Ayurvedic Treatment for Arthritis
Ayurvedic health treatment for arthritis focuses on decreasing pains in the joints as well as increasing the
overall body functions. Issues such as arthritis are common issues, and can be helped with herbal treatment,
as well as traditional medicine.
Here is a review of ‘Ayurvedic Treatment for Arthritis’ by Dr Sanand Ratnam Thekkayil MD(Ayurveda),
Member, British Society for Rheumatology,www.ayurvedichospitalkerala.com
Arthritis and Body Types
Ayurvedic treatments originate from India and help to heal the body of issues through natural means. The
first step to bodily healing is understanding your body type itself. There are three major body types: Pitta,
Kapha, and Vata.
Pitta body types have excess heat, which extends to the limbs. Pitta's with arthritis get swollen,
inflamed joints that can be painful to move.
Kapha types are characterized as having a solid body, with arthritis that become stiff and clammy.
Movement typically eases the feeling of arthritis in the joints for kaphas.
Vata bodies experience rough or dry skin, and arthritis sufferers will have joints that often pop.
Holistic Arthritis Treatment
As treatment for each of the body types, a detoxifying cleanse is used to bring back balance to the system
and help as a back pain treatment. During the detoxification period, water mixed with lemon and honey is
used. Vitamin C should also be taken during detox cleanses. Vitamin C is especially good for rheumatoid
arthritis, as it is an excellent joint pain treatment.
Massages with traditional medicines are a great treatment option for those who suffer from arthritis.
Massages should be performed with Classical Ayurvedic Oils. The entire body should be massaged, with a
concentration on the joints that have the most trouble. Many patients find massages are a great knee pain
treatment. Oil massages help to increase the blood flow and decrease unnecessary air in the body, which can
lead to arthritic flair ups. Along with oil massages, heat treatments, like saunas or hot compresses to the
affected area, decrease inflammation and joint pain.
Some herbs that are often used to help decrease arthritis ailments are mint, eucalyptus, ginseng, aloe, and
turmeric. Added to food recipes, these herbs can help to loosen stiff joints and maximize health in each of the