4 Ayurvedic Tips for Back and Joint Pain

Saturday, August 03, 2019

Are you suffering from pain of any kind? It could be back pain from years of working a physical job, or joint pain from an old sports injury you got as a kid. Many people living with back, joint or muscular pain believe that their pain is something they have to live with.

 

Ayurveda expert Robert Svoboda sums it up by saying that “Ayurveda welcomes and accepts pain, even while trying to relieve it, for nature intends pain to be a multi-layered message to us. Underlying the immediate directive—stop using that body part!—lies a request to look into our lives and see what we are doing to create this misery.”

 

Our bodies give us messages all day long and we tend to ignore them until they become a major issue in our lives.  But if we pay attention to the root cause of a small problem before it becomes a big problem we can save ourselves weeks, months or even years of stress and struggles.

 

Here are some of our favourite tips for managing pain, the medication-free way.

 

1.      Oils and Massage

 

Peppermint or rosemary essential oil are great for different kinds of pain. If you have a headache, run a few drops of peppermint on your temples and if your back or joints are achy you can try massaging rosemary or your other favourite massage oil on your skin to relieve your pain. You can either add a few drops to your diffuser or into your bath. We love Arth Oil – see our product spotlight below to find out more and this amazing oil.

 

2.      You are What You Eat

 

In Ayurveda, we often say: “When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use; when diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” So following a diet that is specific to your doshas is essential for your health and wellbeing. There are certain foods that cause inflammation and make your pain worse so being aware of your diet and what foods to need to stay away from will help.

 

3.      Drink a Turmeric latte

 

Tumeric is a wonder herb and is helpful for so many things. It can be used as an anti-inflammatory and helps people suffering from arthritis and other pains. It’s easy to make too.

Just put 350ml milk, ¼ tsp each of ground turmeric, cinnamon, and  ginger with ½ tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp maple syrup in a pot and whisk constantly over a gentle heat. Once hot, pour into mugs and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon to serve.

 

 

4.      Try the Shavasana Yoga Pose

 

You may not think that lying down on the floor will help your pain but believe it or not, this practice can reduce muscle spasms, relieve tension, and calm the mind naturally. Literally all you have to do is lie down on your yoga mat, or the floor if you aren’t a yogi, and relax for 10 minutes.

Comment below and let us know when you have done this and if it worked for you.

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