By Linda Rowe, Ayurvedic Practitioner
Ayurveda is an excellent choice for addressing the pain associated with Frozen Shoulder. Generally, this condition starts off with pain and stiffness, which results in a dry joint that feels constricted. The pain and stiffness can start in the upper back and encompass the whole upper body to the shoulder joint, including the neck. There’s a gradual loss of movement in the shoulder joint and movement becomes severely limited.
The pain, stiffness and joint immobility can happen anywhere in the body, not just the shoulder, but also in the jaw, low back, and cervical spine. Ayurveda refers to Frozen Shoulder as Apabāhuka, and there are two types. One type is associated with dry inflammation and is primarily a vata condition with a racing or moving sensation. The second type is associated with moist inflammation caused by kapha or ama blocking the movement of vata and the pain stays in one localized area.
Causative Factors for Frozen Shoulder
Avoid Activities that Increase Vata Aggravation
Diet and Lifestyle Activities that BalanceVata Aggravation
Each of the two types of Frozen Shoulder has a different approach toward healing. The pure vata type requires nourishment through oils and the blocked vata/kapha type requires first drying up the excess kapha or ama, then nourishment through oil.
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We need to put the lubrication back in the body to relieve pain and oils produce the best results. Oils with heating properties will break down the calcification and help the blocked vata move. There are a few Ayurvedic oils that are especially helpful for the pain, stiffness and inflammation associated with Frozen Shoulder: Prasarani Oil, Kottamchukkadi Oil, Maha Narayana, and Dhanwantaram Oil.
Herbal pastes, known as Lepams, are another effective way to support Frozen Shoulder. Jatamayadi Churnam (external paste) and Kottamchukkadi Churnam (external paste) are powders thar are mixed into a paste and applied to the affected area; they are helpful for relieving pain and swelling.
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