- by Dr Mini Nair
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- Mar 10 2017
Role of ayurveda in treating Sciatica
Sciatica or hridrasi, what we call in Ayurveda is one of the vatavyaadhis that usually comes with pain in the low back radiating to the buttocks, an then down to the legs, upto the little toe.it is associated with symptoms like numbness and tingling and the pain usually increases when the person is sitting because siting compresses the nerve 30 times more than usual times. Since this is a vatavyaadhis, the vaatha dosha is under imbalance. So the main treatment is to balance the vaatha dosha and some cases when kapha vriddhi is also seen. So the first treatemn we do is sneehanam and the swethanam.
The drugs used for the snehanam is the sahcharathi thailam, kottamchukkadi thailam, dhanwanthram thailam and various other thailams based on the condition of the patient and the prakriti of the body. Once we have done with this snehanam, swethanam is to bring down the inflammation of the nerve. This is usually done with treatments like the dhanyaamla dhaara which is done by the materials which are incorporated or used to bring down the inflammation of the nerve.
The person is subjected to treatment for 7 – 14 days based on the condition, followed by which various kizhis are given like the jambira kizhi, podi kizhi. In jambira kizhi the main drug will be the jambira or the lemon with various other drugs which are taken in the form of bolus, treated in oil and then used as sedation therapy on the patient. Then strengthening treatment of the paraspinal muscles has to be done for which njavarakizhi is done. One of the important treatments of Ayurveda is to strengthen both the muscles and the nerves, this is done for duration of 7 days for which the patient has to be on complete bed rest. So with Ayurveda, sciatica can be treated completely, whereas other oral medications can also be given for external therapies.
This includes rasnasapthaka kashaaayam, gandharvahasthaadi kashaayam and also certain treatments like vasthikarma is also done. Vytharnavasthi is one of the important vasthi chikitsa which brings down the inflammation and the pain to a person who is suffering from sciatica.
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