Rheumatoid Arthritis: Symptoms, Causes, and Treatment in Ayurveda
Rheumatoid Arthritis is one of the most common chronic disorder that affects 1 in 1000 people. It is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body’s own immune system attacks its healthy tissues. Initially, it affects the small joints of the hand and feet. This usually occurs on both sides of the body. Say for example- if a patient experiences pain and swelling in the right side of the knee, the person may also experience pain and swelling on the left knee. If left ignored, it can worsen and adversely affect the whole body which includes the eyes, skin, lungs, and blood vessels. Now, let’s dive deep into the details of the so-called disorder, its symptoms, causes, and the available treatments in Ayurveda.
To simply define- Rheumatoid Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints. The disorder, which can affect more than one joint as mentioned earlier occurs when the immune system attacks its own joints. In most cases, it affects the small joints such as the wrists, hands, elbows, knees, ankles, and feet at first. Further, on getting worse it progresses to organs which include skin, eyes, lungs, and blood vessels. Unlike the wear and tear of normal arthritis, what distinguish Rheumatoid Arthritis is, it predominantly affects the lining of the joints. This causes painful swelling which eventually results in bone erosion and deformity. Though the actual reason for what starts this process is still not yet known, doctors presume it to be the combination of genetic, environmental, and hormonal factors.
Rheumatoid Arthritis can strike people of any age nevertheless it’s elderly one the foremost. This means that even babies as young as two years can suffer from the inflammatory disorder. Also, studies have shown women behold an increased chance to get affected when compared to men.
Rheumatoid can cause not just joint swell pain but other symptoms in tandem. The early signs of Rheumatoid are normally seen in the smaller joints before progressing to the major joints. Truth to be told- often people confuse these symptoms with other diseases (Rheumatoid Arthritis is indeed hard to recognize at an early stage). Still, keeping a watch on the below symptoms is advisable so that early treatment can be taken in hand:
– Stiffness in joints, especially during mornings
-Fatigue & fever
-Weight loss/Loss of appetite
-Difficulty to walk/Limping
How Ayurveda Help Treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?
In Ayurveda, the symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis can be correlated to Amavata- ‘Ama’ referring to undigested food essence in the body and ‘Vata’ dosha which are the main culprits for the disease. Unlike treatments that lead straight to symptom management, Ayurveda addresses the root cause of the problem. It begins by detoxifying the body so that medicines can work better towards treating the actual root cause of Amavata with personalized remedies and medicines. This effectively reduces the risk arising out of the underlying condition.
At Sri Visita, the treatment for Amavada is done with Panchakarma therapy. Based on the condition of the patient (mild/chronic/advanced) the treatment is taken with precise importance focusing on Vata dosha to restore flexibility and mobility. In addition, our doctors aid the patient with personalized diet, medicine, and lifestyle planner in par for holistic improvement. Throughout the treatment journey, the team also takes into substance to stay connected, track your progress, and help with your queries.