Ayurved treatment protocol in Anantavata with special reference to trigeminal neuralgia- a case study
In Ayurveda Anantavata is described as one of the disease under Siroroga. Anantavata is a Tridosaja Vyadhi. The dosas affect the Manya which is a Siramarma and causes severe pain in the Ghata that is the prstha bhaga of the Griva (back side of the neck), akshi (eyes), bhru(eyebrows), shankha pradesha(temples). There is also spandan in the Ganda parshva pradesha (spasm in the cheek), netrarogam (eye diseases) and hanugraham (spasm of temperomandibular joint). In modern science the above symptoms are correlated with Trigeminal Neuralgia. In the present case study a 37 year old female patient having symptoms of sharp pain in the right side of head at the temporal region radiating to the right side of forehead, pulsation of blood vessels seen in the right temporal region, spasm of the temperomandibular joint, unable to chew from the right side, tongue deviates towards the right side and gets compressed between the right side tooth in the upper and lower jaw resulting in bleeding and thus development of wound. The patient was treated with Shirodhara, Gandusha and oral medications for 10 days and then after a gap of 15 days she was treated with nasyam and shirodhara for 10 days along with oral medication. In the gap of 15days the oral medication was continued. At the end of 45 days patient showed significant improvement in her disease.