Cervical spondylitis (inflammation, swelling of the cervical – neck – disc) and cervical spondylosis (wear and tear of the cervical disc) are usually presented with symptoms such as pain and stiffness of the neck; pain radiating to hand through the shoulder blade; restricted movement of the neck and hand; tingling sensation or pins and needles or numbness over the hand and fingers, etc.
Usually, these signs and symptoms occur due to the excessive stress and strain on the neck area caused by extensive use of computer; driving; travelling on difficult roads; continuous use of raised pillow; keeping wrong postures for the neck; extensive reading; watching TV; neck injuries; and genetically weak discs. These induce inflammation, reduce blood circulation, compress nerve roots, and subsequently cause wear and tear of discs.
Initially due to the excess strain, the neck disc gets inflamed and becomes weak (cervical spondylitis). If the neck disc is not strengthened without delay, later on, it can lead to wear and tear or degeneration of neck disc (cervical spondylosis).
Why use Ayurveda for cervical spondylitis and cervical spondylosis, compared to other system of medicine?
Even though physiotherapy and neck exercises help to strengthen neck muscles, there is no effective way in other medical systems to strengthen worn out or weak neck discs. Since the main nerves are controlled by the spinal cord, surgical procedures are also extremely complicated. Ayurveda, however, has effective and exclusive medicine, both for internal intake and external application. Internally, Ayurvedic medicine can be taken as pure genuine herbal decoction, herbal tablets, herbal powders, or herbal oils. External Ayurvedic therapies include herbal powder fomentations, herbal leaf fomentations, application of herbal paste, application of herbal packs and herbal nasal drops. These Ayurvedic remedies enhance blood circulation, strengthen the neck discs and muscles, reduce stiffness and nerve root compression, improve the mobility of joints, and relieve pain as well as numbness.
The great advantage of Ayurvedic approach to spondylitis and spondylosis is that we get an enduring result. In due course, some patients’ conditions improve enough for them to be able to discontinue taking even Ayurvedic medicines.