Arthritis Treatment


Bones and joints are very essential body part. The fine movements occurring in our body make many activities possible like walking, bending, running. These movements occur due to the uninterrupted articulation between the ends of 2 or more bones. But when something goes wrong in the structure or function of the joints of the body, all our activities come to a stay. Arthritis is one condition which afflicts the joints and soft tissues of the body making us crippled and dependent.

Ayurveda Therapies For Arthritis


Unique contribution of the Kerala tradition of Ayurveda
Duration: 60 minutes.


This is the quite essential and effective Ayurveda therapy
Duration: 45 minutes.


specialized herbal treatment for weight reduction
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Cooked navara rice, herbal powders bound in cloth
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Arthritis is one of the painful diseases haunting mankind. We all suffer from arthritis at some point of life, it is not diagnosed in some, some don’t go to a doctor thinking that it is their destiny and part and parcel of life, others have no time to look at it until things get worse and some don’t admit!! Arthritis is a form of the joint-related disorder. It involves inflammation in one or more joints of the body.

The most common and popular arthritis we know are:-

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Psoriatic arthritis
  • Gouts
  • Septic arthritis etc

Arthritis and ayurveda with dashas:-

Like any disease, contaminated or vitiated Vata, Pitta or Kapha either singly or in combination will produce the pathogenesis of arthritis.

They get lodged in the weaker dhatu’s (tissues) especially bones, muscles, and bony joints, soft tissues like tendons, ligaments, joint capsule etc and cause arthritis.

All the 3 dosha’s take place in bringing about the smooth and uninterrupted movements at the joints.This happens when the dosha’s are balanced and not vitiated.


Joints basically belong to the Kapha. Kapha helps in lubrication of the joints, maintains stability and integrity of the joints.


Vata helps in free movements, keeps up the flexibility of the joint, and allows free movements to take place within the components of the joints. Vata conducts this role on the backdrop of a suitable lubrication, integrity and strength provided to the joint by Kapha.


Pitta helps in the metabolism taking place in the joints. It keeps up the warmth of the joint, keeps infections at bay, enhances and balances blood flow (and nutrition) to the joints (being located as an active component within the joint.

Other Factor…:-

Ama –Improperly processed digestive juices in circulation which will neither be recognised by the cells as nutrition nor will further be metabolized by the cells is called ama. This is formed at the gut level due to weak digestion.When ama is not processed by the cells, the ama blocks and clogs the channels of circulation and nutrition due to its sticky nature.

The ama further accumulates in the cells and disturb tissue metabolism and also will hamper the tissue.




Osteoarthritis is the common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis occurs when the protective cartilage on the ends of your bones wears down over a period of time i.e. it results from the breakdown of joint cartilage and underlying bone. Joints of the hands, Joints near the finger ends, base of the thumb, neck, lower back, hips, knees, and spine are commonly afflicted by osteoarthritis.

Joints on one side of the body are often more affected than those on the other. The most common symptoms are joint pain and stiffness. Joint swelling and decreased range of movements are also present in many cases.


  • Regular exercise
  • Rest
  • God posture of body
  • Avoid repetitive movemente
  • avoid too much bending
  • weight management
  • right eating habits
  • yoga

Other Treatment:-

  • Abhyangam with medicated oil til oil, ksheerbala oil
  • Swedanwith bashpa sweda,pind sweda,oil dhara, navara kizhi.
  • Sthanic vasti kati vasti,janu vasti,manya vasti.
  • Pichu dharan.
  • Panchkarmalike vasti, virechan.
  • Herbal medication like Dashmool kashayam, erandmool kashaym, castor oil, sesame, cinnamon.

Differential Diagnosis of Osteoarthritis:-


Onset of arthritis in gout is usually more acute and over a period of a few hours. In acute attacks, the affected joint is usually red, hot and tender. Gout commonly involves the foot, especially the first metatarsophalangeal joint. It may affect almost any joint.

Rheumatoid Arthritis

RA usually causes a symmetrical small joint arthritis. Typically RA is associates with morning stiffness which is more prolonged. There is a feeling of being unwell associated with low mood and fatigue.

Psoriatic arthritis

It can occur in the presence or even absence of skin psoriasis. The joint involvement is usually asymmetrical.

Avascular Necrosis (AVN)

This is common in the hip and knee joints. Early in the disease, the joint examination is unremarkable, except for possible localized bony tenderness.


