Ayurvedic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Amavata in Ayurveda, better known as rheumatoid arthritis or rheumatoid disease, is a condition that causes chronic swelling and inflammation of the joints and is considered to be an autoimmune disease which are illnesses that occur when the body’s tissues are mistakenly attacked by their own immune system. Rheumatoid arthritis typically causes inflammation of the tissue surrounding the joints but can also be in other organs in the body.
Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis
An increase of heavy indigestible and incompatible foods can be a big part of arthritic inflammation. It is important to eat the right kinds of food at the right times of the day. Some common causes of rheumatoid arthritis can be but not limited to; intake of milk and other dairy products, especially yogurt; intake of meat of aquatic animals; lack of physical activity or not exercising after having fatty foods.
Symptoms of Amavata in Ayurveda
- Lack of Appetite
- Pain and Stiffness in the Joints
Ayurvedic Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
Improper food habits and sedentary lifestyle can lead to impairment of digestive fire, formation of ama (toxin) and vitiation of Vata (air). When a person indulges in Vata-aggravating diet and lifestyle, then this aggravated Vata circulates ama in the channels of the body and deposits it in the joints, causing Amavata.
Ayurvedic treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis starts with pacification of Vata and elimination of toxins from the body. Herbal medicines are administered to improve the digestive fire and prevent further formation of ama. Panchakarma massage therapies are quite useful in subsiding pain in Arthritic patients.
Diet & Lifestyle Advice to Cope With Arthritis
- Increase your intake of certain foods such as honey, celery seeds, dried ginger root, cumin, garlic, bitter gourd, and castor oil to name a few foods that will help with arthritis.
2. Avoid an improper diet and lifestyle, such as waking up late in the night, suppressing natural urges of the body, and getting direct exposure to cold winds.
3. Eliminate heavy foods as well as oily foods from your diet.
4. Avoid consuming fish and milk together.
Remedies You Can Use to Manage Arthritis at Home:
You can find natural pain relief from rheumatoid arthritis by consuming foods that are scientifically proven to help with the effects of amavata in ayurveda (RA)
Here are some natural arthritis fighting foods you need to incorporate in your diet:
Fenugreek seeds help in healing painful joints. The seeds can be soaked in water in clean water overnight then chewed in the morning. They are usually bitter but sweeten as you chew.
Alfalfa – Alfalfa seed are full of minerals that help in regulating the level of alkalinity and acidity in the body. Alfalfa is available in the market in form of capsules and can be taken daily. You can also make tea using alfalfa seeds. You can do this by adding one teaspoonful of the seeds to hot water and let it simmer for about 20 to 30 minutes. Drink the tea twice daily for about two to three weeks. The tea can also help in reducing inflammation.
Cherries – Cherries contain Magnesium and Potassium which are helpful in reducing pain and inflammation respectively. You can eat about 8 to 10 cherries daily alternatively you can eat frozen, caned or fresh cherries depending on the availability. Making cherry syrup is also recommended. You can boil the cherries in water for few minutes until it creates strong thick syrup.
Fish Oil – Fish oil contains omega fatty acids which have anti-inflammatory effect which can reduce body pain. You can take two spoonful of fish oil daily for effectiveness. It is advisable to take fish oil in the morning on an empty stomach.
Olive Oil Virgin – Olive oil contains oleo central which inhibits inflammatory enzymes cox-1 and cox-2. You can use the olive oil in cooking your food in place of other oils.
Other things you can do to help with arthritis are:
Exercises – Exercises help in reducing stiffness and reducing body weight so as not to put pressure on joints which can result to pain.
Massage – Massage is helpful in relieving swelling and inflammation as it enhances blood circulation in the body.
Use of Medication – Medication that contains chondroitin and glucosamine can help in alleviating joint pain.