Jaloka Avacharan (Leech Therapy) – Benefits, Properties and Procedure

Since ancient times, leeches were used to treat many disease through bloodletting, a method where blood was drawn out to remove impure blood to treat the disease. Believe it or not, leech therapy is sometimes the best alternative in treating illnesses, and even surpasses pharmacological treatments. There are more than 600 species of leeches that have been identified, but only 15 of the species are used medically. Mostly they are used in skin diseases, hypertension, varicosity etc. They increase blood circulation, have anti-inflammatory properties, improves the healing of wounds and increases the immunity.

Properties of Leeches

According to medical experts, leeches remove blood from their host and release pain-killing and blood-thinning substances into the blood through their saliva. The saliva contains about 100 different bioactive substances, including anti-coagulants, vaso-dilators and anaesthetics.

  • Their saliva contain hirudin, calin, factor xa inhibitor which inhibits the coagulation of the blood. The action of destabilase is to break up any fibrins that have formed. It also has a thrombolytic effect, which can also dissolve clots of blood that have formed.
  • Bdellins is a compound in the leech’s saliva that acts as an anti-inflammatory agent
  • There are three compounds in the leeches’ saliva that act as a vasodilator agent like acetylcholine etc.
  • The saliva of leeches also contains anesthetic substances which deaden pain on the site and also bacteria-inhibiting substances which inhibit the growth of bacteria.

PROCEDURE

The affected site of the patient body part is chosen and cleaned and one or two or even more leeches according to the condition of disease are left on that body part to allow leeches to suck the blood. Either they suck it theirs eves or a prick is made to let them to suck the blood. They are covered with wet cotton once they start to suck blood to provide them moisture. To remove the leeches turmeric powder is sprinkled on their mouth and they leave the site. The wound is cleaned with turmeric and bandaged.

MECHANISM INVOLVED

Once the leeches attach themselves to the skin of the patient and start sucking blood, the saliva enters the puncture site and along with it the enzymes and compounds responsible for all these positive effects. Working together, they act to cure the disease present in the individual. Because of anticoagulation agents, the blood becomes thinner, allowing it to flow freely through the vessels. The anti-clotting agents also dissolve clots found in the vessels, eliminating the risk of them traveling to other parts of the body and blocking an artery or vein. The vasodilating agents help widen the vessel walls by dilating them, and this causes the blood to flow unimpeded, too.

DISEASES TREATED BY LEECH THERAPY

  • Skin diseases like psoriasis, acne,
  • Hypertension,
  • Varicose veins
  • Arthritis
  • Sciatica
  • Haemorrhoids

CONTRAINDICATIONS

  • HIV infected patients
  • Patients on immunosuppressive drugs
  • Anaemic patients, pregnant ladies

In these conditions leech therapy should not be indicated because it may worsen the situation and puts them at risk for bacterial sepsis.

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Top 10 Health Benefits of Onion

Top 10 Health Benefits of Onion

  • Botanical Name – Allium cepa L.
  • Family – Liliaceae
  • Sanskrit name – Palandu, Mukhadushak, Yavneshth

Based on colour onion is of two varieties – red and white. It is used all across India as vegetable.

Onion contains proteins, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, vitamin A, B, and C and its leaves contain a volatile oil with very unpleasant odour. It also contains stable oil which contains disulphide.

Medicinal Properties of Onion

  • Rasa – Madhur, Katu
  • Guna – Guru, Ushna, Tikshna,
  • Virya – Usha
  • Vipaka – Madhura
  • Effects on Dosha – It increase pitta and kapha, pacifies vata

