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Muscular Skeletal System

The Colon-Bone Connection

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Sep 17, 2015

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.

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Muscular Skeletal System

Pacifying Low Back Discomfort

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Aug 24, 2015

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
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Muscular Skeletal System

Low Back Discomfort

  • By Vrinda Devani, M.D.
  • Aug 24, 2015

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.

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Herbal References

Herbal Formulas for Joint Health

  • By Premal Patel, MD
  • Oct 22, 2014

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.

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Muscular Skeletal System

Strong Joints for Mobility and Freedom

  • By Premal Patel, MD
  • Oct 21, 2014

Crackling. Crunching. Popping. Crisp. Swaying. 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. 

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