The musculoskeletal system supports the body in two ways: it stabilizes all movement and supports the weight of the body. The whole musculoskeletal system functions together as one unit and is prone to injury, diseases, or degeneration due to aging. These are the most common causes for pain, stiffness, swelling, and problems related to movement.
Ayurveda utilizes a very special therapy that builds strength and nourishes the bones, muscles, joints and nerves and improves flexibility and movement. The therapy is called Abhyanga, which is a full body oil massage followed by steam bathing or warm water bathing. The heat from the warm steam or water helps the oil penetrate deeply into the layers of skin and tissues. When Abhyanga therapy is done daily, there is profound relief from pain, stiffness, inflammation, and nerve degeneration.
Nourishing Ayurvedic Therapy
One of the best oils for daily Abhyanga is Kshirabala Oil. This oil is made from three highly nourishing ingredients: sesame oil, cow’s milk, and an herb called bala (Sida cordifolia). Bala is a Sanskrit word which translates into strength or resiliency. Kshirabala Oil is an ancient Ayurvedic oil traditionally used for conditions related to vata imbalances, and especially for the musculoskeletal system. Its rejuvenating properties support damaged bones, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and nerves.
The main ingredient, bala (Sida cordifolia), is a powerful neuroprotective herb. Bala is well-known for its nerve rejuvenating properties and alleviating pain caused by irritated nerves. Its main use is for vata disorders but is also useful for pitta neurological disorders with excess heat in the body. Kshirabala Oil is neuroprotective, nerve tonic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-arthritic.
Kshirabala oil relieves the following health conditions:
- Body and facial paralysis
- Hemiplegia caused by stroke
- Sciatica nerve pain
- Vata gynecological disorders
- Excessive thirst and dryness of the mouth
- Burning sensation caused by irritated nerves
- Herpes and shingles nerve pain
- Hypospermia (low ejaculate)
- Osteoarthritis or Osteoporosis bone pain
- Back and neck muscle and nerve pain
- Migraine nerve pain
- Myalgia or muscle pain
- Minor vision impairment
- Degenerative neurological disorders
Usage: Apply with massage strokes 1 - 2 tablespoons of Kshirabala Oil daily. It is used externally for the Ayurvedic therapy called Abhyanga to balance the vata dosha and nourish muscles, bones, and nerves.
To learn more on how to do an Abhyanga Therapy at home, read our related article: Abhyanga Body Massage - Love Yourself with Oil.
Why is it important to consult with an Ayurvedic doctor or practitioner?
It’s important to consult with Ayurvedic practitioner when any health problem becomes chronic and especially if lasting more than one season. It is important to understand your mind and body type or dosha. And once your dosha is known it will become easier to know the right foods, herbs and lifestyle activities that will support healthy digestion.
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