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How to Treat Plantar fascia Naturally With Ayurveda

Abstract

Plantar fascia is a thin ligament present directly under the skin and button of our foot. It is responsible for connecting the front of the foot to the heel and helps in supporting the arch of foot. This is the region which bears the weight and estimated load on this area is 14 percent. Plantar Fasciitis is one of the most common problems seen in this area and commonly 2 million people all around the world suffer from it. In this article we are going to discuss more in detail along with its Ayurvedic treatment.

What is Plantar Fasciitis?

It is one of the common conditions which lead to painful heels especially at the bottom. It is caused due to the inflammation of plantar fascia running from the foot to the toe. It is especially seen in the people who are runners, hikers, walkers or people who have long standing.  It commonly leads to stabbing pain especially in the morning while stepping out of the bed. But the pain gradually decreases as the patient starts to walk continuously and is most common in people with overweight. It is also very seen in people who wear uncomfortable shoes all the time increasing the risk of developing plantar fasciitis.

Symptoms of Plantar fascia

What are the Signs and Symptoms?

Here are the common clinical features seen in the patient suffering from Plantar Fasciitis including:-

  • Pain in the middle of the foot and bottom of the heel.
  • Could be seen in single or both feet.
  • Sharp or dull pain is felt especially in the morning.
  • Burning sensation
  • Pain is worse especially in the morning
  • Pain mostly radiates outward towards the bottom of the heel.
  • It is difficult for them to climb the stairs.
  • Sometimes the pain can flare up due to inflammation or irritation.

Complications

If you do not treat the plantar fascia and go on to ignore the pain or all those symptoms then it might lead to more problems. It will change the gait for a person and the pain  might even radiate to the knee, back or foot.

What are the causes for Plantar Fasciitis?

As discussed Plantar Fascia is a bowstring shaped ligament which is responsible for supporting the foot and this absorbs the shock while walking.  Repeating irritation of the fascia can lead to inflammation although there is no perfect explanation of the condition but there are many risk factors.

This includes

  • Age:- Plantar fasciitis is most commonly seen in people between the ages of 40 to 60.
  • Obesity:- People who have put on excessive weight as this puts excessive stress on the ligament.
  • Performing certain types of exercise:- Performing activities that are responsible for putting too much stress on the heels like ballet dancing, running or any other kind of aerobic exercise.
  • Long standing occupation:- People who do jobs like working in a factory or are in teaching profession any many other that forces them to stand for longer time, This increases the risk of damaging the plantar fascia.

How can Plantar Fascia be diagnosed?

  • One of the first steps that is done by doctors is noting the physical symptoms of the patient by examining them physically.
  • Other tests that can be done are X-Ray and MRI Scan.

Herbal Remedies Provided By Planet Ayurveda For Plantar Fasciitis

Planet Ayurveda is a Private Limited Company that provides herbal medicine not only in India but also other parts of the world. All the medicines are free from  chemicals, preservatives and additives making it safe to use as well. Each and every herbal formulations are made under the supervision of an MD Ayurvedic Doctor and also clinically tested.

Here are the list of herbal medicine that will help in treating the disorder naturally:-

  1. Rumogin 5 capsules
  2. Yograj Guggul
  3. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras
  4. Boswellia Curcumin

Herbal Supplements for Plantar fascia

Herbal Remedies for Plantar fascia

Product Description

1. Rumogin 5 capsules

These capsules are filled with herbs like Haridra (Curcuma longa), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Pippali (Piper longum) etc. It helps in increasing the strength of the body as well as reducing stress or anxiety.  Due to its analgesic property it is very helpful in reducing all kinds of pain and naturally increasing mobility.

Dosage:- Two capsules twice daily with water after meals.

2. Yograj Guggul

It is made from the combination of herbs like Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Chitrak (Plumbago zeylanica), Amla (Emblica officinalis), Nagarmotha (Cyperus zeylanica) etc. It is effective in reducing pain and swelling around the ligament. Along with that it helps on losing weight as being obese is also one of the reason for Plantar fasiicia. It helps in clearing up the toxins from bones and also reducing the stress on feet.

Dosage:- Two tablets twice daily with water after meals.

3. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

This tablet is made from Swarna bhasma, Abhrak bhasma, Mukta bhasma, Rajata bhasma and many more.  It is very effective in  calming down the nervous system and reducing any kinds of pain in the body. It is useful in balancing the vata dosha and rejuvenating the ligaments, muscles as well as joints. It helps in reducing the stress around the ligament and also the risk of developing Plantar fasciitis.

Dosage:– One Tablet after meals twice daily with water.

4. Boswellia Curcumin

It is made from the extract of two powerful herbs called Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa) which are packed with anti-inflammatory properties.  It is useful in relieving pain and also the inflammation present in the ligament. It is very effective in increasing mobility and reducing stiffness making it easy to walk.

Dosage:- Two capsules twice daily after meals with water.

Home Remedies For Treating Plantar Fasciitis Naturally

Here are some of the remedies that help in treating the pain around Plantar fasciitis and this includes:-

  • Some of these include applying ice on the feet for about 15 to 20 minutes which will naturally reduce the swelling.
  • Try replacing your slippers or shoes and also doing some stretching exercises that will help in relieving pain.
  • Applying some essential oils like lavender, lemongrass or rose but always make sure to dilute it in coconut oil. Then massage it carefully around the painful region.
  • Include foods that are rich in Vitamin C, Zinc, Bromelain and Glucosamine that will improve the health of Plantar Fasciitis.
  • Try doing stretching for almost 10 minutes daily as it will help in increasing the movement.

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Conclusion

Plantar Fasciitis if not treated can lead to some prolonged damage and then causing it difficult to walk. As discussed above this can cause really excruciating pain and it is important to treat the pain in order to make the movement easy. So, all the mentioned herbal medicine will help in naturally removing the root cause of the disease and treating the disorder.

An Ayurvedic Guide to Sleep Disorders With Herbal Remedies!

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Abstract

Just like any man made machinery needs some rest in between to work properly, so is the case with a human body. While we are continually burning calories and performing various activities like cooking food, walking to our workplace, travelling to some destinations or simply doing some household work, we also need some rest so that the body can recharge its energy levels. This can be done in various ways like sitting ideally for some time or listening to your favorite songs or the best way possible is to get some sleep. The best sleep that is recommended to adults is for 8 hours per day. Any changes in the sleep timings more than or less than 8 hours is not a healthy sign, unless you are indulging in some activities that have been demanding more time recently. For example, if a student is staying late till wee hours, he/she might not be able to sleep for 8 hours per day for a few weeks, but that is not considered a warning sign. But, the problem lies where people have plenty of time to have a sound sleep, but they are busy in their unimportant tasks like watching social media sites, playing video games, chatting with friends late at night causing a lot of problems as they are not having adequate sleep. So, the question arises why is it necessary to have a sleep.

Sleep Disorders

Introduction

One might think that people with sleep disorders like insomnia (where an individual finds it difficult to fall asleep) also live, and perform their daily routine activities without much difficulty. The answer to this question is that the energy stores are recharged while one sleeps. You might not feel energetic, if you didn’t have a good sound sleep and you might not be able to be as efficient as the individual who is getting sound sleep. The molecule that is used for short term storage and transport of energy, ATP (Adenosine triphosphate), is restored by the brain during sleep, and the brain uses 20 percent of the body’s energy while we are awake. Growth hormone, one of the important hormones responsible for the overall growth is also secreted in bursts during sleep. Sometimes, the pattern of a person’s sleep is to be studied, the process is called Polysomnography which is performed in a specialized sleep laboratory.

General Physiology Of Sleep

If we have to see the physiological changes occurring during sleep, then we need to take the role of the brain into consideration. While we are awake it is the brain which controls our actions, be it walking, jumping, driving vehicles, dancing or reacting to any stimulus in the environment. It is our brain itself, which sends signals to the different parts of the body which further enables the body to react to a particular stimulus. So, the physiological changes in the brain are very remarkable, as it restores the supply of ATP which is a molecule that is used for short storage and transport of energy. Another change that happens while sleeping is release of Prolactin hormone which is responsible for breast development and milk production in mammals, that is why it is suggested in pregnant women to have a sleep in daytime also.

