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Paralysis Homeopathic Treatment



Paralysis is defined as the loss of muscle movement and coordination in some part of the body. The loss of movement of muscles occur in systems of muscles, such as hand muscles, leg muscles, facial muscles, etc. leading to paralysis in that particular region.
The loss of voluntary muscle movement is accompanied by numbness, or loss of sensation, in the affected part. Due to this, the person does not feel any pain or climatic changes like heat, cold, etc. in the paralyzed part of the body.
After some time, due to paralysis, the circulation and other metabolic activities of the affected part may come to a stop. This could cause disuse atrophy, which could change the shape of the affected part. Prolonged disuse atrophy could lead to ‘death’ of the part, and the person may lose the use of it permanently, even after the condition of paralysis is treated.

Paralysis could be one of the most terrible conditions that a human body can be afflicted with. A paralyzed person loses the capacity of voluntary movement in some part of the body, like the hands, legs or torso; and hence becomes an invalid. The most terrible aspect of paralysis is when the person has to become overtly dependent on someone else to accomplish the most routine of tasks.

Minor paralyses can be treated and the person can become healthy again (in this case it means that the person can move all his or her body parts in a normal manner again). But treatment of major paralysis, such as loss of movement in the hands, legs or the whole torso, can be a very long and arduous process. it might require a lot of cooperation from the patient as well as the family members. Some people afflicted with paralysis remained paralyzed all through their lives, as tissue and muscle wasting can cause irreparable damage to the body.

Paresis is said to be a pre-paralytic condition or mild paralysis, where muscles seem to be veryweak, but work. One should be more cautious in this state and take treatment immediately with proper diagnosis, since paresis could progress to paralysis anytime.

Paralysis means total loss of function(s) in the affected part(s) / nerve(s). It is otherwise called Palsy. Here nerves abruptly quit their functions due to the compression or damage or diseases (polio, stroke, etc). The affected part will become flaccid without any muscle tone or strength. In general, voluntary muscles cannot be used.

Type of Paralysis

Paralysis can occur in parts (localised) or as a whole (in a generalised manner). It can occur in a partial manner or in complete manner. Sometimes, it is reversible and some times not.Depending on where the paralysis has occurred, it can be classified in the following types:-

  • Localised paralysis – is restricted to the parts involved – for example – Bell’s palsy, facial palsy, vocal cord palsy, wrist drop, foot drop, paralysis of one hand, paralysis of one leg, etc.
  • Generalised paralysis – Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Quadriplegia, etc.
  • Hemiplegia – weakness and paralysis of one half of the body, i.e. one leg and one hand.
  • Paraplegia – weakness and paralysis of lower half of the body i.e. both the legs. Here level of lesion will be in hip.
  • Quadriplegia – weakness and paralysis of all the four limbs. Abdomen and chest muscles will also suffer. Here, lesion will be above thoracic vertebra, i.e. in the neck.

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Cause of Paralysis

Paralysis is always caused due to the impairment of the central nervous system, i.e. the brain and the spinal cord, or due to the impairment of the peripheral nervous system, i.e. the system of nerves radiating outwards from the brain and the spinal cord.

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The following are the reasons why these nerve impairments might take place, leading to paralysis:-

(1) Strokes – Strokes are the leading cause of paralysis. Strokes are the sudden loss of function of a particular portion of the brain. Hence, the brain is not able to send reflexes or receive stimuli from the corresponding nerves. Usually strokes can cause the paralysis of arms and legs, but the torso is not affected.

Further, the stroke itself can be caused due to the loss of blood supply to the brain. The causes for this erroneous blood supply are:-

  • Atherosclerosis, which may result in clogging of the blood vessel carrying blood to the cranial region
  • Hemorrhage, which may be the rupturing of a blood vessel carrying blood to the brain
  • Hypertension, which increases blood pressure and makes it more difficult for blood to reach the brain
  • Diabetes, which also increases blood pressure and makes it difficult for blood to reach the brain

(2) Tumors – Tumors in the brain or the spinal region can cause pressure to be exerted on the blood vessels to these regions. Consequently, the blood supply to the brain and/or the spinal cord reduces, which may cause paralysis.

(3) Trauma – Trauma refers to direct injuries. These injuries could result into internal bleeding (hemorrhage), which would reduce the blood supply to the central nervous supply. Direct falls on the head or fracture of the vertebral column could cause such traumas.

(4) Multiple Sclerosis – Multiple sclerosis is a chronic ailment that causes the damage to the mucilaginous sheath that covers the nuclear sheath. Due to this the sensory and motor nerves are damages and are not able to carry impulses and bring back responses to particular parts of the body.

(5) Cerebral Palsy – Cerebral palsy is a condition that occurs in babies during their birth. If their central nervous system is impaired either during or shortly after their birth, then their coordination becomes faulty, leading to paralysis.

In addition, there are the following conditions which pertain to the malfunctioning of the spinal cord:-

(1) Slipped Disk or Herniated Disk – This happens when the vertebra of the backbone get dislocated. The fractured vertebra could cause an injury to the spinal cord, thus making the portion of the spinal cord permanently impaired.

(2) Neurodegenerative Diseases – The neurodegenerative diseases are several conditions that cause serious and permanent impairment of the nerves of the spinal cord (or the brain). These diseases are also associated with loss of memory and dementia.

