Category: Sciatica

Ayurvedic Management for CAUDA EQUINA SYNDROME


Cauda equina syndrome is a medical condition where collections of nerve roots are compressed causing certain signs and symptoms. Electrical signals throughout the body are sent by nerves. Roots of these nerves collect at the bottom of the spinal cord in the shape of a horse’s tail. In the case of Cauda equina syndrome, there is a sort of sensation in your urinary bladder and legs. Compressed nerve roots result in weakness of the bladder causing incontinence of urine, pain, and other associated symptoms. If left untreated, Cauda equina can result in permanent paralysis of the part or damage. Early medical intervention can prevent permanent damage to the nerves. This article contains all the information about Cauda equina syndrome and its Ayurvedic treatment and management.


Pain in my lower back is a very common complaint nowadays. Millions of people suffer from it and causes can be different. One of the rare causes of lower back pain is Cauda equina syndrome. Conventionally Cauda equina syndrome is classified as a surgical medical emergency where the spinal nerve roots are compressed causing symptoms. It is necessary and vital to get immediate medical intervention to prevent any permanent damage to these nerve roots like paralysis or incontinence. Cauda equina literally means horse’s tail in latin language and Cauda equina syndrome is a condition where the roots of the collection of nerves are compressed in the lumbosacral spine of the spinal cord. These nerves are responsible for receiving and sending the messages from and to the feet, legs and pelvic organs of a person.

Cauda equina syndrome


The Ayurvedic approach of nerve problems is wholesome and it looks for overall health. The three different doshas or functional energies, i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha dosha are responsible for overall health. The functioning of the nervous system is mainly based on Vata dosha. Nerve problems are caused by an imbalance in Vata dosha.


There are different signs and symptoms of Cauda equina syndrome

  • Different types of sensation or numbness in back of the hips, legs, or inner thighs
  • Pain in legs or lower back
  • Weakness in both or one leg resulting in difficulty to get up from sitting position or stumbling
  • Difficulty in urination like retention, i.e. problem in eliminating or incontinence, i.e. difficulty in holding it back. It can be with bowel function as well
  • Sudden sexual dysfunction


Adults are more commonly affected by Cauda equina syndrome than children. However children having spinal injury or spinal birth defect can get this syndrome. Some of the most common causes of this ailment are

  • Stenosis, i.e. spinal canal narrowing
  • Lumbar area’s severely ruptured disk
  • Malignant tumor or spinal lesion
  • Fracture, infection, hemorrhage or inflammation
  • Birth defect in a childlike arteriovenous malformation which means abnormal connection of the blood vessels
  • Severe injury to the lumbar spine by fall, car crash, stabbing or gunshot


Diagnosis of Cauda equina syndrome consists of several steps like your doctor will go for medical history which includes symptoms, your activity and general health. Further physical examination is done to check the stability, reflexes, strength, sensation, motion and alignment. Other tests like certain blood tests, MRI, CT scan, and Myelogram are also done. All these procedures will help in diagnosing the condition correctly.


Conventional treatment of Cauda equina syndrome is majorly surgery which is done promptly after the diagnosis to release the pressure on the nerves. High doses of corticosteroids are also given as per the cause of the condition. If there is infection, antibiotics are given.


Ayurvedic Ttreatment aims at treating the cause of the condition which in Ayurveda is considered to be the vitiation of the doshas, especially Vata dosha. There are many herbs present in the Ayurveda which can pacify the Vata dosha and treat the ailment effectively.


Planet Ayurveda being a herbal pharmaceutical company deal in the production of herbal products and medicines that are eventually used to treat various health ailments. All the medicines and products are prepared using authentic and pure herbs and natural compounds that are tested through several processes. For Cauda equina syndrome Planet Ayurveda offers a combination of herbal remedies.

Products List

  1. Trayodashang guggul
  2. Ashwagandharisht
  3. Boswellia curcumin
  4. Mahavat Vidhwansan Ras
  5. Dashmularisht
  6. Agnitundi vati

Products Description

1. Trayodashang Guggul

It is a famous Ayurvedic formulation prepared using Shuddh guggul (Commiphora mukul), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) etc. Trayodasanga guggulu helps in treating pain and weakness in joints and it is a wonderful remedy to treat hemiplegia.

Dosage– Take 2 tablets twice daily after meals with plain water

2. Ashwagandharisht

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is the herb primarily used in this herbal formulation. Ashwagandharishta helps in treating weakness, gives strength to the body and also helps in relieving pain in body parts.

Dosage– Take 2 teaspoons twice daily after meals with plain water.

3. Boswellia Curcumin

This Ayurvedic formulation is combination of two medicinal herbs, i.e. Boswellia (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa) in standardized form. Boswellia curcumin is known as herbal pain killer which helps in treating all types of pain in the body along with treating the inflammation as well.

