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Year : 2022  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 334-338

Management of guillain-barre syndrome in a child through ayurveda intervention – A case study

Department of Kaumarabhritya, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi, India

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Bhimrao Meshram
Department of Kaumarabhritya, All India Institute of Ayurveda, New Delhi - 110 076
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DOI: 10.4103/joa.joa_185_22

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Introduction: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an acute, postinfection, autoimmune polyneuropathy disease. GBS reveals a greater rapid and severe course, with common involvement of respiratory muscles and cranial nerves and a slightly autonomic nervous system. Main Clinical Findings: The female patient, an 8-year-old child, had been complaining of swaying while standing, inability to grasp, reduced strength in both upper and lower limbs, and inability to walk, stand or run quickly for 1 month. Diagnosis: She was diagnosed and treated for acute inflammatory demyelinating polyneuropathy (GBS). According to Ayurvedic classics, GBS can be correlated with Sarvanga Gata Vatavyadhi. Intervention: The principles of Vatavyadhi Chikitsa were used, i.e., Panchakarma procedures and internal medicines. Outcome: The patient showed remarkable recovery in the complaints, i.e., improvement in muscle power, strength, general condition, and daily activities. Conclusion: The Ayurveda intervention showed good clinical improvement. This further confirms the correlation between disease, the treatment principle adopted, and the procedures and drugs chosen for managing the GBS symptoms.

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