AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF BELLS PALSY - A CASE REPORT
Introduction: Bells palsy an acute paresis of facial mimetic muscles is most common in the third decade of life with an incidence of about 20 cases per 1,00,000 population. The complete recovery rates within 3 months vary from 80-85%. Major complications of the condition include chronic loss of taste, chronic facial spasm, facial pain, corneal infections making early intervention essential. Ardita clinically correlates to Bells palsy. Its cause is mainly vitiated Vata due to Avarana or Dhatukshaya and management is primarily based on Vatahara and Urdhva Sharira Chikitsa. Methods: The current report is based on a case of Bells palsy that presented as left sided facial paresis with deviated angle of mouth to the right, diagnosed as Ardita due to Vata and Kapha Anubandha. Treatment included Nasya Karma, Shiro Pichu, Mukhabhyanga followed by Panasa Patra Sweda and internal medications. Result: Improvement in motor functioning was noticed from day 3 of treatment. Speech enhancement and sensory perception was also noted. Discussion: Ayurvedic management with Ardita Chikitsa provided brisk results in this case.
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