Manya Shula, or neck pain, is a term used in Ayurveda to describe discomfort in the neck and cervical area of the back. You may experience neck pain for multiple factors, including poor body posture or underlying conditions, including ankylosing spondylitis, septic arthritis, and disc rupture.
Poor body postures, such as stooped standing, slumped shoulders, resting on a heavy pillow, or spending a lot of time bent over a phone, strain the neck and cause discomfort and stiffness. Wear that comes with growing older may also cause neck discomfort.
Snehana (oil therapy), Swedana (sudation or perspiration therapy), Manya Basti (a kind of exterior Basti administered on the collar), Basti karma (enema treatment), Nasya karma (insufflation), and Lepa karma are some of the Ayurvedic therapies for neck discomfort.
Gokshura (little caltrops), Bala (country red currants), ashwagandha (Indian ginseng), and Rasonam are Ayurvedic medicines used to treat neck discomfort. Neck discomfort may also be relieved with topical and oral medications, including maharasnadi kashayam, Laksha Guggulu.
What are the ayurvedic remedies to neck pain?
Ayurveda has a special mention of exercises for neck pain and arthritis. Some of which are:
It entails applying pressure to particular body areas through medicated massage, which aids in pain relief.
Snehana nourishes bodily cells by transporting nutrients throughout the body.
It aids in the removal of ama from tissues and its return to the gastrointestinal system. This ama is then easily removed from the stomach.
The neurological and immunological systems are strengthened, and tiredness and stress are relieved when ama is removed.
Neck discomfort may also be relieved with a ghee wrap containing area (crown flower) leaves.
Swedana (sweat treatment) is the practice of producing perspiration in a variety of ways. It relieves stiffness, coldness, and heaviness in the body, making it an effective therapy for neck discomfort.
Swedana may be done in various ways, including using steam, warm blankets, and hot items. Ruksha swedana ( sweat therapy) is a kind of swedana used to alleviate neck discomfort caused by ama buildup. A circular frame composed of black gram paste is bonded behind the neck using flour paste in this procedure. A well region is created, into which heated medicinal oil is poured. The frame is securely connected to the afflicted region to prevent oil loss, enabling the oil to remain in touch with the affected area for an extended period. It helps to relieve neck discomfort caused by diseases, including cervical spondylosis and arthritis.
It’s an Ayurvedic enema treatment in which medicinal oils or botanical decoctions are injected into the large intestine via a piece of specialized equipment. Dashamoola (10 roots), Vacha (calamus), rasna (Indian camphorweed), and kushtha are some of the most frequently utilized herbal decoctions for bowel cleansing (costus). Basti is used to treat Vata-related illnesses, including arthritis, gout, rheumatism, and urogenital diseases, neuromuscular diseases, and gastrointestinal problems.