Ayurvedic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis in Kerala
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Ayurvedic Treatment For Rheumatoid Arthritis in Kerala
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the common diseases now. It is an inflammatory disorder that may affect all the major and minor joints of the body. Rheumatoid Arthritis attacks the immune system and damages the tissues and organs.
We at Saatwika Ayurveda provides an effective Ayurvedic treatment plan for rheumatoid arthritis, and it is one of the best ayurvedic treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in Kerala.
Why do patients prefer ayurvedic treatments?
- Unavailability of an effective and potential treatment in modern medicine
- Side effects of modern treatments
Ayurvedic Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis in Kerala has a systematic method.
Four steps of rhematoid arthritis Treatment in Ayurveda
Ayurveda doesn’t have a magical cure for rheumatoid arthritis. Ayurvedic Treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis in Kerala has four stages.
- Pre-treatment plan
- Treatment Plan
- Peri Treatment Plan
- Post Treatment Plan
Pre Treatment plan For Rheumatoid arthritis
The pretreatment plan includes various steps in diagnosing disease through ayurvedic ways and prescribing proper ayurvedic medicine.
Essential steps included in the pretreatment plan are
- Proper Diagnosis of the disease
- Understand the prognosis or treatability of the disease.
- Assessment of the mental and emotional status of the patient
- Examinations and analysis of the co-existing illness
Ayurvedic pre-treatment Plan for Rheumatoid Arthritis
Physical examination and proper assessment of medical history may help diagnosis in most cases. Along with Ayurvedic diagnostic methods like Ashtasthana pareeksha, Dashvidhapareeksha, Nadi pareeksha, we use modern diagnostic methods also.
Laboratory tests like blood tests to detect rheumatoid arthritis factors, Anaemia, etc. Xrays and MRI reports also suggested knowing the condition of bones and joints.
The possible ayurvedic correlation for rheumatoid arthritis is with Amavta and Vatashonitam. Rheumatoid arthritis cannot be correlated to a single disease.
The possible ayurvedic correlation for rheumatoid arthritis is with Amavta and Vatashonitam. Rheumatoid arthritis cannot be correlated to a single disease. Sometimes protocols of management of Amavata and Sometime Vata sonitam are used in different stages, according to Amavastha and Niramavastha.
According to Ayurveda, the food we eat get digested by Agni (digestive fire) and transformed into ahara rasa, which gets absorbed and nourishes the other dhathus in our body.
Due to Apathya Ahara Seva (improper food intake) and mandagni ( lack of digestive fire), the food is not digested correctly from ama. Ama is the accumulated harmful substances at different levels of metabolism. This formed ama blocks the srothas of dhathus and vitiates the vata.
As a result, Vata gets dislodged in kaphasthanas like sandhi (joints) and produce amavata.
Symptoms of ama vata
- Inflammation of joints with tenderness
- Severe pain in joints lasting throughout the day
- Heaviness of the body and joints. Because of the heaviness, joints become stiffer. Since morning is the kaphakala the stiffness of joints will be severe in the morning.
- Very less interest in physical activities due to the pain and disability.
- Fever like symptoms. Rise in temperature around the joints or all over the body. some times there will not be a rise in body temperature but the patient may feel like they are having a fever.
- Presence of prodromal symptoms like fatigue, anorexia, weakness and mild musculoskeletal symptoms may present before the onset of main symptoms.
- Gastrointestinal disturbances like diarrhoea, indigestion and lack of appetite may also present.
Vatashonitam or vataraktha is correctly vitiated Vata and rakta. Vata and raktha get vitiated by their own causes. The vitiated raktha (blood) obstructs the Vata, Vata gets dislodged in mamsa sandhi dhathus ( muscles and joints) as a result pitta and Kapha also gets vitiated and manifest the vatoshonitam.
Symptoms of Vatashonitam
- Severe pain, tenderness, inflammation and burning sensation in the affected joints.
- Restriction in the movement of joints and Joint deformity may also be seen.
Understanding the prognosis or treatability of rheumatoid arthritis
Ayurvedic treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in Kerala has a systematic diagnosis method. After proper diagnosis, we have to understand the level of prognosis. An accurate prognosis is needed before starting the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Then only can we decide whether it is treatable or not?
