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Benefits of Nirgundi And Its Side Effects

Nirgundi also known as the five-leaved chaste tree is used popularly in Ayurveda, Unani, Sidhdha, Homeopathy and Allopathy to treat a number of ailments. It is effective in treating headaches, venereal diseases such as syphilis, rheumatism, sprains, fever, cough, urinary problems, boils and various other ailments. Nirgundi is an effective analgesic, anti-inflammatory, anti-catarrhal and appetiser among many other attributes that benefit us to stay healthy and recover from various illness.

Benefits of Nirgundi And Its Side Effects

Table of Content

Nirgundi
Nutritional Value of Nirgundi
Health Benefits of Nirgundi
Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory
Improves Fertility Levels
Treating Skin Diseases
Control PMS
Helps in Digestion
Ease Respiratory System
Treats Menopausal Symptoms
Anti-acne
Heals Wounds
Uses of Nirgundi
Side-Effects & Allergies of Nirgundi
Cultivation of Nirgundi

Nirgundi

Nirgundi is a common ingredient in various healing sciences. Indigenous to India nirgundi is an evergreen tree that is now also found growing in Bangladesh, China, Sri Lanka, Japan and Phillipines. The ancient Romans named it the five-leaved chaste tree as it worked to reduce sexual urges and hence got linked to chastity and loyalty. The wives of the Roman soldiers used to spread the leaves of this plant on their bed for this reason when their husbands were away. The leaves, oil extracted from the leaves, fruit as well as the roots of the nirgundi tree are used for a range of health benefits. The scientific name of nirgundi is Vitex negundo.

Nutritional Value of Nirgundi

Health Benefits of Nirgundi

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Nirgundi
Health Benefits of Nirgundi

Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory

Nirgundi works well to provide relief from pain. It reduces pain and inflammation of the muscles and the joints caused due to injury as well as internal ailments. It works well to heal fractures too. Ulcers can treated by consuming nirgundi products as well.

Improves Fertility Levels

Fertility is a major concern for many women. It not only limits a person’s health and bodily functions but also her emotions and her social conditions. It has been seen that consuming nirgundi has improved the fertility levels in many women and helped them conceive.

Treating Skin Diseases

A range of skin diseases can be treated using nirgundi. Vitiligo, leuchoderma and leprosy are treated using thus plant and its products.

Control PMS

Women often experience severe emotional, mental and physical turmoil in the days before they start menstruating. Symptoms of PMS such as anxiety, depression and fluid retention can be dealt more smoothly with nirgundi. On a regular consumption a person may also heal completely and not have any further symptoms of PMS.

Helps in Digestion

Nirgundi is an excellent remedy for digestive disorders. It helps to strengthen and improve the functioning of the digestive system. It reduces gas formation and increases appetite. The plant extracts acts effectively in stomach pain caused due to problems in digestion and swelling of the belly for the formation of gas. It cleanses the digestive system.

Ease Respiratory System

Using nirgundi as an herbal tea helps decongest the respiratory tract by removing phlegm from it. This helps open passages for air to pass improving the ventilation and normalises the breathing. This attribute of nirgundi makes it a favoured ingredient in Ayurvedic products which targets respiratory diseases such as bronchitis, asthma and pneumonia.

Treats Menopausal Symptoms

Menopause is a physically and emotionally disturbing phase for a lot of women. The body undergoes a significant change after a certain age and a woman stops menstruating. This change occurs due to the change in the hormonal balance in a woman’s body. Nirgundi promotes progesterone secretion and hence aids in the transition process and prevents its side effects such as mood swings, vaginal dryness and hot flashes.

Anti-acne

Acne is a serious concern for a lot of people. Pimples break out at any time and not only are they ugly but also painful. PMS causes acne and pimples in a lot of women. It has been seen that nirgundi has a healing effect on acne caused due to hormonal changes.

Heals Wounds

The anti-bacterial, analgesic and anti-inflammatory property of nirgundi makes it an excellent ingredient for healing wounds. It prevents the wounds from getting infected and also helps avoid bad smell. It helps reduce pain and inflammation in the affected area.

