Ayurvedic treatment for Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis

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Osteoporosis

OSTEOPOROSIS AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Since osteoporosis is a difficult condition to reverse, there are a number of treatment options available to manage its symptoms and improve your quality of life. These include:4

  • Diet therapy – Calcium rich nutrition should be ensured. Along with it, diet rich in vitamin D as well as Vitamin D supplements are recommended
  • Hormone replacement therapy – For preventing and treating osteoporosis in women, either estrogen alone or a combination of estrogen and progestin are used
  • Medicines – These include estrogen supplements, medicines that stop cells from breaking down bone, medicines to improve bone strength and reduce fractures, hormones to stop bone loss, etc

Ayurveda recommends holistic treatment for osteoporosis which involves avoiding factors that lead to the vitiation of vata dosha that ultimately lead to worsening of the condition. These include:2,5

  1. Shodhana therapy - Shodhana is a purification therapy. The aggravated Doshas from the body are expelled out in this procedure, thereby eliminating the internal causative factors of the disease. Metabolic process causes generation of large quantities of toxic byproducts in the body. Toxins deposited in various tissues vitiate Dosha, Dhatu etc and thereby causes diseases. Shodhana therapy removes toxins from body and restores the equilibrium of Dosha. Shodhana therapy consists of a three-stage purification process as follows:2,5
  • Purva Karma – preparatory purification prior to the main purification
  • Pradhana Karma – the main five purification methods (known as Panchakarma treatment)
  • Paschath Karma – post rejuvenation therapy
  1. Shamana therapy – it is a palliative therapy to normalize the doshas rather than expelling them from the body. Shamana can be external treatment (Bahya samshamana) like application of herbal pastes, showering with medicinal liquids, tub bath in medicinal liquids, herbal oil massage, oil pooling over the head, oral rinsing, gargling, oil pulling etc. It can also be mild internal treatment (Aabhyantara samshamana) like medicines that digest toxins, fat scraping procedures, aphrodisiacs, anti-toxins to nullify poisons, immune modulation, bulk promoting treatments, etc

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

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Consume healthy foods including nuts, dairy etc in diet
  • Langhanam (dieting) to reduce weight helps in reducing the burden on joints
  • Avoid carbonated drinks, packaged foods and junk food

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Follow a systematic daily way of life (Dincharya)
  • Avoid activities that cause both mental and physical stress
  • Avoid excessive exercise and physical activities
  • Avoid suppressing your urges (vegavidharan) to urinate, defecate, etc
  • Indulge in light exercises such as walking and swimming

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