ISSN Print: 2277-4343
Article: AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF SPASTIC CEREBRAL PALSY: A CASE STUDY
Article Category: Case Reports
Author: Shailaja U *, Mangala Jyothsna G P
Abstract: Cerebral palsy is a non- progressive Neuromotor disorder of cerebral origin and is the leading cause of childhood disability. In India incidence is around 3/1000 live birth out of which 77.4 % are identified to be suffering with spastic type of cerebral palsy. Spasticity is the velocity dependent increase in the tonic stretch reflexes with exaggerated tendon jerks. In Ayurveda CEREBRAL PALSY may be considered as Shiro Marmabhighata Vata Vyadhi (diseases caused due to injury to head). Though cerebral palsy cannot be cured completely the quality of life can be improved and dependency can be minimized with appropriate treatment. This case study focuses on the management of subject of spastic cerebral palsy with the administration of certain Ayurvedic internal and external treatment modalities. The subject was selected from inpatient department of Kaumarabhritya of SDM College of Ayurveda and Hospital, Hassan. Considering Vata, Kapha as the main Doshas involved, the subject had undergone Snehana, Swedana, Rukshana, Basti, Upanaha procedures in 12 sittings of intervention. The outcome was assessed using different parameters such as muscle power, tone, range of movement and posture. The subject showed considerable in reduction in spasticity and improvements in activities of daily living.
Keyword: Spastic Cerebral Palsy, Non-Progressive, Neuromotor Disorder, Vatavyadhi, Muscle Power.