I am 28 years old. For the past 16 years I have been experiencing severe pain all over my body. I have consulted many doctors but nobody could diagnose the problem. My mum said it could be a Vata dosha imbalance or Aama Vata. I have had three MRIs in the past five years. The most recent has shown some cervical and lumbar compression without any effect on nerves. Doctors say it’s not that serious. One doctor even suggested I see a psychiatrist. Is there any explanation and treatment for such pain in Ayurveda?  Kona K, via email.

No pain, physical or psychological, occurs without the imbalance of Vata dosha. Doshas are the energies in the body that govern our physiological activity and make up our constitution. Vata dosha controls the body’s movement, including breathing, digestion and nervous system. You should consult an Ayurveda doctor to understand the cause of your Vata imbalance, the type of Vata imbalance you have (there are five types) and to understand your illness. Aama is a metabolic problem that happens due to improper digestion. Aama can lead to an imbalance in Vata, causing Aama Vata.

Here are some remedies that could help alleviate the pain:

● Heat 3 tbsp of coconut oil; mix 1/2 tsp of Camphor and 1/2 tsp salt. Let it cool until lukewarm. Apply it over the affected areas. After 15-30 minutes, have a shower in warm water.

● Make a kizhi by wrapping slices of lemon and salt in cotton cloth. Heat the bag in the oven or over steam. When it is lukewarm, apply on the aching area, or try applying a hot compress on the painful area.

● Avoid direct exposure to air conditioning.

● Take a teaspoon of Aswagandha* powder mixed with milk before bed.

● Take prescription Ayurveda medicines.

*Available at Ayurveda stores

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