Hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HOKPP) is an ailment that results in episodes of extreme weakness of muscles usually that begins in childhood or adolescence. Typically in this condition a person is not able to move his/her muscles of the legs and arms temporarily. HOKPP attacks cause paralysis or extreme weakness which mostly lasts for a few hours or may be a few days. People suffering from HOKPP can experience these attacks rarely, monthly or even weekly. In this article you will learn all the details about HOKPP and its Ayurvedic treatment.
INTRODUCTION TO HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS
Hypokalemic periodic paralysis (HOKPP) is a condition where occurs temporary episodes of paralysis of muscles associated with decline in the levels of blood potassium, i.e. Hypokalemia. First attack of HOKPP generally occurs in the childhood or adolescence where a person experiences temporary incapacity to move the legs and arms muscles. Frequency of these attacks is usually high in the age between 15-35 years and then gradually declines. These attacks can occur without any prior warning signs and usually triggered by a factor like viral illness, rest after an exercise, large carbohydrate rich meal or particular medications. Usually the people suffering from HOKPP regain the muscle power in between the attacks but some can even develop continuous weakness of muscles in later life.
AYURVEDIC ASPECT OF HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS
In Ayurvedic texts the term paralysis is called Pakshaghata that literally means paralysis of the half body and represents the inability of the body to move and mental stability. It is known to occur due to the imbalance in the tridosha, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha.
CAUSES OF HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS
The exact cause behind the HOKPP is not known, however there are certain gene mutations which are known to play a role. Mutations in any of specifically SCN4A, CACNA1S or KCNJ18 genes can cause HOKPP as all these three genes are responsible for giving the instructions for the production of ion channel parts which helps in communication of skeletal muscle cells. Flow of ions into the muscle cells stimulate the muscle contractions and these mutations in HOKPP alters the function and structure of ion channels resulting in impaired ability of regulation of flow of these ions into muscle cells. Hence, causing reduction in skeletal muscles to contract that causes paralysis and weakness.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF THE HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS
As already mentioned, signs and symptoms of HOKPP usually develop in childhood or adolescence, triggered by certain factors from taking too much carbohydrate rich diet or vigorous exercise. Severity of attack can be mild weakness of muscle to full blown paralysis lasting from a few hours to several days. Some of the common symptoms of HOKPP are:
- Increased heart rate
- Cramping or weak muscles
- Weakness of muscles of legs, arms, hips or shoulders
DIAGNOSIS OF HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS
HOKPP is usually difficult to diagnose and there are no specific tests to diagnose it. However clinical history will help your doctor to evaluate the symptoms and diagnose the HOKPP. Further blood tests to check potassium level and physical examination to check muscle reflexes will help in confirming the diagnosis.
TREATMENT OF HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS
Conventional treatment includes administration of carbonic anhydrase inhibitors to increase the flow of potassium and potassium supplements to stop the progression.
AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS
Ayurvedic treatment aims at restoring the balance of imbalanced tridoshas, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha. It is done by certain Ayurvedic therapies and specially by the herbal remedies which are naturally potent to correct it.
PLANET AYURVEDA HERBAL REMEDIES FOR HYPOKALEMIC PERIODIC PARALYSIS
Planet Ayurveda is a very well known Ayurvedic and herbal pharmaceutical company that manufactures herbal remedies and products from the pure and authentic herbs. The authenticity and purity of herbs is evaluated by certain standardization procedures. For HOKPP, Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal remedies.
1. Ras rajeshwar ras
It is a classical Ayurvedic formulation which balances the Vata dosha hence helps in preventing and treating diseases caused by its vitiation like paralysis. Natural components like Loha bhasma (Calx of iron), Swarna bhasma (Calx of gold), Rasa sindura (Purified and processed mercury), Rajata bhasma (Calx of silver) etc are used in the preparation of Ras rajeshwar ras.
Dosage– Chew 1 tablet twice daily after meals
2. Ashwagandhaghan vati
This herbal formulation is manufactured using extract of single herb Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera). It provides strength to the muscles and also aids in proper flow of ions between muscles. Ashwagandha vati can help in maintaining the balance of the doshas and gives energy to the whole body.
Dosage– Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water
3. Musli strength capsules
These herbal capsules provide strength to the muscles and help in their normal functioning. Musli strength capsules are manufactured using two herbs, i.e. Safed musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum) and Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris).
Dosage- Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plan water
4. Gandhak rasayan
Gandhak rasayan is prepared from Shuddha Gandhak (Purified sulfur). It possesses various medicinal properties that help in removing the unwanted toxins from the body and aids healthy functioning.
Dosage– Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water.
5. Amrit kalash
It is an Ayurvedic rasayana that keeps mind and body active and imparts energy to them. Amrit kalash helps in boosting immunity, maintaining health, and increases productivity. It is prepared using 53 time tested and therapeutic herbs Shunthi (Glycyrrhiza glabra), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), white musli (Chlorophytum borivilianum), Amla (Emblica officinalis) etc. Amrit kalash helps in balancing the Vata, Pitta and kapha dosha.
Dosage- Take 1 teaspoon twice daily after meals with plain water.
6. Brahma rasayan
It is an Ayurvedic supplement which helps in improving overall health and slows down the aging of the brain. Brahma rasayan also helps in lowering the stress and anxiety and improves concentration. It is prepared using Amla (Emblica officinalis), Dalchini (Cinnamomum verum), Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) etc.
Dosage– Take 1 teaspoon twice daily after meals with plain water.
7. Green essential
Green essentials are the multi herbs capsules that are made using different medicinal herbs like Wheat grass grape seed (Vitis vinifera), (Triticulum aestivum), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Spirulina (Spirulina platensis), and green tea (Camellia sinensis). Owing to its antioxidant property these therapeutic capsules support the overall healthy functioning of a person and hence prevent oxidative damage to the body.
Dosage– Take 2 capsules twice daily after meals with plain water
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Hypokalemic periodic paralysis can be managed very well with the help of above mentioned herbal-mineral remedies. Ayurveda can help in removing the cause and prevent further damage to the body.