Pain is any physical suffering or discomfort usually caused by injury or sometimes illness. Even milder pain in the body, puts us in a big discomfort and affects our day to day activities.
Many of us have natural tendency to take pain killers but they only suppress the pain not cure. Ayurveda plays an important role in eradicating the pain.
In Ayurveda the pain can be described due to Vata dosha, once vata dosha is treated the pain subsides automatically.
What is Arthritis ?
#Arthritis is quite common now a days and its informal way of referring to joint pain or joint disease. There are nealry 100 types of Arthritis and related conditions. People of all ages, sexes and races may suffer from this.
Symptoms of Arthritis :-
- Decreased range of motion.
Symptoms can be mild, moderate or severe. They may stay about the same for years, but may progress or get worse over time. Severe arthritis can result in chronic pain, inability to do daily activities and make it difficult to walk or climb stairs.
When the cartilage – the slick, cushioning surface on the ends of bones – wears away, bone rubs against bone, causing pain, swelling and stiffness. Its most commonly observed.
The healthy immune system of our body, generates internal inflammation to get rid of infection and prevent disease. But this immune system can go awry and by mistake attack the joints with uncontrolled inflammation, potentially causing joint erosion and may damage internal organs, eyes and other parts of the body. Rheumatoid arthritis and psoriatic arthritis are examples of inflammatory arthritis.
Uric acid is formed as the body breaks down purines, a substance found in human cells and in many foods. Some people have high levels of uric acid because they naturally produce more than is needed or the body can’t get rid of the uric acid quickly enough. In some people the uric acid builds up and forms needle-like crystals in the joint, resulting in sudden spikes of extreme joint pain, or a gout attack. Gout can come and go in episodes or, if uric acid levels aren’t reduced, it can become chronic, causing ongoing pain and disability.
Osteoarthritis ‘s the “wear and tear” that happens when your joints are overused. Initially It usually happen with growing age (Esp 50+) or sometimes due to Joint injuries.
But In modern lifestyle it starts in younger age also from various other reasons like:-
- Due to absence of Ghee in diet (Oil Free Diet)
- Excessive Running
- Overuse of Treadmill
- Vitamin D Deficiency / Lack of Sunlight
These factors put extra stress on the joints. As a result, our body’s shock absorbers/Cartilage/Greasing of Joints, the slippery material that covers the ends of bones, gradually breaks down or degenerates.
Preventive and Curing Treatments
- Janu Vasthi
- Intake of Ghee or oil in the Diet
- Slow Cycling .
Snehan and Swedan
Before the actual operation of purification begins i.e Panchkarma Procedure. there is a need to prepare the body. These methods help to release the toxins. These two procedures are called :-
Snehan is the oil massage. Oil is applied to the entire body with a
particular type of massage that helps the toxins to move towards the gastrointestinal tract. Oil massage also makes the superficial and deep tissues soft and supple, thus helping to remove stress and nourish the nervous system. Snehan is given daily for three to seven days, as indicated.
Svedana is sweating and is given every day after Snehan. An herbal concoction is added to the steam to loosen the toxins from the individual. Svedana liquefies the toxins and increases the movement of toxins into the gastrointestinal tract. After 3-7 days of snehan and svedana, the doshas become well “ripened.”
Afterwards particular Panchakarma method is given to the individual’s
In this treatment home prepared powders of herbs are used for curing the tormenting pains. These powdered herbs are packed in the special cloth and wrapped as pouch and when heated with special medicated oils, helps in curing the chronic pains. The Potlies or Pouches are made of herbs and soaked and warmed in the oil
These herbal pouches or potlies are heated in oil to certain temperature and applied to the paining area with certain duration depending upon the sensitivity of person.
This relieves the chronic pains. Useful for curing swelling especially. These Potlies stimulates blood flow, with in the affected area and relives the chronic pain. The enhanced blood circulation not only relives the pain but also strengthens the tissues and increases the luster of skin. Usually “Nadi Swedan” is clubbed with this therapy for better results.
Kativasti, a part of pre-operative procedure (formally called Shnehan in Ayuvrveda) is Pre Panchakarma therapy. It is a very effective treatment for lower backache.Holding warm ayurvedic oils on the affected areas is called Vasti. Kati Vasti involves retention of warm thick medicated oil over the lower back or other parts of the spine for certain period
The therapy relives from back Pains. Kati Basti treats the pains in the area of lower back like lumber Spondylitis, disk prolapse, back stiffness. It Alleviates numbness due to Sciatic nerve compression & most types of low-back pain. Effective treatment for any type of back pain & spinal disorders, stiffness and other back concerns related to spinal disc problem. It also gives relief to lower back conditions like Lumber Spondylosis, Inter vertebral disc prolapses, Lumbago (low back ache), and Sciatica.
It is most effective treatment for the pain in the knee joints especially when the pain has come up due to Osteoarthritis. This relives the stress in the knees and eases the movement of joints. It regulates the synovial fluid in the joints, which is necessary for proper lubrication and movement of the joints. The treatment also strengthens the knee joint by improving blood circulation
In this process the well is made around the knee , the well is made of fine grinded black gram . This well is immersed with hot oil and this oil is retained in well for certain duration. And when oil starts cooling down its replaced with hot oil again . This process is carried on for almost half hour and relived the pain condition.
It helps in balncing the Vata Dosha
Its combination of two classical Ayurvedic treatments, Snehana and Swedana . The whole body is bathed in streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous soft massage. Its popularly known as treatment of Maharajas or Aristocrats.
Here, cloth dipped in lukewarm medicated oil is squeezed over the patient’s body uniformly and then the oil rubbed smoothly over the body of the patient by masseurs on either side.
This Treatment is effective in Osteoarthritis.
Pichhu – Oil/herb soaked Cotton
In this treatment, a folded dry cotton or wool with appropriate size is taken to cover the paining area. Thickness of this folded cloth is normally that of a palm. Now, at the center a hole is made on the folded cloth and slightly warm oil is poured through it periodically.
The wool soaked in warm medicated oil is applied on the area under treatment. Throughout the treatment procedure, the oil is heated periodically and kept lukewarm. The cotton wool or the cloth soaked in the oil is left to stay on the affected area for a particular period of time all the way through the treatment.
Pichu is used as an effective method to treat the ailments of head, spine and diseases of cranial nerves caused by vata disorder.
Pichu is a palliative treatment for ailments of the head and spine. It is one of the Purvakarma therapies and considered an effective treatment for diseases of the cranial nerves arising from Vata disorder. This therapy is very effective for degenerative and painful spinal problems. Shiropichu means pichu given to shiras or head.
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