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Ayurvedic Approach to Osteoporosis

Written by
Dr. Revathi Sundaramurthy
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.

Published on Apr 29, 2015 and last reviewed on Sep 07, 2018   -  2 min read

Abstract

Abstract

The bones become weak and brittle in osteoporosis, that even minor injury leads to fracture. Anyone can develop osteoporosis but it is very common among women over the age of 50 years.

Ayurvedic Approach to Osteoporosis

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.

Consult an ayurveda specilaist online to know more about ayurvedic care for osteoporosis --> https://www.icliniq.com/ask-a-doctor-online/ayurveda-specialist

Last reviewed at:
07 Sep 2018  -  2 min read

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