Spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) is an autosomal recessive progressive neuromuscular disorder leading to progressive degeneration and loss of spinal cord and brain stem motor neurons. It is most commonly caused by homozygous deletions of SMN1 (survival motor neuron) exon 7 and exists in 3 main clinical types:
As a child with SMA grows their bodies are doubly stressed, first by the decrease in motor neurons and then by the increased demands on the nerve and muscle cells as their bodies grow larger. The resulting muscle atrophy can cause weakness and bone and spinal deformities that may lead to further loss of function, as well as additional compromise of the respiratory (breathing) system.
According to Ayurveda, Vata is the subtle energy associated with movement — composed of Space and Air. It governs breathing, blinking, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of the heart, and all movements in the cytoplasm and cell membranes. In balance, Vata promotes functional ability, creativity and flexibility.
Vata energy can be supported by using specific Rasayana molecules along with selected Panch Karma procedures and Yoga exercises. Thus Ayurveda treatment helps to keep the motor neurons functioning as long as possible, enhances muscle tone and function and modifies gene function.
Medhya Rasayana, Mamsagni Rasayana, Neuro Cons, Medhya Drops, and Prana Drops are effective and safe Rasayana supplements used by AMDS India since 1995. These Ayurvedic medicines help to boost Vata energy thereby improving motor function and managing respiratory complications due to SMA. The TMP procedure and physiotherapy is effective in preventing disease complications.