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Ayurveda and Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is considered as Sandhigatha Vatha in Ayurveda.

Ayurveda says that the vitiated Vatha (Vata is the vital life force responsible for all the movements of the body) gets seated in the joints and will produce the following symptoms. The affected joint will be like a leather bag filled with gas to touch, oedema will be present; the movements of the affected joints will affect and will be painful, etc.

The regular or excess use of food that are cold, dry and depleting the dhatus, (Dhatus are the structural units of the body. The seven dhatus are lymph, blood, flesh, fat, bone, bone marrow and the reproductive tissues.) will cause the vitiation of Vatha. All humans are having limited capacity to bare the differences which is caused to the changes in the external and internal environment. When this capacity goes to beyond its limits it needs correction through the therapeutic treatments.
The body, which is having pain or stiffness or defacement, can be made active by the oliation and fomentation. This will make the body flexible and will be without pain. Dry stick or a twig of a plant if oiled and sudated properly will be flexible and we can make it even into a circle without breaking it. Like this the human body also will become flexible and without diseases if proper oliation and sudation is done. Ayurvedic treatments like Elakkizhi, Pizhichil, etc are advised along with internal ayurvedic herbal medications. The merits of Kerala’s oil therapies are – just as the axle of a wheel is made stronge and durable by applying grease around it, the human body becomes stronge and lubricated by the application of oils.

 

Elakkizhi:

This massage detoxifies your body in the natural way, relieves your day-to-day stresses & strains, cleanse the channels of circulation, lubricates the joints of body, relieves back pain, joint pain, arthritis, etc., expels the toxins through sweat.

During the first 30 minutes a full body massage is done with warm oils to improve your blood circulation, open your pores and encourage the body to sweat- for detoxification. This is followed by a variety of fresh Indian herbal leaves combined with Ayurvedic natural solutions cooked with Ayurvedic herbal oil and packed into therapeutic massage bags. The bags are then dipped into warm oil and are massaged over the entire body. The alkaloids from the herbal leaves, which are dissolved in the oil, enter the muscles and joints and induce deep relaxation, relieve the pain and lubricate the joints. The treatment will ease aches and pains in the joints and help relieve conditions such as Arthritis and Rheumatism. Additionally the treatment is excellent for release of stiffness and back pain.

 

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Pizhichil:

This is a process in which the body is made to perspire by continuously pouring luke warm herbal oils followed by gentle massage. This treatment is given for general weakness, arthritis, paralysis etc. Pizhichil is carried out on healthy persons as a rejuvenator process. This treatment has clinically proven results in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis.

Ayurveda suggests daily routine and seasonal routine. Abhyangam (whole body oil massage) with oils that has Vatha decreasing properties like dwantharam, narayana thailam, ksheerabala thailam, balaswagandhathi thailam, etc. is advised daily before bath in the daily routine.

With the Ayurvedic treatments, there was a remarkable change with the disease and the prognosis of the treatment was very good. The degenerative changes with the individual was able to stop and with a regular treatment for a certain period of time even the R A factor which is usually positive in rheumatoid arthritis was able to make to negative, keeping the regimens and treatment.

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