is Cervical Spondylosis ( GRIVA SANDHIGATA VATA ) ?
It is a specific form of arthritis, which attacks vertebrae and connecting
bony, and ligament structures, is known as Spondylosis. Frequently
it occurs in the cervical vertebrae. The spines of majority of people
above the age of 50 have certain degree of osteo arthritic changes.
But they seldom cause acute symptoms. Certain precipitating factors
like trauma, incorrect posture of the body, pressure while sleeping
and excessive intake of sour food usually precipitate these attacks.
ayurveda this condition is known as Griva Sandhigata Vata
condition is more classically seen in people with sedentary habits
especially those who tend to do a lot of work sitting on a chair in
a bent down posture, or practice a semi erect posture l- half erect
and half lying producing undue strain on the vertebral column.
are the Symptoms ?
in the back of neck, shoulder and arms
of the neck and even paraplegia may occur due to this condition.
movement of the spine generally aggravates the pain of the neck.
an aggravated state it may present with nausea, blurred vision,
and may also be associated with induced tendency of vomiting.
is often associated with loss of memory and sleeplessness.
is the treatment ?
external massage is not of much use. Violent massage with deep pressure
is very harmful for the patient. Only gentle massage over the muscles
of the neck and shoulder joints should be applied which is directed
outwards that is from the neck towards the shoulders.
gentle massage can be given 2-3 times a day. This is a physiotherapeutic
measure and similar measures are advised even in modern medical system.
Modern sciences advise cervical traction in severe cases which exists
in Ayurveda in the form of yogic exercises which are aimed at keeping
the spine erect eg:, Padma asana, or Shirshasana may be recommended.
In winter season this medicated oil should be gently warmed before
Hot fomentation on the vertebrae of the neck is very useful for this
Diet Sour things particularly curd, are strictly prohibited. Fried
things, pulses and various preparations of pulses are also contra-
indicated in this condition. Bitter vegetables like bitter variety
of drumstick, neem flowers and bitter gourd are very useful. Wheat
is better than rice for the patient.
to cold ,cold bath and any violent exercise of the neck muscles, including
pressure, are very bad for the patients. Under the impression that
this pain is being caused by some defects in the muscles, people undertake
different types of neck exercises.
reading and writing, one should maintain a comfortable posture.
walk gives some relief to the patient, but if it is cold outside the
patient should always use a woolen scarf around his neck while going
out of the house.
offer some classical Indian supportive remedies for this disease which
are supposed to be taken strictly under medical supervision. Kindly
Ask a Doctor