Ayurvedic Treatment for Back Pain

Ayurvedic Treatment for Back Pain

Lower Back Pain 

Lower back pain is a very common orthopaedic issue experienced by many people. Ayurvedic treatment for back pain adopts a holistic approach to cure disease treating the vitiated tri-doshas. The lumbar region of the spinal cord or the lower back portion is a complex structure with interconnected bones, nerves, ligaments and muscles. These body parts work in tandem with each other to provide flexibility and mobility. Since the lower back area has many parts working together, even a minor injury or shock can cause problems. 

The lower back supports the heavy upper body and the vertebral column. Besides, the lumbar region helps in sensory aspects of the pelvic region, legs and feet and also strengthens the muscles of the subject area. Ayurvedic treatment for back pain aims not only curing the problem but also overall health improvement and strengthening of muscles of the individual, helping the patient to live a healthy and rejuvenated life after the Ayurveda treatment.

Symptoms of lower back pain

When it comes to Kerala Ayurvedic treatment for back pain, your Ayurvedic therapist will prescribe the treatment only after performing a thorough diagnosis of its reasons and symptoms. Identifying the peculiar symptoms could be helpful for the doctor to prescribe you the customised ayurvedic treatment for back pain. You may observe the type of pain, the area it occurs and occasions if any. The common symptoms for the lower back pain include the following:


  • Tingling, numb or sharp sensation that begins at the lower back. It travels down towards thighs/ legs/ feet. This type of pain is also called Sciatica
  • Dull type of pain that remains at the lower back portion itself. This can affect the free movement of the individual, resulting in spasms in the pelvic area or hip and stooped posture in an attempt to reduce the pain
  • Pain arising after prolonged sitting. A short walk or body movements can temporarily reduce the pain. However, the pain will return once you sit down again. The load affecting the discs during sitting is the reason for the pain
  • Pain in the morning. This is due to long hours of immobility or rest. Such pain will be high in the morning and will reduce as you start moving around and working

The type and severity of pain will vary from person to person. Hence, the ayurvedic treatment method for back pain and course period will be prepared only after examining the patient. A thorough understanding of the individual, the nature of the job, past injuries and all other aspects that will be beneficial for the treatment will be discussed. 

Causes of lower back pain

Back pain develops due to excessive strain or pressure on the lower back while performing certain activities or due to an injury. Although there are many other medical and physical conditions that lead to lower back pain, the aforesaid are the most common causes. 

The other reasons include:


  • Strain in the muscle or ligament due to repeated heavy lifting
  • A sudden movement straining back muscles and spinal ligaments
  • Bulging or ruptured disks
  • Osteoarthritis 
  • Skeletal irregularities
  • Improper posture
  • Osteoporosis
  • Spondylitis caused by severe inflammation of the spinal discs


The doctor will take a detailed history of the symptoms, perform thorough physical examination and order necessary investigations to reach a proper diagnosis. A customized treatment plan will be then made based on the diagnosis and other patient characteristics.

The patient’s type of work, the posture of sitting whilst at work, also can be a reason for the lower back pain. The Ayurveda doctor will seek a detailed input about the patient’s lifestyle, dietary preferences, daily travel information and so on for ascertaining the exact cause towards formulating the treatment plans and medicines.  

He or she will be asked about injuries in the past that may have a relation to the lower back pain. The first occurrence of the current problem needs to be confirmed for ascertaining the duration of the issue. The patient can also provide any other relevant information that can be beneficial for the treatment. A comprehensive report about the individual, his or her familial history and other requisite data will be prepared. The treatment will be finalised based on the data.  

Kerala Ayurvedic Treatment for Back Pain ( Lower Back Pain)

Kerala Ayurvedic treatment for lower back pain is administered with herbal massages, Ayurvedic medication, yoga, and other strict diet plans to strengthen the bones and muscles. At Ayur Bethaniya Ayurveda Hospital, the ayurvedic treatment for lower back pain or Kati shoola is planned according to the dosha predominance in the body and the underlying cause. Treatment procedures include Panchakarma therapies, herbal decoctions, external herbal pack applications and few instructions to be adopted in the diet plan.

Few therapies that are included in the treatment plan like


  • Abhyanga – Abhyanga or warm oil massage is done all over the body, focussing the lower back area. This treatment method will energize body cells
  • Swedana – The steam made of herbals will be used to sweating out and expelling toxins from the body. 
  • Dhanyamla Dhara – This is a unique feature of ayurvedic therapy. The warm herbal liquid will be poured on to the affected area as part of this method. 
  • Podikizhi – Podikizhi is a kind of massage using powdered herbs tied in a cotton cloth. This is an important part of ayurvedic treatment for back pain
  • Elakizhi – This procedure uses leaves that have Vata pacifying properties. The patient is made to sweat by the application of Elakizhi on his/ her body.
  • Pizhichil – A kind of squeezing massage, Pizhichil consists of oil therapy and heat therapy.     Pizhichi will be done for 7-21 days depending on the degree of the ailment.
  • Vasti – Vasti is the method for expelling doshas from the body. Special herbal medicines will be passed into the body through the anus or vaginal canal to expel toxins
  • Njavarakizhi – This ayurvedic treatment method for back pain is done using medicated rice. The therapy will help in loosening the stiffened muscles, relieving pain and improving blood circulation
  • Kati Vasti - Herbal medicated oil at a lukewarm temperature will be kept over the lumbosacral area for a certain period of time as part of Kati Vasti.
  • Pichu – A thick layer of cotton cloth is bandaged around the affected area. The cloth will be soaked in warm medicated oil. The oil will be replaced frequently. 

The treatment plans are tailored as the patient condition including the severity and nature of the disease. Ayurvedic treatment therapies may range between 3 – 4 weeks depending on individuals cases to attain maximum recovery with the treatment phase. The recovery could be expedited with the doctors and medical staff providing utmost care to the patient. Amendments to treatment methods also need to be undertaken depending on the progress of the patient. 

The efficacy of ayurvedic treatment for back pain will depend on the experience of the Ayurveda doctors too. The doctor must assess the health condition, nature of the body and intensity of the lower back pain correctly. The formulation of the treatment method will solely depend on the doctor’s assessment. Ayur Bethaniya has experienced Ayurveda doctors. Our doctors discuss the course and nature of treatment among the team, before prescribing the same to the patient. 

At Ayur Bethaniya Ayurveda Hospital, we provide safe and effective herbal treatment plans that are customized as per individual patient condition to treat and recover from mild to severe lower back pain. We ensure a complete recovery from the condition and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul to feel a better individual. Along with the best medical infrastructure and medical utilities, we provide services from expert doctors and staff for all-round care and support to the patients. To know more about ayurvedic treatment for lower back pain and treatment cost, book an appointment now. 


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