Ayurvedic Treatment of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH) Disease


Ayurvedic remedy is the best one to cure any type of acute and chronic diseases. The main principle of ayurvedic medicine is to cure the body, soul and mind. In Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis disease, vata dosha is more prominent along with kapha.

What is Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis ?

Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH) is a disease that affects the spine. It is also known by another name Forestier disease. As the name suggests Diffuse means spread out, idiopathic means with a cause that is not known, skeletal means having to do with skeleton and hyperostosis means too much growth of bony tissue. The disease shows a tendency toward ossification of ligaments. DISH most commonly affect the neck, low back, heels, hips and other areas. This disease is uncommon before age 40 years.

What are the Causes of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis ?

DISH exact cause is not known. This disease comes under metabolic condition. The disease is more common in men than women and elderly people. It is uncommon before 40 years of age.

Risk factors that increases DISH are mentioned below :-

  • Some Endocrine Disorders: Diabetes mellitus and acromegaly affect metabolism of cartilage.
  • Older Age: It typically affects older population.

What are Signs and Symptoms of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis?


  • Pain in shoulders, elbows, knees or heels.
  • Tingling sensation, numbness and weakness in legs.
  • Difficulty in moving neck or back.
  • Pain in back, especially in upper back.
  • Stiffness
  • Pain appears when pressure is applied to affected area.

Diagnosis of Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

There are many ways for the diagnosis of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis :-

  • X-ray: This test produce images of bones. It provides overall assessment of the vertebral column. X-rays are used to detect spinal dislocation, scoliosis, kyphosis, local or overall spine balance.
  • MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging scan produces detailed images of organs and structures in body.
  • CT scan: Computed tomography scan shows detailed images of bones, fat, muscles and organs.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis

Ayurveda is the best way to heal a person suffering from diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis. Planet Ayurveda offers a group of herbal remedies for DISH that provide effective results. These remedies balance vata and kapha dosha in body that is cause of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis.

Products Description

The associated signs and symptoms of DISH disease are also cured with combination of medicines mentioned below :-

1. Boswellia Curcumin

These capsules are prepared with herbs like shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and curcumin (Curcuma longa) that shows wonderful effect.

  • Shallaki: This ayurvedic herb contains. anti-inflammatory terpenoids known as boswellic acids. The herb manages symptom of diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis.
  • Curcumin: The presence of curcuminoid in it shows anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties. It has strong antioxidant property that removes toxin from the body. The herb reduces pain, stiffness and tingling sensation in the body.

Recommended Dosage: Two capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.


2. Yograj Guggul

The herbs used for the preparation of these tablets are shudh guggul, chitrak, pippali, jeerak, amalaki, mustak, haritaki and adraka etc. The tablets are used to reduce progressive stiffness, numbness, tingling sensation, swelling, inflammation, fatigue and joint pain conditions.

  • Guggul (Commiphora mukul): The herb is well known for its anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-tumor properties. It helps to get rid of chronic pain and swelling around joints.
  • Other herbs used when mixed with guggul: The efficacy of guggul increases when mixed with other herbs. It helps to clear toxins, reduces pain, swelling, stiffness and tingling sensation. The herb works on root cause of DISH disease.

Recommended Dosage:Two tablets, twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Hakam Churna

This churna contains herb like chandershoor, kalonji, methi and ajwain.

  • Chandershoor: This herb balances vata dosha in body that is main cause for pain, back pain and joint pain. It helps in easy union of bones. The herb improves functioning of digestive and nervous system.
  • Methi: The herb balances vata dosha in body that is main cause of pain and stiffness in the body. It is effective in relieving bodyache, muscle pain, joints pain, fatigue and stiffness in body.
  • Kalonji: Kalonji herb pacifies vata dosha in the body and is useful for relieving pain, stiffness and swelling. It has carminative, stimulant, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic properties.
  • Ajwain: This herb expels acidity and relieves stomach ache. It pacifies vata dosha in the body. Very effective in relieving bodyache, stiffness, abdominal pains and good for joint pains.

Recommended Dosage: One teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after meals.

4. Aamvatantak Churna

This herbal formulation contains ayurvedic herbs that cures DISH disease. The churna reduces inflammation, stiffness and pain in the body. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic and immunomodulator properties. The herbs used are ashwagandha, methi, suranjaan, gorakhmundi, haridra and sonth.

  • Ashwagandha: The herb improves overall well-being of a person. It shows anti-inflammatory, analgesic and anti-oxidant properties. This herb balances vata and kapha dosha in body. Ashwagandha is very much effective for swollen joints, inflammation, pain, stiffness and weakness conditions.
  • Methi: This herb is very effective in joints pain, inflammation, stiffness, swelling and difficulty in moving back or neck and numbness.
  • Gorakhmundi: It is useful in cleansing the system and reducing symptoms related with DISH disease.
  • Suranjan: The herb is used to reduce pain, inflammation, swelling, stiffness, tingling sensation, numbness and weakness in legs.
  • Haridra: This herbs possess anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant and immunity booster properties. It provides nourishment and gives strength to joints. The herb relieves pain, inflammation, tenderness, stiffness and swelling of joints. Haridra preserve overall health of the body.
  • Sonth: It is also known as dry ginger that is useful to remove “ama” from the body. The herb shows anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant and immunomodulatory properties. Sonth acts as a powerful remedy for joints pain and swelling.

Recommended Dosage: One teaspoonful twice daily with plain water after meals.

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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.