Is Ayurvedic Treatment Effective for People with Arthritis?


What is Arthritis?

Arthritis is a condition where the joints and muscles suffer severe pain, to a degree of crippling. It has various forms and can affect people of all ages and sex. It is a disease which prevails in joints of bones.

Types of Arthritis

There are various types of arthritis, but the two major types of arthritis include osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
The main difference between them is that Osteoarthritis occurs due to wear-and-tear while the latter is due to a chronic autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system attacks itself.

The other types of Arthritis include

Degenerative Arthritis, Inflammatory Arthritis, Infectious Arthritis, Metabolic Arthritis.

Symptoms of Arthritis

The disease’s symptoms and effects are:

  • Inflammation of the knees, hips, lower back, neck, jaw, hand joints or
  • Inflammation of internal tissues
  • Stiffness of muscles
  • Pain
  • Poor sleep
  • Muscle Weakness
  • Swelling
  • Decreased Range of motion

What Causes Arthritis?

  • Loss of cartilage tissue from the joints can cause Arthritis.
  • An infection or an injury to the joints can aggravate the wear and tear of the cartilage tissue
  • When the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues, it results in an autoimmune disorder. The synovium is a soft tissue that is affected, which is responsible for the nourishment of the cartilage and lubricates the joints.
  • The genetic markers in someone’s genes have proven to be a top cause of Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Smoking is one of the causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Ayurveda and Arthritis

The 5000-year-old ancient science of Ayurveda has an answer to the problem of Arthritis. Many are skeptical of the unknown, billions of people have been keeping their faith in ayurvedic treatments over several generations. In the present scenario, it has gained a lot more importance as this therapy has no side-effects as well its efficiency in healing a myriad of issues and side effects ranging from the common cold, down to being able to tolerate terminal illnesses.

Over the last decade, ayurvedic treatments have been getting greater attention worldwide because of their holistic approach towards treatment using natural remedies and herbal medicines. The treatment usually involves a personalized ayurvedic diet and lifestyles-based on the mind-body constitution called Prakriti along with a detoxification regime and herbal medicines to activate and strengthen the body’s appropriate healing response. In many studies, ayurvedic treatment has been seen to outperform conventional treatment for certain disease conditions.

India’s most prestigious medical institute, AIIMS, discovered in a scientific study for validating Ayurvedic treatments and therapies, found that some ayurvedic formulations were quite effective in treating severe diseases and it’s symptoms like rheumatoid arthritis,
They found that ‘Ashwagandha’, which is also known as Indian Ginseng, it’s powder along with ‘Sidh Makardhwaj’ which is a herbal formulation of a few mineral ingredients, which was very effective in relieving the patients from painful swollen joints, it also encouraged mobility.
They found that Ashwagandha contains tremendous anti-inflammatory, anti-stress and immunomodulatory properties, all of these qualities help in improving joint function in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

Foods and Arthritis

Ayurveda is an ancient science of medicine that started in India more than 5000 years ago. It utilizes the power of nutrients, exercise, and meditation to inspire good health. Combining certain nutrients and other supplements with modern medicine can prove to be beneficial if you suffer from arthritis.

The natural treatments described in Ayurveda may help ease your arthritis symptoms and help prevent further development of the disease.
Some common foods have been found to provoke Arthritis symptoms:
The most harmful common food for Arthritis patients is corn, then wheat, pork, oranges, milk, oats, rye, eggs, beef, coffee, cheese, tomatoes, peanuts, etc. Butter is also said to be bad. On the other hand, fish and fish oil, ginger (5gm three times a day), turmeric (curcumin), and garlic are all useful. Other beneficial foods include raw potato juice, raw bitter gourd juice, celery seed extract, etc.

Foods and ayurvedic herbs are therefore very useful in controlling the outcomes of arthritis pain in a gentle, natural way, free of side-effects!

Pavtan Pavtan