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Frozen Shoulder

Updated: Nov 7, 2023

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder / Adhesive capsulitis / Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder, is a condition which is characterized by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Risk of developing frozen shoulder increases when you are recovering from a medical condition or procedure, which is preventing you from moving your arm like - Mastectomy or Stroke.


  • Age - Risk increases with the age but being over 40 years of age is a risk factor, for both men and women.

  • Gender - Women are at higher risk of developing this condition.

  • Diabetes - Diabetic people are at higher risk of developing frozen shoulder and symptoms may be more severe. 10 to 20 % chance increases, if you are Diabetic.


Frozen shoulder develops slowly and the development of Frozen shoulder can be described in three stages, which are -

  1. Stage - I or Freezing stage - This stage lasts from 6 to 9 months. In this stage, pain occurs and the shoulder's range of motion starts to become limited and any movement of the shoulder causes pain.It worsens over time and causes more discomfort at night.

  2. Stage - II or Frozen stage - This stage lasts from 4 to 12 months. Pain starts diminishing during this stage but the shoulder becomes stiffer and its movement becomes difficult.

  3. Stage - III or Thawing stage - This stage lasts from 6 months to 2 years. During this stage, the range of motion begins to improve.


Following diagnostic methods are used to diagnose this condition -

  • Physical examination - Your doctor may ask you to move your shoulder in certain ways to check for pain and will evaluate your range of motion (active range of motion) and to relax your muscles while moving your arm (passive range of motion).

  • By injecting an anesthetic agent - Your doctor might inject your shoulder with an anesthetic agent or a numbing medicine to determine your passive and active range of motion.

  • Imaging tests - Your doctor may advise you to undergo some tests, such as X-rays or an MRI, to rule out other problems.


It is well known to all of you that "Prevention is always better than cure". If you've had an injury that makes your shoulder movement difficult then talk to your doctor because one of the most common causes of frozen shoulder is the immobility, resulting during recovery from a shoulder injury, broken arm or a stroke


The exact cause is not known. But it is said when the capsule becomes unable to move because it becomes thick and tight, it leads to the formation of less synovial fluid, resulting in the formation of bands of scar tissue. The movement of the capsule is restricted due to some factors and systemic disease, which are as follow -

  • ​Factors - These can be -Rotator cuff injury, Stroke, Recovery from surgery and Broken Arm.

  • Systemic diseases - These can be -Diabetes, Tuberculosis, Hyperthyroidism, Hypothyroidism, Cardiovascular disease, and Parkinson's disease.


It can present with -

  • Dull and hurting pain and stiffness in the shoulder

  • Sensation in the upper arm.

  • Difficulty in moving the shoulder.



1. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules

These capsules consist of two components, widely known herbs Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa).Benefits - These two herbs are very helpful in managing the potential complications associated with frozen shoulder, beneficial in supporting the healthy functioning of joints, increasing blood supply to joint tissue, enhancing the biochemical structure of cartilage due to their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Dosage - 2 capsules two times daily with plain water after meals.

2. Joint Aid Plus Capsules

These capsules are prepared by using the standardized extract of Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), etc.Benefits - These are very effective in treating the frozen shoulder by acting as a great source of dietary nutrition for the bones and joints.

Dosage - 2 capsules two times daily with plain water, after meals.

3. Aamvatantak Churna

It consists of different herbs like - Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), etc.​

Classical reference regarding Haridra (Curcuma longa):-

Reference - The Bhavaprakashanighantu, Verse-196-197.

Meaning - This shloka states that haridra, kanchani, krimghni, haldi, ndhatvilasini are synonyms of curcuma. This herb is pungent and bitter in taste, rough, hot in potency, used to pacify Kapha and Pitta dosha, used to improve skin tone, used in skin disorders, diabetes, bleeding disorders, inflammation, anemia and wound healing.

Benefits - These herbs have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties that provide relief from pain and swelling.

Dosage - 1 tablespoon two times daily with lukewarm water half an hour after meals.

4. Orthovita Oil

It is a purely natural formula which is absolutely free from chemicals, extra colors, additives, fillers and yeast.

Benefits - This oil helps to support healthy bones, joints, and muscles, supports overall body strength and physical features, removes stiffness, pain in the shoulder and relaxes shoulder joint and muscles and is very effective in case of frozen shoulder.

Dosage - For the local application, for 10 to 15 minutes, twice a day.

5. Yograj Guggul

It consists of herbs like – Shudh Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Pippali (Piper longum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Ginger (Zingiber officinale) and Haritaki (Terminalia chebula).

Benefits - These herbs are anti-inflammatory in nature and helps in reducing pain and managing the symptoms associated with frozen shoulder.

Dosage -2 tablets to be taken twice daily with warm water.

6. Anu Tailam

Anu tailam is a classical ayurvedic formulation prepared by Planet ayurveda. It contains numerous beneficial ayurvedic herbs such as til tail (sesame oil), aja dugdha (goat milk), musta (Cyperus rotundus), daruharidra (Berberis aristata), yashtimadhu (liquorice), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Ela (Elettaria cardamomum), Bala (Sida cordifolia), etc. This combination of herbs helps to balance the vitiated vata and kapha dosha in the body. Vata is mainly responsible for the pain and administration of anu tailam pacifies vata. It is therefore effective in improving the pain and movement in the condition of frozen shoulders.

Dosage -Two drops in each nostril at the time of sunrise every morning.

Diet Plan for Frozen Shoulder
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