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Ayurvedic treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
What is Arthritis?
The word “Arthritis” has been derived from two words viz. ‘Arthron’ (The joint), and ‘Itis’ (Inflammation). To be precise, Arthritis means Inflammation of Joints. Arthritis is a group of diseases out of which Rheumatoid Arthritis, Osteo Arthritis, and Gout are of prominence. Joint pain, joint stiffness, tenderness, swelling etc. are some of the common most features of almost all types of Arthritis.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease. It occurs due to our own body’s immunity dysfunction. This term is known as Autoimmunity. Our immunity system protects our body from the foreign cells by fighting and destroying them. However, due to some reason, our immunity system behaves strangely and kills our own body cells. This phenomenon is known as auto immunity.
Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ayruveda
As per Ayurveda, Rheumatoid Arthritis can be compared with the disease ‘Amavata’. The word ‘Amavata’ contains two words. ‘Ama’ means sticky sludge of undigested food material. ‘Vata’ means imbalance of Vata (Vaayu) dosha.
When our digestive system is not up to the mark and we keep eating heavy to digest food articles, the semi digested or undigested food articles eventually gets converted into Ama. This Ama along with vitiated Vaayu dosha, locates to our joints and produces ‘Amavata’
Whenever you are feeling pain or stiffness, the obvious question arises: “Do I have Rheumatoid Arthritis?”
Well… check out the signs, symptoms and diagnostic procedures…
Signs & Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Morning stiffness in joints (The joints pain a lot while getting up, it gets gradually relieved once you start walking)
- The pain radiates from one joint to another. As the disease becomes chronic, more and more joints gets involved
- The joint becomes stiff, swollen, and tender
- In later stage structural and functional deformity of the joint may develop.
Tests for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Laboratory reports plays pivotal role in modern medicine as far as the diagnosis of any disease is concerned. In Rheumatoid Arthritis, there are three tests which may help evaluating the disease.
- C-Reactive Protein
- RA Factor
If the levels of the above blood tests are higher than the normal range, one can possibly have Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis
As per modern medicine, Rheumatoid Arthritis is not curable. RA can be managed by certain group of drugs such as DMRADs (such as Methotrexate) or Steroids (such as Prednisolone), but this drugs has its own set of side effects.
On the other side, Ayurveda has a solution. There is a permanent Rheumatoid Arthritis cure in Ayurveda.
Rheumatoid Arthritis Ayurveda treatment
The root cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Amavata) as per Ayurveda lies in the digestive system. Proper mix of diet, lifestyle and Ayurvedic medicines can definitely cure Rheumatoid Arthritis. One should be aware about one’s digestive capacities and should strictly follow the guidelines.
Diet for Rheumatoid Arthritis
The general Ayurveda diet plan for Rheumatoid Arthritis is given below
- EAT LESS. This is the most important part of diet. Don’t ever over eat.
- Avoid heavy to digest food like refined flour (maida) or Basmati rice
- Eat easy to digest food like whole grains, boiled vegetables, barley, green gram, celery seeds etc. (that too in limited qty)
- Avoid fermented and sour food articles (like bread, lemon, etc)
Lifestyle for Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Avoid awakening at Night
- Avoid day sleep
- Fomentation with hot water bag, hot cloth, or hot sand poultice over the affected joint helps a lot
- Do regular exercises (as per convenience, don’t over stretch your body)
- Try to avoid extreme cold
- Pranayamas like Anulima-viloma and Yoga Kriya like Kapalabhati might be of help
Home Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Castor oil, fenugreek seeds, turmeric, garlic, & dried ginger are some of the best home remedies of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Proper and perfect mix of the given remedies may act as one of the best joint pain treatment in Ayurveda.
(Ayurveda is a tailor made approach, the diet-lifestyle and medicines may differ from person to person depending upon one’s body constitution-Prakriti and overall strength – Bala. To get proper treatment, it is always advisable to consult Ayurveda doctors before following any advice)
Rekha Joshi, Ahmedabad
"I am a housewife. I got Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 43. My all joints were extremely painful and stiff. I couldn’t do my household work. I visited all the top rheumatologists but no treatment was curing my disease. So, I decided to try out Ayurveda and went to Atharva Ayurveda and Panchakarma centre. In 3 months my arthritis pain was almost relieved. I took Dr. Kedar sir’s Ayurveda medicines for Arthritis for 10 months and I feel completely cured. My regards to Dr. Kedar sir."
Saurabh Chavda, Rajkot
"I was suffering from Rheumatoid Arthritis since 4 years. I was losing concentration on my business due to pain and stiffness. I was also depressed due to my RA. I was taking allopathic medicines for relief but it didn’t suit my body. A friend of mine suggested to go to Atharva Ayurveda. I took Dr. Kedar Upadhyay sir’s medicines for 6 months. I don’t feel any symptoms of arthritis now. I am free from all medicines. I am really happy. Thank you Dr. Kedar sir for your support and treatment for my arthritis. "
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