Types Of Sleep

There are mainly two types of sleep

  • Non REM Sleep (non-rapid eye movement sleep): It is the first phase of sleep, and during this phase the heart rate and temperature falls considerably and the brain uses less energy.
  • REM Sleep (rapid eye movement sleep): It is also known as paradoxical sleep. Dreams and nightmares occur in this very phase of sleep.

Sleep Disorders

As per medical science the average and recommended time for an ideal sleep is 8 hours. Anything less or more than this prescribed time may lead to cardiovascular diseases, obesity and mental illness.

There are various types of sleep disorders, out of which the following are the most common.

  1. Insomnia
  2. Sleep Apnea
  3. Restless Legs Syndrome
  4. Narcolepsy

1. Insomnia

In this sleep disorder, an individual finds it difficult to fall asleep or stay asleep. Insomnia can be further divided into 2 main types. First is acute (short term) insomnia and second is chronic (long term) insomnia. Short term or acute insomnia can be there because of some recent change in the life of a patient, like death of some relative, change in location, job stress/job loss, or environmental factors like noise, extreme temperature etc. Whereas, chronic or long term insomnia can be caused by stress, physical ailment that aggravates at night etc.

2. Sleep Apnea

It is a sleep disorder that includes interruption of the breathing of a patient while he/she is sleeping. This sleep disorder can be divided into 2 main types. Obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. In obstructive sleep apnea, one has to gasp for air while sleeping followed by daytime sleepiness and fatigue. Snoring is a common symptom. In central sleep apnea also there is gasping for air, but awakening during night is more common.

3. Restless Legs Syndrome

It is a kind of sleep disorder that doesn’t let the patient fall asleep as while in bed, there is an irresistible urge to move the legs. It might be because of some association with daytime sleepiness and irritability.

4. Narcolepsy

In this sleep disorder one can not control his urge to sleep during daytime and falls asleep with excessive daytime sleepiness.

Herbs For Healthy Sleep

1. Brahmi

It is known by its latin name Bacopa monnieri. It helps in maintaining a good and sound sleep. It helps to maintain a healthy mind, memory and intellect. Not only sleep, but Brahmi also helps in attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), irritable bowel syndrome, and hair growth.

2. Ashwagandha

The Latin name for the Ashwagandha is Withania somnifera. It is a general well being herb, which has a tremendous effect on the central nervous system. It also nourishes tissues and strengthens them to fight infection and calm down anxiety by lowering the stress and hence very useful in acute (short term) insomnia.

3. Shankhpushpi

The Latin name for Shankhpushpi is Convolvulus pluricaulis. It is used in Ayurveda as an enhancer of brain functioning. It is also very useful in reducing the level of the stress hormone that is cortisol, therefore providing a sweet and peaceful sleep which one desires the most.

Lifestyle changes to have a Better Sleep

  • As we reach offices, schools, churches on time. Same should be applied with our sleeping time. We must stick to a fixed and earliest time possible to go to bed leaving behind our gadgets to avoid distraction.
  • Tea and coffee or alcoholic drinks with stimulants should not be consumed after 6 pm in the evening, because doing so will keep mind overactive and it will become difficult to fall asleep.
  • We should include daily and regular exercise in our regime. It will help in better circulation and sleep.
  • Avoid using mobile/tablets or any other source of blue light 30 minutes prior to the bedtime.
  • Use the best and the appropriate bed and bedding according to your fit, so that you should not be wandering in your bed the whole night for a soft corner.
  • Keep a gap of 2 hours between dinner and bedtime, as it will not cause regurgitation of food while sleeping.

Conclusion

To lead a productive and healthy life, one has to have a healthy body. And to have a healthy body it is required to have a calm and healthy mind which is only possible if we are getting good quality and not just quantity of sleep. For those who are in search of some unanswered questions regarding their sleep disorders, Planet Ayurveda is an answer, where you will get consultation from experts holding years of experience. The Ayurvedic natural health care system is spread worldwide because ayurvedic treatments are very helpful for each and every disease. For more details of our products, you can check our website www.planetayurveda.com. For more queries, you can send your queries to our email id herbalremedies123@yahoo.com.