Occasionally, it is transient and fades with time. However, when it is not resolved with time, it presents as a concerning health issue, required to be handled carefully. Nerve problems or neuropathies are considered to be Vata diseases in the Indian traditional school of medicine. Vata is regarded as one of three constitutional groupings known as doshas, is associated with the energy of the wind and, is primarily responsible for activation of the nervous system.
Vata is located in the lumbosacral (Kati) region and exerts its influence over cell division, cardiac function, and waste disposal. Vata is revered as ‘prana’, the most powerful dosha. In Ayurveda, people associated with Vata dosha are more prone to neurogenic conditions such as neuropathy, rheumatoid arthritis, heart disorders, insomnia, and anxiety.
Contraction of joints around the damaged nerve may complicate motor damage, while a loss of sensation may result in accidental or related injuries. Necrosis occurring in and around the degenerated nerve may lead to a neuroma, paraesthesia, altered sensitivity to heat or cold, paresis and even, paralysis.
Ayurvedic medicine for nerve strength primarily comprises of formulations of Vata Harana herbs which improve blood circulation and nerve function. Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, India has some supplements which can be useful in this regard.
Ayurveda, in conjunction with a healthy lifestyle, ingestion of nutritious food, yoga, pranayama may be employed effectively to improve health and preserve the vitality of nerves in our body. It aims to address the underlying root cause of nervous disorders, rather than merely focusing on symptomatic relief.
One of the most senior Ayurvedic experts of our time, Padma Bushan Dr. P.K. Warrier the Managing Trustee and Medical Director of the 118-year-old Arya Vaidya Sala, Kottakkal, India talks briefly on the Ayurvedic potential for the current coronavirus pandemic.
Herbal steam inhalation is a great way to help open congested sinuses and bronchial airways caused by a cold, flu, or allergy. Herbal steams are also used before Nasya therapies to help open the nasal airway.
The steam from the boiling water is often sufficient to help congestion; however, by adding herbs that help respiratory disorders, the effect is far more notable.