Cervical spondylosis, known as Viswachi in Ayurveda, is a disease which exhibits weakness or sensational disturbances of the movements of the hand. When this disease presents with severe pain it is referred to as Khallwe. According to Susrutha samhita, this disease can occur in two types- One is with Vata predominance and secondly Vata-kapha predominance. In vata predominance pain will be more and in Vata-kapha predominance along with pain, numbness, weakness and loss of appetite will be present. The pain in the disease depends upon the area of disc protrusion.
Ayurveda prescribes a methodology in the treatment of Viswachi, and this includes rest, medication, therapy, diet and lifestyle changes.
Rest includes concommitant therapies like Application of medicaments or lepanam, Veshtanam or Cervical Bandage, Ushmasvedam or Moist Heat as well as Samvahanam (Gentle Massage). Medication includes Snehanam, Swedanam, Sodhanam-Vamanam, Virechanam,Nasyam, Vasti, Raktamokshanam and the various
Medicines used in viswachi include Kulathalasunairandadi Kvatham, Dhanvantharam Kashayam with Mamsarasam(meat juice), Pathyakshadhatryadi Kashayam, Varanadi Kashayam, Yogarajagulgulu and Valiya Narayana tailam.
Physical therapies like Moordhatailam – Abhyangam, Sekam, Pichu, Sirovasti, Kayasekam and Pindasvedam give immense relief to the patient.
Certain Diet & lifestyle changes advised include Increased intake of oily foods that are easily digested, sweet things, purified butter, vegetable soups, milk and almonds, avoiding rice, refined flour, kidney beans, and other foods that cause flatulence, avoiding physical and mental exertion and getting a good night’s sleep.
Leading Ayurvedic hospitals have specialized treatment packages for this ailment that helpyou curre and lead a tension and pain-free life.