Cerebral Palsy Ayurvedic Treatment

A group of disorders affecting muscles’ tone and body movements resulting from damage to developing brain (before or after birth) is termed as cerebral palsy. It may develop from maternal or infant infections, gene mutations, bleeding into brain of foetus/ infant, reduced oxygen supply to foetal brain etc. There is no cure for CP and the difficulties caused by the disease will continue life-long. 

Cerebral Palsy Signs and Symptoms

The signs and symptoms of CP often appear in early childhood or even infancy. Personal differences are there in the manifestation of the disease (like affecting whole body or part of body, changes in severity etc). The disease causes difficulties with movements, coordination, development, speech etc. 

Problems with movement and coordination include muscle spasm (increased muscle reflexes and stiffness) or rigidity (normal reflex with stiff muscles), too loose or too stiff muscles, lack of muscle coordination (ataxia), slow movements, body tremors, impaired fine motor skills, problems with walking etc. Other symptoms/ signs are delayed speech development/ difficulty to speak, problems with chewing/ swallowing/ sucking milk, drooling of saliva, intellectual and learning disabilities, delayed milestones of development (like crawling, sitting etc), seizures, bladder and/ or bowel problems, problems with vision or eye movement, abnormal pain sensation, behavioural issues etc. 

Cerebral Palsy Ayurvedic Analysis

Pakshaghata (hemiplegia) and sarvangavata (paralysis) in children/ infants are types of vatavyadhi (disease due to vata). Aggravated vata causes mukatwa (dumbness/ difficulty to speak), pangulya (difficulty to walk) etc due to damage to Mastulunga (brain), which is a part of majja dhatu. As a result, the kid experience delayed developmental milestones, emotional problems, behavioural disorders etc. Damage to Mastulunga cannot be completely cured. 

Cerebral Palsy Causative Factors (Ayurveda)

Vata is aggravated in infants and children due to injury (before or after birth) or beejadushti (problems of ovum or sperm). Majjadhatu is vitiated also by trauma/ injury. 

Possible Complications of Cerebral Palsy Disease

The major complications are malnutrition (due to poor swallowing/ chewing/ sucking milk), contractures (shortening of muscle tissues), cardiac disorders, lung disease, osteoporosis, mental diseases, severe pain, digestive tissues etc. 

Other systemic diseases and precautions to be taken

Check whether there is meningitis, infantile jaundice, bleeding in brain etc before starting treatment for CP. 

Cerebral Palsy Disease Management with Ayurveda Treatment

As the disease cannot be cured completely, symptomatic care along with practices to reduce the aggravated vata as well as improve muscle strength are provided. Snehana (external oil massage), swedana (mild sudation therapy- eg: sirodhara, kizhi), nasya (nasal instillation of medicine), vasthi (enema with suitable drugs), siropichu (application of cotton soaked in medicinal oil over scalp), lepana (eg: njavara thepp) etc along with internal medication and supportive therapies (physiotherapy, speech therapy, behavioural therapy) are provided. 


Ensure adequate food intake as the difficulties like chewing/ swallowing issues may lead to malnutrition. Liquid or semi-solid diet is preferred. Include more green vegetables, whole grains, small fishes, nuts, egg etc in diet and avoid very cold food, dry and hard food etc. 


The children with cerebral palsy are recommended to indulge in mild to moderate exercises as per the instructions of physician. 

Cerebral Palsy Preventive Aspects in Ayurveda

CP cannot be prevented effectively as the causative factor is not well understood. The pregnant women should ensure timely vaccination, avoid alcohol and smoking, avoid chances of infection and do regular pre-natal check-up. After the birth of child, protect the baby from injuries/ falls and infections. 

Importance of Diet

The mother of infants with CP, and children suffering from this disease should avoid food items that aggravate vata. 


Parents should understand the nature of the disease and cope with the kid’s disabilities. Improve the child’s independency and provide supportive measures like speech therapy, physiotherapy etc. Promote the kid’s special skills. Avoid chances of infections, injuries etc.

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