Pain is one of the most common factors that effects and degrades the functionalities of a healthy life and being. Also statistically, its percentage is more than all the people suffering from diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and stroke.
In absence of a proper pain physician and a specifically designed pain treatment, painkillers are prescribed, and this is how an acute or chronic pain is confronted. But this has led to prescription pain pills becoming a major cause of addiction and death by overdose.
What are Root Causes of Chronic Pain according to Ayurveda?
According to Ayurveda, the following are the general types of imbalances at the source of most chronic conditions, including chronic pain:
- Toxins accumulating in tissues and blocking circulation.
- Poor nutrition.
- Poor digestion.
- Imbalance of the nervous system.
- Accumulation of physical and mental stress.
- Lowering of natural resistance and immunity.
- Disruption of natural biological rhythms.
The common modern medical approach that matches drugs to symptoms sometimes may not completely address many of these factors. As a result, the disorder is not completely eliminated and the condition becomes chronic. Chronic means that the condition persists over time even with the best modern medical treatment.
How does Ayurveda see pain?
Ayurveda sets a very profound approach to pain relief. Rather than seeing pain as just a physical ailment, it emphasizes on mind-body experience that’s highly subjective. Pain is approached through a phenomenon called ‘self-awareness.’ The brain contains many pain-relieving chemicals, and these can be triggered mentally, which is why taking a placebo leads to pain relief in a significant proportion of people.
It believes that the patient (subject) unknowingly self-regulate their pain. Brain scans show that a placebo, when effective, changes the brain in the same way as do active pills, and these changes can be found in the spinal cord, not just the brain. The implications are strong for chronic pain over an extended period, too. Thus self-awareness is more powerful and more long-lasting than is generally realized, even among physicians. Ayurveda recognizes this power of the mind to relieve pain, and strengthens this force through meditation practices and positive ideation.
Does lifestyle have any role in pain management?
Yes. The lifestyle components of Ayurveda—such as positive relationships, nurturing emotions, therapeutic massage, balanced activity, rest, and diet—are some of the means to rebalance, strengthen, and purify the mind/body variables that lower our pain sensitivity.
Love and compassion are other potent pain relievers. Studies have shown that these two attributes can relieve pain and stress by acting on nerve cells to release pain-relieving brain chemicals such as oxytocin and reduce the release of the stress hormone cortisol.
How do I know Ayurveda works for me?
Ayurveda holds a very deep and holistic approach to mind-body-soul; also to life and environment. As an individual an Ayurveda treatment that suits your pain conditions may not work for someone else. We recommend patients to visit our clinic and have an appointment with the Ayurveda Expert. For this you can contact us specifying your medical conditions.