When you consult an Ayurveda physician with symptoms of vatakantaka, they will examine your case in detail. They will inquire about any risk factors in your life and will take a stock of your life to know if you have been knowingly or unknowingly doing any of the causative factors. They will also examine your affected foot to understand more about the degree of progress of arthritis before coming to a decision about the management.
Allopathic management of plantar fasciitis or calcaneal spur include resting, icing the painful area and stretching. Medically pain relievers such as ibuprofen are used for symptomatic relief.
The Ayurvedic approach is holistic, consisting of diet modifications, lifestyle changes, stress management, herbal medication and Ayurvedic therapies, Yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation. All of these together can help the body get back to a state of balance. The approach is effective in a majority of patients.
Medicines for Ayurveda:
Ayurveda has a rich tradition of plant pharmacotherapy with a great variety of anti-arthritic plants believed to reduce inflammation, remove impurities, and balance the doshas that cause arthritis. In Ayurvedic treatment, the selection and dosage of medicines are specific to the patient and will depend on which of the three doshas are out of balance.
Panchakarma: The traditional treatment system to balance doshas involves five therapies: therapeutic vomiting (Vamana), therapeutic purgation (Viechana), medicated enema (vasthi), nasal administration of medicines(nasya), and blood purification(rakta mokshana). If the patient is strong enough to undergo such treatments, they can undergo the ones that are most suitable for them.
Ayurvedic treatment for any disease is much more than panchakarma. It also includes herbal medicines, medicated oil therapies, and analgesic pastes.
Special therapies for vata kandakam / calcaneal spur:
- Ishtika swedam : Sudation of feet with hot brick.
- Agni Karmam : Cauterization of affected area.
- Swedana : Sudation procedures like Valuka (sand) sweda can also relieve tha pain due to vata kandakam.
A light vegetarian diet is recommended, with avoidance of foods known to increase vata, like gassy vegetables like potatoes, peas etc.
Feet should be rested well until completely healed.,Smooth and lightweight footwear are better for those with vata kandakam / calcaneal spur. Warm water bath after a long walk is good to rest your feet.
Ayurveda offers a holistic, historically rooted, reportedly safe, alternative treatment for Arthritis.
At Saranya, we believe in the old school application of Ayurveda wisdom with a modern approach rooted in evidence based practise. The medicines and therapies are fixed only after individual consultation through listening, understanding the need and analyzing the root cause. We incorporate different diagnostic methodologies in identifying the root cause of pain and plan unique customized treatment strategies to eliminate the causes.
We believe in restoring the quality of life by relieving the hardships and pain of those who suffer from arthritis.
References: Ashtanga Hridaya, Charaka Samhita, Sushrutha Samhita.