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Management of Osteoporosis in Ayurveda – Natural Treatment

Introduction

Osteoporosis, which is also known as brittle bone disease is characterized by fragile, porous and easily breakable bones. According to WHO, osteoporosis holds the second place after heart diseases among the most popular diseases. October 20th is regarded as World Osteoporosis Day.

A bone mineral density less than – 2.5 is considered to be chronic osteoporosis.

CAUSES

  • Inadequate calcium intake
  • Menopause and ageing
  • Tobacco consumption
  • Alcoholism
  • Excess consumption of carbonated beverages & coffee, salt & chocolate
  • Inactivity
  • Prolonged use of anti inflammatory corticosteroids
  • Inherited factors
  • Health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, hyperthyroidism & Cushing’s syndrome

Osteoporosis

SYMPTOMS

  • Osteoporosis is generally asymptomatic. Increased risk of fracture is the main characteristic due to low mineral density. Delayed union of fractures can also be noted.
  • Females are more at risk as compared to males. Estrogen (females) plays a crucial role in keeping bone mineral density. In males this role is taken care of by testosterone.
  • Towards menopause and aging, hormone levels decreases owing to bone demineralization.

DIETARY MANAGEMENT AND HOME REMEDIES

Adequate calcium & vitamin D and optimum protein intake are the cornerstones of dietary management.

  • Milk & milk products – milk, paneer, curd, soymilk etc.
  • Lean chicken and eggs
  • Berries & cherries – strawberries and blue berries
  • Green leafy vegetables – spinach, water cress, spirulina, turnip greens, kale. Kale is regarded as the king of vitamins.
  • Green vegetables – broccoli, cabbage, green peas. Cabbage is abundant in vitamin k, vitamin c and calcium.
  • Sour fruits – orange, kiwi, grapes, plums. These are rich in vitamin c. Vitamin c aids in calcium absorption. Plums are best when used in dried form (prunes). Prunes have high concentration of polyphenols (anti-oxidants) which can prevent fractures and maintain adequate bone density.
  • Omega 3 fatty acids – fish oils, salmon, sardine, walnuts, hemp, chia seeds. Omega 3 fatty acids help to keep the bone strength.
  • Seeds – pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds
  • Sesame seeds – high in calcium content. It contains magnesium, manganese, vitamin k and vitamin D. Snack on a handful of roasted sesame seeds anytime a day.
  • Apple & apple cedar vinegar – these are rich in antioxidants like polyphenols and flavonoids. These allow the body to retain calcium. Try to include the skin while eating apple.
  • Pineapple – rich in manganese, which is vital in preventing osteoporosis.
  • Virgin coconut oil – this brings magic to women with estrogen deficiency. Virgin coconut oil helps to reverse and stop the loss of bone density. Have 3 tsp of virgin coconut oil daily.
  • Almond milk – they are rich in calcium, magnesium, manganese and potassium. They are also rich in antioxidants. Keep 1 cup of almonds at water overnight. Peel off the skin and blend well with 2 cups of water. Add a dash of cinnamon and honey. It can be taken twice a day after staining.
  • Coriander – it is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. 2 tsp of coriander is boiled with 1 cup of water. This is cooled to room temperature. It can be taken twice daily with honey.
  • Green tea – rich in antioxidants and can be taken daily.
  • Food to avoid – sweets, carbonated beverages, alcohol, excessive salt, coffee, artificial colors, sweeteners and canned foods.

EXERCISE AND OSTEOPOROSIS

  • It is a fact that exercises increase bone density.
  • It is a natural process that bone density will decrease with age.
  • It is better to keep your bone density intact before old age.
  • As we all know, prevention is better than cure.
  • So start exercising from today.
  • Male bones are skilled to increase its bone mineral density till the age of 33 and for females it is 28.
  • Weight bearing exercises are best suited for osteoporosis. Aerobics, brisk walking, jogging, skipping, climbing stairs, hiking, tennis etc can be added to the account.
  • All exercises should be done in accordance to your strength and tolerance level.

