Pain Management in Ayurveda

Generalized body pain is a distressing symptom which can be seen in all age groups. It can present itself as an aching sensation, stiffness in the muscles, as a pricking sensation or burning sensation at different regions of the body. Those who sit for long duration of hours, who drive long hours, as also people who sit in front of computers for a long period of time, tend to develop generalised body pain or pain at different regions of the body with varied severity. Body pain can also be a result of any infection in the body, the management of which differs from the management of body pain caused due to muscle stiffness.

Analgesics (Pain Killers) can provide a short-term relief of the symptom but it re-occurs as soon as the effect of the medicine is reduced. Also, long term use of analgesics is found to cause kidney related diseases and are not safe in pregnant and elderly people.Here is where Ayurveda plays a significant role - in the management of pain.

Treatment modalities of Ayurveda like Abhyanga(body massage), Swedana (Fomentation), Parisheka (procedure of pouring warm herbal decoction in a continuous stream over the body), Patra Pinda Sweda (Swedana - Fomentation) is done by using medicated herbs /powders after traditional) and Shashtika Shali Pinda sweda (special form of swedana) etc., play a major role in pain management in Ayurveda.

Marma massage is a specialized form of abhyanga, which also plays a significant role in management of pain. Marma Chikitsa can provide instant relief from pain –as in the cases of Neck pain, Cervical & Lumbar spondylosis, Sciatica, Multiple Joint pains etc. The Marma points or the Vital points, when stimulated using the right amount of pressure,results in pain reduction by removing blockages caused by the accumulation of toxins in the region. It can be used to manage all types of chronic pains of the body.