Ayurveda attributes cause of any disease to an imbalance in one or all of the doshas (functional energies), and hence every disease has a supporting theory by the name of tridosha. And arthritis is primarily a Vata (air-Dryness) disorder.
For millions of peoples, arthritis can become a disabling, even crippling, disease. Despite lot of research and effort, an effective cure has still eluded us. All that can be offered are the anti-inflammatory and painkiller drugs. Arthritis is one of the most common ailment for which Ayurvedic help is being sought these days.
According to Ayurveda mostly pains are caused by the aggravation of vata (air) dosha. Arthritis is a condition which is caused by accumulation of ama (a toxic material ) and aggravation of vata.
Mainly Arthritis can be divided in to two heads –
1. Osteoarthritis (Sandhivata) &
2. Rheumatoid arthritis (Amavata)
Osteoarthritis: Osteoarthritis is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world. Only Ayurveda can offer some effective, long lasting and safe remedy for this chronic disease.
The causative factors in vitiation of Vata Dosha are like –
1. Consumption of dry, cold or stale food,
2. Irregular sleeping habits,.
3. Suppression of natural urges
4. Exposure to severe cold, and dry weather.
5. Over exertion
6. Degeneration of the cartilages due to ageing,
7.Overweight/ Obesity- Excessive strain on the joint
8. Any kind of injury to the joint, are the frequent causes of arthritis.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis-
Main symptoms of arthritis, irrespective to the joint affected, are as follows:
1.Moderate to severe pain at the affected joint.
2.Joint stiffness observed especially after long spans of rest to the affected joint.
3.Restricted and painful movements of the joint.
4.Localized tenderness is observed in severe cases along with swelling and increased local temperature at the affected site, etc.
Depending upon the imbalance of doshas and the condition of patient different therapies are advised like
Snehana (Oliation) -Medicated oils/Ghee is used for treatment. This lubricates joint.
Swedana (Sudation )-Medicated steam is used for treatment p. This steam brings elasticity in bone cartilages ,which in turn increases range of movement of joint.
Basti (Medicated Enemas)-Is supposed to be the best treatment for all type of Arthritis. This therapy reduces inflammation, Pain in the joint and nourishes bone marrow.
Virechana (Purgation) -Very effective particularly for women with menopause related bone/joint disorders.
Raktamookshana (Blood letting) – This reduces inflammation and pain in the joint.
There are many Ayurvedic herbo-mineral medications, which are highly effective for Arthritis.
Ayurveda thus has very effective and unique approach for the management of arthritis. All Authentic Ayurvedic treatments are available at our center.