RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disorder, in this condition the body’s immune system attacks the lining of the joint capsule, a tough membrane that encloses all the joint parts. This lining, known as the synovial membrane, becomes inflamed and swollen. The disease process can eventually destroy cartilage and bone within the joint.

Symptoms of RA include:

  • Pain, swelling, and stiffness in more than one joint
  • Symmetrical joint involvement
  • Joint deformity
  • Unsteadiness when walking
  • A general feeling of being unwell
  • Fever
  • Loss of function and mobility
  • Weight loss
  • Weakness

Causes

  • The exact cause of Rheumatoid Arthritis is not yet clear.

AMAVATA

Amavata caused  due  to  formation  of Ama and  its  association with  vitiated Vata dosha and  deposition  in Shleshmasthanai.e.(joints). The symptoms of  RA  most  closely  resemble  with  that  of Amavataas mentioned in Ayurveda texts. The disease is  a  product  of  vitiation  of Tridosha though Ama and Vata are  the  initiating  factors  in  the  pathogenesis.

Ayurveda considers this disease as “AMAVATA” and has a very effective approach to the treatment of this disease. The approach is holistic comprising of diet modifications, lifestyle changes, stress management, herbal medication and Ayurvedic therapies, Yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation, that help the body get back to Homeostasis (state of balance and harmony).

Ayurvedic Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Cakrapanidutta has  described  the  principles  and  line of   treatment   for Amavata as follows

  1. Langhana (fasting)
  2. Swedana (sudation)
  3. use of drug of Tikta(bitter) and Katu(pungent) Rasa
  4. Deepanadrugs (stimulating hunger),
  5. Virechana (purgation therapy),
  6. Anuvasanabasti(enema) are beneficial in the management of Amavata

Amavata can be cured completely or manage well with Ayurveda medicines and Panchakarma. There are many researches done on this topic which are the evidence to support this fact. There are no chances of recurrence if person follow the Ayurvedic concept of healthy life style and regular cleansing.