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Research Shows That 97 Percent of Herniated Discs Do Not Require Surgery. How Ayurveda Can Treat It


Herniated discs refers to rupture of the intervertebral disc due to ageing, incorrect posture, obesity and accident. These discs are the protective cushion like pads and act as shock absorbers. It is also called a slipped disc. Here in this article we will discuss herniated discs that do not require surgery and it can be managed with the help of ayurveda.

Herniated Disc


Herniated disc is a very painful condition. In this rupture of intervertebral discs occur due to many reasons such as ageing, incorrect posture and other reasons. The people who are obese are more prone to this disease. The most common symptoms of herniated discs are numbness, pain and tingling sensation in the affected area. This problem can be diagnosed easily with the help of physical examination or imaging. Nowadays people opt for surgery but 97 percent of herniated discs do not require any surgery, it can be easily manageable with the help of some ayurvedic herbs and some therapies such as abhyang, snehan, sweden and shirodhara etc. Let’s discuss in detail.


  • Aging
  • Incorrect posture
  • Obesity
  • Fall


Most herniated discs occur in the lower back but it can also occur in the neck and other regions. Its signs and symptoms depend on where the disc is present. Some of its symptoms are as follows.

1. Pain

In this case patients feel pain in the calf, thigh, buttocks and part of the foot.

2. Numbness

People who have herniated discs having numbness or tingling sensation in different body parts.

3. Weakness

Due to this problem it affects the ability to hold items.

Risk factors

      • Weight
      • Occupation
      • Genetics
      • Smoking
      • Frequent driving
      • Being sedentary


1. Physical examination

In this doctor examines the patient’s reflexes, sensitivity to touch, walking ability, range of motion, muscle strength and location of painful region.

2. Imaging

It involves various test such as CT scan, myelogram, discogram, X Ray scans, MRI scans and CT scan


      • Exercise
      • Maintain good posture
      • Maintain a healthy weight
      • Quit smoking


1. Medication

      • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs- ibuprofen and naproxen etc.
      • Opioids
      • Muscle relaxants
      • Nerve pain medications

2. Physical therapy

A physical therapist can recommend various exercises according to the patient’s symptoms.

3. Surgery

      • Discectomy- removing of all parts of discs
      • Nucleotomy- removal of soft centre of discs with the help of laser excision
      • Laminectomy- removal of part of the vertebrae
      • Spinal fusion- joining of vertebrates together
      • Disc replacement- replacement of discs with artificial implants.

Ayurvedic overview

According to ayurveda this disease can be correlated with aggravation of vata dosha because vata is essential for movement and all physiological functions. As the age increases vata aggravation occurs and causes many vata disorders. Herniated discs can be manageable easily with the help of ayurvedic herbs and some therapies. The therapies which are useful in the management of herniated discs are as follows

      1. Snehana
      2. Kati Basti
      3. Nasya
      4. Basti
      5. Dhanyamla Dhara
      6. Swedna
      7. Pizhichil
      8. Shirodhara

Let’s discuss these therapies in detail

1. Snehana

It is an ayurvedic massage that can be done on the whole body or affected part. Abhyanga is one of the commonly used techniques to perform massage. It mainly balances tha aggravated vata dosha and strengthens bones, tissue and ligaments. It also reduces the pain, fatigue and relaxes the mind.

2. Kati Basti

In this procedure a frame is made on the affected area and this frame is poured with medicated oil. This procedure is done for a certain period of time and the temperature of the oil should be the same throughout the process.

3. Nasya

In this procedure medicated oil is installed into the nasal cavity. This procedure is very helpful in the management of the symptoms of this disorder.

4. Basti

In this therapy medicated oil is introduced into the intestine through a rectal route. This is the best therapy for management of aggravated vata.

5. Dhanyamla Dhara

In this procedure mainly two ingredients are used such as dhanya and amalaki. The medicated liquid is made from these ingredients and poured on the affected body part. This procedure is very useful in improving the blood circulation and it reduces the pain and body ache.

6. Swedna

It involves many procedures to induce sweating. It widens the channels and liquefies the ama and it is expelled out of the body using panchkarma therapies. It is very helpful in relieving the stiffness and heaviness. This is the best therapy in the management of herniated discs.

7. Pizhichil

This therapy is done by two therapists in which lukewarm oil is used and the therapy is done in two positions i.e. sitting and lying. This therapy should be done for about 10 days.

8. Shirodhara

This therapy involves pouring medicated oil over the forehead. It improves sleep which is disturbed in most of the painful conditions.

