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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Herbal Remedies for Hallux Rigidus - Signs, Symptoms & Causes

Hallux rigidus, Osteoarthritis or Sandhigatvata is a condition where big toe is affected and present with the symptoms like local swelling, pain, stiffness. As per Ayurveda, Vata gets vitiated with vataj aahara and vihara and it travel through the channels in body and gets its sthana or ashrya at big toe. Aim of Ayurvedic management is based on – Samdosha, Samdhatu, Samagni and Mala. These all are the contributing factors which are responsible for health and disease condition of the body. Ayurveda has explained excellent herbs for the same which alone or together with other herb work in an amazing way to take care of the body.

Let's have a detailed look on the disease – hallux rigidus and its management by Ayurvedic medicines.

Hallux rigidus is a condition caused by arthritis at the base of the big toe. This condition leads to a bone spur that results in the inability to bend the big toe when walking or performing other activities. Hallux rigidus can cause pain, swelling, and the inability to move the big toe up and down.

The big toe joint connects the head of the first foot bone with the base of the first toe bone or proximal phalanx and the two tiny bones known as sesamoids. This big toe joint is called the hallux metatarsal phalangeal or MTP joint. Pain and stiffness of the big toe or MTP joint especially in dorsiflexion is the characteristics of hallux rigidus. It is accompanied by discomfort, painful dorsal bump over the joint, numbness, swelling and irritation.


  • Pain and stiffness in the big toe joint during any physical activity
  • Swelling around the joint
  • Stiffness around the big toe joint


  • Imbalance in the foot structure and foot function
  • Traumatic incident
  • Flat feet or low arches
  • Heredity factors


Herbal Remedies for Hallux Rigidus

1. Cap Boswellia Curcumin:

It is a wonderful herbal preparation that has shallaki (boswellia serrata) and curcumin (curcuma longa) in it which are one of the most effective combinations of natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic herbs.

Shallakai is a plant that contains anti-inflammatory terpenoids called boswellic acids. Shallaki extract is a powder extract of the gum of shallaki tree and has mixture of boswellic acids that is used in many inflammatory conditions like osteoarthritis, cervical spondylosis, lumbar spine, rheumatoid arthritis etc. It suppresses the growth of inflamed tissues as well as preventing the breakdown of the surrounding connective tissues.

Turmeric is derived from the plant curcuma longa. Curcumin (curcuminoids polyphenols) is best known for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anticancer properties and used in various health conditions. Since the ancient times, numerous therapeutic activities have been assigned to turmeric for a wide variety of conditions and diseases including those of pains, wounds, sprains, and acne, and skin, pulmonary and gastrointestinal systems. It has strong antioxidant that removes toxins from the body.

Cap Boswellia Curcumin not only relieves the joint pains but also helpful in reducing inflammation and therefore improve flexibility. These herbs also increase circulation to the joints and promote health. It is recommended in all types of degenerative arthritis. It is also helpful in back pain, neck pain, wrist pain, ankle pain, toe and finger's swelling, stiffness and pain.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules twice daily after the meals.

Pack Size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules.

2. Ashwagandha Capsules:

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is the most essential herb in Ayurveda with its magical medicinal and therapeutic powers. Ashwagandha is a small woody shrub belonging to the Solanaceae family and native to the Indian subcontinent. Ashwagandha is a prime component in Ayurveda.

Ashwagandha has a powerful anti-inflammatory activity. In fact, ashwagandha has been found to be more potent than hydrocortisone and hence it reduces swelling and degenerative bone changes more than the steroids. Ashwagandha is also beneficial for reducing stress – anxiety – tension and improving memory – concentration. It promotes thyroid functioning, healthy sleep and relaxed mind.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules per day, preferably with milk after meals.

Pack Size: Each bottle contains 60 vege capsules.

3. Cap Joint Aid Plus:

It contains six different herbs including Ashwagandha, Giloy, Guggul, Shallaki, Nirgundi, and Sonth. This herbal formulation uses the extracts and delivers the effective qualities in the best possible way. The Joint Aid ayurvedic herbal capsules are a completely natural product. It is a blend of the best ayurvedic herbs that act against inflammations.

