory therapies complete the treatment regimen. Finally, a supportive environment should be created which is not overly stimulating. Meditation and yogic practices are the cornerstone of all holistic ayurvedic programs, as they cultivate a sattvic mind and teach the patient how to manage their internal energies. This is essential for good health. When pitta is vitiated in addition to the primary vata disturbance, care should be taken that treatment and lifestyle do not overheat the mind or body. Herbs such as Gotu Kola (VPK-, bitter-cool-sweet) which are cool and tonify the mind and nervous system may be added to any formula and are essential if there is a distrubance of sadhaka pitta (symptoms of sadhaka pitta vitiation: Anger, overly critical, intense). Another good herb to add to the formula for a pitta-vitiated individual is Gaducci (Tinospora Cordifolia), and excellent bitter, nervine tonic and pitta rasayana.

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1. AshtavaidyanAlathiyur Narayanan Nambi (Chief Consultant Physician)
2. Dr. AbdullakuttyKolakat., Bsc., BAMS., MA  (Medical Superintend)

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