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Q Is there an ayurvedic so­lu­tion for con­trol­ling tendonitis that does not in­volve surgery? A Wrist tendonitis oc­curs due to repet­i­tive strain or fric­tion of the ten­don. The thick fi­brous cords that at­tach mus­cle to bone are called ten­dons.

Pain, ten­der­ness, swelling, re­stricted move­ments, red­ness are the ba­sic symp­toms of in­flam­ma­tion. Tendonitis com­monly af­fects shoul­ders, el­bows, wrists, knees and heels. It can be caused by a sud­den in­jury or due to a repet­i­tive strain in­jury; such as ex­ces­sive use of the key­board or mouse or typ­ing on mo­bile phones. Long-stand­ing tendonitis can re­sult in de­gen­er­a­tive changes and ab­nor­mal new blood ves­sel de­vel­op­ments – a con­di­tion called tendi­nosis. Rest and im­mo­bil­i­sa­tion of the joint is key. Cold ap­pli­ca­tion is usu­ally ef­fec­tive dur­ing the first 48 hours. Af­ter this, or for chronic pain, dry or moist heat may be more help­ful. Af­ter a few days of com­plete rest, gen­tly move the af­fected area through its full range of mo­tion to main­tain joint flex­i­bil­ity. Ap­pli­ca­tion of cer­tain herbal pastes has been found to re­lieve in­flam­ma­tion. You can make a paste of 25gm horse gram (lentil) pow­der, 2 tsp vine­gar, 2 tsp rock salt, 1 tbsp sesame oil and ad­e­quate yo­ghurt. Wrap with a ban­dage and leave overnight.

You may wrap the area with a cot­ton pad soaked with ayurveda oil, Murivenna.

Some types of arthri­tis can also af­fect the ten­dons. Con­sult an ayurvedic doc­tor who may sug­gest a blood investigation if an un­der­ly­ing pathol­ogy is sus­pected.

Please con­sult your doc­tor be­fore tak­ing home reme­dies.

DR VL SHYAM is a Dubai-based Ayurveda prac­ti­tioner

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