Effective Ayurveda Treatment Options for – Kati-Shoola, Kati-Graha and Gridhrasi (Low Back Pain, Sciatica)

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 Ayurveda provides unparalleled, wholesome and an integral approach towards the treatment of Kati-Shoola / Kati-Graha(Back Pain Low / Lumbago) and Gridhrasi (Sciatica).

Below mentioned are some of the options available for you to try to get rid of your acute or chronic low back pain in consultation with your Ayurveda Doctor-

External Treatment options:

Abhyanga:

  • Massage with medicated oil / oils / oil+ghee etc. This is followed by Swedana (hot or warm fomentation / steaming). The choice of the Swedana depends on the decision of the physician as per the condition of the disease and the diseased.
  • Swedana:Swedana means to induce sweating. It is done by providing hot fomentation or steaming. There are many types of Swedana as per Ayurveda texts and only a few are clinically practiced.Swedana is generally carried over after Abhyanga. Among the very popular ones are the below mentioned:
    • Bashpa Sweda – Steam fomentation. This is done especially when the Abhyanga has been given to the whole body and when Back Pain Low is a part of a multi-articular arthritis or any systemic neuro-muscular or musculo-skeletal disorders.
    • Pinda Sweda (Bolus Fomentation) – In this medicaments, generally hot or boiled to tolerable temperature are tied in a cloth to make a bolus. Heat is provided to the affected part. It is generally a local fomentation. Pinda Sweda gets its name depending on what is filled in the bolus Ex. Choorna Pinda Sweda (Herbal Powders), Patra Pinda Sweda (Leaves of medicinal herbs which have pain-relieving and anti-inflamatory properties), Shashtika Shali Pinda Sweda (Rice and grains boiled in medicated milk), Valuka-Sweda (Sand) etc
    • Kati Basti / Kati Vasti:
      • Oil pooling in the Lumbo Sacral region after constructing a cabin or compartment to hold the medicated oil / mixture of oils (and ghee). The temperature of the oil is kept constant during the treatment schedule. The procedure is carried out for duration of 30-45 minutes. The treatment may be combined with a simultaneous course of Pinda Sweda(Bolus fomentation)
      • Kati Pichu:
        • A larger piece of Cotton swab is dipped in the medicated oil, kept in the affected part, bandaged and left in site for a prescribed period before it is removed. This is carried on a regular basis.

        Kati-Lepa:

        • Medicated pastes are applied to the affected area and are allowed to stay in site for a prescribed period. The Lepa may be hot, warm or cold depending on the disease and the Dosha involved

        Kati-Upanaha:

        • Medicated poultices are tied to the affected area of the back just as in Lepa

        Kati Dhara:

        • Medicated oil is poured in small streams over the affected part for a prescribed time. The temperature of the oil / ghee is kept constant

        Kati-Avagaha:

        • Sitz Bath is done by sitting in a tub such that the low back region is immersed in the medicated oil, ghee, decoction or milk filled in the tub

        Internal Treatment Options:

        This includes some of the Panchakarma treatment procedures which should be skilfully chosen as per the condition of the disease and the diseased.

        Among these the below mentioned are highly effective in combating Low Back Pain and stiffness with special reference toKati Shoola / Kati Graha

        • Virechana – Therapeutic Purgation
        • Vasti – Medicated Enemas
        • Vamana – Therapeutic Emesis (Vomiting) in selected cases

Karkidakam- Time for Rejuvination

Karkidakam is the last month of the Malayalam calendar (followed in Kerala), which falls during the month of July or August. With the coming of Karkidakam the monsoon rainfall enters its final phase in Kerala. Traditionally in Kerala, this period of the year is considered most ideal for undergoing Ayurveda based body rejuvenation therapies. The body is considered highly receptive to Ayurveda treatments during this period. There are various types of Ayurveda therapies that people undergo during the Malayalam month of Karkidakam. And these therapies help an individual to go through the rest of the year by having a recharged and energized body and mind.

