Recognize the signs and symptoms of brain stroke, minutes can save lives!
World Brain Stroke Day is observed every 29th of October, this year’s theme is Together We are #Greater Than Stroke to raise awareness about stroke and its impact on individuals and families. A stroke is a medical emergency that occurs when blood flow to the brain is disrupted, leading to damage to brain cells and tissues. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, offers a holistic approach to managing brain stroke and promoting overall health.
In Ayurveda, stroke is known as Vata Vyadhi, and it is believed to be caused by an imbalance in the Vata dosha, which is responsible for movement and control in the body. The imbalance in Vata dosha leads to dryness in the body, affecting the nerves and causing a loss of sensation and movement.
On World Brain Stroke Day, let us spread awareness about the top 10 symptoms to watch out for and encourage individuals to explore Ayurveda as a holistic approach to brain stroke management. By addressing the root cause of the condition and promoting overall health, Ayushakti Ayurved can help restore balance in the body and improve the functioning of the affected area. Let us work together to prevent and manage brain stroke symptoms and improve the health and well-being of individuals and families.
10 Brain Stroke Symptoms Everyone Should Know
A stroke is a medical emergency that requires immediate attention. The faster you recognize the symptoms and seek treatment, the better the chances of recovery. Here are 10 stroke symptoms that everyone should be aware of:
- Trouble Seeing or Blurry Vision:
Sudden vision problems, such as blurred or double vision, or difficulty seeing in one or both eyes, can be a sign of a stroke. It may also include a sudden loss of vision in one eye.
- Difficulty Speaking:
One of the most common symptoms of a stroke is trouble speaking or understanding speech. This can manifest as slurred speech, difficulty finding the right words, or being unable to speak at all.
- Weak Arm or Leg:
If you suddenly experience weakness or numbness in one arm, leg, or on one side of the body, it could be a sign of a stroke. You may have difficulty lifting or moving the affected limb.
- Dizziness or Loss of Balance:
Feeling dizzy, lightheaded, or experiencing a sudden loss of balance or coordination can be indicative of a stroke. This symptom is often accompanied by difficulty walking or a sudden lack of coordination.
Some people may experience a sudden and severe headache, often described as the worst headache of their life. This can be a sign of a stroke, especially if it is accompanied by other symptoms.
- Severe Headache:
A sudden and severe headache, especially if it is accompanied by other stroke symptoms, should not be ignored. It could be a sign of a stroke or a ruptured blood vessel in the brain.
- Droopy Face:
Facial drooping or weakness on one side of the face is a classic symptom of a stroke. If you notice that one side of your face is drooping or you are unable to smile symmetrically, seek medical attention immediately.
- Fatigue or Mental Changes:
Sudden and unexplained fatigue, confusion, or difficulty understanding and processing information can be signs of a stroke. This may manifest as sudden memory loss or difficulty concentrating.
While hiccups are usually harmless, persistent or continuous hiccups can be a sign of a stroke. If you are experiencing prolonged hiccups along with other stroke symptoms, it is important to seek medical help.
- Breathlessness or Heart Palpitations:
Difficulty breathing or experiencing rapid, irregular heartbeats can be a sign of a stroke. These symptoms may occur alongside other warning signs and should not be ignored.
Remember, time is of the essence when it comes to stroke treatment. If you or someone you know experiences any of these symptoms, call emergency services immediately. Acting quickly can greatly improve the chances of a successful recovery and minimize the long-term effects of a stroke.
Ayurveda Approach to Brain Stroke:
The Ayurvedic approach to brain stroke focuses on eliminating the root cause of the condition and restoring balance in the body. This involves a combination of medicinal herbs, therapies, and procedures aimed at detoxifying the body of toxins and improving overall health.
One of the key aspects of Ayurveda for brain stroke is Panchakarma therapy. Panchakarma involves a series of detoxification procedures that help remove toxins from the body and restore balance. This therapy includes oleation, which involves the application of medicated oils on the body, and fermentation, which involves the application of medicated herbal pastes. These therapies help improve the functioning of the nerves in the affected area and promote healing.
In addition to Panchakarma therapy, Ayurvedic management for brain stroke also includes dietary regulation and stress management practices. A balanced diet, rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, is recommended to nourish the body and support healing. Stress management practices such as yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises can help reduce stress and promote overall well-being.
It is important to note that Ayurvedic management for brain stroke should be done under the guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner. They will assess your individual condition and create a personalized treatment plan based on your specific needs.
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Blog Author: Dr Rajeshree Mehta
Expert Review: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd
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