Osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid Arthritis
Arthritis is the most common disorder of the bones and joints due to inflammation. It is an umbrella term that covers multiple conditions caused due to different triggers that affect the joints and bones. It affects the mobility and impact the daily activities.
- Osteoarthritis is an outcome of wear and tear of the tissues that surrounds the bone.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory condition that affects the joints in the whole body.
Intermittent pain, inflammation of the joints, stiffness, weakness, lack of physical balance is the common symptoms of the disease.
Ayurvedic Perception of Osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid Arthritis
Vitiation of Vata dosha leads to arthritis. Excessive dryness makes the tissues and ligaments desiccated, which in-turn affects the bones and makes it brittle.
Also, the variable nature of the Vata dosha makes osteoarthritis carry a tendency to migrate the pain and inflammation from one joint to another join around your body.Both these are progressive and degenerative diseases, caused by low ojas.
Arthritis in Ayurveda termed as ‘amavata’ which translates into toxic vata. As a common understanding, vitiation of vata combined with ama (Accumulation of toxins) leads to arthritis. Hence, it is common to understand rheumatic arthritis as a condition of vata vitiation combined with ama.When vata vitiation combines with Pitta, it causes rheumatism.
Vitiation of Vata and Pitta leads to Rheumatoid arthritis. Pitta imbalance is predominant in RA, which causes inflammation of the joints. Alleviated dryness and excessive heat leads to deformity in the joints.
Imbalanced vata causes pain in the body. The pain is not constant; it wanders like flow or air and Migrates from one part to another part. Pitta causes pain and inflammation.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Osteoarthritis / Rheumatoid Arthritis
Ayurvedic treatment is planned meticulously based on individual diagnosis. The treatment combines medicines, strict diet regulations, therapies and lifestyle changes.
Soothing the digestive agni is essential to get rid of ama and ensure that digestive function is option. It pacifies pitta. Panchakarma therapy helps removal of ama in the joints and bones. Use of herbs and ayurvedic medicines help managing pain and inflammation until complete cure. The combination of therapies aims at improving the digestion, strengthening the tissues around the joints, and slowing down the damages.
Diet plays a major role in managing day to day activities. When digestion is optimal, it reduces the impact of the disease. Recommended foods include
- Easily digestible fully cooked foods
- Green leafy vegetables and fresh fruits
- Aromatic spices – ginger, turmeric, and garlic (these spices have anti-inflammatory elements and aids in proper digestion
- Avoid dry foods, processed ones, meat and foods with preservatives (these foods trigger inflammation)
Ayurvedic treatment also includes intermittent fasting based on the health conditions of the individual.
Panchakarma – Ayurvedic Therapy for Arthritis
- Abhyanga, the whole body oil massage helps strengthening the deep tissues and provides good relief from pain.
- Swedana – Steaming therapy that removes toxins and strengthens the internal organs
- Upnaha – Application of the warm paste made of the vata pacifying herbs.
Useful herbs for purification process
- Shunthi (Ginger)
- Guggulu (Commiphorawightii )
- Guduchi (Tinosporacordifolia )
- Yashtimadhu (Glycyrrhizaglabra )
- Shallaki (Boswelliaserrata )
- Pippali (Piper longum )
If the person follows the ayurvedic prescribed diet and lifestyle, there is no chance of recurrence. To more details about how to get rid of this degenerative condition, contact Ayurways at Spotswood, Melbourne now.