Diabetic Neuropathy : An Ayurvedic Treatment

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Dr. Kranthi R Vardhan

Posted By : Dr. Kranthi R Vardhan - BAMS: MS( Counselling & Psychotherapy)

Posted On : Jan 23, 2009 (Views : 14927)

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"Diabetic Neuropathy", or Nerve Damage caused by Diabetes, occurs in about 50 percent of people with diabetes. It tends to be seen most in people who have had the disease for more than 25 years. However, Neuropathy is more common in people who have High Blood Pressure or Cholesterol, a difficult time controlling their Blood Sugar and those over the Age of 40.


The Symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathy vary depending on the part of the body in which the nerves are affected. Most commonly, people experience Tingling or Numbness in the Feet, but Neuropathy may also be present with no symptoms. The Pain or Numbness generally is minor at first and gets worse with time.


The most common type of Diabetic Neuropathy is called 'Peripheral Neuropathy', which affects the Nerves in the Arms and Legs. In people with this form of Neuropathy, Loss of feeling or Pain is first felt in the Extremities, especially in the Toes, Feet and Hands. While less common, Neuropathies in other areas of the body may also occur, so be aware of pain in the Thighs, Hips or any sudden Muscle Weakness.


"Autonomic Neuropathy" affects the Digestive System and the nerves that control Blood Pressure. This form of Neuropathy causes problems with the Bladder, Bowel, Sexual Response and Perspiration. 


Monitoring your blood sugar levels routinely and keeping them within the normal range is the best way to protect your nerves against Neuropathy.


If a Doctor suspects Neuropathy, he or she will first do a complete Physical Exam, Checking Blood Pressure, Heart Rate, Muscle Strength, Reflexes and the Ability to Sense, Light, Touch and Temperature.


Diagnosis:


If Neuropathy is suspected after this preliminary exam, your doctor may perform more Extensive Tests to determine the degree of the problem. This may include a Comprehensive Foot Exam to assess the Circulation and Sensation, as well as Check Reflexes and Test the ability to Sense Vibrations in the Foot, Nerve Conduction Study or an Electromyography, Ultrasound may be also done to diagnose Neuropathy.


If you are diagnosed with a form of Neuropathy, your doctor will discuss ways to better manage your Blood Glucose, including Meal Planning, Exercise or New Medications. Maintaining good control over Blood Sugar levels helps to lessen the pain and numbness and prevent the progression of Neuropathy.


If you have Peripheral Neuropathy, you may have to take special care of your feet to prevent infections from cuts and scrapes, which may occur without you realizing.


Use of Ayurvedic Special medicines like Vasanth Kusumakar Ras, Yogendra Ras, Shilajithwadi Loah, Siva Gutika etc will give Tremendous Results in managing all the Neuropathies.


The Aim of the Ayurvedic Treatment is to produce Brumhana or Santarpana (Nourishing), Vatahara and Anulomana Chikitsa. Panchakarma Procedures & Rejuvenation Therapies are done with utmost Care and Concern. For details contact us either in person or through email with details.


Eating Small, Frequent Meals low in Fat and Fiber may help prevent the gastrointestinal problems that may accompany Autonomic Neuropathy.


If the Neuropathy is causing Sexual Problems, there are Oral Drugs like Manmadha Ras, Shukra Vallabha Ras, Pushpadhanwa, Aswagandha Lehyam, Laghu Musali Pak, Brungarajasav, Dasamoolarishta etc. which can help to Treat Erectile Dysfunction in men. Lubricants can be helpful for women.


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