Muscular Skeletal System

    • Muscular Skeletal System
    • September 17, 2015
    Bringing Health to the Bone

    A 58-year-old (Vata-Pitta prakriti) female comes to you wanting help with her bones. She is thin and frail, with joint pain, cracking joints, and she had a fracture of her wrist a couple years ago. She drinks organic milk daily and has cottage cheese as a snack in the afternoon. She tells you that she has always had issues with constipation, low back pain. When she was a baby she was bottle-fed. What therapy would benefit her bones most?

    1. Nasya
    2. Vamana (vomiting)
    3. Fast-paced, vinyasa flow yoga sequences
    4. Basti (enema)
    5. Calcium supplementation
    • Muscular Skeletal System
    • September 17, 2015
    The Colon-Bone Connection

    Until recently, we in allopathic medicine have largely viewed bone health as a product of primarily calcium and vitamin D absorption, as well as healthy hormone levels contributing to proper functioning of the cells that build bone (osteoblasts) and break down bone (osteoclasts). But we are slowly appreciating bone health as a complex interplay between many nutrients including vitamin K, magnesium, and others, in addition to calcium.

    • Muscular Skeletal System
    • August 24, 2015
    Pacifying Low Back Discomfort

    Your client, a 33 year-old female (vata-pitta prakriti), comes to you with a long history of lower back discomfort. She has seen multiple practitioners without any findings of a cause. She is a single mother of three children and works at a local grocery store. The key principles to supporting a healthy low back include:

    1. Relieve stagnation, such as constipation
    2. Moderate and healthy exercise, such as yoga and walking
    3. Decreasing vata, with therapies such as basti
    4. Decreasing fear and helplessness, while instilling a sense of courage and an empowered self
    5. All of the above
    • Muscular Skeletal System
    • August 24, 2015
    Low Back Discomfort

    Low back discomfort is extremely common, causing significant challenges in up to 84% of people worldwide at some point in their life. Furthermore, this problem costs Americans over $100 billion annually. Despite the amount of money spent, there are still many who continue to struggle with lower back discomfort.

    Slowly, the medical community is beginning to appreciate alternate modalities of bringing comfort to this structurally very important part of the body. After years of treatment with painkillers, steroid treatments, and even surgery, research is finally agreeing that practices such as massage, yoga, and spinal manipulation can be very helpful.

    This month, we will take a closer look at the low back, energetically and structurally, from an Ayurvedic perspective.

    • Muscular Skeletal System
    • October 22, 2014
    Herbal Formulas for Joint Health

    Healthy joints are critical to our daily functioning and activity, both for smooth mobility and for integrity of structure. Ayurveda offers numerous herbal supplements to support healthy joints. The most traditional of these supplements are made with a base of guggulu, which has been used widely through the ages to promote joint strength and stability.

    • Muscular Skeletal System
    • October 21, 2014
    Strong Joints for Mobility and Freedom

    Crackling. Crunching. Popping. Crisp. Hues of red. You may think that I am describing the fall/winter vata weather as the leaves change and fall to the ground. But if instead I am describing the condition of your joints (or those of many of your clients), then you will want to continue reading our discussion on joint health in this issue.