Arthritis and its management through Integrative Medicine
Arthritis is a term often used to mean any disorder that affects the joints. Symptoms generally include joint pain and stiffness which typically worsen with age. Different types of arthritis exist, each with different causes including wear and tear, infections, and underlying diseases. In Ayurveda Arthritis can be correlated with Amavata , sandhigatavata Vatarakta, etc
Causes may vary according to the type or form of arthritis.
⁍ Injury, leading to degenerative arthritis
⁍ Abnormal metabolism, leading to gout and pseudogout
⁍ Inheritance, such as in osteoarthritis
⁍ Immune system dysfunction
Depending on the type of arthritis signs and symptoms may vary. Most common symptoms of arthritis include:
⁍ Decreased range of motion
Integrative Medical Treatment for Arthritis:
Instead of just treating the source of the pain, Integrative medicine takes a whole-body approach. Most integrative therapies target both mind and body to help reduce pain, quiets, and relaxes the mind while stretching and strengthening the body.
Ayurveda oral medications, Panchakarma and certain External therapies can be suggested according to the condition, which helps in reducing inflammation, relieving RA symptoms and limiting flare-ups
Studies have shown that acupuncture is highly effective in arthritis by lowering inflamation ,pain and thereby enhancing circulation.
Yoga and Naturopathy Treatments
People with various types of arthritis who practice yoga, regularly can reduce joint pain; improve joint flexibility, lower stress and tension to promote better sleep. This increased flexibility improve joint pains by decreasing the tension in joints, muscles, and tissues there by help to improve posture to break the cycle of pain.
Naturopathic treatment such as hot and cold therapy, mud bath, Mud pack etc. helps in reduction of pain in the joints, relaxes the muscles, stimulates blood flow hence improves quality of life