Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis from the point of view of Ayurveda

Ankylosing spondylitis belongs to a group of rheumatic diseases that presents itself as chronic stiffness of one or more joints. Also inflammation in the vertebrae occurs, the condition is called spondylitis. Health problems in the form of to pain and inflammation in the vertebral joints its calls ankylosing spondylitis (arthritis of the spine and its joints) . Ankylosing spondylitis is considered one of the many rheumatic diseases because it can cause symptoms involving muscles and joints. Chronic inflammation in these areas causes pain and stiffness in and around the spine. Chronic spinal inflammation can lead to a complete cementing together of the vertebrae, a process referred to as ankylosis. Ankylosis leads to loss of mobility of the spine and the condition known as bamboo spine. Ankylosing spondylitis is also a systemic disease which can affect other tissues, throughout the body.Ankylosing spondylitis shares many features with several other arthritis conditions such as psoriatic arthritis, reactive arthritis - each of these arthritic conditions can cause disease and inflammation in the spine, other joints, eyes, skin, mouth, heart, lungs, and kidneys and various organs. Ankylosing spondylitis affects all age groups, including children. Men are affected more than women .

How Ayurvedic doctors treat Ankylosing spondylitis

In Ayurveda, Ankylosing Spondylitis fall under of ‘ Asthi-majja gata vata’  of  Ayurveda  is similar with Ankylosing Spondylitis.  Asthi-majja gata vata  is characterized by vitiated  vata  affecting  Asthi dhatu  (bones)  of  Inflammatory or Rheumatic disorders.  It is primarily because of the imbalance of Vata and Kapha Doshas in the body. Ayurveda offers excellent guidelines, medicines and therapies for treating Ankylosing spondylitis. Since Ayurveda the fight againstthe root cause of the issue, the results are very promising. .As everybody is different, it is advised you consult a professional Ayurvedic practitioner to tailor a treatment plan according to your needs. 

Ayurveda providing a very effective treatment methodology based on the classical Ayurveda treatment methods. Treatment is usually aggressive, long-term and requires regular and careful follow-ups. Ayurvedic treatment consists of a series of purification procedures  of Panchakarma –  ( detoxification procedures) – procedures like  udwartana  (powder massage),  patra pottali pinda sweda  (medicated bolus massage),  jambeera pinda sweda  (massage with medicated bolus containing citrus fruit. Panchakarma procedures usually requires around 60 – 90 days based on the severity & chronicity of the disease. Strict diet restrictions along life style modification are essential parts of the therapy. Internal  Ayurvedic  medicines have been proved beneficial in the management of Ankylosing Spondylitis – medicine like Dashamoolarishta, Chitrakadi   vati intake daily with ginger juice, Ashtavarga   kashaya, Panchatikta   ghrita . Yoga, Pranayama are advisable.

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More tips for prevention and Ayurvedic treatment of Ankylosing spondylitis:

Vata-aggravating foods should be avoided – Cabbage, Cauliflower, Beans, Citruses
–  Turmeric – help reduce inflammationTrusted Source

  •  – Guggulu
    – Ginger – anti-inflammatory remedy
    – Yoga  is known to provide efficient pain relief – also helps build flexibility and may reduce pain
  • – A warm bath or shower is a natural way to relieve the pain
  • – Whole grains — including brown rice, corn,  quinoa , buckwheat, and oatmeal — are high in fiber and nutrients

– limiting or avoiding alcohol consumption

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