Ayurveda recognizes eighty disorders that are caused by an aggravated vata dosha. Many of these disorders are responsible for causing pain. According to Ayurveda there are two ways that pain develops from an aggravated vata dosha. Vata dosha is responsible for all bodily movement and circulation, and when an area of the body becomes depleted or obstructed, pain develops.
When pain is caused by depletion there is a lack of nutrients supplied to the tissues. The most common things that cause depleted tissue are weak appetite and digestion, over exercising or working, trauma or injury. With depleted tissue the pain presents as sharp, radiating, and moves rather than staying in one place.
The other type of pain is caused by obstructed or blocked circulation around the area of pain. The most common things that cause obstructed tissues are excess or improper eating habits, lack of exercise, and the development of ama or toxic buildup. With pain caused by obstruction the pain presents as inflammation, swelling and stiffness.
Ayurveda recognizes a condition called greeva graham (cervical spondylosis). The primary symptom of greeva graham is pain with a stiff neck associated with dry depleted bone tissue. The dryness and degeneration caused by vata dosha also depletes the kapha dosha. This creates an even worse condition because kapha supplies the lubrication and cushioning between the vertebrae joints and when depleted there is even more pain.
The obstructed type is commonly associated with neurological disorders. This includes disorders like viswachi (cervical brachial neuralgia), avabahuka (frozen shoulder), pakshaghata (stroke), ardita (facial palsy), gridhrasi (sciatica), suryavata (migraine), and even greeva graham (cervical spondylosis) which can have both causes.
When vata dosha becomes aggravated there are many factors associated with improper diet and lifestyle, emotional stress, improper exercise, poor sleep habits, and even dry, windy, cold climates are to blame.
Ayurvedic therapies that support vata dosha moving in the proper direction also help reduce pain.
In one published Ayurvedic study on greeva graham (cervical spondylosis), Gandharvahastadi Kashaya, Guggulutiktaka Kwatham, and nasya therapy with Dhanwantaram 101 Oil helped to reduce the symptoms related to pain, tenderness, and numbness .
An Ayurvedic therapy that significantly pacifies the aggravated vata dosha is oiling the body inside and out. Ayurvedic herbal oils with heating properties both nourish depleted tissue and break down blockages which helps vata dosha regain its normal circulation. There are Ayurvedic oils that specifically help support vata pain, stiffness and inflammation.
Herbal pastes, known as lepams, are another effective way to support swelling and inflammation. Jatamayadi Churnam and Kottamchukkadi Churnam are two external herbal powders that are mixed with water to form a paste that is applied to the affected area. They are both very helpful for relieving pain and swelling.
Ayurveda offers several effective body therapies that use herbal oils to pacify an aggravated vata dosha. If you experience chronic pain, it is worth visiting an Ayurvedic clinic to experience some of these therapies, shirodhara, abhyanga, patra pinda sweda, shastika sali pinda swedan or navanakizhi, and pizhichil.
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 Radhika, C., Kumar, G. V., & Mihirjan, K. (2012). A randomized controlled clinical trial to assess the efficacy of Nasya in reducing the signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis. Ayu, 33(1), 73–77.
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Arishtams and Asavams are medicinal herbs processed by fermentation. The process of making an Arishtam or Asavam is lengthy and begins by boiling dried herbs in water to extract the medicinal qualities of the herbs. This is called an herbal decoction.