Arthritis from the point of view of Ayurveda
Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. All arthritis diseases are divided into two major groups - degenerative and infective, what reflects causal factors . Degeneration is the law of nature. But it can be definitely slowed down if it is happening due to lifestyle issues. Major factor is due to excess weight or injury of the joint can also lead to arthritis. Most know is Osteoarthritis - involves wear-and-tear damage to your joint's cartilage . It also causes inflammation of the joint lining. Infective arthritis- is an auto-immune condition where in all the joints (especially the small) gets inflamed. Most common is Rheumatoid Arthritis - case the body's immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule. Tough membrane ( joint lining synovial membrane) becomes inflamed and swollen. The disease process can eventually destroy cartilage and bone within the joint. Risk factors for arthritis include: family history, age, previous joint injury, obesity and gender . Arthritis particularly if it affects your hands or arms, can make it difficult to do daily tasks. Arthritis of weight-bearing joints can keep you from walking comfortably or sitting up straight. In some cases, joints may become twisted and deformed.
How Ayurvedic doctors treat Arthritis
As you would have often heard, Ayurveda treats the person and not the disease symptoms .
In the case of treating Arthristis the Ayurvedic Doctor starts with body cleansing/ purification treatment schedule , in Ayurveda called Panchakarma methods – with the aim of immune correction to stop further attacks and damage of the joints. As Ama and Vata are the main causative factors , some advanced treatments are included, to digest Ama and reduce Vata . Ayurvedic treatment follow a procedure of body cleansing and purification with a prime goal of strengthening your immune system so as to stop any further impairment to the joints. Thereafter a detailed treatment program is followed which could includes such a Ayurvedic therapies as Pizhichil, Shirodhara, Nasyam, Januvasti or others based on the recommendations of an Ayurvedic doctor.
Also in your treatment could be recommended taking Ayurvedic supplements and herbs such as Guggal , Nirgundi which a highly effective herb to cure arthritis, also Ajwain acts as a natural aid to arthritis pain – in addition to your doctor-approved arthritis treatment plan.
More tips for prevention and Ayurvedic treatment of Arthritis:
Before using a supplement or herbal product, your doctor will inform your about the potential benefits and risks.
- Curcumin is the active ingredient in turmeric. It works by blocking the substances that cause inflammation and helps reduce cartilage damage and has strong anti-inflammatory effects
- Fasting is highly essential to boost the digestion of Ama
- intake of fruit juices that are rich in Vitamin C
- ginger can help cure various rheumatic, neurological, and musculoskeletal illnesses
- Garlic is widely used as anti-arthritis medicine that help relieve the symptoms of arthritis
- Raw juice of potato – anti-arthritis effect