Ayurveda recommends an integrated approach to managing backache incorporating herbs, herbal oils, stretching exercises of yoga and diet to correct the underlying dosha deficiency. Most back pain can be effectively treated with these ayurvedic treatments, but a ruptured or slipped disk often requires intensive medical care.
Yogaraj guggulu, 1 tablet 3 times a day
Herbal Oil Rub (Massage)
1. Rub the painful area of the back with mahanarayan oil. This is very effective for relieving the pain. Vata and pitta types should just rub the oil on the surface, while kapha types should give a deeper massage to the area for some time.
Hot Herbalized Bath
Apply the mahanarayan oil on your back. Put 1/3 cup ginger powder and 1/3 cup baking soda into the hot water in your tub. Soak in the tub for 10 to 15 minutes. Repeat this bath 2 or 3 times a week. This provides extra healing and muscle relaxation.
Individuals who suffer from backache often get constipated. It is often difficult to determine which came first - the backache or the constipation. Either one can induce the other. For example, the backache may be due to chronic constipation, or the spasming muscles and anxiety caused by the back pain may induce constipation. A simple enema of dashamoola tea will help in either case.
The following yoga postures may be helpful:
All these postures may be used both as a preventive measure and to help remedy back pain.
Diet and other Tips
Ayurveda suggests that backache is often due to excess vata.
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