Arthritis is basically a medical condition in which an individual suffers from joints pain. It is caused by damage to the joints and has become quite widespread in the present day world. Many people above 55 years of age are suffering from arthritis. There are different from of arthritis, of which the most common one is osteoarthritis (also known as degenerative joint disease). Though the treatment of arthritis is available in allopathy, homeopathy and other medicine systems, ayurveda is gaining more and more popularity.
Ayurvedic Alternative for Arthritis
As per Ayurveda, the term Arthritis can be used to define joints pain, caused by aggravation of vata (air) dosha and the excessive collection of ama(toxic by-product of improper digestion) in the body of an individual. When ama increases in quantity, it starts getting deposited in the weaker areas of the body. When it starts accumulating in the joints and at the same time, aggravation of vata takes place, the result is amavata, in the other words arthritis.
Arthritic people must take special care of their diet. Under Ayurvedic treatments for arthritis, people are recommended to eat such food that does not lead to the creation of gas in the body. They should also avoid hot, spicy and fried foods as well as sweets. Things like tea, coffee, alcohol, white sugar, yogurt, chocolate and cocoa should be taken in moderation.
Turmeric, known as Haldi in Ayurveda, is quite beneficial for arthritic people. Its oil, when used on the sore areas, acts an anti-inflammatory agent and alleviates pain.
Garlic, known as Lehsun in Ayurveda, has been found to have anti-arthritic properties. When taken daily, in small doses, it helps in strengthening the immune system and clearing ama.