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Frozen Shoulder Ayurvedic Treatment About Ayurveda

About Frozen Shoulder Ayurvedic Treatment

The shoulder joint is one of the most important joint in the human skeleton. It is formed by three bones- humerus, a clavicle and scapula. A portion of each is coated with a liquid to form a covering shell. This shell which protects the bones from rubbing together is called the joint capsule.

Damage to the capsule, which is manifested by severe pain and decreased mobility in the shoulder region is called the frozen shoulder condition. This disease is most common in people aged above 40 years.


The disease develop in stages. In the initial state, the person feels pain during excessive use of hands or exercise. Shoulder gradually loses mobility, with pain and discomfort. Later the pain increases, with difficulty in raising the hands.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder

  • Injury: Frozen shoulder can be caused by some injury or fractures in the shoulder region, even the injury has caused a long time ago.

  • Heart attack, stroke or after a heart surgery.

  • Inflammation in the articular cartilage and tissue shoulder.

  • Stress to the shoulder for a long period as part of the job

Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

Symptoms are characterized by the progress of the disease in each stages:

Stage 1:  This stage can last for a long time, upto 9 months. The person feels pain in the shoulder, especially with heavy use of hands or exercise. Shoulder gradually loses the mobility. The person experiences pain and discomfort.

Stage 2: During this stage, the lose in mobility of the shoulder joint worsens. It is difficult to raise the hand without pain. This stage can last from 4-12 months.

Stage 3: During this period, the movement of the shoulder gradually restores. The pain starts to disappear  You will not be able to fully restore the mobility. This stage can last from 6 months to several years.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

According to Ayurveda, frozen shoulder is caused because of the vitiation of Vata-dosha. The imbalance of vata dosha occurs because to the accumulation of toxins within the joints, affecting the movement of joints. So ayurvedic treatment aims at eliminating the toxins accumulated within the joints, thereby restoring the mobility of the joints and also relieving the pain and stiffness.

Ayurvedic treatment of frozen shoulder involves internal medication prescribed by the doctor, panchakarma detoxification therapy for the removal of toxins and a strict ayurvedic diet.

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 Panchakarma therapies advised in Ayurveda for Frozen Shoulder 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.


Nasya: 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, migraine, ENT disorders, facial paralysis, cataract, cervical spondylosis etc.

Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Frozen Shoulder

  1. Applying heat over the shoulder helps in relieving pain and stiffness. A hot oil massage once a day is very good.

  2. Black sesame seeds are effective in pain relief. Put some seeds in drinking water overnight and consume in the morning empty stomach.

  3. Consume food warm. Hot vegetable soups with spices like black pepper, ginger etc are good.

  4. Ghee is a very important ingredient which can improve the lubrication in the joints.

  5. A regular exercise is absolutely necessary. Stretching of shoulders, raising of arms above the head etc can be included into the exercise routine.

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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