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Written by Dr Ashwini Konnur,
Cervical spondylosis is a chronic degenerative condition of the cervical spine that affects the vertebrae and inter vertebral disks of the neck and sometimes affects the contents of spinal canal. With advancing age spondylosis is also known to affect multiple inter spaces. Symptoms include neck pain stiffness, headache, numbness, etc.
Cervical Spondylosis is a vata-related ailment. It is considered as Greeva Sthamba/ Greeva Graha/ Manya Sthamba in Ayurveda. Greeva or Manya means neck and Sthamba or graha means stiffness and pain. The aggravated vata dosha gets accumulated in the neck region and this leads to degeneration of the dhatus or the tissue and leads to depletion and dryness of the Kapha dosha resulting in stiffness and pain in the cervical region.
Some of the factors that cause Greeva Sthamba include consuming excess dry, cold, light food, fasting for long duration, untimely food habits, intake of junk food, consuming less water, late nights, poor sleep patterns, heavy exercise, carrying heavy weights on the head, neck or shoulder, driving long distances, poor reading or writing posture, stress, anger, excessive use of AC and fans, sitting long hours in front of the computer as well as advancing age.
With age, the vertebral column goes through a lot of wear and tear. By the age 40 (or even 30 in some cases), the soft cartilage inside the spinal discs lose strength and begin drying up due to increased vata. Drying up of these discs leads to friction of the vertebrae results in irritation and in some cases causes herniation of disc. Further aggravation of the vata dosha may also cause stiffness of the ligaments and bone spurs which results in pain.
A person suffering from Cervical spondylosis usually experiences nerve irritation that causes stiffness in neck, restricted movement of the neck, tingling or numbness in the shoulder, arms and hand, headache, fatigue, difficulty in walking and of co-ordination, radiating pain to the hand and sometimes feeling difficulty in lifting arms.
Ayurveda aims to correct the imbalance of doshas that is responsible for causing this discomfort in one’s body by focusing on uprooting the disease rather than providing symptomatic relief. Our body is just like a machine. When a machine has been over worked we oil it for its smooth functioning, similarly we need to provide the right nourishment for our body for the smooth functioning of our musculoskeletal system.
Treatments that are usually given for Cervical Spondylosis are:
Medicines that are usually prescribed internally are Sahacharadi kashayam, Dhanvantaram kashayam, Dashamooladi kashayam, Rasnasaptaka kashayam, Gandharvahastadi kashayam, Balaarishta, Ashwagandharishta, Abhayarishta, Yogaraja Guggulu, Kaishora Guggulu, Ksheerabala 101, etc. These are only a few medications that are generally prescribed. Internal medication is given by Ayurveda physician after deciding the associated dosha involved with Vata in causing pain. Internal medication along with external therapies combined together works better in giving faster relief.
Note: The medicines and oils mentioned above are to provide information only. Only an expert Ayurveda physician will be able to help you after consultation.
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