By Dr.Rushalli Nair
Ayurveda has two perspectives of Oesteo Arthtitis. The first one is degeneration oriented Oesteo Arthritis known as Dhatukshayajanya and the second is due to accumulation of toxins in joints. Both these types of Oesteo Arthtitis have separate aetiologies and requires different lines of treatment altogether.
It is extremely important for a Vaidya to make a proper diagnosis for the successful treatment of Oesteo Arthritis. In rare cases, both the reasons are present which may take longer time to heal and patient may have to take rigorous therapies.
Nadi Pariksha is the most accurate route to ascertain the causative factors responsible for the degeneration or accumulation of toxins. This diagnosis helps to accurately ascertain the type of treatment.
Oesteo Arthritis is marked by symptoms like joint pain, joint stiffness, swelling of joints, restricted joint movements etc. It usually occurs in the hands, neck, lower back, knees and hips.
Degenerative Oesteo Arthritis is caused by Malnutrition, excess physical and mental stress, obsession and over indulgence in sports without the right precautions, over gymming can lead to degenerative Oesteo Arthritis.
Toxin accumulation in the joints is caused because of lack of physical activity, obesity, consumption of heavy foods rich in fats, and a sedentary lifestyle.
State of mind
Patients usually loose their confidence when they are suffering from Oesteo Arthritis. They are fatigued mentally and physically as they have to constantly fight the pain. This makes them further irritated and restless.
joint stiffness, swelling of joints, restricted joint movements, stiff What will add to Oesteo Arthritis
Lack of awareness or ignorance of the signs of joint pain can further deteriorate the condition. As there are patterns of pain ( sometimes pain disappears completely), one tends to ignore the disorder.
Low physical activity, sleeping in day time, consuming curds and cold foods can aggravate the condition.
Dangers to health.
If untreated, Oesteo Arthritis can lead to anatomical deformity. Other structures within the joint can also be affected like ligaments. Outgrowth called osteophytes or spur can develop which can further make it painful.
Depression can set in due to the feeling of helplessness and low esteem.
Keep yourself physically active. Take up light exercise like walking or swimming to keep your joints mobile.
Take diet as per your prakruti and present vikruti after a brief consultation with Ayurvedic physician.
Take up seasonal detoxification programs to avoid accumulation of toxins in the boy and joints
Stay happy and motivated.
Treatment and therapies
Ayurveda can help treating Oesteo Arthritis very successfully. With professional guidance of proper diet that suits your current constitution, herbal supplements and Panchkarma ( Ayurvedic detoxification), one can successfully achieve the desired results.
Guggulu formulations have shown proven clinical results in the treatment of Oesteo Arthritis. Also joint strengthening programs on regular basis, under the supervision and guidance of a qualified Ayurvedic physician can help.
Dos and don’t of diet and exercise should be followed strictly by the patient to avoid further attacks of Oesteo Arthritis and to retain the results.
Motivational counselling is also the essential part of the therapy to achieve positive state of mind of the patient.