Tendonitis from the point of view of Ayurveda
Tendonitis (or tendinitis) is an inflammation or irritation of the tendon - which is like a thick cord (fibrous tissue) that attaches muscles to a bone. Tendonitis can occur in almost any area of the body where a tendon connects a bone to a muscle, but most common places are - base of the thumb, elbow, shoulder, hip, knee, but it can also affect the wrists, hips, and heels. The condition causes pain and tenderness near the affected joint, which is worse with movement of that joint. Tendonitis can get anyone, but it is more common in adults, especially those over age 40. There are many activities that can cause tendonitis, including – gardening and raking, carpentry, also cleaning house, painting, scrubbing, playing tennis or golf, skiing. Incorrect posture at or poor conditioning before exercise or playing sports also increases a person's risk. Other risk factors for tendinitis are any type of artritis, thyroid disorders, or medication reactions and also can be as a reaction of dog bite .
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Tendonitis
In Ayurveda Tendonitis can either be inflammatory or non-inflammatory unlike modern medicine which has classified all types as inflammatory. If Vata or Kapha is the cause of the disorder then it will be of a non-inflammatory nature. If Pitta is the cause then it will be inflammatory in nature.
Ayurveda treatment is based on the causal Dosha.
Treatment begins with remove the factors that are causing the Dosha to increase and provoke the problem – in Ayurveda it means release of toxins from the body using different Ayurvedic therapy methods of Panchakarma ( depenging of Dosha ) , thenext step would be to prescribe specific Ayurvedic external treatments to reduce pain and discomfort- includes the application of special oils and herbal compress (Lepa) – which is pastes of herbs or ointment, prepared according to Dosha to heal the injury . The following step would be to increase the strength of the tendons, ligaments and muscles at the painful site and surrounding areas – this can be done with mild exercise, yoga asanas , including Ayurvedic massage therapies . During treatment, your Ayurvedic doctor may also recommend Ayurvedic products for internal use like Yograj Guggul and Boswellia curcumin. All Ayurvedic products are pure, natural and vegetarian. These are not having any side effect so can be used for a prolonged period of time.
More tips for prevention and Ayurvedic treatment of Tendonitis:
Drinking plenty of water keep body hydrated
– avoid vitiation of vata dosha
– Avoid pitta aggravating foods like hot, sour and fermented foods
– Citrus fruit like lemon, oranges and tangerines are good source of Vitamin C
– gentle oil massage with mustard oil and turmeric on the affected area daily
– Boswelic acid in this herbal extract has anti-inflammatory properties
– 1tsp of cayenne pepper powder + 3-4 tsp of warmed olive oil – massage this mixture gently
– 1 tsp of turmeric powder put in the glass of hot milk – drink the daily
– paste of turmeric powder + water and apply it to the affected area