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Spondylosis


What is Spondylosis
Spondylosis means stiffening or fixation of the bony building blocks of the spine (vertebrae) as the result of a disease process. Spondylosis refers to degenerative changes in the spine such as osteophytes or bone spurs and degenerating intervertebral discs. Spondylosis changes in the spine are frequently referred to as osteoarthritis. For example, the phrase "spondylosis of the lumbar spine" means degenerative changes such as osteoarthritis of the vertebral joints and degenerating intervertebral discs (degenerative disc disease) in the low back. Spondylosis can occur in the cervical spine (neck), thoracic spine (upper and mid back), or lumbar spine (low back). Lumbar spondylosis and cervical spondylosis are the most common. Thoracic spondylosis frequently does not cause symptoms. Lumbosacral spondylosis is spondylosis which affects both the lumbar spine and the sacral spine (below the lumbar spine, in the midline between the buttocks). Multilevel spondylosis means that these changes affect multiple vertebrae in the spine.

Cervical spondylosis affects the spinal discs in a person's neck. As these discs shrink and dehydrate, signs of osteoarthritis, such as bone spurs, will develop. This type of spondylosis is very common and will worsen with age.

Lumbar Spondylosis
If you have been diagnosed with this type of condition and you're wondering what is spondylosis of the lumbar area, it is a degenerative disorder that will affect the lower back region of the spine. The lumbar region of the spine is responsible for bearing most of the weight of the body, in addition to being responsible for a person's ability to perform twisting and bending motions. Because of this, this type of spondylosis is the most common.

The pain from this condition is primarily caused by nerve compression, as the spine's structures become abnormal, or as cartilage erodes and joint stiffness frequently occurs. The most common symptoms for this condition include loss of coordination, lower back stiffness and pain, difficulty walking, pain that decreases with exercise and pain that is worse in the morning.

Thoracic spondylosis
Many people, when diagnosed with thoracic spondylosis may wonder what is spondylosis of the thoracic region and how will they be affected by this disorder. Not as common as lumbar or cervical spondylosis, this condition is named to describe the degeneration of the mid region of the spine. As a person ages, the natural chemical changes can lead to the dehydration of cartilage and the gel that cushions and separates the vertebrae. As this process begins, the discs will become more vulnerable to stresses that can occur from walking, bending, lifting and other types of movements. Age related wear will affect the soft tissue loss for this area in the spine and the tendons and ligaments can also shrink and dry out, pulling the bones in this area out of alignment.

This region of the spine doesn't work as hard as the other regions and the degeneration will usually begin in another area before affecting the thoracic area.

The common symptoms for this condition will include numbness or tingling in the feet hands, arms or legs, stiffness and pain in the mid-back, especially in the morning, muscle weakness, difficulty walking and loss of coordination.

The Chavarcode Ayurvedic physicians have developed a unique herbal formula for Spondylosis.

VASKO - 3 month supply, SPINETONE - 3 month supply and POMEGRANATE EXTRACT - 3 month supply

VASKO
VASKO helps to regenerate the cartilage naturally by increasing its perfusion at its periphery. The abundant natural micro nutrients from its individual herbs (anti oxidants) arrest the degeneration and induce regeneration. The hormonal harmony it brings also contributes for the regeneration. The cartilage cells restart multiplication and growth. This regains the joint space normal and hence osteoarthritis is reversed.

There are many new techniques that patient's own cells and tissues to restore cartilage to weight bearing sections of bone like Osteochondral grafting, Autologous chondrocyte implantation, or ACI and Mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) regeneration. But it is very expensive and as per studies it is not proven very effective for a long period of time.

VASKO will help regenerate your own cartilage in a very short period of time. You will feel the changes within 30 days to 3 month time.

SPINETONE
The anti-inflammatory and analgesic ingredients in the SPINTONE are easily absorbed through the scalp skin, carried through lymphatics along the perivertebral and intra vertebral region. It provides decongestive effect in the inflamed Spondylotic area and reverses the impingement of the nerves due to osteophytes. This also helps decongestive effects to both spinal cord and the nerve roots. The ligaments, cartilage and bones are regenerated. All these changes result in relieving of entrapped nerve roots and compressed spinal cord. SPINTONE helps to move the neck and low-back easily.

POMEGRANATE EXTRACT
Plant-based flavonoids found in fruits, leaves and vegetableshave attracted a lot of attention for their beneficial health effectsin various diseases. Pomegranate, in particular, has been found topossess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that havepotential therapeutic benefits in a variety of diseases. The Case studydemonstrated for the first time the ability of pomegranate fruitextracts to slow the deterioration of human cartilage.

According to a study published in 2005 in the Journal of Nutrition, researchers from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine concluded that pomegranate fruit extracts, in the test tube, can block enzymes that play a role in cartilage degradation associated with osteoarthritis. A protein molecule, interleukin-1b, is associated with an overproduction of inflammatory molecules, including MMP (matrix metalloproteases). MMPs are enzymes that are needed for tissue remodeling, but when overproduced in osteoarthritis, they degrade cartilage and cause joint damage.

Using tissue samples of human cartilage affected byosteoarthritis, researchers added a water extract of pomegranate fruitto the culture using a well-established in vitro model. The findingsshowed a new activity for pomegranate fruit extract - namely cartilageprotection - in addition to its previously discovered antioxidant andanti-inflammatory properties.

The IL-1b protein molecules create an overproduction ofinflammatory molecules including matrix metalloproteases (MMP), whichare tightly regulated enzymes necessary for tissue remodeling. Whenoverproduced in a disease state, such as osteoarthritis, they degradethe cartilage resulting in joint damage and destruction.

The Case study results indicate that pomegranate fruitextracts inhibit the overproduction of MMP enzymes in human cartilagecells.

In 2008, the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine research group concluded that treatment of isolated tissue with plasma from pomegranate extract-treated rabbits resulted in reduced activity of COX-2, an enzyme involved in inflammation as well as reduced production of pro-inflammatory compounds derived from cells that were isolated from cartilage.

Another study, published in 2010 in the journal Phytotherapy Research, evaluated the effect of pomegranate extract on mice that were given mono-iodoacetate to induce loss of articular cartilage as well as other structural changes characteristic of osteoarthritis. Pomegranate extract was found to prevent the negative effects of mono-iodoacetate. Chondrocyte (the only cells found in cartilage) damage was prevented and there were no inflammatory cells detected in the synovial fluid of mice given pomegranate extract.

This formulas are more effective if taken daily for a minimum of 30 to 60 days.