Ayurveda for Pain Management is the use of herbal medicines, mainly Ayurvedic herbs, as part of a comprehensive therapeutic program aimed at providing pain relief for individuals suffering from a wide variety of ailments. Ayurveda offers a much different approach to pain management than conventional medicine. Rather it is a complete holistic approach of medicine which has been successfully treating people for more than 5000 years. Ayurveda consists of five basic elements (space, wind, fire, water and earth) which work together to balance and strengthen the human body.

The primary objective of Ayurveda for Pain Management is to provide relief from pain and swelling using specific herbal mixtures, oils, and ointments. Ayurvedic herbs used in the treatment of these disorders include: Arnica (Vitex negundo), Artemisia (ART) Astragalus (Artemisia vulgaris), Carbo (Carduelis caboicas), Chininum (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), Ikshumool (saccharum officinarum), Juice of Gums (gingko biloba) and Rhododendron (Rhododendron amurense). The herbs in this mix are selected based on their known properties to reduce inflammation, reduce swelling and improve blood flow to the affected area.

Ayurveda also recognizes that disease states like arthritis, coronary artery disease and gastric disorders may be caused by abnormal functioning of the muscles and tissues of the human body. Muscle pain, especially in soft tissue such as muscles, tendons and ligaments, can be a sign of an inflammatory condition in which the body is attacking its own tissues for inflammation. In an ayurvedic text, inflammation is described as a condition in which there is too much activity of the immune organs against healthy tissue. As it turns out, inflammation is a necessary part of our body’s defense system. However, if the activity continues for too long, it becomes a problem.

For this reason Ayurveda recommends using holistic approaches for chronic pain relief and in particular, using doses for pain reduction. A dosha is a measurement of energy in Sanskrit, representing the sum of all the energy forces in the human body. Each person has a specific dosha, which means a “place” or “zone” of energy in his body, which can be measured in terms of resistance or quantity.

One example of a good dish is the area between the eyebrows (third eyelid) and the nostrils. This area contains numerous vital energy points, each with its own specific purpose. For example, in the nostril there are many cooling and cleaning herbs that help reduce inflammation and stimulate cooling, while in the chin area herbs such as ginger and hawthorn extract promote cooling and easing of congestion and pain in the area. Ayurvedic oils such as Lachesis and Dashrut can be used directly on these vital points, thus reducing pain and swelling.

Another example is the knee. Often a primary symptom of osteoarthritis, swelling in the knee is often due to inflammation of the muscles and tendons in the knee. There are several herbs for knee pain reduction, which work on the muscles to strengthen them and reduce the swelling and pain. For example, one of the most effective herbs for arthritis and one of the first to be used by Ayurvedic healers, Shankh Bhasma, reduces inflammation and pain by stimulating the functions of the nerves. Similarly, other herbs for arthritis include Bhringaraj, Musta and Suvarna Bhasma.

 

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