managing sports injuries

Managing Sports Injuries With Ayurveda

As an Ayurveda doctor, I have noticed a recent increase in inquiries about managing sports injuries with Ayurveda. Well, sports medicine is quite a significant category of Allopathy, so it is not surprising that Ayurveda practitioners like me have been receiving queries about possible options in treating sports injuries. Although Ayurveda does not include a specific category for sports medicine, this ancient practice was extensively used for treating warriors, maintaining their health and focusing their minds to be ready for immediate action. Ayurveda was also the main source of treatment for war injuries. Hence, by extrapolation, Ayurveda is indeed a great option to look at for sports injury management – especially for the musculoskeletal system.

Sports injury and the musculoskeletal system

Bones, ligaments, tendons, and muscles are the common culprits in most sports injuries. So the focus of this blog post is on these types of injuries. Sports injuries can be acute, as a result of a sudden injury, commonly leading to sprains, fractures, and ligament tears. However, some injuries happen over time. Chronic wear and tear of the musculoskeletal system can result from the extensive use of specific parts of the body or by ignoring a deep musculoskeletal injury. Accordingly, the Ayurveda approach to treatment will also vary depending on the nature of the injury – whether it is acute or chronic.

Some of the common sports injuries that can be managed through Ayurveda are fractures to head, shoulder, arms, or anywhere in the body; inflammation of tissues; joint pain; back injuries from slip disc to sciatica; injuries to the wrist, elbow, fingers, ankle, and foot; complications to the knees; and hamstring and quadriceps injuries.

Ayurveda can also help in complete detoxification and rejuvenation of the musculoskeletal system.

Ayurveda for managing sports injuries

Managing sports injuries through Ayurveda involves taking a holistic approach rather than just symptomatic treatment. The treatment also ensures that the vata-pitha-kapha balance of the body is regained, eliminating Ama from the body. It packages internal medicine, pain relief, packs, steam, case-based massages, physiotherapy, detoxification, diet, case-based exercise, lifestyle changes, rest, and rejuvenation.

In case of acute injuries, the focus is on managing the inflammation and pain and to regain the lost activity of the affected area. Of course, the important step is to accurately identify the type of injury. Ayurveda has detailed assessment procedures to determine the exact location and nature of injuries, which helps in quickly determining the treatment options.

In case of chronic injuries, prevention becomes as important as the cure; hence lifestyle changes and treating the overall person, not just the specific site of concern, becomes relevant.

General treatment approach

In general, the following treatment options are what your  Ayurveda doctor would choose from in case of sports injuries

  1. Internal medicines: Ayurvedic herbal formulations have a wide range of effects, from healing injuries to relieving pain. Injury-specific medications can help rebuild tissues, bones, cartilages, etc., and help in complete rejuvenation.
  2. Subtle massages with antiinflammatory natural oils can help with pain relief.
  3. Applying pressure in core focal points of the body (marmas) provide relief from joint pain and muscular strain. This also improves circulation to these parts of the body. The process involves applying a lepa of medicinal herbs at the site of injury. After some time, a pressure is applied at specific points of the body.
  4. Bandaging specific parts of the body is a great option to manage fractures or injuries where maintaining immobility is critical for a cure.
  5. Diet: Managing diet is critical to recovering completely from sports injuries – this involves avoiding salty and heavy food, as well as sugar and citrus food, but increasing the intake of whole grain bread and cereals, proteins including meat and legumes, and food that enable tissue growth.
  6. Of course, as the musculoskeletal injury heals, monitored physiotherapy sessions, yogasana, and detoxification helps complete recovery.

Thus, although Ayurveda doesn’t have a category for sports medicine, it has the required artillery to defeat sports injuries. But select an expert Ayurveda doctor who can accurately identify the condition and choose the right treatment option.


