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Ayurvedic Massage to Treat Cervical Spondolysis

Get relief from neck and back pain and stiff joints with 

Naranga Kizhi..the Ayurvedic massage.

Naranga Kizhi..the Ayurvedic massage
Naranga Kizhi..the Ayurvedic massage

Lemon juice refreshes you instantly. A glass of chilled lemon juice is perfect to cool you during summers. What if your massage included lemon as its core ingredient? Naranga Kizhi or Jambeera Pinda Sweda is one such traditional Ayurvedic massage that gives you relief from pain and relaxes your sore joints.

What is Naranga Kizhi?

Naranga Kizhi is one of the traditional Ayurvedic healing massages that is administered to provide relief from frozen joints or cervical spondolysis. A bolus or Pinda or kizhi is made out of the mixture of medicinal herbs and lemon. Wild lemons are also used sometimes while preparing the bolus. The treatment is based on fomentation or Sweda which means inducing sweat in order to treat various ailments. The boiled herbs along with lemon are tied in the bolus and heat is administered to the affected part till you sweat.

The medicinal herbs in this case are chosen on basis of their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties so that the bolus prepared from it can prevent further soreness of joints and relieve the pain in the joints and soft tissues.

How Naranga Kizhi helps?

Naranga kizhi is mainly associated with providing relief from the stiffness of joints and other musculoskeletal pains. It also helps in the treatment of frozen shoulder, whiplash, sprained ligaments, sports injuries, lumbar spondylosis, cartilage tears and rheumatoid arthritis. You can also opt for this treatment in case of a catch or pain in the lower back or neck, sprains or muscular cramps too. Though it may not be the first choice of treatment for neurological ailments, it can be used to relieve the pain in the nerves too.

The Naranga kizhi is usually provided after a session of Abhyanga massage and takes 30-40 minutes. Naranga kizhi also pacifies the Vata and Kapha doshas and helps eliminate toxins from the body. It facilitates the smooth movement of joints and improves blood circulation too.

Who should you not opt for Naranga Kizhi?

People with Pitta dosha or persisting inflammation or high blood pressure must avoid this massage. Those suffering from fractures or fever are also suggested to not opt for Naranga kizhi.

Ayurvedic Therapies: Panchakarma- Purva Karma

Order is the state of health, as defined by Ayurveda, which exists when the digestive fire (agni) is in a balanced condition; the bodily humors (vata, pitta and kapha) are in equilibrium, the three waste products (urine, feces and sweat) are produced and eliminated normally, the seven bodily tissues (rasa, rakta, mamsa, meda, asthi, majja and shukra) are functioning normally, and the mind, senses and consciousness are working harmoniously together.

Ayurveda emphasizes preventative and healing therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation. It can guide every individual in the proper choice of diet, living habits and exercise to restore balance in the body, mind and consciousness, thus preventing disease from gaining a foothold in the system.

The wrong diet, habits, lifestyle, incompatible food combinations (e.g. milk and fish, melons and grain, yogurt and meat or cooked honey etc.), seasonal changes, repressed emotions and stress factors can all act either together or separately to change the balance of V-P-K(Vatta, Pitta, Kapha). According to the nature of the cause, either vata, pitta or kapha undergo aggravation or derangement which affects the agni (gastric fire), and produces ama (toxins). This ama enters the blood stream and is circulated throughout the body, clogging the channels. Retention of toxins in the blood results in toxemia. This accumulated toxicity, once well established, will slowly affect prana (vital life energy), ojas (immunity), and tejas (cell metabolic energy) and result in disease. This can be nature's effort at eliminating the toxicity from the body. Every so-called disease is a crisis of ama toxicity. Ama is the basic internal cause of all disease, due to the aggravated doshas.

To stop the further production of ama Ayurvedic literature suggests putting the person on a proper diet with appropriate lifestyle, habits and exercise, and administering a proper cleansing program such as panchakarma.

Purvakarma: Pre-purification Measures
Before the actual operation of purification begins, there is a need to prepare the body in prescribed methods to encourage the body to let go of the toxins. The two procedures are snehan (oleation) and swedan(fomentation).

Snehana (oleation)
The literal meaning of this term is to make smooth or to oleate. It is the main purva karma procedure and is a specific treatment for vatic disorders.

Example: oily preparations, ghee, oils, fats etc.

Following are the indications of snehana:
Sexual exhaustion,  Anemia, Anxiety, Dryness of the body, Senility
Snehana is also given to the patients of vimana and virecana.

The procedure followed involves the administration of oily preparations within fifteen to thirty minutes after sunrise. The quantity, duration and the type of preparation is pre decided and certain dietary restrictions are prerequisite. Warm, well-regulated liquid diet is preferred but one with stickiness or oleaginous is incompatible.

