Arthritis is a condition in which the joints get swollen and tender. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain, stiffness, redness, and cracking bones that get worse by age. There are various types that cause variations in pains like wear and tear damage of joints, friction in between the joints, inflammation, swelling, deterioration of the connective tissue attached to the lining of the joint capsule, etc.
“Sandhi Vata” is the term for arthritis in Ayurveda. It is an autoimmune disease in which there is chronic inflammation in the joints which is caused due to vitiation in Vata dosha. Along with this, Ama and Agni play a major role in worsening the condition. Ama is drawn into the digestive tract where it permeates the intestinal wall, and gets accumulated into the bone tissue and joints. This causes pain, inflammation and stiffness in joints.
So the treatment for Arthritis focuses on balancing of Vata dosha and elimination of ama. The line of treatment for arthritis involves daily abhyanga with the medicated oils, detoxification by panchakarma procedures, and intake of herbal medications that help in repairing the swollen joints. Shodhana (purification therapy) and Shamana (palliative treatment) play a significant role in management of sandhi Vata. Along with this the person is suggested to practice pranayama and maintain a healthy diet to avoid vitiation of Agni and to resist the production of ama in the body. This line of treatment helps in reversing the arthritis condition with a natural approach.
Sandhigata Vata is the term for osteoarthritis in Ayurveda. This condition is developed due to malnutrition of joints due to congenital reasons, injury or infection that leads to weakening of joints. Vata, coupled with Ama (toxins), migrate from the stomach into the circulatory vessels, seek for susceptible areas in the body (in this case the joints), and make their way to their feet. Despite the fact that Vata is the most common dosha associated with bone and joint diseases, other doshas may also be implicated. Vata and this specific form of Ama have a drying/catabolic effect, causing wear and tear of the soft tissues in the joints and, eventually, the bones. Ama will restrict the pathways that give nutrients to the joints at the same time, creating severe malnutrition.
Inflammation is common when Pitta is involved. Even when there is no movement, joints become distended, swollen, and heated to the touch, and can be quite painful.
Morbidity in the joints rises with Kapha exacerbated arthritis, and they seem red, yet the joints feel cold rather than hot. Effusion occurs when fluid builds up within joint gaps.
In Ayurveda, Rheumatoid arthritis is known as ‘Amavata’. This condition is in response to immune malfunction and toxins accumulation. There is a significant quantity of surplus heat and a high degree of accumulated Ama (or Pitta). This Ama, when mixed with irritated Vata and Pitta, enters the body's pathways and begins to impact the Ojas (the biological energy that symbolizes the water element of the body and the subtlest form of Kapha dosha). As a result, Ojas changes and becomes less. Ama also stops the channels and inhibits Ojas from being produced, further depleting it. Ojas begins to malfunction and, together with Ama, is responsible for the inflammatory reactions, discomfort, and pain that we associate with rheumatoid arthritis.
Psoriatic arthritis is a chronic disease that causes joint degeneration, discomfort, and stiffness. Some people simply have musculoskeletal issues and never get psoriasis. Around 70% of persons with psoriatic arthritis first acquire psoriasis. Psoriasis frequently occurs 10 years before psoriatic arthritis in these individuals, according to studies. However, psoriatic arthritis can occur months or decades after a person first develops psoriasis.
Nail involvement is seen first in over 90% of persons with psoriatic arthritis. Treatment can help to prevent joint degeneration.
Hand discomfort, foot pain, and "tennis elbow" are all early indications of psoriatic arthritis. If psoriasis lesions are not evident, these early warning symptoms may be disregarded. Shoulder, neck, and back discomfort are other signs.
Gout flare-ups appear out of nowhere and might persist for days or weeks. These flares are followed by lengthy periods of remission without symptoms—weeks, months, or years—before another flare occurs. Gout is a kind of arthritis that affects only one joint at a time. It's most common in the big toe. The minor toe joints, the ankle, and the knee are all usually affected, along with the big toe. Symptoms of gout include intense pain, swelling, redness and heat.
Ankylosing Spondylitis (AS) is a rheumatic illness that manifests itself in a variety of skeletal and extra-skeletal forms. In current medicine, there is no satisfactory therapy for this disease. Elite Ayurveda provides the best spondylitis therapy, and the numerous Panchakarma techniques and Ayurvedic medications we utilize to treat these symptoms have proven to be effective. In this scenario, Ayurvedic remedies are aimed at lowering severe impairment and relieving symptoms.
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