In the medical field, Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is one of the most difficult diseases to manage. It is one of the most dangerous inflammatory arthritis. In the modern science there is not much hope because of it autoimmune nature. It usually affects the bones and tissues and in the advanced stage even the patients can get deformities in the finger joints, in the wrist joints and in extreme case it can make the patient immobile. This disease affects 0.5-1% of the population, worldwide. RA causes more disability than any other disease.

Although, allopathic treatment of RA is improving, remission remains rare and treatment remains unsatisfactory. Therefore, a search for effective alternate and supplementary therapies for this disease continues. Ayurvedic Trust in Coimbatore, India have conducted a study entitled, “The WHO/ICMR Study of the Efficacy of Ayurvedic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis,” in which the classical Ayurvedic treatment was found very effective.

In traditional Indian Ayurveda, Rheumatoid Arthritis is known as “Amavata.” Which can be treated with supplements, dietary changes, and exercise. In Ayurveda this disease has been mentioned as the last disease in which the deformity in the bones can come. According to Ayurvedic text, “Madhava Nidana” RA is due to imbalances in the gut and inflammatory compounds. As per “Ashtanga Hridaya” text, RA is the result of poor diet and unwholesome lifestyle which cause inflammation in the body. So according to Ayurveda the causative factor for RA comes from both physical factor as well as the mental factor.

In the category of physical factor, the most common causes is indulging unwholesome diets. The food which is not very easily digestible can creates Amma. Amma is a Sanskrit term for indigestion. In general what food material we eat get digested by the digestive juice (Agni) and then absorbed, assimilated and finally circulated in the whole system for nourishment. Undigested food converted to Amma, also travels absorbed into the system and circulated all over the blood and causes inflammation in the joints. Typically the rheumatoid arthritis effects all the major joints including the knee, ankles and wrists and fingers.

RA patients are recommend the following tips by an Ayurvedic practitioners

  • First try to correct the diet which lead less Amma accumulated in the stomach thereby reducing the inflammation.
  • Use of massage therapy with herbal oils to reduce pain and stiffness in the joint. Usage of oiling bring down the inflammation.
  • Use of hot water to bathe and drink and avoid cold water.
  • Escaping with the exposure of cold breezes
  • Avoiding late-night or late-afternoon sleep
  • Regular practice of to relieve mental stress

Frequently asked questions about Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis definition/ Rheumatoid arthritis what is?

RA is a systemic chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease of the joint characterized by chronic synovitis (synovial hyperplasia) causing pain, swelling and loss of function due to destruction of cartilage and bone (progressive erosion of joint tissue).  It causes inflammation, swelling, and pain in and around the joints and other body organs. RA Hindi name is गठिया रोग.

Different types of arthritis / Rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis:

 Osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis are two of the more common forms of arthritis with similar symptoms. In case of Osteoarthritis it is the smooth cartilage joint surface wears out and generally begins in an isolated joint. Whereas in Rheumatoid arthritis it is the synovial membrane got affected which protects the joints and it occurs at several joints at a time.

Rheumatoid arthritis pathophysiology:

The complex series of pathological events occur in case of RA which is mainly regulated via excessive production pro-inflammatory cytokines, TNF-α and IL-1β which are the major player. Different types of cells players involved in the pathogenesis of RA are T helper cells (Th), antigen presenting cells (APC), endothelial cells (EC) and synovial membrane resident fibroblasts. They causes an imbalance in the cytokine network.

Rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis/ Rheumatoid arthritis blood test:

There is no any specific test for RA. People with RA often have a raised erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) or C-reactive protein (CRP), which are some of the indicator of an inflammatory process in the body. Presence of Rheumatoid factor and anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibodies are some of the common blood tests.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease:

Yes, it is an autoimmune disease. It is a systemic chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease of the joint characterized by chronic synovial hyperplasia which causes pain, swelling and loss of function due to destruction of cartilage and bone.

Rheumatoid arthritis curable:

Yes/ No. In allopathic system of medicine there is NO permanent cure. But in ayurvedic system of medicine there is claim it can be permanently cure with proper diet and exercise, but it take time.

Rheumatoid arthritis management:

It can be manage by following proper diet and exercise along with the recommended medication.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment in Ayurveda:

When 2-3g of Turmeric: Fenugreek: Ginger powder (1:1:1) combination is consumed with lukewarm water it give much better response. A Kadha made with Harsingar leaf (Parijat leaves) have very good result.

Rheumatoid arthritis diet:

Mediterranean Diet (a diet with full of fish, whole grains, olive oil, fruits, vegetables, and legumes), Vegan / Vegetarian diet, Intermittent Fasting. Research have shown that going for multiple hours without taking food may improve RA symptoms. Fasting may help in returning the immune system by removing damaged cells and replacing them with new ones.

Foods to Avoid When You Have Rheumatoid Arthritis:

Red meat, Processed foods, Gluten containing (it induces inflammation).

Rheumatoid arthritis exercise:

Physical exercise such as aerobics, strength training, and other low-impact exercises such as biking, walking, or swimming is preferred. On should aim for 30 minutes of exercise five days in a week.

Rheumatoid arthritis yoga:

Some of the preferred yoga posture advised are, Vrksasana (tree pose), Setu bandha sarvangasana (bridge pose), Mrtasana or savasana (corpse pose), Cobra pose, Forward folding, Seated spinal twist, Side angle pose.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment at home/ Rheumatoid arthritis remedies:

When 2-3g of Turmeric: Fenugreek: Ginger powder (1:1:1) combination is consumed with lukewarm water it give much better response. A Kadha made with Harsingar leaf (Parijat leaves) have very good result.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment/ drugs in allopathic medicine:

The development of TNF-blocking agents has revolutionized the treatment of RA patients and TNF blockers are frequently used in RA therapy. However, about one-third of patients do not respond positively to treatment. Over The Counter (OTC) anti-inflammatory drugs for RA are Ibuprofen and naproxen.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment in homeopathy:

In Homeopathy, Arnica is used for chronic arthritis, Belladonna is used for sudden flare-ups of arthritis with a feeling of heat and throbbing pain, Aconitum napellus is used for pain and inflammation that comes on suddenly after exposure to cold wind and weather. 

Rheumatoid arthritis juvenile:

It is a juvenile idiopathic arthritis that causes joint inflammation and toughness for more than 6 weeks in a children aged 16 or younger. Until now, investigators do not know precisely why the immune system goes crooked in children who develop it.

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