Ayurveda For Osteoporosis

What Is Osteoporosis?

Osteoporosis meaning 'porous bone' is a disease of the bones, characterised by loss of bone mass resulting in weak and brittle bones that are susceptible to fractures from even the mildest of traumas. Recent studies have shown that almost 50% of women and 25% of men suffer from osteoporosis.

The most important symptom of those who suffer from the disease is that the bones tend to fracture easily and the feeling or reality that their height is decreasing and their upper back is curving forward. People with certain diseases have a higher chance to develop osteoporosis. These include rheumatoid arthritis, SLE, multiple sclerosis, inflammatory bowel disease, leukaemia, diabetes, Cushing's syndrome, premature menopause, liver diseases, chronic kidney disease.

Since in women the bone density is closely related to the levels of estrogens, post-menopausal period is a time when they are more susceptible to develop this disease.So oestrogen supplements through natural sources could be an option.

Ayurveda and Osteoporosis

Ayurvedically osteoporosis is classified as vatadosha. So the first step that the Ayurveda prescribes is a diet that balances this vatadosha to bring it back to normalcy. Ayurveda prescribes the avoidance of meat as animal proteins create an acidic environment and the calcium from the bones which is alkaline by nature is taken to balance the Ph of blood thereby weakening them even more. Low fat foods are contraindicated because Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin.

According to Ayurveda the food that nourishes the bones tissue include black grapes, radish, beetroot, sugar cane, garlic and ginger. Whole grains, legumes and nuts are good but should be cooked under high pressure. It prescribes a daily dose of sunshine that promotes the formation of Vitamin D so essential for bone health. Regular self-massage or Abhyanga with warm cold pressed sesame oil is excellent to counter the vata effect of the body.

All these steps control the progression of the disease to a large extent.Herbal remedies are also available for those suffering from longer periods. In general a healthy life style as prescribed by Ayurveda will be sufficient to prevent the occurrence of the disease and to manage it within reasonable limits in those who suffer from it.

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