Gout is the true crystal deposition disease characterized by pain & swelling of 1st Metatarsophalengeal joint initially followed by other joints with an abnormal elevation of Uric-acid level in the body either due to over production or under excretion or sometimes both.

causes according to ayurveda:-

The causative factors said by various may be divided into three categories as:-

– Tender physique, Excessive intake of sweet food, Sedentary habits, Unwholesome diets & activities, Long walking, Excessive sexual activities, Excessive physical exercise, Obesity, To take sleep during day and remaining awake at night, Intake of food before the previous meal is digested, Excessively intake of saline, sour, pungent, alkaline taste, Excessive intake of unctuous & hot potency food, Excessive intake of radish, meat & sugarcane, Intake of incompatible foods, Improper administration of oleation& other purifactory therapies, More intake of curd.

Sign & symptoms:-

There are two types of Vatarakta:-

Uttana (superficial) Vatarakta

Burning penetrating sensation, itching, burning sensation, ache, extension, pricking pain, throbbing sensation & contraction. The skin becomes brownish black, red or coppery in colour.

Gambhira (Deep seated) Vatarakta

Hard inflammation with stiffness, severe pain beneath oedema, blackish or coppery coloration of skin, burning sensation, piercing pain, quivering & suppuration inside the oedema.

Treatment of vatarakta:-

Abhyanga( Massage), Pradeha should may also be given.

The Vasti is the best treatment of the Vatarakta& there is no any therapy useful in comparision to Vasti regarding the treatment of Vatarakta.

Raktamokshana may be done by Horn, Leech, Needle, Gourd, Scratching of the skin & Venesection.

Important ayurvedic formulations for treatment of vatarakta:-

  • Juice of Guduchi or powder or paste or decoction
  • Patoladi Decoction
  • Decoction of Guduchi with ErandaTaila
  • NimbadiChurnam
  • Chandraprabhavati
  • Amrita guggulu
  • Kaishoreguggulu
  • Punarnavaguggulu
  • Triphalaguggulu

Pathya (useful) for vatarakta:-

– The cereals like the old Barley, Wheat, Shashtika types of rice:-

Apathya (harmful) for vatarakta:-

– For the patients suffering from Vatarakta the following are to be avoided:-

So in this article we understood that imbalance doshas, which are vitiated by our eating habits and lifestyle lead to arthritis issue. And if chronic it is hard to cure. So identify your symptoms and consult to Birla Ayurveda Doctors for the treatment or any dietary advice.

Amavata (Rheumatoid Arthritis):-

Amavata is a disease in which there is a painful conditions. It is formed due to a deadly combination of morbid Vata and Ama. It is caused due to the consumption of incompatible foods and activities, sedentary life activities, prevailing sluggish digestion and getting indulged in physical activities. All these causes predispose to the aggravation of Vata and formation of ama leading to the manifestation of the disease Amavata.

Amavata is considered to be a disease afflicting the joints, soft tissues and bones, in a sense the whole musculoskeletal system. But when we see the above said explanation, we get an impression that it is basically a disease which belongs to the disturbances in the metabolic activities. This means to tell that Amavata has its origin in a weak stomach.

Useful diet:-

  • Yava – barley
  • Kulattha – horse gram
  • Shyamaka – Setaria italic
  • Raktashali – Red rice
  • Shigru – drumstick
  • Punarnava – Boerhavia diffusa
  • Karavellakam – bitter gourd
  • Patola – pointed gourd
  • Ardraka – ginger
  • Taptaneeram – hot water
  • TakrasamskrutamLashunam – garlic processed in buttermilk
  • Jangalamamsa – meat of animals living in desert and dry lands
  • Water processed with Panchakolachurna

TAvoidable diet :-

  • Dadhi – curds
  • Matsya – fish
  • Guda – jaggery
  • Dugdha – milk
  • Masha pishti – flour of black gram
  • Dushtaneeram – contaminated water
  • Purvavatam – wind blowing from east
  • Patola – pointed gourd
  • Viruddhabhojana – mutually incompatible foods
  • Asatmyabhojana – foods that doesn’t suit us
  • Vegavarodham – forcibly controlling the natural body urges or reflexes
  • Jagaram – habit of awakening throughout the night
  • Guru ahara – foods heavy to digest
  • Abhishyandiahara – foods which cause blockage in cells and channels of the body

Treatment of rheumatoid arthritis:-

As per above discussion this disease developed due to poor digestion ,we need to follow some principles to treat the diseases.

Agni deepan

herbs which increase the digestive fire like shunthi, marich ,pippali, hingu.

Ama pachan

Herbs which helps in digestion like coriander, shunthi, lavang, guduchi.

