Arthritis (Joint Pain)

  • Arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes pain & swelling in the joints.

    Arthritis is a simple wear and tear of cartilage in certain joints primarily in hip, knees, hands, lower back leading to a stiffness, pain and eventually complete immobility.

    Types of Arthritis:

    • Rheumatoid Arthritis( Ama Vata)
    • Osteo Arthritis or Degenerative Arthritis ( Sandhi Vata)
    • Gout ( Vata Rakta)

    Factors contributing to Arthritis
    In Ayurveda, Arthritis is caused due to various factors that includes advancing age, genetics, congenital disorders & female gender.

    Risk factors that can modify Arthritis according to Ayurveda include:

    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
    • Poor Digestion
    • Sedentary Lifestyle
    • Consuming too much fat
    • Food habits incompatible with the constitution.

    Rheumatoid Arthritis, is caused by ama produced due to poor digestion & imbalanced Vata

    Pain Management in Ayurveda for Arthritis
    At Vibe Ayurveda , our treatment primarily focuses on balancing the vitiated doshas & eradicating the root cause of the disease. Management of
    weight comprises of:

    • Shodhana chikitsa (Biopurificatory Cleansing) through Panchakarm therapies
    • Shamana chikitsa (relieve the symptoms) through administration of internal herbs and external application of ayurvedic herbs paste.
    • Rasayana chikitsa (immunomodulation) through kayakalpa
    • Strict diet regime.
    • Lifestyle changes.

    Ayurvedic Therapies for Arthritis

    • Snehana ( Ayurvedic Marma Massage)
    • Swedana ( Hot fomentation or Steam ) with herbal decoction.
    • Local application of Ayurvedic herbs paste on the knees in Osteo Arthritis
    • Dry Bolus Massage (Pizhichil Massage)
    • Navrakizhi ( Rice Paste massage)
    • Virechana
    • Basti
    • Kati Basti
    • Oral Herbs
    1. Massage And Steam
      This procedure is a prerequisite in Panchakarma procedure and helps in releasing the impurities in the form of sweat and relaxes the tense muscles and makes you feel relaxed and lighter in the body.
    2. Pizhichil Massage
      This procedure involves the massage with the bolus containing various herbs to help reduce inflammation and improve the blood circulation.
    3. Navrakizhi Massage
      This procedure involves the massage with the boluses prepared with navra rice cooked in herbal decoction & then dipped in milk cooked with herbs to help with Arthritis.
    4. Virechana
      This procedure is a bio purificatory cleansing one to balance the aggraved pitta and ama in the body.
    5. Basti
      This procedure involves the cleansing and alleviating the aggravated Vata to treat Arthritis.

    6. Kati Basti
    This procedure helps with lower backache and lumbago pain.

    Ayurvedic Diet

    • Avoid the Vata aggravating diet.
    • Avoid the sour foods like tomatoes, lemon, yoghurt etc. & cold foods such as
    • Ice cream and drinking plenty of warm water particularly after main meals really help with the arthritis.

    Lifestyle Management

    Yoga practice complements the Panchakarma therapies along with a lifestyle management as going for a thirty minute walk everyday after dinner.

    Ayurvedic Herbs

    Some of the commonly used herbs helpful in Arthritis are:

    • Garlic
    • Ginger
    • Turmeric
    • Boswellia
    • Guggulu
    • Black Cohosh
    • Amalaki
    • Licorice
    • Ashwagandha
    • Neem
    • Flaxseed

    These herbs are helpful but are not a substitute for other prescribed medicine so it is highly recommended not to stop any regular medicines and not even take these herbs without consulting a qualified ayurvedic practitioner or conventional medicine practitioner.

    Yog Kriya
    Here are the basic asanas that can help with Rheumatoid Arthritis:

    • Sukhasana
    • Talasana
    • Konasana
    • Shavasana
    • Uttkatasana
    • Mushtika Bandhana

    Please find a yoga teacher or trained yoga therapist to practice these yog kriyas.