Recently, the rate of chronic health conditions like rheumatoid arthritis has increased. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disorder that affects your bones, especially the joints at your extremities. Typically, this condition causes unusual painful swelling of the joints which leads to bone erosion and physical deformities. In the more severe cases, arthritis can cause other symptoms unrelated to the bones like tiredness, fatigue and dry mouth.
RA is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks itself, specifically your bones and joints. In severe cases, RA can even affect internal organs. There is no known cure for this condition, but you can manage the symptoms associated with this disease. The most common treatment for RA is the use of immunosuppressants. Medication is usually paired with lifestyle changes which can further reduce the progression of this disease. Ayurveda, a natural alternative, is becoming more popular with arthritis patients because of its accessibility and organic nature.
The Concept Of Ayurveda
Ayurveda is an ancient Indian practice that believes a holistic approach is the best way to keep the body healthy. According to Ayurveda's philosophy, it’s believed that there has to be a balance between a person’s body, spirit and soul before that individual can be regarded as being fully healthy.
According to these ancient teachings, your body type dictates how your body works. Every individual is a mix of doshas which are believed to be your major life force and dictate how your body works. Therefore, according to the Ayurveda concept, when you have a certain type of sickness in the body, it means that there is a preceding imbalance in that body’s dosha and realigning the body’s doshas will effectively manage this ailment.
The Ayurveda Body Types
The three doshas the body is made from, according to Ayurveda, are the Vata dosha, Pitta dosha, and Kapha Dosha, and they all are associated with different functions in the body. The Vata dosha is believed to control the basic physiological functions of the body such as cell division, breathing, blood flow, and the heart. The Pitta dosha controls functions that are metabolically inclined such as digestion. While Kapha dosha controls other functions such as muscle building, stability, weight and immune-related functions. Also, there are special diets for ayurvedic dosha. An imbalance in the Vata dosha is more often times associated with the occurrence of rheumatoid arthritis.
In Ayurveda, there is a condition known as Amavata. Amavata is known as a disease in which there is an imbalance in the Vata dosha and is associated with an accumulation of Ama in the joints. Ama, in Ayurveda, is improperly digested products present in the body. The presence of Ama in the body is closely associated with symptoms such as the production of pain, stiffness, swelling, and tenderness in the ligaments and joints.
The presenting symptoms of Amavata are very similar to the symptoms associated with rheumatoid arthritis and is considered the traditional form of RA. A traditional ayurvedic practitioner may interchange these symptoms for each other. Ayurveda is considered a very viable form of management for the condition, a condition that has been treated by ayurvedic practitioners since ancient times.