Herbal Treatment of Oromandibular Dystonia in Ayurveda.

Abstract

Oromandibular dystonia is defined as closure of the jaw usually associated with teeth grinding and clutched jaws that is also a type of focal dystonia. It may also lead to the temporal-mandibular joint syndrome. In this dystonia type jaw, lower face and tongue are involved. Oromandibular dystonia can be of four types of jaw closure, jaw deviation, jaw opening and mixed form of oromandibular dystonia. In conservative treatment, the injection of botulinum is used as the first line of Treatment for Dystonia.

Introduction

Oromandibular dystonia is also known as cranial dystonia that is manifested by forceful contractions of muscles of the jaw, face, or tongue. This forceful contraction of muscles leads to difficulty in mouth opening and closing. Oromandibular dystonia also affects badly speech and chewing ability of a person. Cranial dystonia which is another term used for Oromandibular dystonia is a descriptive term used for dystonia that can affect any part of the mouth or face. Coming to single parts, Embouchure dystonia is the term used for the dystonia that affects the lips of the wind instruments playing musicians while Lingual dystonia is the one affecting the tongue. Women are more commonly affected by Oromandibular dystonia as compared to the men and its signs and symptoms start to appear in late stages of life, i.e. 40-50 years of age. Oromandibular dystonia is usually confused with Temporomandibular joint disease, however, the later is an arthritic disease condition. Many emotional factors can lead to the worsening of Symptoms of the Oromandibular Dystonia.

Oromandibular Dystonia

Signs and Symptoms

Oromandibular dystonia is particularly presented by the bunch of signs and symptoms:

  • Involuntary opening of the mouth
  • The jaw of the bottom shifts to the back or sideward
  • Forceful clenched shutting of jaw
  • Lips and face shows involuntary movements
  • The tongue has involuntary uncontrolled movements

Causes

The exact cause of Oromandibular dystonia is not known yet but in certain studies, it is concluded that this type of dystonia results from abnormally increased transmission of signals from the brain to the muscles of the face and jaw resulting in involuntary movements and closure of the jaw and face muscles. One more interesting fact about Oromandibular dystonia is that it is the only one neurological disorder to date which can be present with a family history or without it. Oromandibular dystonia can either be inherited from the family or can be acquired due to various secondary causes present in the environment like exposure to certain drugs or may be associated with other disorders like Wilson’s disease. The dystonia which gets due to drugs manifests initially by affecting the muscles of the face.

Diagnosis

Oromandibular diagnosis can be the one difficult to make at a first point due to various presentations of it, be it in forms or severities. No specific diagnostic test is yet found to diagnose this dystonia. Hence, its diagnosis is completely dependent upon clinical presentation, family history, neurological examination, and intramuscular electromyography.

Treatment

Oromandibular dystonia is treated completely in an individualistic manner. In conservative treatment, several oral medications are given as per the signs and symptoms present. Medicines are given to reduce spasms, improving chewing, and easing the speech. The mainline of treatment used mostly in such cases are Botulinum injection which is a neurotoxin and is repeated every 3-6 months.
However, these injections and pills can have several side effects that can pose danger to other organs of the body if taken for long term. However, here Ayurveda can help you out in managing the condition naturally and safely. Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of medicines where natural herbs and other natural methods are used to treat a disease condition.

Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is one of the leading herbal pharmaceutical company that offers various herbal formulations to treat disease conditions. These herbal formulations are prepared from pure and finest herbs and as per the ethical Ayurvedic literature. These herbal medicines are prepared under the strict supervision of MD Ayurveda doctors. All the Ayurvedic supplements and medicines are free from any type of chemicals, additives, dye, fillers, or preservatives. Also, Planet Ayurveda offers Herbal Remedies for Oromandibular Dystonia to manage the condition naturally and safely.

1. Vrihat Vata Chintamani Ras

This amazing herbal formulation help in balancing the Vata dosha which eventually leads to preventing and treating any disease which is caused by an imbalance of Vata dosha. It is prepared from a combination of various Bhasmas like Swarna Bhasma, Loh Bhasma, Rajata Bhasma, etc. These therapeutic tablets help in treating neurological disorders which are caused by an imbalance of Vata in the body.

Dosage– Take 1 tablet twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Boswellia Curcumin

These herbal capsules are prepared from standardized extracts of Sallaki and active compounds of Haridra (turmeric), i.e. curcumin. Boswellia curcumin capsules help in treating pain, inflammation in muscles and joints, boost immunity, and provide relief from the pain of Oromandibular dystonia.

Dosage- Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water.

3. Yograj Guggul

These herbal tablets are prepared from an amazing combination of herbs like Chitraka, Shuddh guggul, Amalaki, Jeeraka, Mustaka, Haritaki, Ardraka, etc. Yograj guggul tablets help in strengthening the bones, relieves joints and muscle pains, soothe the inflammation, and strengthen the skeletal system.

Dosage- Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Ras Raj Ras

It is a classical formulation of Ayurveda that helps in balancing the Vata dosha in the body and hence keep Vata oriented diseases away. This herbs-mineral tablet is prepared from ingredients like Rasa Sindura, Abhraka Satva, Swatna Bhasma, Loha Bhasma, Rajata Bhasma, Vanga Bhasma, Ashwagandha churna, Lavanga churna, etc. These herbal tablets are used to treat neuromuscular conditions like locked jaw, paralysis, dizziness, hemiplegia, etc.

Dosage- Chew 1 tablet twice daily with little milk after meals

5. Dhanwantharam capsule

These herbal capsules have anti-inflammatory, anti-irritant and analgesic action. These amazing capsules are prepared from Barley, Kola, Dashmoola, Bilva, Shyonaka, Patal, Brihati, Kantakari, Gokshura, Prishnaparni, etc. They help in treating joint-related issues, bones weakness, pain, inflammation, tumors and neuromuscular disorders.

Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

CONCLUSION

Oromandibular dystonia is a complex ailment that involves the jaw, face and tongue. This ailment can be difficult to treat but herbal medicines can help in treating them naturally and safely. These remedies even if taken for a long time do not cause any side effects.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurveda) is an expert ayurvedic doctor based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda - Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company. Read More

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