We often hear complaints from older people about joint pains, stiffness or swelling. All these symptoms are due to Arthritis. It can in fingers, hand, knees, hip or anywhere. Arthritis is a word taken from Greek and literally means ‘Joint-Inflammation’. The ancient Ayurvedic texts describe two basic types of arthritis that correspond with osteoarthritis (Sandhigat Vata) and rheumatoid arthritis (Ama Vat).
Let’s take a closer look at Arthritis and its types. Ayurveda has answers to almost every discomfort caused in your body. Nothing can be more uncomfortable than suffering from Osteoarthritis. When Agni (the ‘digestive fire’) is not working properly, wastes or toxins known as Ama are produced instead of useful nutrients for the tissues. These toxins accumulate in the gut and at the same time, Vata (Air/Ether) accumulates in the colon.
There is an aggravation in vata which is caused due to irregular meals, stress, excessive traveling, etc. Aggravated Vata along with Ama (toxins) move from the gut into the channels of circulation, find places in the body that are weak or vulnerable (in this case the joints) and settle in. The deterioration and subsequent irritation in the joint causes inflammation, stiffness, swelling and pain.
There is n number of ways of treating osteoarthritis. Chithrakoota Medical and Health Center, situated at Kundapura, Karnataka aims at providing Ayurvedic remedies to reduce your joint pain, backaches and help in regaining your flexibility.
In the case of rheumatoid arthritis, a very high level of Ama, or excessive heat(also called Pitta) gets accumulated. This Ama along with the aggravated Vata and Pitta moves into the channels of the body and affects Ojas, which is the vital essence of the tissues and the body- mind’s strength and immunity. This depletes and prevents the production of Ojas, leading to further deficiency. This lays the groundwork of an autoimmune disease. Ojas starts behaving abnormally and along with Ama, causes swelling and pain, which we associate with rheumatoid arthritis.
If in a chronic stage, ayurvedic treatments can greatly inhibit the effects or prevent arthritis from getting worse. For medium scale cases, Ayurveda remedies can reverse the disease process, leading to remission and in some cases, has also been found to cure the disease. At any stage of arthritis, the main focus in the treatment process is the strengthening of Agni and removal of Ama. Without this, the treatment will be of little effect. For making the Agni stronger, there is a special diet, which helps in the release of excess toxins. The correct diet in itself can go a long way in reducing inflammation, swelling, and stiffness.
Along with a well-structured diet, home remedies can also prove to be very helpful. Castor oil, fenugreek, and turmeric are some of the common household items which can prove to be extremely effective when taken consistently and correctly.
Capsaicin is an active ingredient found in chili peppers which produces heat. It is found to ease the arthritis pain, by releasing and depleting a pain transmitter, known as substance P. A 2014 study found that Capsaicin is moderately effective in reducing osteoarthritis pain when taken four times per day.
Curcumin found in turmeric works by blocking the substance that causes inflammation and helps in reducing cartilage damage. Omega-3s in fish oil blocks the substance which causes inflammation and converts them into anti-inflammatory chemicals. Fish oil also reduces pain and joint tenderness.
Various vitamins and minerals can assist in the treatment of arthritis in the following way:
Vitamin C prevents inflammation and maintains healthy joints. It also forms and maintains connective tissue.
Deficiency of Vitamin D is common in people having rheumatoid arthritis. Hence it can help in reducing inflammation and checking the progression of the disease.
Vitamin E acts as an antioxidant, reducing pain and inflammation.
Calcium prevents osteoporosis, maintains, healthy bones and joints.
There are various other methods which can quickly relieve pain and reduce discomfort, related to arthritis. Hot and cold therapy, massage and aromatherapy can be used as a means of relaxation.
But for the best results, Ayurveda’s deep cleansing and rejuvenation process is known as Panchakarma is necessary. It balances Agni and removes the Doshas and Ama, bringing about recovery in a quick period of time. In the end, the best medicine of all is maintaining a proper and healthy lifestyle which supports strong Agni and balances the Ama and Doshas.
Ayurvedic Treatment for Arthritis
Virechan: Administration of medicated ghritams in increased dosages, which includes removal of vatas through anal route.
Abhyangam: Full body oil massage for lubrication and for reduction of inflammation.
Basti: Oil enemas or decoction enemas to remove unwanted toxins from the body.
Upanaham: Administered easily digestible food with vata and pitta pacifying property is advised.
For a better cure than taking in pills which will have an adverse effect, Chithrakoota Kundapura will help you with various their treatments to relieve the pain and also you can sit back and relax from the chaotic world for a while.