Ayurvedic Treatment of Neurological Diseases in Children
Dr. Shrikrishna Rajagopala (IND)
The human brain is a complex structure, the development of which begins during pregnancy and continues through infancy, childhood and adolescence. The brain is composed of gray matter (neurons and interconnections) and white matter (axons surrounded by a myelin sheath). A motor neuron carries impulses away from the brain. The brain is self-organizing. It selects information to forward its growth and development. It also adapts to the environment. Experience of the environment through the senses of touch, smell, sight, taste and hearing produces connections in the brain.
Neurological diseases are complex conditions and in children it becomes more complex. The term “neurological disorder” applies to any condition that is caused by a dysfunction in part of the brain or nervous system, resulting in physical, psychological, psychological or mixed symptoms. It can be of prenatal, natal or post natal in origin or of traumatic and idiopathic causes, and may be a static injury resulting into a set of clinical presentations or progressive and degenerative leading to fatal outcome. The quality of life is compromising in all the cases.
Many of the neurological disorders have no definite cure, but can be managed either with surgical corrections or medical palliative care. Holistic approach of management is a better option, and Ayurveda offers a better management in many of such conditions. Ayurveda care starts with Deepana Pachana Rukshana followed by procedure based therapies such as Abhyanga and Swedana with their variants (as per the need of child and disease condition), Basti, Nasya and internal medications. Repeated course of therapies may be required and added with physiotherapy and rehabilitation techniques, the results are better.