Ayurvedic Treatment for Back Pain - Backache Cure
About Back Pain Ayurvedic Treatment
More than 90% of the patients after a spine surgery, lose their flexibility permanently, which means they will have to live with it for the rest of their life. Though Ayurvedic healing is a slow procedure, it can effectively control the symptoms without causing any side-effects.
Do you always have pain in your back? Back injuries can be very complex. They are subjectively very different and cannot always be verified by diagnostics. The causes of back pain are very individual and different. Trying different exercises, pain killers and other medicines do not always deliver the desired result. Often the pain in the lower back comes back sooner or later.
The bones (and thus also the spine) are associated with Ayurvedic Vata. Diseases of the joints (eg arthritis) and the cartilage often have Vata involvement. The same applies to muscular tension.
Vata can be translated as wind and forms the principle of movement. That is, Vata is responsible for the mobility of the spine. If the mobility is impaired, this leads to a Vata disorder or Vata disease.
Some of the properties of Vata are - dry, cold, light, rough, fine, and this is responsible for pain, dryness and roughness in the joints which can lead to arthritis.
Since the medical diagnosis cannot be directly related with Ayurvedic diagnosis, a complete Ayurvedic history and examination must always be given at the beginning. The basic constitution and the disorder according to the Doshas (bioenergies) are determined. The treatment should be coordinated in such a way that the disorder is treated without disturbing the basic constitution. Therefore, no two patients will receive the same therapy or treatment routine.
But to give at least one direction now, let us consider only the symptoms. As mentioned above, though the contribution of Vata is very high, symptoms can also be caused by the other doshas.
Occurs particularly in the morning and night, in the large intestine or spine, strengthened by cold and movement, which calms by applying heat and resting, in combination with breathlessness, anxiety, excitement, pinching, dripping, radiant, wandering etc. Lightness, dryness in the skin and tongue, sleep disturbance, relief after eating etc are other noted symptoms.
Pain is sharp, burning, sucking which occurs normally in noon and midnight. Irritable pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, inflammation, ulcer, infection etc.
Pain is deteriorated by applying pressure and heat.
Dull, deep, non-inflammatory, congestion, occlusion, stagnation, swelling, fatigue, depression, laziness, in the typically in the morning or during the night, in combination with cold and cough.
In addition to the Doshas, there are other factors that can cause pain.
Ama when food in the body is not completely digested and does not reach its final state.
Symptoms: Muscle pain, laziness, headache (where mash accumulates are pain), poor digestion, pain is strengthened on cloudy days.
Pain is caused by a tissue reduction. They increase by overwork and physical strain.
Blocked by, for example, asthma, constipation, tumor.
It always involves the organ in which the pain is unconsciously projected.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Back Pain
In Ayurveda, the digestive fire is first considered. No matter what symptoms are present, Agni (the digestive fire) is treated first. If Agni is weak, constipation occurs. Frequently, a number of symptoms disappear by strengthening the digestive system. There is a strong link between constipation and back pain.
The digestive fire is stimulated by:
Just eat when you're hungry
Easily digestible food (warm, cooked, little milk or milk products)
Use digestive spices (hot, bitter)
Ginger or drink hot water
Possibly. To fast
Cleaning methods (eg removal of toxins causing inflammations)
- Specific Ayurvedic herbs
Once the digestive fire is regulated, the affected Dosha can be treated (always taking into account the basic constitution). In most cases, Vata is the triggering factor.
Vata reducing therapy:
Three times a day, follow a warm, moist, sweet, sour, salty diet
Enemas (the seat of Vata is the large intestine)
Back massages with special herbal oils and possibly additional application of pastes. Here, a massage is pleasant, but for a lasting effect at least three massages are necessary.
Yoga for the back
Herbal bag treatments (Pinda sveda): Bags filled with a mixture of rice and eg Beinwell are heated, repeatedly immersed in a decoction and rubbed on the back.
Kati basti: made of chickpea flour and water, a dough is made and placed in the form of a tub over the painful area on the back. This tub is then filled with a specific warm herbal oil.
Enemas with oil or herbal decoctions to reduce Vata.
Svedana, steam baths.
For diseases affecting the back, the 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 reports. 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
Some of the treatment methods used in Ayurveda for Back Pain are:
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.
