What are the neurological diseases
The manifestations of neurological diseases depend on how and which part of the nervous system is affected – the central or peripheral, or there are combined disorders.
The central part includes both brains – the cerebrum and the spinal cord. They process information with regard to what is happening in the body, as well as they control and coordinate all its reactions and functions. This applies both to the organism in an internal aspect and to its contacts with the environment. This is implemented with the help of the peripheral part of the nervous system.
It is a continuation of the cerebrum and includes the nerves in the organism, their splits /cervical, shoulder, lumbar and other /and nodes /ganglion/. Through them, brain impulses are transmitted to the limbs and various organs, and feedback is returned.
Neurological diseases are disorders that may occur at any place in this chain. The cerebrum, for example, may become inflamed, as the meningitis is an inflammatoion of the outer layer, and encephalitis – inflammation of the brain matter itself. Many other diseases are associated with the cerebrum – atherosclerosis, depression, phobia, epilepsy, autism, personality disorders and so on.
The most common inflammations of the peripheral part of the nervous system are radiculitis and plexitis, which may be in the cervical, chest or waist area, as the pain block the movement of the hands or legs. One nerve may be affected and this condition is called neuritis, and if a few nerves are affected, it is called polyneuritis.
In Ayurveda, the vital energy Vata is directly responsible for the nervous system – for the transmission of the cerebral signals to the organs, for the senses, feelings and thoughts. It is set at birth with the other two energies – Pitta and Kapha, as each one of them is responsible for specific processes in the organism. All three energies are set in a specific ratio and they maintain a certain balance between them. If one of the energies goes out of balance, then the functions of certain organs get disturbed and the organism develops illnesses. In the case with Vata these are neurological diseases.
Speaking of treatment of diseases, associated with Vata, we have to make a clarification about one thing. Vata is responsible for all movements in the body, so without that energy the other two Doshas can’t flow in the organism. Thus, the disturbances in Vata can even cause blockages in Pitta and Kapha.
And usually when a Dosha goes out of balance it causes imbalances also in the other two. So the Ayurveda specialist has to determine what are the imbalances and the extent of the deviations of the Doshas, in order to be able to prescribe a treatment and so on – a way to restore their natural proportions that are unique for everyone.
From a philosophical point of view, Vata is associated with the wind and space, respectively with lightness, dryness and coldness. Like everything else these also can be balanced with its opposite things. Therefore, to calm down Vata the foods should be heavier, oily, fluid and warm, freshly prepared and the flavors are salty, sweet.
- Basmati rice
Foods to avoid:
- Pineapple and so on
Vegetables to add to the menu:
- Sweet potatoes
The spices are also warming up. For example:
- Black pepper and so on, as according to the opinion of the Ayurvedic specialist you can take oils internally.
Traditionally, you can drink a cup of ginger tea in the morning, and in the evening before sleep – a cup of milk with turmeric.
Along with the Ayurvedic nutritional regimen, a cleansing of the toxins that are accumulated in the body also should be performed as an essential part of the restoration of the natural state and optimal function of the organs. Externally it is done with pouring of oils to warm up the body, massages, herbal rubbing, as well as herbal sauna.
Oils oppose the dryness, as the most beneficial are of hemp, flax, sesame, oil, ghee and others. The internal cleansing is performed with laxatives and cleansers. The treatment also includes meditation as well as yoga – selected asanas and exercises.