Ayurveda Q&A: Diet and exercise for back pain

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director of rVita, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.
This week’s answers:

1. I have studied your article written at Sify site. After going through your article, I am to submit that I am feeling acute pain at my back for the last 2 years. I am taking Homeopath treatment but the result is not upto the mark. The problems being faced by me is Toxins accumulating in tissues and blocking circulation & Imbalance of the nervous system.I shall be kind enough if you could kindly let me know the exact advice and treatment.
Exact cause of the problem needs to be rooted out. This could be poor exercise habits, less water intake, sleeping in hard or too soft beds, bad postures etc could contribute. Less intake of anti oxidants and poor protein intake could also leads to this problem. You may require an holistic approach for complete healing which includes Ayurveda, yoga and diet.

Ayurveda medicines and therapies can detoxify and rejuvenate you swiftly. Ayurveda therapies like Pizichil, Navara Kizhi, Kati Vasti, Pichu helps improving the blood circulation and relaxes the muscular system which in turn heals the system permanently. Medicines like Dasamoolam Kashayam tablets, Dhanvantharam Kashayam tablets, Sahacharadi Kashayam tablets (Any one 3 tablets before breakfast and dinner with warm milk) / Lumbaton or Zeotone or Gandha Thailam capsules any one two capsules with warm milk after food would help. External application of Dhanvantharam Thailam or Kottaanchukkadi thailam or Maha Narayana Thailam also helps.

Simple yoga postures for back pain
Corpse Pose
Shava asana (corpse) marks the end of all workouts including yoga. You need to lie down on your back on a carpet with feet and palms comfortably away from the body. Starting from toes, concentrate on each organ of body in order to relax fully. Let your breaths calm down automatically. Relax in this position for 10-15 minutes.
Cat Stretch
This is one yoga exercise for back pain that soothens even as you do it. Cat stretch is a part of Chaturangasana, so it can’t be done in exclusivity. Rest on knees and palms just below shoulders (4 limbs). Breathe a cycle, holding your spine as straight as possible and looking forward. Crouch inwards trying to round the spine and attempting to gaze at navel. Exhale while doing this and take a couple of breaths here. Come back to original position inhaling. Now go forward to the cow stretch from here, by dropping the back and lifting head as much as possible. Return to the original position after a couple of breaths while exhaling.

Diet – Add milk, increase the intake of anti oxidants, water – 2-3 liters a day will help.

2. I have come to know about you from site. would be highly obliged if you can guide and just wanted to something about SLE. As my wife is suffering from SLE since last one year. Weather any treatment in ayurveda for SLE.Can it be cured permanently? What are the chances of getting it cured?
I would be thank full to you please share this information and if possible where can we get the treatment and how long this treatment will be and also cost for the treatment.
Shailendra Goala
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a auto immune disease that can affect any part of the body. It affects more women than men. Immune- suppressant therapy is usually suggested. Ayurveda recommends detoxification followed by rejuvenation therapies. The treatment is usually personalized with Ayurveda, yoga and diet. It takes 3-6 months time for any visible change. Please visit rvita Ayurveda centers or rvita.com for SLE treatment options.

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