Ayurvedic Treatment for Lumbar Spondylosis, Spondylolisthesis, Degenerative Spondylosis, Back pain

Lumbar Spondylosis Ayurvedic Treatment About Ayurveda

About Lumbar Spondylosis Ayurvedic Treatment

Lumbar spondylosis is the common form of lower back pain. Lumbar spondylosis is a progressive, irreversible, degenerative disorder of the lumbar vertebrae. The discs present between the vertebrae and the joints undergo deterioration in the L5 (lower back) and S1 (upper tailbone) area of the spine.

More than 60% of the population aged above 45 years suffer from lower back pain. One of the main cause of lower back pain is deterioration of the disc in the lumbar region. The reason why lumbar area is most susceptible to deterioration is that, this area is most exposed to stress due to excessive load lifting, sitting or standing for long hours, being overweight, etc.

Symptoms of Lumbar Spondylosis

  • Lumbar spondylosis normally doesn’t show any symptoms in early stages for a long time. In about 27%- 37% of the cases diagnosed, no notable symptoms were recorded. Some of the symptoms caused because of other complications due to this condition are
  • Back pain due to nerve compression or pinched nerves.
  • Prolonged sitting, standing, bending can cause intense pain.
  • A disc herniation in the lumbar spine can cause nerve compression, that originates in the lower back and then radiates into the legs.
  • A nerve compression caused to the sciatic nerve leads to a condition called Sciatica.
  • Numbness and tingling pain, when a nerve is pinched.
  • Restriction in movement: A deterioration in the intervertebral disc can leak the jelly like material within the vertebrae. This causes the vertebrae to interfere with one another during a movement and causes intense pain. So movement will be restricted.
  • In extreme stages of the disease, loss of control of the bladder and bowel movements is noted.

Causes of Lumbar Spondylosis

  • Aging: Lumbar spondylosis usually occur when degenerative changes appear in the lumbar spine joints. From the age of 40, the intervertebral discs become dry and begins to shrink. This shrinking of the discs ensures that there is an increased bone contact. This causes deterioration in the discs. As the age increases, cracks can develop in the intervertebral discs. This can proceed for disc herniation or disc bulging conditions.
  • Stress: Increased stress on the discs due to heavy lifting or other work related activities.
  • Injuries: An injury to the disc that could have occurred a long time back.
  • Posture: Posture of the lower back over long periods in an uncomfortable position or repetition of the same movements throughout the day.
  • Genetic Factors: Studies suggest that family history of patients indicate that there are changes that spondylosis symptoms can be inherited.
  • Lack of exercise or being overweight is a strong reason for Spondylosis, as the lumbar spine has to provide support to heavy pressure and this induces immense strain for a long time.

Ayurvedic Treatment of Lumbar Spondylosis

Ayurveda explains Spondylosis as an aggravation of Vata-dosha. This causes degeneration of the tissues and joints of the neck region.

Vata aggravated doshas are caused by-

  • Intake of cold, dry foods.
  • Long intervals between meals.
  • Acidic, spicy, fatty food intake causes vata impaired doshas.
  • Excessive physical and mental anxiety due to work pressure.
  • Long working hours at night, smoking habits, lack of exercise also can be causes of vata- doshas.

Ayurvedic treatment of Lumbar spondylosis aims at satisfying vata aggravated doshas by internal and external treatments. Internal treatments concentrate at improving digestion by forcing a strict ayurvedic diet and certain herbal medications which can improve the digestive fire of the body and thereby rejuvenates body tissues.

Ayurveda recommends Panchakarma therapy for Cervical spondylosis treatment. Panchakarma, is a bio-cleansing treatment, which removes toxins from all over the body. The main benefit of Ayurvedic treatment over other treatments is that, Ayurvedic treatments are completely natural and free from side-effects. So Ayurveda helps you get relief from the pain and further deterioration of the cartilage in a complete healthy manner.

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 Lumbar Spondylosis 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 Lumbar Spondylosis

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 Lumbar spondylosis 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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