To add up your information, frozen shoulder is also known as Adhesive Capsulitis. Frozen shoulder affects the shoulder joint. Pain and stiffness in the shoulder are the main signs of frozen shoulder. The effect may get worse and even last up to years!
Do you know the shoulder joint is made up of 3 bones which form a ball and a socket joint? The three bones include;
- Upper arm
- Shoulder blade
The tissue that surrounds the shoulder joints is called shoulder capsules also gets affected.
With time the capsule becomes stiff and thick making it difficult to move. The liquid which keeps the joint lubricated lessens due to stiffness, as a result, the movement gets limited.
Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder
The prime symptoms of frozen shoulder are pain and hardening of bones which adds a lot of difficulty in moving the shoulder.
Your shoulder pain may worsen at night making it hard even to sleep.
Let’s have a look at the symptoms of frozen shoulder.
There are 3 stages of frozen shoulder:-
1. Freezing Stage (Painful Stage)
The movement of the shoulder becomes limited and causes pain. The duration lasts for 6-9 months.
2. Frozen Stage (Adhesive Phase)
The hardness of the shoulder increases making it more difficult to move. However, the pain lessens.
3. Thawing stage (Recovering Phase)
Thawing stage lasts for about 6 months-2 years. The level of motion may improve and the pain may decrease.
Causes of Frozen Shoulder
Did you ever wonder why frozen shoulder occurs? Why it becomes so painful with time?
Well, we will give you all the answers!
The capsules that act as a connective tissue to our shoulder joint thickens and tightens with time, making the movement restricted.
Let’s see what Ayurveda think about Frozen Shoulder.
In Ayurveda, frozen shoulder id referred as APABHUKA. It is a disease that generally affects the ASMA SANDHI (Shoulder Joint).
Do you know which Dosha is imbalanced?
It is generated by Vata Dosha and the stiffness in your joints is related to Kapha Dosha.
You must know that the tightening and thickening of joint occurs because of following:-
- Any injury on or around the shoulder
- Excess use of joints (weightlifting)
- If you are a patient of diabetes, then frozen shoulder may occur.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis, Cervical Spondylosis
As per Ayurveda, we will discuss some more causes
If you ever had an injury on the vital part of the body or around the surrounding of joint, it may increase the risk of frozen shoulder.
If you’re taking in abundance bitter and constringent tasty food, the frozen shoulder may occur.
If you have any of the following diseases, the occurrence of the frozen shoulder may increase:-
- Thyroid Problem
- Lung disease
- Breast Cancer
- Open heart disease
- Parkinson’s disease
Do you know 70% of patients with frozen shoulder are females! Ladies, be careful.
You should know, if you are 40 years old or more, then the occurrence of frozen Shoulder is higher in you than others.
Diagnosis of Frozen Shoulder
Diagnosis of frozen shoulder can be done in following ways:-
- Degree of pain
- A movement that increases pain
- Whether the pain affects sleep or not
- X-RAY: It is performed to identify the bone-related problems.
- MRI: It is used to check whether there is any damage to soft tissue.
Non-Surgical Treatment: Non-steroidal Anti Inflammation Medicine NSAIDs:-
They include Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Diclofenac, and Lyser D which acts as a pain Killer.
It is injected into the shoulder joints. It decreases pain and reduces inflammation.
Shoulder Arthroscopy: Do you know doctors cut the extra tissue which is developed in the shoulder joint capsulitis to reduce the inflammation and pain? The extra layer that causes the Frozen shoulder is cut out too so that the blood flows to all the nerve channels.
Ayurvedic Treatment For Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder (APABAHUKA) is a Vata Dosha. You must know that the hardness of shoulder is because of Kapha Dosha.
Ayurveda has numerous herbal medicines which are proven to be the best medicines to cure the Frozen shoulder naturally. The medicines are free from side effects and can cure the disease from its root cause. The kit includes a total of 6 products – Detox premium powder, Nerve up tablet, Vata Balance tablet, Active Plus Tablet, and Pain O kill Oil, Pain O kill Tablet.
1. Detox Premium Powder:
This is a herbo-mineral preparation that contains ingredients such as giloy satv, parval pishti, gandhak rasayan, shukta pishti, kamdudha rasa, etc. These all ingredients in combination show antioxidant, anti- inflammatory, & analgesic properties. It helps in reducing pain, numbness, stiffness, & inflammation associated with a slipped disc problem. Detox powder is useful in eliminating Ama (toxins) from body.
Recommended Dosage: Take 1 sachet twice daily with normal water after 30 mins of meal.
2. Nerve Up Tablet:
It is pure herbo-mineral formulation which helps to balance the vata dosha. It act as nervine stimulator and also reduces Kapha doshas. It mainly acts on central nervous system. It contains natural ingredients like Shudha kuchala, Shudha shilajeet, Abhrak bhasma, Praval pishti, Shankh bhasma etc. These contains natural Vatahar properties and helps in curing vata diseases. It speeds up physical and mental processes. It helps in painful joints, stiffness , inflammation, swelling and general weakness.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal
3. Vata Balance tablet:
Vata balance tablet is a rejuvenating blend of herbs is specially formulated to balance Vata doshas without aggravating Pitta or Kapha doshas. It may be used to support overall health and well-being by Vata constitutions with or without food. For those with a dual constitution that includes Vata or a tridoshic constitution, it is an excellent formula for the Vata season, which in most parts of the world is autumn and early winter. This is the time when Vata gets aggravated. Healthy Vata contains herbs that help the system remain balanced throughout the season.
Recommended Dosage – Take 1 tablet twice daily.
4. Pain-o-kill oil:
As the name suggests Pain-O-Kill Oil reduces pain, inflammation, stiffness, & weakness in slipped disc patients. Applying this herbal oil gives effective results in lower backache, weakness, relaxes muscles, stiffness, & swelling.
Method of usage: Take little oil in your hands and gently massage over the affected of the body.
5. Active Plus Tablet:
active plus Tablet is a pure herbo-mineral formulation prepared from best quality of herbs. This tablet is best for person mental and physical health, also helps to boost up the immunity. The herbal ingredients present in these tablets are used to maintain person’s health and refreshes the mind and body. These tablets improves digestion, eliminates constipation, stress, nourishes brain, acts as antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, etc.
Recommended dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
6. Pain O kill Tablet:
As the name suggests these tablets will kill the pain naturally. The herbs present in the formation of these tablets are Ashwagandha, Hadjod, Punarnava, Nirgundi, Methi, Garlic, etc. These herbs in combination show antioxidant, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, immuno-modulator properties. The regular use of these tablets reduce body pain and acts on its root cause.
Recommended dosage: Take 1 tablet twice daily with normal water.
A complete body massage is given with organic herbal oils that help in relieving pain. Abhyangam lubricates the joints and boosts blood circulation.
Nasyam refreshes some important parts of the brain which help in reducing pain.
It reduces Vata Dosha and also reduces pain in the joint.
Why Is Ayurveda Better?
Ayurveda creates a strong bond between the mind and soul. It dignifies the rhythm of life. Ayurveda has no side effects neither for short term or long term. The prime goal of Ayurveda is to help people live a healthy and a balanced life without the need of drugs or surgeries.
Vaidya Jagjit Singh is an Ayurvedic Physician in Chandigarh and has an experience of 30 years in this field. He is founder of Chandigarh Ayurved Centre. Chandigarh Ayurvedic Centre provides best ayurvedic treatment &panchakarma therapies centre in Chandigarh. Chandigarh Ayurvedic Centre is a leading Multi specialityAyurvedic Clinic of North India.