Ayurvedic herbs which are useful in the management of herniated disc are

      1. Shunthi
      2. Rasna
      3. Ashwagandha
      4. Guduchi

1. Shunthi

Shunthi (Zingiber officinale) is a wonder herb that acts on the respiratory and digestive systems. This herb is very useful in the balancing of three doshas. This herb has many properties such as pain relieving, aphrodisiac, expectorant and digestive etc. It is very useful in the management of pain and spasms.

2. Rasna

This herb is very useful in the management of all bone related disorders such as sandhigatvata and aamvata etc. It also improves heaviness and heat in the body. So this herb is highly useful in the management of herniated discs.

3. Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is well known for boosting the immune system and strengthening the body. This herb relieves pain and heals the tissue. Due to analgesic and tissue healing effects it is very useful in the management of this disease.

4. Guduchi

Guduchi is an ancient herb that acts on the digestive and circulatory system. It is very useful in improving the overall strength of the body and management of herniated discs.

Herbal remedies for herniated disc by Planet Ayurveda

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      1. Boswellia Curcumin
      2. Yograj Guggul
      3. Hakam Churna
      4. Aamvatantak Churna
      5. Maha Triphala Ghrit

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1. Boswellia Curcumin

Boswellia curcumin is in the form of capsule and it contains mainly two herbs i.e. Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and curcumin (Curcuma longa). These two herbs show antiinflammatory actions and help in relieving joint pain. It is very useful in the management of various conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylitis, ankylosing spondylitis, crohn’s disease and asthma etc. Both of the herbs are safe and support joint health. It is also rich in antioxidant property which helps in the movement of joints.

Dose:- 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.

2. Yograj guggul

Yograj guggul is widely used ayurvedic medicine in the management of various bone diseases. The main ingredients of this tablet are Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), musta (Cyperus rotundus), chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), amalaki (Emblica officinalis) and vibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) etc. These herbs balance the vata and relieve pain and stiffness. It is very helpful in the management of lumbar and cervical spondylosis. Thus this is the best medicine in the management of herniated discs.

Dose:- 2 tablets twice daily with lukewarm water after meals

3. Hakam Churna

It is in the form of churna and contains many herbs such as Chandrashoor (Lepidium sativum), kalonji (Nigella sativa), methi (Trigonella foenum) and ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi) etc. Acidity and indigestion aggravates the vata dosha and it causes many problems such as pain and stiffness. Thus, This churna is very useful in the management of indigestion and acidity related problems. It also has anti-inflammatory properties and helps in the management of various disorders such as cervical spondylitis, stiffness, osteoarthritis, sciatica and rheumatoid arthritis etc.

Dose:- ½ tsp powder twice daily with hot water after meals

4. Aamvatantak Churna

Aamvatantak churna is made up of widely used ancient herbs. Some of its main herbs are ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), suranjaan (Colchicum autumnale), gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), haridra (Curcuma longa) and sonth (Zingiber officinale). It has anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce inflammation of the joints, tenderness and pain. It is also useful to boost immunity and give relief from swelling. Ashwagandha present in this churna is a wonderful herb that is very helpful in the management of various disorders such as rheumatoid arthritis and spondylitis etc and it also gives strength to the body.

Dose:- 1 tsp twice daily with plain water or kumari saar or aloe vera juice after meals.

5. Maha Triphala Ghrit

It is an ayurvedic medicine in the form of ghee and it contains many dravyas such as Kwath dravya of triphala in which amalaki (Emblica officinalis), bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica) and haritaki (Terminalia chebula) are present. Along with triphala bhringraj (Eclipta alba), vasa (Adhatoda vasica) and other dravyas also present. It shows many properties such as cardioprotective, neuroprotective, antioxidant, adaptogenic, antimicrobial, antiinflammatory, anti obesity and anti diabetic properties etc. Thus this ghrit is very useful in the management of herniated discs.

Dose:- 3 to 6 gram mixed with mishri after meals


It refers to rupture of the intervertebral disc due to ageing, incorrect posture, obesity and many other reasons. These discs are the protective cushion like pads present between the vertebrae. These discs act as shock absorbers. It is also called a slipped disc. The most common symptoms of herniated discs are numbness, pain and tingling in the affected area. Here in this article we have discussed that 97 percent of herniated discs do not require any surgery, it can be easily manageable with the help of some ayurvedic herbs and some therapies such as abhyang, snehan, sweden and shirodhara etc.



Herniated disc, the most common cause of back pain occurs when nucleus pulposus (located between vertebral bodies) displaces from intervertebral disc. Patients suffering from back pain recite events from the past in which they have suffered from physical trauma reading to herniation of the disc leading to weakness and sensation changes. Incidence of herniated discs is more common in the third to fifth decade ( 30-50 years of age) of life. In India almost 10 million cases of herniated disc are seen every year and most of them go undiagnosed due to patient negligence and many of them become worse due to wrong treatments and medications consumed by the patient as there is lack of knowledge.

