Allopathic management of cervical spondylosis are medication, therapy and surgery.
- Medication: Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, corticosteroids, muscle relaxants, anti-seizure medications and antidepressants.
- Physiotherapy helps to strengthen the muscles in neck and shoulders & Traction which can help provide more space within the spine if nerve roots are being pinched.
- Weakness in your arms or legs worsen surgery is the next option:
- Removing a herniated disc or bone spurs.
- Removing part of a vertebra.
- Fusing a segment of the neck using bone graft and hardware.
In comparison, 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 cervical spondylosis. 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.
Ayurveda Therapies: Panchakarma: The traditional treatment system to balance doshas involves five therapies: therapeutic vomiting (Vamana), therapeutic purgation (Virechana), 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 cervical spondylosis is much more than panchakarma. It also includes herbal medicines, medicated oil therapies, and analgesic pastes.
Oil therapies are known to increase the mobility of the joints, relieve muscular spasm, and push accumulated toxins into the large intestine, ready for elimination. Oil therapies like abhyangam oleates the body, whereas others like pizhichil, potalis or kizhis combine both oleation and sudation techniques to improve mobility and flexibility of joint, reduce pain and inflammation, and improve the day today life of the patient. Lepam or analgesic pastes are used to reduce swelling and inflammation at the site.
In Cervical spondylosis especially doing Kizhi (Hot fomentation with potalis with vatahara dravyas. Sirovasthi (Medicated oil is held in place using a bandage tied around the patient’s head and an open head cap). Nasyam (Nasal administration of medicated oils). Pichu (Placing warm oil pad on neck for a particular time).
Diet : A light vegetarian diet is recommended, with avoidance of foods known to trigger painful disease activity (e.g., the “nightshade” vegetables such as potato and eggplant).To be avoided gassy vegetables like potatoes, mushroom, cauliflower, cabbage, sour fruits, oily and spicy foods, deep fry foods, yogurt, Refined flour (Maida), Tuvar dal.
Lifestyle:Rest during the active disease phase, and mild physical activities like yoga is advised as the healing of the affected joints improve. Pranayama & meditation are advocated to improve calmness of mind and for better management of pain.
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.