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Cerebellar Atrophy

Atrophy of the hind brain is a degenerative neurological condition. And as far as Ayurveda is concerned all degenerative neurological issues, can be classified as 'kaphaja' and 'shothaja'. Kaphaja disorders are those that originate from the head. Shothaja disorders come from the chest area. Most neurological conditions fall under the Kapha type.

Kapha dosha is responsible for bringing nourishment to the body cells. The other doshas remove waste products from these cells so that they do not accumulate over time and cause a problem. Kapha dosha also maintains hydration levels in the body. When this dosha becomes overactive, it causes increased moisture levels in all fields of the body, including the central nervous system (CNS). This increases Kapha and its related dosha, Vata. Due to an increase in Kapha, the brain will try to eliminate excess water by pushing out waste products.

Due to increased moisture levels in the CNS, kaphaja disorders result as a buildup of toxicity. As these toxins accumulate, it becomes hard for impurities to exit through urination or defecation. This stagnates toxic material inside the body which affects normal function of cellular activity leading to disease conditions (including neurological disorders). Hence, Ayurveda recommends detoxification methods like panchakarma treatment and herbal therapeutics including shatavari and amalaki for those with a tendency towards kapha-linked diseases.

Ayurvedic neurology sees the brain as the centre of all neurological activity. It has a structure called the 'brainstem' which is at the bottom part of your brain and connects to nerves in various parts of your body including spinal cord, throat, eyes, ears, muscles etc. The primary task of this nervous system is to regulate balance among other organ systems and facilitate communication within them.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Cerebellar Atrophy?

While Ayurveda is a system of traditional healing, there is very little information on how it handles degenerative neurological conditions. Some ayurvedic physicians recommend fresh fruits and vegetables to help with cerebellar atrophies due to their high purifying properties.

Other than these theoretical approaches, there are certain specific remedies for cerebellar atrophies. We have brought the best solutions for you. The medicines here are aimed to relieve you from all possible negative impacts of the shrinkage of the brain stem. 

Cerebellar atrophy is a condition in which the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls movement and balance, shrinks over time. This condition can occur in both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals at any age.

Symptoms include: loss of coordination and balance, limbs that are weak and floppy, slurring of speech, and difficulty in walking.

CA is not progressive (symptoms do not worsen over time), but the symptoms can get worse with trauma or stress . The condition may be caused by an injury to the head or neck , damage to blood vessels that supply blood to the brain, abnormal development of the cerebellum before birth , or a familial disorder - Cerebellar Ataxia .

Cerebellar Atrophy Symptoms:

Symptoms include: loss of coordination and balance, limbs that are weak and floppy, slurring of speech, and difficulty in walking. Many patients experience no noticeable symptoms prior to their first episode of falling, but as the condition progresses and more cerebellar tissue is lost, balance problems become more noticeable.

Symptoms of Cerebellar Atrophy can mimic other conditions such as: Locked-in syndrome , Parkinson's disease , Multiple Sclerosis, Brain Tumor . Patients may be misdiagnosed if a thorough neurologic exam is not performed. A diagnosis of cerebellar atrophy is usually made by doctor examination along with MRI and EEG .

CA patients have episodes called "falls" caused by sudden loss of muscle tone in the legs. Each fall weakens muscles further. Most falls occur during rising from a sitting position, walking or turning around; patients often experience dizziness before and after each fall. The number of falls varies in different individuals.

Falls can be minimized with corrective devices such as walking sticks and wheel chairs.

Other symptoms of Cerebellar Atrophy include: Tremors , Slurred Speech, Difficulty swallowing, Constipation or Diarrhea .

CA causes "freezing" (becoming immobile) that may look like a stroke. Freezing is caused by sudden loss of strength in muscles during physical exertion; often patients cannot move after a fall because they become too weak to lift their legs under their own power. They may use other muscles (for instance, the jaw to keep talking). Patients may also experience temporary paralysis due to postural hypotension , which occurs when blood pressure suddenly drops below normal and muscle becomes limp.