YOGA POSTURES FOR OSTEOPOROSIS

Yoga Postures for Osteoporosis include

  • Padangusthasana
  • Adho mukha svanasana
  • Uttitha hastha padangusthasana
  • Uttitha parsvakonasana
  • Uttitha trikonasana
  • Ardha chandrasana
  • Parivrtta parsvakonasana
  • Uttanasana
  • Urdhwa dhanurasana
  • Veerabhadrasana

Practice yoga under the strict supervision of a trained yoga instructor.

Soorya Namaskara

Ayurveda also mentions to practice soorya namaskara daily in the morning.Exposure to sunlight for at least 20 minutes a day is recommended for vitamin D, which aids in calcium absorption in the body.

OSTEOPROSIS AND AYURVEDA

  • In Ayurveda view point, osteoporosis comes under the category of vatika roga. When the vata aggravates in the body (due to imbalanced life style and ama dosha), it accounts for the DHATU kshaya (asthi kshaya) in the body.
  • Santarpana therapy (nutritive therapy) is advised in these conditions. Also it is mentioned in Ashtanga Hrdaya sutra stana that decreased state of asthi dhatu is to be treated with vasthi (enema) using milk, ghee, and tikta rasa dravyas (bitter taste drugs)

Natural Treatment for Osteoporosis

Medications Used Are

  • Bone Support – capsule consisting of boswellia serrata (asthishringala), laccifera lacca (laksha), moringa, arjuna (terminalia arjuna), and pravala pishti. Boswellia is an excellent choice of remedy for fractures. It is a natural pain killer and fastens the reunion of bones. It helps to inhibit the bone mineral density loss. Laksha is mainly used to increase the bone density.
  • Lakshadi Guggulu – it helps to calm down the aggravated vata and is excellent for fracture healing. It also helps to reverse the bone density loss and helps n the Management of Aches and Pains associated with osteoporosis.
  • Pravala pishti, akik pishti, Mukta pishti, giloy satwa, Jahar mohra pishti etc are also used. These can be used for Natural Calcium Supplement, which helps to strengthen the bones and joint.
  • Arjuna Capsules – terminalia arjuna bark extracts are used to prepare this capsule. 34% of calcium carbonate is present in arjuna. Also it contains sodium and magnesium. Arjuna has powerful healing properties.

Permanent Cure of Hypothyroidism With Ayurvedic medicine

Hypothyroidism is a disorder associated with inadequate production of thyroid hormones due to structural or functional impairment of the thyroid gland.  It is called underactive thyroid disorder as it slows down body’s metabolism.

Thyroid gland is a butterfly shaped endocrine gland located at the front of the neck and is responsible for producing thyroid hormone (T3  and T4) which regulates the metabolism of protein, carbohydrates and fats thus raising basal cell temperature. Thyroid secretes Thyroxin (T4) which stimulates the consumption of oxygen

Hypothyroidism leads to hormonal imbalance in women

  • According to Ayurveda, Hypothyroidism is due to imbalance of the three doshas caused by climatic change or unhealthy diet . The root cause is vitiated Kapha and Pitta doshas.

Causes of Hypothyroidism :

  • Hypothyroidism is often caused due iodine deficiency. It can be due to lack of TSH hormone produced by pituitary gland . It can be termed as genetic disorder or congenital defect.
  • Hypothyroidism may be auto immune or may be due to side effects of surgery or radiation. Stress is another factor known to trigger hypothyroidism as physical and emotional stress inhibits the thyroid gland secretion due to reduction of thyrotrophin output.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism

  • Weight gain inspite of proper diet and exercise.
  • Hair loss and brittle nails . Hair may be dry , thin  and coarse.
  • Numbness in fingers and hands . Puffy face and pale skin. Hoarseness of voice.
  • Dryness due to decrease in blood circulation/flow to one’s skin.
  • Pain and Inflammation in joints. Muscle cramps and stiffness
  • Sensitivity to cold which is due to inadequacy of thyroid hormones as this hormone increases metabolism which generates heat in our body.
  • Fatigue even when one wakes up in the morning along with absent mindedness or brain fog or crankiness. One may feel confused, irritated and depressed along with experiencing headaches.
  • Painful periods and even pre-menopause symptoms can be visible.
  • Heart disease due to increase in blood cholesterol levels. There is slowed heart rate.
  • Vertigo and mood disturbances.
  • Decreased immunity leading to recurrent infections .Constipation.
  • In children , hypothyroidism may lead to delayed teething and slow growth and mental development.