Reclaiming Your Lives after Paralysis: Ayurvedic Treatment for Paralysis

Traditional Ayurvedic texts extensively detail paralysis, or Pakshavadha. This condition involves a varying percentage of loss of muscular functioning either in a specific part of the body or, in extreme scenarios, across the body. An extremely complicated condition with multiple variants, paralysis is becoming an increasingly common condition in today’s stressful world. As an Ayurveda doctor, I see an alarming increase in the percentage of the incidence of paralysis in the recent times. What triggers paralysis and is there any Ayurvedic treatment for paralysis? Is there an option to rehabilitate your lives after a paralytic attack? So, let’s find some answers!

What really goes wrong in paralysis?

Our ability to move depends on our muscles and on the nerves from the spinal cord and brain. They communicate between the muscles, spinal cord, and brain to control the movement of the body. When this smooth communication is disturbed in any way at any point along the nerves, the movement of a portion of or the entire body is disturbed. This leads to loss of muscle control, muscular weakness, and eventually paralysis

Types of paralysis

The location of paralysis indicates the specific, affected nerves. Hemiplagia indicates the involvement of the side of the brain opposite to the paralyzed side. Quadriplagia affects the neck, arms, legs, and torso, while paraplagia affects the hips and the lower parts of the body. Other forms include diplegia and monoplagia, where the limbs are affected,


Paralysis can be complete or partial, since the main cause of paralysis is the deterioration of the nerves. Paralysis can occur as an extension of other conditions including cerebral palsy, demyelinating disease, multiple sclerosis, tumor, stroke, brain hemorrhage, or sudden injuries. It occurs as a result of any damage to the nervous system – central or peripheral. Paralysis that slowly spreads across to different locations of the body is a strong indicator of a progressively degenerative condition.  Accidents, sports injury, and falls carry a high risk for paralysis; however, in today’s stressful times uncontrolled and high blood pressure is a common cause. Today’s lifestyle priorities, from food and lack of exercise to worrisome sleep habits contribute significantly to hypertension and the risk for paralysis.

Symptoms of paralysis

In paralysis, loss of sensation is a critical symptom that affects muscular strength, leading to complete or partial loss of movement. The other symptoms include noticeable changes to almost every system of the body from circulation to the digestive system, muscular spasms, propensity for infections, loss of urinary control, and difficulty in speaking.

Treatment for paralysis

Ayurveda treatment helps in rehabilitation from paralysis and also has increased chances of enabling recovery, especially when the treatment starts early. A strict regimen of diet, lifestyle transformations, massages, and other physical therapies help in stage-wise improvement in the case of paralysis. When combined with panchakarma treatment, Ayurveda treatment becomes truly effective in rejuvenating the body.

Many forms of massages with herbal formulations help in restoring muscular health and stimulating the nerves. Focus the whole body massages or just on the affected parts. Other therapies include pizhichil, nasyam, kizhi, and snehanam.

The critical focus of Ayurvedic treatment for paralysis is to enable nerve rejuvenation and facilitate lifestyle modifications. Identifying the pattern earlier and approaching an experience Ayurveda doctor will definitely make a huge difference.

Ayurveda Treatment for Fractures

Ayurveda Treatment for Fractures: Nature’s Approach for Permanent Healing

Fracture is referred to as Bhagna in Ayurveda. A common scenario in day-to-day life, fracture is a main concern when anyone has a fall or is involved in an accident. At my Ayurveda clinic, fracture is a common complaint. So how does the bone recover after a fracture? What does Ayurveda treatment for fractures involve?

Let’s take a look!

A quick introduction about fractures

Fractures occur as a result of falls, or even at times when a person’s bones are weak because of osteoporosis or rare conditions that cause brittle bones. Ayurveda explains fractures or Bhagna as a break in the continuous structure of the bones, resulting in its lack of motion. A break in the bone can be a dislocation, also called Sandhi Muktha, or a fracture, also called Kanda Bhagna. Ayurvedic texts describe at least 12 types of dislocations and 6 types of fractures. The Ayurveda treatment of fractures is hence distinct for each type.

