Cervical Spondylosis is a pretty common condition seen amongst people. It is an issue which is related to age which mainly affects the discs and the joints that are present in the cervical spine. This cervical spine is present in the neck region. Cervical Spondylosis is known by two other names as well- ‘neck arthritis’ or ‘cervical osteoarthritis’.
This problem mainly develops due to the wear and tear of bones and cartilage. Although Cervical Spondylosis is mainly caused due to age-related issues, yet it can be caused due to other reasons and factors as well.
So what are the main causes due to which Cervical Spondylosis occurs in a human body?
• Spinal discs which are dehydrated
There are discs present in between bones which contains some material similar to a gel. When this gel dries out, the spinal discs become dehydrated.
• Herniated discs
Sometimes, the discs may develop cracks in between. Due to this, the gel begins to leak out causing pressure and pain.
• Overgrowth of bones or bone spurs
Whenever the body feels that the spine needs to be stronger, it tries to grow an extra bone. But if this bone grows in the wrong area, it causes problems.
• Stiffness in ligaments
The spinal bones in the body are connected by cords. These cords tend to become stiff over a period of time.
Injuries in the neck could cause problems in the long run.
Cervical Spondylosis Ayurvedic Treatment
Ayurveda is a healing science which is ancient. Its main method of treatment through herbs has been used for centuries. One such herb which helps release in muscle stiffness due to stress is Ashwagandha. It is an anti-inflammatory herb which is natural and does not cause any sort of side effects.
Majority of the patients generally respond quite well to the treatment given by Ayurveda for Cervical Spondylitis. The main focal point in this treatment is the balancing of ‘data’, which is the true culprit behind all the pain in the nerves.
Vata is basically the kinetic energy present in the body. Regular massages with Ayurvedic oil can help to regulate it along with the consumption of cow’s ghee which is medicated. There are a few anti-inflammatory herb based tablets which can help to manage the inflammation and pain in Cervical spondylosis such as Kaishore Guggul, Yograj Guggul, Swarn Guggul (Guggul with Gold) and Sinhnaad Guggul.
Sometimes the condition may get very painful in the case of Cervical spondylosis, in these cases, the inflammation and the pain need to be dealt with immediately and quickly. For this purpose, a few common herbs are available which have an instant effect on the pain. Common herbs such as turmeric, dry ginger, Ashwagandha, fenugreek, Gilloy, Guggul, and Sallakki can be used.
The extract of these common herbs is highly effective which help to reduce the inflammation and pain of all types of joint pains and arthritis.
Any sort of external massages does not have much use in the case of Cervical spondylosis. If a massage with deep pressure is given to the patient, then it can prove to be very harmful. Gentle massages over the neck can be given over the shoulder joints and neck around 2-3 times a day.
For treating Cervical spondylosis, Ayurvedic physicians make use of a compound preparation called as Simhanada Guggulu. It is given approximately 4 times a day, in a dosage of 2-4 tablets. After these medicines are given, the patients are usually provided to drink milk or water which is hot so as to help administer the process. This medicine contains slightly laxative properties. There are more such herbs which can be used as well.
Cervical spondylosis treatment in Calicut, Kerala in India
The treatment for Cervical spondylosis can be found in India, mainly in the regions of Calicut and Kerala.
The main types of treatment used here are Leech therapy, Greeva Vasti, Agnikarma etc.
Leech therapy or Raktamokshan therapy is one of the Panchakarmas of Ayurveda. This therapy is performed in order to remove the toxins present in the bloodstream. It is a highly effective, safe and painless form of treatment. It helps to refine the blood. The leech therapy process initially involves a bite, which is painless. After this, the leech is attached for a period of 20-45 mins. Once it is removed, the area will still continue to bleed for a while. A lot of blood-borne diseases can be cured with the help of this Raktamokshan or leech therapy.
Greeva Vasti is another such special treatment which can be found in Kerala. The procedure for this treatment involves putting some warm oil which is medicated over the neck region for a certain period of time. This treatment helps to gain relief from stiffness and pain caused due to Cervical spondylosis. The main health benefits of Greeva Vasti treatment includes
- Improvement in the circulation of blood
- Reduction of inflammation and pain
- A decrease in numbness caused due to the compression of nerves
- Puts a stop to degeneration of cervical joints
- Helps to remove rigidity and muscle spasm
- Helps to lubricate the cervical joints
- Nourishes the nerves, bones, and muscles of the cervical region
Another treatment available is Agnikarma. It is considered as a para surgical procedure which is superior, according to Ayurveda. The main focus of this process is to manage the problem by inflicting burns on the surface of the tissue by making use of various different tools called as Tools of Cauterization. Depending on the requirement, different types of tools of cauterization are used. If the need is not much, then lesser heat is used. If the tissues affected are deeper, then more heat is used.
For skin surface diseases, Aja Shakrit (Faeces of Goat), Shara (Arrow), Shalaka (Probes), Varti (Wicks), Godanta (Teeth of Cow), Suryakanta (Variety of stone), Pippali (Piper longum), etc., are used. For strong and deeper ligaments, bones and tissues, Madhucchishta (Beeswax ), Guda (Jaggery), Ghrita(Ghee), Taila(Oil), Vasa(Fat), Madhu (Honey), are used.
Treatments like kizhi, Pizhichil, Shirovasthi are very effective for the cure of cervical spondylosis.