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Ankylosing spondylitis

Ayurveda about Ankylosing spondylitis

Once diagnosed,with Ankylosing spondylitis the patient should immediately take the road to ayurvedic treatment, this would help in quick prevention of further damage and start the process of recovery.

AS is curable in Ayurveda except in worst case scenarios where the bones have already fused. The main reason is considered to be the imbalance of doshas specially Vata and Kapha. 

To prevent the disease from reaching the fusion stage we have to remove the toxins and reduce the progress and inflammation.

Panchkarma is the way to go. It helps in regeneration of tissues by improving blood circulation, removal of toxins, reduction in inflammation. For AS internal as well as external treatment is necessary. This combination of procedures also help in reducing stiffness.

To supplement the treatments Yoga and certain medication is recommended too.

In this article we shall discuss a form of arthritis that targets mainly the spine. Ankylosing spondylitis also known as Bechterew disease is a chronic condition. It begins usually in the late teens or 20s and affects males more than females. This disease is seen in the lower parts of the spine and the region where the spine joins the hips known as the sacroiliac joints and also their adjacent soft tissues, such as tendons and ligaments.

Ankylosing spondylitis causes inflammation in the spine in response to which some of the small bones in our spine (vertebrae) fuse, this fusing makes the spine less flexible and causes pain and hunched posture. The disease can affect the neck region too.

There is no cure for ankylosing spondylitis, but treatments can reduce your symptoms and possibly slow progression of the disease.

Symptoms

  • The main symptom is pain deep in the buttock and/or in the lower back
  • Morning stiffness in affected areas that lasts for a few hours and improves with activity and returns with inactivity.
  • Neck pain
  • Fatigue
  • In some cases AS can cause inflammation of the eyes, a condition known as uveitis, leading to redness, pain and vision changes.
  • Also Some cases of ankylosing spondylitis (AS) are associated with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD)

Causes of Ankylosing spondylitis:

Specific cause/causes for Ankylosing spondylitis is yet to be confirmed but heredity and genetic factors may increase the risk of AS. People who have a gene called human leukocyte antigen (HLA) -B27 are at a higher probability of developing the condition.