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Navel Therapy: Did You Know Massaging Belly Button With Oil Can Alleviate Joint Pain?

Massaging the navel provides astounding health benefits. © Shutterstock.

According to Ayurveda, the navel is the core of consciousness where a lot of energy is stored. Here's how massaging the belly button with oil helps alleviate joint pain.

Written by Editorial Team |Updated : July 15, 2021 9:11 PM IST

With aging, our joints become weak due to excessive wear and tear and reduced bone density. Besides, wrong body posture, physical inactivity, or medical conditions like arthritis, osteoporosis, etc. can also result in inflammation and pain in joints. Suffering from chronic pain in joints can hamper your lifestyle, making you dependent on others for performing even basic activities. Practicing navel therapy is the most convenient and efficient way to alleviate joint pain and inflammation so that you can live your life pain-free, says Shreyansh Jain, CEO, Medy365.com, an e-commerce platform dealing with Ayurvedic products.

He explains - Navel therapy or the Pechoti method is a powerful age-old practice of massaging the belly button with oils that helps to detoxify the body and cure various ailments. According to Ayurveda, the navel (nabhi) is the core of consciousness where a lot of energy is stored. The belly button is connected to almost every organ of the body through the channel of 72,000 veins, thus massaging the navel helps to stimulate the nerve endings, which in turn, provides astounding health benefits. Thus, spending some amount of time every day to practice simple, renewing, and the blissful act of self-care with warm navel oils can result in sound physical and mental health.

Types of oil used for navel therapy

Here are some types of oil, which according to Jain, can provide relief from joint pain with regular application. He also explains their benefits.

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Sesame Oil

Sesame is known as the "Queen of Oilseeds" due to its nutritional qualities. Packed with powerful antioxidants, sesame oil helps to reduce inflammation in the body, lowering the oxidative stress caused by free radicals. The oil has strong anti-inflammatory properties which help to treat chronic pain in joints and muscles when used topically in the navel for massaging. In several studies, sesame oil has demonstrated effectiveness for osteoarthritis, a common cause of joint pain that nearly affects 15% of the world population.

Mustard Oil

Used extensively as cooking oil in Asian cuisines, mustard oil also provides health benefits when applied topically on the navel. Mustard oil consists of allyl isothiocyanate, a chemical compound that desensitizes certain pain receptors in the body, and thus helps to relieve joint pain. Besides, the oil is also rich in omega-3 fatty acids such as alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) that reduces inflammation and relieves pain caused by medical conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Extra virgin olive oil is enriched with oleocanthal, a biologically active compound that has similar effects on the body as anti-inflammatory drugs, thus massaging the oil help to reduce joint pain. Moreover, the high amount of essential omega-3 fatty acids present in the extra virgin olive oil helps in the pain management of inflamed joints. Regular massaging of olive oil in the belly button can help to reduce morning stiffness, hand muscle grips, and reduce joint pain caused by arthritis.

Castor Oil

Castor oil possesses medicinal benefits hence it is used as a natural treatment alternative for a variety of health issues, including joint pain. The oil provides pain-reducing and anti-inflammatory effects to the body due to the rich concentration of ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid compound present in it. Thus, massaging the belly button with castor oil can help to alleviate joint pain, nerve inflammation, sore muscles, and lower symptoms of arthritis.

Rosemary Oil

Rosemary essential oil holds potential health benefits and is used as a mild pain reliever in folk medicine. Rosemary oil is slightly more effective for pain than acetaminophen, a common OTC pain medication. Hence, the oil can be used in navel therapy to reduce joint pain, inflammation, muscle soreness, and sprain.

*Note*: The expert cautions that one should use only 2-3 drops of oil for gentle massaging in the navel, and make sure not to press the belly button too hard.

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