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Rheumatoid Arthritis and Ayurveda

Last week the most common ailment people visited the clinic for was Rheumatoid Arthritis 😖

In Ayurveda, rheumatoid arthritis is known as amavata and was described in great detail by Madhava in the classical Ayurvedic textbook, the Madhava Nidanam 📖

Amavata is named after the two involving pathological factors – Ama and Vata and is the condition where stiffness of the body occurs due to the lodgement of Ama (digestive toxins) and Vata in the joints🦵🏼💪🏼

When Ama combines with the Vayu it then gives rise to:

  • vibandha/ constipation
  • mandagni/ impaired digestion
  • stambha/ stiffness
  • antra kujana/ gurgling sound
  • vedana/ pain 😣
  • shopha/ oedema
  • pin prick sensation which gradually affects the body parts one after the other.

The diagnosis of RA is often done with the following observation:

  1. Stiff joints in the morning
  2. Arthritis of three or more joints
  3. Arthritis of the joints of the hands 🤚🏼
  4. Symmetrical arthritis
  5. Rh factor positive
  6. Rh nodules present
  7. Typical X-ray changes 🩻

The etiological factors are considered to be:

  • incompatible diet ❌
  • erroneous habits
  • diminished digestive fire 🔥
  • sedentary lifestyle
  • exercising soon after having a meal
  • hereditary

A few of the treatments include:

  • Deepana Pachana (to boost the digestive fire and remove toxins) herbs which are tikta (bitter) and katu (pungent) rasa (taste), such as Panchakola and Vaishvanara churna 🌿
  • Fasting (langana)
  • Ruksha pinda sveda, valuka Sveda and patra Pinda Sveda treatment with leaves such as veranda, shire, nirguni, chincha and Dhatthura.
  • Formulations such as Kolakulathadi churna and Kottamchukadi churna
  • Swedana/ sweating 😅
  • Panchakarma, especially virechana.
  • Basti (Vaitarana basti)
  • Agni chikitsa 🔥
  • Rasayana, rejuvenation treatment.

Classical Yogas mentioned in the text include Rasnaguggulu, Yogaraj guggulu , Simhananda guggulu, trydoshanga guggulu, Rasnadikwatham, Rasnasaptaka kashayam.

Castor oil is used for the purgation. Ayurvedic preparations such as Simhananda guggulu have shown positive results in reducing inflammation and pain ✨

Do you or a loved one suffer from Amavata, Rheumatoid arthritis? You’re welcome to book in with one of our practitioners to speak more. The link to book is in our bio 🙏🏼🌿

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