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Frozen Shoulder and Ayurveda

Posted Sep 11 2011 6:42am 2 Comments

Significant loss of motion of shoulder joint in all directions is medically termed as ‘Frozen Shoulder’ / clinically named as Adhesive capsulitis. It’s not a new condition to Ayurveda as this condition in Ayurveda described as ‘Apabhuka’.

Causes of Frozen Shoulder

1. Inflammation/ Scarring/ Thickening of the capsule (Surrounding Shoulder Joint)
2. Direct injury to the joint
3. Rotator cuff injury
4. Tendinitis
5. Bursitis

It is common in Diabetes and arthritis condition. Incidence of frozen shoulder is also high after chest, thoracic and breast surgeries. Condition like injuries, paralysis etc which leads to long time immobilization of shoulder joints can also leads to this condition.

Managing Frozen Shoulder with Ayurveda

Ayurveda usually treats any ailment by understanding the root cause of the disease, nature of the person, disease, complications if any, seasons etc. As per Ayurveda “Frozen shoulder” is caused by increased Vata Dosha (Functional element of body).

Frozen shoulder usually treated with Both Ayurveda medicines and therapies with Diet and exercises.  The therapies and medicines vary from person to person.

Ayurveda therapies for Frozen Shoulders

1. Abhyanga – Application of medicated oil all over the body followed by herbal steam bath – This increases the blood circulation all over the body especially on the affected joints indirectly helps to improve the healing. This is very effective to prevent frozen shoulder and other joint problems for Diabetic and Psoriasis patients.
2. Pizchil – Application of warm medicated oil on the affected joints. This improves the movements and reduces the pain in no time. This treatment improves the condition better than surgery. Patients usually after 24-21 days of this therapy come back to normalcy both in terms of functionally and physically.
3. Mudga Navara Kizhi – It is a special Ayurveda formulation with Green Gram, Rice, herbs and milk. All boiled together and applied as hot paste in and around the affected joint. This rejuvenates joint and physically increases the hylourenic acid in the joints.  This treatment usually recommended for 14-21 days after Pizchil to rejuvenate the joints.

Nutrition plays a vital role in bone and joint health. So, understanding the dos and don’ts helps the person to prevent and to heal the condition permanently. Anti oxidants plays a vital role in prevention of frozen joints.

Ayurveda generally recommends herbs like Rasna, Guggulu, Shallaki etc for reliving pain and relaxing the muscles which in turn helps to bring back the normalcy in no time.

Ayurveda recommends changes in the life style like minimal exercises, avoiding sedentary life style, exposure to cold could help. Bathing and exposure to cold water, rain etc should be strictly avoided.

Yoga does play a vital role in healing. Simple shoulder rotation exercise helps in managing pain and improves shoulder movements.


Ayurveda therapies and medicines with personalized diet and yoga aimed to improve the natural healing process of the human body. This therapies and medicines not only address the pain and also create a way to improve the natural self healing which in turn heals the disorder swiftly and permanently. 

Call 99400 79511 to talk to Dr Gowthaman, Medical Director of rVita Ayurveda Centers and to know more about this program

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I had frozen shoulder in 2008 and it was not fun.  I could not even reach my back pocket to get my wallet out. 

My surgeon initially thought that I had torn a rotator given the fact that it was brought on after heavy lifting.  An MRI confirmed a tear in the rotator and surgery was scheduled.  During surgery, the doctor determined that the rotator was not torn enough to warrant an open repair and diagnosed my condition as frozen shoulder.

He manipulated the shoulder under anesthesia and I faced a lengthy stint in physical therapy.  I guess the one piece of advice I'd give is, don't immobilize the arm/shoulder as this will certainly make it worse.  Do some research into light shoulder stretching. 

Thanks Mtriv11.


Visit ayurvedaacademy .com for info and personalized natural progarme for health and wellness. Thanks 

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