Uses of Nirgundi

Nirgundi is an extremely beneficial plant. It not only has medicinal benefits but also various others uses like keeping its dried leaves in between clothes that are stored for a long period of time prevents insects from damaging them, also burning the leaves of this plant works as an extremely effective mosquito repellent. The leaves of nirgundi are used as bio pesticides and insecticides. The chemicals used to ward away pests and insects are bad for the environmental as well as human health and it is always better to use natural alternatives to these.

Side-Effects & Allergies of Nirgundi

Nirgundi has a string of side effects and problems attached to its consumption, especially in women. Its ability to regulate hormone secretions makes it a bad option for pregnant women. It interferes with oral contraceptives and may reduce its efficacy. Nirgundi alters the functioning of the heart and should be taken under medical supervision if a person suffers from any heart ailments. There might be alterations in the menstrual flow and might also trigger allergies. It has also been seen that lactating women have faced alteration in the amount of milk production. Though it has a controversy around the nature of the change it is definite that a change does take place. The common side effects of consuming nirgundi are dry mouth, headache, nausea, stomach upset, tachycardia and urticaria. These effects have been seen to be mild, reversible and occur in a small number of cases.

Cultivation of Nirgundi

Popular Questions & Answers

M feeling back pain and upper hip pain and left and right waist. But it got increased in one day when I traveled 6 hours journey from bus. M getting difficulty to walk.

MD, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Pune
Hot fomentation with hot water bag may relieve pain. Apply Nirgundi oil prior to the fomentation but if there is swelling or fever please consult any Ayurveda Consultant. You may apply Rumalaya oil (by Himalaya) thrice a day for pain relief.

Hi. I'm 26 years old I have lower back pain since 2 month and with severe muscle spasm and vitamin d level is 10. please help me what to do now the lower back is jerking and cray report shows spasm the pain is not radiating.

ICR Study, M. B. S.(H)
Homeopath, Mumbai
Mr. lybrate-user this back pain continous for last 2 months seems to be stress related Apart from the general measures (of hot fermentation ,and exercise and supplements) you consult homoeopath or video call so that suggest you approprite homoeopathic medicine that will take care overall.

Hi, While wake up in morning I feel extremely weakness in my both the legs. I have a stressed working environment from 9 am to 9 pm daily. Please suggest how to get rid of this weakness. I have no addiction. Weakness observed from my Hip to toe. please help.

MBBS, MD Psychiatry, DPM Psychological Medicine
Psychiatrist, Kolkata
Hi Mr. lybrate-user. I are facing excessive work related stress. To get rid of this you can do yoga/morning physical exercises daily. Indian stretching yoga like Padmasana, bajrasana, Ardhakurmasana, chakraSana etc are very much effective to reduce stress. Along with you can do breathing exercise. Sleep good. Take adequate water n fresh fruits, green vegetables. Do not bring your work at home. Make friends n share your feelings with family members. Do something for others. Hope you will feel good. Thanks.
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I am 49 year old software person and last two week I am suffering from left knee pain and right heel pai, we have not to use any allopathic medicines. So please suggest some ointment and oral pills as soon as possible. Vijay.

B.A.M.S
Ayurveda, Banaskantha
Dear Lybrate user, do gental Abhyanga (massage) with Bala + Nirgundi oil. - Take steam after masage for 5 mins with warm cloth. - Do regular Yoga, Pranayamas 15-20 mins. - Take healthy seasonal diet. -Skip curd, Sprouts and fermantrated food in diet.

Which medicine best for uric acid my uric acid is 7.9 I am 45 year old. Pl suggest treatment.

