Ayurvedic treatment for Frozen shoulder

Frozen shoulder

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Frozen shoulder


To manage your frozen shoulder, an appropriate pain management therapy along with a physical therapy to improve range of motion is important.1

For pain management, painkillers to relieve the frozen shoulder pain are recommended. These include oral medicines like paracetamol and in some cases, corticosteroid injections. Physical therapy becomes very important in the later stages of the condition when there is debilitating pain and stiffness felt. Physical therapy would normally include shoulder exercises, physiotherapy techniques, massages, etc.1

In very serious cases, surgical intervention may be necessary. This is especially done when other treatments for frozen shoulder fail to work after six months.1

Ayurveda recommends a general line of treatment for all frozen shoulder. These include2:

  • Snehana (oleation) – administering ghee, herbal oil, animal fat or bone marrow to expel the imbalanced dosha out of the body
  • Swedana (fomentation) – application of hot, moist substances to heal pain
  • Basti (enema) – bowel cleansing technique
  • Nasya karma (application of medicated oil in the nostrils)
  • Ayurveda recommends some oils like Mahanarayana taila, Vishagrabha taila, Bala Taila, Prasaranyadi taila for external application.

Additionally, Ayurveda also recommends a combination of healthy diet (ahar) and lifestyle changes (vihar) in order to manage the condition effectively. These include:2

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

Consume diet that reduces vata dosha in the body. This includes easily digestible foods and moist & oily foods.2 Examples are:

  • Oils and ghee
  • Moist foods like berries, melons and curd
  • Soups and stews
  • Oily foods like avocado, coconut, olives, buttermilk, cheese, eggs, milk, wheat, nuts and seeds

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)


  • Get adequate rest
  • Warm water bath is advised.
  • Avoid straining your shoulder
  • Perform mild exercises to improve the mobility of your shoulders
  • Avoid A/C rooms
  • Avoid cold water bath
  • Practice yogasanas regularly. Some asanas that can help include:

Garudasana                      Paschim namaskarasana             Dhanurasana

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