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Ankylosing Spondylitis Ayurvedic Treatment About Ayurveda

About Ankylosing Spondylitis Ayurvedic Treatment

Ankylosing Spondylitis is a long term painful disease that affects the spine, bones, muscles and ligaments that connect the bones. This is a type of arthritis condition which causes stiffness and pain in the lower back.


About 0.1% to 0.5% of the adult population is affected by Ankylosing Spondylitis. The symptoms can appear in any stage, but it is commonly seen in teenage to 40s. Also men are seen affected in most cases than women.


Causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis


This condition is caused when there is an inflammation of the joints between the vertebrae in the spine, or in the ligaments and the joints at the base of the spine. The inflammation leads to pain and stiffness in the neck and lower back.


Ankylosing Spondylitis has no specific cause. There is a genetic cause identified. 90% of the people diagnosed with the disease are born with a gene known as HLA-B27 gene.


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Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis


  • Pain and inflammation in the spine, especially in the lower back and upper part of the buttock.

  • Limited range of motion: The inflammation of joints in the vertebrae causes instability in the spine. This causes uneasiness and pain during an attempt of movement.

  • Pain in ligaments and tendons: Ankylosing spondylitis can affect the ligaments and tendons attached to the bones. The inflammation can affect the ankles, knees,etc.

  • People with this condition can have fever, fatigue and loss of appetite.

  • Some of the rare symptoms include eye inflammation, lung and heart disorders.



Ayurvedic Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis


According to Ayurveda, Ankylosing Spondylitis is caused by an imbalance in the vata- dosha. Vata is the body's bio-energy, which represents the air or wind and manages all movements in the body. Inflammation of the joints occurs when Vata-dosha is increased actively in the joints. Because Vata-dosha is dry by nature, it absorbs the liquid from any part of the body. This imbalance causes swelling in the vertebrae surrounding the spine causing stiffness, pain and restriction in movement.



Ayurvedic treatment of Ankylosing Spondylitis includes internal medication, a strict ayurvedic diet and external detoxification therapies.



A typical Ayurvedic treatment procedure starts with-


Consultation with an ayurveda physician. (We at superbeing arranges free consultation over the phone or email with a specialized doctor, provided you have send a detailed description of the disease condition and the concerned medical reports)

The doctor performs thorough diagnosis of your body by analyzing your medical condition, body constitution and the doshas causing the illness. He then prescribes a treatment routine to be followed-


A typical treatment routine includes:

   1. No of days required for treatment

   2. The therapies to be followed in each stages of treatment

   3. Number of total sessions required for each therapy

   4. Internal medicines and its timings

   5. Diet to be followed during treatment

   6. Do’s and Don’ts  to be followed before and after each session


Panchakarma defines a number of treatment methods, for the removal of toxins. This involves both internal and external medications and an ideal diet.


Some for the Panchakarma therapies performed in treating Ankylosing Spondylitis condition are:


Abhyanga: Abhyanga is a part of Panchakarma treatment method which involves application of warm medicated oil over the body with mild pressure. The medicine is rubbed over the body in directions comfortable to the patient. It improves strength and alleviates Vata. Abhyanga is a type of Bahya Snehana which can be performed as therapeutic procedure as well as preventive procedure.



The patient is made to sit on the Abhyanga table with leg extended. The oil is to be heated to optimum temperature and applied over the head, ears and soles of the feet. And then the oil is applied uniformly with mild pressure over the body by two masseurs standing on both sides of the table. Massage is started from scalp, head and moves down to neck, upper back, shoulders, upper arms, forearms, hands and then chest, abdomen, lower back and lower limbs.

Abhyanga should be done in sitting, supine, right lateral and left lateral positions and prone position. At the end of the procedure the oil on the body is wiped off with tissue or towel. The procedure normally takes 30- 40 minutes.

Patient is advised to take complete rest for 30 minutes to 1 hour. Bath can be taken with hot water and soap to remove the oil from the body. Light semisolid digestible diet is advised after the bath.

Ilakkizhi: ‘Ila’ means leaves and ‘Kizhi’ means bolus. This is a highly effective therapy is bone and joint inflammations.


In this therapy, leaves of medicinal plants are heated and tied in a bolus. This bolus is then applied to the affected area to provide heat.

