The central nervous system is the main system of our body that manages all the functionings in the human body. Diseases of the central nervous system are many due to various causes. Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is a disease of the central nervous system that occurs due to the involvement of a Virus. The disease mainly affects children and young adults of age between 5 to 15 years. The virus may be present in an activated form or an inactive form in the body. This disease is usually fatal and needs very careful evaluation and treatment. Progression of the disease can also lead to death in many children. In this article, we will discuss the causes, symptoms, diagnostic methods, and treatment of Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis in modern and Ayurveda.
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is defined as a neurological disorder that affects the nerves of the central nervous system. This is a viral infection that is caused by Paramyxovirus which is responsible for measles infection. The disease starts in childhood and the child starts showing abnormal symptoms from the age of four to five years. The risk of developing Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is more in children who had measles disease earlier in life. In many cases, the virus remains in the brain in an inactive state and does not cause any problem, while in some cases the inactive virus activates and causes SSPE. The symptoms of the SSPE disease need to be differentiated from other brain-related disorders in the child.
According to Ayurveda, these neurological disorders occur due to an imbalance of doshas in the body. Talking about Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis, the agent dosha (romantika-causing virus) enters the body and imbalances the vatadi doshas which causes many abnormal symptoms in the body. The virus lately can imbalance the three gunas of the mind and can cause neurological abnormalities. Vaat dosha is the main cause for such imbalances in the body, thus the modification and balance of vata dosha is mandatory for the management of such disorders.
Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is caused by a virus called Paramyxovirus. This is a virus that also causes measles in the human body.
- The virus remains in the body in the inactive stage.
- The persistent virus slowly progresses and tends to cause Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis disease in a growing child or young adult.
Common symptoms of Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis are
- Poor school performance
- Temper outbursts
- Forget things easily
- Jerks in body
The prolonged disease symptoms include
- Swallowing difficulties
- Blood pressure issues
- Vision loss
The diagnosis of Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is done through laid criteria- According to the criteria, if the child shows any three of the following five symptoms, then the diagnosis is confirmed-
- Clinical presentation with progressive intellectual deterioration
- Characteristic Electroencephalographic patterns (EEG)
- Elevated globulin levels in Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF)
- Elevated measles titers in Cerebrospinal fluid
- Brain biopsy (of measles)
More tests done are
- Cerebrospinal fluid testing
- Imaging tests- EEG, MRI, CT scan
- Brain biopsy
According to the research, there is no effective treatment for Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis and there is no cure for it.
- Supportive treatment
- Vaccination against the measles virus can prevent the disease
- Various medications oral or intravenous
- Intrathecal interferon therapy
- Antiseizure drugs
Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda for the Treatment of Subacute Sclerosing Panencephalitis
Planet Ayurveda is an Ayurvedic medicines manufacturing company that has established its roots around the world. The medicines are pure and treat the condition effectively, for what they are prepared for. The purpose of these herbal medicines is very clear to ease the abnormal symptoms, balance the doshas in the body, and recover the general health of the patient. The medicines are 100% pure and are potent to focus the aim of the company. Medicines used to manage the condition of Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis are described below. But these Ayurvedic medicines are only for support and not for any permanent cure. Yet, these medicines can treat the condition till stage 2 of Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.
1. Gandhak Rasayan
The Gandhak rasayan helps ease abnormal symptoms of skin disorders very effectively. These Gandhak tablets are prepared with different herbal mixtures combined with Gandhak (Purified sulfur) as the dominant mineral. It treats the ailments associated with internal dosha imbalances. It has anti-aging effects that enhance skin texture in Romantika-like diseases. These tablets have antibacterial, antiviral, demulcent, antipruritic, analgesic, adaptogenic, and blood-purifying properties and help the person fight the virus and disease effectively.
Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily after meal with plain water.
2. NeuroGenie Capsules
These are 100% natural herbal capsules that contain herbal extracts of herbs Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). These herbs are excellent for keeping the brain and whole neurological system healthy. They will pacify the aggravated doshas in the nerves and brain that will help kill the virus by developing unfavorable surroundings for it. Both the herbs used in these capsules are best known for their antistress, antiviral, brain-stimulating, doshas-balancing, gunas balancing properties. Thus, are used and recommended in patients with Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis.
Dosage- Take 2 capsules twice a day after meal with plain water.
3. Boswellia Curcumin
These ayurvedic capsules are prepared from standard herbs that are used to manage vitiated vata dosha in the body. This Correct levels of vata dosha will cause a balancing of the remaining two doshas and will help to recover the person from the disease.
Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meal with plain water.
4. Gotu Kola
This capsular formulation of planet Ayurveda contains pure extracts of the herb Gotu kola (Centella asiatica). These capsules maintain all three doshas in balance and allow free circulation of detoxicated fresh blood in the body. They maintain a healthy metabolism and brain by balancing all three gunas. It will improve the grasping power and sharpen the brain. These capsules will also help to control the recurrence of seizures in the child.
Dosage- Take 2 capsules twice daily after meal with plain water.
5. Indian Valeriana
This ayurvedic formulation contains extracts of the herb Valerian (Valeriana officinalis). This herb is used for various disorders related to the brain and the whole body. These capsules for SSPE disorder will relieve symptoms of insomnia, depression, headache, epilepsy seizures, and other nervous disorders. This herb will reduce anxiety, stress and will improve memory in your child.
Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meal with plain water.
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Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis is a fatal condition that does not have a permanent cure. But the disease symptoms can be managed by reducing and controlling the seizures with the help of diet management and Ayurvedic medicines. For detailed information please visit our website www.planeteyurveda.com