(3) Spondolysis – Spondolysis is the medical term to the pain and stiffness in the joints of the vertebral column. This condition can cause impairment of the spinal cord.

The above is not a complete list, for there are much too many conditions that can cause paralysis. However, the above are the common causative factors.

Symptoms of Paralysis –

Symptoms usually vary depending upon the place of suffering and intensity of the affection. Intensity of suffering and its persistence also varies depending upon the health status of the person, will power and treatment.
Most often complaint starts all of a sudden i.e. sufferer wakes up with paralysis. Sometimes, some people will have warning symptoms, i.e., transient ischaemic attacks – altered sensations and functions with numbness of limb(s), headache, nausea, blurred vision, black spots, blindness in one eye, etc. for a moment or up to 24 hours. It indicates that paralysis is about to happen. This forewarning signal should be taken seriously and should be treated to escape from paralysis or disability. With onset of paralysis, sufferers commonly have the following symptoms:
  • Coma / loss of consciousness
  • Loss of memory
  • Loss of movement / functions of affected part(s)
  • Numbness or altered sensations in affected part(s) in sensing pain, temperature, touch, pressure, etc.
     
  • Loss of coordination of movement and joint sensations
  • Difficulty in breathing (rarely due to paralysis of chest muscles)
  • Difficulty in swallowing
  • Difficulty in speech (in case of affection of left side brain especially Broca’s area)
  • Bowel and bladder incontinence
 
Analysis of the complaints in all aspects will provide a clue about the level and extent of lesion. Commonly, t he part above the lesion will have normal functions and sensations. In case of incomplete damage, the loss of functions and sensations often vary depending upon site, position and extent of the injury.

Complication Of Paralysis

If paralysis lasts for a long time, then the biggest danger is that of the ‘death’ of the affected part. Due to the constant depletion of blood from the affected part, the part may become seriously damaged. As a result the muscles and tissues in that part will also get wasted, leading to disuse atrophy, as mentioned earlier. In quadriplegia, the most serious form of paralysis, the person’s body becomes like the mere ‘skin and bones’ within a few months of the affliction.

Speech impairment is also a very common byproduct of paralysis. Along with speech impairment, there could be loss of auditory senses and visual senses as well. If the person is paralyzed on one side of the body (hemiplegia), then there is a great chance that the eye on that side would lose its power of sight.

Paraplegia and quadriplegia patients will often need of wheelchair for movement. Hemiplegia patients can move with walker or walking stick. The bedridden patients i.e., severe paralytic sufferers, may need to use bed pan and urine can (sometimes catheter too for passing urine) with the help of others. Dependency on others and using of wheelchair, walking stick, walker, bed pan, urine can, etc., will make the suffer more depressed than the suffering by itself. Restricted movements will create lack of social activities and depression. Also sitting and lying most of the time will cause bed sores on pressure points.

Diagnosis of Paralysis

Nerve functions and the extent of paralysis are usually analysed with parts involved, weakness, coordination of movement(s), reflexes, muscle thickness / wasting, spasticity, alteration in sensations, etc. Doctors usually go for elicitation of reflexes, nerve conduction tests and electromyography (EMG) to diagnose the complaint and to plan for treatment. The common tests required to detect, manage / treat paralytic complaints and torule out complications are:
 
  • Routine blood tests and urine tests
  • X-ray chest and skull (in AP view and lateral view)
  • Spinal radiographs (plain and contrast)
  • CT / MRI scan
  • Electroencephalography (EEG)

Diet Home self care Remedies for Paralysis

The diet provided for people with paralysis must be a vata pacifying diet. For balancing the vata, the following guidelines must be followed:-

Warm foods are preferable to cold foods. Eat food when it is freshly cooked.

Sweet, sour and salty are the tastes that are good for creating a balance of thevata. Avoid foods that are bitter, pungent and astringent in taste.

Nuts are very good for balancing the vata.

Rice and wheat both are okay, but barley, millet and rye must be avoided.

The fruits that you consume must be the juicier ones such as bananas, mangoes, oranges, etc. Dry fruits such as apples, figs, pears and pomegranates must be avoided.

Asparagus, okra, beet, carrot are the vegetables that must become an important part of the daily diet.

Among the meats, white meats such as poultry and fish are much better as compared to red meats such as beef, pork and mutton.

 

Homeopathic Treatment of Paralysis

In Homeopathy , if sufferers happen to take care of all the warning signs in the start-up itself, then the start on of paralysis can be halted and prevented. In all systems of medicines, early intervention and treatment always provide good prognosis and good recovery. In Homeopathy also, appropriate and early treatment provides miraculous regain of functions. Delay in treatment usually ends in muscular wasting which is difficult to revive later.
Homeopathy usually supports (stimulates) our body / immune mechanism to maintain good health by tackling any sort of disease force / agent, i.e., it improves withstanding capacity, vitality to avoid disease and its recurrences. Homeopathy can terminate paralysis in its initial stage itself, if treatment is given properly at the right time with the right medicine. With the onset of symptoms, it can also stimulate the nerve to regain its normal functions.

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Dr. GURPREET SINGH MAKKAR is a dynamic homeopath from India(pb). He is an ardent student of classical Homeopathy. He is a registered doctor degree holder (B.H.M.S.) from Sri Guru Nanak Dev Homoeopathic medical college(S.G.N.D Barewal Ludhiana,PUNJAB, India.
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