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Arthritis Treatment in Melbourne

About arthritis

Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder, which can be temporarily treated with painkillers and anti-inflammatory drugs. Ayurveda’s goal is to address the root cause of the pain and inflammation without causing any side-effects, and is suitable for long term use. The goal is to use Ayurvedic treatments alongside other medical treatments as applicable to the person.

Complications and symptoms of arthritis

Joint pain is the main problem faced by people living with arthritis. The pain is usually constant and can occur due to:

  • Inflammation around the joint
  • Joint wear and tear caused by daily movement
  • Muscle strains
  • Disorders that can cause damage to joints

The most common symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Joint stiffness followed by pain, which can happen either during movement or at rest
  • Restricted movement due to swelling, pain, and stiffness in the joints
  • Joint stiffness early in the morning or after periods of inactivity
  • When the hands are affected there may be a tingling sensation
  • Some people may experience a general feeling of fatigue and tiredness
  • Some may develop a low-grade fever as well as swelling and joint pain
  • Joint swelling may become visible as the disease progresses

Natural treatments for arthritis

In Ayurveda we believe an excess of ama (poor digestion) and a lack of agni (digestive fire) may be a contributing cause of arthritis. Ama is a range of pre-metabolised and pre-digested products from the digestive system. There are several different forms of ama, including ama-rasa, ama-dhatu, and ama-anna.

Ama is made up of heavy molecules that obstruct the body’s micro-channels and membrane system, which can trigger an autoimmune reaction.

Every type of arthritis is treated differently with Ayurvedic medicine. The different types of arthritis include:

  • Vata arthritis
  • Pitta arthritis
  • Kapha arthritis

Vata arthritis

Vata is the most common type of arthritis that is found in people with an excess of vata (air/ether) in the body, usually from the colon. Vata and ama accumulate in and around the joints, which can trigger an autoimmune response that results in attack the surface of the joint. This can result in dryness, stiffness, and pain in the joints.

Pitta arthritis

This form of arthritis causes heat, swelling, or a burning sensation in the joints, which starts with an excess of pitta or heat in the body. There is also an accumulation of acid by-products from the intestine that may move to the joints.

Kapha arthritis

The metabolism and digestions begin to slow down when kapha arthritis begins to build up in the lungs. The symptoms of kapha are congestion and joint swelling.

Herbs to help relieve arthritic symptoms

Ayurvedic herbs can be used to assist with managing arthritic pain. Some of the herbs that can be used include:

  • Turmeric
  • Liquorice
  • Boswellia
  • Garlic
  • Guggul

Turmeric

The curcumin and curcuminoids in turmeric may be able to relieve some inflammation and help reduce arthritic pain.

Liquorice

The substances in liquorice can help to reduce inflammation and free radical production, and inhibit the action of enzymes that may cause an inflammatory reaction.

Boswellia

Boswellia comes from the frankincense tree and has ingredients that may block substances involved in autoimmune disorders. This herb may be helpful in managing the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Garlic

Some of the constituents in garlic assist in preventing the formation of chemicals involved in inflammatory reactions.

Guggul

Guggul is a resinous substance with anti-inflammatory properties used to manage the symptoms of arthritis.

Natural pain relief for arthritis

Panchakarma detox, an ancient Ayurvedic detoxification program, is one of the best ways to help relieve pain from chronic arthritis, however it is not the only treatment. Some natural therapies that may help to relieve arthritis pain and inflammation include:

  • Abhyanga Ayurvedic massage
  • Vasti (enema)
  • Potli (poultice)

Abhyanga Ayurvedic massage

A abhyanga massage is a form of full body massage that uses oils with medical properties. This form of therapy may assist in the reduction of vata and help remove damaging substances from the body’s tissues.

Vasti

Vasti uses a medicated enema to help remove harmful substances from the colon and the body’s channels.

Potli

Potli uses a poultice made of medicinal herbs that may provide some pain relief. When applied to the affected joint, the poultice may provide some relief from pain and remove vata.

Natural medicines to relieve arthritis

Natural Ayurvedic medicine can be used to assist in managing the symptoms of arthritis, with options including:

  • Thriphaladi choornam
  • Kaisora gulgulu vatika
  • Mahamasha thailam
  • Rasnadi choornam
  • Pinda thailam
  • Kottamchukkadi thailam
  • Murivenna oil
  • Dasamoolahareethaki Lehyam
  • Narayana thailam
  • Gulguluthikthakam kashayam
  • Bala thailam
  • Aswagandhadi lehyam
  • Yogaraja gulgulu vatika
  • Guluchyadi kashayam
  • Karpooradi thailam
  • Dashamoola kashayam
  • Punarnavadi kashayam tablets
  • Aswagandharishtam
  • Dhanwantharam 101 capsules
  • Chandraprabha vatika
  • Dhanwantharam thailam
  • Dasamoolarishtam
  • Sahacharadi thailam

Natural arthritis treatments

Ayurveda focuses on improving the digestion and reducing vata to reduce the symptoms of arthritis. Improving digestion is important to ensure that no ama is produced. Some of the other Ayurvedic treatments for remedying arthritis include:

  • Two teaspoons of lemon juice combined with a teaspoon of honey and 250 ml of warm water taken twice a day
  • Fasting can assist in the digestion of ama, and can be either partial or complete according to what is best for the individual
  • An Ayurvedic massage with mustard or sesame oil can assist in reducing vata. The joints that are affected by the pain will be massaged for longer
  • Vitamin C can help enhance the efficiency of arthritic drugs
  • Light exercises such as walking and yoga

Yoga for arthritis

Yoga can help to maintain the mobility of the joints as it is a light form of exercise. Some of the best poses for reducing the symptoms of arthritis include:

  • Tadasana – mountain pose
  • Virabhadrasana II – warrior pose II
  • Dandasana – staff pose

If you would like to take a different approach to treating your arthritis, make an appointment at our clinic. 

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