Ayurveda is a Sanskrit word which is comprised of two words Ayu and Veda. “Ayu means life” and “Veda means to know”. Thus Ayurveda means “the science of life”. It is a holistic system of medicines and has been in the used for the last 4000 years. It has a great influence on health care system. It provides guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy person can stay healthy and persons with sickness can get rid of the medical challenges.
According to Ayurveda it is believed that five great elements make up the universe and the human body. They are earth, water, fire, air and space. It is also believed that all humans possess a unique constellation of body types or doshas-vata (wind/spirit/air), pitta (bile), and kapha (phlegm). Each represents a divine force, and Ayurveda seeks to bring them into balance through proper diet, herbal treatment and spiritual practice.
The following Ayurvedic medicines are being used to treat cerebral palsy in general:
Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri), Mandukparni (Centella asiatica), Shankhpushpi (Convolvulus pluricaulis), Jyotishmati (Celastrus panniculatus), Kushmand (Benincasa hispida), Ustukhudoos (Lavendula stoechas), Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Vacha (Acorus calamus), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Abhrak-Bhasma and Suvarna-Bhasma.These medicines are very useful in improving the functional capacity of the brain and may also help in regeneration of damaged brain cells. A few of them can prevent or reduce convulsions also
Though cerebral palsy may not be fully cured by Ayurveda but the treatment can definitely help to reduce the associated disorders and improve the functioning of the affected individual to a great extent.