Ayurveda Q&A: Ayurveda for cervical spondylosis

Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director, Dr Gowthaman’s Ayurveda Panchakarma Center, Chennai, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda. Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Tuesday.
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1. i am suffering fron cervical spondylosis at c4-c5 and c5-c6 disc osteophyte complex with unconvertebral joint hypertrophy causing compression of left c5 and c6 nerve roots. pls suggest me options and price for the treatment.

Please find a Ayurveda Pancha Karma Center near by and look for personalized Ayurveda treatment. Cervical spondylossis is the specialty of Ayurveda. Ayurveda therapies like Pizchil, vasti, Navara Kizhi etc can normalize this condition in no time.

Take Dasamoolam Kashayam 15 ml with 45 ml of warm milk thrice daily 30 minutes before food with Cervilon + Zeotone each one tablets and Gandha Thailam capsules and Recalci 2 numbers thrice daily after food with warm milk. External application of Dhanvanthram Kuzamboo around neck, back, chest and hands followed by warm water bath after 30 -45 minutes helps.

2. Am 22yr old. I have long oily hair. I am very much worried about my hair falling and whitening .Anybody please say a good remedy for hair falling and hair whitening.

Vidya V

Hair fall is a generalized weakness exhibited by the body than a local problem. There are multiple reasons starting from poor water, iron, folic acid metabolism to reduced thyroid and anti oxidants in the body. All these above deficiencies could lead to both hair loss and pre mature graying.

This condition requires both internal and external medications.

Internal medications – Keshmani capsules 1-1-1 after food with warm water, Kasis 250 mg thrice daily after food with warm water and Sudarshanam choornam tablets, Narasimham tablets and saptamrutha Loha Each 2 tablets 15 minutes before food with warm water would help.

External application of fresh Amla paste over the scalp as pack followed by warm water wash after 30 minutes as every day practice for 90 days would tremendously improve the hair condition. If fresh Amla is not available, Use the Amla powder mixed with fresh curd as pack would also help.

After bath, Application of Keshmani oil or Narasimha Thailam or Karkundhal does help.

3. last fue month my hair lossing more and more , now i am taking a tretment coverit oil ,put still now my loss not geting stop,so please give any information from your side please,,


Understanding the cause for the hair fall would quickly help to solve the problem. As I discussed many times lower water, iron, fresh vegetables, fruits and curry leaves in the diet could lead to this condition and may not positively responsive for any local applications as this condition needs to be treated holistically with internal, external medicines and therapies and diet.

a. The most effective and well practiced home remedy is applying coconut oil processed with fresh curry leaves. This should be strictly applied on the scalp and hair for 90 days. Gentle massage with this mixture for 15-20 minutes helps in reducing the hair fall, dandruff and improves hair growth, hair thickness and improves the black hair growth. After application wash it with lukewarm water after 30 -45 minutes.

b. Amla powder is considered and used as one of the best hair rejuvenator across the world. Apply paste of fresh Amla powder mixed with curd and fresh lemon juice as pack. Leave it for 45 minutes and followed by warm water wash. This process is very effective to reduce hair fall and improve hair growth. This process is repeated every alternative day for 30 days for better results.

c. Amla soaked in water for overnight, and the water is a very good hair conditioner. After the regular hair wash, just rinse the hair with this water. One of the primary reasons for premature graying and hair fall is using excessive conditioners and high chemical shampoo. Avoiding cause may help in bringing back the normalcy swiftly.

d. One of the effective remedy for colder seasons is application of Almond oil with Amla juice. Warm both taken in equal amounts and gentle massage on scalp for 15 minutes. It is one of the fastest ways to arrest the premature graying and improving the general hair health.

e. Many villages in Kerala follow a simple hair remedy. Everyone including men and women does it as cultural practice. Application of equal amounts of buttermilk and curry leaves juice are boiled for 5 minutes in mild fire then applied in the scalp in lukewarm condition followed by warm water wash after 30 minutes. This is known preventive remedy for white hairs and hair fall.

f. Ayurveda recommends the following combination as the effective remedy for prevention and improving hair growth, reducing dandruff, for healthy hair. Equal amounts of Amla powder, Thriphala powder, Methi powder, Karisalai powder, Mehanthi Powder, Japa flower and leaves powder, Indian Asparagus powder mixed with fresh curd and fresh lemon juice. This mixture applied as a pack on the scalp followed by warm water wash

g. Simple home remedy to maintain health hair the following remedy is advised. Equal amounts of fresh Amla juice and lemon juice applied on the scalp and hair followed by warm water wash after 10 minutes. This should be done every day for healthy hair.

h. Traditional healers in South India recommend the following remedy for premature hair growth. Equal amounts of sesame oil and Carrot juice mixed with half the amount of Methi seed powder kept under sun for 21 days. Then this oil is applied on the scalp for hair for hair fall.

i. Eclipta Alba is the other important herb used in Ayurveda for prevention and reversing the hair fall and premature hair graying. Most of the Herbal hair oils contain the extract of this herb. Ayurveda recommend the application fresh leave juice or paste as a thick scalp pack followed by warm water wash.

