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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Monday, November 20, 2017

Ayurvedic Treatment for Seronegative spondyloarthropathy (Ankylosing spondylitis)

ABOUT SERONEGATIVE SPONDYLOARTHOPATHY

Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy -- commonly referred to as Spondyloarthritis (SpA) -- is the term used for a heterogeneous group of chronic, long-term 'joint diseases' of the vertebral column. In other words, the diseases grouped under Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy are arthritides within the rheumatic diseases.

Specifically, the diseases which comprise the Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy group of 'joint diseases' include:

  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Reactive arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Juvenile spondyloarthropathy (occurring in children)
  • Enteropathic arthritis (joint problems associated with inflammatory bowel disease), and
  • Undifferentiated spondyloarthropathy.

These diseases can occur in adults as well as children. Though the symptoms and outcomes of the different diseases in the Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy group are different, they have some similarities. The main similarities in all these diseases are:

  • They generally involve the sacroiliac joint --- that is, the attachments between the lower back and the pelvis
  • They affect entheses --- the joint areas which mark the attachment of the ligaments and tendons to the bone (that is, at the hip, knee, or foot).

However, it is important to note that Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy diseases (commonly called Spondyloarthropathies) are different from rheumatoid arthritis, lupus or other forms of rheumatic disease. Spondyloarthropathies are negative for rheumatoid factor.

The diseases in the Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy group involve the axial skeleton and have a negative serostatus. Although the exact cause of these diseases is not known, their occurrence is mostly linked to the presence of a particular gene, HLA-B27.

COMMON CHARACTERISTICS OF SPONDYLOARTHROPATHIES

There are some characteristics which are common to Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy group of diseases. These common characteristics include:

  • Relation to the HLA-B27 gene
  • Rheumatoid factor is not present (Seronegative)
  • Oligoarthritis, usually with asymmetrical presentation
  • Inflammation of the entheses (Enthesitis)
  • Occurrence of familial aggregation
  • Inflammatory axial arthritis, commonly spondylitis and sacroiliitis
  • Extra-articular features, like involvement of eyes, skin, genitourinary tract, and aortic regurgitation
  • Likelihood of overlap between the several causative conditions.

SYMPTOMS OF SERONEGATIVE SPONDYLOARTHOPATHY

The typical signs and indications of the diseases in the Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy group are different. Nonetheless, some of the common indications of these diseases are:

  • Pain in the joints
  • Fatigue
  • Inflammatory back pain
  • Stiffness of the spine, particularly in the morning
  • Arthritis
  • Peripheral enthesitis
  • Constitutional and organ-specific extra-articular manifestations.

TREATMENT OF SERONEGATIVE SPONDYLOARTHOPATHY

Most of the cases of Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy are mild and may remain undiagnosed for a long time, with the sufferers usually having no difficulty in performing their day-to-day tasks.

As such, the treatment of these diseases mainly revolves around reducing the pain and stiffness in joints. For this, doctors generally lay a lot of stress on good posture and on prevention of stiffness and deformity by stretching of the affected areas. In addition, pain and inflammation linked to Spondyloarthropathies in treated with the help of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

Some useful herbal products are offered by Planet Ayurveda herbal manufacturing company for the benefit of patients of Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy group of diseases. These products, effective in relieving pain and inflammation, are available in the form of 'Joint Support Pack'; and are prepared from 100% pure and natural herbs. The products are safe to use because they do not contain any chemicals, additives or preservatives.

Joint Support Pack

The herbal products offered by Planet Ayurveda in its 'Joint Support Pack' include the following formulations:

1. Cap. Bone Support:

These capsules are prepared from natural calcium extracts which are obtained from the natural, herbal sources of calcium. The components of these capsules support mobility of joints, reduce swelling and inflammation at joint sites by minimizing the loss of synovial fluid, and stimulate increased absorption of calcium from the blood into the body. Overall, Bone Support capsules are an excellent health supplement.

The herbs from which these capsules are prepared include: Arjun (Terminalia arjuna), Asthishrinkhala (Cissus quadrangularis), Sahijan (Moringa oleifera), Shudh Laksha (Laccifera lacca), and mineral source, Praval pishti (Corallium rubrum).

The recommended dosage of Bone Support capsules for managing Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy is: Two capsules two times a day.

2. Cap. Coral Calcium Complex:

Some amazing natural ingredients -- a combination of natural plant and vegetable extracts -- are used for preparing these capsules. These ingredients facilitate the absorption of calcium by the body, strengthen the bones, support the joints, reduce bone fragility by maintaining bone density, and reduce the chances of bone fractures which result from less bone mass.

The main ingredients of Coral Calcium Complex capsules are: Praval pisti (Corrallium rubrum), Mukta pishti (pearl calcium compound), Giloy satva (stem extract of Tinospora cordifolia), Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia), Akki pishti (Agate),Jawar Mohra Pishti (Magnesium silicate), Jwar Mohra pishti (Ayurvedic calcium compound), and Kamdudha Rasa (Ayurvedic calcium compound).

The recommended dosage of Coral Calcium Complex capsules for managing Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy is: One capsule twice a day.

3. Cap. Joint Aid Plus:

Joint Aid capsules are prepared from standardized extracts of a number of potent herbs which have proven properties to deal with all types of joint conditions, provide relief in skeletal problems, maintain the flexibility of joints, and minimize wear and tear of joints by keeping them lubricated. These capsules are basically an excellent source of dietary nutrition for the bones and joints.

The herbs from which Joint Aid Plus capsules are prepared include: Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Shallaki (Boswellia serrate), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia), and Ardarak (Zingiber officianale).

The recommended dosage of Joint Aid Plus capsules for managing Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy is: Two capsules two times a day.

4. Curcumin Capsules:

These capsules are prepared from the standardized extracts of the ‘Turmeric’ herb (Curcuma longa), which contains ‘Curcumin’ as its main active chemical. The presence of Curcumin gives turmeric a remarkable medicinal value because of its powerful anti-inflammatory properties

Turmeric is also widely known for its antiseptic, antioxidant and rejuvenating properties. The use of Curcumin capsules is very effective in maintaining senile disorders, enhancing immunity, relieving inflammation, purifying the blood, and balancing the body's Vata, Pitta and Kapha energies.

The recommended dosage of Curcumin capsules for managing Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy is: Two capsules two times daily.

FINAL WORD

The herbal products which comprise Planet Ayurveda 'Joint Support Pack' can effectively manage the symptoms of Seronegative Spondyloarthropathy group of diseases. The combination of these herbal products can reduce pain and inflammation instantly, and can provide relief in all kinds of arthritis and joint disorders.

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