Health Benefits of Onion

  1. In case of Cold give 10-20 ml juice mixed with honey and use 2-3 times a day. It very beneficial in curing Cold.
  2. In case of eye disorders like Night Blindness, Eye Sight and Cataract squeeze juice of white variety onion mixed with double quantity of honey. Put 2 drops of this solution in eyes regularly.
  3. In case of ear ache put 2-4 drops of warm juice in ears. It cures ear ache and internal swelling of ears.
  4. In case of Cough use 5-10 ml fresh juice mixed with sugar.
  5. In case of Flatulence 20 ml of fresh juice, 1 gram black pepper, on pinch of asafoetida and salt thrice a day. It cures the gastric pain and abdominal gas.
  6. Calculus – by using 20-30 ml fresh juice 3 times a day for 2 months. It dissolves renal stones.
  7. By using decoction of onion, its cures burning sensation while urination.
  8. In piles grind 2 onions and apply paste on boils it cures the piles.
  9. Insect bite – applies its juice on bitten area. It gives immediate relief from pain.
  10. Immature abscess – apply paste of onion over abscess and it promotes its healing.

Ayurvedic Herbal Treatment for Hemorrhoids / Piles (Arsha Roga)

PilesPiles are one of those disease which makes an individual extremely discomfortable. Piles, also known as haemorrhoids, are swollen veins of the anal canal. The inflammation may be internal, occurring inside the anus, or externally protruding mass through the anus.

Causes of piles

An irregular diet habits lead to the vitiation of all three doshas, and predominantly Vata dosha. Vitiated Vata dosha effects the digestion, leading to constipation. Due to chronic constipation, stool becomes dry and hard causing pressure over veins in the rectum. Due to prolong pressure these veins swollen up leading to haemorrhoids. Some other factors like obesity, sitting for long hours, overindulgence in intercourse, more coughing and straining, and suppressing the natural urges of the body contributes major role for causing piles.

More intake of spicy and junk foods, maida products, heavy non-vegetarian diet, less intake of water.

Type of Piles

  1. Vatajarsha
  2. Pittajarsha
  3. Kaphajarsha
  4. Raktaarsha (bleeding piles)

Symptoms of piles

  • Irritation
  • Discomfort around anus
  • Pain and bleeding may occur during defecation
  • Pea-sized swellings
  • A pile may move down, outside of the anus.
  • A mucus discharge after passing a stool.
  • Itchiness around your anus.
  • Soreness and inflammation around your anus.
  • Constipation

Dry piles (shushk arsh) – In dry piles there is inflammation of the external piles, continuous pain and become unbearable while voiding the bowels.

Bleeding piles (rakta arsh) – In bleeding piles, the internal piles start bleeding and there may be excessive bleeding which lead to anaemia and consequent emaciation.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Piles

Ayurvedic herbal preparations cures by establishing the equilibrium of Tridosha (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) and sapt dhatus.

The main treatment of Arsh is to improve the digestion and curing of constipation. In ayurveda mainly focusing over deepan-pachan and vata anulomana.

There are several herbs named:-

  • Madhuyashti
  • Abhya
  • Araghvadh
  • Erand
  • Trivrit
  • Jaypaal
  • Amlaki
  • Isabgul

In bleeding:-

  • Devadali
  • Khoon kharaba
  • Nagkesar churnam

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid the intake of heavy, dry, cool, and repeatedly cooked foods.
  • Avoid refined foods like jams, pastries, packaged foods.
  • Also avoid tea, coffee, and alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid pickles, potatoes, more of spicy food, food prepared of maida.
  • Avoid excessive fasting, overeating, having food during indigestion, and virudha aahara.
  • Increase the intake of fibrous diet like whole-wheat flour, whole grains, brown rice, barley, legumes, buttermilk, sidha namak, amla, green leafy vegetables.
  • Eat more fruits including oranges, figs, strawberries, kiwis, bananas, pears, papayas, apples, grapes, and mangoes.
  • Increase daily liquid consumption in the form of water, soup, juice, milk, buttermilk, etc.
  • Always have freshly prepare warm meal added with 1 teaspoon of cow’s ghee.

