Osteoporosis Ayurvedic Treatment, Herbal and natural Remedies

Osteoporosis Ayurvedic Treatment About Ayurveda

About Osteoporosis Ayurvedic Treatment

The base on which our body is built is called the skeleton, from which we get our stability, and our ability to move and function. Osteoporosis is a disease that causes these skeletal bones to become thin and fragile. It can lead to bone fractures, typically in the hips, spine, and wrist. As we grow old, bones naturally lose some of their density. Osteoporosis is an exaggeration of that process. Triggering factors can be low- calcium diet, lack of exercise, hormonal deficiency (in women),  unhealthy lifestyle, habits like smoking, and side-effects from certain medications.


Causes of Osteoporosis


Osteoporosis is considered as thinning of bones. After the age of sixty, half of the female population and one third of males are affected by osteoporosis.


This occurs when the body fails to form enough bone or when too much old bone is reabsorbed by the body. As people age, bone mass is lost faster than it's created.

People who had insufficient calcium and protein during childhood, who are bedridden, or have a genetic disposition are more likely to develop osteoporosis.


Menopause and the surgical removal of uterus can cause a fall in the primary female sex hormone, estrogen. Estrogen activates bone cell producing cells called osteoblasts. Absence of estrogen causes increased activity  of osteoblasts which cause reabsorption of phosphates and calcium from bone cells in the body which weaken the bones.Within 5-8 years after menopause, the bone density gets reduced. As age increases, the chances of getting a fracture also increases.


Symptoms of Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis in the early stages doesn’t show any signs or symptoms. Some symptoms are noticed, when considerable bone loss happens over time, and the bones are weakened.


  • Back pain, caused by a fractured or collapsed vertebra

  • Loss of height over time

  • Lower back pain, neck pain due to fracture in the vertebrae

  • Curved back causing a stooped posture

  • Healing of fracture required longer period in patients with osteoporosis


Ayurvedic Treatment for Osteoporosis


For understanding Ayurvedic explanation of Osteoporosis condition, initially you should have an understanding of different types of body tissues called ‘dhatu’ which form the body.


Concept of Dhatu: There are 7 types of body tissues which form the physical body.


  • Rasa- Purified subtle part of properly digested food

  • Rakta- Blood

  • Mamsa- Flesh

  • Medas- Fat

  • Asthi- Bone

  • Majja- Bone marrow

  • Sukra/ Arthava- Reproductive tissue


Each of these dhatu is purer than the previous dhatu and nourished by the same. For example fat (medas) is nourished by flesh (mamsa) and flesh by blood (rakta). The fire (agni) inherent in fat causes digestion and supply of nutrients or the subtle part of the fat to the subsequent bone (asthi) dhatu.

Asthi or bone is the 5th of the seven dhatus of human body. This is the hardest of all dhatus. Equilibrium of doshas (vata, pita, kapha principles) and seven dhatus capable of doing its own functions result in a healthy body.


Healthy joints are possible only with proper functioning of bone or asthi dhatu. When pitta or kapha principle is abnormally increased, corresponding dhatu is also increased. In the case of vata principle, it is the opposite. When vata increases, the related dhatu which is the bone, decreases. This is what happens in the case of Osteoporosis.


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. In addition to the diet , the stimulating massages and manual therapies are very important in order to stimulate the metabolism and to assist in its detoxification.

Some for the Panchakarma therapies performed in Osteoporosis condition 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.


‘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.

Janu Basti:

This is one of the most effective therapy for Osteoarthritis of the knee. This therapy is performed by pouring warm medicated oil in the knee area. The oil is then retained in the knee, by making a partition (wheat flour is commonly used). The herbal oil used in the procedure helps in restoring the lubricating fluid in the joint and maintains integrity of the structures involved in the joint. It also improves the mobility of the knee joints.


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.

This procedure is highly rejuvenating. It enhances physical consistency, strengthens the nervous system and is very effective in treating Osteoarthritis condition.


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 Ligament injuries. It is also effective in Orthopedic & Rheumatic problems like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Other degenerative joint diseases.


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 Diet tips for Osteoporosis


Diet is of utmost importance in the treatment of osteoporosis. Pungent, sour and cold food items should be avoided. Green gram, soup, drumstick, leafy vegetables are useful. Intake of sesame seed in many forms in very useful.


Using of ghee and oils internally and externally that contain tikta rasa sushadhis like guggulu are very helpful.

Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Osteoporosis


  1. In the morning start eating sesame seeds. These are very useful for natural osteoporosis treatment.


  1. Two glasses of warm milk a day is a very effective remedy for osteoporosis.


  1. Almond milk is very helpful. It is rich source of calcium which is required for healthy bones. You can easily make it at home by soaking almonds in warm water, peeling, grinding and mixing with milk.


  1. Eating two ripe bananas with a glass of milk is also an effective home remedy for osteoporosis.


  1. Take one teaspoon of honey every day to reduce risk of osteoporosis.


  1. Sprouts are rich in vitamin K, increase intake of sprouts as it helps to increase bone density.


  1. Eat green vegetables such as fenugreek, lettuce, spinach, curry leaves and others which are excellent sources of calcium, and contain many additional health advantages.


  1. You make increase intake of dairy products to increase calcium in your diet.


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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