Herbal Remedies For Cervical Spondylosis
Cervical spondylosis is the condition that affects the cervical spine. Spine, which is also called backbone or vertebral column, is a part of the axial skeleton. This is the central axis of the skeleton in all the vertebrates. Spine is the central support of the body. Spine helps us in sitting, standing, walking, twisting and bending. It consists of 5 parts i.e. cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral and coccyx. Back injuries, degenerative conditions and other problems can lead to the damage of the spine and cause pain and other symptoms. So in this article we will discuss cervical spondylosis, its Ayurvedic aspect and herbal remedies for cervical spondylosis.
Cervical spondylosis is the degeneration of the cervical spine. This is an age related wear and tear of the cervical spine. With time as the disks dehydrate and shrink, the signs of bony projections along the edges of bones (bone spurs). This is a common problem and worsens with age. This condition is also known as cervical osteoarthritis or neck arthritis. Clinical studies said that this condition is present in more than 90 percent of people aged 60 or more than 60. Some patients never experience symptoms, but many people who have this condition are not able to conduct normal daily activities.
Ayurvedic Aspect For Cervical Spondylosis
In Ayurveda, all the degenerative conditions come under Vata disorders. Acharya Charak, Acharya Sushruta and Acharya Vagbhata describe the different diseases like Manyastambha, Greevagraha and Vishwachi that have the similar symptoms to cervical spondylosis. These all diseases come under the vata disorders. According to our Acharya’s this disease is caused by intake of rough, cold and little food, doing excessive coitis, doing inappropriate movements such as leaping, jumping, etc, excessive emaciation due to anxiety, grief and illness, etc and suppression of natural urges and indigestion will lead to vitiation of vata dosha. Due to these causative factors this vata dosha gets vitiated and accumulates in greeva pradesh and results in the symptoms like pain in the neck, stiffness in the neck, nausea, pain in neck that radiates to arms, headache, and vertigo.
With age, the bones and cartilage gradually develop wear and tear. The possible causes of this condition are:
- Constant Abnormal Pressure
- Dehydrated Disks
- Herniated Disk
- Bone Spurs
- Ligament and tendon injury
- Poor Posture
Clinical Features/Signs and Symptoms
Initially this condition does not show any symptoms. But if symptoms do occur then those are:
- Tingling Sensation
- Numbness and weakness in arms, hands, legs or feet
- Lack of coordination
- Difficulty in walking
- Loss of bladder or bowel control
Risk factors for this disease include:
- Neck Injuries
- Genetic Factors
If this disease is not treated in time then the patient may suffer from compression of nerve roots and this damage can be permanent.
The diagnosis is made with a physical examination that includes:
- Checking the range of motion of the head.
- Cervical compression test (laterally flexed the patient’s head and putting a downward pressure and then patient feels pain in the shoulder and neck).
- Lhermitte sign (feeling of electric shock with patient neck flexion).
Some of the imaging techniques for the diagnosis of Cervical Spondylosis are:
- Neck X-ray
- CT scan
- MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging)
- Nerve conduction study
Ayurvedic management for Cervical Spondylosis
To manage this disease we have to do treatment that pacifies vata dosha like madhura (sweet), Amla (sour) and lavana (Salty) taste aahar (Food). For vata dosha we can also give snigdha Aahara (food containing more water content). We can do Greeva basti for the management of cervical spondylosis. This basti procedure gives best results in cervical spondylosis patient.These all measures are effective in pacifying vitiated Vata dosha and alleviate pain in the body, because vata is the root cause of pain.
Herbal Remedies For Cervical Spondylosis
Herbal remedies are provided by Planet Ayurveda. Now the question is: What is Planet Ayurveda? Let me tell you!
Planet Ayurveda is a manufacturing company. It manufactures many herbal formulations with ancient time tested formulas. The products of this company are 100% natural and vegetarian. They give tremendous health benefits to the body. The products are made from the potent herbs extracts. Planet Ayurveda provides the following herbal remedies for cervical spondylosis:
- Yograj Guggul
- Hakam Churna
- Joint Aid Plus
- Boswellia Curcumin
- Orthovita Oil
- Triphala Guggul
1. Joint Aid Plus
This is a Planet Ayurveda polyherbal formulation. This formulation is the best herbal remedy for joint and muscle problems. This is prepared from the herbs like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul) and Shunthi (Zingiber officinale). The herbs in this formulation have anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. They work quickly and are excellent alternatives to painkillers. This formulation is a pure natural product for all types of painful conditions. These herbs calms down the over excitement in the muscles and also these herbs calm down the brain over activity. This herbal product is useful in osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Tonsillitis, Psoriatic arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Spondylosis etc.
Dosage: 2 capsules two times a day with warm water, after meals.
2. Yograj Guggul
This is the classical herbal formulation by Planet Ayurveda for musculoskeletal disorders. This classical formulation is used for painful joints and muscles. It is an effective remedy for Vata disorders. This formulation contains herbs like Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Gokshur (Tribulus terresteris) etc. This formulation acts as an antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, and also promotes a healthy immune system. This herbal remedy also maintains a healthy metabolism, and removes toxins from the body. It rejuvenates the skeletal and neuromuscular system.
Dosage:2 tablets two times a day with warm water, after meals.
3. Hakam Churna
This is classical Ayurvedic formulation. This herbal formulation is a combination of great herbs that are potent to fight against digestive and arthritic conditions. This churna has an ability to retrieve the normal digestion by alleviating the Vata and kapha dosha. Vata dosha is also responsible for neurological disorders. This remedy is also known as Tridoshic rasayan. This formulation is made from herbs like Chandershoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalonji (Nigella sativa), Methi (Trigonella foenumgraecum) and Ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi). It is very useful in painful joints, stiff joints, morning stiffness, back pain, spondylosis and all other pain disorders.
Dosage: 1/2 tsp. two times a day with warm water, before meals.
4. Boswellia Curcumin
Boswellia Curcumin is one of the most efficient combinations of herbs that have anti-inflammatory properties which makes this remedy a remarkable supplement for joint pains. The anti-inflammatory properties are permanent hence the results are long lasting. This magnificent remedy gives relief almost instantly and reduces the pain and swelling within the joints.
Dosage: 1 capsule two times a day with warm water, after meals.
5. Orthovita Oil
The main ingredients contained in orthovita oil are Shul Gajendra oil, Gandhapura oil, Turpentine oil, Saindhavadi Taila, Prasarini oil, and Camphor. This oil benefits the individuals in whom vata dosha is increased. The oil has a calming effect on nerves, apart from this it also provides lubrication to joints and also increases proper functioning of the joint.
Application: Apply warm oil locally and apply it before meals.
6. Triphala Guggul
Triphala Guggul is a classical polyherbal formulation by Planet Ayurveda prepared from the pure extract of herbs like haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Vibhitaki (Terminalia bellerica), and Guggul (Commiphora mukul). The Triphala present in this formulation helps to balance the three doshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) and the Guggul has Vata pacifying properties. Thus this formulation helps to reduce pain and swelling. It also helps to enhance digestion and remove toxins. Triphala guggul helps to clear the blockage of the channels, reduce inflammation and pain, and it has very effective results in cervical spondylosis.
Dosage: 1 tablet two times a day with warm water, after meals.
We concluded at last that in modern pathy there is no definitive treatment for this condition. They just pacify the symptoms of this condition, but not treat this condition from its root cause. So it is better to use Ayurvedic herbal formulations for treating this condition, as they do not cause any side effects and also they treat this condition without any further complications. For more query kindly visit to this site www.planetayurveda.com
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
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