Joint ailments is one of the most common and recurring problems in the human body. It is one of the first signs of bone deficiency and aging, but no matter what the cause is, it is discouraging to be unable to walk or exercise with the same energy as before.
Perhaps one of the greatest flaws of joints and problems related to it is the lack of effective treatments available. No matter how advanced technology has become, people are hesitant to undergo surgery, laser treatments, and harsh massage treatments during physiotherapy.
According to Ayurveda, there can be two ways that a joint is affected. The first one involves poorly nourished or low bone density joints while the second is related to excess toxic waste in the joints called Ama. Poorly nourished joints can be identified by symptoms such as cracking bone sounds and mild discomfort, and occurs when Vyana Vata is aggravated. Blood circulation and food absorption is weakened, which affects the joint lubricating Shleshaka Kapha.
Ama affected joints can have symptoms such as heaviness, swelling, pain, and stiffness. Change in weather can aggravate the pain and discomfort. Ama can be treated by taking specific triphala powders and by treating the joints properly.
The Benefits of Janu Pichu
One of the most organic and effective therapies studied, tried, and tested in the field of Ayurveda is called Janu Pichu. Janu Pichu falls under the broader Pichu therapy, which constitutes treating body parts with sponges soaked in special medicated Ayurvedic oils. This is performed by practiced experts.
This therapy can prove to be very effective for knee pain, knee injuries, osteoarthritis, knee ligament ruptures and sprains, tendinitis, and even knee degeneration.
Falling under the unique category of Bahya Snehana, Janu Pichu involves external application of medicated oils through padding and sponging with soft and thick sterile cotton pads. The pads carefully dipped in hot medicated oils are neatly placed over the affected joint and the extra oil is squeezed to remove the oil soaked within the pad. The oil dripping from the sides of the joints is neatly wiped from time to time.
Keeping in mind the acuteness of the pain, the pad is kept on the affected areas from half an hour to several hours. It can be kept overnight if convenient for the patient and if it successfully alleviates acuteness of the pain. A bandage is used to keep it in the right place which prevents it from falling off when kept overnight. A little modulation allows it to be used on various parts and joints of the body.
In order to keep the temperature of the pad warm throughout the procedure, warm oil is poured over the cotton pad at timely intervals. If the cotton pad loses its temperature over time then it is carefully replaced by another one with desired temperature levels.
This process continues as long as the patient requires treatment.
With continued use of the therapy, long term results can be achieved, increasing the chances of a more comfortable life and active lifestyle free of joint ailments.