Motor Neuron Disease (MND) is a rare disease that progressively affects the nervous system (brain and nerves). It is a neurodegenerative disorder mainly responsible for the degeneration of neurons in the brain.
Types of Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
Motor Neurone Disease is classified into five types depending upon the damaged motor neurons:
- Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
- Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS)
- Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP)
- Progressive Muscular Atrophy (PMA)
- Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
1. Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
It is the most common type that includes the damage of upper and lower neurons (in the spinal cord and brain). It affects the muscles of the mouth, arms, legs, and respiratory system.
2. Primary Lateral Sclerosis (PLS)
It is a rare form that includes the degeneration of brain neurons.
3. Progressive Bulbar Palsy (PBP)
It involves the damage of the brainstem causing difficulty in eating, speaking, and swallowing.
4. Progressive Muscular Atrophy (PMA)
It is a rare condition which includes the motor neurons present in the spinal cord
5. Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)
It is known as the inherited form that strikes children and affects the arms, trunk, and legs.
Cause of Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
Though the exact cause of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is not known, it is believed that environmental, viral, toxic, and genetic factors may be responsible for the Motor Neurone Disease. It may be the result of DNA damage. In adults, men are more prone to get affected by this disease.
Symptoms of Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
The symptoms of MND can be divided into three stages i.e initial, advanced and end-stage.
Symptoms at the Initial Stage
- Persistent fatigue
- Weak hand grip
- Mumbled speech
- Muscle Cramps
- Weakness in legs and arms
- Difficulties in swallowing food
- Lack of balance
- Unusual emotions
- Loss of weight
Symptoms at the Advanced Stage
- Difficulty in movement
- Muscle shrinkage
- Joint pain
- Difficulty in breathing
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Pain in jaws
- Changes in personality
Symptoms at the End Stage
- Complete paralysis including all parts of the body
- The severity of respiratory/breathing problems
Ayurvedic Perspective for Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
According to Ayurveda, diseases like MND are caused by Vata Dosha. Vata is responsible for the autonomic, peripheral and central functioning of the nervous system. It controls the cognitive and neurological functions of the brain.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
Planet Ayurveda provides the best Ayurvedic treatment for Motor Neurone Disease (MND). These herbal formulations are 100% safe and natural, do not contain any chemicals, preservatives and sweetening agents. The Herbal formulations provided by Planet Ayurveda are the following:
- Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
- Brahmi Capsules
- Ashwagandha Capsules
- Shilajit Capsules
- Gotu Kola Capsules
Herbal Supplements for Motor Neurone Disease
Description of these Herbal Formulations
1. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras is prepared by the combination of several natural ingredients such as Aloe Vera juice extract, Swarna Bhasma, Loha Bhasma, Rajata Bhasma, Pravala Bhasma, Abhraka Bhasma, Mukta Bhasma, Suta Bhasma.
Benefits: It promotes mental health and supports the normal functioning of the brain and nervous system. It also helps to treat pain, control tumors, and balance Pitta and Vata doshas in the body.
Dosage: One tablet twice daily after meals.
2. Brahmi Capsules
These capsules contain the standardized and pure extract of herb Brahmi (Bacopa Monnieri). This herb is known for its various therapeutic benefits and is regarded as an aphrodisiac health tonic. It helps to promote memory, good mental health, decrease inflammation, anxiety, and stress, stimulate the immune system, manage blood pressure, and eliminate free radicals out from the body.
Dosage: Two capsules twice a day after meals.
3. Ashwagandha Capsules
These capsules comprise a standardized herbal extract of Ashwagandha (Withania Somniferum). It possesses anti-inflammatory activities. These capsules can improve mental health, heart health, and promote nerve functions. It also helps in strengthening the muscles. These capsules also help to balance Pitta and Vata doshas in the body.
Dosage: One capsule two times a day after meals.
4. Shilajit Capsules
These capsules are prepared with the standardized herbal extract of the Shilajit herb (Asphaltum). This herb is known as ‘Rasayana’ for its great restorative, adaptogen, rejuvenating properties. It helps to restore brain cells, reduce physical and mental stress, and improve metabolism and stamina. It also helps to improve the functioning of the immune system and removes toxins.
Dosage: 1-2 capsules once or twice daily after meals.
5. Gotukola Capsules
The standardized herbal extract of a herb ‘Gotukola’ (Centella Asiatica) is added to Gotukola capsules which have the ability to improve overall wellness. It helps to maintain the health of the brain, and proper metabolic rate. It also promotes healthy circulation of the blood and balances the tridosha in the body.
Dosage: Two capsules twice daily after meals.