International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy

ISSN Online:2229-3566

ISSN Print: 2277-4343


Article Category: Case Reports

DOI: 10.7897/2277-4343.1518

Pages: 31-35

Author: Prabhu Pooja, Paradkar Hemant *, Pal Subodh, Pathrikar Anaya, Kamat Nitin

Abstract: The case study outlines the successful Ayurvedic management of Bell's palsy, referred to as Ardita in Ayurveda. The 46-year-old male patient presented with sudden onset drooping of the right upper eyelid, prominent right nasolabial fold, and dryness in the right eye after travelling. These symptoms are consistent with facial muscle weakness, which is characteristic of Bell's palsy. In Ayurveda, Ardita is correlated with the vitiation of Vata dosha, leading to facial distortion. The treatment approach adopted in this case was shamana chikitsa, a method focused on pacifying the aggravated dosha. Additionally, the Tarpana procedure, belonging to Netra-kriya-kalpana (ocular therapies), was employed along with mild ocular exercises. The shamana and Tarpana procedures were initiated from the first day of the treatment. After two weeks, there was a significant improvement in the gradation of Bell's palsy, resulting in a normal palpebral aperture of the eye. Notably, the treatment approach followed Ayurvedic principles and did not involve the use of oral steroids. This case study contributes to exploring and developing Ayurvedic treatment modalities for Bell's palsy. The successful outcome, without adverse effects, highlights the potential effectiveness of Ayurvedic interventions in managing facial muscle weakness. The emphasis on shamana and specific ocular therapies aligns with the holistic approach of Ayurveda, addressing the root cause of the condition and promoting overall well-being. In conclusion, this case study provides valuable insights into Ayurvedic management of Bell's palsy, showcasing the potential of traditional Ayurvedic principles and therapies in treating facial muscle weakness, enhancing confidence and preventing long-term facial damage.

Keyword: Ardita, Bell’s palsy, Tarpana, ocular therapies, Steroids.