4. hello sir, this is my details age :30 yrs ,unmarried,female. problem i m facing is from last 2yrs pain under left breast at bottom of it, sometimes i feel it in chest wall ,ribs on left side only, sometimes i feel like some gas bubble( heaviness) is there or sometimes its bleeding / burning there. from last few months i have started feeling same type pressure in same side of stomach ,i have quite observed when i actually starts feeling it
while going to sleep its more, when i eat something it start heavy feeling in chest, so i m talking small meals so even after eating little i feel uncomfortable,
even when i m very much hungry i feel stomach is full and very tight, every time after eating i feel like go to toilette and empty the the bladder ,
i feel my chest is very full of gas that is on able to come out, and due to which i feel uncomfortable in left arm and armpit also.
i have examined myself from ladies specialist (abt a year ago) she said its hormonal, but day by day my pain is going worse. i m loosing my confidence and concentration from work.
i have changed my diet time to time ( like salads ,fruits , boiled rice or juices, stopped taking tea/coffee ) still its same pain, now i days i m in constant worry of this pain.
my lifestyle is quite normal even i go for walk and gym too. please advice me any examination for diagnosis of this pain.
thanks and regards

The symptoms suggestive of Hiatus hernia and Gall stones. Please check with a gastroenterologist and get it examined properly. As these two conditions are very much related to the symptoms which you have shared.

5. My wife aged 68 is having severe osteoporosis. The doctor has prescribed some medicines.

He has also advised her to do regular exercises as advised by the physio and to take at least
two cups of milk a day. She is also having hypertension and taking medicines for this.
Does Ayurveda treat this disease? Some say that the Ayurvedic drugs can contain heavy metals
and can do great damage to health. What is your answer to these questions? Regards,


Yes, Ayurveda can very well help her. More than simple physiotherapy, ask her to do walking inside the water for 15 minutes a day. That’s the best physical exercise for osteoporosis. This particular therapy improves the calcium assimilation. Check her Vitamin D levels as most of the times the calcium supplement therapy fails because of poor Vitamin D levels.

Ayurveda therapies like pizichil and Mamsa Navara Kizhi are very effective in bringing back the normalcy. Please visit the near by Ayurveda Pancha Karma Center for these therapies, consult the doctor and get a personalized therapy plan.

Medicines like Recalci -2 tablets and Kasis 500 mg twice daily after food with warm water helps to improve the condition in no time. Drum stick leaves soup 30 ml a day improves all related to calcium metabolism in the body

I am Thilaag from Malaysia, I would like to know more information related with Ayurvedic Treatment for Cervical Spondylosis as my 53 years old mother is suffering with this pain.

Ayurveda treatment protocol is primarily focused on normalizing the vitiated vata dosha and to rejuvenate the affected tissue. Since this condition may also be related to stress, Ayurveda recommends a holistic approach with Ayurveda medicines and therapies, life style modifications and diet, minimized exercise and yoga.

Ayurveda recommends Guggulu, Aloe Vera, Ashwagandha, Turmeric, Giloy, Dry Ginger, Shallaki etc for prevention. These herbs are well known muscular and stress relaxants and anti inflammatory with no side effects which helps to prevent and to manage this condition. Ayurveda does recommend intake of 3 gm of Cow’s ghee as diet for prevention.

Ayurveda therapies for cervical spondylosis

Ayurveda cautions not to use any stronger, vibrant massage therapies for this condition as it may further worsen the condition. Only a gentle application of warm medicated oil, depends on the condition and Prakriti of the patient the oil is selected followed by herbal steam application improves the condition in no time.

Kati Vasti: Ayurveda recommends this therapy as a specialized care therapy for this condition. A bridge is formed on the back bone with flour power and warm medicated oil is filled for the period of 45-60 minutes. This helps the muscles and ligaments to relax and heal; improved blood circulation heals the tissues. This treatment usually advised for 14-28 days depends on the condition.

Ela Kizhi: Warm medicated oil application followed by warm Herbal bolus on the affected part improves the stiffness and pain. This therapy is recommended for 7-14 days depends on the condition

Mamsa Navara Kizhi: This is one of the specialized treatments for cervical spondylosis. Red meat, medicated rice, vata normalizing herbs processed with milk, made as a bolus. After the gentle application of the warm oil, this bolus is applied on the affected parts for 30-45 minutes without pressure. This treatment is very effective to heal any types of cervical spondylosis and with any degree of pain. This treatment usually suggested for 21-28 days depends of the condition.
These three above treatments is suggested alone or in combination depends on the condition.

Ayurveda recommendations for Cervical Spondylosis

a. Avoid – sour, salty foods and drinks, curd, deep fried foods, Maida, Suji, pulses and various by products of pulses
b. Take – Bitter gourd, drum stick and Neem flowers as diet helps
c. Wheat helps better than rice
d. Add more fibers and water as constipation may increase the condition
e. Avoid – Exposure to cold, cold water bath, violent exercises without proper guidance
f. Improve the milder physical exercises like walking, Surya Namaskara etc.

Yoga for cervical spondylosis

a. Padmasana (Lotus pose) for keeping the spine erect.
b. Tadasana (palm tree pose), helps rectifying postural defects
c. Yastikasana (Stick pose), helps to de-stress
d. Greeva Sanchalan asana (Neck movement) is the best to cure cervical spondylosis.

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