Ayurveda Treatment for Guillain Barre Syndrome

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Guillain Barre Syndrome

Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is a rare neurological disorder. The immune system attacks the nervous system mistakenly. GBS may range from mild cases with weakness to nearly devastating paralysis that leaves the person unable to even breathe independently. From even the most severe cases of GBS, most people eventually recover. Even after recovery, some people may continue to have some degree of weakness.

Guillain-Barré syndrome can affect anyone. Both sexes are equally prone to the disorder and it can strike at any age, although it is more frequent in adults and older people. One person in 100,000 is affected each year.


Main causes include chronic constipation, straining while passing stools, people with chronic diarrhea, those who lift heavy weights, pregnancy (most of the cases it is reversed post-delivery) 

In ayurveda the disease is caused due to improper digestive fire, be it vishama, teekshna or manda agni. Its is maily due to ekarasabhyasam or intake of one or two predominant tastes rather than advised sarvarasabhyasa (means as per ayurveda it is advised to take all tastes sweet, sour, salt, spice, pungent and bitter in equal proportion). This happens when someone taking mainly spicy foods alone will have more chance to have vata/pitha predominant arshas.  According to Ayurveda some interesting other causes are also mentioned like extreme climate conditions – too hot / cold, inappropriate food habits — like overeating, continuous fasting, inactivity/sedentary lifestyle or overexertion like heavy exercises, lifting weights, excess sexual indulgence, excess grief/anger and inappropriate sleeping habits.


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Risk factors

All age groups are equally affected in GBS. But the risk increases as one ages. Males are more prone to GBS than females.

Guillain-Barre syndrome may be triggered by:

  • Campylobacter, a type of bacteria often found in undercooked poultry infection
  • Influenza virus
  • Cytomegalovirus
  • Epstein-Barr virus
  • Zika virus
  • Hepatitis A, B, C and E
  • HIV, the virus that causes AIDS
  • Mycoplasma pneumonia
  • Surgery
  • Trauma
  • Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Rarely, influenza vaccinations or childhood vaccinations
  • COVID-19 virus
  • COVID-19 Johnson & Johnson vaccine 


Guillain-Barre syndrome affects the nerves. Nerves control the movements and body functions, so people with Guillain-Barre may experience:

  • Breathing difficulties. Weakness or incapability of the muscles that control breathing. In up to 22% of people with GBS, when they’re hospitalized for treatment temporary help from a machine is needed to breathe within the first week.
  • Residual numbness or other sensations. In most people with Guillain-Barre syndrome, complete recovery is seen or they have only a minor, residual weakness, numbness or tingling.
  • Heart and blood pressure problems. Common side effects of Guillain-Barre syndrome are  blood pressure fluctuations and irregular heart rhythms (cardiac arrhythmias).
  • Pain. In one-third of people with GBS, severe nerve pain is seen, which may be eased with medication.
  • Bowel and bladder function problems. Sluggish bowel function and urine retention can be the result of GBS.
  • Blood clots. Risk of developing blood clots is severe in people who are bedridden due to Guillain-Barre syndrome.Taking blood thinners and wearing support stockings are recommended until one is able to walk independently.
  • Pressure sores. Being immobile also puts one at risk of developing bedsores (pressure sores). Frequent repositioning is needed to avoid this problem.
  • Relapse. 2% to 5% of people with Guillain-Barre syndrome experience a relapse.


The risk of serious long-term complications are significantly increased by the early symptoms of GBS. Death may occur from complications like respiratory distress syndrome and heart attacks rarely.




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