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MD - Ayurveda, PG Diploma in Yoga Vignana
Ayurveda, Hyderabad
Use Himalayas Punarnava 1 cap trice a day, himalayas guduchi 2 tabs trice a day and Kaishore guggulu 2 tabs trice a day .all the medecines after food with water. You can get these medecines at any ayurvedic medical store. Also stop eating all sorts of non vegetarian diet, legumes, pulses and green leafy vegetables for a couple of months, that should help.
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Nirgundi Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - निर्गुण्डी के फायदे और नुकसान

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Lakhimpur Kheri
Nirgundi Benefits and Side Effects in Hindi - निर्गुण्डी के फायदे और नुकसान

हिमालय की तराई क्षेत्र में पाए जाने वाले निर्गुंडी के फायदे आपको मांसपेशियों को आराम देने और दर्द से राहत में मिल जाएंगे इसके अलावा निर्गुंडी मच्छरों को भी दूर करती है. और चिंता एवं अस्थमा को दूर करने वाली एक बहुत अच्छी औषधि मानी जाती है. निर्गुंडी का वैज्ञानिक नाम वाइट टैक्स निर्गुंडी है. निर्गुंडी की पत्तियां 5 - 5 के समूह में लगी होती हैं गर्म तासीर वाले निर्गुंडी का प्रयोग अंबानी और आंतरिक दोनों रूपों में कर सकते हैं मुख्य रूप से निर्गुंडी मध्य एशिया और भूमध्य सागर में पाई जाने वाली में पाया जाने वाला पौधा है.

