Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular dystrophy:

The dictionary meaning of Dystrophy is “A degenerative disorder caused by inadequate or defective nutrition” so muscular dystrophy is a health problem which involves progressive degeneration of the muscular tissue.

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a genetic disorder that weakens the muscles. A fellow suffering from MD has incorrect or missing information in his genes, which prevents formation of the proteins which are necessary for the healthy development of muscles. Muscular Dystrophies are genetic i.e. a fellow is having the problem since his birth. Muscular Dystrophy is not contagious and a fellow can't catch it from someone who has it.

In Muscular Dystrophy there is progressive weakness of muscles, so children, teens, and adults who have the disease will gradually lose their ability to do the things which other fellows can do without any problem. A fellow suffering from Muscular Dystrophy might start having muscle problems as a baby or their symptoms might start later. Some people even develop MD as adults.

There is no fixed pattern of loss of muscles functioning. A fellow might have problem in walking and other movements of hands and feet while other might find difficulty in breathing as the first sign of loss of muscle working. With progressive muscular loss; there will be loss of functions also.

Certain Muscular Dystrophies are more in males like Duchene’s muscular dystrophy; in these females work as the carriers. 

Ayurveda concept about human body involve concept of Dosha- Dhatu and Mala. When we talk about Muscular Dystrophy; the involved Dosha is the aggravation of the Vata Dosha which is resulting in loss of Mansa Dhatu (Muscular tissue).

So Ayurvedic management of Muscular Dystrophy will involve ensuring proper nutrition to the muscle tissue and to correct the fire component related with the Muscular tissue of the body.

No doubt there is no clear cut description of Muscular dystrophy in Ayurveda; even than Ayurveda can help a lot in Muscular dystrophy. Ayurveda always thinks about the body as a whole not in parts so when we explore Ayurveda for treatment of muscular dystrophy we will come to the conclusion that Ayurvedic Treatment for Muscular Dystrophy will involve ensuring proper nutrition to whole body in general and to the muscles in particular; maintaining a good range of movement of all the joints of the body and strengthening the muscles. 

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