Suffering from chronic pain is debilitating and can drastically reduce your quality of life.
Ankylosing spondylitis (AS) is a condition that causes pain and inflammation in the spine and large joints of the body. Many people with this condition experience ongoing stiffness and discomfort that affects mobility and posture.
Mainstream medicine has failed to answer simple questions such as “What causes AS?” or “How do we cure AS?” This has caused many people to treat their ankylosing spondylitis with natural treatment.
There are several natural therapies for reducing pain and inflammation associated with AS, including Ayurveda. Keep reading to find out more.
Mainstream medicine currently has no cure for ankylosing spondylitis. Instead, symptoms are ‘managed’ using anti-inflammatory medications. In advanced cases, surgery may be necessary.
Drugs used to treat ankylosing spondylitis include non-steroidal anti-inflammatories (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen. These medications are long-acting and help to reduce pain and inflammation.
However, NSAIDs are also associated with several negative health effects, especially if taken long-term.
For those who suffer from deformity, surgery may be prescribed. Joint replacement surgery is an invasive procedure where the surgeon removes damaged joints and replaced them with man-made equivalents.
These downsides of traditional treatment are why many AS sufferers turn to alternative therapies to help heal their AS.
One of the simplest ways to relieve pain is to engage in regular exercise. Gentle exercises like yoga have shown to improve the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis. These kinds of exercises are great because they incorporate stretching.
Low-intensity cardio exercise, such as cycling, is also good for relieving spine stiffness associated with AS. Swimming is another good form of exercise that is easy on your joints.
High-intensity exercise can also help to ease fatigue and stiffness. If you are able to, try interval training a couple of times a week.
Strength exercises using weights can also help reduce pain by strengthening the muscles that support your joints. On the whole, exercise can improve mobility, posture, and flexibility.
Ayurvedic treatments can provide relief from back pain. But what is Ayurveda?
Ayurveda is a complete system of healing that originated in India over 5,000 years ago. It is focused on boosting the innate healing ability of the body.
The Ayurvedic system employs a holistic approach to healing, taking into account the physical, mental and spiritual aspects of illness.
Ayurvedic medicine is based on the principles of nature. It is a practical approach to health and wellness. Ayurveda focuses on detoxification, diet, and lifestyle to induce healing on a deep level.
Treatment for ankylosing spondylitis is different depending on the person. Therapies include massage and panchakarma detox, which is an intensive cleansing of the body.
This ayurvedic treatment involves the application of herbs on the skin to induce perspiration. Pottali Sweda helps to relieve the pain associated with AS.
A kind of Ayurvedic massage, Abhyanga is an effective treatment for the symptoms of arthritic conditions as well as AS. Abhyanga is not like a regular massage. Rather, it is a therapeutic procedure that’s used to treat several conditions.
This next Ayurvedic treatment targets the lumbar area of the spine. Kativasti involves the use of hot, herbal decoctions to help relieve pain in the affected area. The specific herbs and oils used in Kativasti therapy are chosen depending on the patient’s bodily make-up.
Kativasti is an effective treatment for AS as it relieves pain and promotes healing.
Greeva Vasti is one of the main ayurvedic therapies used for the treatment of disorders related to the cervical spine. Greeva Vasti treatment involves the application of therapeutic oils to the neck region for an extended period of time.
Greeva Vasti provides relief from neck pain caused by conditions of the spine, including Ankylosing Spondylitis.
In Ayurveda, Panchakarma refers to a type of intense detoxification therapy. Virechana Panchakarma is designed to flush out toxins in the body by inducing purgation.
Another form of Panchakarma, Vasti helps to remove toxins from the intestines. Vasti is similar to enema therapy in that it involves a cleansing of the large bowel.
During Vasti therapy, an Ayurvedic herbal mixture is delivered into the large intestine for the purpose of cleansing and detoxification.
There are several Ayurvedic herbs that help to treat illnesses such as AS. Here are some of the most effective ones.
Another name for Rasna is ‘Alpinia Galanga’. It is a herb grown in Southeast Asia. It can be brewed as a tea and can help treat inflammation.
Eranda is also known as castor oil in the West. It’s a thick oil made from the castor bean. In Ayurveda, Eranda is often used to induce elimination as it has a potent laxative effect when consumed.
Eranda is mostly used in Panchakarma detoxification treatment to expel toxins and clean the body.
Sallaki, also known as Boswellia serrata, is a resin that comes from the Boswellia tree.
Ayurvedic doctors have used Sallaki for centuries to treat a number of inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and AS.
Another herbal treatment that’s often used in Ayurvedic therapy is Guggulu. Guggulu is a small, flowering plant that grows in central Asia and North Africa.
The Guggulu sap is tapped from the plant and used to treat various conditions including AS. Guggulu has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, making it an effective pain-reliever.
Another Ayurvedic herb, Guduchi helps to modulate the immune system and promote healing. The Guduchi herb helps to clear the body of toxins, increasing vitality and allowing the body to return to a state of health.
Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory condition that affects the spine. People who suffer from this condition experience pain and stiffness around the lower back and larger joints.
Mainstream medicine has not found a cause or a cure for this condition and regular treatment involves anti-inflammatory medications. However, you can also relieve the symptoms of ankylosing spondylitis with natural treatment.
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