A Case Report of Friedreich's Ataxia Management in A 24-Year-Old Woman Based on Iranian Traditional Medicine

Document Type : Case reports or series


Department of Traditional Medicine, School of Persian Medicine, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Friedrich's ataxia is a genetic disease that is associated with impaired systemic body function due to a defect in the production of a mitochondrial protein, namely frataxin, and leads to functional defects in the central and peripheral nervous systems. The main manifestations of this disease are progressive ataxia in walking, limb tremor, dysarthria and lack of reflexes in the lower limbs. In this article, we present a case of Friedrich's ataxia in a 24-year-old woman under treatment with conventional methods, with obvious symptoms of ataxia in walking, limb tremor and dysarthria. Within 7 months of pharmacological treatment and nutritional recommendations based on Iranian traditional medicine, mentioned symptoms decreased by 40%, 65% and 80% respectively. Dietary recommendations included avoiding viscous, dense, and cold-tempered foods, while pharmacological prescriptions included brain and nerve tonics, heart tonics, liver tonics, drugs that removed moistures and coldness from nerves and drugs to promote liver digestion.


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