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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Friday, February 3, 2017

Piriformis Syndrome Treatment in Ayurveda

Health is one of the most precious thing in his world. Health is a thing that makes you feel that now is the best time. But we never take care about this until sickness comes. Many of the ailments in our life happen due to our negligence towards our health or due to any injury or related problem. One of the problem that is related to piriformis muscle and sciatic nerve is severe these days. This is the problem of the buttocks. This problem can be handled via natural medication in Ayurveda. As these provides relief without any side effects. Today we discuss about the problem of piriformis syndrome and regarding its natural treatment.

Piriformis Syndrome

Piriformis Syndrome is categorized under neuromuscular problems which include buttock and hip pain. Piriformis syndrome is name from a kind of muscle due to which this disease is caused. This muscle is piriformis muscle.


Piriformis muscle is very important for hip and legs functioning. Piriformis muscle is located deep in the hips and buttocks. This muscle connected spine's lower region to the top region of the thigh bone [femur]. Piriformis muscle helps to stabilizes and rotates the hip. This muscle is known to work with other rotators present in the hips for hip and leg movements, it keeps knee joints aligned, helps in quick side to side movements, squats and prevents sudden twisting.

But the condition of piriformis syndrome causes pain in the buttock and also compresses sciatic nerve. Sciatic nerve is one of the large nerve present in the body that started from lower back, passing via butts goes down towards lower limb. This supplies sensations to the skin, lower leg and foot movements.

So, piriformis syndrome causes big problem in butts and legs not in case of pain but also in movement functions as this also irritates and disturbs the sciatic nerve and this can be harmful in future.


This can be due to following reasons

Due to any wrong or aggressive physical activity such as–

  • Exercising on uneven ground, hard surfaces or with very high intensity
  • Exercising with unfit shoes
  • Sitting for long periods

Other reasons can be

  • Poor walking mechanics
  • Muscle spasm in piriformis muscle
  • Tightening or swelling of the piriformis muscle due to injury or spasm
  • Bleeding in piriformis muscle
  • Running or walking on pointed toes


  • Acute tenderness in the buttock
  • Pain in the butt
  • Lot of pain after prolonged sitting
  • Reduction in motion of the hip joints
  • Pain in thighs, calf and foot


Physical test are there through which we can estimate the problem of piriformis syndrome

  • Knees against resistance test
  • Piriformis stretch test

Radiologic tests are also there to estimate this problem

  • MRI – To rule out sciatic nerve compression due to herniated disc.

This problem can be managed via natural treatment – natural healthy exercise routine and natural herbs known to manage the problem of piriformis syndrome.

AYURVEDA, a natural herbal healing system that is known to treat body's disorders through herbs and natural formulations. It is the one of the old ancient system of healing. Ayurveda originated in India around 3000 years back. Ayurveda corrects the abnormalities and health by promoting use of herbal components, unique health practices and special healthy diet. The word Ayurveda drives from Sanskrit which mean is science of life. Ayurveda works to pacify mind, body and spirit to manage ailments.

The Ayurveda is based on three doshas which are three natural entities that are known to manage body's all functioning. These doshas are formed through the combination of five elements (Air, Fire, Earth, Water, Space). These doshas are –

  • Vata dosha – formed from air and space elements. This is known to control nerve impulses, respiration, circulation and other movement functions.
  • Kapha dosha – formed of water and earth elements. This is known to control growth and immunity of the body.
  • Pitta dosha – formed of water and fire. This manages the metabolism of the body.

In Ayurveda piriformis syndrome resembles with disease Gridhrasi (disease of sciatic nerve). In this the vata dosha gets affected. There are natural herbal formulations in Ayurveda through which this vata can be controlled. Planet Ayurveda, one of the leading ayurvedic company in India, known to provide effective ayurvedic formulations that are known to control the condition of piriformis syndrome.


1. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

This formulation is formulated from a great herb – turmeric. Turmeric is known to contain one of the effective phytochemical – Curcumin which is known to contain very fruitful properties such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and analgesic etc.

This formulation due to its anti-inflammatory, neuro protective and analgesic properties, is known to manage pain in joints, increases the mobility of joints, increases the blood supply in the joint tissues and reduces the swelling. Its neuroprtotective properties are known to maintain nerve functioning in the muscles and body parts. This is known to enhance immunity of the body. All these properties are combined to manage the problem of piriformis condition.

DOSAGE – 1 capsule two times a day, after meals.

2. Yograj Guggul

This formulation is known to contain Guggul as an ingredient that is enriched with phytochemicals like gugulipids, guggulsterones, alpha-camphorene and resins etc. these are known to provide medicinal properties like anti-inflammatory, lubricant and stimulant etc. this formulation is known to pacify vata dosha. This formulation is known to reduce joints and muscle pain, joint stiffness, tingling, swelling, inflammation and damage to joints. These all help in recovery from piriformis syndrome.

DOSAGE – 2 tablets, two to three times a day with plain water after meals.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

This formulation contains Ashwagandha as an ingredient. This herb is known to contain phytochemicals like alkaloids such as somniferine, somnine, somniferinine. These are known to provide medicinal properties such as antioxidant, nervine tonic, rejuvenating and stimulant etc. these properties are known to nourish and correct damaged tissues, muscles and bones. This is known to reduce the problem of joint pain, stress, weak nervous system functioning, tiredness, muscle weakness and back stiffness. These properties are known to control piriformis problem.

DOSAGE – 1-2 capsules two times a day after meals with plain water.

4. Vrihat Vatchintamani Ras

This formulation is known to have minerals calx such as gold, silver, iron and pearl etc. these are together known to balance vata dosha of the body. This formulation is known to maintain nervous system which enhances the nerves functioning in the body. This is also known to enhance the immunity of the body. All these help to recover the problem of piriformis syndrome.

DOSAGE – As advised by the physician.

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