Osteoarthritis & Reumatoid Arthritis
Ayurvedic Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. The disease usually begins with fatigue, morning stiffness, muscle aches, loss of appetite, and weakness, followed by joint pain, Joint pain may affect the wrist, knees, elbows, fingers, toes, ankle or neck. In some patients with rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation leads to the destruction of cartilage, bone, and ligaments, causing deformity of the joints. According to Ayurveda, Rheumatoid arthritis is known as “Ama vata“.
In Ayurveda following are the lines of treatment for Amavata (Rheumatoid arthritis):
Sodhana chikitsa (Purification of the body)
Shamana chikitsa (Treatment for subsiding the symptoms)
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It is done by means of complete absence of food, or by giving green gram / rice / barley soups.
Shodhana is done through Panchakarma therapy. Usually treatment is long term and various procedures are done according to the patient condition and presentation. Therapies like Snehapanam, Vamanam, Manal kizhi, Virechanam, Podikizhi, Elakkizhi, Pizhichil, Vaitharana / Kshara basti, Navarakizhi etc are done to get the maximum results.
It is done by using very effective and time tested Ayurveda formulations like kashaya, asavarista. Choorna, vati, taila, Rasoushadi etc.Strict diet and lifestyle changes are also recommended.
Apart from these therapies, strict dietary and lifestyle changes are also recommended.
Ayurvedic Treatment For Osteoarthritis (OA)
Osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease or osteoarthritis) is the most common form of arthritis which causes pain, swelling and reduced motion in the joints. Unlike rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis affects only joint function.. Osteoarthritis symptoms often develop slowly and worsen over time. Signs and symptoms of osteoarthritis include:
Loss of flexibility
According to Ayurveda, Osteoarthritis occurs due to aggravation of Vata Dosha and is known as “Sandhivata” (sandhi=joint). The vata (one of the three bio-regulating principles of the body) is aggravated by various reasons like improper diet, over exertion, injury, exposure to cold & intake of cold items, suppression of natural urges, staying awake at night, stress, depression etc. Sandhivata treatment includes both Samana chikitsa and shodhan chikitsa. Shamana chikitsa includes Ayurvedic oral medicines and external therapies. Shodana chikitsa includes Ayurvedic ‘5 Action Plan’ therapies for detoxification and rejuvenation. Healthy diet habits & lifestyle are equally important in maintaining joint health.
At SKK Ayurveda & Panchakarma, we provide effective treatment for Sandhivata. Early diagnosis is the key to controlling Sandhivata-osteoarthritis. Panchakarma procedures require around 3 – 4 weeks depending on the joint involved and patients can expect significant improvement within this period.
Our goal of managing Sandhivata-osteoarthritis includes pain relief, movement management and limiting functional impairment.