Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) is a relatively rare but very fatal viral disease. As the name indicates, the typical character of this condition is the inflammation of the white matter of brain at multiple locations and is progressing.
The prime cause of PML is JC virus. It is a relatively harmless virus but can change to fatal in a weakened immune system.
PML is a kind of demyelinating disease, where myelin sheath covering your axons is destroyed. This impairs the transmission of nerve impulse. The occipital and parietal area is the most affected. Even the frontal area is also affected. But it can be affected in any part of the brain like basal ganglia, external capsule, brain stem or cerebellum.
Risk factors for PML
- Severe immune deficiency
- Patients with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS)
- If you are on chronic immune suppressive medications including chemotherapy
- Patients with transplants
- Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis and other autoimmune diseases
Symptoms For PML
Symptoms may take either week to several months to develop. The signs and symptoms vary according to the patient, the location of damage and degree of erosion. Other prominent symptoms include
- Progressive weakness
- Visual changes
- Speech changes
- Sometimes personality changes
- Alien hand syndrome –It is a condition in which a person experiences their limbs acting seemingly on their own, without control over the actions. It most commonly affects the left hand.
Herbal remedies for progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy
In this infection, all the tridosha – vata, pitta & kapha – is imbalanced. It is always better to go with the nature rather than suffering from health threatening antibiotics. Enhancement of the brain function is the prime factor in the treatment of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy. Also care should be taken to improve the strength of the immune system.
Planet Ayurveda offers excellent remedies to PML, which is purely herbal and devoid of side effects. These are manufactured with no added preservatives, additives or any other chemicals. No drug interactions are noted till date with these medications.
- Brahmi capsules
- Ashwagandha capsules
- Gotu kola capsules
- Rasraj ras
- Giloy capsules
- Spirulina capsules
Ashwagandha root extract capsules
Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) is a potent Adaptogenic i.e. highly effective in managing stress. Ashwagandha is very popular for its capacity to lower the blood pressure and promoting heart health. It helps to prevent the immunosuppressive activity of the body. It also helps in muscle strengthening and muscle building especially in children.
Dosage: 1 to 2 capsules twice daily after meals with lukewarm water
an excellent memory and intellect improver and loaded with stress relieving capacity, Brahmi (Bacopa monneiri) bags the best place in managing hypertension, vertigo, anxiety, and insanity. It is enriched with the alkaloid, bacoposides. This makes Brahmi efficient enough to act as a great antioxidant. Brahmi is an eminent rejuvenator, which makes it very useful in nervous breakdowns. It is a real tonic to nerves, brain, and heart. It is best used in restlessness, insomnia, confusion, forgetfulness, hysteria and in cloudy thoughts. Its calming effect on brain tissues and nervous system is well appreciated.
Dosage – 1 to 2 capsules twice or thrice a day after meals with lukewarm water
Gotu kola capsules
These capsules are prepared out from the standardized herbal extract of centella asiatica. These are effective in fatigue, which is a common ailment in old age. Gotu kola helps in dissolving the blood clots thereby increasing the venous sufficiency. This is very beneficial for those patients who have progressive multifocal leucoencephalopathy due to vascular deficiency. It is also very useful in lowering the blood pressure.
Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily after meals with lukewarm water
capsules are prepared out of guduci (tinospora cordifolia). It is considered to be as elixir and do posses rejuvenating properties. It also has anti allergic, anti inflammatory, anti bacterial and anti viral properties. It boosts the immune system and acts as immune modulator. It helps in the detoxification of the body, as it is enriched with a lot of natural antioxidants. It is a natural blood purifier.
Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily after meals with lukewarm water
these capsules are prepared out from the standardized extract of spirulina herb. It improves your eyesight and strengthens your immune system. It maintains a healthy cardio vascular system and enhances the hemoglobin production. Chances of stroke are well controlled by the use of spirulina. It fastens the recovery of motor reflexes after stroke. Age related decline in memory and learning can be well reversed by using this. Its power for inhibition of HIV replication in human T-cells, peripheral blood mononuclear cells and Langerhans cells is well appreciated.
Dosage – 1 to 2 capsules twice daily after meals with lukewarm water
It is one of the best choices of medicine in neuro muscular conditions. It is highly beneficial in strengthening muscles and nerves. The ingredients of the formulation include.
- Rasa sindura – it is a classic Ayurveda mineral preparation with mercury and gandhaka (sulphur) as the ingredients. It is one of the kupi pakwa Kalpana. It is mainly indicated in diabetes, severe abdominal pain, fistula in ano, anemia, tuberculosis and skin diseases. It can act as carminative and digestive stimulant.
- Abhraka satva – prepared of abhraka (biotite)
- Swarna bhasma – incinerated form of purified chalcopyrite
- Loha bhasma – incinerated form of purified iron
- Rajat bhasma – incinerated form of purified silver
- Vanga bhasma – incinerated form of purified tin
- Vajigandha – physalis flexuosa
- Lavanga – syzygium aromaticum
- Jatikosha – aril of myristica fragrans
- Ksheera kakoli – lilium polyphyllum
- Kakamachi rasa – juice of solanum nigrum
Rasraj ras is very potent in multifocal leucoencephalopathy, paralysis, locked jaw, facial palsy and so on.
Dosage – 1 tablet two times a day after meals with lukewarm water.
As PML affects your brain function, always consult your physician as soon as possible. The condition can really become too fatal.