Diagnoses of Hypothyroidism.

  • Blood test and medical history of the patient are done to diagnose Hypothyroidism.

Diet Recommended During Hypothyroidism

  • Food to avoid include : cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, rapeseed, brussels sprouts , sweet potatoes , maize , lima beans, soya , mustard , spinach etc as they slow down the functioning of the thyroid.
  • One needs to avoid water containing fluoride.
  • One needs to quit smoking but increase exercise

Foods to Be Taken

  • Coconut oil, ghee , flax oil and fish oil are good to use.
  • Green vegetables especially one  with bitter taste like red leaf lettuce, chicory are highy recommended.
  • Lemons are advised to be taken to fight dry skin problem.
  • Vitamin B is recommended.
  • Herbal tea with lemon, turmeric and cinnamon can help improve blood circulation and relieve hypothyroid symptoms.
  • Iodine rich diet needs to be taken like kelp, beetroot, radish, parsley ,potatoes, fish , oatmeal  bananas etc.
  • One may take spices like ginger and black pepper as they stimulate heart beat and gives better circulation.
  • Exercise helps stimulate thyroid gland secretions and helps improve metabolism.
  • Exercise not only improves circulation but also strengthen muscles and oxygenates blood.

Treatment for Hypothyroidism

thyroid-support-pack

  • Best treatment for hypothyroidism is doing breathing  exercises like pranayama (kapalbhati , bhastika and bhrameri ) . Pranayama detoxifies the body and helps in increasing oxygen supply in the blood.  Yoga is recommended for hypothyroid patients as some yoga aasans ease the flow of energy throughout the body and improves blood circulation.
  • Ayurveda aims at fixing the hypothyroidism disorder by balancing the three doshas (Vatta, Pitta and Kalpha) .  This disorder is mainly associated with heavy kalpha dosha which can be balanced using herbal medicines .  With Ayurveda, one has better healing chances from hypothyroidism

Ayurvedic Treatment for Hypothyroidism

  • Planet Ayurveda offers the most effective herbal remedies in the form of HYPOTHYROID CARE PACK to treat Hypothyroidism.
  • This pack is a combination of 100% natural products that helps to restore the hormone imbalance.  The packs aims at maintaining thyroid levels thereby overcoming symptoms like  obesity , fatigue etc. The pack helps in reducing cholesterol ,  improving digestion and reducing depression.

This pack includes

Chanderprabha Vati tablets:

  • This medicine is widely used in Ayurvedic practice to fight urinary tract related disorders.  It treats constipation, indigestion, problems related to skin and abdominal pains.  It is very useful in disturbed metabolism of kapha and vata dosha.  It is beneficial in relieving symptoms associated with hypothyroidism without any negative impacts on health.

Dose – 2 tab twice daily after meal with water

Hakam Churana:

  • This formulation is a wonderful herbal supplement in the form of powder to relieve joint pains, muscle stiffness, skin dryness , weakness, memory impairment  etc. This Churana balances the three doshas.  It also restores normal digestion, helps with weight loss . The formulation has anti-inflammatory properties. Hakam Churan is made with simple ingredients like methi, kalongi, ajwain and chandershoor. This product is completely safe to use with no side effects.

Dose –1 tsp twice daily after meal with water

Gugullipid Capsules:

  • Gugullipid or Guggul herb  is best to lower bad cholesterol levels as well as high blood tri glyceride levels.  The herb is known to have antioxidant properties  and anti inflammatory properties.  Guggul has the ability to stimulate the thyroid gland to increase its hormone production thus increase metabolism and eventually leading to weight loss.

Dose – 2 cap twice daily after meal with water

Gotukola Capsules:

  • These capsules are prepared from the herb called Gotu Kola or Centella Asiatica. The herb helps to improve thyroid functions . It is used to fight fatigue , depression ,anxiety and aids in improving memory and intelligence. It is useful in treating skin disorders and works great for nails and joint repair and growth.

Dose – 2 cap twice daily after meal with water