Thursday, 30 August 2018

Sports Injury Rehabilitation With Varma Chikitsa

Varmam is an ancient martial art form of south India especially from Kerala and Tamil Nadu. Varmam is also a metaphysical medical science which is used to cure ailments by therapeutic manipulation of vital life energy points in the human body. It takes several years to specialize in Varma chikitsa, therefore, it is not like any other form of medicine that is mastered over a particular period of time. Varmam is considered to be an advanced form of Kalaripayattu, the ancient martial art form that is still popular in Kerala.  As a therapy, Varma is used to treat multiple ailments and it is especially beneficial in musculoskeletal and neurological deficits.

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Varmam Pathology

The varmam text “Varma Vilvisai” mentions about 8000 varma points in the body, Varma Chinthamani explains there are 828 varmam points and Kumbamuni narambarai describes 251 points. However, most of the recent varmam literatures limit varma points to 108. These points are distributed throughout the body through dasa naadis (Urpanasaari-40 Verse 32) and are the reservoirs as well as conductors of subtle pranic energy. Whilst the flow of pranic energy is affected by injury, abnormal physical activity, abnormal food habits stress and strain which in turn disturbs the physiological and metabolic activity of the organ or region concerned resulting in diseases. The flow of pranic energy can be restored by proper therapeutic manipulation of varma points and thereby the physiological and metabolic function of the organ can be reinstated.

Varma point can be stimulated in several ways in which Pathi Kanakku(Pressure) and mathirai kanakku (depth) is very important. Each ways of manipulation has different effects and this can be done by only expert practitioner. In sports medicine, injury management have lot of limitations and Varma chikitsa has its applications in places where many allopathic remedies fail to deliver results. By stimulating the varma points the flow of pranic energy can be restored and thereby stimulating the flow of the bio-energy tracks which is highly useful in Sports injury rehabilitation.

Benefits of Varma chikitsa in sports injuries:

  • Varma chikitsa is non invasive, cost effective, drugless therapy very effective for the management of sports injuries 
  • The therapy  is highly beneficial in neuromuscular problems, neurological weakness and Muscular rejuvenation
  • Varma therapy also is beneficial in spinal problems, neck injuries, migraine headaches, convulsions, arthritis and muscle wasting 
  • Varma therapy alleviates pain in natural ways, strengthens the joints and improves function 
  • Varma chikitsa as well as Agnikarma and Rakthamoksha (panchakarma), when used in combination depending on the nature of the disorder, will be very effective in almost all joint involved cases.
  • The recuperation time is lesser and when properly complied to, gives long lasting results which is ideal for sport persons and even for working persons. 

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Vaidya Healthcare Hospital, the popular Ayurveda doctors of Ernakulam is the first of its kind to incorporate Ayurveda, Yoga, Physiotherapy, Varma chikitsa, Naturopathy, Medicinal Herbalism, and Chiropractic & Holistic Medicine for a comprehensive approach towards athletic injury management in Kerala and also for the complete health of the individual. The Kerala tradition of Ayurveda is followed in Vaidya Healthcare to offer a full fledged treatment for sports injury treatment in Kerala and chronic disorders. Vaidya Healthcare hospital offers Varma chikitsa as a first line of treatment for many health problems and Sports injury rehabilitation, saving hard-earned money, utilizing special herbal medicines, requiring little, if any, hospitalization time and above all else, with no side effects.

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Monday, 6 August 2018

Is Osteoarthritis Terribly Putting You Down?

Have you ever heard cracking sounds from your joints whenever you make a movement? Are your muscles weakening day by day causing inflammation and severe pain? Is there loss of sleep and formation of spurs? If yes, kindly realize that you are in the clutches of Osteoarthritis (Sandhivata). Although there is not anything to really worry about, a quick visit to Vaidya Healthcare Hospital for Osteoarthritis cure would turn out to be the best choice. Systematic ayurveda treatment for arthritis in Kerala is not available everywhere but in Vaidya Healthcare Hospital you can get the best osteoarthritis cure, under the flawless attention and care of highly skilled medical professionals.


What is Osteoarthritis?

It is a degenerative joint disease that occurs due to the loss of synovial fluid in the joints which would definitely lead to the destruction of bones, cartilages, ligaments and muscles. In ayurveda terms, this damage happens as a result of vata dosha that absorbs the fluids from almost all parts of the body. Vata could increase in one’s body due to many factors such as excessive sexual intercourse, sitting in inappropriate postures, suppressing natural calls, overeating, stress, anger and lack of rest.


A Few General Causes of Osteoarthritis include

1. Obesity  
2. Bone Deformities
3. Hereditary
4. Joint injuries and bone deformities 
5. Diabetes and rheumatic diseases
6. Excessive joint stress

People with these ailments and physical conditions are more prone to Sandhivata. They are also most likely to witness the given signs and symptoms within their body if there are chances of osteoarthritis.


Signs and Symptoms

1. Loss of flexibility
2. Tenderness, stiffness and swelling on joints
3. Bone spurs
4. Severe pain
5. Insomnia
6. Cracking sensation
7. Spinal stenosis



Not many of us aware of the limitations of modern medicine, if they opt for allopathy for osteoarthritis. Depending upon analgesics, corticosteroids and anti-inflammatory drugs can only handle the symptoms but not joint degeneration. Hence, it is always advised to be up for ayurveda for a better treatment for Sandhivata. The imbalance of vata can cause ama (toxins) to be deposited in the weak joints. Proper arrest of ama through panchakarma treatments is the only way to get a speedy recovery from vata.

How is Panchakarma carried out?

The whole process may range from seven days to one month. The steps are as follows:
  • Abhyanga- Full body massage using herbal oils
  • Janu Basti- A particular medical oil is heated at a certain temperature and put over the affected joint.
  • Lepa- A medicated paste is applied to the affected joint and a bandage is wrapped around it.
  • Sveda- Fomentation by patra/churna pinda sveda.
  • Virechana- Purgation through drugs
  • Basti- Medicated enema therapy with herbal teas, oil and ghee
  • Agnikarma- Heat burn therapy

Apart from panchakarma treatment, a proper diet and use of Maharasnadi kashayam, Dashamoola kashayam,  Ksheera bala taila, Gandha taila,  Narayana taila, Shatavari ksheera paka, Ashwagandha etc are also encouraged.  
Service oriented healthcare experts coupled with excellent infrastructure facilities are awaiting you at Vaidya Healthcare Hospital with the best ayurveda treatment for arthritis in Kerala.
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