Ayurveda, a holistic system that rejuvenates not only the body but also the mind and soul, recommends Rithu Charya. It is the specific observance of diet and lifestyle suitable for each season to defend the body from the lashes of changing seasons. By following a strict routine, we can cancel the effect of the sudden transition from the scorching summer to the cool monsoons.

A vegetarian diet is recommended for this season by Ayurveda practitioners. Ayurveda tackles monsoon-related problems by administering a medicated gruel called karkidaka kanji or oushada kanji (medicinal gruel). Karkkidaka kanji consists of boiled cereals and medicinal plants. Along with njavara rice, 12 to 24 types of medicinal herbs are used in preparing the gruel.

Karkidakam is also the best time for rejuvenation therapies. During the rainy season, the body’s receptivity to medication is at its peak and hence therapies aimed at strengthening the body would be more effective. Karkidaka therapies can not only neutralize many diseases caused by the change in climatic conditions, but also can avoid health problems that spring from the modern way of life and faulty eating habits. Ayurvedic oil therapies and those prescribed under the Panchakarma treatment are recommended during this season for cleansing the body system. The traditional system of Ayurvedic medicines helps us to live in perfect harmony with the nature.

Sitopaladi Churna- Cough, Asthma, Fever, Anorexia

Sitopaladi Churna is a very popular formulation among theAyurveda doctors. It is a simple herbal compound which is effectively prescribed in alleviating Cough and breathing problems. It also corrects metabolism and maintains good health. Ayurveda doctors readily have this formulation in hands when seasonal respiratory problems persist. There would be noAyurveda doctor who has not prescribed this valuable medicine at least a few times in his practise.

Ingredients:

  • Sitopala – Sugar Candy – 16tola: 192 grams
  • Vamshalochana – Bambusa arundinacea – 8tola: 96 grams
  • Pippali – Piper longum – 4tola: 48 grams
  • Ela – Elettaria cardamomum – 2tola: 24 grams
  • Twak – Cinnamomum zeylanicum – 1tola: 12 grams

Indications:

  • Kasa – Cough
  • Shwasa – Breathing problems, Asthma, Bronchitis
  • Kshaya – Consumption, phthisis, emaciation disorders
  • Hasta-pada-anga daaha – burning sensation in hands, foot and body
  • Mandagni – Sluggish metabolism, indigestion, anorexia
  • Suptajihva – Numbness of tongue
  • Parshvashoola – Pain in flanks, sides of chest, pleurisy
  • Aruchi – Anorexia, tastelessness, aversion to food
  • Jvara – fever
  • Urdhwa raktapitta – Bleeding disorders, hemoptysis

Dose:

  • 2-3 grams (or as directed by physician)

How to take?

  • It is to be taken mixed with honey and ghee (or as directed by the physician)

Disclaimer:

  • These blogs are written for informative purpose and not for self prescription
  • Intake of any medicine without prescription of a qualifiedAyurveda doctor is dangerous
  • A thorough examination of the disease and the diseased by a qualified Ayurveda doctor followed by diagnosis and prescription is mandatory
  • Dietetic & Lifestyle advices, co-prescriptions, treatments etc may be essential and may prescribed by your doctor
  • Ayurveda medicines are time tested and are not universal (all medicines do not suit everyone)

Dr Raghuram Y.S.

 

Balarishtam – Excellent remedy for Vata disorders, Fatigue, Rheumatism

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Balarishtam is an excellent Ayurveda herbal remedy for all theVata disorders, Neurological disorders, Heart diseases, Fatigue,Rheumatism and many other conditions.

