AMYOTROPIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS: A REVIEW FROM AN AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE
International Journal of Research in Ayurveda and Pharmacy
Amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a type of Motor neuron disease (MND) is a disease afflicting the motor part of the nervous system. It includes the disturbances related to both upper motor neuron and lower motor neuron. It is usually characterised by steady, continuous, progressive degeneration of cortico-spinal tract, anterior horn cells, bulbar motor nuclei or any of the above mentioned parts of the nervous system. Symptoms of the motor neuron disease include muscle weakness, atrophy,
... akness, atrophy, fasciculations, emotional disturbances and in severe cases respiratory muscle weakness. Severity of the symptoms may vary in different individuals. Diagnosis of the disease is confirmed by nerve conduction study, electromyogram and exclusion of other diseases by MRI and other laboratory findings. In Ayurveda, we can come to a conclusion that this disease is coming under the category of Vatavyadhi. Based on the features observed in the disease, this clinical condition is usually correlated with Dhatukshayajanya Sarvangavata. The following paper illustrates the hypothesis put forth based on the comparison of findings of motor neuron disease and symptoms mentioned in literatures of Ayurveda.