Thursday, 18 June 2020

Children with special needs, their immunity and Ayurveda

In part one of this series, we had talked about Ayurveda, immunity and children with special needs in a general, introductory way. Here, in part two, we will go into immunity and Ayurveda in this context in greater detail.

Children with special needs are those who, because of emotional, learning or medical problems need extra care in their lives, and they are put in an “Immunodeficient” category, susceptible to many medical issues, and that is what Ayurveda tries to correct.

This branch of Ayurveda is called Kaumarbhritya, a part of Ashtanga Ayurveda, and is concerned with the prevention and cure of childhood diseases.

Immunity is the “condition of being able to resist a particular disease especially through preventing the development of a pathogenic organism or by counteracting the effects of its products.” 
Human immunity is provided by two cooperating defence mechanisms called, NonSpecific Innate Immunity and Specific Acquired Immunity. 

NonSpecific repels all microorganisms equally, while Specific creates its response specifically to one particular organism. Both, thus work together to prevent harmful organisms from entering and breeding inside the body.

It is here that Ayurveda with its concept of whole-body healing; treating mind, body and spirit as one; becomes an effective method. It modulates or tunes or enhances the body’s immune responses by nonspecifically activating immunity using what are called Immunomodulatory Agents, often of plant/herbal origin. Ayurveda enhances the body’s natural resistance as a whole, rather than against one particular condition.

While medication, based on Brahmi, Shankhpushpi and Jatamansi; and therapies like Shirodhara and Shirobasti, have been found beneficial, current research has found that a holistic programme, starting early, is most effective.

These include sensory integration techniques, music therapy, exercises for the brain and yoga. This integrated approach has been found effective in treating children with cerebral palsy, autism, learning disabilities and hyperactivity.

Combining Ayurveda with physiotherapy and speech therapy also helps in developing fine motor skills, cognitive skills and functional skills.

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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Ayurveda propels strong immunity for special children

A fundamentally preventive approach can be termed as the step of Ayurveda as it plays a major role in one’s well-being. Treating all the imbalances and neurological problems, Ayurveda would bring out optimal health in special children. This would help to function in all the life cycles and energies in a natural way to improve strength, resilience, and vibrant health.

Ayurveda describes immunity in their beej-bhumi theory. If the human body is filled with toxins or ama and lacking in ojas, the infection will spread faster. However, if digestion and Ojas are strong then ama will predominate in the body thus, the infection will not spread faster. Natural exposure, vaccination, nutrition, age, and physical stress would be considered certain factors that affect the immunity of an individual.

Normally, immunity falls into 3 types such as innate, adaptive, and passive. Everyone is born with an innate or natural immunity that helps general protection. As individuals, we develop adaptive immunity based on certain exposures. And passive immunity is what we borrow from other sources which lasts for a short period. 

Usually, the immune system takes a while to develop and would require certain vaccines. The child needs to receive the required vaccines mandatorily at the right age which helps to keep the child healthy and strong. 

The digestive system plays a major role in the immune system. As the seasons change from hot to cold, the Agni or digestive fire will start to fluctuate dramatically. The diet and routine need to be adjusted with the appropriate ayurvedic guidelines to build up the strength. Thus, it is understood that the principles of good digestion would include Agni, Ojas, and Ama. Good digestion would be the right measure to get cured or prevent a lot of health issues in the human body. 

Immunity would differ for children who have autism, cerebral palsy, or neurological disorders. Autism primarily affects the functioning of the brain as it is a neurodevelopmental disorder. These kids would show severe social and behavioral developmental problems. Kids with cerebral palsy would find it difficult to have a clear functioning of the neural ways. This could affect posture, walking, and related movements. All these neurological disorders can be treated with the help of physical therapy, medications, certain lifestyle changes, and the required ayurvedic measures. 


Certain tips to keep a child healthy and strong

Dinacharya - habits of daily living will help support life with optimal wellness through routine, detoxification, and nourishment. This has to be practiced as the first thing in the morning as it would help maintain a connection to the sleep-wake cycle. Tongue cleaning, brushing, flossing, oil massage, and clearing the bowel would come under the daily routine. 

Prathimarsha Nasya - a procedure of administering medicines through the nasal route. Pratimarsha Nasya needs to be practiced daily after waking up, brushing, and after all the other regular activities as well. This procedure helps to keep the sensory organs healthy, prevents nasal respiratory issues, improves eye health, delays greying of hair, prevents deafness, strengthens the denture, neck, and temporomandibular joints, face muscles, relieves fatigue and alleviates Vatha dosha. 

Herbal gargling - gargling is a traditional method to heal a lot of throat related issues and to improve one’s oral health. It also helps to clean out the germs and bacteria in the nasal passage before it gets into the bloodstream to weaken immunity. It is recommended to use turmeric, ginger, and related herbal-based elements to gargle. 