Symptoms and primary care

The symptoms of a fracture are quite well known. The excruciating pain, excessive swelling, and complete immobility are the characteristic symptoms of a fracture. Any amount of shifting weight does not resolve the pain. Ayurveda treatment recommends placing the suspected part of the body completely immobile and tying it securely using cloth. The patient must be immediately taken to the Ayurveda doctor for treatment. Avoid using other home remedies such as ice pack, which can worsen the condition.

Diagnosis and treatment

  1. Your Ayurveda doctor will first diagnose your condition by evaluating the appearance of the location. The doctor will then determine the type of fracture or dislocation and by using the touch-and-feel approach confirm the diagnosis.
  1. Since recovery from a fracture involves giving time for the new bone tissues to develop, the treatment focuses on enabling complete restoration of normal bone functioning. The time required to heal depends on other underlying conditions such as osteoporosis, the nature of the fracture, whether other regions such as the ligament are involved, and the age of the patient.
  1. Serious dislocation, multiple fractures or fracture to certain vital points requires expert attention. But the usual approach too requires an immensely skilled practitioner who can set the bones back to their original positions carefully, aligning it accurately. This is a critical step in correcting fractures of the bone.
  1. After this step the specific location has to be maintained immobile using splints, which are usually made from bamboo or wood. The fractured portion of the body is bandaged with the splint firmly and strongly to help facilitate bone tissue recovery.
  1. The bandage will need to be changed once in a while and the fractured portion treated with herbal formulations for enabling easy recovery. This approach also helps in healing the surrounding tissues.
  1. Another crucial aspect of fracture treatment is relief from pain, which is managed by external application of herbal oils and internal medicines.
  1. Oil massage only by experts helps ensuring quick recovery and that the bones set in the right shape. Supporting treatment approaches such as herbal packs and steaming helps control the inflammation. However, these must be performed only by well-trained experts.

Final recovery

Physiotherapy is a useful technique to gain back the lost mobility after the fracture heals. Minor exercises in a monitored environment helps in quick recovery. Heavy exercise is not encouraged, but after complete recovery, the patient can resume routine activities.


Ayurveda Treatment for Improving Bone Density – Fighting Bone Wear and Tear with a Healthy Lifestyle

Bones (and teeth) are referred to as asthi dhatu in Ayurveda. Asthi dhatu gives our body its structure and the ability to move around and perform multiple activities. This strong framework of our human body hence definitely needs a lot of care and attention. However, poor lifestyle and constant wear and tear tends to reduce the bone density. Moreover, as we age our body’s capability to form bone tissues reduces, leading to lowered bone density. During my decades of practice in Ayurveda treatment in Chennai, I have been seeing a consistently increasing number of people with complaints of bone weakness. A primary reason for this is definitely our today’s lifestyle. So let’s look at how Ayurveda looks at bone weaknesses and their solution.

Causes of bone density variations as per Ayurveda

In Ayurveda, bone density is connected to the balance between the vata, pitta, and kapha nature of the body. Any imbalance either reduces or increases the bone density. When the proportion of kapha is greater in the body the bones become denser, when the proportion of pitta is high the bones are not dense but they become weak, and when the proportion of vata is high the bone density becomes drastically low. Hence, different combinations of the vata, pitta, and kapha rogas lead to multiple bone conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, and even bone cancer.

Here are some of the conditions that increase the propensity for bone conditions owing to varying bone densities:

  1. Menopause in women – which causes hormonal variances and hence affects production of bone tissues
  2. Heredity – genes definitely play a significant role in increasing the risk factor for bone diseases
  3. Vitamin D deficiency
  4. Thyroid hormone imbalances
  5. Corticosteroids and other medications that lead to loss of bone tissues
  6. Conditions that lead to loss of calcium from the blood through urine
  7. Increased tendency for fracture
  8. Elderly showing sudden decrease in weight

Ensuring healthy lifestyle with strong bones

Since Ayurveda categorizes poor bone density as a vata dosha, most treatments and lifestyle changes focus on overcoming this dosha.

