Multiple sclerosis is an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord (central nervous system).
Panchakarma is a Cleansing, Detox and Rejuvenation therapy that stimulates the regrowth of healthy tissues (including Myelin Sheath).This personalization of the treatment can produce amazing results in a short period of time.
Panchakarma for MS involves three steps –
The first step is Abhyangm and steam therapy to loosen aggravated doshas and toxins from various sites (in the body)
Second step is to remove / eradicate the toxins from the body
Third step is to build the healthy tissue by following Ayurvedic diet and life style modifications and using tissue building natural herbs ( this is known as rasayana chikitsa)
First step is repeated for 7 days (in a row). This step is very important as it dislodges the toxins from various sites.
Second step is the key step of Panchakarma which literally flushes those toxins from the body and actually cleanses and detoxifies it. During this step, Basti – one of five processes in Panchakarma, is extensively used. Bastis are types of enemas – oil enemas or herbal cleansing enemas. Bastis are mainly done to re-balance imbalanced Vata dosha – the main cause of MS. Nourishing and cleansing bastis are given for number of days (the number depends on the chronicity and severity of the disease). Basti is a very effective procedure in Ms Conditions.
Third step is followed for an extended period of time to rebuild healthy tissue. During this step, Ayurvedic herbs such as Bala, Ashvagandha, Shatavari, Guduchi, Licorice are used. Myelin sheath being one of the tissues, it is rebuilt by Panchakarma procedures (time required to rebuild tissues varies from person to person and severity of imbalanced dosha). Once Myelin sheath has been restored, it starts protecting nerve fibers and optimizing the function of nerve conduction. With the repair of Myelin sheath, MS symptoms disappear and patients can start living normal, healthy life.
It is important to understand that tissue rebuilding is a slow process and it takes time. Therefore, Panchakarma therapy may have to be repeated several times depending on the severity of Vata imbalance and the myelin sheath damage. While Panchakarma treatment is NOT a magical cure for MS, it can certainly help in mitigating the adverse impacts of MS symptoms.
2. Vata balancing diet and eating habits
Vata balancing diet – Since most of the diseases occur due to wrong diet or lifestyle, Ayurveda emphasizes on balancing diet and lifestyle. Properties of Vata dosha (like wind) are cold, dry and light. Foods with opposite qualities help to balance Vata. So eating warm, moist and heavy foods such as oatmeal or cream of wheat, grits for breakfast, a bowl of soup or stew, pasta with gravy, curried meat or vegetables, rice etc for lunch and dinner are examples of Vata balancing foods. Handful of nuts, sweet fruits are good examples for a healthy snacks.
Vata balancing eating habits