Ref: Bhaishajyaratnavali

Ingredients:

  • Bala – Sida cordifolia
  • Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
  • Dhataki – Woodfordia fruticosa
  • Payasya – Leptadenia reticulate
  • Panchangula (Eranda) – Ricinus communis
  • Rasna – Alpinia galanga
  • Ela – Elettaria cardamomum
  • Prasarini – Paederia foetida / Merremia tridentate
  • Devapushpa – Syzgium aromaticum
  • Usira – Vetiveria zizaniodes
  • Swadamshtra – Tribulus terrestris
  • Guda – Saccharum officinarum

Available form:

  • Arishta: Alcoholic / Fermented Herbal Liquid

Indications:

Balarishta is a holistic & complete approach towards chronicVata disorders. It contains wonderful herbs serving many functions and capable of terminating a disease process. It is one of the best in the business of combating neurological disorders. As a whole the formulation is very useful in combating the below said conditions:

  • Vata Disorders
  • Heart Diseases
  • Acute and chronic Rheumatism
  • Neuro-muscular and Musculo-Skeletal disorders (MSD)
  • Arthritis
  • Weakness
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome

Apart from these it is also an effective:

  • Analgesic
  • Nervine tonic
  • Strength promoter
  • Corrector of Metabolism
  • Laxative
  • Diuretic
  • Muscle and soft tissue relaxant

Dose (Adult):

  • 20-25ml diluted with 50ml of warm water 2-3 times per day or as per instructions of the doctor

When to take?

  • Before or after food (or as directed by physician), individually or in combination with other prescribed medicines

Disclaimer:

  • These blogs are written for informative purpose and not for self prescription
  • Intake of any medicine without prescription of a qualifiedAyurveda doctor is dangerous
  • A thorough examination of the disease and the diseased by a qualified Ayurveda doctor followed by diagnosis and prescription is mandatory
  • Dietetic & Lifestyle advices, co-prescriptions, treatments etc may be essential and may prescribed by your doctor
  • Ayurveda medicines are time tested and are not universal (all medicines do not suit everyone)

Dr Raghuram Y.S.

 

Brihatyadi Kashayam an excellent herbal remedy for Mutra-krichra (Dysuria)

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Brihatyadi Kashayam

Ref: Ashtangahridayam

Ingredients:

  • Brihati – Solanum indicum
  • Nidigdhika – Solanum surattense
  • Prishniparni – Uraria picta
  • Shalaparni – Desmodium gangeticum
  • Gokshura – Tribulus terrestris

The Term Brihatyadi / Bruhatyadi – consists of 2 words: Brihati and Adi (First, to begin with). Ayurveda has a tradition of naming the compound after its first or most important ingredient. In this compound we can find 5 ingredients out of which Brihati(Solanum indicum) is the first in the list or leading the list. Therefore the compound is called Brihatyadi Kashayam orBrihatyadi Kwatham. {Kashayam / Kwatham means – formulation in the form of decoction}

The above said 5 herbal drugs are also called as Laghu Panchamula and form the first half of Dashamula (10 roots).

Brihatyadi Kashayam is one of the best remedies prescribed to provide relief in Mutra-krichra / Dysuria (Difficulty in voiding or passing urine associated with pain and or discomfort during the passage of urine)

Available Form:

  • Kashayam / Kwatham: Herbal Decoction

Indications:

  • Mutra-krichraDysuria
  • Prameha – Some types of Diabetes and Urinary Disorders
  • Mutra-AshmariUrinary Calculi / Renal Calculi (Stones or gravel in Kidney / Urinary Bladder)
  • Cystitis – Mild to moderate urinary bladder inflammation
  • UTI – Mild to moderate Urinary tract infections

Dose:

  • 10-15ml of Kashayam diluted with 30-45ml of warm water, twice or thrice daily or as directed by physician

When to take?

  • Preferably before food or as directed by the physician

Disclaimer:

  • These blogs are written for informative purpose and not for self prescription
  • Intake of any medicine without prescription of a qualifiedAyurveda doctor is dangerous
  • A thorough examination of the disease and the diseased by a qualified Ayurveda doctor followed by diagnosis and prescription is mandatory
  • Dietetic & Lifestyle advices, co-prescriptions, treatments etc may be essential and may prescribed by your doctor
  • Ayurveda medicines are time tested and are not universal (all medicines do not suit everyone)
  • The above mentioned formulation is not ultimate in treating the mentioned conditions. It may not be a single prescription but might be a part of Ayurvedic prescription

Dr Raghuram Y.S.