Herbal Remedies for Piles

  • Pranda gutika
  • Arshoghni vati
  • Kasisadi taila
  • Erand tailam
  • Arshkuthar ras
  • Panchsakaar churnam

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Shirashool (Headache) – Causes, Symptoms & Panchkarma Treatment

Before explaining anything about Shirashool (Headache), first have a look on below given picture.

Headache is a simple symptom that represents numerous diseases and on that point, it becomes more difficult to differentiate. In Ayurveda Headache discussed as Shira Shool. There are so many diseases and conditions where headache is a major symptom.

Causes for Headache

Shirshool, Headache, Head Pain, Causes, Symptoms, Panchkarma treatment, Ayurvedic treatmentImproper diet and lifestyle causes vitiation of the vata and kapha. Vata is obstructed by the kapha in the head region, causing headache. As the pain intensifies, vata also vitiates pitta dosha, causing a burning sensation in the head, nausea and vomiting. Headache is also often caused by emotional stress, overwork or insomnia.

As per ayurved the major causes for headache are weakness of nervous system and improper digestion. Due to irregular diet habbits food does not digest properly and go on accumulating in amashaya (stomach) causing ama formation in body. This ama accumulates in manavaha shrots causing weakness of nervous system and causes headache.

Life style causes for headache like high blood pressure, loss of sleep, weak eyesight, sinusitis, hunger, anemia, listening to loud music, studying in improper light, emotional strain, overwork, constipation, and flatulence.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Heaviness of headache
  • Headache either half or full headache
  • Giddiness, eye pain

Types of Headache

Vataja, pittaja, kaphaja, dwandaja, sannipattaj, ardhavabhedhaka, suryavrta

Treatment

Aim of treatment is to improve the digestion, acidity, and constipation. It cures the ama formed in body and by treating the causative factor headache cured by itself.

Panchakarma treatment

  • Shirodhara – Pouring of medicated oils over head in a cyclic method.
  • Shiropicchu – Keeping the cotton pad dipped in medicated oil for specific time duration.
  • Shiro abhyanga – Proper head massage
  • Shiro vasti – Keeping the oil over head by preparing the boundary around head

These main  procedures which are very useful in headache and all other stress factor which is causing headache.

These panchakarma procedure relief the factor like loss of sleep, mental stress and weakness of eyesight.

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Have warm and easily digestible foods, boiled and steamed vegetables, soups, vegetable juices and whole-wheat flour.
  • Eat fruits like apples, papayas, mangoes, pears.
  • Buttermilk, salads, and boiled rice sautéed with cinnamon, cumin seeds and garlic or hing are good in the daytime.
  • Avoid spicy, oily and junk food.
  • Avoid intake of curd specially in night time.
  • Avoid working for long hours continuously.
  • Always have a good sleep in night, over working in night time and awaking in night time for long time.
  • Avoid exposure to direct sunlight, cold wind exposure.
  • Avoid loud music, reading in low light, reading in improper position.

Home Remedies, Diet and Life Style for Psoriasis

INTRODUCTION

Here we are going to explain about home remedies, diet and Life Style for psoriasis.

Home Remedies for psoriasis

PSORIASIS

It is a non-infectious, inflammatory disease of the skin. It is characterized by well-defined erythematous (reddish) plaques with large adherent silvery scales. The main abnormality in psoriasis is an increased proliferation of the skin layers. Severe itching may associate with the plaques. Dryness of the skin and silvery scaling are the main characteristic.

CAUSES OF PSORIASIS

Although the root cause of the disease us yet to be identified, according to traditional Ayurveda, the vitiation of Vata and Kapha causes psoriasis. As per ayurvedic principles, Vata and Kapha are the two basic energies that uphold the balance of our body equilibrium. Strong genetic predisposition, sun deprivation, and intense streptococcal infection on the upper respiratory tract can badly aggravate psoriasis. As per ayurveda, these conditions are strong enough to create several visible pathological changes.

Consumption of opposite foods (such as fish and milk together), trauma on skin like cuts, bruises or burns, some medicines or skin irritants, excessive smoking, alcohol consumption and mental stress or psychological trauma can also be responsible for causing it. It may be hereditary too.