The following signs will indicate the effectiveness of the remedy:
Accelerated digestive power,  Intolerance to fat, Loose motions, Lightness of the body, Smoothness of the body, Passage of flatus, Visible fat in the stool

After the treatment patients are advised to abstain from sexual activities, to use of warm water; sleeping only at night; avoiding anger, anxiety or loud talk.

Swedana (fomentation)
This refers to the remedy that involves practices involving heat to make the patient sweat. Following are the conditions for which swedana is given to patients:
Corrhyza, Cough, Headache, Paralysis, Constipation, Arthritis
On the second day of swedana, vamana is given and virecana after three days` interval. In case there is a need to give basti, nasya, rakta mokasana to the patients then they are given immediately after swedana.

The following signs prove the effectiveness of the therapy:
Disappearance of corrhyza,  Relief from pain and stiffness, Remission of the disease

After the remedy the patients are advised to avoid cold water and take a nap after a light meal.

Five Basic Shodhans: Cleansing Methods
1) Vaman: therapeutic vomiting or emesis
2) Virechan: purgation
3) Basti: enema 
4) Nasya: elimination of toxins through the nose
5) Raktalmoksha: detoxification of the blood 

Ayurveda Basti Treatment, Medicated Enema, Vasti Treatment

Basti therapy is one of the major pancharma treatments. Ayurvedic basti refers to the introduction of certain oils, herbal concoctions, and sometimes milk or other liquids through the perineum- anus, urethra in men or vagina in women. Basti is the most effective treatment for vata dosha or vata disorders. The term 'Basti' literally means bag or bladder. In ancient times, sterilized urinary bladders of animals were used to inject the fluids into the rectum. Therefore, this ayurvedic therapy came to be known as Basti Karma.

Basti is effective for most of the diseases. In ayurveda 50% of the treatment can be cured by basti treatment. It increases weight in emaciated people, decreases weight in the obese, improves vision, prevents aging, brings back lustre and strength, and healthy longevity. It is specifically for vatic disorders. Digestive disorders like dry colon, dry rectum condition and the tendency towards constipation resulting from diseases patients gets relief through bastis.

It also provides relief in conditions like distensions of abdomen, flatulence, spastic colon, dryness of digestive tract,in chronic fever, etc. General debility, impaired immunity bed ridden conditions like paralysis is also is treated by Basti. Facial palsy, muscular dystrophy and other related disorder can be cure by Basti treatment. Basti treatment can also be used for immunity and health promotion in ayurveda there are few bastis, which is meant for nourishment and longevity.

As a whole basti is meant for top to bottom and head to toe treatment. Its efficacy is from skin, the outer layer to our vital organ such as heart, mind, lunges, kidney and intestestine etc.

There are different types of internal Bastis (Pakwashaya):
Anuvasana Basti - enemas with medicated oils, ghee, herbal milks, buttermilks etc.
Nirooha-asthapana Basti - enema of different kind of medicated, herbal water.
Uttar Basti – in different kind of condition of uterus this basti is given to patients. It is useful for infertility, swollen uterus, such as uterine prolapsed, urinary obstruction, habitual abortions, leucorrhoea, mennorhagia etc.
Mutrashaya Basti - medicated fluids are introduced through the urethra (male)
Vranagata Basti – medicated decoctions are used to clean and heal the wounds and abscesses.
Yoga Basti - a series of 8 treatments, beginning with Anuvasana Basti then followed by Nirooha basti. These two treatments are given on alternate days and the last two treatments are concluded with Anuvasana Basti
Kala Basti - a series of 16 treatments, beginning with Anuvasana Basti then followed by Nirooha basti. These two treatments are given on alternate days and the last four treatments are concluded with Anuvasana Basti
Karma Basti - a series of 30 treatments, beginning with Anuvasana Basti then followed by Nirooha basti. These two treatments are given on alternate days and the last six treatments are concluded with Anuvasana Basti
Bruhan Basti - nutritional enema. This basti is very much useful for the patients who are very weak physically and emotionally. This basti is useful for weight gain and for colour complexions.
Prior to Basti treatment Bowels and bladder must be evacuated. 10 to 15 minutes warm oil massage on the belly and back fomentation is required. For panchkarma treatment emesis and purgation treatments are given prior to basti treatment. Decoctions enemas are to be retained for 48 minutes (minimum 15 minutes).

Basti is generally contraindicated in all types of dysenteries, diarrhea’s, diabetes, pulmonary tuberculosis, severe anemia, per rectal bleeding. It is also contraindicated in infantile problems and senile debility.

Contra-indications for Nirooha Basti : If patient too tired very thin intoxicated states, dryness of throat, suffering from tuberculosis, peritonitis, diabetes etc.