Scientific explanation of Abhyanga is that the oil provides stimulation to the nerves. It improves sensory motor integration. It also gives passive exercise to the muscles thereby strengthening them. The gentle pressure used during massage relaxes the muscles.
‘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.
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.
'Kati' means Waist area. Vasti is a treatment technique which involves holding warm medicated oil over the affected area. In Kati Vasti, warm medicated oil is poured into the lumbar region. This is done in cases of sciatica, disc prolapse etc.
In this method medicated powders are made into a paste and is applied as a pack over the affected area.
Nasya is a Panchakarma treatment which involves administration of medicines through nostrils. It is applied in case of diseases surrounding the head and neck.
The patient is made to sit or lie down in a comfortable posture. He has to undergo gentle massage over the head, forehead and face followed by mild Swedana, Slightly warm oil is instilled in prescribed dose in each nostril. Gentle massage is performed on the plantar and palmar regions, shoulder and back. The patient is allowed to spit if he feels any discomfort due to oil in the throat. After the completion of procedure, oil on the face is to be wiped off and complete rest is advised to the patient. Gargling with warm water may follow Dhoomapana (inhalation of medicated smoke) though mouth may be given after Nasya. Nasya is normally done for 7-14 days depending on the condition of the disease.
Nasya is very effective in treating headache, ENT disorders, facial paralysis, cataract, cervical spondylitis etc.
Virechana is the procedure by which vitiated doshas are eliminated through the anal route. It is the treatment of choice for the pitta dominant individuals.
Before Virechana the patient should undergo the preparatory procedures Snehana & Swedana. Snehana is done for 3-7 days and then Swedana for another 3 days. The medicine for purgation is to be given early morning in around 6 A.M on empty stomach. Usually the purgation will start after 3 hours. Warm water may be given in small doses, when the patient feels thirsty or the urge for evacuation is not felt sufficient. When the evacuation of the bowel is complete as per the features described for proper purgation, the patient is advised to take complete rest.
Virechana is the best treatment for Gastrointestinal disorders, Dermatological disorders etc. Virechana cleans the channels by the removal of accumulated waste products, undigested material, and the toxins mainly from the gut (Gastrointestinal tract). It enhances the appetite, power of digestion and absorption of food.
Ayurveda is not only a very effective treatment procedure, but it also defines very effective preventive measures and lifestyle changes that you can follow in your day to day routine.
Some of the Ayurvedic tips of preventing and controlling the back pain causes and symptoms are-
Keep yourself warm-
Cold increases Vata- dosha, so it is important to keep yourself warm. Cold feet, being in cold environment and air-conditioned rooms etc can increase the presence of vata-dosha in the body. This can cause increase in the pain.
Proper Diet- Avoid spicy food
All foods have certain qualities. Sharp food support dryness in the body.
Some foods which can reduce vata-dosha are:
Sweets: Dates, Cashew, Basil
Sour: Tomato, Lemon, Cheese
Salty: mild spices like cumin, coriander etc
Oils: Vegetable oils
Hot: Hot water, ginger tea with honey and lime
Always start the morning with a cup of hot or hot water. Hot breakfast like porridge, with fruits is super fast, easy and healthy. Try to cook yourself. Avoid eating in quickly, which supports the speed of vata-doshas.
Dryness is a typical feature of the Vata doshas. This dryness also affects the tissues of the body. In ayurvedic point of view, movement restrictions and pain are caused because of cold and dryness.
So most ayurvedic treatments use warm medicated oils to massage the affected area. An oil massage daily over the affected area on a daily basis is very good for relieving pain and controlling the symptoms. Sesame oil is very effective.
Add yoga into your day-to-day life. Start yoga gradually. Keep the asanas longer and avoid too much exercises in a sequence. This can help in both physical and mental wellbeing, which will help you overcome the back pain.
So if you are suffering from back pain condition, before going into pain killers, surgery etc in modern medicine, try Ayurvedic treatment. Because more than 90% of the cases after a surgery, the patient will loose his flexibility permanently, which means he has to live with it for the rest of his life.
Though Ayurvedic healing is a slow procedure, it can effectively control the symptoms without causing any side-effects.
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