While heart disease still kills more Americans than any other health condition, stroke continues to be one of the most dreaded of disease conditions in the world today. Stroke or ‘Pakshaghaat’ as it is known in Ayurvedic therapeutic science, is a vascular disorder that results from sudden disturbances in normal brain functioning which occurs when the blood vessels carrying oxygen to the brain develop blockages, resulting in the interruption and ultimately the deprivation of oxygen to a particular part, resulting in loss of function in that portion of the brain.
Typically, that loss of function will seriously impair the brain causing severe neurological damage, which can unfortunately result in paralysis and speech defects. Facial paralysis is treated as a distinct disorder in Ayurveda termed ‘Ardita’.
Most stroke attacks can be attributed to the constant formation of cholesterol deposits forming atherosclerotic plaques on the inner walls of blood vessels which supply normal brain cells with vital oxygen.
A stroke condition is to be treated as a medical emergency requiring prompt hospitalization and aggressive medical treatment in effort to minimize any residual disability. Specialists in Ayurveda advocate the institution of the earliest possible treatment if the outcome is to be at all effective.
To date modern western medicinal science offers no remedy for the reversal of the thickening and hardening of blood vessels once adversely affected, though on February 9th, 2014 , the results of several research studies were presented at the American Heart Associations’ International Stroke Conference in L.A., California which now stand as testimony that naturalistic approach advocated by Ayurveda can effectively reverse the incessant formation of atherosclerosis or even arrest the development of these life-threatening plaques altogether.
“Contrary to the clot-busting drug currently used on stroke victims, the curcumin-hybrid compound, called CNB-001, does not actually dissolve the blood clot. Rather it repairs the damage incurred by the lack of oxygen, at the molecular level, by influencing the mechanism responsible for regeneration of neurons (brain cells).”
The holistic approach adopted by the ancient yet wildly effective healing science of Ayurveda initially seeks to identify the underlying cause, then quickly moves to prescribe specific herbs and medications that eradicate the overall cause.
In Ayurveda, the prevention of stroke involves the adoption of a multi-pronged strategy to efficiently treat and diminish the consequences of an attack. Some of the more effective options include:
A diet of fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts and milk can prove to drastically inhibit and prevent the occurrence of a stroke.
When taken daily as an herbal supplement hawthorn berry strengthens blood vessels, prevents blood clots, lowers cholesterol, as well as boost the circulatory system, all of which can be beneficial to the prevention of stroke.
Ginkgo Biloba can improve nerve cell function as well as increase blood flow to the brain. This herb is extremely effective in inhibiting the development of blood clots and damage to brain cells post stroke attack.
Curcumin has been known to repair the damage incurred by the lack of oxygen by influencing the mechanism responsible for regeneration of brain neurons, offering future stroke victims hope for recovery as it has the potential to reduce any residual damage.
Other herbal remedies for the natural prevention of stroke also include: withania somnifera, ginger (whole or ground), ocimum sanctum, commiphora mukul, and fenugreek.
Conventional herbal formulations most often used in Ayurvedic stroke therapy are: Sarpagandha, Rasna, Dashmool, Ashwagandha, Bala, and Nirgundi.
The expected outcome with treatment is reliant upon the degree of permanent damage resulting from the stroke, the time that post treatment is commenced, as well as presence of any complicating health factors such as high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as the overall physical and mental conditioning of the patient.
While there is much that can be done to treat and even diminish the consequences of stroke, it is imperative to remember that continued treatment must be observed if the outcome is to be at all effective.
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