SYMPTOMS OF PSORIASIS

  • Raised pus filled skin bumps
  • Itching, inflammation
  • Silver scaling
  • Dry skin patches and it may bleed too.

DIET AND LIFE STYLE

  • Avoid taking opposite nature food together.
  • Avoid junk , spicy, oily food
  • Drink a lots of water
  • Avoid curd, jaggery, non-veg, eggs, alcohol, radish, tea, coffee, white flour.
  • Avoid sleeping in afternoon
  • Take bath with cool water instead of hot water and apply coconut oil after bath. it’s good to add few drops of oil in the water you are taking bath with. During cold, dry weather, you may need to apply a moisturizer several times a day. Take daily baths. Bathing daily helps remove scales and calm inflamed skin. Avoid hot water and harsh soaps, which can worsen symptoms; use mild soaps that have added oils and fats.
  • Infections, injuries to your skin, stress, and smoking and intense sun exposure can all worsen psoriasis. So try to avoid these triggers.
  • Avoid alcohol. Alcoholism provokes the problem.

HOME REMEDIES

  • Take a glass of bitter gourd and add 2-3 spoons of lemon juice in it. Drink it daily.
  • Soak sesame seeds in water overnight.in the morning crush them and drink by mixing in water.
  • Aloe vera. Taken from the leaves of the aloe vera plant, aloe extract cream may reduce redness, scaling, itching and inflammation. Take aloe vera juice.
  • Expose your skin to small amounts of sunlight. A controlled amount of sunlight can significantly improve lesions, but too much sun can trigger or worsen outbreaks and increase the risk of skin cancer topical applications of Oregon grape may reduce inflammation and ease psoriasis
  • Topical applications of Oregon grape may reduce inflammation and ease psoriasis.

Health Benefits of Cow’s Ghee According to Ayurveda

Health Benefits of Cow's Ghee

Cow’s Ghee increases/enhance

  • Dhee (Intellect)
  • Smriti (Memory)
  • Agni (Digestion)
  • Medha (Discriminative ability)
  • Bala (Strength)
  • Ayu (Longevity)
  • Shukra (Virility)
  • Chakshusya (Good for vision)

More Benefits of Cow’s Ghee

  • It is good for young and old.
  • It is desirable for those who wish to have progeny.
  • It enhances complexion, beauty, and voice.
  • It pacifies VATA and PITTA and cures visha(toxicity)
  • It is good in unmada condition, shopha (oedema), jvara (fever).
  • It is most important among all snehan dravya in sita and vaya sthapana.
  • When ghee is processed with appropriate medicines, its curative power is enhanced and can be used in several diseases.

Benefits of Purana Ghrita (Old Ghee)

  • It is capable of curing mada (intoxication), apasmara (epilepsy), murchha, ENT disorders and gynaecological diseases.
  • It heals dusht vrana (chronic ulcers).

Top 10 Health Benefits of Amla (Indian gooseberry) Premium Juice

Amla (Indian gooseberry) Premium Juice
  • Amla, the Indian gooseberry is a very renowned fruit to us since many decades for its endeavoring properties and nutritional benefits.
  • Known for its various antioxidant and antiseptic properties, this rich in nutrient fruit has proven to be the best herbal medicine for most of the body or skin issues.
  • It is enriched with great vitamin C and is comprises of iron and vitamins too.
  • Many studies proved that consumption of amla prevents many health diseases and empowers the strength.
  • The regular intake of Amla Premium Juice makes the skin glow and hair stronger.

Health Benefits of Amla (Indian gooseberry) Premium Juice

1. Richest Source of Vitamin C

Vitamin CAmla Premium Juice contains vitamin C that is twenty times more than in orange juice. Vitamin C present in the Amla Premium Juice improves the tannins which are required to shield the heat and light. Amla because of being rich in Vitamin C improves your skin texture and brings a glow on it.

