Facial Palsy

This is the condition arising due to the dysfunction/inflamation of facial nerve which will be leading to the inability to control facial muscles, main sign include drooping of facial muscles on the affected half, as facial nerves control a number of functions, blinking and closing the eyes, smiling, frowning, lacrimation, and salivation will get affected .

Cause

  1. Trauma, environmental factors, and metabolic/emotional disorders.
  2. Stress - emotional stress, environmental like cold, physical stress like trauma.
  3. Diabetis mellitus, meningitis, stroke, causing  inflamation of the facial nerve, pressure produced on the nerve where it exits the skull within its bony canal

      blocking the transmission of  signals/ damaging the nerve.

Facial Palsy and Ayurveda

In ayurveda this condition is called (arditha) means loss of function of facial muscles, ayurveda consider this as a vata disorder because vata is the one dosha control the motor and sensory activities of the body,mainly the brain function.

There are many possibilities for vata disorders it might be due to some external factors or due to some infection, in ayurveda these factors are termed as (dushyas) which will vitiate the dosha. The main pathology behind facial palsy is the inflamation of the concernd nerve, in ayurveda without the involvement of pitta there wont be any inflamation, as the nerve get blocked the blocking factor will be mainly kapha, depending upon the severity of blockage the nerve damage will be there, and this determines whether the disease is vata,pitta or kapha predominant,the treatment will vary according to the doshic predominance.

The net result will be getting the doshic balance and the proper vata functon Treatment modalities include both internal and external therapies.

Internal medicines

include herbal decoctions which reduces the inflamation, special tablets, choornas, ghee preparations which can pierce the blood brain barrier and increase the regeneration,

External modalities

Mainly increases the muscle tone,power,and blood circulation leading to increased muscle activity Thala,,Nasya, Sirodhara, Ksheeradhara, Pichu, Sirovasti, Ksheeradhooma, Lepana, Medhya Rasayanas, and rehabilitation therapy.