Ayurvedic Management of Calcified Neurocysticercosis: A Single Case Study
Numerous conditions are known to result in cerebral calcifications and in some diseases the nature and pattern of the calcifications can suggest a diagnosis. Small, punctate, single or multiple calcifications are common in Taenia solium endemic populations and there is good evidence to indicate that most are calcified cysticercal granulomas. Various pharmacological interventions are used for this treatment but little efficacy and its prognosis is also poor. Certain Panchakarma procedures and internal Ayurvedic medicines have been proven to be beneficial in the management of calcified neurocysticercosis. A 31 years old male patient came to our OPD with complaints of severe pain in left half of head, giddiness, pain and numbness in left upper and lower limb, difficulty in gripping with left hand. This case of calcified neurocysticercosis was managed by Panchakarma treatment along with internal medicines. Ayurvedic diagnosis was made as Krimija Shiroroga and Nasya Karma was performed along with internal medications for 90 days. Nasya is specially desired for the disease of supraclavicular parts. This treatment method was found effective in controlling progressive symptoms and improving the functional ability of the patient.
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