Living With Back Pain

Treating Back Pain through Ayurveda- Some Tips

Ayurveda is a holistic approach to treat bodily disorders caused by imbalances within the five constituting elements of the body. It has a unique perspective of the problem of lower back pain. According to ayurvedic system of thought, the problem of back pain is a direct result of impairment of the three main 'Doshas'.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Back Pain
The main objective of an ayurvedic treatment for back pain is to correct the 'dosha'. Internal as well as external treatment is necessary to correct the 'dosha' and eradicate back pain. The treatment includes the following:

Methods of Internal Ayurvedic Treatment for Back Pain
* According to ayurvedic philosophy, excess 'apana' in the body is responsible for lower back pain. Hence, the body needs to be detoxified of this element. Taking castor oil thrice a week for a month would help attain this objective.

* The administration of a herbal preparation (such as Asthavargam) is essential to bring the vitiated dosha back to a normal state.

* An ayurvedic internal treatment method called 'Panchakarma' is also good to treat back pain. This treatment method includes administration of a full body massage (Abhyanga) and/or meditated enema (Basti) to lubricate the inside walls of the intestine and empty the bowels. Daily purgation, according to ayurveda, helps reduce back pain.

* Certain ayurvedic preparations can also be given to reduce back pain. These medications include Lakshadiguggul, Mahanarayana tailam, Triphala Guggul, and Yogarajaguggul. Their consumption leads to an internal action on the causes of back pain.

External Methods of Ayurvedic Back Pain Treatment
* External methods to treat back pain ayurvedically mostly include performing yogasanas. The postures that can be done to reduce back pain include the following simple back bend poses:

* Cat pose
* Locust pose
* Sunbird pose

It is advised that people suffering from back pain take and strictly follow the advice of their yoga teacher. Doing this would avoid possibilities of any further damage to the lower back.

* To provide more stability to the spine it is advised in ayurveda that one corrects one's posture while breathing. Hence, if you have back pain then inhale in a manner which allows your breath to reach the bottom of your spine. This would result in a relaxed feeling in the full length of the spine as well as the lower back region.

* Ayurveda also recommends the use of aromatherapy to reduce back pain. This method is both- external as well as internal. Oils of natural herbs such as basil, cinnamon, frangipani, or henna could be poured into hot water and its vapors inhaled.