1. पाचन में सुधार
पाचन में सुधार के लिए भी निर्गुंडी का प्रयोग किया जाता है. दरअसल निर्गुंडी भूख को उत्तेजित करती है. इसके अलावा यह एक कृमिनाशक के रूप में भी कार्य करती है. इसलिए पाचन तंत्र की सफाई करने वाले एजेंट के रूप में इसका इस्तेमाल किया जा सकता है. इसके लिए निर्गुंडी के 10 पत्तों पत्तों का 10 मिलीमीटर रस और दो किसी हुई काली में एवं अजवाइन के साथ सुबह शाम सेवन करने से पाचन शक्ति में सुधार होता है.
2. गठिया के उपचार में
निर्गुंडी गठिया में गठिया के उपचार में भी लाभदायक साबित होती है. निर्गुंडी के पत्तों से निकाले हुए तेल की हल्की मालिश गठिया संधि शोथ साइटिका आदि में आराम पहुंचाती है. इसके पत्तों का काढ़ा रोजाना सुबह-शाम पीने से भी इसमें फायदे मिलते हैं. इसके साथ ही यह मस्तिष्क टॉनिक के रूप में भी काम करता है.
3. त्वचा को चमकदार बनाने में
त्वचा की चमक को बरकरार रखने में भी निर्गुंडी का प्रयोग किया जाता है. त्वचा से रूखापन चेहरे से मुंहासों आदि को दूर करने में भी निर्गुंडी की मुख्य भूमिका होती है. इससे त्वचा में चमक भी आती है.
4. बालों के लिए
निर्गुंडी का नियमित प्रयोग बालों के गिरने को तो रोकता ही है. बालों का विकास भी करता है. यदि आप नियमित रूप से निर्गुंडी का प्रयोग बालों के लिए करते हैं तो आपके बाल बालों का सफेद होने की संभावना भी काफी हद तक कम हो जाती है. इस तरह से निर्गुंडी के पत्तों से बने तेल को बालों के लिए टॉनिक के रुप में इस्तेमाल किया जा सकता है.
5. खांसी के उपचार में
यदि आप खांसी की समस्या से परेशान हैं तो निर्गुंडी इसमें भी आपकी मदद करता है. दरअसल निर्गुंडी कब से भरे हुए रास्ते को साफ कर श्वसन को सुचारू बनाता है. इसके लिए निर्गुंडी के पत्तों के रस को हल्की आग पर चढ़ाकर गाढ़ा करके लगातार 7 दिन तक लेना होता है. ऐसा करने से खांसी निमोनिया दमा और ब्रोंकाइटिस आदि रोग नष्ट होते हैं.
6. घाव भरने के लिए
निर्गुंडी के पत्ते निर्गुंडी के पत्तों से बनाया हुआ तेल पुराने से पुराने घाव को भी भर सकता है. आप चाहें तो निर्गत निर्गुंडी के पत्तों को पीसकर लेप बना कर भी छोटी लिया सूजन वाले स्थान पर लगा सकते हैं. इससे भी आपको आराम मिलता है और घाव भी जल्द से जल्द ठीक होता है. निर्गुंडी के पत्तों का काढ़ा बनाकर भी आप प्रभावित क्षेत्रों को धो सकते हैं. इससे भी उस मक्खी मच्छर या आधी आपके गांव के आसपास नहीं आएंगे निर्गुंडी में एंटीबैक्टीरियल और सूजन को कम करने वाले गुणों की वजह से ऐसा होता है.
7. बांझपन में
बांझपन कई महिलाओं के लिए काफी परेशान करने वाली बीमारी है. इस समस्या से निपटने में भी निर्गुंडी के सकारात्मक प्रभाव देखे गए हैं. शोधों से पता चलता है कि 200 मिलीग्राम निर्गुंडी बचपन की विभिन्न समस्याओं नेतृत्व की मदद कर सकती है. 10 ग्राम निर्गुंडी 100 मिलीलीटर पानी में रात को भिगोकर रख दें. सुबह में इसके चौथाई होने तक उबालें और इसे जानने के बाद इसमें 10 ग्राम पिसा हुआ गोखरू मिलाकर पीरियड्स खत्म होने के बाद पहले दिन से लगभग 1 सप्ताह तक सेवन करते रहें ऐसा करने से महिलाएं गर्भ धारण करने के योग्य हो जाती हैं.
8. बुखार के लिए
निर्गुंडी की पत्तियां बुखार में भी काफी उपयोगी साबित होती है. दो गिलास पानी में निर्गुंडी की पत्ती को 15 मिनट तक उबालें इसके बाद काढ़े को छानकर इसे तीन भागों मेन बाँट लें. फिर 4 घंटे के अंतराल पर दिन में 3 बार इसका सेवन करने से आपको बुखार में काफी राहत मिलेगी. निर्गुंडी के बीज ग्राम पत्तों को 400 मिलीलीटर पानी में इसके चौथाई होने तक उबालें. इसके बाद इस कार्य में 2 ग्राम पीपल का चूर्ण डालकर सुबह शाम 10 से 20 मिलीलीटर पीने से सिर सिर दर्द बुखार और जुकाम में राहत मिलती है.
9. माइग्रेन में
निर्गुंडी के पत्ते माइग्रेन में भी फायदेमंद साबित होते हैं. निर्गुंडी के पत्तों को पानी के साथ पीसकर पेस्ट बनाएं. इस पेस्ट को माथे पर लगाने से आपको राहत मिलती है. इसके अलावा इसके सूखे पत्तों का धुंआ करके उसे सूंघने से भी आप लाभ प्राप्त कर सकेंगे. इसके अलावा निर्गुंडी के ताजे पत्तों के रस को हल्का गर्म करके दो-दो बूंद कान में डालने से भी माइग्रेन का दर्द खत्म होता है.
10. सूजन में
निर्गुंडी के पत्तों का रस 10 से 20 मिलीमीटर रोजाना सुबह-शाम लेने से हृदय की सूजन में लाभ मिलता है. विटामिन सी से भरपूर निर्गुंडी को एक बहुत अच्छा प्राकृतिक एंटीबायोटिक माना जाता है. इसके साथ ही यह सूजन को भी कम करने में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाती है. यही कारण है कि निर्गुंडी की जड़ के सेवन से इस के काटने से कुल्ला करने से टॉन्सिल भी खत्म होता है.

निर्गुंडी के नुकसान

  • निर्गुंडी की अधिक मात्रा में सेवन करने से आपको जलन और सिर में दर्द जैसा दुष्परिणाम देखने को मिल सकता है. इसके अलावा किडनी पर भी इसका बुरा प्रभाव पड़ता है.
  • गर्म प्रकृति वाले लोगों को इसका सेवन करने से बचना चाहिए.
  • निर्गुंडी के आंतरिक प्रयोग के लिए चिकित्सकों की सलाह महत्वपूर्ण है.
     
