According to ayurveda, the first line of treatment involves basti or enema using herbal oils or decoctions to help counter vata imbalance and improve motor symptoms. Next, purgation therapy is used to treat the pitta imbalance which causes mental symptoms like anxiety, mania. The last step involves shirodhara, nasya followed by oil massages to help correct the gait.
Eat at regular intervals, while at the same time, avoid fasting or skipping your meals. Slash green chili, strong tea or coffee from your diet. Avoid hurting the sense organs with excess strong perfumes, bright lights, loud noises, or boiling or freezing bath water. Wear sunglasses to avoid direct sun exposure. Be sure to get at least 7 hrs of sound sleep. Quit smoking!
Consume ghee early in the meal when your vata dosha is high. It is easily digested by the vivid Agni, or digestive strength, at the beginning of a meal, boosting it as well. You can have ghee at the end of a meal when your food is spicy or hot and not if your meal ends in a coolant like curd or ice-cream. Have 1/2 cup hot water after eating ghee. Cure indigestion with buttermilk.
If you are obese, Ayurveda recommends Apatarpana (de-nourishment of fats) and Samshodhana (cleansing of toxins) using medicines and therapies like Panchakarma. If you are chronically ill, with low immunity and are underweight, Santarpana (replenishment) and Brumhana (increasing body bulk) using oil massages and herbs like Ashwagandha are prescribed.
Chronic pain can be caused by weakening of muscles and tendons due to ageing and tissue degeneration, wrong body postures while sitting and sleeping, accident or repeated injury, depression and stress. Ayurvedic massage with oils like Mahanarayana, Kottamchukkadi, Balaswagandhadi and Mahamasha, helps treat arthritis, neuro-muscular, sciatica and joint pains.
Ayurveda strongly believes that immunity is directly related to digestion. Reduce food intake to improve digestive strength and immunity to help body fight viral infections better. Avoid heavy-to-digest foods. Include spices like ginger, turmeric, black pepper, cinnamon in your diet. Drink warm water and sip Tulsi or ginger herbal teas. Avoid any form of exercise.