The winter is undoubtedly here and with the drop in temperature come a variety of ailments including joint pain. While there are medications that can be used to treat this condition, a more permanent solution without the side effects is Ayurveda. Ayurvedic oils are extremely useful in treating joint pain — especially during the winter months. We spoke to Mrs Gita Ramesh from the Kairali Ayurvedic Group to find out what Ayurvedic oils you can use to find some relief from the pain. Here are excerpts from the interview.
Why does a person suffer from joint pain especially in the winter?
In winter, the weather is windy, cold and dry which resembles the features of vata dosha. So due to the effect of weather, the activities of vata dosha in a person’s body increases, specifically in the joints. Since, increased vata absorbs the lubricating fluids in our joints, it leads to pain, stiffness and swelling in the joints.
How do Ayurvedic oils help reduce pain and inflammation one feels due to joint pain?
Ayurvedic therapies help in get rid of impurities that are embedded in tissues and helps liquefy them for easy absorption into circulation. This helps in the elimination of pain. Apart from this, warm oil massages are soothing and rejuvenating for the body and help imbalance caused due to vata dosha.
What Ayurvedic oils can a person use to help relieve this kind of joint pain?
: This is an Ayurvedic oil that is designed to treat pain in the joints due to excess vata in a person’s body. The conditions that this oil can help relieve are rheumatoid and osteo-arthritis, spondylosis, headache and neuro-muscular conditions. The oil is made with a combination of herbs like Balamoola, Yava, Kola and Kulatha and can be used on a daily basis.
Kottam Chukkadi thailam
: This oil is also used to treat ailments caused due to excessive vata in a person’s body. It is mainly used to relieve pain and inflammation in the joints and is especially helpful for people suffering from sciatica (lower back pain), arthritis and spondylosis. Made from ingredients like ginger, vasambu, garlic, moringa, mustard, sesame oil, curd and tamarind juice, this oil helps give long-term relief if used regularly.
Penda Thailam: This is a cooling oil that is usually prescribed for rheumatic disorders. Extremely efficient on relieving pain and inflammation in the joints. Made especially for people with high levels of pitta in their body, this oil helps reduce the degradation of the bones — slowing down the progression of diseases like arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Valiya Narayan thailam: Made with ingredients like Vilwa, Aswagandha, Bhrihati and sesame seed oil, this oil helps in relieving joint pain due to arthritis. Aimed at balancing vata and pitta levels in one’s body, valiya narayan thailam is also useful in treating disorders related to the eyes and nervous system.