CAN AYURVEDA HELP TENDONITIS?
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