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Charcot-Marie-Tooth Disease Natural Ayurvedic Treatment

Author : Gurnam Saini  

Consult for Ayurvedic Treatment at Ayurveda Melbourne


Charcot Marie Tooth disease or CMT is a common neurological disorder affecting the nerves and muscles. It is a hereditary disorder that causes sensory and motor neuropathies. Hence, it is also called a hereditary motor-sensory Neuropathy. This condition affects the peroneal muscles resulting in their atrophy.


It also causes significant damage to the peripheral nerves that supply the sensory organs and muscles in the limbs. The use of Ayurvedic herbs can help in the Charcot Marie Tooth Disease natural treatment and can prevent the sensory and motor symptoms caused due to the involvement of the nerves and muscles. [1]


Causes of CMT


Charcot Marie Tooth disease is basically a sensory motor neuropathy, which occurs due to the mutations in some genes. These genes are involved in the production of proteins, which are needed for maintaining the structure and functions of the peripheral nerve axons and the myelin sheath.


The abnormality of these genes affects the way the nerve cells communicate information from the brain to the distant targets through axons. This results in abnormal movements and loss of coordination that characterize the symptoms of CMT.


The affection of motor nerves caused due to CMT results in abnormal contractions and movements of the muscles. It also results in an inability to control the voluntary muscle activities involved in speaking, breathing, walking, and swallowing. 


Sign and Symptoms of CMT


A typical feature of CMT is the weakness of the muscles in the feet and lower legs, which result in a high-stepped gait and foot drop. The patients may also experience frequent tripping and falls. The foot deformities like high arches are also common in the patients suffering from CMT. It can also cause hammertoes, an abnormality caused due to the upward bending of the middle joint of the toe.


Additionally, the lower legs of the patients may take an appearance of an "inverted champagne bottle" due to the reduced muscle mass. Severe weakness and atrophy of the muscles of the hands can occur in the later stages of this disease. It results in difficulties in performing fine motor skills and loss of coordination of movements of the fingers, wrists, hands, feet, and the tongue. The Charcot Marie Tooth muscular atrophy can be prevented and managed to some extent by using herbs recommended in Ayurveda. The ayurvedic approach to the management of CMT also involves following a balanced diet to ensure the body receives a high amount of vitamins, minerals, and proteins that can restore the normal nerve functions and muscle mass.


The onset of symptoms of CMT usually occurs in the early adulthood or even adolescence though some patients tend to develop the symptoms later during the mid-adulthood. The severity of the symptoms varies among patients. The progression of symptoms occurs gradually over several years.


The pain in the hands and legs caused due to CMT can be mild to severe. The pain, and loss of muscle coordination may force some patients to rely on leg and foot braces and other orthopedic devices for maintaining mobility. Patients with CMT nerve disease can follow ayurvedic oils treatments to minimize pain and improve the muscle coordination and nerve functions.


In rare cases, CMT may affect the muscles in the chest. It can cause weakness of the respiratory muscles resulting in a difficulty in breathing. This may increase the risk of mortality linked to CMT.  


Since the gene mutations involved in the development of CMT are inherited; the incidence of this disease is higher in the people having a family history of the same.


Charcot Marie Tooth Disease Natural Management


Charcot Marie Tooth Disease can be managed with the help of herbs mentioned beneath. These herbs support the functions of the nerves and improve the muscle coordination.


Amla (Phyllanthus emblica): Amla can natural immunomodulator herb for the treatment of peroneal muscular atrophy caused due to CMT. It contains a high amount of vitamin C that prevents damage to the nerves and muscles by producing an antioxidant effect. [2]


Brahmi (Bacopa monnieri): The Indian medicine recommends the use of Brahmi for the management of CMT symptoms. It produces a rejuvenative effect on the brain and nerves. It can prevent the loss of muscle coordination. [3]


Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera): Ashwagandha can be used to treat the symptoms of CMT muscle disease such as weakness of muscles, and loss of nerve functions. It can restore the sensory and motor functions by acting as a natural rejuvenator.   It also can increase the muscle mass in the body. [4]


Mandookparni (Centella asiatica or Gotu kola): Mandookparni encourages the nerves functions and prevents the progression of CMT symptoms. [5]


CMT Disease Ayurveda Cure?


Ayurveda offers management for the CMT Disease. Ayurvedic treatment for this condition may involves following an ayurvedic diet and an special treatment called Shasti Shali Sweda treatment.


Shasti Shali Sweda treatment is a type of sweat-inducing therapy that improves the muscle strength, and re-energizes and rejuvenates the body. It is an external massage therapy that provides nutrition and strength to the body tissues, especially the muscles, nerves, and other soft tissues.


It can provides relief from pain and supports muscle growth. This Charcot Marie tooth treatment physical therapy can help to improve the quality of patient’s life by minimizing pain and disability by increasing the muscle mass. In India this treatment is quite popular in the cases of poliomyelitis to enhance the muscle mass or to stop the muscle wasting.


 Ayurvedic Medicine Clinic In Australia


Patients diagnosed with Charcot Marie Tooth disease can seek Ayurvedic medicine consultation in Australia to manage the symptoms at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic based in Melbourne. Ayurvedic practitioner (with ayurveda doctor qualification from India) at this Melbourne wellness centre can suggests herbs, life-style, yoga and diet advise  to follow.


If you wish to enquire more information on how ayurveda can offer support with tooth disease, you may contact us at Pure Herbal Ayurved Clinic.



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Author Bio:

Gurnam Saini has over 15 years’ experience in Ayurvedic naturopathy treatments in Melbourne, Australia. He has completed his bachelor degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery from Baba Farid University of Health Sciences, India. He has done MD in Alternative Medicine and certificate courses in Panchakarma Detox, Pulse diagnosis and skin care. He is also a member of the Australasian Association of Ayurveda (AAA). He has won awards for ground-breaking work in Ayurveda globally. Read More