Viral infections are like hijackers that can invade inside and can multiply in numbers. They have the ability to kill, change and even damage the cells that can make the person very sick. There are different types of viruses that can affect different parts of the body and sometimes lead to fatal conditions. One of these viruses is Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy and it is better known as PML Virus and is one of the dangerous brain diseases. Here in this article, we are going to throw light on PML Virus in more detail along with its treatment through herbal medicine.
What is Pml Virus?
Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy is a rare but fatal viral disease that is mostly characterized by the progressive inflammation of white matter present in the brain. The white matter present in the brain helps in protecting the nerves and the damage can lead to difficulty in moving, feeling, thinking, etc. It is caused by the JC Virus which is harmless but not in the cases of people who have a low immune system. The mortality of survival is 30 to 50 percent and those who survive can suffer from some degree of neurological disability. It is also seen in patients who suffer from Acquired immune deficiency syndrome or people who take immunosuppressive medications.
What are The Signs And Symptoms of Pml Virus?
The symptoms take almost weeks or months in developing depending on the damaged location of the brain. Here are the common clinical features seen in the disease including
- Balancing issue and clumsiness
- Loss of sensation
- General weakness of the body which gets worse over time.
- Vision problem
- Loss of language skills
- Dropping of facial muscles
- Changes in personality
- Mental slowness
- Problems in Memory
- Difficulty in controlling the legs and arms.
In some of the cases, the patient might suffer from severe health problems like Seizures, Coma, and Dementia
What Causes Pml Virus?
The main cause of the disease is not known but here are some factors that can lead to PML including
1. JC Virus Infection
One of the causes of PML is the type of polyomavirus also known as JC virus which was initiated after the name of the person John Cunningham. From this person, it was the first time that the virus was detected from the tissue. It has been recently published that 40 to 58 percent of people have been diagnosed seropositive for the antibody of JCV. Most of the patients with this virus remain asymptomatic and one-third of the patients shed the infection urine or suffer from a kidney infection.
2. Multiple Sclerosis medications
Natalizumab was first approved in 2004 by the FDA for the treatment of multiple sclerosis. There are some cases that are directly linked to the cases of ML and over 130 cases have been reported recently. Another one is Fingolimod which was approved in the year 2010 by the FDA for Multiple Sclerosis. The first case of PML was noted in the year 2015 where the patient was going through treatment.
3. Low Immunity
PML is very commonly seen in patients who suffer from HIV1 infection virus even after taking antiretroviral therapy. It is mostly seen that 5 percent of people eventually develop PML if they are suffering from AIDS. The cause for this is not known yet but it is caused due to the immunosuppressive condition. Some of the studies have shown that HIV puts a negative impact on the tissues of the brain. It is one of the causes that activates the JCV virus, leading to increased inflammation of the brain and damaging it.
How Pml Virus Can Be Diagnosed?
PML is mostly diagnosed in the patient who has already progressed the disease and some of the clinical diagnosis that can be done are
1. Blood Test
It will help in diagnosing the JC Virus antibody and the high levels confirm the diagnosis.
2. Imaging Test
CT scans and MRI can help in detecting the lesions present in the white matter of the brain. In PML patients multiple lesions can be easily seen.
3. Lumbar Puncture
Spinal fluid is also one of the ways to detect the virus.
4. Brain Biopsy
In this, the tissue is removed and examined to know the level of infection.
Treatment of Progressive Multifocal Leukoencephalopathy
According to modern science, the main treatment for the disease is increasing immunity. This is done through the help of giving chemotherapy and this leads to many other side effects on the body. One of the ways is plasma exchange which is done through blood transfusion. There is no such treatment that can remove the root cause of the disease.
According to Ayurveda, PML can be correlated with Hina Pitta Madhya Kaph Vatadik Sannipatak jwara where the commonly seen symptoms are Tremors, headache, delirium, and many more. The herbal medicine will help in removing the root cause of the disease and along with that, it will effectively remove the symptoms.
Treatment Provided By Planet Ayurveda for Pml Virus
Planet Ayurveda provides 100 percent pure herbal medicine. All the herbs are pure and vegetarian and free from any kind of chemicals, preservatives, and additives. All the herbal remedies are made under the provision of MD Ayurvedic Doctors and all the medicines are clinically tested. They are safe to use and free from side effects
Here is the list of herbal medicine for treating the PML Virus
- Shilajit Capsules
- Musli Strength Capsules
- Boswellia Curcumin
- Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
- Memory support
- Neuro plan Syrup
- Energo plan Syrup
1. Shilajit Capsules
These capsules are filled with a pure herbal mineral known as Shilajit (Asparagus racemosus) which contains rejuvenating properties. It consists of free radicals which help in repairing the cells and maintaining overall health. It also contains Fulvic acid which is helpful in reducing the chances of any viral, bacterial, or yeast infection
Dosage:– One capsule twice daily with plain water after meals.
2. Musli Strength Capsules
They are packed with herbs known as Safed Musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) and Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris). Both of them are very effective in increasing the strength of the body and helping in balancing the movement of legs as well as hands.
Dosage:- Two Capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.
3. Boswellia Curcumin
It consists of anti-inflammatory properties which is helpful in reducing the chances of developing encephalitis. Along with that, it will also remove fever which is commonly seen in patients with PML infection. As they are made from two powerful herbs known as Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa).
Dosage:- Two capsules twice daily with water after meals.
4. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
These contain herbal minerals like Rajata Bhasma, Loha Bhasma, Pravala Bhasma, Mukta Bhasma, and many more. It is one of the classical formulations that help in treating all kinds of neurological disorders. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras very effectively treats facial palsy, paralysis, epilepsy, making it best for treating PML Virus.
Dosage:- One tablet twice daily after meals with plain water.
5. Memory Support
It is packed with the herbs like Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra), and Vacha (Acorus calamus). As the name suggests, it is one of the best herbal formulations for increasing memory. Along with that, it helps in improving sleep and treating epilepsy.
Dosage:- One capsule twice daily after meals with water.
6. Neuro Plan Syrup
The syrup is made from the herbs like Pippali (Piper longum), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Bhurjpatra (Betula utilis), etc. It helps in increasing the strength of the nervous system, making it effective in treating PML Virus. It is one of the great syrup for balancing all three doshas and treating ailments like weakness or drowsiness
Dosage:- One teaspoonful twice daily after meals.
7. Energo Plan Syrup
It helps in calming down the mind as it is packed with effective herbs like Jeevanti (Leptadenia reticulata), Pippali (Piper longum), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), etc. It is helpful in increasing immunity and stamina which naturally reduces the chances of developing any JC viral infection. It is one of the best nerve tonics, making it best for PML infection.
Dosage:- One teaspoon after meals twice daily.
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PML Virus as discussed is one of the rare but dangerous infections that can lead to fatal situations. It is important to increase the immunity of the body in order to remove any chances of developing PML infection. Above mentioned herbal medicine will help in removing the root cause of the disease and naturally treating the disease without any complications.