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Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is a disorder characterized by pain and loss of motion or stiffness in the shoulder. It affects about two percent of the general population. It is more common in women between the ages of 40 years to 70 years old.

Frozen shoulder occurs much more commonly in individuals with diabetes, affecting 10 percent to 20 percent of these individuals. Other medical problems associated with increased risk of frozen shoulder include: hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, Parkinson's disease, and cardiac disease or surgery. Frozen shoulder can develop after a shoulder is injured or immobilized for a period of time. Attempts to prevent frozen shoulder include early motion of the shoulder after it has been injured.


Pain due to frozen shoulder is usually dull or aching. It can be worsened with attempted motion. The pain is usually located over the outer shoulder area and sometimes the upper arm. The hallmark of the disorder is restricted motion or stiffness in the shoulder. The affected individual cannot move the shoulder normally. Motion is also limited when someone else attempts to move the shoulder for the patient. Some physicians have described the normal course of a frozen shoulder as having three stages:

  • Stage one: In the "freezing" stage, which may last from six weeks to nine months, the patient develops a slow onset of pain. As the pain worsens, the shoulder loses motion.

  • Stage two: The "frozen" stage is marked by a slow improvement in pain, but the stiffness remains. This stage generally lasts four months to nine months.

  • Stage three: The final stage is the "thawing", during which shoulder motion slowly returns toward normal. This generally lasts five months to 26 months.

Root Causes:

Most often, frozen shoulder occurs with no associated injury or discernible cause. There are patients who develop a frozen shoulder after a traumatic injury to the shoulder, but this is not the usual cause. Some risk factors for developing a frozen shoulder include:

  • Age & Gender
    Frozen shoulder most commonly affects patients between the ages of 40 to 60 years old, and it is twice as common in women than in men.

  • Endocrine Disorders
    Patients with diabetes are at particular risk for developing a frozen shoulder.

  • Shoulder Trauma or Surgery
    Patients who sustain a shoulder injury, or undergo surgery on the shoulder can develop a frozen shoulder joint. When injury or surgery is followed by prolonged joint immobilization, the risk of developing a frozen shoulder is highest.

  • Other Systemic Conditions
    Several systemic conditions such as heart disease and Parkinson's disease have also been associated with an increased risk for developing a frozen shoulder.

Herbs which is useful:

Erand (Ricinus communis):

Erand can be applied on frozen shoulder, gout & rheumatic swellings with beneficial results. A decoction of the roots of castor plant is very helpful in treating lumbago & rheumatism.

Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera):

Ashwagandha is a rejuvenative that helps maintain proper nourishment of the tissues, particularly muscle and bone which is due to frozen shoulder, while supporting the proper function of the adrenals and reproductive system. A unique herb with anti-stress adaptogenic action that leads to better physical fitness and helps cope with life's daily stress. It is especially beneficial in stress related disorders such as arthritis, hypertension, diabetes, general debility.

Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus ):

Asparagus is used by Ayurveda in the treatment of rheumatism and edema due to heart failure. Shatavari roots have been recognized in Ayurveda as a drug acting on all tissues as a powerful anabolic. This cooling and bitter herb is also known for it's anti-inflammatory qualities and used in frozen shoulder. Its cooling action also works on chronic fevers, rheumatism, inflamed membranes of the lungs, Stomach, Kidneys and Sexual organs. It also used as a nervine tonic.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus):

Eucalyptus oil is useful as a warming oil when used for muscular aches like frozen shoulder pain, rheumatoid arthritis, sprains etc. It is also used in inhalations for deep bronchial infection or in massage oil for muscular aches, frozen shoulder, poor blood circulation and arthritic complaints.

Exercise :

Stretch your shoulders:
Strengthen the tendons around your shoulders: There are many ways to strengthen the tendons that surround your shoulders, but the single best method that I know of is to hang on a bar.
Stretch your spine:

Diet :

When it comes to diet, it is very important to avoid eating toxins  and   foods that Kill. Important part of your diet should also be water intake.

Life Style :

Do meditation
Walk or jog in the nature
Do not exhaust yourself !
Do not exercise with full stomach ! 
Do not hurt yourself !

Ayurvedic Supplements :


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