Analgesics In Ayurveda

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian healthcare system that dates backs to thousands of years. The system mostly uses herbs for treatment of ailments as their natural ingredients provide effective healing.  Ayurveda is based on the principle that the life energies present in the universe that are external are also present internally in the human body. If there is an imbalance in these two life forces, illnesses occur. The illnesses can be cured by restoring the right balance of the life forces known as doshas in Ayurveda. This system has long been specializing in providing relief for aches and pains using formulations that are skin friendly. They are prepared from carefully chosen herbs and oils and use natural methods that bring permanent relief from illness without adverse effects.  

Analgesics
 
Analgesics are substances that help in relieving pain. A patient suffering from pain is given analgesic medicine to relieve pain without losing consciousness. Analgesics are also known as pain killers and come in many different forms and are available over the counter. Aspirin is a common example of analgesic medication.  
 
Forms of Ayurvedic analgesics
 
Ayurvedic Analgesics are basically formulations that are based on accurate composition of ingredients and provide optimum effectiveness. They are capable of giving in depth penetrating relief for aches and pains in muscles and joints.  Sprains, arthritis, gout, fractures and back pain are some other ailments that are treated with analgesic formulations. They are available as tables, capsules, syrups or even injections.   
 
Ayurvedic formulations of analgesics
 
There are three groups of analgesics in Ayurveda namely local analgesics, central analgesics and body-ache analgesics. The local analgesics are generally made into paste preparations in addition to other forms and are usually applied to a specific part of a body. Belladonna is an example of this type of analgesic. The central analgesics are more powerful than the local analgesics and therefore to be used alongside strict diet control. Dhatura is a good example of central analgesic.   The body ache analgesics are effective in treating stress related ailments and fatigue. Balam and Patala are examples of body ache medication. The Herbal Vedic is an example of Ayurvedic balm that is a product of the combination of traditional knowledge and modern medical research.  
 
Herbs with analgesic properties
 
Cayenne Pepper is a herb used in the treatment of pain and headaches, back aches, arthritis and muscular pain.  The herb is used to make oils and creams or made into capsules, tinctures of teas.
 
Peppermint is another medicinal plant that is used as an analgesic in Ayurveda. It is prescribed for aches and pains, Bronchitis, Colds, Fatigue, Influenza, Sinusitis, Migraine headache, Nausea and many more illnesses. The oil from peppermint is used for external use. Balms and massage oils are helpful in relieving muscular pain.  Peppermint has anti-inflammatory properties that can heal ulcers.
 
Aloe Vera is another herb used in Ayurveda because of its analgesic properties. It is used in the treatment of Acne, burns, constipation, Insect bites and skin care. This herb contains amino acids, enzymes, anthraquinones, hormones and minerals etc. Aloe gel is very effective in healing wounds and helps in skin regeneration. It is soothing, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory making it a highly sought after medicine.



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