  1. Abhyanga with sesame oil: Sesame oil is the most preferred oil for oil massages since they promote healthy bones.
  2. Increased calcium and vitamin D intake: Natural sources of calcium and vitamin D such as milk and other dairy products, beans, and grains help in protecting the bones
  3. Herbal medications: A wide range of herbal medications (e.g., ashwagandha and brahmi) protects the hormonal balance and prevents deterioration of the bone tissues
  4. Sesame seeds: Sesame seeds are the best friends of healthy bones; hence add them more to your daily meals, starting with your glass of milk.
  5. Exposure to the sun: Now that’s not going to be tough for tropical countries! Make sure you go out in the sun every day for a brisk walk
  6. Reduce salt intake: Salt captures calcium and makes sure that it is removed from the body; hence watch the amount of salt you consume.
  7. Be active: Although we did mention that wear and tear reduces the bone density, a completely sedentary lifestyle too is quite dangerous. Hence include moderate physical activity as part of your daily routine. Yoga is extremely beneficial since many asanas specifically focus on improving bone quality.
  8. Panchakarma treatment: The complete detoxification procedure helps remove all the ama from the body and rejuvenate your bone tissues too

Conclusion – healthy you means healthy bones

Bone health is completely dependent on what you eat and how you live. Yes, heredity also matters, but with some strong support from Ayurveda treatment you can easily include a healthy regimen in your day-to-day life to eliminate most of the risks of reduced bone density.


Panchakarma – A Five-Modality Treatment for Wellness and Detoxification

As an Ayurveda Doctor practicing in Chennai, I have keenly observed the increasing awareness about Panchakarma treatment among people across all lifestyles. There is a definite curiosity about what panchakarma is all about and why is it so beneficial for the body. Let’s check out some interesting facts about Panchakarma.

Panchakarma is a collection of five intensive treatments that completely eliminate all the toxins from the body. This treatment has gained immense popularity because it successfully overcomes the dangerous consequences of the current lifestyles that most of us lead. Unhealthy diets, poor exercise regimens, and harmful habits lead to the accumulation of ama or toxins in the body. The purpose of Panchakarma is to get rid of all the ama and help the body regain its balance.

Panchakarma is a disciplined collection of treatments that vary from massages to nasal administrations and enemas that cleanse the body in definite stages. Each step of panchakarma has a specific purpose and plays a critical role in rejuvenating the body and mind. Panchakarma can be customized based on the presence of specific ailments and on the specific needs of the body – the age, the imbalance, the roga, the person’s digestive ability, and many other related factors. Since this treatment requires a high level of expertise, you are advised to approach trusted experts who have proven their capability in Ayurveda treatments

Three stages of Panchakarma treatment

The three stages of Panchakarma treatment include purva karma, pradhana karma, and pashchath karma, which mean pre-treatment, primary treatment, and post-treatment, respectively. Panchakarma or the 5 steps form part of the pradhana karma.

Purva Karma

The preparatory step, purva karma, includes three essential processes that helps prepare the body for the elaborate procedure. The first process includes measured consumption of ghee and other herbal preparations that stimulate the body to expel wastes. This step also includes different types of oil massages and steaming that softens and relaxes the body to accept the positive interventions of the Panchakarma treatment that will follow. The oil massage process is termed snehana and it includes different types of massages:

  • Abhayanga, which includes a complete massage with herbal oils
  • Garshana, which involves using silk or wool to massage dry skin and improve blood circulation
  • Shirodhara, which is a process where a thin stream of warm herbal oil is poured over a person’s forehead
  • Pizhichil, which involves pouring a thin continuous stream of herbal oil and then massaging the body.

The final step is swedana, or steaming, that helps loosen the toxins within the body.

Pradhana Karma

Pradhana Karma includes Panchakarma, which includes vamana, virechana, niroohavasti, nasya, and rakthamokshana.

