Modern medicine recognizes more than 100 types of rheumatic diseases. Causes are attributed to injury, infection, metabolic conditions, or tumors. In many cases the causes remain unknown to western medicine. Some disorders a related to age, gender, and climactic conditions (i.e., cold or dampness). Ayurveda also cites causes related to digestive disorders.
The major effect of arthritis is pain. Pain is often a constant and daily feature of the disease. The pain may be localized to the back, neck, hip, knee or feet. The pain from arthritis occurs due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscles strains caused by forceful movements against stuff, painful joints and fatigue.
Causes and Development of Arthritis / Rheumatism
Eating incompatible food combinations and following incompatible life-styles, lack of exercise or exercising after eating fatty foods—or with poor digestion, produces áma (undigested food toxins). Ama associated with Vayu quickly moves to different seats of Kapha in the body, filling them (and blood vessels) with waxy material. Thus, ama associated with all three doshas blocks tissue pores and passages. This causes weakness and heaviness in the heart, which becomes the seat of the disease. Joints are simultaneously affected, causing stiffness and many other disorders. It can also be considered an autoimmune disorder.
Symptoms of Arthritis
- Joint pain, loss of taste, thirst, lack of enthusiasm, heaviness, fever, indigestion, swelling (inflammation).
- Arthritis type 1: Severe, throbbing, cutting pain that is variable and migrating in nature; becomes worse in cold weather or when cold water comes in contact with the affected joint(s). Other symptoms include dry or scaly skin, stiff or cracking joints, bone deformities, constipation, gas, abdominal distention, low back pain, nervousness, fear, and insomnia.
- Arthritis type 2: Burning sensation, redness, swelling, inflammation; becomes worse in hot weather or when hot water comes in contact with the affected joints. Other symptoms include diarrhea, anger, irritability, and sweating.
- Arthritis type 3: Loss of movement, itching, joint swelling, and edema (without inflammation); becomes worse in cold and damp or humid weather. Other symptoms include dullness, heaviness, aches, oily skin, congestion, or mucus in the stool.
Therapies / Herbal Treatment for Arthritis
- First toxins should be digested by balancing the digestive fire. Eating animal products will aggravate the condition, especially pork, red meat, and dark poultry. Heavy, ama-increasing foods will also increase arthritic symptoms. Many people report improvements by following these dietary suggestions. Mahanarayan oil improves flexibility, stiffness, muscle fatigue, and removes pain. It is mixed with sesame oil (1:1) and applied to the painful areas. This oil also breaks up blockages and begins to heal locally. After oil application, warm heat, yoga, bath, or mild exercise further improves this situation.
- Divya Pidantak oil is good for muscle and joint pain, lower body circulation, and reversing imbalances caused by aging. Brahmi and sandalwood oils (mixed together) are very beneficial for 2nd type of arthritis. Avipattikar churna is good to ingest for rheumatism.
- Arthritis type 1: Hot spices like cinnamon and fresh ginger. Divya Yogaraj guggul is the best herbal medicine for this condition; it cleanses bone tissue, strengthens bones, and improves flexibility. Castor oil or Triphala help keep the colon cleansed.
- Arthritis type 2: Kaishore guggul, sandalwood, Guduchi, aloe, Haridra (Turmeric), saffron. Musta and nirgundi relieve pain.
- Arthritis type 3: Pure Guggul is best for this condition. Hot herbs are also helpful, such as Shilajit, cinnamon, dry ginger, turmeric, Trikatu. Musta and nirgundi relieve pain.
- Swami Ramdev Medicines advised for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Joints,Gout,Knee pain
- Best Natural Medicine for Osteoarthritis.