Cerebral Palsy

Challenging Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy

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Cerebral palsy, otherwise known as Little’s disease is a common childhood disability disorder with dominated spasticity. True to the core, there is no complete cure for the disease. Cerebral palsy or CP is a congenital disease but is diagnosed probably later. It causes immense disability in children with marked spasticity. It is a case of static encephalopathy that the condition does not advance. The prevalence of cerebral palsy is as remarkable as 1.5 to 2.5 per 1000 live births.

Cerebral Palsy is a group of signs & symptoms mainly motor and neurological. It is caused by abnormal development of the brain during pregnancy or early life. It can also occur due to damage of the brain, especially due to hypoxia during childbirth. In many cases, the disease is not diagnosed soon after birth. In children with severe disabilities, the initial milestones get delayed and the diagnosis is done in the first or second year of life.

  • But is there anything we can do to save the child become completely bedridden and dependent?
  • Is there any possibility when Ayurveda along with other needed and effective therapies unite together in case of a CP child?

It has been proven in many cases to help the child’s recovery, though partial. The dependency will be less and the child may express his ideas more successfully with proper treatment and training. In such a scenario, a combined effort by a team of physicians, well-trained therapists and parents can help the child to be better in movement, coordination and communication.

In children with minimal damage, it may take a little longer to get diagnosed. At any point, the diagnosis is a turning point in the life of the child and parents. As the new born baby shows delayed or no development at all, the parents get panic and freaked out in most cases. Once the diagnosis is confirmed, there seems a full stop to the child’s life as the progress in growth and development seem stagnant. Over time, the child becomes almost fully dependent on parents or others even for daily routine.

Cerebral Palsy can happen due to several reasons before, during or immediately after childbirth. Mainly Cerebral Palsy happens due to lack of oxygen supply to the brain and the resultant diffuse cortical and scattered focal atrophy. It can also develop as a complication of conditions like periventricular leukomalacia or stroke in utero etc. In any case, motor and neurological functions are compromised. Treatment of Cerebral Palsy includes conservative management and symptomatic management mostly. 

Understanding The Disease – The Ayurvedic Way


At Jeevaneeyam, we follow the Kottakal protocol for Cerebral Palsy developed by Dr Dinesh KS, Head of the department of Kaumarabhruthya, Kottakal Ayurveda Medical college. It includes symptomatic management and conservative management.

  • The protocol includes alternate administration of Snehana and Swedana for two or three weeks.
  • Admitted treatment will be needed once every 6 months or one year.
  • In Cerebral Palsy, many treatment modalities are used from time to time according to the clinical manifestation and conditions.
  • They include:
    • Rukshana(drying up therapies)
    • Snehana (Oleation therapies)
    • Swedana (Sudation therapies)
    • Sodhana (Purificatory procedures to clear metabolic wastes from the body)
    • Brmhana(strengthening therapies)
    • Rasayana(nourishing therapies)
    • Medhya (therapies to enhance brain functions) and symptomatic treatment.

Any of these therapies are applied after proper evaluation and examination. 

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Four Factors For Developmental Disorders

Developmental Disorder


A healthy sperm and ovum are meant to form a healthy baby. Any kind of physical, functional or emotional stress can affect the quality of parental cells which eventually can lead to anomalies in the baby including CP. Maternal and paternal factors contribute to every developmental stage of the child and any minute imbalance in the normalcy can hamper the normal development


This can be understood as idiopathic causes


Power of digestion & proper assimilation is also determined at the time of birth. Nourishment of the foetus starts from the transfer of nutrients from the mother. In later stages, a congenital Agni in the foetus helps in the proper metabolism. This is very important in the development of structure and functions in a proper way. Any impairment in this Agni leads to developmental disorders

Prasavakarana – Difficulties or Defects In Labour

As you can see, many of the causative factors are preventable with proper antenatal care. But once the child is diagnosed with CP, it is always important to start the treatment at the earliest. As children are in the growing stage, their body receives food, medicine and treatment in a better pace.

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  • Treatment of Cerebral Palsy is a marathon, not a 100m race. It takes immense patience and skill of doctors, therapists and parents. Though it is considered not curable, there is hope in cases with early diagnosis, scientific treatment and regular follow up.
  • Studies are showing that most cases of Cerebral Palsy children respond well to an integrated approach with Ayurveda medicines and Panchakarma when combined with other therapies. It also helps to reduce or nullify the probable adverse effects of many other medications, too.
  • Ayurveda considers developmental disorders under sahaja vyadhis which are difficult to treat. Cerebral Palsy comes under the group of diseases which are impossible to cure completely yet manageable.
  • We need proper alignment of all the therapies and medicines needed with regular follow up.
  • Mainstream procedures are keeping the body clean with proper digestion, absorption and nourishment along with strengthening of muscles.
  • Innervation to regulate the functions of nerves is also an important part of treatment.
  • This may need admitted treatment sessions from time to time and continued procedures like physiotherapy. Symptomatic management is also done varying in each case in each condition.
  • It needs proper diagnosis, examination, assessment and follows up by a skilled Ayurveda practitioner along with other therapies.

In cases of Cerebral Palsy, the most promising approach for moulding neurons is to facilitate the patient with an array of treatment methods that highly contrast in nature so that brain or neurons try to catch up with this range of stimulations rather than getting used to a single type of stimulus. Such highly contrasting treatment may be provided at the level of proprioceptors and other receptors. This can ensure maximum neuronal plasticity in the child. The above-stated protocol targets the activation of rudimentary neurons.

In Ayurveda pharmacotherapy, drugs are explained with having twenty qualities, opposite or contradictory to each other like one drug having hot potency while some other drug may be cold in potency. So, we can easily administer such contrasting therapies. Such contrasting stimuli when applied judiciously, reach the brain through the respective neurons. Alternate treatment of snehana and rukshana is needed to regulate Kapha and Vaata in terms of Ayurveda where it helps establish a permanent and modified circuit within the brain by neuronal plasticity.

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  • What is the cause of cerebral palsy?
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  • At what age CP appears?
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What is the cause of cerebral palsy?

The most common cause of CP is the brain injury or lack of oxygen during child birth or during pregnancy.

Is CP contagious?

No. It is not contagious.

Does CP get worse with age?

Normally CP is a non-progressive disorder. The damage happened to the brain is permanent and can not be reversed in most cases, though.

At what age CP appears?

The pathology of CP starts with or immediately after birth. So, the early signs may be seen in the early months of life, like delayed or missing milestones and motor activities.

How is CP diagnosed?

Proper medical evaluation along with imaging studies like X ray, CT scan, MRI scan or EEG can give the diagnosis along with blood tests and genetic tests if needed.

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