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FROZEN SHOULDER (apbahuka):-

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FROZEN SHOULDER (apbahuka):-

frozen-shoulderApabahuka is a disease that usually affects the Amsa sandhi (shoulder joint).It is produced by the Vata dosha. Acharya Sushruta and others have considered Apabahuka as a Vataja vikara. Amsa shosha (wasting of the shoulder) can be considered as the preliminary stage of the disease, where loss or dryness of sleshaka kapha from amsa sandhi occurs.

 

Modern View :-

Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder is the result of inflammation, scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the capsule that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. Any injury to the shoulder can lead to frozen shoulder.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Management through Ayurveda:-

shirovastinasyam

 

The general line of treatment mentioned for Vatavyadhi in Ayurvedic classics include oliation (Snehana)(both internal and external), Sudation(Swedan), Mild cleansing(Mrudusamshodha), Medicated Anema(Basti), Holding the medicated oil on the head & Administration of nasal drops (sirobasti  & Nasya), and so on.

Charaka further states that, depending on the location and dushya (tissue element vitiated by Vata) each patient should be given specific therapies. Vagbhata has mentioned Nasal drops (Nasyakarma) in the disorders related to the upper body (jatroordhva Vikaras).

Ayurveda deals with this condition through PANCHKARMA OR DETOX procedures, as ayurveda believes in removing the root cause of the condition.  Ayurveda treatment includes internal administration of medicated Kashayams (decoctions), Aristams (concoctions), oils for both internal and external use, and local application of herbal paste (lepam). Lepam1

Turmeric(haridra) – Curcuma longa and its role in Various allergies.

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turmericAllergy according to ayurevda is due to  accumulation of AMA (or toxins)or  lack of good immunity( vyadi kshamatva) .

Every person is ayurveda is treated as a unique entity, and hence some have got good resistance to fight against allergens and some lack it or have less resistance. This lack of immunity can be present by birth or acquired due to imbalance in doshas (vata, pitta and kapha).

TURMERIC is one of the magic herbs which has good curcumin as an active ingredient, which serves preventive as well as curative purpose.

Preventive uses :-

Uses ——– a) A good healer of wounds.

b) Enhances complexion.

c) Useful in all types of skin diseases.

d) Alleviates toxic condition.

e) Scraps out all the unnecessary fats.

f) Useful in emaciation / under nutrition.

g) Boosts up the immune system.

h) Useful in cold and rhinitis.

It is a health protector. It improves the body immunity. By regular use of Haridra it can avoid cold & cough during season change, sore throat, skin diseases, and pain & swelling in points, after delivery, it can be applied with sesame oil.
Curative uses:-
1.It removes toxins from blood and increases hemoglobin percentage.
2. A decoction prepared from its rhizome relieves pain.
3. Cold/Cough/Asthma-Haridra with honey is the best remedy.
4. Sprain/Inflammatory ailments of joints-poultice of its paste with sesame oil, if applied hot, then will be effective treatment from sprains.

Main Preparations are- Haridra Khand, Allerkhand, Chandraprabha vatika, Sudarshana Churna.
How to use: – .It can be used while cooking the vegetables at home. ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder mixed with warm glass of milk, early morning or before going to the bed is enough. In case you don’t want milk can mix the same amount of turmeric in warm water (early morning is the best).

PSORIASIS:- How does Ayurveda help?

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Ayurveda has explained  many skin diseases, which resembles Psoriasis. Psoriasis can be considered as the vitiation of :-  Vata(air) and Kapha(water+earth)(Two of the basic energies/humors, which maintains our body equilibrium).

Accumulation of low potency Toxins (Dooshi vishas/Ama), are the basic pathological changes taking place in the system.

NOTE – Check the previous post for details on TOXINS

Role of Diet:-  consumption of foodstuffs that cannot be eaten together food items like:- excessive intake of yogurt, black gram, seafood, sour and salted items etc are some of  the aggravating factors.  Alcohol and tobacco consumption will act as a catalyst here. Ayurveda do emphasize on the effect of stress in the pathogenesis of Psoriasis.

Treatment:  Coming to the treatment aspects of Psoriasis according to Ayurveda, it aims at the detoxification of the body or elimination of toxins from the body fluids. It is achieved by Panchakarmatreatments.
This includes internal and external medications purely of plant origin as follows :-
(i) Consumption of medicated ghee

(ii) Detoxifying, by inducing vomiting (Vamana) and purgation (Virechana). Followed by either medicated buttermilk dripping overhead (Dhara) and pasting the entire body with a paste of medicines and mud.
It can be cured if the patient is ready to accept the protocol and conditions fixed by the Ayurveda doctor for treatment as well changing the lifestyle. If it is in the initial stage it can be cured without much delay. Otherwise regular treatment continuing for months will be needed. All depends on how the patient accepts the treatment modalities and how strictly follows the dietary protocol for the rest of the life.

Advise from Doctor  – A strict diet regime has to be followed during the entire treatment period and it is better to continue as vegetarian.

Yogurt, black gram, chilies and salted thing have to be restricted. It is better to avoid refrigerated/chilled foods. Psoriatic must keep a state of mental calmness.