The role of Ayurvedic external therapies namely Abhyangam, Marma therapy along with Patrapinda Swedana & Nadi swedana was studied In the patient who had cervical spondylitis with disc osteophytes complex & grade 1 central Canal stenosis.
1 st week treatment protocol
Mahanarayana oil (Dabur) and Ksheerabala oil(Nagarjuna)were mixed together in equal quantities & used for cervical spine abhyangam.
Abhyangam: A different approach to abhyangam was followed which is given below:
Both the oils(Luke warm) mixed together were applied over the cervical spine after which abhyangam i.e Ayurvedic massage was performed with both hands (thumbs)from thoracic T1 vertebrae to base of skull towards occipital. This action of spine abhyangam was performed to reduce the compression force on cervical spine being an antigravity movement.
The second step of abhyanga was performed by tilting the neck in the right direction (ear lobule touching the shoulder & abhyangam was performed with right palm and fingers from top laterally occipital towards shoulder involving the paraspinal muscles of the neck and trapezius upper border.
Similar action was performed on the other side of the neck involving the left region. Both the above actions performed on either side of the neck helped to release the tension on paraspinal muscles thereby reducing the compression load on spinal vertebrae
Duration: All the actions were performed 10 times for 5 repetitions daily for 6 weeks.
Marma Therapy: Secondly the Marma therapy was performed after abhyangam which included the stimulation of Marma points of the upper limb and neck region involving kshipra,kurcha,kurchashira,Indrabasti,koorpara,ani,Bahvi,lohitaksha,kakshadhara,krikatika,Asma & the amsaphalaka. Each Marma point was stimulated 10 times for 0.8 seconds for 5 repetitions. Also Patra Pinda swedana was performed after both the above procedures for 15 minutes for neck and arm.
2nd Week Treatment Protocol:
All the above steps in the 1 st week treatment protocol but here Patra Pinda swedana was replaced by Nadi Swedana. Both the above treatment protocol were followed alternatively week wise for 6 weeks.
Patra Pinda: Making of Patrapinda/ medicated leaves bolud
The leaves of Eranda,Nirgundi & Nimba were collected, cut together and dried under the sun for 2 days.Thereafter the leaves were fried in a pan containing Mahanarayana oil for 10 minutes .The fried leaves were then collected and put in a 1*1 feet cotton cloth and tied together as a bolus to prepare the Pinda / potli.This pinda or potali was then placed in a heating pan and consequently Warm swedana was performed on the affected areas of pain and numbness throughout the targeted area.
Medicated Kadha /decoction for Nadi swedana
The raw dashmool powder 50 gm was tied into a cotton cloth and put in a steam chamber with 3 litres of water to prepare the medicated steam which was then used for swedana or fomentation over the neck,shoulder and arm. Swedana was done till Samyukta swedana Lakshana were seen.
This special technique of abhyanga,swedana alongwith Marma therapy resulted in total reduction of pain as well as stiffness over the affected area to good extent.Also the patient was able to carry on with his day today work and lifestyle with precautions advised.
So vata pacifying actions like Patra Pinda swedana ,abhyangam with oil, Nadi Swedana and healing energy methodology via Marma therapy is performed to resolve the condition Stress management of the patient was taken care through pranayama and chakra meditation.
Patient was treated by Vaidya PriyRanjan Tewari M.D(Ayurved) at Dr Tewari Ayurved Hospital located in Kichha, district-Udham Singh nagar, Uttarakhand,India for 6 weeks with the above mentioned procedure. Total therapy time involved per session was 1 hour.
The effects of special abhyanga performed along with Marma therapy resulted in complete resolution of scoliosis and the disc bulge at L5-S1 level.Though no significant change was observed at L4-L5 disc bulge. However the patient started experiencing no pain even after an hour of sitting ,also the riding vehicle capacity improved to good extent. The patient showed significant improvement after 3 months of follow up.
Disclaimer: All Ayurvedic therapies provided aim towards improving the quality of life of the patient and do not advocate medical diagnosis or claim cure of disorders.