Ayurvedic Treatment for Slipped Disc, Herniated Disc-Natural & Side-effect-free

Slipped Disc Ayurvedic Treatment About Ayurveda

About Slipped Disc Ayurvedic Treatment

One of the common reasons of a back pain is a slipped disc or herniated disc condition. An herniated disc can occur both on the cervical spine as well as on the lumbar spine. But it is found that in 90% of the cases, the lumbar spine is involved.

A disc herniation of slipped disc is a rupture of the tough, connective-tissue sheath of the disc which causes the leakage of the gelatinous interior of the disc into the spinal canal.  The herniated disc is the discharge of the viscous material called nucleus pulposus from the nucleus of the disc. By a tear of the tough, connective tissue sheath of the disc, the sticky lining of the disc is pushed outwards. The intervertebral discs of the lumbar vertebrae L4/ L5  or L5/ S1 are commonly affected.

A herniation in the cervical spine is very rare, because of the fact that, the cervical spine doesn’t carry as much weight as the lower parts of the spine. Also the cervical spine doesn’t have to perform many stressful movements.

A herniation in the lumbar spine is the most common condition, because this spine is responsible for carrying heavy loads and high pressure.

Causes of Slipped Disc or Herniated Disc

Lifting heavy loads or massive upper body rotation is a major factor causing lumbar herniated disc or intervertebral disc disease. The intervertebral disc prolapse may occur suddenly.  A rupture in the sheath outside the disc happen due to this pressure, which causes the gelatinous tissue to emerge. This is a common reason for the cause of an herniated disc.

Permanent sitting or lack of movement: Sitting for long hours puts loads on the intervertebral discs. This causes the gelatinous mass to compress permanently , which results restricted blood flow and supply of nutrients. This causes the swelling of the disc in the fibre ring. When the pressure on the disc increases, this causes rupture in the sheath outside the disc, the gelatinous tissue comes out causing the herniated disc condition. Lack of exercise causes shortening of muscles. The weakened muscles can no longer support the spinal column and thus no longer relieve the stress. The vertebral bodies now lie together and squeeze the discs. When pressure adds up in the lumbar region, not enough strength in the muscles in the herniation of the disc.

Being overweight or obesity: The increased body weight exerts immense pressure on the lumbar spine. This causes compression in the gelatinous mass inside the intervertebral disc. This results in swelling and rupture in the sheath outside the disc and eventually herniation.

Aging: As the age progresses, the intervertebral discs lose their ability to regenerate. This not only makes the soft core less elastic, but also the protective ring becomes porous and form cracks. This allows liquid to escape from the core and spread in the surrounding tissue. This results in herniation in the disc.

Symptoms of Slipped Disc or Herniated Disc

In most of the cases, a herniated disc doesn’t cause any symptoms for a long time. The noted symptoms depend on the location and extent of the condition. This also plays a role in the neighbouring structures (spinal cord, spinal nerves, etc ).

Pricking pain in the affected spinal column: In case of the lumbar disc prolapse, symptoms include pain in the back, which later spreads to legs and feet.

In the intervertebral disc prolapse, pain occurs in the area of shoulders, arms and hands. Pain is produced when the protrusion of the intervertebral disc presses on the sensitive nerve tissue. The pain can be perceived as severe to intolerable in some cases.

Restriction in movement: A damage to the intervertebral disc causes instability in the spine. Movements can no longer be carried out easily, for the free narrow space between the steeply intersected vortexes is practically non existent, since it is occupied by ejected jelly mass. As a result, the vertebrae interfere with one another during movements. This causes uneasiness and pain.

Back and leg pain: The intervertebral disc is very close to the major nerve cords of the vertebral column. The vertebral columns consists of the spinal cord in the vertebral canal, the nerve roots that connect the body with the central nervous system. If the disc is bulging, or even a part of its nucleus is dislodged because of the herniation of the disc, the emerging material can hit the surrounding nerves and compress them. This often leads to pain in the body that are far from the site of intervertebral disc disease.

Some of the adverse effects in the later stages are: Paralysis, loss of reflexes, and uncontrollable urine and bowel movement.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Herniated Disc

Ayurveda explains herniated disc condition as aggravation of vata. Vata is responsible for the movement of the body. Ayurvedic treatments focus on balancing the vata- dosha back to its normal state.

When vata-dosha increases, it results in dryness in your discs. This reduces the flexibility of the discs. Lack of the jelly fluid makes the disc thinner and narrows the gap between the vertebrae. As the gap gets shorter, there is less padding between them. This causes compression in the surrounding nerves causing acute or severe pain depending on the extent of compression.

Ayurvedic treatment of herniated discs comprises of internal medication, strict ayurvedic diet and Panchakarma detoxification techniques.


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 slipped disc or herniated disc 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 Slipped Disc or Herniated Disc

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 herniated disc 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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