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Ayurvedic Approach to Osteoporosis

Author: Dr. Revathi Sundaramurthy - Orthopedic Health  

Osteoporosis is a degenerative bone disorder. In this disorder, the density of bone is decreased leading to bone weakness and fractures.

What Causes Osteoporosis?

  • Low levels of calcium, phosphorous and vitamin D.
  • In menopausal woman, due to lack of oestrogen osteoporosis occurs.
  • Among aged men due to lack of testosterone.
  • Secondary to kidney failures, people who take anti-convulsants, steroids and also in individuals having hyperthyroidism and parathyroidism.
  • Smoking and alcohol consumption.

Signs and Symptoms of Osteoporosis:

Osteoporosis itself has no symptoms. As the disease progresses you may notice the following signs and symptoms:

  • Dull bone pain.
  • Chronic low back pain.
  • Kyphosis - an abnormal curvature of the spine, causing “hunchback”.
  • Fracture of bones even with minor trauma.

How to Diagnose Osteoporosis?

  • Check for calcium and vitamin-D levels.
  • BMD - Bone Mineral Density test.
  • DEXA scan is done if necessary.

How to Prevent Osteoporosis?

  • Regular physical exercise like walking for a minimum of 30 minutes per day.
  • Sun exposure for a minimum 5 to 10 minutes daily.
  • Adequate calcium intake through diet and supplements up to 1000-1200mg per day.
  • Vitamin D - 800 IU per day.
  • Avoid excess salt intake, which leads to increased calcium loss in urine.
  • Aged people should use walking stick, western toilets to prevent fractures.
  • Proper nutrient supplements should be taken if there is calcium or vitamin D deficiency.

Diet Rich in Calcium:

  • Milk and milk products.
  • Soya beans, soya milk, almonds.
  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, turnip.
  • Fortified orange juice, cereals with Vitamin D.
  • Sea food.
  • Coconut.
  • Sesame - daily chewing of a handful of white sesame in morning provides at least 1200 mg of natural calcium.
  • Soak 10 almonds overnight in water. In the morning, peel them and blend with a cup of warm milk. and drink it.

Ayurvedic Care for Osteoporosis:

  • Single herbs like shatavari, vidari, wild yam.
  • Pravala pisti, kukkutanda tvak bhasma, mukta bhasma, laksha guggulu, ganda thailam, bonton granules, asthi poshak tablets (calcium supplement), etc.
  • Regular body massage helps to strengthen the bones and joints.
  • Eat balanced, healthy diet and do regular physical exercise to get stronger bones.

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Last reviewed at: 07.Sep.2018

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