According to the World Health Organization, 15 million people suffer stroke worldwide each year. Of these, 5 million dies, and another 5 million are permanently disabled.
A stroke occurs when the blood supply to part of your brain is interrupted or reduced due to a block or leak in circulation preventing brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients. Brain cells begin to die in minutes.
Signs and symptoms of stroke include:
- Trouble speaking and understanding what others are saying.
- Paralysis or numbness of the face, arm, or leg leading to difficulty in the normal function of limbs like walking or holding things. (Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Facial palsy)
- Slurred speech and vision problems.
Ayurveda regards this condition under Vatavyadhi as Pakshagata, which means paralysis of the body. A detailed treatment protocol has been explained in Ayurvedic classical texts for the management of this condition which includes Abhyanga(oil massage), Sirodhara(pouring of medicated oil over the forehead in a rhythmic manner), Pizhichil(oil bath of the body), Vasti(Enemas), Navarakizhi(application of herbal boluses), etc.