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The discs are natural protective shock absorbing pads between the bones and spine. These discs are filled with a jelly-like substance which cushion the vetebrae and keep them intact. An injury or weakness can cause disc to fail, allowing the gel to escape into the surrounding tissue. The disc loses their cushion ability and it may lead to severe back pain and pain in the other areas of the body. This condition is also called a hemiated, ruptured, prolaspesed or a slipped disc. Back pain and sciatica are the two main symptoms of slip disc.slip-disc
The sciatic nerve is the longest nerve in longest nerve in the body and it extends from the back to the pelvis. Slip disc adversely affects the sciatic nerve. If more pressure is applied on the sciatic nerve it may lead to numbness, lasting pain and a tingling sensation in the legs.
The average ages of onset of slip disc are between the ages of 30 and 50 because the elasticity and water content of the nucleus decreases with age. But latest statistics show that people around the age of 20-30 are also affected with the slip disc because of their lifestyle, stress and food habits.
Ayurveda considers Slip disc as one of the diseases occuring as a result of Vata dosha ( This dosha is primarily responsible for the movement and functionality of the body). The purpose of Ayurvedic treatment is to eliminate the aggravated vata to the state of equilibrium and therby to the state of health.
The most common treatments for slip disc in Ayurveda are Kativasti, Pizhil and Kizhi. Kativastii is the procedure in which warm medicated oil is retained in the affected body parts with a bordering of an herbal paste. The treatment last for 45 to 60 minutes. Pizhichil and Kizhi are other rejuvenating treatments in Ayurveda.