What is a paralysis?

Paralysis is loss of muscle function for one or more muscles. Paralysis can be accompanied by a loss of feeling (sensory loss) in the affected area if there is sensory damage as well as motor. Paralysis can affect the entire body or a specific body part. When the whole body is affected it is known as complete Paralysis. When it affects a specific body part it is known as partial Paralysis. A facial Paralysis is one of the most common disabilities resulting from stroke and mainly affects one side of the face.

What are the causes of paralysis?

The main cause of Paralysis is the impairment of nerves in the spinal cord or brain. Stroke, head injury, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis are considered as the four most common causes of Paralysis. However, some more brain disorder, infections, or even environmental toxins can also cause Paralysis. Have a look at the following list that gives the causes of Paralysis.
Neurological diseases, such as Cerebral Palsy, Bell’s Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Peripheral Neuropathy.
Infectious or autoimmune diseases such as HIV, Lyme disease, Spondylitis, and Guillain-Barre syndrome.
Serious or life-threatening conditions such as brain tumor, trauma, hemorrhage, or stroke.
Trauma such as a herniated vertebral disk, broken or severed spinal cord, or direct trauma to a nerve.
Environmental factors such as toxins, radiation or poisons.

What are the signs and symptoms of paralysis?

Paralysis impairs the muscle power and thus may result in total or partial immobility. Even if it is a partial Paralysis it has a significant effect on the other systems in the body. The common signs and symptoms of Paralysis includes 

Changes to circulation and respiration
Changes to the kidneys and gastrointestinal system
Changes to muscles, joints, and bones
Spasticity of the limbs
Muscle spasms
Pressure sores
Blood clots in the lower limbs
Feelings of numbness or pain
Skin injury
Bacterial infection
Disruption of the normal working of the tissues, glands, and organs
Loss of control of urination
Sexual difficulties
Abnormal sweating
Abnormal breathing or heart rate
Balance problems
Behavioral issues
Difficulty speaking or swallowing
Vision problems
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What Are the Types Of Paralysis?

Paralysis can affect any body parts and impair body functions in several ways. As a result there are several types of Paralysis. However, based on the body region involved there are 5 main types of Paralysis.

1.Overweight and obesity :Excessive weight in obesity puts too much stress and pressure on the knee joints during regular activities such as walking or standing
2.Monoplegia : Monoplegia refers to the Paralysis of limb, most typically one limb. Cerebral palsy is the main cause of this Paralysis. However, it may also be caused due to stroke, tumour or brain injuries.
3.Hemiplegia : Hemiplegia is a partial Paralysis and affects an arm and a leg on the same side of the body.
4.Paraplegia : Paraplegia is a Paralysis of body parts below the waist. It usually affects both legs, hips. People who have Paralysis of lower body have difficulty with functions, such as sexuality and elimination.
5.Quadriplegia : Quadriplegia indicates is Paralysis of body below the neck. This type of Paralysis affects all four limbs, and the torso. Spinal cord injuries occurring following a heavy velocity accident, falls or sports injury can cause this type of Paralysis.

How does Ayurveda cure Paralysis?

According to Ayurveda the main line of treatment of Paralysis is normalizing the flow of Prana Vayu. This is done by following therapies and should be carried out in all stages of Paralysis depending on the general condition of the patient.

Abhyangam : An Ayurvedic full body massage that relaxes the muscles and nerves.
Padabhyangam : Padabhyanga relaxes muscles and ligaments in the lower limbs.
Pizhichil : Pizhichil Ayurvedic Treatment includes massage with warm oil and therefore can stimulate the nerves and muscles.
Sneha Vasti : Since Paralysis is one of the Vata vyadhis mentioned in the classical Ayurvedic text texts, Sneha vasti is used to correct the Vata Dosha.