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In Rheumatoid Arthritis the lining of joints or lining of internal organs are inflamed . This disease may be chronic ( lasts for a long time ) or may flare up intermittently. The inflammation of lining of joints causes swelling, pain, redness, stiffness and warmth in the affected region . The cells of inflamed lining release enzymes which may harm the related bone and cartilage. This process may cause deformity of joint, pain and may restrict joint movements.

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In ayurveda there is very detailed description about Rheumatoid arthritis or "Ama vata". It has been described as 

"  Sa Kashtaha Sarvarogaanaam yadaa prakupito Bhavet |
   Hastha paada shiro gulpha trika jaanu uru sandhishu ||
   Karoti sarujam shopham yatra doshaha prapadyate |
   Sa desho rujate atyatham vyaviddha iva vrishchkaihi ||  "

This means " If the disease "ama vata" (rheumatoid arthritis)  becomes chronic the joints (sandhi )of hands  (Hastha), feet ( paada) ,  ankles and elbow (gulpha) , low back (trika ) knee ( jaanu)  , and hip ( uru ) become inflamed and painful. The pain in affected joints  resembles the pain of  a scorpion's  sting." 

Causes: The exact cause of Rheumatoid arthritis is not known. But immunologists have discovered that Rheumatoid Arthritis is an auto immune disease. Some may have a tendency to inherit this disease.

The cause  of rheumatoid arthritis is very well explained inayurveda. The rheumatoid arthritis is caused by formation of "ama " 

( a toxin that is produced by imbalanced body fire ). The toxin ama is carried by imbalanced vata ( one of the three energetic forces ) and  reaches the kapha ( one of the three energetic forces ) dominated places like  joints, stomach , chest , brain etc.  This toxin becomes sticky due to imbalanced doshasand  blocks the  vital channels which nourish the body.

The sticky toxin ama not only affects the joints but also spreads all over  the body . The  channels ( channels like arteries, intercellular spaces , pores in cells etc are calledsrotas ) which allow  nutrients to flow through and nourish body tissues , cells get partially blocked. This leads to a  decreased supply of  nutrients to body tissues and cells  . Thus the  immunity of the body gets lowered , the appetite reduces , the body becomes weak due to insufficient nourishment of body tissues. 

The ama which gets harbored in joints acts like a foreign substance and triggers the immune system. This leads to inflammation of  linings of joints .

Formation of Ama:

Opposite foods, opposite lifestyles , lowered body fire, sedentary work, over physical exertion which involves lot of joint movements  cause indigestion , imbalance of doshas  and formation of ama. 

Symptoms

Local:

  1. Inflammation of joints.
  2. stiffness.
  3. Swelling .
  4. Difficulty in moving .
  5. Pain .
  6. Usually starts in hands and feet.( wrist and hand joints)
  7. Can also affect neck, shoulders, knees, hips and ankles.
  8. Some times affects the same joints of both sides of body.
  9. Rheumatoid nodules.
  10. Chronic RA may cause a damage to affected joints.

The locally exhibited symptoms are explained in ayurveda as follows

" Manya prishta kati jaanu trika sandheenvikunchayan |
Sashabdaha srastagaatrashcha aamavaataha sauchyate || "

This means the joints of neck ( manya ) , back ( prishta ) , hip   ( kati  ) ,  knee ( jaanu ) , sacral region ( trika ) and other joints get inflamed. The joint movements are often accompanied with sounds . This disease which  also makes body weak is known as amavata .

This means the joints of neck ( manya ) , back ( prishta ) , hip   ( kati  ) ,  knee ( jaanu ) , sacral region ( trika ) and other joints get inflamed. The joint movements are often accompanied with sounds . This disease which  also makes body weak is known as amavata .

Systemic:

  1. Fever.
  2. Loss of energy.
  3. Loss of appetite.
  4. Weakness.
  5. General fatigue (early symptom)
  6. Other boy organs may be affected.

According to ayurveda the Systemic symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are described as follows.

Angamarda aruchi trishna  aalasyam gouravam jwaraha |
Apaakaha shoonataangaanam amavatasya laxanam ||

This means " the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis are

  1. Body pain ( angamarda )
  2. Distaste to food (aruchi)
  3. Thirst.  ( trishna )
  4. Malaise. ( aalasya)
  5. Fever.  ( jwara )
  6. Indigestion. ( apaaka )
  7. Weakness   ( shoonata )"

Tips to reduce pain in joints

  1. Weight reduction.
  2. Exercise well moving all your joints.
  3. Take a warm shower everyday .

Ayurveda tips to reduce pain

  1. Avoid curds , fish, milk, urad dal, jaggery, and constipating food.
  2. Consume horse gram, ginger, bitter gourd, drum sticks.
  3. Remove the sprouts (which will be present inside garlic cloves) of garlic by splitting, Soak these garlic in buttermilk over night. Next day morning wash the garlic with plain water. ground this garlic to thin paste. Consume 1/2 tea spoon of this paste with warm water every day morning in empty stomach.
  4. Always use hot water to bathe and to drink.
  5. Avoid cold breeze.
  6. Do not consume opposite foods.
  7. Empty bowels regularly.
  8. Do not control natural urges.
  9. Avoid late nights and afternoon naps.

The Ayurvedic Treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis.

The line of  treatment involves the following steps.

  1. Avoiding the formation of ama by increasing the body fire.
  2. Expelling the already formed ama .
  3. Reduction of inflammation in joints.
  4. Rejuvenating the affected joints and body.
    ( By providing natural calcium supplement)

 

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