While bones are a rock-hard substance, they undergo constant wear and tear. Old bone tissues are constantly being replaced by new ones. With age and lifestyle changes, bone density becomes lower due to slower bone formation.
Reasons for Low Bone Density
- Increased elimination of calcium through urine
- Reduced production of the hormone estrogen in women, which toughens bones
- Decrease in number of bone-forming cells
- Increase in number of bone-breakdown cells
- Hereditary factors
- Certain drugs and radiation exposure
Natural Treatment for Low Bone Density
Ayurveda considers this deficiency disorder as being governed by the Vata dosha. The reason that osteoporosis is common among menopausal women is because it also occurs due to the same impairment of Vata dosha. Here are five things to do as herbal remedies for low bone density.
1. Oil Massage
Known as the “king of oils” in Ayurveda, sesame oil is the top choice to perform abhyanga and build bone strength. Soothing and nourishing sesame oil can be a powerful tonic the skin, bones and nerves. Massage warm oil for 15 minutes daily before taking a steamy shower to strengthen bones. Another way to benefit from sesame is to drink warm milk in which a teaspoon of roasted and ground sesame seeds have been added. Ayurvedic oils like Mahanarayana oil and Dhanwantaram oil are also good for bone-building massage.
2. Natural calcium from gemstones
Ayurvedic treatment for osteoporosis includes natural calcium sources like gemstones. Bioavailable calcium can be obtained from Mukta Pishti (Pearl calcium), Praval Pishti (Coral calcium) and Akik Pishti (Agate calcium). If you suffer from low bone mineral density, opt for calcium from these gemstone powders.
3. Restrict salt
Salt drains the body of its calcium components. When you consume large amounts of salt, it causes the calcium in your body to get eliminated through urine. Stick to a low-salt diet to conserve your calcium resources and enjoy good bone health.
4. Eat foods rich in Vitamin D and phytoestrogens
Consuming nuts, seeds, leafy veggies and dairy products can give you much-needed Vitamin D. This fat soluble vitamin is among Ayurvedic home remedies for strong bones as fats are the best answer to Vata imbalances. Ghee or clarified butter is also a great addition to your meals for healthy bones. Since bone density is closely related to the female hormone estrogen, consider eating foods rich in phytoestrogens (plant estrogens). Include soybean, lentils, beans and chickpeas in your daily diet.
5. Weight-bearing exercises
Complement your bone-boosting diet with weight-bearing exercises. These exercises will stimulate the bones and muscles using the weight of your body or external weights. When doing this, your body will lay down more bone material and form stronger bones. Get your dose of the sunshine vitamin by performing the yoga posture Surya Namaskara for 20 minutes facing the early morning sun.