Contra-indications for Anuvasan Basti : Persons in whom Nirooha basti is contraindicated Anuvasan basti is also contra-indicated.  Emaciation, anaemia, fever, jaundice, poisoning, diarrhoea, dysentery, fasting piles etc.

Complications of Basti therapy
In incomplete basti treatment patient gets headache, gas, acidity, loss of apitite, pains and cramps in abdomen, anorectal itching, inflammation, ulceration, piles, fissure and giddiness. For pain in abdomen after Basti, massage the abdomen gently! For headache immediately after Basti, head and forehead massage followed by Ginger tea, rock salt etc. can be given. If liquids are not expelled after 48 minutes another Basti treatment is prescribed with hot water (38C) and fomentation to the lower back and abdomen. Warm water can also be consumed. If complications arise fast acting purgatives (e.g. Castor oil with warm water or prune juice) must be administered immediately to expel loosened toxins from the colon.

Advantages of Ayurvedic Basti Treatment
Ayurvedic Basti restores the balance of the doshas or the body types. The Vata body type, in particular, can get the maximum benefit of basti ayurvedic therapies. Some of the advantages of Basti include

• It increases weight in emaciated people by providing high nutrition and rejuvenation.
• It is also beneficial in weight loss programmes as some basti treatments reduce weight in the obese
• It improves vision
• It prevents aging and brings back lustre, strength, and longevity.
• It provides relief from constipation, distention, chronic fever, cold, kidney stones.
• It is also used to cure sexual disorders.
• Basti is very beneficial in preventing heart pain, backache, sciatica and other pains in the joints.
• As vata disorder is the main cause of many pains including joint pains and knee pain, basti provides relief in such conditions as arthritis, rheumatism, gout, muscle spasms and headaches.
• It is also effective for most of the digestive disorders like dry colon, dry rectum condition and the tendency towards constipation resulting from such conditions.

These were only some conditions where basti proves to be beneficial. Ayurveda practitioners use basti for treating many other medical conditions including certain chronic diseases too.

Side Effects of Basti
If administered properly, Basti karma has very few or no side effects on the body. When Basti therapy remains incomplete, one can experience spasmodic pains, burning sensation, anorectal itching and pain, anorexia, blockage of stools and wind. If excessive basti treatment is provided, it may cause anorectal inflammation and ulceration, fissure, weakness, and muscular cramps.

Gout(Vatrakta) and Ayurveda Detoxification Therapies

Gout is one of the commonest forms of arthritis becoming very common in India. Accumulation of toxins is the primary cause and pathogenesis of this condition. This fact is well accepted by Modern, Ayurveda and most of the traditional medical systems across the world.
Excessive accumulation of uric acid leads to formation of small uric acid crystals which are deposited in the joints and causes recurring joint inflammation and pain. In chronic cases, the larger amounts of uric acid crystals leads to complete destruction of joints, decreased
renal function and renal stones. High blood uric acid levels could also leads to this condition without any history of pain. This condition is marked by fever and extremely painful joint inflammation with rapid onset.
Gout usually starts with affecting one or two joints. Pain and inflammation usually disappears in 7-10 days time with or without any treatments. The second or later attack may be after months or sometimes after years. Gout usually starts with joints of the feet and ankles, most commonly the big toe. As time goes it spreads to other joints leads to disability and crippling. Men are most affected with gout however women after menopause too have the same risk as men.
Inflammation or gout is known in Sanskrit term as vatrakta. Panchakarma therapy is one of the most effective treatments in curing gout. VataRakta is a combination of two words Vata & Rakta. There are three known synonyms (identical) of vatrakta. They are Khuda, Adhayavata and Vatabalasaka. The description of each synonym is as follows:

Khuda means small joints. Since in this disease, the small joints are inflicted it is called as Khuda Vata
Adhaya means the rich class of people & those who are delicate. Since this class of people is generally inflicted with the disease, it is also called as Adhayavata.
The aggravated vata having been obstructed in its passage by aggravated blood, affects the entire blood.
  • Shate Atiruk- Severe pain on injury
  • Sandhi Shaithilyam- Laxity in joints
  • Excess or absence of perspiration.
  • Sedation like feeling.
  • Acute pain on any kind of wound.
  • Lack of sensation in knee, thigh, feet, shoulder.
  • Unusual facial appearance.
  • Karshnya- Blackness
  • Sparshaagyatvam- Anaesthesia
  • Aalasyam- Lassitude
  • Sadanam- Malaise
  • Pidakodgam- Appearance of boils
  • Bhedo Gurutvam Supti Kandu - piercing pain, quivering, tearing, heaviness
  • Numbness & itching in knee, shanks, thigh, waist, shoulder, hands, feet & joints of body.
  • Sandhishu Rug Bhutva- unstable pain in joints.
  • Vaivarnam & Mandalotpatt- abnormal complexion & appearance of patients.