Herniated Disc


Herniated disc also known as Spinal Disc Herniation is a condition having damaged annulus fibrosus that leads to disc herniation. The role of the disc is transmission of kinetic energy within the body. Nucleus pulposus (soft jelly like material in the centre and surrounded by a resistant fibrous ring, acting as shock absorber) is located within the centre of the disc herniates and compresses nerves and spinal cord leading to spinal cord dysfunction which is also known as myelopathy. With ageing, this nucleus pulposus tends to degenerate and dries out and there can be cracks in Spinal Disc through which a small fragment of jelly can displace. Herniation is a very painful condition and usually resolves within a few weeks but in only 6% of the cases have sufficient pain after 6 weeks to consider for surgery.

We have 5 cervical vertebrae (also known as neck vertebrae), 12 thoracic vertebrae (also known as chest vertebrae), 5 lumbar or lower back vertebrae, 5 sacral vertebrae and a coccyx bone. Cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrates are usually herniated but lumbar and cervical spines are mostly affected.


Usually, disc degeneration occurs with ageing is called as normal process but sometimes it can occur at early ages and referred as slipped disc that can be caused by

  • Spinal wear and tear due to daily activities like movements (running, walking and bending) that cause shock and this shock is absorbed by our intervertebral discs causing their degeneration. Tough outer layer of disc known as annulus fibrosus starts weakening that leads to bulging or herniation as nucleus pulposus leaks out.
  • Injuries due to accidents, sudden falls or jerks, heavy weight lifting in incorrect posture or any activity that causes too much pressure on the disc can cause spinal herniation.
  • Combination of degeneration and injuries as in cases of weakened spine in which even a slight trauma can lead to herniation is common in third and fourth decades of life.
  • Smoking, being overweight due to sedentary lifestyle or lack of fitness triggers spinal herniation.


Herniation of disc occurs in four stages and early detection can help to treat this condition better and on time.

The four stages are:

  • Disc Degeneration: – Weakening of nucleus pulposus due to chemical changes related to ageing causes drying out of the disc and becoming less shock absorbable.
  • Disc Prolapse: – This stage is the beginning of slight bulging or protrusion that can lead to crowding of the spinal cord and nerves that happens due to positional changes in the disc. This crowding depends on the site of bulging.
  • Disc Extrusion: – Tough outer layer of disc known as annulus fibrosus having tire like wall starts weakening that leads to bulging or herniation as gel-like nucleus pulposus leaks out but it remains within the disc.
  • Disc Sequestration: – Nucleus pulposus breaks through the disc and moves into the spinal canal.


In some patients, there is extreme pain that causes trouble in day to day activities but in some patients there is slight pain or no pain at all. In cases where there is slight compression on nerves the patient may experience low backache or no pain but if there is more compression on the nerve then the patient may feel weakness or numbness along with the course of the compressed nerve.

Symptoms of herniated disc depends on the position and size of bulge

  • If there is herniation of Lumbar spine or Saccaral (lower back), the patient might suffer from Radiculopathy or Sciatica in which patient may experience burning, tingling and numbness radiating from buttocks to legs or foot. One side is usually affected. Patient describes pain as that of electric shocks that is aggravated on physical exertion.
  • If the cervical spine is affected, the patient will suffer from cervical radiculopathy that will cause sharp or dull pain in neck and shoulder blades. This pain can be radiating to the arm or hands causing tingling sensation or numbness in fingers and shoulders.
  • If thoracic spine is affected, then the herniated material can protrude in sideways (lateral) or central positions causing upper back pain in cases of central protrusion and abdominal pain and chest pain in cases of lateral disc protrusion. In cases of centro-lateral protrusion combination of symptoms of upper back pain, radiating pain, or myelopathy can be seen. Paralysis from the waist down can also occur due to a thoracic herniated disc.
  • If Coccyx or tailbone is affected, pain might radiate to rectum, hips or thighs that make exercising difficult, sitting painful and disturbed sleep. Some patient may also suffer from vomiting and nausea, muscle

weakness, loss of sensation and digestive discomfort, including rectal pain.


The following procedures can be opted for diagnosing Herniated disc

  • X-ray: – It can show structure of joint and outline of vertebrae and help detect the cause of pain. It can also detect fractures, tumours or infections.
  • CT/CAT Scan: – It can show shape and size of spinal canal and related structures.
  • MRI: – Degeneration, enlargements and other structures can be viewed in 3D.
  • Myelogram: – It can show pressure on the spinal cord due to any underlying abnormality.
  • Electromyogram/Nerve conduction studies: – It can help in diagnosing nerve and muscle damage due to any past injuries.


