Knowing human being and elaborating the intricacies, Ayurveda remains unique in the concept of the individual. A few months of my life and practice in Germany gave me the understanding, that Ayurveda could emerge as a medical system in the West only through evidence based studies. Because its philosophical and theoratical fundamentals are unable to be explained in the present day reductionistic knowledge. This event shall be enumerated as a step to the future of Ayurveda in the West.
Incidently, I had various occasions to share with MS patients and there by to know the intensity of the disease “Multiple Sclerosis”. Since MS is affecting mostly people of the younger age group, who are involved in the vibrance of health in creating family, job, sport etc it is a despairing incident in their life. Its sudden onset and the impression they get that there is no cure possible.
The Government of Germany is paying more than 33000 Euro per year (Die Welt 16.11.04).(the reason to which this treatment method can be inducted to be paid by the insurance).
This is a collection of case studies on Multiple Sclerosis treated with the help of DATMS (The Dathathreya Ayurvedic Therapy for Multiple Sclerosis). A collection of Ayurvedic treatment methods adapted to individual needs. A treatment method that had been invented or developed by Swami Dathathreya, the teacher to my father Dr. R.Raghavan who had refined this method and is using in the management of Multiple Sclerosis in our Family clinic in India and Ayurveda Ashram in Germany. The most important facet of the treatment is the usage of Potentated Herbal oils.
This is an invitation to share the benevolent views of the Ayurveda as reflected by the vedic saying “Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu” – let the entire world be Healthy.
Here we give an overview about Multiple Sclerosis patients who had the DATMS Ayurveda treatment programs, which had been treated by Dr.Prasanth Raghavan (B.A.M.S. Mangalore University, India). Here we have given more emphasis on the symptoms that are affecting patients daily life (pains, motor functions like walking, bladder control, vision etc.)
Background of Mrs. Elisabeth Heinrich: age 53 years, was working as a school teacher for the past 30 years. She worked continuously without leave during the duration of her career. During the treatment she agreed to take a 6 months leave after the ther
MS diagnosis 2005
(name and location changed to protect identity)
Background of Mrs. Elisabeth Heinrich: age 53 years, was working as a school teacher for the past 30 years. She worked continuously without leave during the duration of her career. During the treatment she agreed to take a 6 months leave after the therapy which was essential to control the progression of MS.
Duration of DATMS Therapy – July 2006 for 60 days.
Investigation Method - MRI and CSF investigation.
Diagnosis - 2002
Type of MS – Primary progressive.
Body weight - 66 kg , Height- 1,72 meters
She got the diagnosis of MS in the year 2002. But in the year 2000 she was diagnosed as Encephalomyelitis disseminate. In the year 2002 itself she got 3 exacerbation and that leads to considerable deficit in motor activities were her walking distance was reduced to less than 2 km (she was walking more than 20 km before 2000). And other symptoms like severe pain, bladder symptoms, gait disturbances etc.
Medication – On all the 3 exacerbations period she was on high doses of cortisone. Also medications like Copaxone, Neurontin 300 (twice daily, ingredient is Gaba Pentene).
Kentera – Plaster (Wirkstoff oxybutznin), L-Thyroxin 100, Urbasone, and other food supplements. She is taking L-Thyroxin 100 on advice from her endocrinologist to avoid a pathology process that may lead to disease of the thyroid gland in the future. (Details not available.)
Symptoms of MS before DATMS
Altered Sensation – tingling sensation in the legs, dissimilar sensation of the left hand.
Gait & Balance – it is documented that when she walks 200-250 meters, she has considerable pain in the legs. The gait was visibly changed from normalcy, with dragging of the left leg involving her hip joint.
Spasticity - Spasticity is present in both the legs, especially the left leg.Stiffness of the knee joint and ankle joint.
Coordination- mildly affected.
Bladder & bowel problems - she has to wake up in the night 3-4 times, and reported urinary incontinence, she has to interrupt the therapy several times during the initial days of treatment for urination or bowel urgency. Bowel control was also affected as she says that – flatulence (elimination of gas) without control; frequent constipation.
Cognitive & emotional disturbance- See ‘General’
Mental - mentally disturbed with mood swings due to MS.
Weakness & fatigue – Fatigued in the afternoon, during warm days and in summer.
Pain - She had severe pain in the legs for which she was taking Gaba pentene 600 mg and still the pain was strong, occasional headache.
Family – no family history of MS or other neurological diseases.
General – As she was having severe side effects from the medication she was taking, she requested that the doses be minimized, especially the Gaba Pentene, which was taken for palliating the pain and was periodically increased to 600 mg still the pain was strong. It is stated that this medicine is not supposed to be taken not longer than 6 months (she had already been taking Gaba Pentene for 4 years). Her condition improved during the first days of treatment ,especiallythe pain and she tried to taper the intake of Gaba pentene , but on the following days she had severe panic attacks, depression and sleeplessness (only 2 –3 hours of sleep during the night) as the withdrawal symptom of Gaba Pentene. On consultation with the Neurologist who suggested for her to continue taking Gaba Pentene. However, with her determination and the effect of the DATMS treatment she had slowly tapered the dosage of the drug to 100mg from 600mg. During the treatment, the complication of the Gaba Pentene was disrupting her sleep, where sleep is very essential for the recovery of the patient therefore she had been advised to postpone the treatment for about a month until her sleep was normalized. Earlier in her life she had thyroid surgery and from then onwards she was taking L-thyroxin 100mg, this might have also complicated the situation.
After the DATMS Therapy
Gait & Balance – She is able to walk 600-650 meters and during the second to the last day of the treatment she walked 1000 meters with out having pain or other discomfort. Moreover the gait style improved considerably in the initial phase of walking (up to 100 meters) and there is no visible disturbance in walking and balance. The dragging of the left leg and hip has visibly improved.
Spasticity - The spasticity of both legs has improved; especially the left leg which was more affected.
Bladder & bowel problems – there was noticeable improvement in the bladder control as she is waking up only 1 time in the night. Even though she had withdrawn for the Kentera-Plaster what was applied for bladder control. The problems of bowel urgency and flatulence without control were absent during the later days of treatment.
Cognitive & emotional disturbance – she is calm and stable now.
Pain – Pain in the legs were absent during the last phase of treatment. The intensity of the headache is reduced.
Background of Mrs. Ruth Müller: She was working earlier as a computer programmer with the oldest versions of computers dating back to the 1970s. She was an active and versatile lady who did activities from cooking to gardening, and from knitting to repairing electronic appliances.