Human spine gives axial support to the body. Either it is about stranding erect or walking balanced- spine is the only support. Some 33 bones make a column and the same vertebral column is what we know as- spine. When due to certain reasons- the spine bends on a side- medically we call this condition- Scoliosis. So in simple words- bent in spine is scoliosis. Sukhayu Ayurved is the place where we provide nonsurgical treatment for Scoliosis through Ayurveda. Here we will discuss the different aspects of the disease and its Ayurveda treatment.
Scoliosis doesn’t hurt much. But it brings disability in many other ways. And mostly it affects in an age where a person needs to be active. Therefore it becomes a psychological taboo too, for the patient. Here are some of the facts and figures about scoliosis-
Facts about Scoliosis
- Kubjatava is the word for scoliosis in Ayurveda.
- 200 million people are affected with scoliosis, worldwide. So this is neither uncommon nor you are alone.
- Scoliosis is more common in girls.
- Surgery is neither recommended in all the cases nor it is required.
- In most of the cases of scoliosis, the reason behind disease is not confirm. Therefore these cases are- idiopathic.
- Early detection helps in better treatment of the scoliosis.
- There is no relation of the condition with “genetics”. So don’t worry. Your kids will be normal.
- All exercises are okay with a person with scoliosis.
With all these facts above about scoliosis. We need to know about two more points.
- How does your spine bends on a side- the process of scoliosis.
- And secondly about the different types of scoliosis.
One we will be sure about these. We will discuss the Ayurvedic treatment approach for scoliosis in detail.
Why Spine Bends in Scoliosis
Modern medicine is smart. When they don’t have understanding about something- they smartly use the word- idiopathic. And this idiocy is science for them.
And in many cases, these are we, who don’t know the cause. But cause is there. As per the clinical understanding, Dr. Pardeep always classifies these cases in two categories.
Cases with congenital problem
When we place different blocks, these make column. These blocks should be smooth and perfect in shape. This placement of the blocks on each other help the column in its shape and alignment.
But, when one of these bones are ill-formed. The column disturbs. This is commonly find in many cases. These are the cases where parents notice the condition in early age of the patient. These are following conditions-
Every bone of the spine makes after the fusion of the two parts. When these parts don’t fuse properly. This condition is Butterfly vertebrae. Because the vertebrae looks like a butterfly.
When bones don’t develop properly. And these are wedged shape, these we know as- hemivertebrae. Hemi means- half. These vertebrae locate in between bones and this changes the angle of the spine.
These are two conditions- butterfly and hemi- vertebrae. Which commonly cause the problem of scoliosis.
Due to Muscular problem
When you need to align something in center. You need equal forces on both the sides. This is the only way to keep something balanced and centered. Human body does the same process through the muscles.
These muscles exert weight. Because these are toned always. The tone of muscles balances the spine in center. When imbalance appears in these muscles from two sides. This imbalance, pulls the spine to one side. And this bends the spine.
There are certain reasons behind this process of the muscles. The only thing is- modern science doesn’t appreciate it.
Ayurveda talks about this condition, as संकोच – Sankoch. The constriction. We will discuss later in Ayurveda segment.
Pelvis, the hip joint is the other part of the body which helps in the balance of the body. When there are certain problems where pelvic bone tilts. And this tilt leads to the condition of the scoliosis. This occurs especially in lumbosacral spine only.
Types of Scoliosis
Scoliosis is classified in different types according to location and structure of the spine.
According to the location-
This classification is according to the area which involves in the bend.
When cervical spine is involved in the scoliosis- this is known as cervical lordosis.
When scoliosis impacts the cervical and dorsal both the spines- this condition we know as- cervico-dorsal scoliosis.
The bend in the lumbar spine is- lumbar scoliosis.
Ayurveda About Scoliosis
There is direct reference for “kubjatava” in Ayurveda. The reference is clear that- in this disease patient bends on the side.
The condition talks about both scoliosis and kyphoscoliosis. The exact closed word for this condition is- hunched back. There are two references of this disease-
This condition occurs because of the sankoch (constriction) guna of the Vata dosha. As discussed above. But the second reference is in the list of congenital conditions. So it is clear that Ayurveda was very well aware about both the conditions, what we know today.
And it is clear as per Ayurveda that congenital conditions- any- doesn’t have any treatment. Because anomalies which appear during development of the body are irreparable. So treatment is only possible where we have the condition due to spasm of muscles.
Ayurveda Treatment of Scoliosis
At Sukhayu we regard the prognosis criteria.
Therefore we don’t take cases with problems like- hemi-vertebrae and butterfly vertebrae. Because we cannot do the treatment of these conditions.
The cases which occur because of the muscular spasm- the cases of idiopathic scoliosis. We only take these cases.
At Sukhayu we treat these conditions through Panchakarma and Yoga. Medicines have limited role in treatment of the scoliosis. The line of treatment is very simple for scoliosis.
Panchakarma For Scoliosis
The main thing in treatment of the scoliosis is the Panchakarma. What modern medicine says- “no cause known”. Ayurveda says it is all about the Vata dosha. When toxins, which are dry in nature. Accumulate in the muscles, this leads to the spasm of the muscles.
With imbalance in the pressure/weight from both sides. This thing leads to the bend in the spine.
Panchakarma- helps in removal of the toxins. And relaxes all the joints of the spine.
Once we achieve the relaxation of the muscles- it becomes easy for us to correct the bend through Yoga Asanas.
After relaxation of the spine and all associated structures. You need to start the Yoga Asanas. All Asanas are guided by our Yoga Expert. And you need to do these postures according to the recommendations.
There are no particular set of Yoga Asanas. For every individual there are different postures. So you should not follow some youtube lessons for the Yoga. This is our advice.
All About Ayurveda Treatment of Scoliosis
Here are some FAQs (Frequently asked questions) which you certainly want to know. So that you can clear all your doubts about the treatment of scoliosis.
Yes, Ayurveda can improve the cobb’s angle in every case of scoliosis. But the case should not with deformity. Patient need to follow all the instructions, accordingly.
Patient needs to admit at Sukhayu for 21 days for the treatment and afterwards Yoga need to continue for years and this duration depends on the deformity of the spine.
Yes, child more than age of 6 years can follow the treatment properly. In such cases parents need to cooperate with us.
No. Patient doesn’t need to come again and again to Jaipur.
No, there are no medicines for the condition of scoliosis in Ayurveda. Because medicines cannot change the alignment of the spine.