What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is the swelling and tenderness of one or more of your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are joint pain and stiffness, which typically worsen with age. The most common types of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis causes cartilage — the hard, slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones where they form a joint — to break down.
Rheumatoid arthritis– is a disease in which the immune system attacks the joints, beginning with the lining of joints.
Uric acid crystals, which form when there’s too much uric acid in your blood, can cause gout. Infections or underlying diseases, such as psoriasis or lupus, can cause other types of arthritis.
Signs and Symptoms of Arthritis
There are many forms of inflammatory arthritis;
Signs that are typical for most include:
- Pain, swelling, and stiffness in one or multiple joints
- Morning stiffness in and around the affected joints lasting at least one hour
- Pain and stiffness that worsens with inactivity and improves with physical activity
- Reduced range of motion
- Sometimes fever, weight loss, fatigue, and/or anemia
Ayurvedic Medicines for Arthritis:
- Vatgajankush ras
- Mahavatvidvansan Ras
- Varihadvatchintamani ras
- Chanderprabha vati
- Punarnava Mandur
- Sihnad Guggul
- Mahayograj guggul
- Tryodashand guggul
- Lakshadi guggul
- Triphala Guggul
- Maharasnadi Kwath
- Mahamanjishthadi Kwath
- Erand Pak
- Badam Pak
- Habbe suranjan
- Mahanarayan Tail
- Mahamash tail
- Parsarni Tail
Single Herbs for Arthritis:
Ginger ( Zingiber officinale)
Ginger has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antioxidant properties.
Ginger contains Gingerol which reduces pain and inflammation in osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and other joint diseases.
Guggul reduces inflammation, pain, and cholesterol.
Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia)
Giloy is the queen of herbs. It has been used in Ayurveda for centuries to treat various diseases. Giloy contains anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties that help treat arthritis and its symptoms.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
Scientific research indicates that turmeric may offer several health benefits. In particular, turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has anti-inflammatory properties that may benefit people with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It is effective in reducing pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis.
Curcumin also has immunomodulatory action. Recent scientific studies have shown that turmeric is actually effective in reducing joint pain and inflammation.
Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
Ashwagandha is a rejuvenating herb that promotes health, delays aging, improves mental health, and reduces inflammation. Ashwagandha has been found to have excellent efficacy against joint pains, especially rheumatoid arthritis.
Shallaki (Boswellia Serrata )
It has been used for hundreds of years to treat arthritis. Research reveals that this herb prevents the formation of leukotriene (inflammation-causing molecules) in the body.
Boswellia reduces joint stiffness and swelling while also preventing cartilage loss by inhibiting the autoimmune process.
In a study published in December 2014, Boswellia was found effective in increasing the pain threshold and pain tolerance giving relief from the pain associated with arthritis. The herb is also completely safe for long term use without any side effects
The anti-inflammatory ability of Triphala may help treat symptoms of arthritis
Garlic (Allium sativum)
It contains diallyl disulfide, an anti-inflammatory compound that limits the effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines. Therefore, garlic can help fight inflammation and prevent cartilage damage.
Green tea is most commonly used for weight loss. Green tea contains polyphenols, a type of antioxidant that can reduce inflammation and pain in rheumatoid arthritis. Regular use of green tea prevents cartilage loss and the development of rheumatoid arthritis.
It is great for reducing pain and inflammation in arthritis.
Aloe vera is used both externally and internally. When used externally it’s anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties help in faster healing of cuts and wounds. On the other hand, if taken orally, it is known to reduce pain and inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.
Its oil is used in medicines as an analgesic and anti-inflammatory agent. If you are suffering from arthritis, eucalyptus oil can be applied topically over the affected part for pain relief.
Natural Treatment for Arthritis
Reduce your weight
- Reducing the stress on your joints by losing weight can help
- Improve your mobility
- Decrease pain
- Prevent future damage to your joints
Like walking, or cycling. water activities, swimming, etc.
Do meditation and reduce stress. Meditation and relaxation techniques may help reduce the pain of arthritis by lowering stress and enabling you to cope with it better. Reducing stress may also help lower inflammation and pain.
Stress and anxiety are major reasons for the development of aama in your body. The more relaxed you are, the more efficient your body will be.
Have a balanced diet. A diet that’s rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole foods can help boost your immune system and your overall health
Get a massage
Massage can provide an overall sense of well-being. It may also help manage joint pain and discomfort.
A hot oil massage of your joints can be really helpful, especially in the winter months. Castor oil and sesame seed oil, both are great for a hot massage of your joints. If your joints are very painful, massage them lightly.
Early to bed Early to Rise
Go to bed on time and wake up early in the morning. Disrupting the natural sleep cycle can aggravate all the doshas in the body and can also result in worry, stress, anxiety, and fear. All these things cause the accumulation of ama in the body. Taking control of your life and your daily schedule will not only help you get rid of arthritis but many other ailments also. A healthy, natural sleep cycle also prevents obesity, further improving the health of your load-bearing joints.
Best Paranayam for Arthritis