Podikkizhi: In this method a mixture of herbs are dried and powdered. This is then tied to a bolus. This bolus is then heated and applied over the affected area.




Pizhichil: Pizhichil is a preparatory procedure of Panchakarma which has the advantage of producing the effects of Snehana and Swedana at the same time. Pizhichil has its origin in Kerala Ayurveda. Pizhichil is a procedure by which the body is made to perspire by means of pouring warm medicated oil in a specific manner.

The patient is made to sit on a dhara table with legs extended. A cotton swab after soaking in suitable oil is applied over the scalp. Then Karnapurana (application of oil in the ears) is done. The rolled cotton cloth has to be tied above the ears, around the head at the level of forehead.Ears should be plugged with cotton and oil is applied all over the body. Gentle massage is performed by two masseurs attending on either sides of the patient.

The oil used for Pizhichil is to be heated by keeping the vessel on a hot water bath. The temperature of the oil must be comfortable to the patient. Then piece of cloth is to be dipped in the warm oil and squeezed over body with right hand. Simultaneously gentle massage is done with left hand. The oil should flow in uniform stream from the thumb facing downwards from a height 12 to 20 cms. or as per the condition of the disease./ patient. This process is continued in seven positions given below.

Basically only 3 positions are described- Sitting, Supine and Prone, but practically 7 positions are followed.

    - Sitting

    - Supine

    - Left lateral

    - Prone

    - Right lateral

    - Supine

    - Sitting

After Pizhichil, body of the patient is to be massaged gently and oil is to be wiped off with clean towel over the scalp and body.Then fresh oil is applied all over the body and covered with blanket or cotton cloth. Rest is advised for few minutes followed by hot water bath.

The duration of Pizhichil varies from 45 -60 minutes and usually performed 7,14 or 21 days according to the condition of the patient/ disease.

Pizhichil is performed for Neuromuscular disorders like Hemiplegia, Paraplegia, Peripheral Neuropathy, Muscular and Ligamentous injuries. It is also effective in Orthopaedic & Rheumatological problems like cervical spondylosis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Other degenerative joint diseases.


Navarakizhi: In this therapy, medicated oil is applied to the whole body and then the body is massaged with small cotton cloth boluses filled with cooked Njavara rice. Njavara rice has immense medicinal value.


The boluses are dipped in this regenerating mixture of cow's milk and a brewed herbal decoction, and then applied to the body, causing the body to sweat.

Kativasti: The procedure is performed in the lumbar spine. This area around the lumbar spine is called 'Kati'. In this procedure warm medicated oil is allowed to retain on the cervical area for a certain period of time, by making use of a sealed compartment using wheat flour or black gram paste.


Warming the lumbar using Kativasti improves nutrition and blood supply to the intervertebral discs and nerve roots of the region, as a result, reduced pain and inflammation, eliminates muscle spasms, increase metabolic processes in the tissues of the spine and rejuvenates all structures of the spine, including intervertebral discs. Kativasti is used in spondylosis of the lumbar spine, sciatica, lumbago and other diseases.




Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Ankylosing Spondylitis


Gentle massage in the lower back region with warm sesame oil can relieve pain.


Applying heat on the affected area can provide relief to pain.


Improving digestion is a major preventive measure for controlling the Ankylosing Spondylitis symptoms-


Eat 2-3 cloves of raw garlic on empty stomach in the morning with water. This can improve the digestion.


Make a mixture of dried ginger, celery and cumin seeds in equal amounts. Drink this by mixing in warm water before going to bed.


About Ayurveda

Ayurveda, which means the science of life. (Ayur = Life, Veda = Science). Ayurveda is a traditional System of treatment (medical science) which was developed in India more than 5000 years ago. Ayurvedic treatment which helps to cure most of the diseases. Major treatment methods are massages, Pizhichil, Njavarakizhi, Sirodhara, Vasthi, Sirovasthi, Udvarthanam, Abhyangam, Nasyam, Thalam etc. The main Advantage of taking ayurveda treatment is, its completely natural because herbal medicines are used to treat any disease conditions. Its a natural medical system focused on physical, mental and spiritual growth of human beings and it focus on treating and get rid off the root cause of the disease (Complete cure) rather than suppressing the symptoms.Special Ayurveda packages available in kerala for most of the ailments

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