 

Nishakathakadi Kashayam – Best Ayurvedic formulation for Madhumeha / Diabetes Mellitus

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Diabetes Mellitus / Madhumeha / Prameha is a serious global health issue which has been encroaching on to the life of human beings and has made life miserable. Ayurveda has been providing efficient remedies to combat this disease from time immemorial. Among many formulations prescribed for ages in the treatment ofDiabetes Mellitus, Nishakathakadi Kashayam has been one of the best in the business.

Ref: Sahasrayogam

Ingredients:

  • Nisha – Curcuma longa (Turmeric)
  • Kathaka – Strychnos potatorum
  • Amalaki – Emblica officinalis
  • Paaranthi – Ixora coccinia
  • Lodhram – Symplocos racemosa
  • Bhadrika – Aerva lanata
  • Ekanayakam – Salacia primoides
  • Usheera – Vetiveria zizanioides

Available form:

  • Kashayam – Herbal decoction

Indications:

  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Diabetic Neuropathy
  • Diabetic ulcers
  • Urinary Disorders

Dose:

  • 10-15ml of Kashayam diluted with 30-45ml of warm water, twice or thrice daily or as directed by physician

When to take?

  • Preferably before food or as directed by the physician

Disclaimer:

  • These blogs are written for informative purpose and not for self prescription
  • Intake of any medicine without prescription of a qualifiedAyurveda doctor is dangerous
  • A thorough examination of the disease and the diseased by a qualified Ayurveda doctor followed by diagnosis and prescription is mandatory
  • Dietetic & Lifestyle advices, co-prescriptions, treatments etc may be essential and may prescribed by your doctor
  • Ayurveda medicines are time tested and are not universal (all medicines do not suit everyone)
  • The above mentioned formulation is not ultimate in treating the mentioned conditions. It may not be a single prescription but might be a part of Ayurvedic prescription.

 

Blog Written by Dr. Raghuram Y. S

 

Peripheral Neuropathy through Ayurveda

Peripheral Neuropathy; Here some ayurveda treatment based on clinical experiences of senior cosultants of ayurveda including me.. one can select as per severity n chronicity of peripheral neuropathy ; local application by laghupanchamoola or dashamoola + erandamoola + devadaru + pushkaramoola and shunthi.. vishatinduka tail/sahachara tail abhyanga. Indication of chandrakala ras is in antharbahir dahascha, which is one of the main sign of early neuropathy.
vishatinduka vati, ekangavira rasa , yogaraja guggula, kvaath of dashamoola ashwagandha erandamoola rasna chopachini amrita amalaki devadaru vijayasar shunthi n brahmi vati.. Neuropathy ;Demyelination ( kapha kshaya ) – vaata vriddhi – pittasya aashaayapakarsha – burning sensation…Mallagarbha pottali, pravalgarbha pottali with dashamoola kwatha, indu vati, vishamusti vati, punarnavaadi mandoora.
If confirm as demylination disorder then give abragarbha pottali/abhraka bhasma with varunadi kwatha along with above combination. just try adding a little lashuna to any oil of your choice, potentiate it and apply locally. Swarnabhupathi ras 150 mg twice . Ksheera bala 101 /Dhanwantaram 101 20 drops with milk , masha tailam abhyaga is excellent in burning ,which is chief complaint in neuropathy, will gradually decrease.

Ayurvedic Back Pain Remedies

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RasnaSaptakam Kashayam, also available as RasnaSaptakam Kwatham is a simple Ayurvedic formulation in a decoction form which is highly effective in the treatment of Low Back Pain,Sciatica and Sacro-Iliac joint disease / pain.

