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:
The most common symptoms of arthritis include:
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 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.
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.
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:
The curcumin and curcuminoids in turmeric may be able to relieve some inflammation and help reduce arthritic pain.
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 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.
Some of the constituents in garlic assist in preventing the formation of chemicals involved in inflammatory reactions.
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
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 uses a medicated enema to help remove harmful substances from the colon and the body’s channels.
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:
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:
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:
If you would like to take a different approach to treating your arthritis, make an appointment at our clinic.