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Ayurveda For Cervical Spondylosis!

B.A.M.S.
Ayurveda, Dehradun
Ayurveda For Cervical Spondylosis!

In Ayurveda Cervical spondylosis is discussed as “GRIVA SANDHIGATA VATA”.

Cervcical spondylosis the most common disorder of the cervical spine.

INTRODUCTION
Cervical spondylosis is a term used for age related wear and tear affecting the bones (vertebrae),joints and discs of the neck (cervical spine),usually occurs in men and women older than 40 and progresses with age,men usually develop it in earlier age than women.With the increase of age discs gradually breakdown and become stiffer as a result of which body reacts and develops bony growths (osteophytes) these osteophytes put pressure on the on the spinal nerve roots or spinal cord resulting in pain.

CERVICAL SPONDYLOSIS-AYURVEDIC CONCEPT
According to Ayurveda the Vata, the principle of movement is the predominant function with the skeleto-muscular system and the nervous system. Problems relating to these systems are predominantly caused by vitiated Vata. The vitiation of vata is caused by two mechanisms. One of them is obstruction to vata due to malfunctioning of kapha and pitta. The other one is increase of vata independently (the degenerative problems). The sacrum is situated in the Vata area of the body and this disease is caused by aggravated Vata and ama (toxins), which cause stiffness and reduce mobility in this area. Treatment involves detoxification and elimination of ama and also a Vata pacifying diet, lifestyle and herbal preparations.

CAUSES
1.Basic cause of cervical spondylosis is age related wear and tear.
2.Most of the people show age related wear and tear in the age of thirty as evidenced by x-rays but symptoms does not appear until later ages of life.
3.Drying and loss of elasticity in the spinal and cervical disks
4.Bulging and sometimes herniation of disks so that disk material protrudes from between two vertebrae
5.Stiffening of the ligaments connecting neck bones and muscles

Cervical spondylosis is caused by chronic degeneration of the cervical spine, the cushions between the neck vertebrae, and joints between the bones of the cervical spine. A previous neck injury can predispose to a person to cervical spondylosis.

SYMPTOMS
The signs and symptoms of cervical spondylosis are:

  • A stiff, painful neck
  • Shoulder, arm or chest pain
  • Tingling and pinprick sensations in the arms, hands, legs or feet
  • Numbness and weakness in the arms, hands, legs or feet
  • Lack of coordination
  • Difficulty walking
  • Abnormal reflexes
  • Loss of bladder or bowel control, or urinary or bowel retention


INVESTIGATION AND DIAGNOSIS
Your symptoms and history, along with an examination, may suggest that you have cervical spondylosis. You may also have imaging tests. The workup may include:

Neck flexibility assessment.
. Cervical spondylosis limits the range of motion in your neck. To observe this effect, your doctor may have you tilt your head toward each of your shoulders and rotate your neck from side to side.

Neurological exam.
To find out if there’s pressure on your spinal nerves or spinal cord, your doctor will test your reflexes and make sure you have sensation all along your arms and legs. He or she may watch you walk to see if spinal compression is affecting your gait.

Neck or spinal X-ray.
An X-ray may show abnormalities, such as bone spurs, that indicate cervical spondylosis.

Computerized tomography (CT) scan or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).
These tests may help your doctor determine the extent of damage to your cervical spine.

Home Remedies For Cervical Spondylitis

  • Use Cow’s ghee in your food. It is a best natural “Vata” reliever and gives nourishment to the nerves and other body parts.
  • 1 tablespoonful of Turmeric should be consumed once every day, after boiling it in milk for half an hour. It is a very useful herbal treatment for cervical spondylitis.
  • Constipation must be avoided at all costs. Constipation may increase pain in Cervical Spondylitis.
  • Herbs have divine healing powers and they have the ability to cure any disease from the root. They were gifted to us by God when he created life. So believe in God if you want to get rid of your problems!
  • Ayurvedic herbs are unique natural remedies for Cervical Spondylitis. Ayurvedic principles are different in many ways from modern medicine for example - Drinking water from a copper pan after keeping it overnight is also very useful in Rheumatoid arthritis and Cervical Spondylitis.
  • Consuming castor oil at night with milk or alone is a very useful herbal remedy for arthritis, especially rheumatoid arthritis and Cervical Spondylitis.
  • Improve your nutrition as the first step.It plays an important role to fight diseases. When nothing works, nutrition works a lot!
  • Use herbal juices like Aloe vera juice (Kumari Saar) and Amla Juice ( Amla Saar) in routine. Amla is the richest source of natural Vitamin C. Vitamin C improves the natural immunity of the body. 100 gm of Amla juice contains 30 times more vitamin C than 100 gm of oranges.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE

