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Dr. Vikram Chauhan - MD (Ayurveda)

Thursday, November 5, 2020

How can Rheumatoid Arthritis be treated with Herbal Medicine?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is becoming very common these days. Being an autoimmune disorder, it does not only affect the joints but other body parts also such as skin, lungs, blood vessels, etc. Without wasting time, let us move forward to know about its symptoms, causes, complications, diagnosis, and the most powerful treatment available in the ancient and oldest medicinal system, Ayurveda.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

WHAT IS RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a Chronic Inflammatory Autoimmune Disorder due to the symptoms and causes involved in it. Mainly, the lining of joints gets affected in this disease. The severity of the diseases can also make the affected person physically disable. It happens because inflammation is its major symptom. Below, we will discuss about its risk factors and other related points in detail, but a main thing that is to be known should be explained here. It is true that numerous factors can trigger RA, but the breastfeeding can reduce the risk of RA.1

WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?

The symptoms of RA can be seen in one or more body parts at once or gradually. Initially, it may affect the smaller joints of the body such as fingers and toes. With time, the Shoulders, Wrists, Elbows, Knees, Hips and Ankles can also be involved. Mostly, the symptoms are experienced in the same joints of body parts, on both sides (both hands, both legs, both knees, etc.).

Ayurvedic Verse for symptoms of RA

अङ्ग्मर्दोअरुचिस्तृष्णाह्यालस्यं गौरवं ज्वरः।
अपाकः शूनताअङ्गानामामवातस्य लक्षणम्।।

(Ref: मा. नि . 25/6)

As per the above Shloka, Body Pain, Anorexia, Excessive Thirst, Fatigue / Lethargy, Heaviness, Fever, and Indigestion are the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

In many cases, rheumatoid arthritis also affects skin, eyes, heart, kidneys, lungs, nerve tissue, bone marrow, salivary glands, blood vessels, etc. but not in joints. The symptoms of RA can vary and fluctuate depending upon the situation but, the most commonly diagnosed symptoms are:

  • Inflammation and Pain
  • Joint stiffness that worsen in the mornings
  • Pyrexia
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Weight Loss
  • Low Energy Levels
  • Dryness of Mouth and Eyes
  • Stress & Depression

WHAT ARE THE CAUSES OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?

As per the modern medical system, when the immune system attacks the synovium (the membrane lining surrounding the joints that assures the smooth movement of joints by producing required fluid), it becomes RA3.

As per Ayurveda, it is believed that the accumulation of Ama (toxins) in the body is responsible for Rheumatoid Arthritis. These toxins hamper the proper blood flow and functioning of the body parts leading to the destruction of cartilage and bones and weakening of tendons and ligaments. Moreover, the Vata dosha gets vitiated in this health problem. Therefore, RA is termed as Aamvata in Ayurvedic system of medicine.

HOW CAN RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS BE DIAGNOSED?

RA can be diagnosed through different tests as per the situation and symptoms of the patient but, below tests are surely involved.

  1. Physical Examination
  2. X-Ray
  3. MRI
  4. Ultrasound
  5. Blood Tests

WHAT ARE THE COMPLICATIONS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS?

Disease progression and increasing severity of RA result in various complications. The most common of them are mentioned below:

  • Bone Erosion
  • Joint Deformity
  • Osteoporosis
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Disturbed Body Composition
  • Cardiac ailments
  • Lung Problems
  • Lymphoma
  • Unemployment

RISK FACTORS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

The risk factors that can be responsible to trigger RA are:

  • Women are more prone to it than men.
  • It can affect the body at any age, but middle aged people (between 30 and 50 years of age) are more sensitive to it.2
  • Genetic factors or RA patient in family can increase the risk.
  • Some occupations and environmental factors can also be the cause.
  • Smoking and Drinking are always in the risk factors of any health issue, and in RA as well.
  • Obesity and lifestyle diseases are also the second risk factor that can never be separated from most of the health disorders including RA.

