The Best Ayurvedic Hospital For Stroke Treatment
What is Stroke ?
A stroke is a sudden interruption in the blood supply of the brain. Most strokes are caused by an abrupt blockage of arteries leading to the brain also known as the ischemic stroke. Other strokes are caused by bleeding into the brain tissue when a blood vessel bursts, known as the hemorrhagic stroke.
What causes stroke or paralysis ?
- Causes of stroke include ischemia ( loss of blood supply) or hemorrhage ( bleeding) in the brain
- Some people may only have a temporary disruption of blood flow to the brain known as a transient ischemic attack ( TIA ) that does not cause lasting symptoms
How does ayurveda treat stroke and what are the ayurveda treatments for stroke ?
Ayurveda is a traditional system of medicine and ayurvedic treatments for stroke can help restore lost functionalities. Pakshaghatha or hemiparesis has been well described in classical context of ayurveda along with specific treatments mentioned. In brief it consists of a sequence of interventions meant to achieve the pitta control, followed by treatments to detoxify accumulated ama and finally calm vata with nourishing treatments to support regeneration of depleted tissues.
Ayurveda focuses on providing the treatment for:
- Recovery of damaged brain tissue
- Regaining muscle strength
- Strengthening the mental abilities
- Managing abnormal sensations
Some of the ayurveda treatments for stroke include:
- Special regimen including snehana ( medicated oil application)
- Pinda swedana ( fomentation)
- Nasyam ( nasal drops instillations)
- Vasthi ( special type of enema therapy)
- These therapies strengthens the muscle tissue and restores neuromuscular function. The ayurveda treatments also expels toxins from different channels, clear blockage and increase circulation
Does physiotherapy for stroke help ?
80% of strokes are ischemic strokes that is one which occurs due to an occlusion of blood vessel resulting in the lack of blood supply to the brain and cell death.
Rehabilitation of a patient with stroke starts with finding individual patient needs and employing treatment strategies accordingly. Nevertheless the treatment approach, whether to emphasize on compensatory movements or to train remedial movements, is based on the area affected by infarct.
Two major goals of stroke rehabilitation would be to minimise impairments and to maximise function. An outline of evidence based interventions to achieve these goals are given below.
- Balance (static and dynamic balance) and gait training exercises
- Functional re-education through interactive games and virtual reality
- Electrical stimulation
- Cardio respiratory exercises
- Progressive resistance training
- Active motor training
- Pain management
Can yoga be helpful for stroke patients?
Adding yoga to stroke rehabilitation therapy improves the speed and extend of recovery. Yoga improves the impact of therapy for stroke. Those who participate in yoga may experience increased flexibility, improved balance, increased strength, less pain and enhanced energy levels. In these sessions guests are taught poses that can be done while lying on a bench or sitting on a chair or using a wheel chair support. Yoga has also been found to improve quality of life, reduce fear of falling and increase independence with daily living activities. Not only does yoga improve balance and flexibility, it has also been shown to result in a stronger and faster gait, longer steps, increased strength and endurance. In addition yoga stresses the importance of linking breath to movement which enhances the overall impact of stroke rehabilitation.
By combining ayurveda, physiotherapy and yoga, Sanjeevanam Ayurveda Hospital provides the best ayurvedic treatment for stroke in Kerala.