Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis affecting millions Indians every year. Osteoarthritis is also called degenerative joint disease. It usually develops after middle age but juvenile osteoarthritis is also a growing concern. The most common symptoms are pain and stiffness in the hips, hands, knees, lower back and neck joints mostly felt in the morning.
Ayurvedic Osteoarthritis treatment at Dr. Aurora’s Sampoorna kayakalp Ayurveda Clinic not only prevents further deterioration in the joints but also rejuvenates damaged cartilages. Vata-alleviating medicines for Osteoarthritis are also suggested for lubrication and strengthening of joints. Our treatment procedure starts with identifying the root cause (called Nidaan in Ayurveda) first, based on that the line of treatment is customized for individual patients. Customized Osteoarthritis treatment is combination of the following five important aspects.
AYURVEDIC VIEW OF OSTEOARTHRITIS
According to Ayurveda, Osteoarthritis (Sandhivata) is caused when the activities of Vata (air element) increase inside the Sandhis or joints. Because Vata is dry in nature, it absorbs the fluidity from any part of the body. It is also destructive or catabolic in nature, which is why it causes destruction of the cartilages and reduction in the Synovial Fluid inside the joint capsule.
Vata is the governing factor in the maintenance of equilibrium in the universe as well as in the body. As age advances, the influence of Vata Dosha progresses, resulting in the process of gradual degeneration of the body. Sandhigatavata (osteoarthritis) is one of the consequences of this process, which is common in the elderly people. This is one of the major causes of chronic disability, affecting the quality of life. Prevalence of osteoarthritis in India is more among menopausal women.
Diet & Lifestyle in Osteoarthritis
Avoid carbonated drinks, preserved and packaged foods, and dry or cold food items.
Choose foods that are easy to digest and warming.
Excessive use of joints and sedentary life are both problematic, so get some exercise each day, but do not overdo it.Try exercises that are easy on the joints such as walking, swimming and yoga.
Keep your weight at an optimum level, neither too overweight nor too underweight.
Do not withhold natural urges (such as burping, urinating, releasing gas, etc.)
Use warm sesame oil to massage stiff and painful joints in the morning. Massage improves blood circulation and reduces inflammation and stiffness.
Put one teaspoon of fenugreek and dried ginger in a cup of water and set aside overnight. Then next morning, mix well and drink.
Boil 10-12 slices of ginger in 8 cups of water for 5 minutes and let it steep for another 10-15 minutes. Drink this tea at a warm temperature throughout the day.