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Ayurveda helps manage rheumatoid arthritis

Ayurveda helps manage rheumatoid arthritis

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Constant pain and inflamma
tion in the lining of joints or lining of internal organs are the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis which could be chronic or flare up intermittently. Swelling, pain, redness, stiffness and warmth in the affected region are outcome of the inflammation.
The inflammation causes the cells to release enzymes in the affected bone and cartilage which may result in deformity of joint, pain and restricted joint movements. There condition is called Ama vata in Ayurveda. It says,

“The pain in the affected joints resembles the pain of a scorpion’s sting.”

Causes of rheumatoid arthritis

Traditional systems of medicine do not give exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis. Immunologists term it as an auto immune disease and do not genetic factor as cause of the disease. Ayurveda on the other hand explain the cause of rheumatoid arthritis comprehensively.

In ayurveda, the disease is attributed to the formation of ‘ama’, a toxin that is produced by imbalanced body fire.
The imbalanced vata, one of the three energy forces in the body, carries the toxin (ama) to the kapha, another force which dominates places like joints, stomach, chest, brain, etc.

The ama, which turns adhesive due to imbalanced doshas, blocks the channels called srotas like arteries, intercellular spaces, pores in cells, etc. that nourish the body and spreads in the entire body.

As the vital channels through which nutrients flow and nourish body tissues and cells get partially blocked, supply of nutrients to body tissues and cells are bound to decrease lowering the immunity of the body.
In rheumatoid arthritis, ama acts like a foreign substance in joints triggering inflammation of linings of joints.

Formation of ama
Unhealthy foods, unnatural and sedentary lifestyles, over exertion with a lot of joint movements cause indigestion, imbalance of doshas and formation of ama.

Signs and symptoms

Local:
1. Inflammation in joints
2. Stiffness and swelling of the affected parts of the body
3. Difficulty in movement
4. Excruciating pain in the affected area usually in the hands (wrist and hand joints) and feet
6. Shoulders, neck, knees, hips and ankles can also be affected
7. Damage of the affected joints
Systemic:
1. Fever
2. Loss of energy
3. Loss of appetite
4. Weakness
5. General fatigue (early symptom)
6. Other boy organs may be affected
Systemic symptoms
1. Pain in the affected areas (lining of joints)
2. Loss of appetite or distaste to food
3. Thirst
4. Fever
5. Indigestion
6. Weakness and fatigue
Tips to reduce pain in joints:
1. Exercise to ensure movement of joints especially those affected by the disease
2. Reduction of weight
3. Warm shower and drinking of boiled and cooled water
4. Avoid curds, milk, fish, urad dal, jiggery and foods that cause constipation
6. Horse gram, ginger, bitter gourd, drum sticks are beneficial
7. Avoidance of cold breeze
8. Regular emptying bowels
The line of treatment in ayurveda involves the four steps given below:
1. Avoid formation of ama by increasing the body fire
2. Expel the ama already formed in the body
3. Reduce inflammation in joints
4. Provide calcium supplement to rejuvenate the affected joints and body

 

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