Ayurvedic Approach on Rheumatoid Arthritis

Aamvata-arthritisRheumatoid arthritis is described as “Amavata” in Ayurveda. The word ‘Ama’  means undigested, toxic or unwholesome product, which is produced in the body due to weakening of digestive fire. This ‘Ama’ is then carried by vitiated ‘Vata’ and travels throughout the body and accumulates in the joints, which is the seat of ‘Kapha’ (one of the three bodily humors (tridosha) i.e. Vata, Pitta and Kapha). As this process continues, all the joints are gradually affected, which results in severe pain and swelling in the joints. Here, pain is due to vitiated “Vata” swelling due to affected Kapha When ‘Pitta’ also gets aggravated, it causes burning sensation around the joints.

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