Ayurvedic classification of the disease according to its treatability is
1. Sadhya (Treatable)
Sukhasadhya ( Easy to Treat)
Krichra Sadhya (Difficult to Treat)
2. Asadhya (Untreatable)
By properly analyzing the prognosis of a disease, the expected result will be more realistic.
Assessment of the mental and emotional status of the patient
Depression is one of the common psychological problems faced by patients who have undergone long treatments without satisfying results.
Responses to therapy and pain perception in a patient largely depend on the patient’s mental condition.
In such cases, we include stress management therapies in our rheumatoid arthritis treatment plan.
Examination and analysis of Coexisting illness with rheumatoid arthritis
Anemia, osteoporosis, gastrointestinal disturbances, tuberculosis of joints are some of the diseases associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Proper case taking may help find out these problems, and it will help package a proper treatment.
Treatment Planning for rheumatoid Arthritis in Ayurveda
Treatment planning is the essential step.
It includes the proper planning of treatment. In this step, the physician and team decide what all therapies to do and which medicines to give to get maximum relief.
This step also includes checking the cost-effectiveness of the treatment, evaluating the possible duration of treatment, and proper monitoring of therapy.
Treatment Planning can be categorized into two segments,
pharmacological approach and nonpharmacological approach.
The medicinal approach includes both external application and oral medicine. The therapeutic approach consists of panchakarma therapies, rest, exercise, diet, fasting, lifestyle modifications, physical therapies, counselling sessions, meditation, etc.
External application of ayurvedic medicines helps to reduce pain and stiffness of affected joints in Rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Ayurvedic herbal medicines are very effective in the treatments of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Recent scientific studies prove that some herbal medicines give perfect relief for joint pain.
There is a wide range of classical preparation in Ayurveda as Kwatha or Kashaya (decoction), gudika, churna, rasa, etc.
All of them are good for Rheumatoid Arthritis pathology, including Ama formation and Vata dushti.
It will improve the digestive fire and correct the metabolism as well.
Therapeutic approach in Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
There are five main purification methods explained in Ayurveda to expel the toxins from the body and improve the metabolism of tissues.
It is done in three steps.
After the panchakarma, the toxins get eliminated from the body, as a result, medicines taken will have better absorption and gives better relief at minimum doses.
These therapies will help to reduce inflammation, pain, stiffness of joints and the patient may feel much relieved.
Diet Planning for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment
The role of diet in rheumatoid arthritis is significant.
Some types of foods may give sudden flare-ups.
The patient may notice that the severity of joint pain varies day by day.
Arthritis may result from an allergy or sensitivity to something particular in the diet.
Food colours, artificial preservatives, alcohols, red meat, dairy products are examples of substances that may cause flare-ups.
So a well-planned diet is essential.
Plan the diet in such a way that may help in reducing inflammation.
Those patients with obesity must reduce the excess of calories, and those with dietary deficiency should be given proper supplements.
The diet must be supportive of immunological reactions also.
Fasting is a good way of treating Ayurveda for santarpanajanya disease (overeating).
It is suitable for Ama and Kapha vitiation.
Clinical studies suggest fasting followed by the vegetarian diet helps patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Some of the calorie reduction is also beneficial in obese patients.
Fasting should be done under the proper supervision and a physician’s suggestion.
Rest and Excercise
A patient having severe pain due to Rheumatoid Arthritis is suggested to rest by the physician in the preliminary stage of treatments.
It will help in the reduction of swelling and pain.
Maintenance of posture is also needed.
During the Panchakarma therapies, proper bed rest is suggested, but after the treatments are finished, the patient can start doing exercise depending on the condition.
Exercise is a helpful and effective method in case of joint problems.
The various aerobic exercise and strengthening exercises can improve the mobility and health of the patient.
It helps strengthen the muscles and improve the patient’s physical activities.
Day to day activities of the patient should be well planned so that there must be proper rest for the patient.
The different techniques and methods used to reduce stress and get relaxation can be followed.
A well-planned diet is given at proper times, and proper exercise relaxation techniques depending on the condition should be appropriately followed.
Various precaution for the protection of the joint mainly affected is also necessary.
The activities which may give train to affected part must be controlled.