  1. Vamana involves therapeutically inducing vomiting. In this first step, all the toxins are removed from the body, and the kapha is pacified. This step is especially beneficial in the case of asthma and acidity.
  2. Virechana refers to purgation or excretion of toxins, induced by herbal preparations, which enable complete elimination of wastes from the bowels. This step is beneficial in pacifying pitta.
  3. Niroohavasti is a medicated enema that is administered on an empty stomach. This step pacifies the vata. Specific pre-treatments such as abhyanga and steaming help simplify this step.
  4. Nasya involves administering herbal medications through the nostrils. This helps in completely cleansing the ear, nose, and throat regions, and is especially useful in case of headaches and migraines
  5. Rakthamokshana is an optional step since it involves blood letting using medicated leeches. It is especially useful in case of skin disorders and allergies.

Given the sensitive nature of rakthamokshana, anuvasana basti is a popular alternative. This process involves the administration of fats and oils in the form of enema such that they lubricate the large intestines.

This elaborate pradhana karma successfully detoxifies the entire body.

Pashchath karma

Pashchath karma involves getting the body back to normal with the right diet that helps the body regain its regular digestive capacity and rasayana treatment to rejuvenate and nourish the body.


Conclusion – Panchakarma treatment for holistic well-being

Panchakarma treatment can be customized based on the specific requirement. Although it can be undergone by people of any age, about 30 to 50 is the common range of patients who prefer to take up this treatment. This treatment is delivered in cycles, with stages of rest in between. However, there are many versions of Panchakarma treatment, ranging from a weekly session to an elaborate 2-month session.

Ensure that you trust the experts who will be administering the treatment before you embark on your Panchakarma treatment journey.


Ayurveda Treatment for Lifestyle-Related Disorders: Neck Pain from Text Neck Syndrome

A recently coined term, text neck syndrome is commonly used to refer to the pain you experience in your neck after a long day’s work on the laptop or after prolonged sessions on mobile phones, Kindles, and tabs. Yes, today’s sedentary lifestyle puts your poor neck through a lot of stress, too much typing and texting and stretching your neck muscles as you bend your heads down when on these devices. This condition is becoming increasingly common among the age group of 20 to 35 years, since people are increasingly adopting sedentary lifestyles compromising on their exercise and outdoor timings to spend more time online. As an Ayurveda doctor practicing in my Chennai clinic for decades now, I have seen a startling increase in the incidence of youngsters come to me with complaints of neck, shoulder, and upper back pain; stiffness; and even dizziness. The culprits most often are these “smart” devices.

Characteristics of text neck syndrome

This pain in the neck and stiffness, or manyasthamba, is commonly attributed to vata and ama in Ayurveda. This condition has many characteristic symptoms, but ignoring it can lead to severe complications including early-onset arthritis and unnaturally increased spine curvature in youngsters.

The early symptoms of neck pain from text neck syndrome include the following:

  1. Severe, intermittent pain in the neck, radiating to the shoulders and upper back.
  2. Stiffness and tightening neck and shoulder nerves and muscles.
  3. Headache and dizziness.
  4. Numbness of fingers.

Avoiding text neck syndrome

The best solution to avoid getting into the hassles of managing pain is to first avoid overusing these devices. Remember to take ample breaks between your busy work schedule on the laptop or hectic mobile phone-driven life.


Learn and practice the right yoga poses to provide you some relief from your debilitating pain – from balasana to uttitha trikonasana. Learn from the experts and practice regularly to see long-term relief.

The right posture

Use ergonomic chairs and tables to correct the posture of your head and neck when online. Remember to do simple neck exercises every 30 minutes, which will give some rest to your stretched neck muscles and nerves.

Medical attention

Seek medical attention from your Ayurveda clinic that delivers Kotakkal Ayurvedic treatments.

Common Ayurvedic management approaches

  1. Purification through abhayangam and other massages that control the vata in the body and loosen up the impurities to eliminate them from the body.
  2. Nutrition control by avoiding milk and pulses and encouraging simple-to-digest foods.
  3. Ayurvedic formulations that enhance the muscular strength of your body and relieve pain.
  4. Controlling stress and taking your mind and body through a series of rejuvenating therapies that relieve stress from your system.
  5. Change to a healthy lifestyle in terms of disciplined sleep–wake time, food, physical exercise, posture, etc., so the body is given enough time to become strong again.


