Chronic pain is any pain that lasts 3-6 months or more. Sometimes chronic pain can begin without any obvious cause. But for many people, it starts after an injury or because of a health condition. Some of the leading causes include: Past injuries or surgeries, Back problems, Migraines and other headaches, arthritis, osteoarthritis, nerve damage, infections, fibromyalgia, colitis to name a few.
Chronic pain can range from mild to severe. It can continue day after day or come and go. The pain can feel like A dull ache, throbbing, burning, shooting, squeezing, stinging, soreness, stiffness. Chronic pain can have real effects on your day-to-day life and your mental health. Chronic pain can lead to depletion as so much of the energy is spent in enduring the pain. It affects sleep and disrupts many functions of the body leading to anxiety and other mental disorders. According to Ayurveda, chronic starts as a Vata imbalance but other doshas get involved as time goes on.
Inflammation is the body’s normal response to conditions such as infections, toxins and trauma. Under normal conditions, once the negative event is over, the body will produce an anti-inflammatory response to restore balance. In cases of chronic pain, however, the body is not able to regulate the inflammatory response and the nerve signals keep firing even after the trauma or the injury is healed. The result is chronic imbalance and chronic pain.
The Ayurvedic approach to pain management is a holistic one. It uses an integrated approach and looks beyond the outward pain to discover the underlying source. It uses an integrative approach combining herbs, dietary changes, detoxification, yoga, pranayama, meditation.
What you can do?
- Take Turmeric powder ( a tsp) in warm water, 2-3 times a day, add a 1/4 tsp of ghee or mix the turmeric in warm milk( bring the milk to boil first and then let it cool a little to the temperature you like. Turmeric tends to be drying, adding ghee or adding it in milk will reduce the drying effect)
- Warm oil massage, ( abhiyanga), to soothe and calm the nervous system.
- Gentle yoga
- Avoid sugar and spicy foods as they increase the inflammation.
- Sip on hot water all day to gently detoxify the body.
- On Joint Pain from MAPI