Ayurvedic treatment for Ear Pain

Ear Pain

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  • Causes
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  • Management
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Definition

Ear Pain Ayurvedic treatment

WHAT IS EAR PAIN ?

You may experience an ear pain that is usually a sharp, dull, or burning pain in one or both ears. The pain may last for a short time or continue for a long time. Conditions that cause ear pain include:1

  • Otitis media - Inner ear infection
  • Swimmer's ear – Infection of the outer ear and ear canal

Ear infections are one of the most common reasons parents take their children to the doctor.2 An acute ear infection starts over a short period and is painful. Ear infections that last a long time or arrive frequently are called chronic ear infections.3

According to Ayurveda, there are 28 types of ear diseases or Karna Rogas ear disorders. Among the three doshas described in Ayurveda, when Vata dosha that is localized in the ears, moves in wrong directions, it gives rise to severe pain which is difficult to cure. This is known as Karnasula.4

Causes

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EAR PAIN CAUSES

The auditory tube runs from the middle part of each ear to the back of the throat. This tube drains fluid that is made in the middle ear. If the auditory tube becomes blocked, fluid and mucus can get built up inside it. This may lead to pressure behind the eardrum and cause an ear infection.

In adults, however, ear pain is less likely to be from an ear infection. Pain that you feel in the ear may be coming from another place, such as your teeth, the joint in your jaw, or your throat. This is called "referred" pain.1

Ear anatomy

 
 

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Some common causes of ear pain among adults may include:1

  • Swelling of the jaw
  • Short-term ear infection
  • Long-term ear infection
  • Ear injury from pressure changes (from high altitudes and other causes)
  • Object stuck in the ear or build-up of ear wax
  • Hole in the eardrum
  • Sinus infection
  • Sore throat
  • Tooth infection

Ear pain in children or infants is usually due to infection. Other causes may include: 1

  • Ear canal irritation from cotton-tipped swabs
  • Soap or shampoo staying in the ear

Symptoms

Ear Pain

EAR PAIN SYMPTOMS

The symptoms of an ear infection may include: 1

  • Ear pain
  • Fever
  • Fussiness
  • Increased crying
  • Irritability

Many children may have minor hearing loss during or right after an ear infection. Most of the times, the problem goes away. Lasting hearing loss is rare, but if you’ve had many infections, your chances of hearing loss increase.1

Diagnosis

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EAR PAIN DIAGNOSIS

Your doctor will look inside the ears using an instrument called an otoscope. This may show:3

  • Areas of dullness or redness
  • Air bubbles or fluid behind the eardrum
  • Bloody fluid or pus inside the middle ear
  • A hole in the eardrum

Your doctor may also recommend a hearing test if you have a history of ear infections.

Management

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EAR PAIN AYURVEDIC TREATMENT

Ayurveda can play a significant role in managing ear pain & infections through a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihar (exercise) and Aushadhi (Medicines) regime.4,5,6,7

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

Sour foods must be avoided as they may aggravate your kapha dosha, which in turn will lead to ear complications. These include curds and fruits that are sour in taste. Suitable diet is:

  • Grains: Wheat, Sali rice
  • Pulses: Mudga pulse, barley, old ghritam, patola, sigru
  • Vegetables: Drumsticks, onion, ginger, garlic
  • Herbs: Turmeric

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

Yoga and exercise can help your brain become more flexible and adaptable, and help it to re-learn, focus and balance while recovering from ear infections. They can also help in restoring movement and coordination.

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FAQS

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  1. Can Ayurveda treat foot pain?

In Ayurveda, foot care is considered very important since it is known to benefit the entire body and nervous system in a holistic manner. There are certain points in our body called marma or vital points, where our vital energies are concentrated. Feet and ankles also have these vital points, which if not taken care of, can cause problems like chronic pain in the ankles, pain and swelling in feet, etc. Ayurveda can play a significant role in managing ankle pain with a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihar (exercise) and Aushadhi (Medicines) regime.

