In the era of modernization, diseases like systemic hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus, coronary artery diseases etc., occurs easily due to adaptation of sedentary lifestyle, excessive stress, fast food consumption etc., Which then leads to conditions like stroke or hemiplegia. Along with cancer and coronary artery diseases, stroke is the major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. Hemiplegia means total or partial paralysis of one-sided limbs with physical and mental instabilities. In Ayurvedic prospective hemiplegia is correlated with ‘Pakshaghata’ or ‘Pakshavadha’. ‘Paksha’ means half part of body and ‘Aghat’ means loss of functions.
This is a case of 52 years old female patient diagnosed with ‘Acute non-hemorrhagic infarct’ (Dakshina pakshavadha). Initially she was treated with modern medicines but she didn’t get satisfactory result. So, on the 25th day of stroke she was admitted to MAP Hospital Mumbai. She was successfully managed by Ayurvedic “Santarpana chikitsa’ for 2 months. Treatment shows considerable recovery in ability, mobility and strength which is highly encouraging.
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