Ama pachan

Herbs which helps in digestion like coriander, shunthi, lavang, guduchi.

Vaat shaman

Herbs which pacify vaat dosha like erand, bala, sahachar, shallaki,punarnava, dashmool.

Laghu ahar

It is a liquid preparation of the gruel wherein rice is processed in excess quantity.


Light, hot, fresh food; fasting; exposure to sun, exercise.

Other treatment:-

  • Lepam:application of herbs hot/cold. E.g.rasnadi chunam, kottamchukadi churnam
  • Swedan:Hot fomentation is given in pain, swelling, and stiffness. E.g. valuka sweda,basph sweda,nadi sweda,sarvang dhara
  • Panchkarma:Virechan can be given in early manifestation of R.A. Vasti is preffered in chronic R.A.


Psoriatic arthritis develops as a complication to Psoriasis. It may develop individually without psoriasis. Psoriasis is a long lasting autoimmune disease which is characterized by patches of abnormal skin. These skin patches are typically red, itchy and scaly.

Pathya (beneficial foods, lifestyle) :-

  • Yava – barley
  • Shashtikashali – paddy or rice grown in 60 days
  • Arunashali – red rice
  • Godhuma – wheat
  • Chanaka – Bengal gram
  • Mudga – green gram
  • Tuvara – Tor dal
  • Aviksheera – sheep milk
  • Aja ksheera – goat milk
  • Mahishaksheera – Buffalo milk
  • Go ksheera – cow m
  • Kaaravellam – bitter gourd
  • Patolam – pointed gourd
  • Dhatreephalam – gooseberry fruit
  • Srungavera – ginger
  • Soorana – Amorphophalluscampanulatus
  • Sharkara – sugar or candy
  • Mrudveeka – raisin
  • Navaneetam – butter
  • Karpura (camphor)
  • Agaru – Aquilariaagallocha
  • Devadaru – Cedrusdeodara
  • Mardana – massaging or tapping with herbal oils and ghee
  • Tikta – bitter foods and vegetables

Apathya (unwholesome food, lifestyle) :-

  • Diwaswapna – day sleep
  • Agni santapa – exposure to the heat of sun
  • Vyayama – excessive exercise
  • Atapa – heat of sun
  • Maithuna – excessive indulgence in sex
  • Masha – black gram
  • Kulattha – horse gram
  • Nishpava – flat bean
  • Kalaaya – peanut
  • Viruddhaahara – mutually incompatible foods
  • Dadhi – curds
  • Ikshu – sugarcane
  • Moolaka – radish
  • Madira – excessive consumption of alcohol
  • Kanji – fermented drinks
  • Tila – sesame
  • Katu – excessive consumption of pungent foods
  • Ushna – excessive consumption of hot foods
  • Guru ahara – excessive consumption of heavy (to digest) foods

Other Treatment:-



Duration: 60 minutes

Pizhichil, which literally means squeezing, is a unique contribution of the Kerala tradition of Ayurveda. Here, cloth dipped in warm medicated oil is squeezed over the body. The therapists squeeze the oil with their right hand and simultaneously massage with their left hand in down ward strokes.


Pizhicil helps to relieve body pain and muscle spasms, preserves and promotes optimum health. It promotes development of muscles and increases immunity which helps prolong life span. It helps improve blood circulation, enhances skin complexion with its anti aging and revitalizing therapeutic oils.


Duration: 45 minutes

This is the quite essential Ayurveda therapy. Expert birla ayurveda therapists massage your head and the whole body with lukewarm ayurvedic oil.


Regular Abhyangam enhances proper blood circulation, increases immunity, improves complexion and relaxes the mind.


Duration: 45 minutes

This is a specialized herbal treatment for weight reduction. A herbal paste or powder is applied all over the body and deeply massaged with specific movements. This therapy helps in exfoliating the whole body and removes Kapha toxins from the body.


Udwarthanam tones the skin and muscle, removes cellulite and inturn helps in reducing weight. It imparts good complexion to the skin and revitalizes the body.


Duration: 45 minutes

Cooked navara rice, herbal powders or Herbal leaves boluses bound in cloth pouches(named Navarkkizhi, Podikizhi and Elakizhi respectively) are a strengthening fomentation employed to prevent or treat Musculo-skeletal disorders, neurological dysfunction, Arthritis and Rheumatism.


It is very effective for back-ache, muscular pain, stiffness and swellings of limbs and joints, sprain and cramps, sciatica, spondylosis & soft tissue inflammation especially joint pains. It supports anti-aging and strengthens the joints and tissues

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