Osteoporosis is a skeletal disease with a reduction in mass without a change in chemical composition. This happens because bone deposition does not take place to keep pace with the resorption. The bones become porous and fragile. As bone mass decreases, susceptibility to fracture increases. However, there are many ways you can treat this disease. This post lets check out the Natural Treatment of Osteoporosis.
Causes of Osteoporosis
Peak bone mass occurs around 35 years of age and then gradually declines in both sexes. In women, estrogen favors the deposition of bone salts (calcium phosphate). After the menopause, the bone mass decreases in women and the decrease is relatively more in comparison with men at any comparable age. Osteoporosis is a geriatric problem in old persons, both men, and women, and it cannot be altogether prevented.
Oestrogens (female hormones) and androgens (male hormones) are anabolic steroids. They favor bone depositions. Deficiency of androgens in old men and of estrogens in old women causes loss of bone mass, resulting in osteoporosis. Excess alcohol intake and smoking are contributory factors of osteoporosis. Lack of exercise, immobility and low-calcium diet predispose a person to osteoporosis.
Natural Treatment of Osteoporosis
Exercise and high-calcium diet in childhood and adolescence can delay the onset of this senile process and alleviate the severity of the disease in old age. A higher daily intake of calcium along with vitamin D3 in old age is definitely beneficial, but it cannot altogether prevent the disease since the malfunctioning itself is a normal physiological process of aging.
The severity of osteoporosis can be minimized by yoga and yogic diet. Milk or curd should be a component of the diet of old persons. Milk is rich in calcium and phosphorus. Asanas improve the circulation of blood to the bones. A deficiency of blood circulation in bones is a factor that contributes to osteoporosis. Some strenuous asanas are contraindicated in old age. Most of the items of the pranasanchalana kriya can be practiced by old persons and they definitely improve the blood circulation in most bones of the body. The minimum exercise recommended for the old person is walking.
Regularly practice makarasana (the crocodile pose) with the following minor modification. The palms shall exert pressure on the front and the sides of the neck and the fingers shall support the respective mandibles. The simultaneous practice of samyama (dharana, dhyana, and samadhi) on the parathyroid gland should be done for the normal secretion of the parathyroid hormone.
Kantha-mudra: Sit in any suitable asana (even Sukhasana will do), or even on a chair. Keep your head, neck, and torso perpendicularly erect. Fold all the fingers of each hand towards the respective palm. Place both the thumb tips on the notch between the collarbones (clavicles). Place the backs of the fingers distal to the knuckles on the respective side of the front of the neck and exert lateral pressure on the trachea and related structures including the thyroid and the parathyroid glands.
Jalandhara Bandha, if practiced, it presses the thyroid and the parathyroid glands and thereby stimulates these glands to secrete more hormones. Parathyroid hormone is necessary for better calcium assimilation and deposition in the bones.
If your senile debility has not been too much advanced and you can still practice Sarvangasana, you will be able to stimulate your thyroid and parathyroid glands.
Old age itself brings worries, tension, painful and agonizing experiences. Some individuals brood over death consciousness. Such mental condition is very conducive to excessive secretion of corticosteroids by the adrenal cortex. Corticosteroid hormones are potent substances to cause osteoporosis.
Practice meditation. That will decrease the secretion of corticosteroids by your adrenal cortex. Try to forget and ignore your worries. Create mental happiness for you. If you are a believer in God, do japa regularly and surrender to the Almighty.
“My bone formation is keeping pace with its resorption. My bone mass is maintaining.”
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