Ayurvedic Herbs For Cervical Spondylosis

Tell me, do you often have pain in your neck area? Is this pain radiating to your shoulders or to your head? Is it progressive? Well, if you do experience these with a couple of other things, then maybe you should have a check-up on Cervical Sponylitis.

Cervical Spondylitis, also known as cervical osteoarthritis, is a degenerative disorder that affects the cervical spine. It is caused by wearing away of the cartilage and bones of the neck and degeneration of the vertebral disks. As a result of these abnormal changes, pressure is placed on the spinal nerves or on the spinal cord, triggering pain and other unwanted sensations to the neck, arms, and even hands.

Who are at risk of having cervical osteoarthritis? This disorder usually occurs to both men and women who are over 40. Risk factors include:

  • Repeated trauma to the head caused by different occupations.
  • Head trauma due to an accident.
  • Keeping your neck in one position.
  • Having congenital conditions.

Being a relative of someone who had Spondylitis. Studies show that it has a genetic correlation.
So, what are the symptoms of this disorder?

  • Suffering often from neck pain which is accompanied by stiffness.
  • The pain felt radiates to your arms, hands, and even in the back area of your head.
  • Loss of sensation to the arms and hands, or having that tingling and pinprick sensation.
  • Observing that your arms usually feel weak.
  • Suffering from vertigo.

What can you do to manage the pain and to slow down the progression of Cervical Spondylitis? You could undergo several treatments such as Physical Therapy, take medications, go through a surgery (if it is really worse), and take alternative medicines to complement other treatments, herbal remedies being one.

The following are the Ayurvedic herbs used to deal with the disorder. Before getting yourself any of these remedies, you must first consult your doctor about it. Why? It is to avoid any negative interactions with your current medications if you have any.

Guggul or Commiphora mukul. It has analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce the inflammation on your joints, reducing the pain.
Nirgundi or Vitex negundo. It is known to be an effective anti-arthritic herb that controls pain and inflammation in the affected joints.
Shallaki or Boswelia serrata. Similar with the previously mentioned herbs, this will address the pain and inflammation caused by arthritis.
Ashwagandha or Withania somnifera. It also has anti-inflammatory agents.

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