Rheumatoid 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.
Beside the knowledge of Tridosha, Ayurvedic medicine and herbs, the ancient Ayurveda scholars have laid down beautiful rules of conduct of a physician towards his patient. If a physician is even insultingly and peevishly addressed by a patient he should remain calm, mild and courageous. He should avoid improper and frivolous language particularly with the females. He should not sit down on the same bed with them.
1. How a physician should take- up a case and examine his patient is thus described -the physician should first ask the attendent questions regarding the disease, things the patient has eaten and what he has done to produce or influence the disease.
Ayurveda believes the treatment has four pillars (Chatushpad of Chikitsa) they are Doctors, Drugs, Medical Attendant and patient himself. Without any one of them treatment is not possible. In todays article post I am just focusing on medicine. While prescribing the medicine , the reaction of medicine, its dose everything are considered by the physician himself. However patient himself must have some idea regarding the Administration of the medicine.Here I have tried to enlist the nine precepts regarding it according to Ayurveda. And also all the Ayurvedic physicians should also pay much attention to the administration of medicines.
The “vata” word in aamvata suggest that it is related to vata disorder. And yes, if there is excess Vata in their bodies, they may be very thin, have dry skin, gas, constipation, bone problems, or arthritis. However, vata is not only the cause of Arthritis, it may be pitta and kapha type.
More than 100 types of rheumatic diseases according to modern concept . Causes are attributed to injury, infection, metabolic conditions, or tumors. In many cases the causes remain unknown to western medicine. Some disorders a related to age, gender,
and climactic conditions (i.e., cold or dampness). Áyurveda also cites causes related to digestive disorders.
Avipathi choornam is the best purging medicine in all pitta diseases and even in normal subjects. It is best known for curing over-acidity and constipation. Its name itself suggest that it is harmless and is safe to use in different pitta disease. The main speciality of this medicine is that it can strengthen the Agni without aggravating pitta. The formulation Avipathi choornam is taken from the text Sahasrayogam, Choorna prakarana.
Therapeutic use: 1-2 tsp./5-10 gms. Once in the morning or at night, or as directed.
This churna is indicated in following disease-
Mutrakruchra, Jwara, chardi, Kasa, Shosha, Bhrama, Kshaya, Taapa, Paandu, Mandagni, Vishavikara, and All pittajanita rogas
Yoga is not just the physical exercise. To use yoga in therapeutic way one must know that how disease occurs in the body. And to know how disease occurs there is Panchakosha (5-layer) concept. Here I shall start with the concept of Panchakosha.
Panchakosa (Sanskrit: पञ्च कोश; “five sheaths”) from root pancha, “five” + kosha, “body” — is the “five bodies,” or discernible “aspects” of man, arranged successively from the grosser to the increasingly more subtle.
In allergic rhinitis or “hay fever”, there are a number of factors that come together to cause various uncomfortable symptoms of the upper respiratory tract (throat, sinuses, nose) and eyes. Typical symptoms include a clear runny nose, nasal congestion, a clear runny nose, sneezing, nose and eye itching, and excess tear production in the eyes. Postnasal dripping of clear mucus frequently causes a cough. Loss of the sense of smell is common, and loss of taste sense occurs occasionally. Nose bleeding may occur if the condition is severe.
Psoriasis is a chronic inflammatory disease of the skin with red raised lesions characterized by severe itching, dryness of the skin and white silvery scales. It is a non infectious disease which may go in remission for years and may become worse at times. Common sites of lesions are elbow, scalp, knees and lower back. Pitting of nails is very common.
The popular Ayurvedic technique kshar sutra is related with the disease bhagandar. In modern science it is referred as piles or Hemorrhoids. Here in this article I have tried to give concept of different types of piles.
- Internal Piles or true piles- In this piles there is a saccular dialation of internal rectal venous plexus which occur above the pectinate line . And this type of Piles are painless.
a. Primary piles- This occur in 3,7and 11’0 clock position of anal wall which are formed by enlargement of 3 main radicles of superior rectal vein which lie in the anal column which occupy left lateral, right posterior, and right anterior position.
b. varicosities in other positions of lumen are secondary piles
1. Ajeernahara (Digestive/Carminative) i. Lashunadi vati ii. Lavanavashkar churna iii. Sandipana churna iv. Hingavashtak churna v. Shankha bhashma vi. Chitrakadi vati
2. Aatisaraghnh (Antidiarrhoeal) i. Bilwadi churna ii. Dhatakyadi churna iii. Mahashankha vati iv. Bhuwaneshwor vati v. Siddha praneshwor vati vi. Brihad Gangadhar churna vii. Aananda bhairav rasa viii. Ramvana rasa ix. Bhunimadi kwath x. Jeerakadharishta xi. Rato vari xii. Kanaka sundar rasa xiii. Karpura rasa
3. Apashmaarhara (Antiepileptics) i. Brahmi ghrita ii. Sarashwata churna iii. Brihad kasturibhairav rasa iv. Kalyanaka ghrita v. Panchagavvya ghrita vi. Sarashwatarishta vii. Smritisagar rasa
4. Agnidagdhashamak (Drugs of Burns) i. Seto malaham ii. Jatyadi taila iii. Jatyadi ghrita