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What are the effective Ayurvedic treatments for Arthritis?

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More than 15% of India’s total population are affected by the painful symptoms of arthritis. Though there are different types and stages of this disease, but each one is very painful. Apart from the pain, Arthritis can pose severe problems in the movements of the affected patients. This condition is generally caused by the weakening of joints and is characterized by joint pain, swelling, redness, inflammation and Edema. Arthritis develops when there is a breakdown of the cartilage cushion. The cartilages act as cushions between the bones and when they tear, the bones rub against one another causing serious pain. While the Western medicines cannot completely eradicate this problem (without a costly surgery), Ayurveda can cure of the Sandhivat symptoms.

As per the ancient Ayurveda texts, Arthritis or Sandhivat is caused by Vata Dosha and Amavata. In simple language, undigested food is the main cause for this disease. And Ayurvedic therapies try to strengthen the digestive system to address the problem. Here are some great therapies that can help you get over the Arthritis problems.

  • Virechan: Virechan is an essential part of the Panchakarma therapy. In this process the liver, gastrointestinal tract and gallbladder are cleansed of their toxins, which helps bring down the Pitta Dosha. Medicated oil is administered on the patient through the Oleation and Sudation therapies. In the next step, the patient undergoes Purgation which improves the bowel movement. Before this therapy the patient is requested to fast and should eat light after it is completed.
  • Abhyangam: This relaxing full body massage is administered with medicated herbs (helpful in digestive problems). The therapy lubricates the joints and improves their movements. In this process two therapists apply medicated oil over the body of the patient and apply different types of strokes to different parts of the body. The therapy session generally lasts for 45-50 minutes. The rhythmic motion eliminates the stiffness in the joints and muscles.
  • Basti: This therapy (which is important part of Panchkarma therapy) cleanses the colon, which is seen as the root cause of Vata Doshas. There are eight types of Basti and the best one is chosen for the patient (depending on the condition of the patient). A stream of hot medicated oil is targeted on the rectum of the patient. This therapy flushes out all the unwanted toxins from the patient’s body.
  • Upanaham: Upanaham is a great therapy to provide relief from the joint pains. During this therapy, warm herbal paste is applied on the patient’s body, it is covered with leaves (known for their pain relieving action) and it is finally bandaged with a cotton cloth. The bandage is removed after a few hours. This Ayurvedic treatment is known to nourish the tissues and treat the Arthritis pain.

So, if you are bugged by the Arthritis pain, it is time to look for Ayurvedic treatment.

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