Author(s): Prasad Mamidi, Kshama Gupta
Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability. Sixty percent of survivors have disabilities in arm or leg use and up to one third of stroke survivors need placement in a nursing home or assisted living environment. The prevalence of stroke in India ranges from 40 to 270 per 100 000 population. The present article deals with a diagnosed case of hemorrhagic stroke presented as right sided hemiplegia with left temporoparietal lobe gliosis. The Ayurvedic diagnosis of pakshaghata was made and udwartana, nasya and kala vasti procedures were done. Two assessments were taken before and after treatment on National Institute of Health Stroke Scale (NIH-SS) and Stroke Specific Quality of Life Scale (SS-QOL). On NIH-SS, maximum relief was noticed in items like, facial palsy, temporal hemianopia, aphasia, dysarthria and improvement in right lower extremity functions. On SS-QOL, maximum relief was noticed in items like, language, mobility and vision. Vasti karma plays a key role in the management of stroke / pakshaghata. The recovery was promising and worth documenting.