Ayurvedic Treatment for Arthritis
Arthritis is a term often used for any disorder that affects your joints. It is not a single disease/disorder. It is an informal way of referring to joint pain/joint disease. Usually the symptoms worsen with age. There is different type of arthritis which results from varying factors such as wear & tear, infections, injuries, diseases affecting bones, ligaments, tendons etc.
The most common ones are Osteo -arthritis & Rheumatoid arthritis. Other than these there is certain classification such as inflammatory arthritis, infectious arthritis, metabolic arthritis etc. Arthritis can affect almost all joints in the body including ankle joints, knees, hips, spine - lumbar & cervical areas, shoulders.
There is a good Ayurvedic approach for treating Arthritis. Any ayurvedic treatment for arthritis is based on understanding the Tri - doshas of our body. As we all know, to have a healthy body all the three doshas need to be balanced and hence if any doshas are imbalanced it leads to disease/disorders. According to Ayurveda, Arthritis is a condition whch is caused due to aggravated Vatadosha. The body produces Ama which is a toxin that is released due to indigestion. When Ama is produced, it gets circulated throughout the body and gets deposited at the sites which are already weak. When Vata increases, Ama finds a perfect place to scale up. Due to this we experience severe pain in fingers/knees. Thus there are restricted movements of knees and there is dependency on others even for day to day chores.
There are some modern techniques and treatments for Arthritis where medications are prescribed; analgesics are given for pain, steroids for controlling inflammation. Even in few cases, surgeries are advised for joint replacement. But all these methods cannot cure Arthritis completely and it also has many side effects. Thus ayurvedic treatment goes to the root cause and cures arthritis as it is non - invasive treatment with zero side effects.
Ayurvedic treatments for Arthritis :
- Virechan: A part of Panchakarma therapy, Virechan includes induced purgation. It starts with administration of medicated ghritams in increased doses. The Vitiated vatas are collected in the abdomen removed through anal route.
- Abhyangam: A full body massage with medicated oil, Abhyangam lubricates the joints and reduces pain arising due to arthritis joint inflammation. The massage with oil also improved the tone and strength of muscles supporting joints.
- Basti: An important part of panchakarma, basti included oil enemas or decoction enemas to remove unwanted toxins and vata dosha from the body.
- Upanaham: To Prevent toxins from the body, easily digestable food with Vata and Pitta pacifying property is advised.
The above mentioned treatment plan is the General treatment for Arthritis. However, Our doctor will have to check your past medical history and diagnose your present heallth condition, before finalizing right treatment plan for you.