Music is the best thing in the world. It has lots of emotions in it. Every person has a different taste in music. It is an art that is concerned with vocal and instrumental. Music is a combination of pitch, rhythm, sonic qualities. Researchers said that when music is playing the blood flows more easily in the arteries and veins. It soothes the mind of the person. Good music reduces stress, blood pressure in the body and increases serotonin and endorphin levels in the blood. I would say without music life is incomplete. Life has no taste without music. Some of the diseases will automatically be managed by good sound music. Music is an emotion that has a great role in our health. But some musicians suffer from a disease called Musician’s Dystonia due to continuous use of some musical instruments.
In this article we will discuss the Musician’s Dystonia, its sign, and symptoms, its causes and herbal medications used for the treatment of this disease.
Musician’s Dystonia is the most severe movement disorder among instrumental performers. It is also called as Musician’s cramp. It is defined as the condition which causes involuntary or unusual movements. In most cases, a certain muscular strain can occur when a patient attempts to recompense for the dystonic movement by over activating the antagonist’s muscles. According to recent research, 35% of all professional musicians are affected by Musician’s Dystonia. In this stage, musicians believe that the reduced precision of their movement is due to lack of practice or technical problems. The probability of evolving Musician’s Dystonia depends on the instrument played. Pianists, Guitar players, and brass instrument players have more risk of evolving Dystonia. Musician’s Dystonia leads to permanent cramping of the hand. According to neurology, this condition is known as a Dystonic cramp.
There are two types of Musician’s Dystonia
- Focal hand Dystonia (FHD): In this type of musician’s Dystonia, muscle contraction takes place in the hand, forearm, fingers, and sometimes shoulders. Mainly affects to Pianists, Guitar players.
- Embouchure Dystonia (ED): In this type of Musician’s Dystonia, muscle contraction takes place in the face, jaw, mouth, and tongue. Mainly affects brass and woodwind players.
Signs and symptoms of this disease depend upon the metal and type of instrument which the affected person plays. Some common symptoms of this disease are;
- Curling or clenching of fingers
- Disability to play on instruments
- Freezing or shaking fingers (fingers stop moving altogether)
- Blurred vision
- Imbalanced sleep patterns
- Digestion problems
- Difficulty in concentration
- Short temper
There is no specific cause of Musician’s Dystonia; it may evolve during the learning stage of an individual such as writing, walking, playing instruments, etc. In the brain, corruption of sensory-motor nerves is responsible for the appropriate use of parts of the body while playing musical instruments. Hereditary conditions are also the major cause of Musician’s Dystonia. Certain medical conditions also cause Musician Dystonia. These are;
- Trauma to the affected body part
- Side effects or adverse effects of certain medicines
- Parkinson’s disease
- Poisoning of carbon monoxide
Certain musician’s habits can also cause Musician’s Dystonia. These are,
- Playing a new type of musical instrument.
- Increased time of performance and practice.
- Change of method of playing an instrument.
- Alteration due to nerve injury.
Herbal Medicines Provided By Planet Ayurveda
Planet Ayurveda provides natural and effective medications such as Rumogin 5 capsules, Yograj Guggul tablets, Vrihat vat Chintamani ras, Boswellia Curcumin capsules, and Brahmi capsules to manage the disease Musician Dystonia. Planet Ayurveda products are safe, effective and 100% vegetarian. These products are also free from preservatives, binders, Chemicals, colors, etc. Our experts proposed herbal drugs for the management of Musician Dystonia;
- Rumogin 5 capsules
- Yograj Guggul tablets
- Vrihat vat chintamani ras
- Boswellia Curcumin capsules
- Brahmi capsules
1. Rumogin 5 capsules
These capsules are prepared with the help of five herbal ingredients such as Haridra (Curcuma longa), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Maricha (Piper nigrum), and Pippli (Piper longum). These capsules have anti-inflammatory properties that are beneficial in the treatment of joint-related disorders. These capsules help to treat symptoms of Musician Dystonia.
Dosage: 1-2 Capsules once or twice daily.
2. Yograj Guggul
Various herbal ingredients are used in the manufacturing of these Yograj Guggul tablets such as Elaichi (Elettaria cardamomum), Shuddha Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Pippli (Piper longum), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Jeeraka (Cuminum Cyminum), Devdar (Cedrus deodara), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and many more. It also helps to maintain Tridosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha). It is beneficial to maintain healthy muscles and joints. Thus it gives extraordinary results in the treatment of Musician Dystonia.
Dosage: 1-2 tablets twice or thrice daily with lukewarm water.
3. Vrihat Vat Chintamani Ras
Vrihat Vatchintamani ras is prepared with the help of Swaran Bhasma (Calx of Gold), Abhraka Bhasma (Calx of Mica), Mukta Bhasma (Calx of Pearl) Rajat Bhasma (Calx of Silver), Loha Bhasma (Calx of Iron), and several other ingredients. It helps to maintain the balance between Vata and Pitta dosha. This is helpful in the treatment of Vata related disorders. It is also used to maintain the healthy functioning of the brain and nervous system.
Dosage: 1 pill to be chewed daily.
4. Boswellia Curcumin
These capsules are prepared with the help of two anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic herbs such as Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Haridra (Curcuma longa). It is helpful for the enhancement of blood circulation in each and every tip of the finger. It also used to lower down the stiffness of joints. These capsules are one of the best remedies in the management of Musician Dystonia.
Dosage: 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.
5. Brahmi Capsules
Brahmi capsules are prepared with the help of standardized extract of Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri).These capsules are used to refine the proper functioning of the brain that helps to maintain neurological health. It is also used to rejuvenate the connections of the motor-sensory nerves. Thus it is one of the best remedies that help to treat Musician Dystonia.
Dosage: 1-2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.
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At the end of this article we concluded that in modern medicine, there is no any kind of specific treatment for Musician’s Dystonia. They only prescribe anti cholinergic drugs that have their own adverse effects such as, anxiety, dry mouth, drowsiness, etc. In Ayurveda, there are several herbal medicines mentioned above that are used in the management of Musician’s Dystonia with no any kind of adverse effects.