2. Blood Purification

Blood PurificationAmla Premium Juice when taken with honey everyday twice helps in relieving asthma and bronchitis complications. It also works wonder for blood purification. Eat the same mixture to get rid of the acidity problem. You can also use pure ghee instead of honey for acidic troubles. Amla’s antioxidant properties helps the body purify the unwanted products from your blood and makes it healthy.

3. Retains Body Temperature

Body TemperatureIn the summer season, juice from amla retains our body cool and sorts out the heat from the body. Amla also works as shield to the radiation and it protects from harmful UV rays, thereby saving our skin from getting exposed to the harsh weather conditions and keeps it hydrated and cool.

4. Lifespan of a Person

Lifespan of a PersonAyurveda states that eating amla on regular basis increases life span of a human. The fresh amla comprises of more than 80 per water, fiber, minerals, proteins and carbohydrates which when consumed makes you strong and healthy thereby increasing your lifespan.

5. Facial Glow

Facial GlowDrinking Amla Premium Juice with the addition of honey in the morning hours brings to your face a new glow and it also makes the skin free from blemishes.

 

6. Lowers Osteoclasts

Lowers OsteoclastsPeople who suffer from bone and calcium problems should consume amla as Amla Premium Juice lowers the osteoclasts – the cells which break down the bones. It also reduces the chronic cough, allergic asthma and tuberculosis.

7. Removes Blemishes from Skin

Removes Blemishes from SkinAmla Premium Juice works perfectly for the removal of pimples and acne scars from your skin. If you apply the paste made from amla for 10 to 15 minutes it will heals the spots and decrease the acne affected skin. This way the antiseptic properties of amla helps make you skin look more beautiful and fresh.

8. Stronger Hair Growth

Stronger Hair GrowthApplying Amla Premium Juice that is mixed with water to the scalp can restore the spirit and energy of the hair. To make your hair stronger and shiny, add amla powder and lemon juice, apply over the scalp and retain it for 20 to 30 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Use can also use the amla oil for scalp massage. It will strengthen the hair from roots and brings the natural glow to hair. Few people use this to get relief from stress.

9. Urinary Tract Cleanliness

Urinary Tract CleanlinessIf you are suffering from urinary tract infection and wants to get rid of with naturally, you shall consume amla. Try to dry 30 ml of Amla Premium Juice two times daily to get the relieve from burning urination.

10. Increases Red Blood Cells

Increases Red Blood CellsFor people having low count of hemoglobin or red blood cells are recommended to have Amla Premium Juice. Amla Premium Juice is responsible to increase the count of red blood cells in the body.

Other Health Benefits

  • Amla Premium Juice provides strength to heart muscles, which is a best remedy to treat heart problems.
  • Amla Premium Juice helps in giving relief from constipation.
  • Amla Premium Juice stimulates bowel movements and helps to cure chronic constipation.
  • Amla Premium Juice gives birth to the body and prevents the signs of aging. It can also be used as an anti-aging remedy.
  • Amla Premium Juice mixed with turmeric powder, few amount of honey controls diabetes problem

Health Benefits and Medicinal Properties of Curd According to Ayurveda

Curd

अम्लपाकरसं ग्राहि गुरुष्णं दधि वातजितं।

मेदः शुक्रबलश्लेष्मपित्त रक्ताग्नि शोफ कृत॥

रोचिष्णु शस्तमरुचॊ शीतके विषमज्वरे।

पीनसे मूत्रकृच्छ्रे च रुक्षं तु ग्रहणी गदे॥

Reference अष्टांग हृदयं, सूत्र स्थान (5/29-30)

Medicinal Properties of Curd

Rasa (Taste) : Amla (Sour)

Guna (Properties) : Grahi (Constipative), Ushna (Hot), Guru (Heavy)

Virya (Potency) : Ushna (Hot)

Vipaka (Metabolic end effect) : Amla (Sour)

