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Rheumatic Complaints

Rheumatic Complaints

Ayurveda is as old as the Indian ethos of holistic approach. Its age is indeed timeless and it has redefined the concepts of health. Advocating a life of physical, mental and spiritual discipline, it believes in the innate abilities of nature and body to cure itself. Ayurveda is based on the premise that disease is the natural end result of living out of harmony with our environment, Ayurveda - being not only a mode of treatment but also a complete science in itself - has the potential to give succour and relief to the patients suffering from rheumatic problems. Rheumatic problems are reflected in the form of pains with associated fever, swelling and other systemic manifestations. According to Ayurveda, the 3 doshas - vatha (symbolizing air), pitta (symbolizing the fire responsible for digestion etc) and kapha (symbolizing earth and the stabilizing force) - in totality donate the physiological state of a person.

Rheumatic complaints are called Vatavikaras - vata relates to the skeletal framework & nerves and vikaras imply a change or a disease. There are different varieties of rheumatic complaints; amongst them arthritis, spondylitis, sciatica, frozen shoulder, slip disc and gout etc. are the most destructive ones affecting the bones and nerves.

Since it's inception, Ayurveda Kendra and Dr. Sudha have been known to treat rheumatic ailments very effectively. Highly renowned and respected for her ability to treat rheumatic ailments, Dr. Sudha has helped many of her patients to find a cure to these debilitating conditions. She has effectively cured slip disc patients who saw no other alternative than surgery, helped paralytic patients who were bound to the wheelchair regain movement and helped heal pains of ailing spondylitis and arthritis patients. The treatments at Ayurveda Kendra are a carefully selected combination of various treatments that are recommended to you by the Doctor based on your body constitution. This, combined with our therapists with over 15 years of experience and our very own medicines that are manufactured in our pharmacy, help us deliver the best results for our patients.

Amavatha - cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis and Rheumatic Fever

The concept of rheumatic problems in Ayurveda is based on the theory of Amavatha (vitiation of the vatha dosha due to toxins). Emotional distress, exhaustion for long periods, excess sexual activity and improper diet causes the generation of Ama (or toxins). The Ama /toxin is carried by the vitiated Vayu all over the body. As the toxins show an affinity to bone joints, they tend to deposit themselves there. This deposit collection is the cause of stiffness, tenderness and swellings. If allowed to continue unchecked, the inflammation becomes chronic and destroys joint causing nearby muscles to shrink.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic sub-acute systemic inflammatory auto-immune disease in which antibodies develop against the components of joints and mistakenly destroy cartilages, synovial fluid, bone and joint tissue. It mainly impacts the smaller joint of hands, wrists ankles, knees; the joints of hip and elbow are less impacted. Statistics reveal that 1% of the world population suffers from this disease. Since it is an auto immune disease, the actual triggers it is still unknown; some of the factors which may be in some way responsible are genetic predisposition, smoking, alcoholism and infection by micro organisms.

After the onset of this, pain, stiffness in muscles & joints increase gradually, accompanied by tiredness and fatigue. In some cases, these symptoms develop suddenly and are followed by fever, body ache, tastelessness and indigestion. Non-steroidal anti inflammatory drugs have been used to treat this disease. However, as many of these drugs have adverse side-effects, people are now exploring alternative effective treatments that have less adverse impacts on the body.

Ayurvedic treatments for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Effective treatment involves immediate elimination of ama/toxins. Use of anti-arthritic, poly herbal preparations help strengthen bones, tissues, skeletal & neuromuscular tissues, thus enabling comfortable movement of joints and muscles. Use of natural anti-inflammatory medicines in traditional formulations (in the form of medicated massage oils) also prove highly effective.

Osteoarthritis

 Among the degenerative diseases, osteoarthritis deserves special attention. The synovial fluid in the body provides lubrication to the joints and acts as a cushion for them. Dryness in the body and over-exertion diminish the synovial fluid and impact the blood circulation to the joints, thus causing diminished nutrient supply to these areas. This forms the origin of this disease. It mostly affects weight-bearing joints like the hip and the knee joints.

An imbalance of the kapha dosha leads to the depletion of synovial fluid. Under the influence of vatha, cartilage in the joints wears away. This causes friction, pain and limited joint mobility. The symptoms of this disease include oedema, pain, tenderness etc.

Ayurvedic treatments for Osteoarthritis

Effective treatment involves immediate elimination of ama/toxins. Use of anti-arthritic, poly herbal preparations help strengthen bones, tissues, skeletal & neuromuscular tissues, thus enabling comfortable movement of joints and muscles. Use of natural anti-inflammatory medicines in traditional formulations (in the form of medicated massage oils) also prove highly effective.

Gout or Metabolic Arthritis

Another commonly encountered problem worldwide is gout/metabolic arthritis. It is characterised by painful swelling of joints, tenderness and redness of affected areas i.e. joints of legs (especially the big toe), wrists and elbow levels. The main cause is increased levels of uric acid in bloodstream.

Ayurvedic treatments for Metabolic Arthritis

Since vatha is said to be the main factor in rheumatic ailments, vasti /enema is the best suggested treatment. It is used as a suppressor and as an immuno-modulator. The main site of vatha is said to be the colon. Thus, the direct application of vasthi to the colon helps not only in regulating the vatha dosha in its site, but also controls the other doshas (pitta and kapha) involved in pathogenesis of diseases. Vasthi has a multidimensional thereupatic effect. In ailments like prolapsed disc, lower back pain and other spinal diseases, this system of medicine has proven its efficacy.

Following a preparatory regimen before performing the detoxification by means of sneahanam (oleation by internal and external administration of fats) and swedana (fomentation) helps bring the toxins to the abdomen from where they are eliminated by detoxification therapies. Treatments like pizhichil, uzhichil, abhyangam, elakizhi etc. help in perfusion and diffusion and increasing osmotic permeability into tissues.