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Ayurvedic Care for Low Back Pain


Low Back pain is caused due to stress and tension in the muscles that support the spine. Ayurveda differentiates low back pain into three basic subtypes or doshas: vata, pitta and kapha. These categories are used to both classify a patient individual body type, or prakriti, and the individual’s disease state or vikriti. This type of differential diagnosis allows the practitioner to “treat the patient, not the disease”.

The main Cause of low back pain can be counted as:

a) Sedentary lifestyle, stress, overuse or under use of the back, postural mistakes.

b) Infection in the spinal cord or the nerves produces fever and lethargy.

c) Spinal tumor compresses the spine or nerve roots and cause pain.

d) Lack of exercise or incorrect exercise.

e) Too much weight or overweight.

It is better to detect the low back pain early and all cases need to be evaluated by a medical expert for diagnosis and treatment. A tailor made treatment is done according to individual body constitution and accordingly following life style modifications are to be made.

a) If you are a computer professional or an office going person, be careful not to sit in a stretch and strain yourself for a long time.

b) Reduce the consumption of vata-increasing foods,
like pinto beans, adzuki beans, and garbanzo beans cold salads.

c) Follow a daily routine as regards to time of meals, number of meals, time to and from bed, exercise, relaxing.

d) For leisure time choose calming activities such as quiet walks in nature or parks.

e) Live in a warm and moist climate where you can get fresh air and sunshine.

f) Undergoing periodical warm oil massage or spinal bath.

g) Eat warm cooked meals that are a little oil, not dry.

h) Minimize sexual activity when you have back pain.

i) Make it a habit of doing yoga regularly.

j) Avoid exposure to cold weather.

k) Swimming is a good exercise.

l) Avoid lifting heavy objects.

m) Avoid high-heeled shoes.

n) Avoid a sagging bed.

o) Consult an expert at the earliest.

Ayurveda, Indian holistic medical system is based upon the universal natural law of balancing the five elements (ether, air, fire, water and earth) that make up the physical body. When one or more of these elements go out of balance diseases like Low back problems affect the spine’s flexibility and strength which causes pain.

1) Treatment in Ayurveda is to bring the vitiated
‘dosha’ back to the state of equilibrium and thereby to the state of health.For treating low back pain, internal as well as external treatments are done.

2) Detoxification through taking castor oil three
times per week for one month to get rid of excess apana.

3) Panchakarma treatments helps in relieving backache and correcting abnormalities in which organic oils and herbs are used. Herbal preparations like
‘Asthavargam’,’Rasnasaptakam’, ‘Maharasnadi’,’Dhanwantharam’ are administered internally.

Abhyanga Massage: A one hour full body Abhyanga Massage using warm herbal organic oil like Murivenna, Dhanwantharam oil.

Enema: Herbal oil induced to lubricate the intestinal wall. Nourishing and pacifying to the body.

Basti: Is a herbal enema treats the entire length of the colon. Not only is feces flushed from the system but also ama (toxins) is removed from the tissues. Health and balanced colon function is restored as tissues and organs are rebuilt.Drugs like Yogaraja guggulu, Lakshadiguggulu, Triphala Guggulu,
Mahanarayana tailam are useful in this condition.

4) Yoga postures that promote focus and strengthening without reproducting back pain. Start with simple back-bends, such as Locust, Cat, and Sunbird.To keep the spine aligned practice Hero Pose.

5)Strong even breathing emphasizing the inhale,
especially into the areas of pain.

6)Aromatherapy with basil,frangipani,henna or cinnamon.

7)Grounding activity like gardening.

8)The spine needs stability and, therefore, the mind should be relaxed and focus on the specific areas of back pain. To achieve this the Mantra “I am safe and secure in the world. I have everything I need to thrive in the world” should be practiced. And with this practice, we can redirect the body’s energy and reduce the pain.


Source by Rajesh Nair

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