Cervical spondylosis causes the degeneration of bones and discs, as well as the cartilage cushion between the bones and joints of the neck. This condition is more common in middle-aged or elderly people. This condition generally manifests from wear and tear of the cervical discs and causes pain, stiffness, headaches, numbness, and reduced movement. Cervical Spondylosis is a disorder where an Ayurvedic protocol has shown promising results in relieving the symptoms.
In Ayurveda, there is a condition called Greeva Graham, which is similar to Cervical Spondylosis. The primary symptom of Greeva Graham is a stiff neck. Greeva means neck and graham refers to stiffness. This condition is a primary vata disorder associated with dry and degenerated tissues. The dryness and degeneration caused by vata dosa also leads to decreased kapha dosa. This becomes a problem because Sleshaka kapha is responsible for cushioning the discs between the joints as well as overall movement and flexibility.
When degeneration occurs it leads to spondylosis, and this same pathology also leads to other degenerative disorders like Vishwachi (brachial neuralgia) and Apabahuka (frozen shoulder).
The etiological factors of vatavyadhi (vata disorders) have two types of pathology: dhatukshaya (depletion) and avarana (obstructing by covering). With dhatukshaya, the vitiated vata assumes the status of gatavata (increased movement of vata) and occupies various sites leading to dhatugata vata (affecting tissues), ashayagata vata (affecting various locations) and avayavagata vata (effecting various organs). Avarana is a distinct pathology of vata in which the free mobility of vata is hampered either by the other two dosas, dhatus, or malas.
Avarana may also happen between two subtypes of vata as the direction of movement differs. This is called anyonyavarana.
Avarana is commonly responsible for many neurological disorders, including greeva graham (cervical spondylosis), viswachi (cervical brachial neuralgia), avabahuka (frozen shoulder), pakshaghata (stroke), ardita (facial palsy), gridhrasi (sciatica), etc.
Causative Factors for Greeva Graham
Clinical Features of Greeva Graham
Ayurvedic Management for Greeva Graham
Other Ayurvedic therapies useful for reducing vata dosa include Shirodhara, Abhyanga, Patra Pinda Sweda, Shastika Sali Pinda Swedan or Navarakizhi, and Pizhichil.
Oils for Greeva Graham
Products for Greeva Graham
Ahara - Vata Pacifying Foods
Devices to Help Support the Neck
Yogasana for Cervical Spondylosis
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 Pandey, Y. K., Shalini, & Sharma, A. K. (2013). Effect of Greeva Vasti in management of Greeva Asthi Sandhi Gata Vāta (Cervical Spondylosis). Ancient science of life, 33(1), 71–75.
Original source: Dr JV Hebbar, EasyAyurveda.com
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