Back pain generally effects people of all age groups and class.
It’s most common reasons are:
Postural defects & lack of exercise
Degenerative spine (Prolapse Disc)
Arthritis (Ankylosing Spondylitis)
Trauma & Injuries
Deficiencies & Osteoporosis
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. This is a chronic inflammatory arthritis that commonly affects the girdle joints in young men. The onset is usually rapid with recurring episodes of low back pain and stiffness, which radiates sometimes to buttocks or thighs. Characteristically, the symptoms are worse in the early morning and following inactivity.
Ankylosing Spondylitis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own defense system destroys the body tissues.
Ayurvedic Ankylosing Spondylitis Treatment
According to Ayurveda, ankylosing spondylitis is caused due to aggravated vata causing an imbalance in vata dosha. This imbalance causes a type of arthritis of the spine and may even lead to disability in the long term. In this autoimmune disorder the disc between the vertebrae gets swollen up causing limitation of movement. This problem generally starts in late adolescence.
Ayurvedic treatment involves detoxification and elimination of toxins and the prescription of the right diet, lifestyle and herbal preparations. Also Panchakarma techniques such as kati vasti, sarvangadhara and patrapinda svedana is beneficial in this disorder.
As rheumatic pains are caused to the formation of toxins (ama) in the body, Ayurvedic treatment aims at digesting the ama by giving herbs and balancing aggravated vata. Herbs like dry ginger (saunth), guggul, turmeric, fenugreek, ashwagandha and giloy are effective in managing ankylosing spondylitis.
Kayakalp panchkarma therapies to cure chronic pains:
Fomentation with herbal steam
Fomentation with herbal pottali
Massage with hot ayurvedic oils
Kati basti (oil bath) for prolapse disc
Diet & Lifestyle Advice
Ensuring proper evacuation of bowels. Constipation should be avoided at all cost.
Include ghee in your diet.
Applying heat on affected areas will help to relieve pain and stiffness.
Take light foods and avoid excess oily foods and curds.
Make a powdered preparation of dried ginger root, celery seeds and cumin seeds in equal quantities. Add rock salt to taste, and have 1 teaspoon with water at bed time. This reduces flatulence as well as lumbar stiffness. Take one teaspoon of this powder with warm water twice daily.