Ayurveda classifies pain into several types - inflammatory, tension related, and ama related (toxins), although the underlying cause of pain could be virtually any injury, disease or sickness. General aches & pains are often a sign of ama or toxic buildup in the body. For example, a person who has aches and pains while feverish. All pain involves Vata. Note: Please see a qualified medical professional to determine this underlying cause.
Journaling Areas of Pain
Write down each of the areas in your body where you notice pain. Write down the qualities of the pain. Burning pain implies irritated tissue. Dull pain may imply swelling of the area, and displaced tissues. Pinching pain could imply there is something stuck in the tissue, like a splinter. Notice whether pressure relieves pain, or increases it. Notice if the location of the pain is moving.
Pain and Poor Circulation
Wherever there is pain, there tends to be poor circulation due to tension and swelling. Deep breathing exercises, massage with aromatic ointments (tiger balm), and vasodilating herbs (like cloves) tend to relieve pain. Rosemary and thyme essential oils can helpful to stimulate blood flow. Keep warm, as warmth increases blood flow. Exposure to cold tends to increase pain.
Strategies for Pain by Type
In the case of inflammatory pain, reduce pain with anti-inflammatory herbs that also improve circulation, such as turmeric, ginger and guggulu. Amalaki is a good choice for pitta related pain because it simultaneously reduces pitta and improves circulation.
For tension related pain, use muscle relaxants such as valerian, skullcap, and pedicularis. Aromatic herbs such as cloves have an analgesic effect, improve circulation, and at the same time relax muscles. Soothe your nervous system with nervines and massage with oil.
For pain due to buildup of ama, use CCF tea along with a mild laxative such as triphala. Eat a cleansing, easy to digest diet. DO not massage the body with oil if you have ama. Instead, use dry brushing.
Addressing Your Beliefs About Pain
Ayurveda suggests that one must accept pain even while trying to relieve it. One of the first reactions to pain is to suppress it, ignore it, and try to pretend it isn't there. This causes muscle tension, emotional eating, irritability with loved ones, and shallow breathing. Instead of contracting and tensing up, you want to relax and open up. Gentle stretching exercises will help relieve pain.
Paradoxically, ignoring pain makes it worse. Pain's purpose is to warn you. The more you ignore this alert, the louder it gets. Instead, by paying attention to pain, you'll notice relief. You'll being to relax as well, which will provide relief from muscle tension, emotional eating, irritability, and shallow breathing.
Ayurveda believes pain is a subjective experience that originates in the central nervous system, in response to tissue irritation or damage. The popular view of pain is that it originates in the damaged tissue itself, although recent research refutes this concept of pain. Since pain is a response that originates in the central nervous system, contemplative practices can bring significant relief to chronic pain. The brain contains many pain-relieving chemicals. This is why the placebo effect is particular strong among those who suffer from chronic pain. In studies on arthritis the placebo affect has been shown to last over 2 years.
Fear & Pain
A study at Oxford University on pain showed that religious belief can also reduce pain. When atheists and Catholics were shown a secular painting by DaVinci, their experiences of pain were similar. However, when practicing Catholics were shown a picture of the Virgin Mary, they showed 12% less sensitivity to pain. When these individuals were monitored, it was found they were accessing the same areas of the brain as activated by placebo effect. It made the pain seems less threatening. Apparently, fear of pain has a powerful effect of increasing pain.
These results indicate that you have the choice of whether to experience more pain or less. Mood, a nurturing hug, reassurance, and religious beliefs can be powerful mediators of chronic pain. Your beliefs about pain can change your experience of it. For this reason, pain can be a spiritually transforming experience, if you allow it to be. You can even welcome this aspect of pain with the following prayer affirmation, "God, I know you are helping me to grow through this pain, and I promise to do my best to know you through every experience, good or bad."
Disclaimer: 'Aches & Pains - General' could be serious and should be checked by a medical doctor.
Augment your diet with these specially chosen ingredients below which may be useful for 'Aches & Pains - General'.
Individual results vary depending the cause of your imbalance and by constitution.
Please research the ingredients below to find which are most helpful for you, and check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
DISCLAIMER: The pathogenesis of each person's condition is unique, and so the diet must be fit to the individual and the unique root causes of the condition in your body.