Diet
Diet Sour things particularly curd, are strictly prohibited. Fried things, pulses and various preparations of pulses are also contra- indicated in this condition. Bitter vegetables like bitter variety of drumstick, neem flowers, and bitter gourd are very useful. Wheat is better than rice for the patient.

Lifestyle

  • Exposure to cold , cold bath and any violent exercise of the neck muscles, including pressure, are very bad for the patients. Under the impression that this pain is being caused by some defects in the muscles, people undertake different types of neck exercises.
  • While reading and writing, one should maintain a comfortable posture.
  • Morning walk gives some relief to the patient, but if it is cold outside the patient should always use a woollen scarf around his neck while going out of the house.


USEFUL HERBS
1.Nirgundi
2.Shallaki
3.Guggul
4.Sonth
5.Giloy
6.Ashwagandha

SELF CARE TIPS

  • For mild neck pain or stiffness:
  • Take a long, hot shower every day
  • Wear a cervical collar (which you can buy in a drugstore) during the day
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Ayurvedic Treatment For Autoimmune Disorders!

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
Ayurvedic Treatment For Autoimmune Disorders!

When the immune system of the body reacts against the tissues of its own body, it is called an autoimmune disorder. To put it more dramatically, the body becomes its own enemy. The immune system of your body keeps fighting disease causing germs and bacteria, but in rare cases, the immune system might malfunction and fight its own body causing different disorders. These disorders may be caused due to genetic issues or due to mutations. According to ayurveda, autoimmune disorders are a result of constant unhealthy lifestyle and diet. Ayurveda works at the root cause of the disease where it starts treating the malfunctioning immune system.

Here is how ayurveda treats autoimmune disorders:

  1. Toxin removal: Ayurveda starts working on removing the toxins from the body. According to ayurveda, toxins or ama in the body interfere with the proper functioning of the immune system, which often leads to autoimmune diseases. Usually shunthi, haritaki, pippali, maricha, hingu and saindhav lavan are used to detoxify the body.
  2. Metabolism correction: Not only will ayurveda detoxify the body, but it will also correct the metabolism which gets messed up when afflicted with an autoimmune disorder. Neem, guggulu, guduchi, vasa, patola patra and ghrita are used to correct the metabolism.
  3. Increase in ojus production: Ojus is the component which helps in the nourishment of the immune system. It is generally received from the food you eat. Due to dysfunctional immune system causing the impairment of metabolism, production of ojas decreases to almost nil. Hence ayurveda increases its production. Guduchi, haridra, manjishtha, amalaki, nirgundi, yashtimadhu and pippali are used to increase ojha production.
  4. Immune system correction: Lastly, ayurveda works at correcting the immune system. If the immune system is not corrected, then the above treatment procedure will just be useless. Ghrita, haritaki, bahera, amalaki, ela and dadim are used generally to calm the immune system and rejuvenate it. They help correct the immune system for normal functioning.

Autoimmune disorders may not be easily treated, but that doesn't mean you cannot expect it to cure or witness a miracle. You just need some faith and confidence alongside proper treatment and you are ready to roll. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Backache - The Epidemic

MS - Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Thane
Backache - The Epidemic

Lower back pain is among one of those ailments that brings life to standstill. Nowadays most common reason for absence at job or college is Back pain. It gives you nothing bur restless and depressed day and sleepless night. It ruins your life's small moments of joy. 

What is low backache? 

