How to Treat Frozen Shoulder in Ayurveda

Frozen shoulder in medical terms is considered adhesive capsulitis which is characterized by a condition that affects the joints of the shoulder. This condition limits the motion of shoulders. According to the anatomy of the human body, the human shoulder is made up of 3 different types of bones that form a ball and socket joint in the shoulder. These three bones are Humerus (Upper arm), Scapula (Shoulder blade) and the Clavicle (collarbone). The Shoulder joint is surrounded by tissues that hold each and everything together in the shoulder. This is known as the shoulder capsule. The tissues that are usually present in the joint of the shoulder are replaced by scar tissues and the normal tissues become tighter and thicker. Frozen shoulder is usually characterized by stiffness and pain that develops slowly and this gets worse and it finally goes away after some time. This pain can take anywhere between 1 year to 3 years. When a person is suffering from this disorder, then a very small amount of synovial fluid is present in the shoulder which is not enough for the lubrication of joints. In Ayurveda, frozen shoulder is known as Apabahuka which usually affects the Shoulder joint (Amsa sandhi). This disorder is mainly due to the unbalancing of Vata and Kapha doshas.

Frozen Shoulder

Signs and Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

The main symptoms of a frozen shoulder are pain and stiffness. Frozen shoulder (Apabahuka) develops gradually and in the three stages. Each stage can last for many months:

1. Freezing Stage

During this stage, any movement of the shoulder causes pain, and the person is unable to move its shoulder normally. This stage can last from six to nine months.

2. Frozen Stage

During this stage, Pain in the shoulder begins to diminish. However, the shoulder becomes stiffer and the affected person faces difficulty in the movement of the shoulder. This stage can last up to twelve months.

3. Thawing Stage

This is the last stage of the Frozen shoulder and in this stage, the motion of the shoulder begins to improve. This stage can last from 6 months to 2 years.

The other common symptom of Apabahuka is an achy or dull pain in the affected shoulder. In some cases, the pain gets worsens during the night and a person is unable to sleep.

Diagnosis of Frozen Shoulder

Whenever you observe any of the above-mentioned symptoms then you must see a doctor prevent this disorder at its earlier stages. During the physical examination, the doctor will order you to move your arm and check the pain in the shoulder. By doing this doctor will evaluate the range of motion of the patient’s arm. Sometimes, the physician will inject any anaesthetic in the shoulder of the patient to detect the active and passive motion of the patient’s arm. Frozen shoulder can be detected from the symptoms but the doctor may also order some imaging tests such as MRI and X-ray to confirm the disorder.

Treatment of Frozen Shoulder in Ayurveda

There are different types of allopathic medications that are used to decrease the pain of the frozen shoulder. However, Allopathic medicines do not prevent the progression of these disorders and sometimes these medicines also produce some side effects. Researchers of allopathic medicines believe that once it begins then it lasts for two to three years. But Ayurvedic doctors don’t believe in this thing. They believe that with the help of natural lifestyle and herbal remedies, one can easily prevents the progression of disease. Planet Ayurveda is an organization whose doctors not only recommend the effective herbal remedy for this disorder but also prescribe some therapies with the help of which a person can get easily relieved from the pain of Apabahuka. The Frozen Care Pack of Planet Ayurveda is the right choice of herbal medicine for the management of Apabahuka. This pack is prepared under the strict surveillance of Ayurvedic doctors that follows the principles of the Ayurvedic medicine system. This pack is completely formulated with the help of 100% pure and natural herbs. This pack does not contain any Chemical, Coloring agent, Flavouring agent, Filler, Yeast, and Additives, etc. This pack is available not only in India but also in other countries like the USA, Canada, Australia, and Singapore at a reasonable cost.

Frozen Care Pack contain the following Products

❖   Boswellia Curcumin

❖   Orthovita Oil

❖   Aamvatantak Churna

❖   Yograj Guggul

❖   Joint Aid Plus

Herbal Supplements to Treat Frozen Shoulder

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1. Boswellia Curcumin

This remedy is available in the form of capsules. The capsules of Boswellia Curcumin is prepared from 100% pure and natural herbs of Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin which is also known as Haridra (Curcuma Longa). Boswellia Curcumin not only alleviates the symptoms of Apabahuka but also protects the body against various types of infections due to the anti-inflammatory property of curcumin. The results of the Boswellia Curcumin is long-lasting.

Dosage: 2 Capsules 2 times a day with plain water after meals.

2. Orthovita Oil

This oil is wonderful mixture of different types of oil and camphor. This oil mainly include Shul Gajendra Oil, Saindhavadi Taila, Gandhapura oil, Prasarini oil and Turpentine Oil. This oil is mainly used for stiffness and joint pain. Orthovita Oil is very useful in improving and restoring the mobility of the joints. This oil not only prevent the degeneration of joint but also effective against inflammation.

Dosage: 2 times massage in one day for 10 to 15 minutes.

3. Aamvatantak Churna

This powder is a wonderful blend of different types of herbs that not only prevents the pain in shoulder but also aid in restoring the mobility of the joints. Its detoxifying and anti-inflammatory properties made it effective against various infections. This powder mainly includes Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Methi (Trigonella foenum graecum), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Suranjaan (Colchicum autumnale), and Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus).

Dosage: 1 teaspoonful after 30 mins of meals with lukewarm water.

4. Yograj Guggul

These tablets are formulated from different types of herbs such as Commiphora mukul, Cinnamomum tamala Cyperus rotundus, Terminalia bellirica, Zingiber officinale,Plumbago zeylanica, Terminalia chebula, Carum copticum,Embelia ribes, Emblica officinalis, Abies webbiana, Piper nigrum,Trachyspermum roxburghianum, Piper cubeba, Vetiveria zizanioides, Nigella sativa, Cinnamomum zeylanica, Piper longum,Tribulus terrestris, Cuminum cyminum, Coriandrum sativum Elettaria cardamomum, Pluchea lanceolata, Rock salt, and Piper nigrum. These tablets are very effective in the treatment of frozen shoulder. They also decrease the pain of shoulder and also promote the motion of joints.

Dosage: 2 Tablets 2 times a day after meals with lukewarm water.

5. Joint Aid Plus

This formulation is available in the market in the form of capsules and prepared from different types of herbs such as Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), and Shallaki (Boswellia serrata). These capsules balance the Vitta and Kapha doshas. These capsules also support the functioning of joints and also help in restoring the joint mobility.

Dosage: 2 Capsules 2 times a day with plain water after meals.

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Dr. Vikram Chauhan
Dr. Vikram Chauhan (MD-Ayurvedic Medicine) is an expert Ayurveda consultant in Chandigarh (India). He has vast experience of herbs and their applied uses. He has successfully treated numerous patients suffering from various ailments, throughout the world. He is CEO and Founder of Krishna Herbal Company and Planet Ayurveda in Chandigarh, India. He researched age old formulas from ancient Ayurvedic text books to restore health and save human beings from the worst side-effects of chemical-based treatments.