Text neck syndrome is entirely avoidable by following a healthy and disciplined life with controlled online time and the right posture. With support from experts in Ayurveda you can definitely reclaim your life from the pain caused by text neck syndrome.


Manage the Brittle Bones Effectively – Ayurveda Treatment for Osteoporosis

As an experienced practitioner of Ayurveda in Chennai over many decades, I have noticed a consistent increase in the incidence of osteoporosis among people. Yes, osteoporosis is becoming a common condition, especially among middle-aged and elderly women. It literally means porous bones or weak bones. In this condition, the density of the bones reduces way below acceptable levels. Hence the bones become brittle, weak, and prone to fracture. Even the slightest of trauma can result in painful fractures. Another characteristic feature of osteoporosis is the characteristic bending of the upper back.

Variance in estrogen levels during the postmenopausal stage is considered to trigger osteoporosis in most instances. Estrogen is known to promote the production of bone, hence when its levels decrease, the bones become weak. Yes, this condition is also seen in men, but women are more prone to this condition.

What causes osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis is a condition that worsens gradually and hence might not be noticeable immediately. So focus on avoiding the habits and conditions that could increase the propensity for osteoporosis. The risk for osteoporosis is huge in case of the following conditions

  1. Hormonal imbalance
  2. Vitamin D or calcium deficiencies
  3. Steroidal medications
  4. Family history of osteoporosis
  5. Food habits – excessive consumption of caffeine or alcohol
  6. Lifestyle – sedentary or excessive smoking
  7. Other conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, sickle cell disease, and cancer
  8. Medical procedures such as gastrectomy

Management of osteoporosis

Ayurveda classifies osteoporosis or bone loss, also called asthikshaya, as a vata roga. As the vata increases, the density of the bone tissue, or asthidhatu, decreases. So eliminating elements that increase vata or reducing the effects of increased vata is the solution to managing osteoporosis.

Diet and lifestyle modification play a critical role in balancing the vata in your body, managing osteoporosis, and strengthening the bones.

Say no!

  1. Food that increases acidity in your body and leaches out the calcium from bones, as well as fatty foods that dissolve out Vitamin D
  2. Sedentary lifestyle
  3. Alcohol
  4. Overeating
  5. Heavy exercise
  6. Tendency to fall: Avoid any surface that increases the chances of falling, e.g., granite flooring, too many stairs, or lifting weights.
  7. Salt and processed foods: Sodium catalyzes loss of calcium from the body

Say yes!

  1. Beets, garlic, broccoli, ladyfinger, buttermilk, legumes, ginger, whole grains, nuts and mineral- and vitamin-rich food
  2. Milk, ghee, and food rich in calcium
  3. Exposure to sunlight
  4. Healthy lifestyle that incorporates moderate exercise
  5. Abhyanga with sesame oil and other oils that bring down the vata
  6. Sound sleep – irregular sleep is a surprising cause for osteoporosis. Many studies have proven a link between sleep and osteoporosis
  7. Yoga: Yogasana postures focusing on managing osteoporosis are quite effective in promoting healthy bones
  8. Panchakarma: Regular purification of the body with a stringent Panchakarma procedure helps effectively manage bone disorders


Managing osteoporosis requires a consistent focus from both the patient and the family. A complete change in lifestyle and the support of an expert Ayurveda doctor will help you manage your condition effectively.

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Overcome the pain of osteoarthritis with Kottakkal Ayurveda treatments

Sandhigata vata or osteoarthritis is one of the most common degenerative joint disorders that affects the joints, cartilage, and bone in the long period. As an Ayurvedic specialist and Ayurvedic Treatment for Osteoarthritis Pain, Chennai clinic, some of the most common complaints that I see in my clinic is osteoarthritis.

Prevalence and risk factors for osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis severely affects day-to-day life, affecting most of the joints that bear the body’s weight. This primarily includes hip and knee joints. Osteoarthritis becomes increasingly common as a person ages, especially over 60 years. Women are also more likely to develop this condition. Obesity is another common risk factor for osteoarthritis.