Cap Joint Aid is very useful to manage pain and inflammations, cervical spondylitis, osteoarthritic pains, spondylitis, auto-immune disorders like rheumatoid arthritis and gout. Being one of the potent natural ayurvedic herbs it is helpful for sciatica patients. It is an effective analgesic for painful joints and relieves inflammations.

Dosage: 1-2 capsules with milk or water after meals.

Pack Size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules.

4. Punarnava Capsules:

Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa) commonly known as Spreading Hogweed is a perennial creeper which can grow to a height of 4 m. The flowers are pink and small. The fruits are round and contain seeds which resemble cow's beans.

This whole plant is useful for medicinal purposes. It is used for relieving liver ailments like hepatitis and jaundice. In Ayurveda, the plant has been used to relieve fluid retention problems like edema. The root of the Punarnava plant acts as a longevity enhancer. It is effective in relieving kidney problems, especially when the cells in kidney get damaged by long term diabetes. The leaves of the punarnava plant are useful in relieving joint pains, inflammations, asthma, leucorrhoea and biliousness.

The seeds are blood purifiers and diuretic in nature. Punarnava is used as a natural diuretic, which clears the edema without causing electrolyte imbalance or weakness. It is very useful in edema, ascites, and water retention due to any reason, congestive heart failure, kidney failure, liver failure, blood pressure and skin ailments.

Punarnava has diuretic astringent, bitter, anti-inflammatory and carminative properties. Punarnava capsules work as an excellent kidney and heart tonic. It is useful in maintaining the health of the skin. Punarnava capsules are useful in relieving edema, a condition which various body parts get swollen. They are useful in relieving swollen joints because of fluid retention caused due to imbalance in kapha. It eliminates the toxins accumulated in the joints through kidneys and urine and hence it is very effective in the management of degenerative arthritis and gout. It is helpful in the breakdown of the 'fibrin', a blood clotting protein. Punarnava is very effective in relieving infections of urinary tract.

Dosage: One or two capsules along with plain water, two times in a day after meals.

Pack Size: Each bottle contains 60 capsules.

5. Navkarshik Churna:

It is comprised of nine vital herbs such as Amlaki, Haritaki, Babhitaki, Vacha, Neem, Manjistha, Katuki, Giloy and Daruharidra. All these herbs act together to remove toxins from the body in a synergistic manner and are effective in taking care swollen and painful joints.

Herbs present in navkarshik churna are the best liver detoxifying herb which helps the liver to clear the toxins from the system. The liver works hard to clear the toxins from blood but these herbs helps the hepatic cells to clear the toxins quickly. It helps to purify the blood and corrects the metabolism of the body and is useful in relieving every type of pain, swelling and inflammation. Navkarshik Churna has various therapeutic properties. It is an immune modulator and improves immunity. It also acts as an anti – inflammatory, antibacterial and anti-infection. It helps to relieve pain with ease. Navkarshik churna helps to balance body metabolism, helps to purify the blood and also relieve various skin diseases.

Dosage: 1-2 teaspoon full of Navkarshik Churna, two times in a day with plain water after meal.

Pack Size: 100 gm Bottle.

6. Kaishore Guggul:

It is a combination of different herbs such as Guduchi, Ardraka, Amalki, Bibhitaki, Haritaki etc.

Kaishore guggul is a wonderful ayurvedic herbal remedy which is helpful in curbing uric acid, gout, arthritis, acne, skin disorders, fevers and many more. It plays an important role in curbing joint pains and uric acid. Kaishore guggul is particularly helpful in removing the accumulation of uric acid in the joints and muscles. It can be indicated by pain, selling and inflammation. Its chronic accumulation can lead to serious diseases such as bursitis, tendonitis, and degenerative arthritis. This herbal remedy is particularly used to manage various types of arthritis, which is characterized by redness, heat, inflammation and persistent pain in the joints. It helps to soothe inflamed joints and cools the system. It also helps to prevent further accumulation of toxins by regulating metabolism and assisting the proper elimination of toxins.

It has anti carcinogenic activity, increases energy, balances out the hormone production of pituitary, thyroid, and sex hormones. It cuts down the aggressive behaviour, helps to produce a large amount of insulin, which is very beneficial for diabetics and helps to remove uric acid as well as other toxins.

Dosage: 2 tablets two to three times in a day after meals with plain water.

Pack Size: Each bottle contains 120 tablets.

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1 comment:

  1. Yes this medicine seems to have good effects so can try this.