Ayurveda explains the following are causes for Gout

  • Excessive sleep during day time.
  • Irritation & Anger.
  • Consumption or eating during dyspepsia.
  • Intake of diet consisting of an excess of sour, pungent, alkaline, fatty, hot & uncooked articles, moist or dried things, meat of aquatic & marshy animals, oil-cakes, radish, horse gram, black gram, nishpava and other leguminous. Vegetables, seasum paste, sugar cane, curd, sour gruel, sauvira, shukta (vinegars), butter milk, sura are asava also the causative factors
  • Incompatible food
  • Eating during indigestion
Ayurveda Classification According To Doshas
1. Control of Vata
Enlargement of vessels, soreness, shivering and sharp pain, coarseness, exasperation, tightening of veins and joints, inflexibility and severe ache in body parts.
2. Control of Rakta
Inflammation with severe and sharp pain and swelling.

3. Control of Pitta
Over excitement, severe pain, acidic sensation after meals, weakness, dehydration, swelling and desiccation.
4. Control of Kapha
Sensation of Humidity, bulkiness and placid ache.
Some things need to be taken care of when treating this disorder:
  • Insomnia.
  • Pain.
  • Dehydration.
  • Fever.
  • Psychological mystification.
  • Sudden glitch.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Indigestion.
  • Sleepy feeling.
  • Swelling.
  • Smoldering sensation.
  • Inflexibility in body parts.
  • Tumor.

Ayurveda therapies for prevention of Management of Gout
Ayurveda recommends therapies for prevention as well as for the management of this condition. Ayurvedic treatments for gout vary depending on the condition of the patient and the severity of the disease. Ayurvedic treatments for gout consist of detoxification therapies (Pancha karma), oral medicines and diet regulations. Snehanam-(Oleation), virechanam- (purgation), abhyanga-(massage), pradeha, pralepa-(medicated packs) and basthi-(enema) are the treatments suggested in the treatment of gout.
a. Abhyanga (Oil massage) - It increases the metabolism, which leads to better tissuerespiration and circulation, causing the body to flush out its waste products more efficiently. It helps in alleviating rheumatic disorders. It improves flexibility, softness and firmness of the skin and for long life. It is the most ancient method used to remove muscular fatigue and pain.

b. Pizhichil (Oil bath)- In pizhichil, lukewarm medicated herbal oil is poured all over the body. This treatment is very effective in rheumatic diseases like arthritis, Gout, nervous weakness and nervous disorders. This treatment is prescribed not only for rheumatic ailments (vatic disorders) but also for many other diseases like diabetes, blood pressure, fits, convulsions etc.

Home Remedies for Gout
A. Apples are good for gout
B. 3 ml of lemon juice mixed in 100 ml of water, thrice daily helps the kidney to detoxify
C. 30 ml French bean juice said to be effective in gout. It has to be taken for at least 30 days as one course
D. Cherries play a vital role in improving the anti oxidants in the system. Some naturopaths recommend 10 fresh cherries a day to keep the gout in control.
E. Carrot juice mixed with the juices of beet and cucumber acts as diuretic hence it is recommended for Gout
F. A charcoal bath is a good Home Remedy for Gout. Mix in old basin one half cup of charcoal powder with water until a paste is made. Place affected foot into the basin and add water until the foot is enclosed. Steep your foot in the charcoal bath for thirty to sixty minutes.
Commonly used drugs
Basically, all ayurvedic medicines are used. Some of them commonly used are as follows:
  • Gokhshuradi (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Kaishor (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Panch Tikta Ghurta (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Mahayograj (Sharngdhar Sanhita)
  • Yograj (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Sinhnad (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Shrung (Ras Tarangini)
  • Shankha (Siddha Yog Sangraha)
  • Swarna Makshik (Rasendra Saar Sangraha)
  • Praval (Ayurved Saar Sangraha)
Arishtha / Asava
  • Dashmularishtha (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Chandanasava (Bhaisajya Ratnavali)
  • Maha Manjishthadyarishtha (Siddha Yog Snagraha)
Rasa Kalpa /Vati / Mandur
  • Samshamni (Siddha Yog Sangraha)
  • Gandhak Rasayan (Ayurved Prakash)
  • Punarnavadi Mandur (Ayurved Saar Sangraha)

Our eating and living habits, environmental factors etc produces toxins which usually accumulated in the body and ends up with conditions like Gout. Ayurveda’s five purification therapies (Pancha Karma) are primarily targeted to remove these toxins and rejuvenate the human system which in turn helps in prevention and management of Gout better than any other modern medical systems.

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