Arthritis

Arthritis is a medical condition in which an individual suffers from joints pain and stiffness in his body. Arthritis mostly occurs in aged people and can strike members of both the sex.
Arthritis is the result of compression of the nerve roots at the cervical region as a result of spondylotic changes and muscular spasm. There are different forms of arthritis, of which the most common one is osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease).
According to Ayurveda, arthritis is caused due to the accumulation of ama (toxins) in the human body resulting in the aggravation of vata (air) dosha. This ama circulates in the whole body and deposits or gets collected at the sites which are weaker. When it deposits in the joints and at the same time there is aggravation of vata, it results in a disease called Arthritis. Weak digestion, constipation, overeating and very little physical activity are the symptoms that can develop in a patient of arthritis. 
Symptoms of Arthritis  

  • Pain and stiffness in the joints
  • Pain or numbness in the neck, shoulder, elbow, fore arms and hands
  • Inflammation of muscles, ligaments and cartilage
  • Difficulty in turning the head,
  • Headache at the back of the head
  • Loss of memory
  • Fatigue or lack of energy
  • Weight loss
  • Constipation
  • Insomnia,
  • Giddiness
  • Blotchy rash on the arms and legs
  • Extreme pain especially in cold, windy and damp weather etc

Causes of Arthritis  

  • Vitiation of vata dosha due to accumulation of toxins
  • Obesity
  • Ageing
  • Hereditary factors
  • Physical injuries
  • Standing for long periods without much movement
  • Over exertion
  • Lifting heavy weight

Ayurvedic Treatments for Arthritis  
Ayurveda treatments of arthritis will consist of eliminating the accumulated toxins from the human system and reduction of vata. ¬†Panchakarma treatments will be prescribed for treating arthritis as panchakarma treatments are an elimination therapy to purify the human system off all toxins. After the panchakarma treatments, the patient will be given rasayana treatments and other oral medicines for curing arthritis.¬† Along with that, efforts are undertaken to reduce the pain as well as the inflammation of joints. 

Ayurvedic Remedies for Arthritis 
  • Avoid eating hot, spicy and fried foods, sweets 
  • Avoid taking too much tea, coffee, yogurt, chocolate and cocoa. 
  • Avoid alcohol and smoking 
  • Include vegetables and soups in your diet. 
  • Avoid stress and strain. 
  • Avoid over exposure to cold and windy climate. 
  • Take regular physical exercise
  • Avoid sleeping during the day
  • Avoid staying up late at night 
Ayurveda & Musculoskeletal Disorders

Ayurvedic treatment of arthritis lays emphasis on the use of herbal medicines. These herbal medicines have been found effective and are time tested and proven.Ayurvedic treatment for backache lays utmost emphasis on the use of several medicinal herbs. These have been proven effectively over the years. Amongst the various types of oils sesame oil is the most frequently used in ayurveda for treating back pains. The various constituents present in the sesame oil have anti-oxidant and anti-depressant properties, which help to bring about a sense of well being.

Ayurvedic treatment for frozen shoulder, apart from the panchakarma treatments and rejuvenation treatments, also necessitates the application of heat to the shoulder joint. This is particularly helpful in reducing pain and stiffness. Herbal oils are applied on the affected joint followed by a localized steam fomentation of medicines Ayurveda treatment for gout includes following a diet regime during and after the treatment. Patients should consume large quantities of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. The patients suffering from gout should besides, consume wheat, green gram, raisins, ginger, milk etc. Consumption of fish, dried horse gram, dhal, curds, radish, mushrooms etc should be discouraged. Alcohol consumption and smoking should also be strictly avoided.

The great benefit with a majority of this herbal medicine preparation is that these can be done at our homes itself on the prescription and advice of an ayurveda physician. These, however, are not to be taken without the prescription from an ayurveda doctor as it is only the ayurveda doctor who can prescribe the medicine after a careful analysis of the patient and the intensity of the disease.

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