Dosage– Take 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water

4. Mahavat Vidhwansan Ras

It is a classical Ayurvedic preparation which is made from Shuddh parad (Processed mercury), Shuddha gandhak (Detoxified sulfur), Vang bhasma (Calcified tin metal), Nag bhasma (Calx of lead), Lauh bhasma (Calx of iron) etc. Maha Vata Vidhwansan Ras is used to treat urinary incontinence or other urinary complaints, and also help in pacifying the Vata dosha.

Dosage– Chew 1 tablet twice daily after meals

5. Dashmularisht

It has amazing medicinal qualities like anti inflammatory, analgesic, anti arthritic etc which helps in treating symptoms of Cauda equina syndrome effectively. Dashmularishta is prepared using Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Manjistha (Rubia cordifolia), Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra) etc.

Dosage– Take 2 teaspoons twice daily after meals with plain water

6. Agnitundi Vati

These Ayurvedic tablets help in re-igniting the Agni (Digestive fire) in the body which burns the ama dosha which is responsible for many ailments. Agnitundi vati helps in treating the digestive ailments also like indigestion, loss of appetite or constipation. It is prepared from a combination of Shunthi (Zingiber officinale), Cumin (Cuminum cyminum), Leadwort (Plumbago auriculata) etc.

Dosage– Take 1 tablet twice daily after meals with plain water

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Cauda equina syndrome is a medical emergency and one must contact a doctor immediately if you notice any of the symptoms. Early medical intervention and use of correct medicine is the key.

Natural Cure For Intervertebral Disc Prolapse


The spine is made up of many bones called vertebrae. Each vertebra is like flat cylinders and between each vertebra there is a disc that is called Intervertebral disc. Intervertebral disc is a hydrostatic, burden bearing structure, forming a fibrocartilaginous joint located between adjacent vertebrae in the vertebral column permitting slight movement of the vertebrae. It acts as a ligament to hold the vertebrae together, gives extra support and strength to the spine, provides cushioning between vertebrates and functions as a pressure absorbent. Intervertebral disc prolapse (IVDP) is a common disease that affects the spine in which there is a tear in the annulus fibrosus (outer fibrous ring) of an intervertebral disc which leads to bulging out the nucleus pulposus (soft central portion) by damaging the outer ring causing pain in back and frequently in legs and arms. More oftenly, the lower region of the spine is apparently affected in intervertebral disc disease. It can cause periodic or chronic pain that worsens when sitting, bending, twisting or lifting weight; these symptoms depend on the location of the affected discs.

Intervertebral disc prolapse


Intervertebral disc prolapse is a condition in which the inner soft part nucleus pulposus herniates out through the weakness in the outer part of the disc annulus fibrosus. Prolapsed disc is sometimes called a herniated disc that may bulge out and compress the nearby structures such as nerves passing from the spinal cord or also cause swellings, which may also put pressure on the nerve. Degenerated discs are prone to herniation and result in pain, weakness, and numbness in legs and back. As the disc degenerates, small bony growths also named as bone spurs start to grow at the edges of affected vertebrae and lead to compression of the spinal nerves that ultimately results in developing problems with walking and other gastro-intestinal issues. Compression/ irritation of either one of five nerve roots(lumbar spine nerve root L4 to S3) which are the branches of Sciatica is more likely to be affected and causes pain in the leg. Elder people are more likely to develop this condition. Symptoms of herniated disc can vary depending on the location and type of tissue involved.


Ages between 30-50 are most likely to develop IVDP. This disease affects men twice as often as women. Herniation of discs is the leading cause of neck, back and leg pain. Herniation can happen anywhere along the spine but most commonly develops in the lower back, rarely in the mid- back. It occurs due to sciatic nerve compression.


Most commonly this condition is caused by following factors

  • Repetitive mechanical or exertional activities – Bending, twisting, lifting etc. due to this pain rise during the evening time.
  • Traumatic injury to lumbar disc
  • Chronic inflammation shows an increase in pain especially in the morning.
  • Metabolic changes like decreased calcium in the body.
  • Neoplastic changes
  • Ageing
  • Smoking
  • Obesity
  • Poor posture
  • Sedentary lifestyle


Depends upon the site of the affected spine

  • While the discs in the lower region of spine are more frequently affected in IVDP which causes most commonly it causes Sciatic nerve pain that is a very sharp pain which usually shoots from one side of the buttock, to leg and sometimes may involve foot also.
  • It may also show symptoms like back pain, tingling and numbness in legs and feet, weakness in leg muscles etc.
  • When the neck gets involved in IVDP then the symptoms include neck pain that increases on bending and moving the neck, pain near or between shoulder blades, or may travel to arms, hands and fingers, numbness and tingling sensation in arms.


