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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Ayurvedic Treatment of Osteoarthritis - Signs, Symptoms, Causes & Natural Herbal Treatment

Osteoarthritis is the most common long lasting chronic joint disease. A joint where two bones come together and these ends are covered with a protective layer or tissue is known as cartilage. It is a is a protein that acts as a cushion in between the joints. Osteoarthritis results the breakdown of cartilage resulting chronic pain, stiffness and other symptoms. Sometimes osteoarthritis is called degenerative arthritis or wear-and-tear arthritis. OA affecting approx 27 million Americans. OA commonly affects the joints of hip, knees, spine and hands.

The prevalence of OA is more frequent before the age of 45 in males. In females it occurs more frequently after age of 55. In United States the male and female both are equally affected.

SIGNS & SYMPTOMS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

The sign and symptoms vary with the patients. Osteoarthritis is commonly affects the Spine, hips, hands and mostly weight bearing joints. OA develops slowly and grows with the time.

The symptoms of Osteoarthritis include:

  • Pain in joints: Your joints may damage during movement.
  • Tenderness of joints: Joints may feel tender when you apply light pressure on it.
  • Stiffness of joints: Joint stiffness can be most noticeable when you wake up in the morning.
  • Bony growth (Spurs): Bone spurs, which feel like hard lumps, may form around the affected joint.
  • Clicking or cracking sound when hand or leg joints bend.
  • Mild swelling occurs around the joints.

CAUSES OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

Osteoarthritis caused by joint damage. Idiopathic osteoarthritis i.e. osteoarthritis not occurs from injury or disease, or it is a result of aging of the joints.

Other causes of joint damage include:

  • Breakdown of  cartilage
  • Dislocated joints
  • Ligament rupture
  • Joint malformation
  • Obesity
  • Poor posture
  • Family history
  • Gender

DIAGNOSIS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

There are many diagnostic tests for Osteoarthritis; it ruled out after taking medical history and physical examination.

  • Blood tests: Blood tests are usually not helpful in diagnosis. Moreover the following tests are helpful for accurate diagnosis.
  • Joint aspiration: The experts numb the affected area and insert a needle into the joint to take fluid. The collected FNAC sample ruled out the evidence of crystals in the joint.
  • X-RAY: The X-Ray report shows all the deformities of bone joints.
  • MRI: Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is more expensive than X-rays, but shows better images of cartilage and other structures.

RISK FACTOR OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

There are some factors which may increase your risk of osteoarthritis include:

  • The risk of Osteoarthritis increases with age.
  • Women are more prone to develop osteoarthritis
  • Obesity
  • Joint injuries 
  • Genetics factor
  • Bone deformities

NATURAL TREATMENTS FOR ARTHRITIS

Currently there are a number of alternative treatments available for osteoarthritis. Many people who have OA found relief naturally by changing their diets, lifestyles.

The Ayurvedic treatment gives excellent results when treated at regular intervals with the detox (Panchakarma) and revitalizing therapies combined with internal medications.

There are natural treatments for Arthritis:

1. Weight Loss:

It is the best remedy for maintaining a healthy weight. Obesity increases your risk of Arthritis because excess weight puts pressure on your joints. Your hips and knees bear most of your body's weight.

2. Exercise:

Physical activity is essential for people who have Osteoarthritis.

  • Calf and Hamstring Stretches
  • Half Squats
  • Exercise programs should include aerobic exercise like walking.

3. Acupuncture:

Acupuncture helps relieve pain and disability due to arthritis.

4. Improve Diet:

  • Omega -3 foods: Everyone needs omega-3 fatty acids in their diet for optimum health. You may get relief from joint pain.
  • Foods high in sulfur: Sulfur contains onions, garlic, asparagus and cabbage.
  • Bone broth: These are antioxidants that help lower inflammation, arthritis and joint pain.
  • High antioxidant food (especially fruits and vegetables
  • High fibrous food

AYURVEDIC ASPECTS OF OSTEOARTHRITIS

According to Ayurveda, Osteoarthritis develops due to imbalance in Vata Dosha in the body. This disorder affects joints, mainly Knees, hips, spine and joints in the hands. The imbalanced Vata dries up the Kapha (Synovial fluid-Shleshak Kapha) in the joints. This disease condition gradually worsens if not properly taken care off. However, Ayurvedic treatment for Osteoarthritis does not cause any side effects and gives longer lasting results.

HERBAL REMEDIES BY PLANET AYURVEDA

Planet Ayurveda offers the best combination of pure herbs Joint care pack which is very effective for the treatment of Osteoarthritis. This care pack contains 100% natural and pure vegetarian ingredients with no additives and chemicals. This pack contains following herbal medicines:

  1. Bone Support
  2. Coral Calcium Complex
  3. Joint Aid Plus
  4. Curcumin Capsules

Joint Support Pack

1. Bone Support:

This medicine is one of the most effective that contains calcium rich ingredients and standardized herbs.

The ingredients are:

  • Shudh Laksha (Laccifer lacca)
  • Suhanjana Beej (Moringa oliefera)
  • Hadjod (Cissus quadrangular)
  • Arjun (Terminalia Arjuna)
  • Praval pisti (Corallium rubrum)
  • Mukta (Pearl calcium compound)

Dosage: 2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meal.

2. Coral Calcium Complex:

These capsules are purely vegetarian and rich in mineral such as Phosphorus, magnesium, silica and vitamin D.

The ingredients are:

  • Parval pishti (coral)
  • Akik pishti (agate)
  • Jawar mohra pishti
  • Kamdhudha ras
  • Mukta pishti (pearl)
  • Giloy satva (Guduchi).

Dosage: 1 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meal.

3. Joint Aid Plus:

This medicine by Planet Ayurveda is dealing with all joint disorders. This product is useful for reducing the inflammation and pain in the joints. These ingredients are:

  • Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)
  • Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)
  • Guggul (Commiphora mukul)
  • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
  • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)

Dosage: 2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meal.

4. Curcumin Capsules:

Curcumin contains Curcumin longa the pure and standardized extracts. Curcumin is effective in reducing the amount of ama (toxins) in the joints as well as helpful in maintaining a healthy immune system.

Dosage: 2 Capsules twice daily with plain water after meal.

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