Arthritis

There are over 100 varieties of arthritis that affect the muscles, bones and joints. According to research in Victoria, more than 1.5 million people are experiencing joint and other diseases of muscles and joints. Osteoarthritis, gouty arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are the most common arthritis conditions. In Ayurveda joints and bones are more influenced by the Vata element and the diseases are called Vata Roga.

Causes
  • Genetic disorders
  • Incompatible diet
  • Continuous physical stress
  • Increased body weight
  • Injuries
  • Some infections
Ayurvedic perspective

A high salt, spicy and acidic diet together with physical or mental stress, aggravates the Doshas, particularly Vata. Later vitiated Vata vitiates the blood and finally localises in the joints. This causes degeneration in the joints which causes pain and inflammation. Main focus in the treatment of arthritis is Vata balancing diet and regimen. Rest and oil massage is essential in the treatment.

Visit our Ayurveda physician if you are experiencing the following signs and symptoms:

  • Pain and reduced movement of the joint
  • Redness and warmth in a joint
  • Swelling in a joint
  • Rheumatism
  • Changes in appetite
  • Fatigue and feeling unwell.

Ayurveda recognises that we are not the same. We are all unique and therefore need something different. Two people can present with the same problem, however, the treatment may be different for both. Ayurveda focuses on eliminating the root cause of all problems.

Treatments may include
  • Diet and regimen to support the joints and bones
  • Herbs for proper digestion
  • Herbal enema
  • Medicated oil massage – Pizhichil
  • Sweating therapies like steam bath and bolus massage
  • Internal medications to reduce complications
  • Pouring of herbal oil on forehead
  • Yoga and meditation

 



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