Osteoarthritis and Ayurveda

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One of the prominent and painful ailments among adults is Osteoarthritis and it is usually seen in adults above the age of 40 and is more prominent among women than in men. Age, early menopause, earlier fractures and inflammations, heavy work and hereditary factors can all lead to this medical condition.

Usually, a kind of liquid in the joints makes the smooth movement possible and keeps the body flexible. But when this liquid starts drying out, it causes friction in the joints and thus leads to unbearable pain. The primary symptom of this medical condition is the excruciating pain in the joints and related inflammation. Ayurveda has an effective solution to Osteoarthritis and with Ayurveda treatment many of them have found relief in it.

Symptoms:Inflammation and swelling in the joints, experiencing increased temperature in the joints and loss of flexibility in the joints are the main symptoms of this disease. When the situation worsens, the pain and difficulty in moving the joints would also subsequently increases.

Treatment: According to Ayurveda, the Vata factor or the Vayuin the joints increases tremendously and this causes the aforementioned medical condition. Usually, Ayurveda medicines like rasnadikashayam, maharasnadikashayam, dhanwandharamkashayam, sahacharadikashayam, yogarajagulgulu, vyoshadigulgulu, laakshadigulgulu, pachatikthakamkrutham, ksheerabalavarthi, balarishta, dhanwantharathailam, sahacharadithailam, kottamchukkadithailam, prabhanjanathailam, kethakimooladhithailam and mashasaindhavathailam are prescribed for this medical condition.

According to the peculiarities and specialties of the patients, treatments like pizhichil, various kizhi, takradhara, pichu, veshtanam, upanahamandvasthi, are also prescribed. Even after the discharge, the patient is provided medicines in order to enhance the physical health and also to prevent excruciating pain. Including fruits and vegetables in the diet, avoiding fried foods, having enough sleep, maintaining and controlling the body weight, having enough exercise and reducing mental stress are all important in preventing the relapse of the condition.