It is the pain that felt in lower back which usually originates from joints, bones, muscles, nerves or other structures in spine. 

What is spine? 

Vertebral column or backbone or spine consists of 33 bones; called as vertebrae. Lower 9 are fused in adults. 

  1. Cervical spine in neck region: 7 vertebrae (C1-C7)
  2. Thoracic Spine in upper back: 12 vertebrae (T1-T12)
  3. Lumbar spine in lower back: 5 vertebra (L1-L5)
  4. Sacrum in Lower back Fused: 5 vertebrae (S1-S5)
  5. Coccyx (tailbone) fused: 3-5 vertebrae. 

Significance of Vertebral column:

  1. The major function of vertebral column is protection of spinal cord. 
  2. It provides stiffening for the body and attachments for muscles. 
  3. It transmits body weight while walking and standing. 

What is pain? 

It is a message originates from the location of injury; travels through nervous system and received by brain where it is interpreted as PAIN. 

Acute Backache

  1. It is a sudden low back pain for abortion time. 
  2. It can be because of trauma, trigger or a disorder such as Arthritis.
  3. It limits movements, flexibility and even results into inability to stand or sit straight.
  4. Acute pain can become more serious if left untreated. 

Chronic Backache

When back pain persists for more than 3 months; it is considered as Chronic. 

Causes:

  • Muscle strain or ligaments strain

Improper posture, repeated heavy lifting strain ligaments and muscles if back which result into muscular spasm and severe backache. There are 3 specific movements that are responsible for back injuries. Bending, lifting and twisting. The danger lies in performing any two or more if them simultaneously. 

  • Bulging or Ruptured intervertebral disc
  • Spondylosis: Backpain caused by age related wear and tear of spinal discs. 
  • Spondylitis: It is inflammatory Arthritis affecting the spinal bones. 
  • Spondylolisthesis: It is forward displacement of vertebra over another. 
  • Skeletal irregularities: If spinal curve is abnormal backpain can occur. 
  • Osteoporosis: If vertebrae become porous and brittle, it can cause compression fractures. 
  • Coccydynia: Pain at tailbone is called as Coccydynia. 

Pregnancy: Almost all women experience low back pain during Pregnancy. Maternal weight gain, increased lordosis (Curvature of spine), Stretching of ligaments, increased calcium demand can cause backpain in Pregnancy.

Diagnostic tools:

  • History of illness 
  • History of injury, trauma, accident etc. 
  • X-Ray
  • MRI/CT SCAN 
  • Bone scan
  • Nerve studies (Electromygraphy) 

Treatment:

  • Medicines such as NSAID (Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Drugs) and Muscle relaxants
  • Heat therapy 
  • Cold Compression therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Exercise 
  • Surgery 
  • Spinal Traction:
  • It is non surgical way of decompression therapy that relieves pressure in spine. It can be performed by physiotherapist or by machines. 
  • It is useful in backache due to slipped disc, herniated discs, Sciatica, degenerative disc diseases, pinched nerve etc. 
  • A physician can determine the need of traction and weight for traction based on your medical history. 

Backache - Ayurvedic Aspects 

According to Ayurveda Backache (Kati shool, Kati graha, Trik graha, Prushtha Shool) is one of the common disease occurring because of vitiated vata dosha, so it is considered as "Vata- Vyadhi." 

Line of treatment of Vata - Vyadhi

Abhyanga (Massage): Sesame oil, Mahanarayan Oil, Prasarini oil can be used for Massage. 

Swedan (Fomentation): Moist steam of herbs like Dashmool , Nirgundi etc. 

Katibasti: Kati basti is pouring of lukewarm medicated oil and keeping it for sometime on the back region surrouded by ring made by black gram or whole wheat flour. 

Basti: Basti is one of the most important treatments if vitiated vata. Basti can be performed in various forms according to stage of disease and constitution of patient. 

Medicated oil and medicated decoction enema on alternate days for 8 days/15 days or 30 days.

Matrabasti: 60 ml medicated oil enema. 

