Cervical spondylosis is caused by degeneration of bones, discs – cartilage cushion between the neck bones and joints of the neck. This condition is usually found in middle aged people and elderly. It is a wear and tear disease. Neck pain, stiffness, headache, numbness, etc. This is one of the diseases wherein Ayurvedic treatment has very good promise.
In Ayurveda, a condition called Greeva graham is explained. – a condition with cardinal feature of stiffness of the neck is explained and it exactly suits with Cervical spondyslosis.
Greeva means neck and Graha refers to stiffness. It is explained as a Vata condition. Increase in Vata leads to depletion of body tissues. (For example, with ageing, Vata increases and body tissues start degenerating.) The dryness and degeneration caused by Vata leads to decrease of Kapha Dosha. Sleshaka Kapha is responsible for cushioning in between bone joints. Hence disc degeneration sets in leading to spondylosis.
Causative factors for Greevagraha (Cervical spondylosis) :
Food habits that increase Vata Dosha –
Intake of dry, cold/ frozen and light food
Fasting for long period – leads to depleted nourishment and increase of Vata Dosha.
Untimely intake of food
Junk food, Sodas
Less intake of water/liquids
Excess intake of curried food etc
Viharaja (Bad Habits)-
Suppression of the urges
Weight bearing in the head, shoulder or neck
Walking for long distances
Bike riding for long distances.
Manasika Hetu (Psychological factors )-
Stress, Grief, Anger, Fear, Loss of interest in work etc
Clinical features of Greevagraha (Cervical spondylosis) :
Pain in the neck
Difficulty in the usual functions of the neck like rotation, flexion, extension etc
Radiating pain to the shoulder, forearm or arm
Tingling sensation, numbness, weakness in the arms
Difficulty in walking, lack of co-ordination
Line of Treatment in Greevagraha (Cervical spondylosis) :
Snehana (Oleation): Both internal and external oleation are beneficial.
Swedana (Sudation): Mild to moderate sudation can be carried.
Mridu shodhana (Mild purgation) – with Castor oil mixed with milk.
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