Contribution of Ayurveda in Augmenting Motor Function in a Child with Cerebral Palsy-A Case Report
Author(s): Renu B*, Achal Gupta, Sadhana Misar, Megha Rudey, Sumod Khedekar and Manoj Patil
Cerebral Palsy is non-progressive, non-contagious, neuro-motor deficit of cerebral origin due to antenatal, peri-natal or early postnatal insult to the developing brain, also known as Little’s disease. It can be allied with Vyadhijanya Phakka in Ayurveda. It has no permanent efficacy. Here, an effort was made to treat a toddler with spastic type of CP by multiple modalities of Ayurveda treatment. Objectives: This case study was aimed to evaluate the efficacy of Ayurveda management in CP along with Vasatherapy (Physio-ball exercise) and Panchkarma procedures. Materials and Methods: A female child of two years was brought by the parents with the complaints of not using any extremity, unable to hold the neck, sit and crawl, stand without support, improper posture of left feet, drooling of saliva and recurrent respiratory infections since age of 6 months. She had squint in both eyes and speech delay in the last one year. According to NICU history and clinical examination, she was diagnosed as a case of CP-spastic quadriplegia. The child was treated with the Ayurveda treatment principles for a period of 2 months in two sittings. Results: At the end of 2 months, there was signi?cant reduction in the clinical features as per the GMFCS-gross motor function classification system and parents have satisfied by the improvement in the activities of daily living of the child post treatment in a very short duration. Conclusion: This case study establishes the role of Ayurveda treatment management of CP.