Cervical Spondylosis Pain

In Ayurveda, a condition called Greeva graham is explained – A condition with cardinal feature of stiffness of the neck is explained and it exactly suits with cervical spondylosis. Greeva means neck and Graha refers to stiffness. It is explained as a Vata condition. Increase in Vata leads to depletion of body tissues. (For example, with ageing, Vata increases and body tissues start degenerating.) The dryness and degeneration caused by Vata leads to decrease of Kapha Dosha. Sleshaka Kapha is responsible for cushioning in between bone joints. Hence disc degeneration sets in leading to spondylosis.

Causative factors for Greeva graha (Cervical spondylosis):

  1. Food habits that increase Vata Dosha
  2. Intake of dry, cold / frozen and light food
  3. Fasting for long period – leads to depleted nourishment and increase of Vata Dosha
  4. Untimely intake of food
  5. Junk food, Sodas
  6. Less intake of water/liquids
  7. Excess intake of curried food etc
  8. Night awakening
  9. Day sleep
  10. Heavy exercise
  11. Suppression of the urges
  12. Weight bearing in the head, shoulder or neck
  13. Walking for long distances
  14. Bike riding for long distances
  15. Stress, Grief, Anger, Fear, Loss of interest in work etc

Signs and Symptoms

  1. Headache
  2. Stiffness in the neck
  3. Tingling & Numbness in arms
  4. Pains on back of neck & shoulders
  5. In the chronic phase, the patient complains of pain which may be worse at night and after neck movement
  6. Morning stiffness is a characteristic feature
  7. The disease is exaggerated in cold weather
  8. There may be tingling and numbness along the arms. This is due to compression of the nerves by protrusion of the disc
  9. Vertigo is common

Ayurvedic Treatment for Spondylosis

The treatment for Cervical Spondylosis is comprehensive and may include Ayurveda internal medicines and Ayuveda Panchakarma therapies in severe cases.

Panchakarma therapies like:-

  1. Abhyanga and swedam
  2. Nasyam
  3. Shirovasti or shirodhara
  4. Sarvangadhara
  5. Greeva basti
  6. Navara or mamsa kizhi
  7. Podikkizhi
  8. Patra Potli Sweda


Diet Sour things particularly curd, are strictly prohibited. Fried things, pulses and various preparations of pulses are also contra- indicated in this condition. Bitter vegetables like bitter variety of drumstick, neem flowers and bitter gourd are very useful. Wheat is better than rice for the patient.


Exposure to cold, cold bath and any violent exercise of the neck muscles, including pressure are very bad for the patients. Under the impression that this pain is being caused by some defects in the muscles, people undertake different types of neck exercises.

While reading and writing, one should maintain a comfortable posture.

Morning walk gives some relief to the patient, but if it is cold outside the patient should always use a woolen scarf around his neck while going out of the house.

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