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Back-pain and its management with Ayurveda
Classified under 80 types of vatta vyadhi in Ayurveda texts such as Charak Samhita and Sushrut Samhita, back pain is related to vatta imbalance in our body.
Common symptoms of back pain
Pain while bending, standing or walking
General discomfort in movement
Severe pain that subsides when lying down
Shooting pain towards the legs
Lifestyle related causes of backpain:
Incorrect eating habits – Eating improper meals, eating at irregular intervals, drinking cold liquids immediately before or after meals etc.
Excessive physical work - Lifting too much weight, excessive sexual intercourse, etc.
Stress and anxiety
Physical injuries: Workplace injuries, falls, sports wound, etc.
Other parent ailments: Back pain can also result from other parent ailments such as slip disc, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoporosis, etc.
Ayurvedic Pathophysiology of back pain:
Vatta energy in our body is imbalanced due to haphazard diet and other lifestyle habits. This imbalance causes excessive accumulation of vatta elements in back muscles and bones. Over time, this accumulation in muscles, bones, and ligaments causes dryness thereby affecting metabolism and causing back pain.
In case of chronic back pain, imbalanced vatta dosha triggers pitta and kapha imbalance. Vitiated pitta dosha can cause inflammation, redness, hypersensitivity and vitiated kapha dosha can cause swelling, stiffness, and numbness in the spinal region. Back pain caused due to multiple doshas becomes more complicated as compared to back pain caused due to single dosha (vatta) induced back pain.
Ayurveda practices to prevent back pain
Individuals with vatta dominant prakrati are prone to back pain. However, most individuals can develop back pain due to improper diet and lifestyle.
To avoid back pain, you must:
Have meals at regular intervals and set times
Have warm and sufficient amount of food
Avoid oily and spicy food
Avoid junk food, aerated drinks, and ice creams
Avoid eating very late at night
Maintain a gap of minimum one hour between dinner and bedtime
Practice yoga and pranayama
Ayurvedic treatment of back pain
Ayurvedic treatment for back pain focuses on the root cause of back pain i.e. restoring vatta balance in the body through a holistic approach.
Ayurveda therapies for Backpain: Panchakarma therapies such as basti, an ayurvedic enema therapy helps get immediate relief in all kinds of vatta disorders. Ayurvedic back massage using medicated oils helps rejuvenate back muscles, bones, and ligaments. It helps to improve blood circulation and provides ample nutrition to the spine region.
Vatta Diet for Backpain: Eat foods that are sweet, sour and salty and avoid bitter, pungent and astringent foods. Example: Prefer Orange, Banana, Avocado, plums, papaya, pineapples, mangoes etc. over brinjal, green peas, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, lentils (urad dal), etc. Prefer warm and cooked meals over cold and raw meals such as salads. Dink golden milk
Yoga exercises for Backpain: Yoga exercises such as Marjar asana, Bhujang asana, Shashank asana are some of the best yoga poses for managing back pain.
Ayurvedic medicines for Backpain: Herbal ayurvedic medicines such as vattakuthar rasa, vattagajankusha rasa, rasnadi kwath, kaishor guggul, etc. are incredibly useful in alleviating back pain.
A personalized Ayurvedic treatment at Himalayan Wellness Retreats can get you permanent relief from back pain as it focuses on the root cause of the problem.