Arthritis is the popular denotation of joint inflammation disorder. There are more than 200 types of rheumatic diseases that affect the tissues around the joint and other relative tissues. The commonly known Arthritis troubles are osteoporosis; rheumatoid arthritis; gout; lupus and fibromyalgia etc.
The causes also vary for different types of Arthritis. Generally a combination of many factors like dysfunction of body’s immune system; infections; abnormal functioning of metabolic system of the body; injury etc. can be the major causes; added to this are smoking and heavily demanding physical occupations, as well as inheritance from parents can be the causes of some types of Arthritis.
Symptoms also vary according to the type. But invariably persons suffering from Arthritis will have pain and swelling in joints; stiffness in joints particularly in early mornings; tenderness and difficulty in moving the joints, making them unable to perform even routine “everyday” tasks. Some forms of rheumatoid Arthritis severely affect multiple organs, brain and heart’s function.
Ayurveda treatment for Arthritis works on the principle of finding the “dhosha” inherent in the body that triggered Arthritis. Mostly Arthritis is caused by the accumulation of “ama” a toxic substance by indigestion that aggravates the dhosha “vata” and Arthritis is “amavata”.
Treatment is given to reduce this amavata through different therapies of fasting; body massage with mustard or sesame oil; intake of orange or lime-juice with honey; use of herb “Guggul” along with light-exercises as prescribed. Ayurveda thus provides greater relief for Arthritis.