AYURVED MANAGEMENT OF SCIATICA- A CASE STUDY
*Vd. Neha G. Tank and Vd. Shruti Pandith K.
In this hectic life sciatic pain is a very common disorder that hampers people from doing their routine activities. Most of people suffering from this, complains about moderate to severe pain in buttock region which then radiate to thigh, calf and down to the foot and even toes. The main cause of sciatica can be a horizontal or slipped disc, piriformis syndrome, spinal stenosis, spondylolisthesis. In the starting stage people neglect this but later this becomes a major issue when the pain becomes unbearable. At this stage they might search for a better cure. There are wide ranges of treatment for sciatica which includes internal medications for pain and inflammation, Physical therapy & spinal injections. And lastly surgery is advised for those who do not respond for conservative treatments. But, these are not much successful and therefore those who are suffering from this are always in search of result oriented remedy. Classics of Ayurveda have references related sciatica, according to Ayurveda signs and symptoms of sciatica is much similar to "Grdhrasi-Vaata Roga." Grdhrasi can be treated remarkably with procedures of panchakarma and internal medications. Here in this case study, the patient was suffering from sciatic pain due to, herniation at L4-5 andL5-S1. She was treated with one course of Kaala Basti followed by Matra Basti along with Abhyanga(ayurvedic massage), Swedana(fomentation) internal medicines were Yogaraja guggulu and Chandraprabha vati. The patient recovered remarkably and could do all her routine activities.
Keywords: Sciatica, Grdhrasi, Panchakarma, Abhyanga, Swedana, Basti.
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