Treatment of Frozen Shoulder in Ayurveda

Frozen shoulder is also called adhesive capsulitis. It is a common disorder which causes stiffness, pain in the shoulder. This results in the loss of normal range of motion in the shoulder. This disability can get serious, if it is left untreated.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder

The exact cause of frozen shoulder is unknown. It may be due to the swelling, scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the capsule which surrounds the normal shoulder joint, and becomes unable to move. There are also many reasons which can result in the frozen shoulder like hormonal imbalance, joint injuries, diabetes, or a weakened immune system.

These include:

  1. Rotator cuff injury
  2. Bursitis
  3. Broken Arm
  4. Tendinitis
  5. Stroke
  6. Recovery from surgery (like chest or breast surgery)

Some health conditions that may cause frozen shoulder

  1. Diabetes
  2. Tuberculosis
  3. Chronic inflammatory arthritis
  4. Hyperthyroidism
  5. Hypothyroidism
  6. Cardiovascular disease
  7. Parkinson’s disease

Risk Factors of Frozen Shoulder

  1. Age: People with ages 40 to 60 are more prone to have frozen shoulder.
  2. Gender: Women are more prone to have frozen shoulder than men.
  3. Diabetes: People with diabetes are more prone to develop frozen shoulder, and symptoms may be more serious. The reasons are unclear.

Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

  1. Pain in the shoulder.
  2. Pain and stiffness which makes shoulder unable to move.
  3. Sensation in the upper arm.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

According to Ayurveda, the imbalance of tri doshas in the body, can cause any disease. In Ayurveda frozen shoulder termed as Apabahuka, which occurs due to imbalance of Vata and Kapha. Apabahuka is a disease that normally affects the Amsa sandhi (shoulder joint). Ayurveda provides various herbs which are effective in the treatment of the frozen shoulder. These herbs are used to prepare various herbal medicines.

Planet Ayurveda provides “Frozen Shoulder Pack “for Ayurvedic treatment of the frozen shoulder. The pack includes various herbal medicines which are 100% natural, free from chemicals, preservatives, additives, colors, fillers, and yeast, etc. These herbal medicines are safe to use and have no side effects.

This “Frozen Shoulder Pack” includes Boswellia Curcumin Capsules, Joint Aid Plus Capsules, Aamvatantak Churna, Orthovita Oil, and Yograj Guggul Tablets.

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1. Boswellia Curcumin

These capsules of Planet Ayurveda consist of two effective herbs Shallaki (Boswelliaserrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). These herbs possess anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. The presence of Boswellic acid in Shallaki and Curcuminoids in Curcumin are the main reason for their medicinal properties. These components are very effective in the management of the potential complications associated with frozen shoulder. These capsules help in boosting the immune system, supporting the healthy functioning of joints and cardiovascular system, increasing blood flow to joint tissue, and improving the biochemical structure of cartilage.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice in a day with plain water after meals.

2. Joint Aid Plus

Joint aid plus capsules of Planet Ayurveda prepared by using the standardized extract of Nirgundi (Vitexnegundo), Shallaki(Boswelliaserrata), Guggul (Commiphoramukul), Sonth (Zingiberofficianale), and Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera). These herbs possess anti-inflammatory properties. These help to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain of joints. So, these capsules are very effective in the treatment of the frozen shoulder. It also acts as a great source of dietary nutrition for the bones and joints in the body.

Dosage: 2 capsules twice daily with plain water after meals.

3. Aamvatantak Churna

This formulation of Planet Ayurveda consists of different herbs like- Ashwagandha (Withaniasomnifera), Methi(Trigonellafoenumgraecum), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Suranjaan (Colchicum automnale), Gorkhmundi (Sphaeranthusindicus), and Sonth (Zingiberofficinale). These herbs possess anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and anti-oxidant properties. Aamvatantak churna helps to nourish the joints and provides strength to the joints as well as body too. It also helps to boost the immunity and reduces pain, tenderness, inflammation of the joints.


(BhavaPrakashaNighantu/ GuduchyadiVarga/ Shloka no. 190)

This Shloka explains the use of Ashwagandha. It is widely used in the treatment of anxiety, skin disorder, depression, chronic and adrenaline fatigue, and swelling. It also improves blood circulation. It is a very good anti-oxidant, acts as a nervine tonic and soothes nerve. Hence it is useful to relieve numbness. Ashwagandha improves quality and quantity of sperm count.

Dosage: 1 tablespoon twice daily with lukewarm water, after half an hour of meals.

4. Orthovita Oil

The ingredients of Orthovita Oil are Shul Gajendra Oil, Gandhapura oil, Turpentine Oil, Saindhavadi Taila, Prasarinioi, and Camphor. It is 100% pure natural oil and free from chemicals, extra colors, additives, fillers, and yeast, etc. This oil supports healthy bones, joints, and muscles. It also promotes the strength of the overall body and physical features. Thus it is very effective in the treatment of the frozen shoulder. It reduces stiffness, pain in the shoulder and relaxes shoulder joint and muscles.

Direction: The oil should be massaged locally twice a day for 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Yograj Guggul

These tablets consist of many herbs such as ShudhGuggulu (Commiphoramukul), Chitraka (Plumbagozeylanica), Jeeraka (Cuminumcyminum), Pippali (Piper longum), Amalaki (Emblicaofficinalis), Ela (Elettariacardamomum), Mustaka (Cyperusrotundus), Ardraka (Zingiberofficinale), and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula). The herbs have anti-inflammatory properties and help in reducing pain and swelling of joints. Thus Yograj Guggul tablets are very useful in the management of frozen shoulder.

Dosage: 2 tablets twice daily with lukewarm water.

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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.