Hamstring Injury – Kalarichikilsa Treatment

Hamstring Injury – Kalarichikilsa Treatment

HOW MY HAMSTRING INJURY STARTED

I injured the tissues around my right hamstring during the kung fu training in winter time in China. It wasn’t a rupture, which would enable my further training. But, every time I was doing a front kick, I had pain around the ischial tuberosity (see the picture on the right side).

Also my flexibility in the right leg decreased considerably. It was visible especially during the power stretching, when we had to lay on our back and the other person pulled the straight leg towards the laying person’s head. My right leg wouldn’t go more than 90 degree, while my left leg was almost touching my chest.
I was using a lot of warm bottle and tiger balm to deal with the pain. I was also stretching with caution. Surprisingly, I could do splits on both legs (I was probably compensating my injury with shifting the pelvis). The pain decreased, when the summer came.

APPOINTMENT WITH KALARICHIKILSA DOCTOR

Not What I Have Expected

After 1 year at kung fu school, I went to India to train Kalaripayattu. During the training I still felt a lot of pain in my right leg. Luckily, the place, where we were training, was also a hospital, which specializes in Kalarichikilsa – an Ayurvedic treatment based on Kalaripayattu ancient knowledge. Kalarichikilsa was created by Kalaripayattu Masters in order to treat the injuries from fights or training.

Such an opportunity !!! How could I have not take advantage of it !!!

After two days of training I had an appointment with the chief of the hospital, who prescribed me … AN OIL! In the afternoon I applied it to my right and left leg before the training. The pain has immediately decreased.

Discovering the secret ingredients

I asked about the oil ingredients. The son of the chief physician told me that it was made by his mum and he didn’t know the components. Fortunately, the lady in a pharmacy wrote a small label on the bottle:
Elathailam + siddhartha thailam
make little hot before use for pain.
After a long research in internet I found this information:

THAILAM

The base of thailam is a Sesame oil. It is prepared by adding water extracts of specified medicines (Kashayam), Juice (Swarasa) or Paste (Kalka) to the base. The mixture is prepared in regulated temperatures.  It has specific actions according to the herbal ingredients in it. It is used externally and sometimes internally.S1

Both Ela and Siddharta are Sanskrit names. The ingredients turned out to be well known spices used by many people as a food ingredient.

ELA – CARDAMOM

I found information that would explain, why the oil containing cardamom was prescribed for my hamstring problem.

  • Cardamom oil is highly effective in curing muscular spasm. It has warming effect.

Apart from that, when ingested, it promotes urination, improves digestion and boost metabolism.S2

SIDDHARTA – WHITE MUSTARD !!!

It has many health benefits, among others:

  • improves a cholesterol balance,
  • contains antibacterial and antifungal properties,
  • improves skin and hair health,
  • treats gum diseases,

And important for me the mustard oil:

  • helps to release stiffness in the muscles, bringing a relief for sore and aching muscles.

Firstly, because it contains selenium, which has anti inflammatory properties, meaning, the micro injuries created during the intense training in the muscles will heal faster.

Secondly, massage with mustard oil increases a blood circulation, in this way relaxing and rejuvenating tired muscles.S3, S4

Traditional Kalarichikilsa Treatment

However, althouth the pain decreased, it was still present after few days applying an oil. For this reason, I had a next appointment with headmaster. He prescribed the traditional kalarichikilsa treatment.
It was a massage with a bag (containing mostly turmeric) poured in an medical hot oil.  What surprised me the most. Even the lady, who was in charge of making the massage and who was working already few years in the hospital, didn’t know the ingredients of the oil. It was a secret. Only doctor knew it and the people, who were in charge of preparing the oils.

I had 4 days of treatment. It was very relaxing and comfortable. It gave an immediate relief to the pain. However, it didn’t relieved me from it in 100%.

CONCLUSION:
The treatments, which I received, definitely contributed to my hamstrings being in the better condition than before.
READ ALSO:

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Training Experience – Part 2

 

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Basia

Hello :) I am happy that you are here. Let me introduce myself. I am Basia. I am a cofounder of DragonsWarriors.com. I was born in Poland in a small city close to a Baltic Sea. In 2013 I graduated MSc in Physiotherapy in Scotland. I am passionate about Movement, Traveling and Healthy Life. In 2016 I started an intensive training in Shaolin Kung Fu School in China. From that moment I decided to dedicate my life to explore and learn different movements from around the world. I love writing and sharing my experience and knowledge through articles. I hope you will enjoy reading my posts! Feel free to comment and ask questions.

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