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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 462-466

Management of spastic cerebral palsy through multiple Ayurveda treatment modalities

1 Department of Kaumarbhritya, GJ Patel Institute of Ayurvedic Studies and Research, New Vallabha Vidyanagar, Anand, India
2 Department of Kaumarbhritya, Institute for Post Graduate Teaching and Research in Ayurveda, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Sagar M Bhinde
C-10, Ayurveda Staff Quarter, GJ Patel Institute of Ayurvedic Studies and Research, New VV Nagar, Anand - 388 121, Gujarat
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Source of Support: IPGT and RA, Gujarat Ayurved University, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0974-8520.159044

Clinical trial registration CTRI/2011/11/002157 [Registered on: 22/11/2011]

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Background: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a leading cause of childhood disability affecting function and development. The global incidence of CP is 2:1000. It has been reported that children with CP and their caretaker have impaired health-related quality of life (QOL). Of the many types and subtypes of CP, none has any known cure. For a detailed description of the disease CP, though, there is no one to one correlation in Ayurvedic classics; it can be taken as Vata Vyadhi as far as its etiology and symptomatology are concerned. Aim: To assess the effect of certain Panchakarma procedures in the management of CP. Materials and Methods: Total 8 patients were registered and treated with 5 days of Udvartana, 5 days of Abhyanga followed by Sarvanga Swedana and then 8 days of Yoga Basti. The same course of treatment has been repeated for 3 times with an interval of 14 days. Ashtanga Ghrita was given during whole procedures as internal medication. Results of treatment were assessed with anthropometrical measurement, developmental milestone, Modified Ashworth Scale, spasm scale, reflex scale, and muscle power grading. Result: This Ayurvedic management shows good result in CP patients, especially by improving growth (height, weight, chest circumference) and development (head holding and sitting), reducing spasticity of left upper limb and muscle spasm. Conclusion: Multisystem approach is needed to improve the condition of the patient. Panchakarma along with internal medication should be given to improve all the facets of spastic CP. Yoga Basti acts by their own mode of action and can be used freely for such disease conditions.

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