Effects on dosha : Pacifies – Vata, Aggravates – Pitta and Kapha

Curd Increases:-

  • Meda (lipids/obesity)
  • Shukra (virility)
  • Bala (strength)
  • Kapha, Rakta, Pitta, Agni
  • Sopha (edema)

Curd Cures:-

  • Aruchi (Anorexia)
  • Sita javra (Chilling fever)
  • Visama javra (Intermittent fever)
  • Vatik pinasa (Rhinitis)
  • Mutrakruchra (Dysuria)

Curd is very useful in Grahni roga (Irritable Bowel Syndrome-IBS) after removing its cream.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome

Role of Panchakarma in Healthy Life

Panchakarma is referred to the five actions which detoxifies the body and mind, the two beautiful instruments of our body and balances the physiological functions of the body. It removes accumulated doshas (toxins) from the body. It removes old and worn out cells, helps rebuilding the new body cells and tissues, delays ageing. It gives more clarity and sharpness to the mind. In simple words it rejuvenates the body and strengthens our immune system.

Panchkarma

The five karmas are:

  1. Vaman,
  2. Virechan,
  3. Vasti,
  4. Nasya,
  5. Rakta Mokshan

Before these main karmas, Purva karma are recommended.

PURVA KARMA

  • Snehan – It can be done both internally and externally. For external, massage is done with medicated oils. It lubricates the body cells. For internal, ghee and oil is ingested.
  • Swedan – After oiling by massage, steam is given.

PRADHAN (MAIN) KARMA

  • Vaman – It is the process of the emesis. It is done to remove kafa dosha. It is given in the diseases like obesity, cough, urticaria, anorexia,etc
  • Virechan – It is the process in which toxins are removed by inducing bowel motion. It is done in paitik disorders like psoriasis, skin problems, acidity, obesity, digestive disorders.
  • Vasti – Medicated oils, decoction are given through anal route .it is given in vatik disorders like joint disorders, osteoarthritis, rheumo arthritis, sciatica, chronic constipation.
  • Rakta mokshan – It is a process of purifying the blood. For this leeches are used or through needle. It is done in skin disorders, acne, eczema, sciatica,etc.
  • Nasya – Administering medicines through nasal route. It is given in ENT disorders mainly. It is good in hair fall, greying of hair, rhinitis, poor vision, nasal blockage.

PASCHAT (POST) KARMA

A proper diet has to be followed.

Other procedures are also included like Shirodhara, Mukhalepa, Shiro Pichu.

ROLE OF PANCHAKARMA IN VARIOUS DISEASES

1. Cancer

Panchkarma shows tremendous effects on many incurable diseases like Thrombocytopenia. In this type of disease we can use Brihan Basti, Mansras Yapan Basti.

2. Medorog

Meda should not be reduced abruptly. In medorog we can use tikshan virechan, lekhan Basti & steam sudation regularly. 6-8 kg of wt. can be reduced by this.

3. Joint Disease

Sandhigatvat & Asthimazzagat vat are the main causes of producing pain & inflammation in joints. In these patients, we prefer steam sudation, Nadisweda, Sashtic Shali Pindsweda with tikta Sheerbasti which is more beneficial.

In certain cases there is accidental paraplegia due to fracture of bone. Do the treatment of Paralysis in case of Paraplegia.

4. Sciatica

It is vat pradhan disease which arises from buttock region and pain radiating to thighs. In this disease we should give massage, steam sudation & Basti (Dashmool Niruh with Oil).

5. Incurable Vat Vyadhi

We can call it Mansgatvata which is also known as Pseudo Muscular Dystrophy. In this disease we can give Udvartan and Mustadi Yapan Basti. This seems to have tremendous effect.

In any vat related disease we use massage (abhyanga), steam sudation, Virechan (Purgation) & Dashmool Niruh and Anuvasana Vasti.

6. Shiroroga (Brain Disease)

In Today’s world incurable headache (migrain) is increasing abruptly (in all age gp.). In this type of headache we should give ghee for internal oleation, Nasya (of cow’s ghee) & Nasya of Shunthi gud. Before first snehpaan, we should do shodhan. It is always beneficial.