Breathing exercises or pranayama - prana is considered to be the breath and ayam is to control. Prana must be required to fulfill one’s dharma and accomplish goals. By controlling the breath, ayam would direct one’s energy where it is required. If pranayama is practiced regularly then the mind awakens, energy will be cultivated and balance is well maintained. 

Sensory integration therapy - a therapy that involves specific sensory activities to help special children to respond to light, sound, touch, smells, and other required inputs. 

Balanced diet - normally, after checking the Prakrithi traits of the special children, certain immunity-boosting food will be suggested. This would include leafy vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains. However, the ayurvedic diet would include cooking vegetables in digestive spices such as ginger, garlic, cinnamon, and turmeric.

Better sleep pattern - Sleeping habits should be patterned well and an oil massage can help increase the natural immunity to sleep better. It is recommended to focus on positivity before sleeping to improve the sleep pattern. Positivity plays an essential role in boosting immunity. 

Lifestyle changes - physical activity is important for a child as it helps to improve blood circulation, balance the energy levels, and supports the flow of nutrients. Physical activities can help detox mechanisms in the body and reduce the early onset of any problematic issues that can cause stagnation. A proper routine can create a sense of safety, trust, and stability for the child’s nervous system which will help with good health.

Yoga or exercise - it is always good to remain fit mentally and physically as it helps to improve bodily functions better. Certain asanas and a little bit of meditation will help special children to improve their cognitive and behavioral skills. Meditation would help reduce stress, anxiety, depression, and high blood pressure. It also helps to build a connection with the inner self, improves memory, focus, mental discipline, and sleep pattern. 

Medications -  there would be certain medications given to special children while under treatment. This needs to be divinely consumed to complete the treatment right. 

At Jeevaniyam, the team provides accurate ayurvedic measures to improve the special children’s immunity within the stipulated time. Each kid will receive specialized and individualized products for the promised results. 

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Friday, 28 February 2020

What to expect during cerebral palsy treatment?

Cerebral palsy is a group of neurological disorders. This condition negatively impacts the communication between the brain and the muscles, causing a permanent state of uncoordinated movement and posturing. Several problems, such as lack of oxygen to the brain, genetic conditions, infections, brain hemorrhage, severe cases of jaundice, and injury to the head can cause CP. Some other risk factors of cerebral palsy are:
  • Prematurity
  • Blood clotting disorders
  • Very low birth weight (especially in babies weighing less than 1.5kg)
  • Viruses
  • Chemical/substance abuse during pregnancy
  • Infection
  • Bleeding in the brain
  • Trauma
  • Complications of labor and delivery
 Cerebral Palsy

Ayurvedic Management of cerebral palsy:

Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre diagnose and treats infants, children, and adolescents with cerebral palsy with the help of Ayurveda. Ayurveda has been effective in managing cerebral palsy and has shown excellent results. Cerebral palsy can not be fully cured. However, ayurvedic treatment can reduce disability and improve the functioning of your child to a great extent. The ayurvedic treatment focuses on treating the presenting symptoms and attempting to reverse the brain damage.

What to expect?

Ayurvedic herbs used to treat cerebral palsy have several advantages. These medicines show miraculous effects such as:
  • Improves the functional capacity of the brain
  • Regeneration of damaged brain cells 
  • Prevents or reduces convulsions
  • Formation of the muscles and tissues
  • Improves the nerve conduction and muscular coordination 
  • Panchakarma therapy has proved to be effective in managing Cerebral Palsy. It is the ultimate mind-body healing experience for detoxification of the body, for strengthening the immune system, to restore balance and wellbeing. 

The following are the benefits of panchakarma therapies that are useful in treating the condition. 
  • Reduces the increased muscle tone
  • Improves muscle bulk and power in CP
  • Increases the blood flow locally
  • Increases tendon extensibility and provides pain relief
  • Facilitates the free movement of the joints 
  • prevents the development of deformities and contractures 
  • Reduces spasticity 
  • Brings lightness in the body
  • Improves appetite and relieves pain 
  • Opens the minute channels
  • Improves blood as well as lymphatic circulation
  • Practicing yoga helps children with cerebral palsy to strengthen muscles, stretches the body, improves flexibility and motion range in joints, and overall mobility. 
 Cerebral Palsy

If your children show any signs of cerebral palsy and are suffering in silence, seek immediate medical attention. Book an appointment at Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Research Centre and help your child.

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Wednesday, 11 December 2019

The ayurvedic language for autism

A condition that involves problems with communication and behavior can be termed as autism. It is considered to be a minor issue or a disability which requires full-time care. Autism would lead to a psychiatric situation that will profoundly affect the personality, social interaction, and cognitive ability. 


