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Ayurveda about arthritis

According to Ayurveda arthritis is caused due to imbalance of the doshas. A type of kapha helps to keep the cartilages lubricated and well nourished, due to certain habits like dieting, lack of good fat consumption, improper  food combinations, late night eating and/or sleeping, lack of exercise etc. vata and/or kapha levels may go below or above normal levels. This causes cartilages to start degenerating and leads to arthritis. 

The most suggested treatment “Knee replacement” is not always necessary and very costly too and OTC medicines will only give you temporary relief. Except in certain cases, Ayurveda has a complete cure for arthritis. Ayurveda treats the root cause which is the imbalanced vata and/or kapha. After the consultation first the type of arthritis is confirmed on the basis of this finding, a treatment consisting of panchakarma, oral medication,yoga and of course a strict diet plan is devised.

More than 100 different types of arthritis exist. The varieties most likely to affect the knee include:

  • Osteoarthritis. Sometimes called degenerative arthritis, osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. It's a wear-and-tear condition that occurs when the cartilage in your knee deteriorates with use and age.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. The most debilitating form of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune condition that can affect almost any joint in your body, including your knees. Although rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, it tends to vary in severity and may even come and go.
  • Gout. This type of arthritis occurs when uric acid crystals build up in the joint. While gout most commonly affects the big toe, it can also occur in the knee.
  • Pseudogout. Often mistaken for gout, pseudogout is caused by calcium-containing crystals that develop in the joint fluid. Knees are the most common joint affected by pseudogout.
  • Septic arthritis. Sometimes your knee joint can become infected, leading to swelling, pain and redness. Septic arthritis often occurs with a fever, and there's usually no trauma before the onset of pain. Septic arthritis can quickly cause extensive damage to the knee cartilage. If you have knee pain with any of these symptoms, see your doctor right away.

“Jodon ka dard” (pain in the joints) is a common complaint we have heard amongst the senior generation. This pain can be “Arthritis”. Arthritis used to be a “disease of the old” but given the lifestyle of the younger generation, it has started affecting them as well. About 1 out of 5 adults have some form of Arthritis. Arthritis is more common in women, obesity also increases chances of one getting arthritis.

Arthritis is basically an inflammation of the joints. Arthritis is not limited to one joint and can affect multiple joints. 

Depending on the nature of inflammation arthritis can be of different types, two of the most common types are osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).The symptoms of arthritis usually develop over time, but they may also appear suddenly.

What are the symptoms of arthritis?

  • Arthritis mainly causes pain around your joints.
  • Swollen/ Stiff joints
  • Redness of the skin around the joint
  • Tenderness
  • Range of motion may also decrease
  • Problems doing everyday tasks
  • Severity and frequency of symptoms may vary from person to person.

What causes arthritis?

Cartilage is a firm but flexible connective tissue in your joints. It protects the joints by absorbing the pressure and shock created when you move and put stress on them. A reduction in the normal amount of this cartilage tissue causes some forms of arthritis.

Causes include

  • injury,
  • metabolic abnormalities
  • hereditary factors,
  • the direct and indirect effect of infections
  • Autoimmune response of immune system

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