The other risk factors include following lifestyle that increases stress on the important joints of the body, sedentary lifestyle, occupations that places a lot of strain on the joints, and poor posture. Osteoarthritis is also suspected to have a genetic connection.

Ayurveda categorizes osteoarthritis as a vata roga arising from the toxins that accumulate in the digestive tract, travel through the bloodstream, and finally deposit in the joints that are already at risk for developing osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis is characterized by progressively severe pain in the joints, stiffness leading to loss of movement in the affected joints. The pain is especially severe in the morning. The joints are often swollen and deformed and severely limit the ability of the person to move around.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Osteoarthritis Pain

  1. Many carefully prepared herbal formulations help control the pain and support in improving the joint mobility.
  2. Managing diet will help in improving digestion and removing the toxins that stimulate this condition. A stringent food regiment includes adding milk, castor oil, ghee, turmeric, spices such as pepper, ginger.
  3. Regular fasting also helps reduce the toxic effects of certain foods.
  4. Herbal massages help in managing the pain and reducing the joint inflammation.
  5. Regular heat fomentation with herbal concoctions help ease the joint pain.
  6. Practicing a healthy lifestyle is however key. Regular exercise that is not damaging to the joints is a healthy choice. Yoga is also essential to achieve a healthy mind–body balance.

Kottakkal Ayurveda treatment certainly has a completely balanced approach toward healing the pain and degenerative repercussions of osteoarthritis. A healthy lifestyle with moderate physical activity and stringent food habits will go a long way in providing trusted benefits.

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Traditional Ayurveda Treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis or Vatarakta is one of the common health complaints that many of my patients in Ayurveda Hospital Chennai come to me with. Vatarakta is a tough battle to win mainly because it is an autoimmune disorder, where your own body turns against its joints.

Yes, that’s true! Vatarakta can be a debilitating condition that affects all aspects of the joints – from the synovial fluid and cartilage to the ligaments and bones. The result of this condition is severe pain, swelling, and stiffness of the affected joints. With such complications associated with Vatarakta, can Ayurveda really help? Of course, we can!

Let me explain how your Ayurveda doctor can help you overcome the complications of rheumatoid arthritis.

Symptoms of Vatarakta

In addition to painful joints, Vatarakta causes body pain, a feeling of illness, fever, loss of appetite, swelling because of inflammation in the joint areas, and indigestion. Patients commonly wake up to painful morning stiffness around the joints. One characteristic feature of Vatarakta is the symmetric nature of swelling – in many instances, the same joint on both sides are affected simultaneously.

What causes Vatarakta?

Surprisingly the actual cause of this autoimmune disorder is still a bit of a mystery. Yes, there is a genetic aspect associated with Vatarakta. For some of us, our body considers its own tissues as invaders and prepares for an attack. In such individuals, when there are certain triggers, such as exposure to pollution or cosmetics, obesity, or smoking, the body immediately starts its attack, focusing on the joints. The body releases antibodies called rheumatoid factor into the blood, which often helps in the diagnosis of this condition. Rheumatoid arthritis is more common in women, especially starting from the age of 40.

Ayurveda also associates this condition with the release of toxins in the body because of metabolic imbalance. These toxins target the joints, causing inflammation. The metabolic imbalance is triggered by unhealthy lifestyles including poor eating habits, improper sleep timings, sedentary lifestyle, excessive wear and tear of the joints, and stress.

Hence, the primary focus of Ayurveda Hospital Chennai treatment is to reverse these toxic effects to restore a healthy balance.

Ayurvedic treatment of Vatarakta in Ayurveda Hospital Chennai

Ayurveda focuses on a holistic approach rather than just pain and symptom management. The complete approach of Ayurveda treatments includes the following example treatments.