  1. What kind of diet and exercises will be helpful in reducing neck pain?

To reduce neck pain, Ayurveda suggests following diet and exercises:

  • Take lots of fruits, green vegetable salads and sprouts.
  • Good hydration will help retain neck health.
  • Avoid refined foods and junk foods.
  • Milk is an important source of Calcium and can help maintain healthy bones.
  • Vitamin C in citrus fruits will help the healing process.
  • Honey in warm water or herbal teas are good for cleansing the bowels and this will help relieve many backaches that are due to constipation.

Pranayama (breathing exercises) is a powerful way to promote relaxation and a pivotal first step towards relieving muscle tension. Slow, deep breathing & relaxation can stimulate a sense of calmness and cause reduction in pain.

Yoga Asanas are also beneficial in maintaining neck and overall health

Balasana                                       Marjaryasana                                 Bhujangasana              

  1. I have knee pain. What could be the reasons for it?

Knee pain can have different causes. Being overweight puts you at greater risk for knee problems. Overusing your knee can trigger knee problems that cause pain. If you have a history of arthritis (swelling of knee joint), it could also cause knee pain.

Medical conditions that can cause knee pain are

  • Arthritis – Rheumatoid arthritis, Osteoarthritis, Gout
  • Infection in the knees / knee joint
  • Injuries – fracture, dislocation, sprained knees etc.
  • Cancer
  1. What can I do to reduce my knee pain?

Ayurveda suggests following diet and lifestyle changes to help reduce knee pain.

Include more foods containing

  • Pulses: Black gram, green gram
  • Vegetables & spices: Onion, garlic, sesame seeds, ginger, radish, ladies finger, pumpkin
  • Fruits: pomegranate, mango, grapes
  • Oils: Ghee

Ayurveda recommends regular, slow and gentle exercises with adequate rest to knee joints. Regular Pranayama and Yoga Nidra is also recommended.

  • Avoid prolonged walking, standing, kneeling and squatting and crossed leg sitting.
  • Yoga asanas: Makarasana, Pavanamuktasana, Dhanurasana, Vakrasana
  1. I have tingling pain in the legs. Is it sciatica?

Sciatic pain most often occurs on one side of leg or hip. Symptoms of sciatica pain can vary widely as mentioned below:

  • Mild tingling
  • Dull aching that radiates from buttock to back of whole leg
  • Burning sensation
  • Inability to move leg when pain becomes severe

The pain often starts slowly and may get worse:

  • After standing or sitting
  • At night
  • When sneezing, coughing, or laughing
  1. What diet is effective in reducing the sciatica pain?

A healthy diet for controlling sciatica pain is for balancing Vata dosha and includes:

  • Grains: Rice, cooked oatmeal, whole wheat and whole grain breads (toasted)
  • Pulses: Yellow split mung beans (green skin removed), whole mung beans, red lentils and tofu
  • Vegetables: : Zucchini, asparagus, carrot, beets, sweet potatoes, cucumber, lady finger, parsley, green peas, fennel, spinach in small amounts and cooked coconut. All should be cooked well so they are soft.
  • Spices: Cumin, ginger, mustard seeds, ajwain, celery seeds, fenugreek, coriander, bay leaves, basil, saffron, hing (asafoetida), cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, anise, fennel, black pepper (in small amounts)
  • Fruits: All ripe, sweet, and juicy fruits. Sweet grapes, banana, melons, plums, cherries, mango, papaya, pomegranate, sweet pineapples, raisins, sweet oranges, dates and figs, avocado, apples and pears.
  • Oils: Ghee or organic olive oil
  • Sweeteners: Honey, jaggery, date sugar
  1. I frequently get gas pain. What food types are good for me?

Following foods are good to help relieve gas pain:

  • Grains: Whole wheat thick flat bread or chapati, millet & sorghum bhakri, unpolished rice
  • Pulses: Chickpea, Tur dal, Masoor Moong
  • Vegetables: Carrots, Radish, Lauki, potatoes, white gourd, spiny gourd, , cucumber, ajwain, guar bean, eggplant, amaranth, cabbage, spinach, coriander seeds and leaves, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, green chillies, lady finger
  • Fruits: , pears, papaya, pineapple, pomegranate, oranges, unripe bananas, water chestnut, dry fruits – almonds, walnuts, peanuts, dry dates, apples, grapes etc.
  • Oils: Ghee, coconut oil in small quantities
  • Ginger, cumin, coriander should be preffered in spices.
  1. What is trigeminal neuralgia?