The information on this page is for educational purposes only and should not be used to treat a medical condition. It is not a substitute for medical care.
Please check with your doctor before making any changes to your health and wellness routine.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA HEAL 'ACHES & PAINS - GENERAL'?
AVOID DIETS, LIFESTYLES & HERBS THAT AGGRAVATE THESE EFFECTS
According to Ayurveda, one or more of the following
and biocharacteristics may aggravate 'Aches & Pains - General'.
If you have an excess of one of these doshas or biocharacteristics below, Ayurveda recommends reducing foods and lifestyle habits that aggravate them.
Click on the biocharacteristic to learn what foods and
lifestyle habits should be reduced.
Symptoms Tell A Story
The first step to healing is learning patterns from your symptoms.
Symptoms are clues that reveal underlying imbalances.
Symptoms show you where your body is weakened.
Ultimately, all disease has a root in tissues too weak to defend itself.
Ayurveda describes these patterns of weakness using doshas & biocharacteristics.
If you notice a biocharacteristic or dosha appears next to many of your symptoms,
it helps you establish a pattern that may be systemic.
FOODS TO AVOID
DO YOU HAVE THIS IMBALANCE?
ABOUT TOXIC BIOCHARACTERISTIC
A substance that causes toxicity in the body, or that harms the body.
An agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
ACHES & PAINS - GENERAL IS IN STAGE OF DISEASE 2 - AFFECTING BLOOD & EMOTIONS
Affecting Blood: Initially, imbalances are localized, often in the digestive tract.
As an imbalance grows, it starts to affect your body systemically, via the blood.
If you have symptoms in this category it means that your imbalances are starting to spread,
have entered the bloodstream, and are now systemic.
Pay particular attention to the biocharacteristics, tastes, and doshas out of balance systemically,
so you know how to strengthen your body as a whole, and reduce physical stress on your organs.
At this stage of imbalance you will begin to experience generalized discomfort, imbalanced emotions,
and may develop sensitivities to temperature.
It may take several weeks of strict adherence to a specific remedial diet to clear blood level imbalances.
Blood cleansing herbs may reduce symptoms.
A several day cleanse may shorten the recovery time.
REDUCE THESE RELATED SYMPTOMS & HABITS
The following symptoms & habits may be related to 'Aches & Pains - General'.
See your quiz results for a computerized assessment of your body type.
Please click on the symptoms below to learn more about them.
Biocharacteristics of the 10,648 People Reporting Aches & Pains - General
On average the biocharacteristics
of people reporting Aches & Pains - General were more aggravated than 60% of other symptoms.
From the 10,648 people who reported Aches & Pains - General in this research study of 74,671 individuals,
average deviation in biocharacteristic levels were the following:
Ayurveda strengthens the body, in addition to addressing the disorder. It take a holistic,
systemic approach, instead of focusing only on the disorder in question. Ayurveda
shows a person how to interpret signs and symptoms of imbalance, and how to address them
using materials from home, so they can optimize their health on a continual basis. You can't
take the doctor home with you, but you can take Ayurveda home with you.
Ayurveda is the most advanced and easy to use home system for self healing with an
exceptional focus on digestion.
HOW DOES AYURVEDA WORK?
Ayurveda starts by identifying your body type,
which identifies certain tendencies in your body to get sick (as well as identifying your strengths).
It uses body type to determine the likely root causes of your disorders.
Next, Ayurveda analyzes the nature of your disorder.
It fits all your signs and symptoms into a pattern, expressed as a combination of biocharaceristics (gunas).
For example, you may have a heat disorder, a cold disorder, or an oily disorder, etc.
This simple categorical approach shows you how to correct systemic imbalances and strengthen your body as a whole.
On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalanced biocharacteristics.
By eating an optimal diet that balances your biocharacteristics, your whole body is strengthened
and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease
are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies -
such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance
To get started on your Ayurvedic journey, we first recommend that your find your body
type by taking our free quiz. In Ayurveda, every solution is based on your unique body type, so
by taking this quiz, you’ll get the best results.
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia.
John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion.
John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing.
In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots,
and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church.
Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick.
That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.