Ayurvedic Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder is a disease in which the shoulder gets stiff and the free movement of the joint becomes difficult or sometimes even impossible called adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder joint. It can occur because of injury, overuse, and disease like diabetes and stroke. The tissue around the joint stiffens leading to scar tissue generation and movements become difficult and painful. It comes and slowly goes away within almost one year. The incidence of pain is not age specific, the younger generation is more prone to suffer from such pain. In a few, it is momentary and lasts only a few months. Frozen shoulder is related to Apabahuka in Ayurveda which usually affects the shoulder joint because of vitiation of Vata dosha. According to Ayurveda, wasting of the shoulder is considered the preliminary stage of the disease, and the stiffness which occurs is the contribution of Kapha dosha. In many patients, because of the involvement of Kapha dosha cold exposure is felt at night time and the stiffness worsens.


The bones, ligaments, and tendons are covered in a capsule of connective tissue in the shoulder joint. When this capsule thickens and tightens it leads to a restricted movement called frozen shoulder. This thickening and tightening can be because of the effect of injury, overuse of the joints in the case of drivers and weight lifters, or degenerative disorders like rheumatoid arthritis, cervical spondylosis, or neck disc displacement. This thickening and tightening lead to scar tissue around the joints causing restricted movement and pain movement. Injury to vital parts, excess exposure to wind, A.C., sleeping in the wrong posture, Vata aggravating diet, and activities, and excess consumption of pungent, bitter, and astringent foods can also cause frozen shoulder.


Frozen shoulders usually last in 3 stages which can last for a few months.

Freezing stage: In this stage, shoulder movements cause pain and the ability to move the shoulder reduces

Frozen stage: in this stage, pain may decrease but stiffness increases

Thawing stage. In this stage, the range of movement begins to improve.

Risk Factors

40 years and older especially women are affected more. Prolonged immobility and reduced mobility because of Rotator cuff injury, fractured arm, stroke, or after surgery has more chances of frozen shoulder. It may also be seen associated with diseases like Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, heart disorders, TB, etc.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Frozen Shoulder

Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic follows the following treatments to relieve pain and stiffness of joints and rejuvenate the degenerated connective tissue oil massage, oleation, Pizhichil (streaming of hot oil), herbal leaf poultice, rice poultice, herbal powder poultice, and cotton swabs soaked in hot medicated oil applied to the affected joint. Herbal Nasal drops and Medicated enema along with some oral medications are also found effective. Though frozen shoulder is not a life-threatening illness, it causes difficulty to do daily work as the hand and shoulder are involved in almost all the work. So attention, regular treatment, and exercises play a significant role in the management.

Diet & Lifestyle changes along with Home Remedies

Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic will provide the right custom-made tailored diet and lifestyle guidelines to follow. Warm and unctuous food, proper and regular exercise, warm water bath, and use of anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric and black pepper are to be followed. Cold water bath, excess use of AC, excess use of oil and fried food, heavy exercise and improper laying, sitting and sleeping position, etc. should be avoided.

To find out more about how Ayurveda can help with the above condition, visit Pranava Kerala Ayurveda Clinic or call 0208 907 7902 to book an appointment with an expert Ayurvedic Practitioner.

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