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Chronic Pain Management and Prevention in Ayurveda- Part 1

Chronic Pain Management and Prevention in Ayurveda- Part 1
         Chronic pain may arise from an initial injury, such as a back sprain, a serious accident, whiplash injury, or there may be an ongoing cause, such as illness.

     However, there may also be no clear cause. Other health problems, such as fatigue, sleep disturbance, decreased appetite, and mood changes, often accompany chronic pain. 

    Chronic pain often limits a person’s movements, which can reduce flexibility, strength, and stamina.
    Chronic injury, however, not just affects the area of injury and surrounding tissues but can have psychological effects too.  

    Pain and depression are closely related.Depression can cause pain and pain can cause depression.Sometimes pain and depression create a vicious cycle in which pain worsens symptoms of depression, and then the resulting depression worsens feelings of pain.

   Therefore, not only does pain affect the physical body, it also affects how a person thinks and feels.When thoughts and emotions are particularly negative, they can increase the pain that the person experiences.

    Ayurveda treats chronic injury and pain with both physical application and psychotherapy – specifically, Ayurvedic psychology, which differs from Western medicine.

    Ayurveda always includes treatment of the mind, body and spirit, and believes that health and healing must address each of these aspects of our being.

 Pain Pathogenesis According to Ayurveda:

   Toxins (Ama) that accumulate in the body begin to obstruct the nourishing channels of the muscles and joints which in turn, reduces oxygen supply and results in the reduction of essential nutrients. This gradually leads to stiffness of the muscle or muscular system and finally to onset of pain. 

   The aggravation of Vata dosha and accumulation of Ama (toxins) are the primary causes and remain the main focus for treatment.

   Since chronic pain can be influenced by many factors, such as diet, digestion, toxin accumulation, stress, exercise levels and daily routine, the Ayurveda approach to the condition is a comprehensive one that balances many physiological functions.

   The goal of this approach is to enliven the body's natural healing and self-repair ability not only to help cure chronic pain, but also to prevent any disorder and create the highest state of health and well-being simultaneously.

  Management of pain:

   Ayurveda, the science of life, advocates not just the management of pain but also address pain prevention by advising certain daily rituals which are effective to prevent all pain types.

   The combination of both Snehana (Abhyanga) and Swedana (application of the medicated
oil & medicated steam application ) is a clinically proven and effective non- invasive form of therapeutic measure of managing not only neuropathic pains but also many forms of chronic pains in a very effective manner.

  •  Abhyanga– Oil application over the entire body followed by warm bath/shower. Ayurveda advises this to be an everyday ritual to manage proper blood circulation and nourishment to the whole body which in turn, prevents the pain.

  • Panchkarma Detox and Cleansing: According to Ayurveda, the accumulation of toxins is the primary cause of chronic pain. Ayurveda advises different purification therapies depending on the seasons and the nature of pain.

  • Specialised Ayurvedic treatments ike kai basti,janu basti greeva basti and pinda sweda  are proven to be very effective in management of chronic pain issues.

     In modern medicine, chronic pain is managed by non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, analgesic drugs,physiotherapy and corticosteroids, however these drugs have so many side effects.

     Ayurvedic herbal treatments are effective for healing and controlling excess inflammation for long-term results, such treatments must be part of an integrative approach combining dietary changes, detoxification and therapeutic exercise.

   Enjoy reading !! Stay tuned for part 2 !!

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