The inter-vertebral disc is a soft cartilagenous structure maintaining the space between every two segments of backbone. When the disc slips out of position, the Inter-vertebral space gets narrowed. This generates severe back pain due to the compression of nerve roots as well as the spiral column. The pain may radiate down the legs/ arms depending on the level of disc prolapse.
Special therapeutic package developed by Dr. Reji Thomas proved effective to make the disc regress or 'shrink' back, relieving the compression of nerve roots and thecal sac.
MRI scans before and after treatment proved it beyond doubt.
Arthritis is an immobilizing disease affecting joints.
Rheumatoid Arthritis: One of the common types, presents itself with pain and swelling at any joint, spreading gradually to others. Morning stiffness, feverishness, skin rashes, redness (erythema) over joints etc., may be associated.
Treatment at Heritage Kerala includes anti-arthritic herbal medicines, therapeutic massages to set the joints free and advice on diet and habits to prevent recurrence.
Osteo - Arthritis: Mostly appear on knee joints, causing progressive degenerative changes on joint facets and the cartilage cushioning in between.
Treatment at Heritage Kerala aims at nourishing the bones, arrests further depreciation, increases bone density and flushes out inflammations. This brings out quite good recovery without any pain-killers. Knee- replacement surgery may be avoided if treated in time. Being a progressive disease, treatment at earlier stages yields better results.
Degenerative changes on vertebral segments and inter-vertebral discs mark spondylosis. These may in turn cause a variety of symptoms like neck / back pain, radiating pains on limbs, numbness, tingling sensation, burning feeling, muscle spasm, recurrent reeling, head ache etc. IT professionals are seen prone to spondylotic changes at young age, probably secondary to repetitive strain injury (RSI).
Treatment at Heritage Kerala arrests the progressive degeneration, improves bone density, eases nerve-root compression, tones up skeletal muscles, repairs the bulged discs, if any, and re-establishes normal nerve and muscle functions through a series of well-planned procedures and herbal medications.
Paralysis (Hemiplegia) occurs due to damage to brain tissue. This happens mostly because of bleeding in the brain or due to blocks (infarcts) developed in the arteries supplying blood to the brain.The patient loses movements in one half of the body. The face may also get affected (Facial Palsy). Speech may be slurred, or absent as per the extent of damage. Incontinence of urine and motion is commonly associated. Symptoms vary with the areas affected in brain.
Treatment at Heritage Kerala yields the maximum percent of recovery, especially when treated within one month of onset. Procedures such as Sirodhara, Nasyam, Thalam, Podikizhi, Elakizhi, Njavarakizhi, Pizhichil, Ksheeradhoomam etc., are of immense benefit. Special oral medicines too are administered, without interfering with the patient's routine medicines, if any.(eg: drugs for high BP, diabetes etc.)
Psoriasis is a non-infectious skin disease. It is characterized by reddish plaque-like lesions which are elevated, palpable and topped by grayish white scales. There may be severe itching and sometimes pinpoint bleeding. Psoriatic lesions appear at any part of the skin. Scalp, elbows, knees and low back are mostly involved. The lesions may temporarily vanish with allopathic medicines but re-occur.
Detoxifying techniques in Ayurveda such as Vamana, Virechana and Rakthamoksha along with specially developed oils and medications at Heritage Kerala have proved to be very effective. 'Thakradhara' is a relaxant and healing procedure which speeds up recovery. Without any adverse effect, psoriasis can be healed with no recurrence if in the initial stages, and totally controlled in chronic cases.
Diabetes Mellitus can be well controlled in the natural way with pancreatic stimulation. Treatment with Ayurvedic drugs improve and maintain the production of insulin in the body, thus bringing down the sugar level as well as the diabetic tendency itself. This approach differs, from the anti-diabetic tablets/ insulin injections which substitute the insulin deficit but have no positive impact on pancreas.
The Ayurvedic drugs to a great extend prevent complications of diabetes such as neuropathy, nephropathy, retinopathy, skin abscess etc.
Therapeutic massages at Heritage Kerala are seen beneficient in diabetic neuropathy to arrest the progression and to improve mobility.
Cerebral palsy is a neuromuscular disorder in children with manifestations varying from minor incapability to total handicap. Milestones are delayed or not achieved. Mental retardation is common.
These may be due to disordered development and structure of brain or injury to the brain because of trauma, deficiency in oxygen supply to the brain (eg: delayed 'first cry'), metabolic disturbances or infection. Pre-natal reasons include genetic disorders, maternal metabolic diseases/ anaemia / exposure to radiation/ bleeding/ toxemia/ trauma, intra-uterine infections and pre-natal drugs.
Specially designed Kerala Ayurvedic therapies and brain stimulant herbal medicines are helpful in improving the overall functions in the child. At Heritage Kerala, the percentage of recovery is seen more with children below 4 years of age.
Avascular necrosis is a degerative change on a bone, most commonly the femur head (hip), due to lack of blood supply. This causes progressive damage and often irregularities and flattening of the femur head. Probable reasons include trauma due to accidents, prolonged use of steroid-based medicines, measures taken to control heavy bleed, blood clot etc.
At Heritage Kerala, a good number of cases were successfully treated with specific therapeutic procedures and medication. The degeneration was completely stopped and the bone density was found improving. The patients got almost full relief of pain without pain-killers and the degree of movement of the joint increased considerably. Being a progreesive disease, treatment at earlier stages yield maximum results.
Oligospermia is referred to as the fall in sperm count, which is one of the major causes of male infertility. Treatment at Heritage Kerala not only elevates the counts to normal range, but also improves the motility and quality of sperm within the span of a few months.
The diet, habits and medicines Ayurveda offers for women after delivery help a great deal in reducing post-delivery complications.
During pregnancy, the mother's body undergoes a series of structural and functional variations. These natural adaptations aim at the safe and healthy development of the foetus, as well as facilitating the process of normal labour. After delivery, she needs good care and attention to regain normalcy and to prevent post-natal complications which may sometimes sustain for long.
Ayurveda is a way of life than just a system of medicine. It offers guidance on diet, habits and medicines for 'soothika'. (The mother is termed soothika till the 45th day of delivery or till the onset of menstrual periods again).
Many may wonder how relevant are these good old practices today. Young mothers may even plead for the food of their liking within a few days of delivery, quite ignorant of their body system's helplessness.We should remember that this 'Veda of living' helped our grannies, who gave birth to at least half-a-dozen children, worked hard for livelihood without prolapsed uterus, nagging back pain or bleeding and never heard of hysterectomy and incisional hernea.
Though lifestyle has changed a lot, these concepts are still practical with healthy alterations on the advice of a qualified Ayurvedic physician.
Post-natal care in Ayurveda aims at:
- Prevention of infection and incidence of excessive bleeding.
- Relief in body pains and weakness.
- Supporting the process of 'involution' of uterus (by which the uterus regain almost its shape and size, after delivery)
- Enhancing the production of breast milk.
- Correcting digestion troubles.
- Over-all repair and toning up of muscles.