Stenosis is the medical term used to denote narrowing of an anatomical space. Lumbar canal stenosis is a condition where there is narrowing of space in your lumbar vertebrae (lower back), which exerts pressure on your spinal cord and nerves.
Causes of Lumbar Canal Stenosis
- Bulging or herniation of intervertebral disc.
- Accidents leading to spinal injuries.
- Bony spur due to osteoarthritis, bone tuberculosis, etc.
Symptoms of Lumbar Canal Stenosis
- Abnormal sensations like tingling/ pricking/ numbness
- Loss of bladder and bowel control
- Weakness of legs
- Difficulty in walking
- Dislocation of vertebral bones
Diagnosis of Lumbar Canal Stenosis
X-ray, CT and MRI will confirm the diagnosis.
Ayurvedic Remedies for Lumbar Canal Stenosis
The following Ayurvedic medicines are generally suggested in case of lumbar canal stenosis:
- Boil 3-4 cloves of garlic in 100ml of milk diluted with 100 ml of water till only 100ml remains. This milk decoction should be taken at bedtime.
- Varanadi Kashayam, Ashtavarga Kashayam, Gulgulutiktakam kashayam and Maharasnadi Kashayam
- Lumbaton soft gel capsules, trayodashanga guggulu, Vata gajankakusa rasa.
- Karpasasthyadi tailam and kottamchukkadi tailam for massage.
These medicines should be taken for 2-3 months. This condition is better managed with Ayurvedic external treatment procedures like kati vasti, abhyanga, swedana(fomentation), application of herbal paste etc. Panchakarma procedures like vasti(enema) is also highly beneficial.
Dos and Don’ts
- Avoid spicy ,deep fried and refrigerated foods.
- Avoid Standing or sitting for prolonged duration
- Avoid night outs and suppression of natural urges.
- Do exercise under proper guidance.
- Lose some weight so that it reduces stress on your back.
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