RasnaSaptakam Kashayam is also available in the form ofRasnaSaptakam Kashayam Tablets / RasnaSaptakam Kwatham Tablets

Ingredients:

RasnaSaptakam Kashayam, as the name itself indicates, has 7ingredients led by its main ingredient Rasna.

The ingredients of RasnaSaptakam Kashayam are as below said:

  • Rasna: Pluchea Lanceolata
  • Guduchi: Tinospora cordifolia
  • Aragwadha: Cassia Fistula
  • Devadaru: Cedrus deodara
  • Gokshra: Tribulus Terrestris
  • Erandamoola: The root of Ricinus Communis
  • Punarnava: Boerhaavia diffusa

RasnaSaptaka Kashayam is a brilliantly formulated compound found in the texts of Ayurveda. It is a perfect combination and ranks much beyond just being a painkiller.

It has in it, potential herbs which has the below said properties:

  • Shotahara/Vedanahara: Analgesic & Anti-inflammatory (Rasna, Eranda, Punarnava),
  • Amahara: Detoxificants (Rasna, Guduchi, Aragwadha & Devadaru),
  • Agni Deepana: Metabolizers (Guduchi and Gokshura),
  • Rasyana: Immune Modulators & Tissue Rejuventors (Guduchi and Punarnava)
  • Balakaraka: Strengtheners(Guduchi, Gokshura)
  • Mootrala: Diuretics (Gokshura) Nutrition (Gokshura)
  • Mrudu rechaka: Laxative (Aragwadha)
  • Sroto vibandhahara: Channel block cleansers (Devadaru)
  • Poshana: Nutrition (Gokshura)

The combined effect of the compound successfully alleviates pain, inflammation & stiffness present in Back pain, Sciatica, Arthritis of joints and soft tissues in the lower limbs, Sciatica, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Sacro-iliac pain.

Dose (Adult):

Kasayam (Liquid): 10 to 15 ml diluted with 30 to 45 ml of warm water 2-3 times a day.

Kashayam tablets: 2-3 tablets twice or thrice a day, with warm water.

A pinch of powder of dry ginger is added and mixed in the Kashayam before consumption.

Note: Dosage varies with age

When to take?:  At least ½ hour to ¾ hour before food or at 6am and 6pm as recommended by the physician.

Note: The dose and the number of times a Kashayam or Kashayam Tablet to be taken depends on the nature and type ofbackpain, Prakriti (Constitution of the patient) and many other factors. Your doctor will be the right person to take a call on the quality and quantity of the medicine.

Uses:

  • Relieves Back Pains of varied aetiology and relieves associated complaints like stiffness etc.
  • Sacro-Iliac joint disease and Lumbo-Sacral pain, Coccygeal pain
  • Sciatica
  • Pain in flanks, hip, pelvis and hip joint
  • Pain in thighs
  • Pain in legs (calf)

Disclaimer:

  • Take medicines only when prescribed by your doctor
  • Self Medication is not good and may be harmful
  • Medicines are not universal (all medicines do not suit everyone). Patient discrimination (Prakriti) and Disease discrimination (Vikriti) should be done by an experienced Ayurveda doctor as a backdrop of prescription
  • Many options of medicines are available for a particular disease condition and there may be something else which suits you better. Other medications may be suggested by your doctor after the type and nature of the disease is diagnosed.
  •  Necessary lifestyle changes and diet protocol are mandatory for a reasonable healing to set in
  •   Cause of your disease needs to be identified and isolated
  •   Adjuvents, Co-prescription (other medicines prescribed along with the main medicine to enhance efficacy) and treatments if required will be decided by your Ayurveda doctor

When you or anyone in and around you are suffering from Low Back Painjust rememberAyurveda has the best remedies…..

Prevention or interventionwhen you think of handling things in a natural waythink of AYURVEDA

For Health Awareness

By: Dr Raghuram Y.S. 

MD(Ayurveda)

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