This brief article on Arthritis is only an insight
to the topic of Arthritis and it is always advisable
to consult a health professional for any advice.
The rheumatic diseases - rheumatic fever, rheumatism,
and rheumatoid arthritis are acute and chronic conditions
as the body is filled with "rheum", a form
of aama (residual impurities deposited in the cells
as a result of improper digestion).
This rheumatic disease provides a good example of
an autoimmune condition (a disordered self protective
mechanism) characterised by inflammation, soreness
and stiffness of muscles, and pain in joints and associated
structures. This can often be successfully managed
by an Ayurvedic approach.
Rheumatoid arthritis is called Aama-vaata in Sanskrit,
which means that it occurs when vaata (one of three
constituents that govern Physico-chemical and physiological
activities of the body) circulates aama in the body.
While improper diet is the most important cause, other
causes include exhaustion, frequent sex, intense worry
and emotional disturbances.
Improper fat metabolism in the digestive system creates
a variety of aama, which shows a special affinity
for the bones and joints. Since the membrane lining
the colon is intimately connected with the nutrition
of cartilage and bone, this aama swiftly reaches its
preferred location and deposits itself. The immune
system sweeps into attack, and the disease is created.
If allowed to continue unchecked, the inflammation
becomes chronic and destroys the joint, which causes
nearby muscles to shrink.
The pain and stiffness in the muscles and joints
increases gradually over weeks or months, accompanied
by unusual tiredness and a general feeling of unease.
In one of every ten victims, however it develops all
of a sudden, followed by fever, body ache, indigestion
Like other autoimmune diseases, chronic rheumatoid
arthritis displays two separate alternating phases:
exacerbation and remission. During exacerbation phase
there is acute inflammation of the joints. During
remission, the symptoms disappear because acute accumulation
of the dosha (causative forces in the disease process)
in the joints is scattered.
Because there is much aama in arthritic joints, any
dosha accumulation in the digestive tract always tends
to return to the joint only if aama is treated. Effective
management of arthritis involves immediate elimination
of doshas during exacerbation, and gradual elimination
of deep aama during remission.
For more information contact Dr Kanu Patel on
0116 2663939 or email him at email@example.com