Diagnosis can be made by

  • Inspection
  • Palpation
  • Movement of spine
  • Lasègue test/ SLR test used in the clinical examination of patients presenting with low back pain, is an important test for determining nerve root tension.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging 
  • X-rays
  • Computed tomography
  • Myelogram
  • Electromyogram

Treatment Options As Per Ayurveda

Because of the various causes that can compress or irritate the nerve roots and lead to sciatica, treatment options also differ from patient to patient. Lower back is a Vata specific site and joints (Sandhi) are the site of sleshaka kapha, due to the intake of dosha aggravating factors vata vitiation occur in kapha sthana and because of the raising of ruksha guna leads to reduction in the water content between vertebrates that results in prolapse and nerve irritation or compression. When the cause behind the compression is prolapse or herniation of lumbar disc, traditional method of supportive and conservative treatment is used to help in relieving the clinical signs and symptoms which eliminates the chances of surgeries. The main aim of the treatment is to reduce rukshata and bring back the sneha guna, elasticity and rehydrate the disc, eliminating the osteophytes that are the mala of kapha dosha. The Ayurvedic approach of treating IVDP is Vataghana and kaphaghna that is by reducing the compressive forces that pressurise the sciatic nerve, this treatment is done on initial stages.

Treatment methods include internal medicines by using various types of herbal formulations that support and strengthen our body system wisely and fasten the healing processes. External treatment includes panchakarma procedures that also show positive results in treating IVDP effectively to reduce stiffness and inflammation of the affected area, by using bandages, paste applications, traction and marma chikitsa.

Herbal Remedies by Planet Ayurveda

Planet Ayurveda is a herbal manufacturing company that provides great formulation for effective results in many diseases. These medications are accomplished under the supervision of Ayurveda experts and are free from dyes, adulterants, and chemicals so that they are 100% natural. In the above condition Planet Ayurveda gives various medications to manage these symptoms, some of them are

  1. Yograj Guggul
  2. Boswellia Curcumin
  3. Ashwagandha Capsules
  4. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
  5. Hakam Churna

intervertebral disc prolapse herbal remedies


1. Yograj Guggul

This is a classical polyherbal medication traditionally used by ayurveda experts in sandhigata vyadhis, consisting of Guggul resin (Commiphora mukul), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), pippali (Piper longum). This formulation helps to maintain the neuromuscular system and reduces the pain and inflammation, strengthens the metabolic rate and stops the degenerative processes in the body.

Dosage – 2 tablets two times a day with warm water, after meals.

2. Boswellia Curcumin

This is a polyherbal formulation given by Planet Ayurveda consisting of Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (curcuma longa). Boswellia and curcumin both are very effective in neural pain and degeneration process, moreover gives the anti-inflammatory effect as well as relieves stiffness or efficiently works on IVDP patients.

Dosage – 1 capsule twice daily after a meal with plain water.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

This is a single herbal formulation consisting of standardised extract of Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera). It is very effective in neuro-muscular disorders, also gives relief from the severe pain caused by compression of nerves, helps in  managing inflammation and slows down the degeneration process and gives relief from the symptoms of IVDP.

Dosage – 2 capsules twice with warm water after meals

4. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

It is an Ayurvedic classical herbal formulation described by Acharyas in traditional texts consisting of Swarna Bhasma (Calx of Gold), Abhrak Bhasma (Calx of Mica), etc. This formulation is used in Vata and Kapha related disorders such as neuropathies, excessive pain due to compression of nerves or irritation of nerves, degeneration or osteophyte formations that cause neuromuscular diseases and shows symptoms like irritation, stiffness in muscles etc.

Dosage – 1 tablet twice a day to be chewed with plain water after meals.

5. Hakam Churna

This is a polyherbal churna consisting of Chandershoor Lepidium sativum, kalonji Nigella sativaa, methi Trigonella foenum graecum etc. It has the ability to retrieve the normal healthy digestion as well as eliminates the ama dosha from the body and also gives efficient results in painful joints, stiff joints and many other diseases caused by Vata and kapha imbalance.

Dosage – 1 tsp of powder with hot water twice daily.


As we are observing the surge in the number of IVDP patients, it is highly recommended to go with Ayurveda therapy as we can say Ayurveda is very effective and gives miraculous results in every disease. Ayurvedic herbal remedies as well as dietary advice surely gives a disease free and a good quality of life. Ayurveda provides efficacious management for IVDP patients by analysing the root cause and balances the tridosha which helps the patient to get relief. For more details of our products check out our website and for queries you can send your queries to our email id .