Panchatikta ksheer basti: It is most useful in management of degenerative bone disease, in which herbs like Adulsa, Guduchi, Nimb, Kantakari and Patol are cooked in cow milk. Sometimes cow ghee can also be mixed. 

Medicines: Gokshuradi guggul, Trayodashang guggul, Yograj guggul can be used under proper guidance. 

Ashwagandha, Musta , Vidang, Ajmoda , Chopchini, Rasna, Devdaru, Punarnava, Shatavari, Shankhabhasma are some useful medicines for backache. 

Yogasana: Yogasana should be learned from experienced teacher. Some yogasana helpful for backache are:

  • Pavanmuktasan 
  • Supta  padangushthasana
  • Tadasana
  • Setubandhasana
  • Parivrutta trikonasana
  • Shalabhasana
  • Bhujangasana
  • Ardhmatsyendrasana
  • Marjarasana
  • Supta vakrasana
  • Ushtrasan

DO'S AND DONT'S FOR BACKACHE 

  • Bend at knees, not at waist. 
  • Keep the object close to your body when lifting it. And keep low back straight. 
  • Think before you act. 
  • Learn exercise and perform regularly. 
  • Sit in proper posture, adjust your work desk accordingly, walk straight. 
  • Do not slouch. 
  • Avoid high heels shoes. 
  • Wear lumbar belt under proper guidance. 
  • Avoid stress. Lose weight if you are overweight. 

    If you wish to discuss any specific problem, you can consult an ayurveda.

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How Ayurveda Helps Manage Autoimmune Disorders?

Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Kottayam
How Ayurveda Helps Manage Autoimmune Disorders?

When the immune system of the body reacts against the tissues of its own body, it is called an autoimmune disorder. To put it more dramatically, the body becomes its own enemy. The immune system of your body keeps fighting disease causing germs and bacteria, but in rare cases, the immune system might malfunction and fight its own body causing different disorders. These disorders may be caused due to genetic issues or due to mutations. According to ayurveda, autoimmune disorders are a result of constant unhealthy lifestyle and diet. Ayurveda works at the root cause of the disease where it starts treating the malfunctioning immune system.

Here is how ayurveda treats autoimmune disorders:

  1. Toxin removal: Ayurveda starts working on removing the toxins from the body. According to ayurveda, toxins or ama in the body interfere with the proper functioning of the immune system, which often leads to autoimmune diseases. Usually shunthi, haritaki, pippali, maricha, hingu and saindhav lavan are used to detoxify the body.
  2. Metabolism correction: Not only will ayurveda detoxify the body, but it will also correct the metabolism which gets messed up when afflicted with an autoimmune disorder. Neem, guggulu, guduchi, vasa, patola patra and ghrita are used to correct the metabolism.
  3. Increase in ojus production: Ojus is the component which helps in the nourishment of the immune system. It is generally received from the food you eat. Due to dysfunctional immune system causing the impairment of metabolism, production of ojas decreases to almost nil. Hence ayurveda increases its production. Guduchi, haridra, manjishtha, amalaki, nirgundi, yashtimadhu and pippali are used to increase ojha production.
  4. Immune system correction: Lastly, ayurveda works at correcting the immune system. If the immune system is not corrected, then the above treatment procedure will just be useless. Ghrita, haritaki, bahera, amalaki, ela and dadim are used generally to calm the immune system and rejuvenate it. They help correct the immune system for normal functioning.

Autoimmune disorders may not be easily treated, but that doesn't mean you cannot expect it to cure or witness a miracle. You just need some faith and confidence alongside proper treatment and you are ready to roll. If you wish to discuss about any specific problem, you can consult an Ayurveda.

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Table of Content

Nirgundi
Nutritional Value of Nirgundi
Health Benefits of Nirgundi
Analgesic and Anti-inflammatory
Improves Fertility Levels
Treating Skin Diseases
Control PMS
Helps in Digestion
Ease Respiratory System
Treats Menopausal Symptoms
Anti-acne
Heals Wounds
Uses of Nirgundi
Side-Effects & Allergies of Nirgundi
Cultivation of Nirgundi