HERBAL TREATMENT OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

लङ्घनं स्वेदनं तिक्तं दीपनानि कटूनि च।
विरेचनं स्नेहपानं बस्तयश्चाममारुते।।
सैन्धवाद्येनानुवास्य क्षारबस्ति प्रशस्यते।।

(Ref: चक्रदत्त 25/1)

As per this Shloka, Fasting, Inducing Sweating through drugs, giving Carminative drugs, detoxification by Purgation, oleation with medicated oils, medicated enema, medical oil mixed with salt enema (Anuvasan Basti), and enema through alkaline drugs is considered as an effective treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Planet Ayurveda is an Ayurvedic clinic and herbal manufacturing unit, expanding Ayurveda for years. The Ayurveda experts of this leading Brand provide treatment or all the health disorders through herbs according to the principles of Ayurveda. They are also helping people to combat and manage Rheumatoid Arthritis by using the natural and pure herbal formulations manufactured under strict guidance of Ayurveda Experts. They are free from any type of chemicals, preservatives an fillers, hence, have numerous health benefits along with treatment of the specific disease. RA Care Pack available from the house of Planet Ayurveda includes the following medicines which helps the patient in recovering effectively from Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  1. Ashwagandha Capsules
  2. Boswellia Curcumin
  3. Rumogin 5
  4. Joint Aid Plus
  5. Aamvantak Churna

RA Care Pack

Herbal Remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis, RA Care Pack

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

1. Ashwagandha Capsules

The standardized extract of Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) is used in the preparation of Ashwagandha Capsules. The pure extract is filled in the vegetarian capsule shells to maintain its potency. Ashwagandha is considered as the most efficacious herb to nourish the tissues, muscles, bones, etc. It rejuvenates the cells and improves the mobility of joints resulting in the elimination of symptoms involved in Rheumatoid Arthritis. It is good at relieving the pain and inflammation.

Dosage: 1 Capsule twice a day with plain water, after the meals.

2. Boswellia Curcumin

The name of this herbal product clarifies its ingredients well, that are Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). This combination of anti-inflammatory herbs not only reduces pain and swelling but also provides relief against the morning stiffness in RA. It strengthens the joints as well as all the body parts.

Dosage: 1 capsules two times a day with normal water, after meals.

3. Rumogin 5

Rumogin-5 Capsules of Planet Ayurveda have the potential to support in the treatment of RA, whether acute or Chronic. Being a perfect blend of Haridra (Curcuma longa), Sonth (Zingiber officinale), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Maricha (Piper nigrum), and Pippali (Piper longum). Having Haridra as its major ingredient, it possesses anti-oxidant, immunomoulatory and anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, helps in treating RA.

Dosage: 1 Capsule twice daily with plain water, after the meals.

4. Joint Aid Plus

The product is named as per its quality and effectiveness. Joint Aid Plus which means a remedy to help in maintaining healthy joints. It contains the pure extracts of Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Guggul (Commiphora mukul), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), and Sonth (Zingiber officinale). The appropriate quantity of these herbs in these capsules make them effective to treat RA and maintain healthy functioning of various body parts.

Dosage: 2 Capsules two times daily with normal water after meals.

5. Aamvatantak Churna

Containing the herbs possessing anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant and immune booster properties, this herbal formulation aids in the reduction of pain, tenderness, and inflammation. This is prepared by mixing Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum), Suranjaan (Colchicum automnale), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), Haridra (Curcuma longa), Sonth (Zingiber officinale) and Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera).

Dosage: ½ tsp twice a day with plain water, aloe vera juice or Kumari Saar, after meals.

DIET AND LIFESTYLE RECOMMENDATIONS

Along with the above described medicines, we should modify our diet and lifestyle to an extent to prevent Rheumatoid Arthritis or combat its symptoms at the initial stage. Some of the general recommendations are as follows:

  • Maintain Healthy Weight
  • Stay hydrated
  • Keep detoxifying your body
  • Stay Involved in Mild Physical Activities
  • Balanced Diet should be consumed
  • Avoid Unhealthy Lifestyle such as sleeping late, smoking, alcohol, etc.
  • Stress Relieving therapies, such as meditation, yoga, etc.

CONCLUSION

In a nutshell, we can say that above provided are all the most effective remedies for Rheumatoid Arthritis. Taking them strictly as per the physician's advice will not only help you to get rid of Rheumatoid Arthritis but also to maintain overall health by preventing many other joint related and other health disorders. Also, you can visit this link to follow the Ayurvedic Diet chart to manage RA effectively: www.planetayurveda.com/library/diet-plan-for-rheumatoid-arthritis

REFERENCES

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/arthritis/basics/rheumatoid-arthritis.html
  2. https://www.rheumatology.org/I-Am-A/Patient-Caregiver/Diseases-Conditions/Rheumatoid-Arthritis
  3. https://www.arthritis.org/diseases/rheumatoid-arthritis

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