SUCCESSFUL AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF PROGRESSIVE CERVICAL DYSTONIA WITH SPASMODIC DYSPHONIA-A CASE STUDY
Dr. Sarita Pradip Gaikwad*
Introduction: Cervical dystonia is characterized by involuntary muscle contractions in the neck that cause abnormal movements and postures of the neck and head. Mostly it is idiopathic but genetic link is established apart from causes of auto-immunity and trauma. Muscle contractions are quite painful and that disturbs normal life and adversely affects quality of life. Oral treatment, Inj. Botulinum toxin, surgical procedures, physio- therapy and counselling is the most commonly followed line of treatment in Modern science. However no treatment is consistent with results in amelioration of symptoms and permanent cure of this disorder. However Ayurved has ability to treat this disorder permanently. Case study: This 27 year old male patient had trauma to his neck and shoulder due to fall of large cut Stem of tree from height. He developed Cervical retrocollis, followed by Spasmodic dysphonia. He took treatment including course of Inj Botulinum toxin from a famous corporate hospital in Pune (India) but did not get the relief. Finally he approached to the Ayurved. He was hospitalized in Sassoon General hospital in Pune and given Ayurvedic line of treatment. Patient became symptom free within 75 days of treatment. His voice was also restored to normal. There is no recurrence of the disorder for more than last 6 years. Conclusion: This case study is testimony of strength of Ayurved in treating such disorders like Cervical dystonia, where Modern Science has limitations.
Keywords: Cervical dystonia, Focal dystonia, Cervical retrocollis, Spasmodic dysphonia, Aghataj Vata-prakop.
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