Trigeminal nerve (TN) pain is a nerve condition that causes a stabbing or electric-shock-like pain in parts of the face.

It usually affects one side of the face. Any vibration on your face, even from talking, brushing etc. can set it off. The condition may come and go, disappearing for days or even months. But the longer you have it, the less often it goes away. TN pain usually affects women and people above 50 years of age.

Ayurveda describes 11 types of shiro rogas (headaches), among which trigeminal nerve type of pain is called ‘Ardhavabhedaka’. It happens when aggravated doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) press on the neck and throat producing a powerful burning sensation, out of which comes excruciating pain. This pain ultimately affects the eyes, eyebrows and temples.

  1. How can Ayurveda help in relieving stomach pain?

Ayurveda describes a comprehensive approach towards managing stomach pain- the most commonly diagnosed conditions being constipation (Vibandha) and indigestion (Ajirna)

Constipation is used to indicate fewer bowel movements, hard stools, painful defection and feeling of bloating, abdominal pain or incomplete elimination.

Indigestion, on the other hand, is an abnormality that occurs in digesting food or lack of proper digestion resulting in stomach pain, burping or flatulance (abdominal gas).

Ayurveda can play a significant role in managing & preventing different stomach pains by practising a combination of corrective Ahar (diet), Vihar (exercise) and Aushadhi (Medicines) regime

Corrective Ahar for both constipation & indigestion includes:

Grains: Wheat, unpolished rice, barley

  • Pulses: Green gram, chickpeas, course corn, Toor dal, moong, masura lentils, Vegetables/Spices: Garlic, Asafetida, long pepper, sunthi (dry ginger), green leafy vegetables, cucumber, bitter gourd, pointed gourd, cabbage, dates, betel nut, turmeric
  • Fruits: High fibre fruits such as apples, pears, papaya, grapes, amala, haritaki
  • Oils: Ghee

Exercise: Regular exercise, meditation and practice of asanas purifies the blood, improves the appetite, increases the will power and makes the patient physically active. The whole alimentary canal improves and becomes regular.

Yoga Asanas: Vajrasana (after every meal), Kurmasana, Vakrasana, Katichakrasana

Pranayama: Surya anulom viloma, deep relaxation technique

  1. What is myofasial pain?

Myofascial pain disorder (MPS) refers to pain and swelling in the body's soft tissues or muscles. Myofascial pain is a long-term, painful condition that affects the connective tissue that cover the muscles. It is considered as a type of muscular pain (fibromyalgia) which happens at specific areas on the body.

Myofascial pain might involve either a single muscle or an entire muscle group. In some cases, the area where you experience the pain might not be where the myofascial pain is generated. The actual location of the injury leads to the development of a trigger point, which in turn causes pain in other areas. This is known as referred pain

References

Ear Pain
  1.  Earache. NIH U.S National Library of Medicine. [document on the internet]. [Cited 2016 August 29]. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003046.htm
  2.  Ear Infections. NIH U.S National Library of Medicine. [document on the internet]. [Cited 2016 August 29]. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/earinfections.html
  3.  Ear infection-Acute. NIH U.S National Library of Medicine. [document on the internet]. [Cited 2016 August 29]. Available at: https://medlineplus.gov/ency/article/000638.htm
  4.  Kamaluddin & Mukhopadhyay. Vishwa Ayurveda Parishad. [document on the internet]. [Cited 2016 August 29]. Available at: http://www.vishwaayurveda.org/sep_oct_2013.pdf
  5. Ayurvedic Treatment for Ear infection. A Guideline to Ayurveda Treatments & Principles. [document on the internet]. [Cited 2016 August 29]. Available at: http://www.ayurvedatreatments.co.in/ayurvedatreatments/index.php/ayurvedic-treatments/324-ayurvedic-treatment-for-ear-infection
  6.  Yoga for vestibular balance and dizziness disorders. [document on the internet]. [Cited 2016 August 29]. Available at: http://iyengaryoga.asn.au/index.php?wlmfile=2010/12/Yoga-and-inner-ear-disorders-21.pdf

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