Notice the signs
There are a few signs that need to be noticed and get the treatment on time. The symptoms would be as follows:
  • Hyperactivity
  • Issues with interactions
  • Disinterested in playing or sharing with others
  • Unable to understand emotions
  • Delayed speech and language skills
  • Hardly uses gestures
  • Different voice
  • Repetitive behaviors
  • Fixation on particular objects
  • Lack of coordination
  • Improper eating habits
  • Aggressive in nature
  • A short span of concentration
  • Impulsive
Ayurvedic treatment
To treat kids with autism or special kids, the doctor would recommend an ayurvedic treatment that provides a mixture of all the required therapies. Usually, ayurvedic treatment would begin in the morning with a gentle massage with the essential herbal oils and other necessary medications.

Early intervention programs can be provided from the first years for vocational training to make them better professionals. It focuses on improving the overall development of the child. The early intervention programs would ensure their education, therapies to improve behavior, social conduct, speech, and communication. The doctor will also focus on reducing parenting stress as this could have a direct impact on the child.

Using natural modalities such as a healthy diet, exercise, and lifestyle management, Ayurveda could help promote an optimal state of mind. With herbal medicines, oil massage, and brain stimulation techniques such as takra dhara and tala pothichil, Ayurveda could help restore and promote the child’s physical, psychological, and spiritual selves.

Timely audio integration, visual integration, olfactory integration, and exercises suggested by the doctor could help improve sensory-motor skills. This could help the child to balance social and emotional problems.

Unique teaching methods and special training aids will be provided for these special kids. Their educational goals are different; hence, the treatment would focus on these compelling grounds. Ayurvedic treatment ensures to assist with the intellectual ability of the child. 

Pranayama, asanas, and nada yoga can help improve the energy level of the child. With proper posture and meditation techniques, the doctor would help enhance the child’s personality and flourish their skills. 

With the touch and application of the ayurvedic treatment, the child will be able to get back and develop his skills.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Global Development Delays

GDD or Global Development Delays is a condition that occurs in children during their development stage that is between birth and 18 years. It stems from a delayed cognitive development where the child is diagnosed with low intellectual functioning than what is considered normal.


Usually, GDD is caused due to genetic abnormalities or chromosomal. The common causes of GDD are as follows:
  • Genetic abnormalities (Down syndrome & Fragile X syndrome)
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Prematurity
  • Infections
  • Poor nutrition
  • Child abuse
  • Congenital hypothyroidism
  • Exposure to tobacco and related products
Notice the sign 

Certain symptoms of GDD includes:
  • Delay in crawling, sitting and walking skills
  • Lacks social skills
  • Problems with communication
  • Aggressive behavior while coping up with others
  • Delay in developing gross motor skills
  • Limited conceptual ability
In certain children, the signs of GDD will be evident soon after birth, as there could be feeding difficulties or muscle tone. And in other children, the signs can be seen during school days with learning difficulties and other behavioral difficulties.

GDD treatment in Ayurveda

There are no single ways to treat GDD, yet there are various measures to help treat the conditions that cause a developmental delay in children. At times Ayurveda could play a vital role to help treat certain developmental delays in children. Ayurveda therapies like Shirodhara, Shiro Basti, are considered as effective and beneficial to improve the skills in children.

1.Shirodhara - An ayurvedic treatment that is usually practiced in the morning and evening. It is an effective method to promote sound sleep and helps to reduce stress. Shirodhara massage helps to improve memory, better concentration, treats chronic headaches, sleep problems, helps with mental stress, and helps to treat other degenerative conditions of the brain.

2. Shiro Basti - It is used for treatments concerned with brain, head, and other neurological diseases. It enhances the state of one’s well being and helps to overcome the health issues caused by neurological imbalances. Shiro Basti helps to promote intellectual skills and balances the brain and skull.

3. Certain herbal plants such as Brahmi, Shankapushpi, Jatamamsi, etc are used to treat such children as it acts as antidepressants, stimulants, and helps improve memory.
Learning Disability

Ayurvedic treatments can be safely combined with other therapies such as speech therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and others to treat developmental delays in children. Children aged above 6 or 7 years can practice yoga and pranayama as it could help treat developmental delay. At Jeevaniyam Ayurveda Hospital and Treatment Center, doctors provide a multidisciplinary approach and an integrated treatment to treat developmental delays in kids.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Does watching of digital mobile screen cause autisim in children below one?

 Autism is a scary word for new parents. Countless hours of prayer are spent in trying to ensure that the child is born healthy without any physical or mental disabilities. Autism is quite scary but is it preventable? 

Several studies have been done to find if there is any link between autism and screen time in children under one. These studies have shed light on this mystery .Although there is no clear consensus among these studies (as is the case with most scientific work), the majority of the results point to the idea that autism isn’t a necessary side-effect of increased screen time.

However, parents need to be on alert always since there is scientific research that suggests that increase in screen time during the formative years of the child can result in a significant cognitive slowdown in your children. 
Autism Treatment
 Such a level of cognitive slowdown can set your child back in academics and other extra curricular activities as he grows old. Therefore, how you control your child today in terms of his/her use of digital screens could have a lasting impact on the child’s life however; there is very little evidence to show that it causes children to be autistic.

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