Bala Thailam is an Anti-Inflammatory
Bala thailam – the name itself signifies the importance of the main ingredient, Bala (Sida cordifolia). Bala, in Sanskrit means “strength”. This is considered as one of the main herbs that promotes the strength of the body by its therapeutic effects and is widely used in many traditional Ayurvedic formulations.
It is also considered as the most effective ingredient for Vata related ailments, characterized by severe pain.
About Kerala Ayurveda Bala Thailam:
Kerala Ayurveda Ltd.’s Bala thailam is an effective combination of ingredients in the right proportion. Prepared in Tila thailam (Sesame oil), with the goodness of goat’s milk, Bala thailam is renowned for its beneficial effect on arthritis and neurological diseases. The blend of ingredients like Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Rasna (Alpinia officinarum), Devadharu (Cedrus deodara) etc. are good for pain-relieving, and also synergistically improves the therapeutic activity of the main ingredient ‘Bala’.
Benefits of Bala Thailam
Deal with Neurological Problems, The Natural Way
Bala thailam is found to be very effective in diseases affecting the nervous system such as hemiplegia, paraplegia and facial paralysis. In these mentioned conditions, where muscle wasting is predominant, application of Bala thailam helps reduce the progress of the conditon by strengthening the muscles and nerves.
In joint related ailments like Osteoarthritis and Gout, where pain and inflammation predominate, Bala thailam acts as an excellent anti-inflammatory and analgesic.
The oil is also known to be beneficial in epilepsy, chronic fever, respiratory ailments like cough and dyspnea, fainting and flatulence.
- Can be applied externally, all over the body before bath.
- Massage with warm Bala thailam for a period of 30 minutes, helps in greater absorption of oil and is highly recommended in neurological and muscular ailments.
- Bala thailam is also used in Nasya procedure (instillation of medication through nose) and is found to be beneficial in diseases affecting eyes, ears, nose, face and head.
- Traditional healers of Ayurveda used to prescribe small quantities of Bala thailam internally, along with various Kashayas or suitable adjuvants in specific cases.
Main Ingredients In Bala Thailam:
Bala (Sida cordifolia)
- Best choice in neurodegenerative diseases
- Anti-inflammatory and analgesic
- Drug of choice in all Vata related ailments
- Rich in antioxidants
Devadharu (Cedrus deodara)
- Pacifies Kapha and Vata
- Relieves oedema and acts as anti-inflammatory
- Exhibits strong anti-convulsant activity
Rasna (Alpinia officinarum)
- Beneficial in bone related ailments.
- Powerful analgesic and checks inflammation
- Possess anti-microbial property
Disorders of the musculoskeletal system are prevalent globally and affect all age groups. They are broadly classified as inflammatory disorders (Gout and Rhematoid Arthritis) and non-inflammatory disorders (Osteoarthritis).
Arthritis refers to inflammation of the joints, such as wrists, knees, fingers or hips. The disease is characterized by the pain, stiffness, and swelling of the affected joint. Arthritis can also affect connective tissues and other organs of the body. The chances of having this condition increases with age as your joints get worn down over the years.
Arthritis usually causes pain around your joints but can also manifest the following symptoms:
- Swollen joints
- Redness of the joints
- Trouble moving
- Problems doing daily tasks
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease that develops as a result of strain on a specific joint. It is characterized by progressive loss of cartilage with remodeling of subchondral bone and deformity of the joint involved. The friction at the joint causes pain and joint stiffness that can affect the quality of life.
Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that affects joints and tissues. Human body is equipped with a defense mechanism where the foreign invaders like bacteria and virus are removed from the system. In some cases, the immune system attacks the healthy cells in the body including those in the joints. The exact reasons for this condition is still unknown. If the treatment is not initiated early it can lead to cartilage destruction, and in extreme cases, fusion of joints.
Causes of arthritis:
Some of the common causes of arthritis are as follows:
- Elevated blood pressure
- Excessive alcohol intake
- Abnormal kidney function
- Certain medications
- Environmental factors
- Underlying medical conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease
An Ayurvedic Perspective of Arthritis
Arthritis is classified as two types, Sandhigat Vata (Osteoarthritis) and Ama Vat (Rheumatoid Arthritis). Sandhigat Vata is a condition caused by malnutrition aggravating the joints that are already injured by infections or a previous injury. It is a condition where there is pain and swelling in the big joints. As with many other diseases, the process of digestion is important to understand the root cause of the condition. Improper digestion results in the formation of toxins as by products which accumulate in the digestive system. Vata collects in the colon and can be aggravated by the following:
- Consuming unhealthy foods of food that is excessively cold
- Eating food at irregular times
- Excessive traveling
- Being extremely busy with rushing around
- Being in stressful jobs or situations
- Sleep deprivation
- Traumatic events
- Some Medications
Aggravated Vata along with Ama is transported into the joints. Together, Vata and Ama destroy the soft tissues in the joints and later damage the bones. The toxins can also clog the channels supplying nutrients thereby causing further damage. The effects on the joints results in the classic symptoms of osteoarthritis which include inflammation, stiffness, pain and swelling.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is caused by the accumulation of toxins and the malfunctioning of the defense mechanism. There is a drastic accumulation of toxins in the body along with an increase in heat (Pitta). The imbalance of these elements affect Ojas (Element of body’s strength and immunity) initiating the disease cascade.
Ama is carried by Vata and reaches sites predominant with Kapha (phlegm) like joints. The sticky toxin clogs micro-channels called ‘srotasa’ that nourish the body. This process not only depletes Ojas but also clogs the channels. The Ama (Toxin) that reaches joints is considered a foreign body resulting in an immune response. This is believed to be the cause of the autoimmune-disease.
Pitta can be aggravated by the following:
- Consumption of unhealthy and overheated food
- Exposure to extreme hot climate
- Not eating food when hungry
- Living in stressful situations
- Extreme exercise regimen
- Taking too many hot showers
- Being angry or exposure to anger
Ayurveda follows a holistic approach with the focus on the health of the individual and alleviating the condition. Ayurvedic treatment can help in providing relief from the effects of arthritis or help in the prevention of getting it worse. If identified early, the disease can be managed appropriately. The treatment may focus on improving digestive fire and removing unhealthy elements from the body. Following a healthy diet will be central for improvement. Ayurvedic therapy can help in reducing inflammation, swelling and pain. In rheumatoid arthritis, Ayurveda emphasizes on reducing the toxins along with herbs to reduce inflammation and nourish the body to enhance immunity.
Prevention is the best medicine and following a lifestyle that supports strong Agni, reduced Ama and balanced Vata, Pitta, and Kapha is beneficial.