  1. Removal of toxins through Panchakarma is recommended
  2. Correcting the metabolic balance
  3. Rasayana or internal medications that improve the health of the joints and body immunity
  4. Medications or aushadhas that control the pain and inflammation to improve the quality of life
  5. Strict dietary regimens or pathyas, as well as fasting, to prevent recurrence through diets rich in grains, legumes, buttermilk, castor oil, green and leafy vegetables, and flavnoids, as well as complete avoidance of food that are oily and slow down the metabolic rate
  6. Complete adoption of a healthy lifestyle through vihara chikitsa to avoid the triggers that cause the condition
  7. Physical therapy is minimal
  8. General guidance for avoiding recurrence would be to reduce body weight so there is no stress on the joints, practice good posture that do not harm the joints, sleep on firm mattresses, and exercises that do not apply undue pressure on the joints

Rheumatoid arthritis is indeed a tough condition to manage, but with traditional Ayurvedic treatments and well-trained Ayurveda doctors, you can definitely lead a healthy life despite the possibilities of this condition.

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Ayurveda Treatment for Spondylosis

Seeking Long-Term Relief , Ayurveda Treatment for Spondylosis

Spondylosis, a vata roga, is a common disorder of the aging population but is also fast becoming a common lifestyle disorder in Chennai. Hence, seeking long-term relief from spondylosis through Ayurveda treatment has become much more relevant today than looking for quick fixes. Let’s find out more about this disorder and Ayurveda Treatment for Spondylosis.

What is spondylosis?

Spondylosis is a gradual, yet painful, degenerative change in the structure of the spine. It usually affects the cartilage, bone, vertebral discs, and even joints. Any of the following parts of the spinal cord can be affected by this change:

  1. Cervical spine or the neck, causing cervical spondylosis or griva sandhigata vata. This is one of the most common forms of spondylosis
  2. Thoracic spine, or the upper and mid back, which causes thoracic spondylosis
  3. Lumbar spine or the lower back, which causes lumbar spondylosis

What are the symptoms of this disorder so as to give effective Ayurveda Treatment for Spondylosis?

Spondylosis affects the quality of life and severely limits our ability to carry out activities of daily living. The symptoms are painful, including stiffness, tenderness, back pain, muscular spasm, etc.

What causes spondylosis?

According to the Ayurveda, spondylosis and food habits are closely connected. Junk food, spicy food, minimal consumption of water, and other such unhealthy eating habits increase the chances of spondylosis. Today’s irregular routines and lifestyle habits such as excessive use of electronic items, stress, desk jobs, late nights, and other irregular routines and habits increase the tendency for developing spondylosis.

What is the Ayurvedic solution?

A healthy combination of herbal medicines, physical treatments, and exercises help in

  • Relieving the pain
  • Rejuvenating the body
  • Improving strength
  • Getting rid of other symptoms such as stiffness

A stringent Ayurvedic regimen will completely overcome the need for complicated and habit-forming medications and surgery. Ayurveda focuses not only on relieving the symptoms but also on curing the body, mind, and soul so the condition does not recur.

A quick summary of the treatment modalities in Ayurveda hospitals for Ayurveda Treatment for Spondylosis is as follows:

  1. Panchakarma routines and therapies such as nyavarakizhi, basti, dhara, ilakkizhi, etc.
  2. Pain-relieving natural herbs that are consumed or applied as a paste across all the affected regions
  3. Herbal oils that relieve pain when massaged into the affected parts or gently applied with fomentation. Abhyangam involves a full-body massage with the relevant medicinal oils and the process involves strengthening the muscles and joints of the body
  4. Dietary control for Ayurveda Treatment for Spondylosis by avoiding certain foods, such as white-colored food such as bread and potatoes, avoiding oily food, exposure to cold
  5. A condition-specific lifestyle modification – in terms of daily routine, exercise, correct postures, and stress management help in preventing recurrence

Spondylosis does not mean limiting your happiness and freedom to move. With the best of treatments from Ayurveda hospitals and clinics in Chennai, you can lead a disciplined and happy life with the painful condition fully under your control.

I know that you have many more questions about spondylosis for which you are seeking answers. Do connect with me today to say bye to your spondylosis.