Slipped Disc- Ayurvedic Explanation
Where modern medical sciences believes that this is a problem of just bones and joints of the vertebral disc, Ayurveda takes a 'holistic' approach towards this and tells that this is problem at three levels: Mamsa Dhatu, Asthi Dhatu and Majja Dhatu.
These are different tissue levels according to Ayurveda: Mamsa is muscles, Asthi represents bones and the Maja denotes everything which is in between and in the bones.
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Mamsa (the muscles) starts stiffening due to the dryness; improper diet and imbalanced lifestyle deteriorate the curvature of the spine which leads to the deterioration of the intervertebral discs.
Asthi (the bony tissue) is affected due to the muscles.
Majja (the disc and the neural tissue-spine) is compressed due to the pressure and all affects.
A comprehensive treatment plan should be made keeping in view the duration, onset, risk factors of the disease. and a goal of early return of the patient to maximum routine functions. The treatment of slipped disc in Ayurveda is based on a set of principles involving Ayurvedic medicines, Panchakarma Therapy and Ayurvedic herbs.
Panchakarma procedures like Kati Basti, Pathra Pottali, Swedana and Basti treatment are useful procedures in Slip Disc. These procedures provide proper lubrication to the back bone hence maintaining easiness in movements and alleviate stiffness from back bone.
Abhyanga (a whole body massage with specific herbal oils. achieves deepest healing effects by naturally harmonizing body, mind, soul and the senses).
Nadi Swedena (Medicated steam bath)
Elakizhi (Herbal leaf bundle massage)
Pizhichil (Medicated oil bath)
Kati Vasti and Greeva Vasti (A treatment done on to the back to decrease spinal compression)
Vasti (medicated enema)
Virechanam (Purgation) and other Ayurvedic procedures are performed according to the severity, age of the patient for a period of 7/14/21/28 days, thus treating the underlying cause of the disease without any side effects.