Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune and inflammatory disease. Autoimmune diseases are those diseases wherein the immune system attacks healthy cells in your body mistakenly, hence, causing inflammation (painful swelling) in the affected parts of the body.
Rheumatoid arthritis majorly attacks many joints. But the Commonly affected areas include:
- joints in the hands,
- wrists, and
CAUSES OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
Rheumatoid Arthritis occurs when the lining of the joints becomes inflamed, leading to damage to joint tissue. The damaged tissues cause long-lasting or chronic pain, lack of balance and deformity.
Rheumatoid Arthritis also affects the other tissues throughout the body and causes issues in organs including the lungs, heart, and eyes.
The exact causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis are still unknown, but some factors can increase the risk of developing the disease.
Ageing is considered to be one of the prominent causes of this disease. Also, in Ayurveda, the leading cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is the imbalance in doshas. The vitiated Vata cause pain and inflammation in the joints. It causes the drying up of the essential fluid in the joints, thereby causing inflammation in between the joints.
SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
Flares and Remission-
Over a period of time the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis get worse, this is known as flares, and there are times when the symptoms make you feel a little better, which is known as remission.
Some of the common symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis are:
- Stiffness in more than one joint
- Aching joints
- Weight loss
- Tenderness and swelling in more than one joint
- Fatigue or tiredness
5 AYURVEDIC WAYS OF MANAGING RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS
The reason to opt for ayurvedic management of Rheumatoid Arthritis is that it lets you treat the cause of the disease and not just the symptoms. Therefore in this section w,e will discuss the most effective ways of managing rheumatoid arthritis. The important thing to note here is that the solution has no side effects and is part of Ayurveda.
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1. Important Herbal Remedies
There are certain herbal remedies in Ayurveda that patients can take for managing rheumatoid arthritis.
Aloe Vera, ginger, eucalyptus leaves, Boswellia, and turmeric, are some of the herbs that give you relief from pain in your joints.
You can consult your Ayurvedic specialist for better instructions on how to take these herbal remedies. In case you are finding it difficult to consult a doctor, we are here to answer your queries.
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2. Changes in Diet
Diet changes work effectively to balance your life forces and eliminate body diseases.
As mentioned in the earlier section, vitiated Vata causes rheumatoid arthritis, hence the Ayurvedic specialists recommend following the guidelines for eating right.
Healthy diet includes
- Eating cooked grains like rice, wheat, millet, and the like.
- Include pulses, such as mung beans (dal), lentils, peas, and soybeans in your diet plan.
- Leafy vegetables
- Eating dairy, nuts, and oils in moderate amounts.
- Avoid eating corn, white bread, and raw pulses
- Avoid uncooked vegetables, dry fruit, salads, and fibrous fruits.
3. Yoga and Exercise
Yoga and exercise are the most recommended practices for managing rheumatoid arthritis.
Our Ayurvedic Specialists can help you practice the right yoga asanas for getting rid of the pain and inflammation.
These are the following yoga asanas that help you manage Rheumatoid Arthritis:
- Vrikshasana /Tree Pose
- Trikonasana/ Triangle Pose:
- Virabhadrasana or Warrior pose
4. Ayurvedic Therapies
Ayurvedic massage includes the use of herbal oils that have anti-inflammatory properties. The thorough and regular massage with these essential herbal oils gives you relief from the pain.
According to a study it is found that a once-a-week massage around the knees is effective at reducing pain and fatigue in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Acupuncture: Research suggests that acupuncture is an ancient practice that can help reduce inflammation and regulate the autoimmune response.
It is difficult to prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis as there are several risk factors causing this disease. But, a healthy lifestyle, which includes a healthy diet and regular practice of yoga asanas, can help in lowering the risks of getting rheumatoid arthritis to a large extent.
Ayurveda is an ancient method of healing. It focuses on balancing a person’s body, mind, spirit, and environment. There are plenty of ayurvedic remedies and lifestyle changes that help you with managing rheumatoid arthritis.
For the best ayurvedic treatment and management of Rheumatoid Arthritis, reach out to Dr Kranthi Vardhan, an ayurvedic specialist and the founder of Vardhan Ayurveda Hospital, located in Hyderabad, Telangana.
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