We can use Netra Tarpan and Ghrit Nasya in cases where children acquired low eye sight.

7. In Cold, Cough & Hiccough

Virechan (Purgation) is the best treatment. In tamaka Swash, Virechan should be done after snehpaan (Internal Oleation). In patients who is to be given “Vamana may be given Madanfaladi yog. Use of Snehpaan & Virechan in case of Hiccough shows its efficacy.

8. Urticaria

In this type of patients, we should give Virechan after giving shodhan sneh. For snehpaan we can use Shatavari Ghrit, Tikt Ghrit, Mahatikt Ghrit. Triphala, Aarghwadha Kwath or Draksha Aargwadh Haritaki Kwath are used for Virechan. Vidanadi vasti & Krimighan Vasti are very beneficial in Urticaria.

9. Jaundice

Katutumbi jal or Koshataki Jal used in Nasya Karma are beneficial in Jaundice. We can also use Katfal Churan or Shunthi Churan for Jaundice.

10. Insomnia, High Blood Pressure & Epilepsy

In insomnia Shirodhara & Shirobasti is given to patients. Bala Taila is used for this purpose.

In night we can do sole massage & Shirah Pichu with Ghrit. Ghrit Nasya is also useful.

Thus Panchkarma is very helpful in eradicating disease from the root.

Sciatica – Home Remedies and Panchkarma Treatments

Sharp shooting pain in the buttock, back of the thigh, leg along the path of the sciatic nerve.

Sciatica – Home Remedies and Panchkarma Treatments

Symptoms of Sciatica

  • Piercing pain, stiffness, and cramps radiating down from back, buttock, back of the thigh, leg and foot region.
  • Heaviness, loss of appetite, constipation

Causes of Sciatica

  • Compression or trauma of sciatic nerve due to ruptured intervertebral disc.
  • Ruptured intervertebral disc
  • Osteoarthritis of lumbo-sacral vertebrae, ankylosing spondylitis
  • Piriformis muscle spasm
  • Tumour

All these causes compress the sciatic nerve causing inflammation and pain in the nerve.

Home Remedies for Sciatica

  • Eranda (Ricinus Communis) is the drug of the choice. Two teaspoon of Eranda pak can be taken with warm milk. It is the most effective remedy in sciatica.
  • Guggul is another very useful drug given in sciatica. It improves the microcirculation
  • Ginger, garlic are good in sciatica. Two cloves of garlic can be added to milk. Drink it at least two times.
  • Apply fresh horseradish poultice on the affected area for an hour. It works like magic in sciatic pain.
  • Taking hot and cold compresses are a good way to treat sciatica. Take a towel and dip it in hot water and compress on back, then in cold water compress. It relaxes and contracts the vessels thus increasing blood circulation there. This phenomenon relieves pain.

Panchkarma Treatment for Sciatica

  • Sarwang Abhyang – Full body massage with warm medicated oils. It lubricates , nurtures the cells, pacifies vayu in body
  • Swedana – steaming on body. Together abhyanga and swedan process detoxifies the body
  • Vasti – medicated oils, decoction are given through anal route. It pacifies the dryness, vat and strengthens the intestines. Vasti is considered asthe best therapy for all vatic disorders.
  • Siravedha – Venous puncture.
  • Agnikarma – Cauterisation
  • Raktamokshan – Blood purifying process.

Do’s

  • Good diet, green leafy vegetables, fibre rich diet
  • One should sleep on firm mattress.
  • Adapt a good posture while sitting and standing
  • Gentle exercise.
  • Drink 8-10 glasses of water every day.

Don’ts

  • Avoid lifting heavy weights.
  • Avoid junk spicy deeply fried food.
  • Avoid potatoes, rajma, white gram, curd, lady fingers
  • Heavy exercise, jumping, running should be avoided.