Osteomyelitis Ayurvedic Treatment

Osteomyelitis is the infection of bone. The bone gets infected after an injury or fracture, or followed by infection in nearby tissues which passes to the bones via bloodstream. 

Signs and symptoms

 The common symptoms of osteomyelitis are pain, redness and warmth over the affected part, swelling, fever and lethargy. 

Ayurvedic analysis

 Vidradhi is the abscess and it is of two types- bahya (external) and abhyantara/ antara (internal). Asthividradhi (abscess in bones) is a type of antarvidradhi. Vidradhi is mainly caused by vitiation of rakta (blood), and it affects asthi (bones) it results is asthividradhi. The bones become infected easily. Big swelling and suppuration will occur. Symptoms may vary depending on the levels of dosha- like pain, giddiness, fever, burning sensation, coldness, loss of huger etc. Vidradhi followed by injuries is called ‘Kshatavidradhi’ in Ayurveda. 

Causative factors (Ayurveda)

 The specific causes of antarvidradhi are consumption of food that produce burning sensation after digestion, cold food, very hot food, dry food, incompatible food, indigestion, alcoholism, over exertion, physical activity in abnormal position, bearing heavy weight, walking long distances etc. 

Possible complications

 Impaired bone growth, septic arthritis, death of bone cells (osteonecrosis) and skin cancer are the common complications of osteomyelitis. 

Other systemic diseases and precautions to be taken

  Systemic diseases like diabetes, renal disorder etc are to be considered while planning treatment. 


  The management of uncomplicated case is focused on removing the raktadushti (infection in blood) and asthi dhatu paka (suppuration of bone tissues). Internal medications are given depending on the dosha state, co-morbidities, cause of infection etc. Locally, the vidradhi is treated with lepana (external application of suitable drug) and upanaha (bandage with medicines). Raktamoksha (blood-letting) helps in correcting the raktadushti. Associated disease (eg: diabetes) should also be treated. 


 Avoid very hot/ cold/ spicy/ sour/ salty food. Drink more water. Take plenty of green vegetables, buttermilk, bitter gourd, snake gourd, unpolished rice, wheat etc. 


 Physical activities are better to avoid during the infective state. Pranayama can be done as per physician’s advice. 

Preventive aspects

 Control diabetes. Prevent the chances of injuries. Take proper care of the wounds and cuts. Reduce the intake of sour/ salty/ spicy food. Drink more water. 

Importance of diet

 Proper diet can promote the healing process. Incorrect food will worsen the condition by vitiating the blood. 


 Stick on to a healthy diet. Exercise regularly. Avoid stress. Quit smoking and limit the intake of alcohol. Drink plenty of water. Control diabetes. Maintain proper body hygiene. Avoid spicy food, very hot food, curd etc.

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