Once a predominantly old age problem, joint disorders are increasingly becoming common in the youth too. Most joint disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthitis, Osteoarthritis, Gout, Spondylosis, Osteoporosis occur because of an imbalance of Vata Dosha, presence of Ama (toxins) in the joints or weakening of Asthi and Majja Dhatus. The gap between joints are lubricated by Sleshak Kapha and when this decreases, stiffness and inflammation occurs in joints accompanied by pain and crepitus. Timely therapy & treatment with Ayurveda is very important to get long-term relief and effective result in joint disorders.
Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. This is a chronic inflammatory arthritis that commonly affects the sacroiliac joints in young men. The onset is usually rapid with recurring episodes of low back pain and stiffness, which radiates sometimes to buttocks or thighs. Characteristically, the symptoms are worse that cervical and is experienced in the early morning and following inactivity
The vertebrae may grow or fuse together resulting in a rigid spine. These changes may be mild or severe and may lead to a stooped posture. Early diagnosis and treatment helps in controlling pain and stiffness and may prevent significant deformity. Although it can occur at any age, ankylosing spondylitis most often strikes men in their teens and twenties.
Ankylosing Spondylosis is similar to cervical disorders in many aspects and Ayurveda has very efficient treatments for both. While home remedies can be helpful, you will need proper treatment for long-term relief. To know more, get in touch with us today.
In the initial stage, treatment focuses on balancing the aggravated doshas, strengthening the spine and nervous system as well as improving immunity. With timely treatment, good results are possible. Additionally Panchakarma along with personalized home remedies can help in strengthening the nervous system and the spinal column.
Treatment for the advanced stage includes multiple remedial aspects that works simultaneously in strengthening the joints of the spinal column as well as the back and hip muscles, balancing aggravated vatadoshaas well as rejuvenating the asthi and majjadhatu with the help of special Panchakarma therapies. Treatment in this stage takes longer compared to early stage.
Cervical Spondylosis is a kind of Arthritis characterised by osteophyte growth in the spine that affects cervical vertebrae and is characterized by pain at the back of the neck (radiating towards the upper limbs) and vertigo while bending downwards. There might be sensory loss and numbness in the upper limbs. In Ayurveda, it is known as Grivasandhigatvata. There are some degenerative changes in the cervical vertebrae. This, when coupled with trauma or incorrect posture while sitting or sleeping leads to the manifestation of Cervical Spondylosis. Cervical Spondylosis treatment in Ayurveda works on the root-cause by balancing the doshas and strengthening the Asthidhatu.
In the initial stage, the pain localized only in the cervical region of the spine due to presence of osteophytes in the spine. Aggravated vatadosha is the root-cause behind pains and so the treatment at this works on balancing the dosha, relaxing muscles of the affected area, through local massage and sudation therapies. Regular exercise and yoga poses are prescribed to ease the pain and strengthen the muscles for better support. Diet, remedies and lifestyle tips are recommended for enhanced metabolism and reduced discomfort due to the presence of osteophytes.
As the disease progresses, the pain begins to radiate to the limbs, especially to the shoulders and hands. Nerve endings can become pinched between vertebras and lead to pain. In addition to special herbo-mineral medicines, yoga techniques are also prescribed. The role of Panchakarma and other personalized remedies becomes very important in both relaxing the muscles, reducing inflammation in the osteophytes balancing vata as well as nourishing the nerves for proper blood circulation.
Gout is a painful metabolic disease resulting in inflammation and the deposition of uric acid in the cartilages of the joints. Gout first affects the big toe causing it to swell and become very painful. In the next stages it spreads to the ankles, knees, joints of hands and feet, the wrist and elbow.
When the human body breaks down the chemicals called purines, it produces uric acid. Purines are found naturally in our body as well as in food. Normally, uric acid dissolves and goes through the urine via the kidneys. But if the body is producing too much uric acid or if the body is not excreting enough uric acid, it starts accumulating in the body. This build up results in the formation of sharp, needle like crystals. When they accumulate in the joints or surrounding tissues, it causes pain, inflammation and swelling.
Ayurvedic herbal home remedies for uric acid can give you a little relief but for long-term relief it is important to get treatment for the underlying root-cause.
Vatarakt – the Ayurvedic name for Gout implies the presence of vata and it affects on raktdhatu (blood tissues). Vitiation (impairment) of vatadosha and raktdhatu is caused by increased intake of spicy, sour, salty, alkaline, heavy and penetrating foods. The impaired doshas travel through the channels of the body and get accumulated at the smaller joints causing damage to the tissues and bones of the joint resulting in vatarakt.
Excessive anger, waking up late in the night, sleeping in the daytime, excessive traveling, trauma, overindulgence in physical exercises, excessive sexual activity and suppressing the natural urges of the body can also lead to gout. Treatment at QuintusVed emphasizes on diet, Ayurvedic herbal home remedies for uric acid and lifestyle routines that help to cleanse the blood.
Osteoarthritis, or OA, is the most common type of arthritis, affecting up to 15 million Indians every year. OA is also called degenerative joint disease characterised by joint pain, knee pain and inflammation. It usually develops after age 45 but juvenile osteoarthritis is also a growing concern. The most common symptoms are knee pain, joint pain and stiffness in the hips, hands, knees, lower back and neck joints mostly felt in the morning.
Ayurvedic Osteoarthritis treatment 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 (Nidaan) first, based on that the line of treatment is customized for individual patients.
Dhatukshaya(Age related degeneration)
This is the initial stage that happens with normal progression of age. Ayurvedic treatment for this stage focuses on pacifying Vatadosha, rejuvenatingthe joints, nourishingasthidhatu (bone tissues), oiling and sudation of the affected joints, Panchakarma is also advised. Herbo-mineral medicines and home remedies help in preventing further degeneration and reduction in joint pain and knee pain
Srotorodh(blockage of channels due to poor metabolism) In some cases, the problem is seen in younger patients. This is caused by a weakened metabolism which blocks the body channels and causes pain and stiffness in the joints. Ayurvedic treatment for this stage works primarily on reinvigorating Agni (digestive fire). Panchakarma therapy is suggested. Metabolism may be weakened by a different underlying cause such as Obesity, Indigestion, Stress or presence of ama. Medicines also work on addressing the root-cause of the problem.
Rheumatoid Arthritis (known as Amavata in Ayurveda) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation and severe pain in the joints. It can also cause inflammation of the tissue around the joints, as well as in other organs in the body such as eyes, kidneys, heart and lungs. Autoimmune diseases are illnesses that occur when the body's tissues are mistakenly attacked by their own immune system. Patients with autoimmune diseases such as Amavata have antibodies in their blood that target their own body tissues, where they can be associated with inflammation. Because it can affect multiple other organs of the body, Rheumatoid Arthritis, or Amavata is referred to as a systemic illness and is sometimes called rheumatoid disease.
During the onset of Amavata, treatment focuses on balancing vatadosha to restore flexibility and mobility, eliminating (ama) toxins to reduce the redness and inflammation and rejuvenating the asthi and majjadhatuto strengthen the bones and nervous system. In addition to herbal medicines, Panchakarma therapy is also administered for best results.
In the advanced stage where deformity has set in, all doshas become vitiated and ama is also present. Ayurveda can effectively improve the quality of life with the help of Herbal medicines, proper diet and lifestyle changes as well as specifically designed Panchakarma therapies to balance the doshas as well as to promote good blood circulation.