Saturday, 22 November 2014


Most common heard word with NECK PAIN - {  ITS A BULGE }

                     This occur when the soft inner core of the disc in your neck bulges aganist the firm outer layer. This occur commonly in the lower part of the neck,mainly C5-C6,C6-C7 { most of the movements in the neck occur at this point }. This results in neck pain and in many cases the disc bulge pinches the nerves which will lead to arm pain,numbness,tingling,weakness etc

Disc bulge
  • Neck pain
  • Cervical RADICULOPATHY ( numbness , tingling, arm pain that can go down the base of neck-shoulders-forearm-hands-finger)
  • Weakness of muscle groups
  • Symptoms of cervical myelopathy.
  • XRAY
  • MRI
  1. AYURVEDA. -     Non surgical
  2. ALLOPATHY -     Non surgical, Surgical                         
Non surgical treatment plans are different in both systems
  • AYURVEDA -  Internal medicines ,external applications, rest
  • ALLOPATHY -  Internal medicines , physiotherapy, rest
 If pain and symptoms persist for more than 3-4 weeks
  • AYURVEDA   -    Hospitilized external treatments + PANCHAKARMA therapy
  • ALLOPATHY -    Surgery
  • AYURVEDA - 90% improvement in arm pain.arm weakness, numbness etc releaved within 3 months. Grand total 75-80% recovery after getting discharged.
  • ALLOPATHY -  80% improvement in arm pain, arm weakness,numbness etc less predictable, Grand total 50% recovery after surgery.
BACK TO JOB  AYURVEDA  - 6 to 8 weeks for sedentary works, 3 months for heavy lifting.

BACK TO JOB ALLOPATHY  -  2 to 4 weeks for sedentary works, 3 months for heavy lifting.

RISK FACTORS -  smoking,lifting, genetic, driving for long hours.


  • Avoid improper lifting, strenuous activity,smoking
  • Reduce body weight, regular neck exercises.
Written by,
Dr.Samson c Varghese
Cheif Research officer
Kottathil ayurveda

Tuesday, 4 November 2014


This is again the continuation of our clinical awareness programs for understanding  more about effective ayurveda treatments in different clinical conditions.

As most of you know ARTHIRITIS deals with degenerative conditions and today we are discussing about CERVICAL  ARTHRITIS . This is age-related degeneration of the neck mainly characterised by disc degeneration and facet arthritis. This condition can result in cervical stenosis and will result in spinal canal narrowing. If this happen you will be experiencing CERVICAL MYELOPATHY, CERVICAL RADICULOPATHY like conditions along with neck pain.

Normally arthritic and degenerative conditions are more common in females but in cervical arthritis, it's the male counterpart who are more affected.

  • Neck pain, numbness,weakness
  • Flare ups of the above symptoms periodically 
  • Cervical myelopathy symptoms 
  • XRAY 
  • MRI


         Non surgical management, medications are non steroidal and regenerative, physical body treatments with oils and other liquids to remove inflammation, soft tissue nutrition and strengthening, physiotherapy incoprated,marma therapy, Specific joint and spine holding soft tissue therapies to remove stiffness and increase range of movements. Cost effective


    Management  starts with medications like NSAID, muscle relaxants,steroids (epidural,nerve root block- results are for 3-6 months), physiotherapy and finally ends in surgery.No Specific therapies for joint/ spine holding soft tissues . Only rich can afford.


  •  Ayurveda 90-95% and Allopathy 80-90% of pain relief,
  • Associated symptoms will be releaved within 75-90 days in ayurveda and gradually in allopathy
  • Range of movement 90% recovery after treatment in ayurveda. In Allopathy physiotherapy adviced before and after surgery.
  • Natural bone mineral density increasing medications in ayurveda, calcium and multivitamin in allopathy.

Written by,
Dr.Samson c Varghese
Cheif Research officer
Kottathil ayurveda