Herbal Treatment for guillian - Barre Syndrome (GBS)

Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) is an auto immune disorder mainly affecting the Peripheral Nervous system causing muscle weakness, loss of sensation and in chronic cases, complete paralysis and breathing difficulty.

Ayurveda texts correlate this with Sarvanagagata Vata Vyadhi where Vata or Air element affects all the parts of the body especially the peripheral nervous system. Vata having the property of causing dryness and roughness in its vitiated or imbalance state damages the Myelin sheath which forms the insulating layer around nerves essential for proper functioning of nerves and also causes wasting of muscles. Causes may be Viral or bacterial Infections of any sort.


  • High fever before the attack
  • Whole body Heaviness
  • Tingling sensation of limbs, spreading quickly to other parts
  • Weakness of extremities
  • Paralysis of limbs either partial or complete
  • Limb movements' restriction –person unable to walk, sit or stand
  • Dysphagia-difficulty in swallowing food
  • Dysarthria-difficulty in talking
  • Low or High BP
  • Fatigue & Stupor
  • Distaste in mouth
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increased heart rate


  • Cerebrospinal fluid analysis (CSF analysis)
  • MRI of spinal cord
  • Electromyography
  • Blood test for checking levels of sodium & Potassium levels


Ashwagandha - Withania somnifera
Popularly known as Winter cherry & is found to be effective herbal remedy to cure the Guillain- Barre syndrome.

Bala (Sidecordifolia) - Country Mellow aid in healing & also effective in paralysis by making the limbs strong and improving the circulatory system of the body.

Ginger - Zingiber officinale is very efficient in easing the complications associated with Guillain Barre Syndrome

Kuchla - Nux vomica is a type of nuts. This has been proved to be efficient in treating paralysis of even patients who are bedridden.

Gokshura - Puncture Vine Tribulus terrestris Regular consumption offers great health benefits.

Other single herbs useful in this situation

  1. Yashtimadhuk (Glycerrhiza glabra)
  2. Manjishtha (Rubia cordifolia)
  3. Mandukparni (Centella asiatica)
  4. Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)
  5. Dashmool (Ten Roots)


Music therapy - Music therapy has been reported to improve symptoms in people

Hydrotherapy - Hydrotherapy, or whirlpool/ Jacuzzi bath, help relieve pain and useful in retraining the movement of affected limbs.

Counselling - Counselling provides emotional support & reassurance to the patient who has become immobile due to sudden paralysis and dependence on others

Massage - Medicated oils are used to massage the body, followed by medicated steam fomentation

Shashtikshali Pinda sweda - Massage with a kind of Rice fortified with herbs can be done over the affected areas.

Seka - Pouring of luke warm Medicated or gingely oils over the affected areas

Steam bath - localizes steambath can be given with Vatahara drugs like Nirgundi (Vitex Nigundo) & Dashmula kwatha (Decoction)


Flax Seed - it contains Omega 3 fatty acid which is found to be useful in this situation

Carrot - It is rich in Anti oxidants and Vitamin A which helps in fast recovery.

Turmeric - It has Anti inflammatory, Antimicrobial and healing properties

Citrus Fruits - Like lemon, orange which are rich in Vitamin C and are rich in Anti oxidants and helpful in increasing immunity.

Unpolished rice and Brown Rice-Rich source of B complex vitamins


Beetroot , Spinach & other green leafy vegetables , Bottle gourd, Mushroom, turnip, grapefruit, coconut water, fresh fruit juices, Honey , Kiwi, Grapes etc can be consumed.

Hot and fresh food should be consumed

Avoid: Junk foods, fried food items, Non vegetarian diet, constipating diet, white flour, and refined sugar

Avoid excessive exercise, fasting, intake of dry cold astringent sour and bitter foods, tea coffee, cold drinks, Night time awakening, Suppression of natural urges


Recovery usually begins in two to three weeks and may be accompanied by pain and tingling in the limbs. Treatment involves treating the nerve damage and the resulting numbness or paralysis, pacifying the Vata with the use of Nourishing treatment by using herbs and initiating the movement of vitiated vata in a downward direction by the administration of effective medications.

Below mentioned are herbal remedies for GB Syndrome which are helpful to deal with this kind of problem and can be taken regulary for better results!

Below mentioned are herbal remedies for GB Syndrome which are helpful to deal with this kind of problem and can be taken regulary for better results!

  1. Ashwagandha capsules (2 bottle) - 2 morning 2 evening
    This helps in strengthening and promoting muscle bulk & used to correct immune dysfunction in the body, calms down the system and removes stress.
  2. Brahmi capsules (2 bottle)-2 morning 2 evening
    Tissue rejuvenator, anti-ageing agents in it increase the cellular immunity & coordination between mind and body and a safe and effective treatment that aid in recovery.
  3. Hakam churan (2 bottle)- 1 spoon daily
    Helps in removing toxins and corrects the metabolism. This is effective powder formulation that digests ama and balances doshas.
  4. Boswellia curcumin (1 bottle)-1Cap morning 1 Cap evening
    Effective combination of Anti inflammatory herbs, helpful in reducing pain, morning stiffness, joint swelling & increases mobility

  5. Jeevantayadhi ghrit (1 bottle)
    -1/2 spoon with milk
    It promotes longevity. Also provide an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant effect on the body. Thus they are highly beneficial in GBS
  6. Shatavari Capsules -
    Strengthening and Brahman (bulk promoting) medicines along with Rasayanas (tissue rejuvenators, anti-ageing agents) useful in removing fatigue, anxiety and general debility should be given to increase the cellular immunity and aid their recovery.
Author's Bio: 

DR. Vikram Chauhan, MD - AYURVEDA is an expert Ayurvedic practitioner based in Chandigarh, India and doing his practice in Mohali, India. He is spreading the knowledge of Ayurveda Ancient healing treatment, not only in India but also abroad. He is the CEO and Founder of Planet Ayurveda Products, Planet Ayurveda Clinic and Krishna Herbal Company. For more info visit our website: http://www.planetayurveda.com & See the Real Testimonials from our Patients : https://www.youtube.com/user/planetayurvedatv