AYURVEDIC TREATMENT OF CHRONIC IMMUNE DEMYELINATING POLYNEUROPATHY (CIDP)

ABOUT CHRONIC IMMUNE DEMYELINATING POLYNEUROPATHY (CIDP)

Chronic Immune Demyelinating Polyneuropathy (CIDP) also called chronic relapsing polyneuropathy is a rare neurological disorder wherein the nerves get weak, numb and painful. It is characterized by impaired sensory function in the legs and arms. CIDP is caused by the damage to the myelin sheath (the covering that protects nerve fibers). There is inflammation of nerve roots and peripheral nerves which effects how fast the nerve signals are transmitted and further leads to loss of nerve fibers.

Chronic Immune Demyelinating Polyneuropathy, CIDP

CIDP is considered to be the chronic counterpart of Guillain Barre Syndrome. It may lead to peripheral neuropathy, damaging the nerves outside the brain and spinal cord.

CIDP is more common in men than women. It happens usually in older age. It is an autoimmune disorder.

According to Ayurveda, CIDP is a condition correlated with Vata energy affecting all the parts of the body and the problem is associated with deprived growth of the body tissues.

SYMPTOMS OF CIDP

  • The symptoms of CIDP progress slowly causing symmetric weakness of muscles around the hip, shoulders, hands and feet. The doctors wait at least 8 weeks to confirm CIDP in patients.
  • Sensory symptoms like tingling, prickling sensations or numbness in toes and fingers, there is incoordination as a result of abnormal sensations.
  • There is loss of reflexes, weakness of arms and legs, paralysis, clumsiness or abnormal walking and difficulty in walking or foot drop.
  • Deep tendon reflexes are reduced or get absent
  • Fatigue and difficulty in breathing
  • Difficulty in swallowing and facial weakness
  • Double vision
  • There is usually a preceding infection as a symptom in most cases.
  • Autonomic dysfunction may be present along with other symptoms. This includes giddiness, bladder and bowel dysfunction and cardiac problems.
  • Some people experience permanent nerve loss while for others the problem has period of remission.

DIAGNOSES OF CIDP

  • The diagnose of CIDP is based on the combination of medical history of the patient, physical exam and some tests like nerve conduction studies, needle EMGs and spinal fluid examination.
  • Blood and urine tests are also conducted to rule out other neuropathic disorders.

TREATMENT OF CIDP

Treatment options also include physiotherapy to improve muscle strength and mobility. It helps in minimizing the shrinkage of muscles and tendons and also helps with fixing the distortion of joints. Active lifestyle is encouraged in this problem.

The modern management uses steroids, cortisones to reduce inflammation, plasma exchange, intravenous immunoglobin treatment methods.

According to Ayurveda, the treatment of CIDP focuses on balancing the aggravated doshas in the body and maintaining the overall health of the patient. The herbal medicines used for the treatment are the ones that have specific action on the nerve cells and on the entire nervous system.

HERBAL REMEDIES FOR CIDP

Planet Ayurveda offers best combination of effective herbal remedies such as CIDP Care Pack for ayurvedic treatment of chronic immune demyelinating polyneuropathy (CIDP). These herbal remedies are prepared from using best quality herbs and strictly follow the principles of Ayurveda. All these herbal remedies of Planet Ayurveda are 100 percent pure, natural and vegetarian. These are free from chemicals, additives and preservatives. These are safe to use as these are free from side effects.

Dosage

  1. Ashwagandha Capsules - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water.
  2. Hakam Churna - 1 teaspoonful twice daily with plain water.
  3. Guggul Capsules - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water.
  4. Boswellia Curcumin - 2 capsules twice daily with plain water.

PRODUCTS DESCRIPTION

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

These capsules are made from the pure extract of "Ashwagandha" herb, also known as Withania Somnifera. The medicine is an excellent immune and energy booster. It enhances the physical and mental capabilities of the body. The medicine works towards balancing the doshas by eliminating excessive toxins out of the body. It works in improving circulatory, reproductive and adrenal systems too. The medicine helps in reducing the stress and anxiety levels of the patient. Ashwagandha herb is known for its anti-stress and adaptogenic action leading to physical fitness. It stabilizes the blood sugar and also lowers the cholesterol.

2. Hakam Churna

This churna is also known as Tridoshic Rasayan as it controls all the three energies of the body and restores a balance between them. The churna is a combination of Ayurvedic herbs like Chandershoor, Kalonji, Ajwain and Methi . All these herbs are known for their medicinal properties. The combination helps in pacifying the doshas, relieving pain, fatigue and swellings. The powder is a perfect source of nutrition to give strength to the patients fighting CIDP.

3. Guggul Capsules

These capsules are prepared using Guggul which is a plant resin from the tree Commiphora mukul. The medicine is an efficient anti-inflammatory product and helps in managing auto immune diseases.

4. Bowellia Curcumin

These capsules are prepared from the standardized extracts of tow herbs Boswellia serrata and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). Both the herbs have remarkable medicinal properties. They are anti-inflammatory herbs and help in fighting against the complication of CIDP. The product helps in controlling pain, swellings and acts as an immune booster. The medicine is good for all kinds of joint pains, sprains and helps in fighting cancer.

These products taken together help in gradual regeneration of damaged peripheral nerves. The medicine also boosts immunity and this prevents further damage to the nervous system.

All products are 100% pure, natural and vegetarian. They are free from any side effects. The products are made without any additional chemicals, additives, preservatives, binders or fillers. All medicines are formulated by MD Ayurveda doctors.

RECOMMENDED DIET FOR CIDP PATIENTS

Recommended diet for CIDP patients is the one that has natural anti-inflammatory properties and rich in vitamin D. The patients are advised to take eggs, fish, almonds, olive oil, ginger root, antioxidant rich fruits and vegetables like spinach, broccoli, sweet potatoes, tomatoes and fatty fish like tuna and salmon as they are good source of omega 3 fatty acid.

Processed foods and baked foods must be strictly avoided by the patients. Saturated fats, trans fats, sugary products make the condition worse. Taking a high calorie diet can contribute to chronic inflammation.

Body massage or massage of the affected limbs with medicated oils is also recommended. Long term treatment with herbal medicines is sure to help prevent the relapse of the CIDP.

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