Ayurveda for Pain Relief

Pain is probably the commonest and biggest problem in human beings. As pain is not adequately controlled by allopathic treatment and use of potent conventional medicines is associated with severe side effects herbal approaches usually have been pursued. Ayurvedic remedies are considered to be gentler and cause fewer side effects than conventional medicines.

According to Ayurveda Vata is the main Dosha involved in pain .It is responsible for generating and spreading the pain. However a specific fraction of Vayu is responsible for pain in a specific region such as generalized pain is caused by Vyana Vayu, headache -Prana and Vyana Vayu, abdominal pain -Saman and Apan Vayu and chest pain – Vyan and Pran Vayu.

Ayurveda recommends herbal remedies, diet changes, improving digestion, removing toxin accumulation, stress, regular exercise and day to day routine for treatment of pain.

Herbal remedies for relieving pain

Ayurvedic drugs used for treatment of pain are listed as Vedanasthapan Drugs by Charakachharya. As in all types of pain there is prevalence of Vayu, all remedies used for relieving should have some properties that can control the vitiated Vayu. Some of the commonly used ayurvedic remedies for pain relief are:

  • Headache -Jatamansi, Brahmi, Haritaki, Guduchi etc.
  • Intestinal colic and Gases – Hingu, Lavana, Yavani etc.
  • Uterine pain -Ashok, Daruharidra, Dashamula etc.
  • Renal colic – Gokshura, Varuna etc
  • Arthritis -Nirgundi, Guggulu, Dashamula etc.

Clearing toxins and impurities:

Ayurvedic herbal oil massages help remove the impurities embedded in tissues and relieve pain as well.

Improving digestion:

Ayurveda considers that incompletely digested foods produce toxins and impurities which are absorbed and they travel throughout the body to localize in tissues to disrupt their functioning which leads to chronic pain. Use of proper spices and cooking oil favors digestion and reduces digestion-depressing foods.

Balancing nervous system function

Vata imbalance causes pain and is it can be corrected by specific diets, herbs, cleansing programs, meditation, yoga asanas and yoga breathing exercises.

Stress management:

Chronic pain is generally increased by mental, emotional and physical stress. Ayurveda treats stress by massage, heat treatments and yoga asana postures and more.

Lifestyle and daily routine:

A vital thing for sustaining healthy function of the body is to have a lifestyle that does not disturb natural bodily rhythms. Ayurvedic treatment stresses on maintaining day to day schedule that will increase balance in your physiology and help to heal your body and relieve pain.

Exercise and yoga:

Regular exercise and yoga have tremendous impact on circulation, nervous system function and the body healing response.  Therefore, it can treat many chronic pains.

Caution with Ayurveda:

Ayurvedic remedies are effective for treatment of pain but it these herbs contain active chemicals that may have side effects or interact with foods and other drugs. Certain herbs should be avoided in pregnancy. Before starting ayurvedic therapies for pain discuss with a professional ayurvedic practitioner.

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