Majority of the cases of herniated disc are curable without surgery and improve in 90% of the patients with time if following measures are followed: –

  • Limiting physical activities for 2-3 days along with anti-inflammatory medicines can be used. Walking can be done if bearable.
  • Physiotherapy
  • Epidural steroid injection may provide short-term pain relief by reducing inflammation if injection of a cortisone-like medicine into the space around the nerve is given.
  • MRI or Radiographic imaging is not suggested until the symptoms are present for more than six weeks. Spine specialists or neurosurgeons can be consulted if symptoms persist for more than 4 weeks.
  • Surgical treatment: – Microdiscectomy can be performed and is the most common procedure opted in cases of single herniated disc.


As far as Herniated discs are concerned, people have a misconception that once the disc has bulged it will remain the same for life time but that is not true as it is manageable by using Ayurvedic medicines. Ayurveda works by balancing all three doshas in the body and herniated disc is caused by imbalance of Vata dosha in the body. Various Ayurvedic herbal decoctions, capsules, oils and tablets are helpful in providing relief to patients with mild to moderate prolapse of disc. In chronic or severe cases therapies like Shodna – detoxification, Abhyanga – Medicated oil massages and Swedana – Sudation therapy can be done using Nasyam in case of neck problems and Vasthi in case of back pain related problems.


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Products Discretions

1. Boswellia Curcumin

It is a combination of extracts of Bosewellia serata and Curcuma longa which acts on osteoarthritic chondrocytes. Bosewellia serata and Curcuma longa have anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory, and anti-catabolic activities, suggesting a protective effect of these extracts on cartilage. Curcumin extract from culinary turmeric is known to have effect on many inflammatory based musculoskeletal concerns including degeneration. Boswellia contains boswellic acid that helps in blocking inflammatory pathways like lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase giving relief from aches and pains that stem from pinched nerves caused by inflammation.

Dose – 2 cap twice daily after meal with warm water

2. Aamvatantak Churna

Aamvatantak Churna is a combination of Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera, Haridra or Curcuma longa, Methika or Trigonella foenumgraecum, Surnajan or Colchicum luteum, Gorakhmundi or Sphaeranthus Indicus and Shunthi or Zingiber officinale. It helps to nourish and strengthen the joints and reduces pain, inflammation and tenderness of muscles and joints.

Dose – 1 tsp twice daily with warm water after meal

3. Yograj Guggul

Yograj Guggulu is a combination of Shuddha Guggulu or Commiphora mukul, Chitraka or Plumbago zeylanica, Pippali or Piper longum, Jeeraka or Cuminum cyminum, Devdaru or Cedrus deodara, Ela or Elettaria cardamomum, Amalaki or Emblica officinalis, Mustaka or Citrus rotundus, Haritaki or Terminalia chebula and Ardraka or Zingiber officinale etc. It is very helpful to maintain Vata balance and treats various types of diseases related to joints, bone marrow and muscles.

Dose – 2 tab twice daily after meal with warm water

4. Hakam Churna

Hakam Churna is a combination of chandershoor or Lepidium sativum, Kalaunji or Nigella sativa, Mehika or Trigonella foenumgraecum and ajwain or Trachyspermum ammi. It is used to treat gastric issues like upset stomach and indigestion as it is the root cause of all diseases and in long term can affect vata dosha which then localises in joints and muscles and causes intense pains and musculoskeletal disorders.

Dose – 1 tsp twice daily with warm water after meal

5. Maha Triphala Ghrit

A polyherbal medicine with ghee as basic ingredient is having pain-relieving properties, anti-inflammatory, and strong analgesic and is extensively used to provide relief from pain and inflammation in case of joint pain and arthritis.

Dose – 1 tsp twice daily with warm water after meal



Intervertebral disc herniation and degeneration are common and serious problems and the current ways of dealing with these problems include surgeries or artificial implants. The current treatments for these conditions   attempt to cover up the symptoms instead of actually solving the problem; however, in Ayurveda these conditions are curable from early stages as body, mind and spirit are focused. Ayurveda balances all three doshas in the body along with Shodna – detoxification, Abhyanga – Medicated oil massages and Swedana – Sudation therapy. If these methods can be put together, it will result in a far superior form of treatment compared to the current spinal fusion and artificial disc methods being used. It will actually correct the problem, and the patient will live a normal, healthy life. In case of any query related to your doubts, you can always connect with our experts at Planet Ayurveda.