Ayurvedic approach to Joint disease


Ayurvedic approach to Joint disease

Joint disorders affect about 80% of the older individuals in North America however the symptoms are worse in the colder weather. The causative factors of joint pains may be due to obesity, improper use of joints, overuse of the joints, sports injury, stress or diet. Most commonly affected joints are knees, ankles, elbows, wrists, fingers and toes.

Ayurveda identifies two major types of joint problems. One type is due to poorly nourished, dry joints with decreased synovial fluid to facilitate the movement of the bones and ligaments. As we age the Vata dosha becomes prominent and common symptoms are popping and cracking, muscle tics and spasms.

Another type of joint diseases is due to the accumulation of toxins built up in the joint due to poor digestion. The initial symptoms are joint congestion and swelling. If left untreated, it leads to inflammation, burning sensations and pain. As the condition progresses, the chronic inflammation leads to the degeneration of the joint itself.

Ayurveda offers simple guidelines and herbal remedies for supporting healthy function of the joints.

  • Maintain a regular schedule, sleeping and waking at the same time each day.
  • Daily perform self-massage with Nourishing Vata massage oil or Dhanvantara oil to liquefy the impurities in the tissues and reduce degradation of bones.
  • Massage medicinal Mahanarayana oil locally into sore, stiff joints to strengthen the joints and improve circulation around the joints.
  • Favour warm nourishing easy to digest meals. Include ghee or flax seed oil in to the diet along with turmeric and Trikatu a digestive formula of ginger, black pepper and long pepper to re-kindle digestive fire and burn the toxins.
  • Avoid white sugar, alcohol, processed food, dairy specially cheese and yogurt.
  • Guggul is considered muscle relaxant, anti-inflammatory and penetrating herb to remove the toxins within the joints. Ayurvedic formulation like Joint flex could be used effectively.
  • Immune boosting herbs like guduchi and ginger helps to reduce the inflammation and pain.
  • Keep the colon clean with regular bowel movements. Use Haritaki twice daily after meals as colon cleanser.
  • Practice gentle yoga and meditation daily.

Enjoy these Ayurvedic tips to restore your bones and joints even if you feel a little stiffness or heaviness in your joints.

Neelam Toprani is an Ayurvedic researcher and the formulator of Sewanti herbal remedies and Padmashri massage oils. She has been studying various healing modalities and eastern spiritualties from many masters.

One of the objectives her Company is to take the timeless wisdom of Ayurveda and translate it into practical solutions to improve the quality of life.

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