Many people know firsthand about the diseases and injuries of the joints, bones, tendons, and ligaments. A sedentary lifestyle of a modern city dweller, poor ecology, unbalanced nutrition, constant stresses lead to the fact that not only elderly but also very young people today suffer from such diseases as scoliosis, arthritis, arthrosis, rheumatism, osteochondrosis, sciatica, gout, protrusion, pains in the joints, muscles and spine, as well as frequent fractures and dislocations. In most cases, the only possible therapy offered by modern medicine is surgical intervention, the use of expensive synthetic and hormonal drugs, or physiotherapy procedures that eliminate pain but do not solve problems. That is why an increasing number of people today are turning to alternative methods of prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of musculoskeletal system diseases. Ayurveda, an ancient Indian medical system offers such methods.
The cause of pain in the joints.
In the overwhelming majority of cases, pain in the joints occurs in people older than 40-45 years and signals that the musculoskeletal system has ceased to fully function. European medicine calls arthritis a disease that manifests itself through pain, swelling and fluid accumulation in the joints. Ayurvedic medicine calls this disease Amavata. Thus, Ayurveda reports the underlying cause of this disease: as a result of a poor lifestyle, nutrition, and psycho-emotional disturbances, an imbalance of internal energies occurs (Vata, Pitta or Kapha), which weakens the metabolic processes in the body and leads to the accumulation of toxins. Through the large intestine, toxins are spread throughout the body and are deposited at the endpoint – the bone tissue (asthi dhatu), as a result of which the human skeleton loses its flexibility, it becomes taut and non-plastic. That is why the first thing that Ayurveda recommends for treating arthritis is to remove toxins from the body.
Types of joint diseases.
As we found out, pain in the joints is caused by an imbalance of the internal energies of the body called doshas. Thus, Ayurveda identifies three types of arthritis. Each type offers its own program of prevention and treatment.
Vata-type joint disease.
Main symptoms: crunch and squeaks in the joints; throbbing pain, localized not only in the joint itself but also in nearby tissues. The pain is aggravated by cold and when moving, weakens in heat and in a static position; the skin above the site of inflammation dries and flakes.
Adverse effects: pain in the spine; flatulence: increased nervous irritability.
Nutrition. Consume only warm food and drinks. Exclude vegetable salads, greens, corn, legumes, tomatoes, and eggplants.
Natural remedies. Warm, deeply heated compresses are recommended. You can use mustard powder. The decoctions of healing herbs will help (Kalgan and ashwagandha).
Ayurvedic products for the treatment of Vata-type joint diseases: Mahanarayan oil, Yogaraj Guggulu and Triphala tablets.
Asanas. It is worth paying attention to the exercises which rely on maha mudra, knees to chest and forward bend.
Pitta-type joint diseases.
Symptoms: redness and burning of the skin; pronounced inflammatory process, which may be accompanied by fever; swelling of joints. Pain weakens in the cold and increases in heat.
Adverse effects: excessive sweating, diarrhea, irascibility, and irritability.
Nutrition. Exclude spicy and too hot food from the diet as well as tomatoes, salted and pickled foods, greens.
Natural remedies. Cold compresses will help to relieve pain and swelling. Sandalwood and coconut oil should be applied to the damaged joint. It is recommended to use such medicinal herbs as margosa, saffron, turmeric, sandalwood, guggul, chaparral.
Ayurvedic remedies for the treatment of Pitta-type joint diseases: Kaishore Guggulu tablets and Sudarshan powder.
Pranayama. Regularly perform Sitali breathing exercise: roll the tongue with a tube, take a deep breath with your mouth using your abdomen, hold your breath, exhale through your nose.
Asanas. You can perform any exercises that balance the doshas: moon greeting, caw face pose, grasshopper pose, bow pose, a camel pose, etc.
Kapha-type joint diseases.
Symptoms: constant aching pain with a stable localization, which increases in damp, cool rooms and in static positions. The pain subsides with active movement and in warm rooms. There is a strong puffiness around the inflamed joint. The skin over the injury site is elastic and oily.
Adverse effects: heavy breathing; sharp and short-term pain in the cervical spine; increased mucus production by the body.
Nutrition. Dairy products, especially cold foods, sugar, and all fat should be excluded from the diet. It is recommended to use the following spices when cooking: ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, red pepper.
Natural remedies. Warming up procedures and self-massage using mustard oil, red pepper, powder, as well as compresses from dry ground ginger in combination with boergavia will help relieve pain and swelling.
Ayurvedic remedies for the treatment of the Kapha-type joints diseases: Punarnava Guggul tablets.
Asanas. Such asanas as a triangle, twisting, wood and lean forward will help to balance Kapha-dosha.
It is best to consult a professional Ayurvedic doctor to make an accurate diagnosis. The types of joint diseases described above often manifest themselves not in a pure, but in a mixed form and require an individual approach to treatment, taking into account a number of factors.
Prevention and treatment of joint diseases with the help of Ayurvedic oils.
The use of various oils takes a special place in Ayurvedic therapy of joint diseases. In order to understand what effect the use of oils has, it is enough to imagine two dried sticks, one of which is placed for several days in oil composition. Obviously, an oiled stick will be more resilient and will withstand a greater load than a dry one, which will break even with a slight blow or an attempt to bend. Thus, Ayurveda believes that oiling is one of the most effective ways to preserve and restore joint health. At the same time, certain oil products should be selected individually, taking into account the peculiarities of your constitution and the specifics of the disease.
Most popular Ayurvedic oils:
- Karpooradi. This oil is used to treat muscles and joints. It relieves muscle numbness and cramps. Karpooradi relieves painful sensations in case of rheumatic fever, articular edema, and tumors as well as pain in the neck.
- Ashtikar provides anti-edema, soothing, absorbing, detoxifying effects and improves the nutrition of tissues not only inside but also outside, giving the skin a healthy appearance. In children and adolescents during periods of intensive bone growth, Ashtikar oil weakens painful and convulsive symptoms, improves blood circulation and provides oxygen to all body tissues.
- Kottamchukkadi. It contains twelve unique plants. Kottamchukkadi soothes burning and pain relieves swelling and numbness. It is used for the treatment of lumbar pain and radiculitis as well as rheumatism, gout, and arthritis. This oil is ideal for the treatment of Kapha-type joint diseases.
- Mahanarayana. it is sesame oil with the Ashwagandha active ingredient. It relieves pain, swelling, improves blood circulation, restores damaged tissues and injuries.
- Thyme oil is an effective treatment for pain of any type in muscles, joints, and ligaments.
- Pinda is oil that promotes the dissolution and subsequent excretion of salt deposits in the joints. It heals small wounds, burns, and other skin damage. Pinda has cooling, healing and analgesic effects.
- Sahacharadi is used as a massage oil for rheumatoid arthritis.