Osteoarthritis and its ayurvedic treatment
Osteoarthritis is considered to be the most common type of arthritis and is generally found in aged people. Commonly, this disease is named as O.A and is also known as degenerative joint disease or degenerative arthritis. This chronic disease is caused by the inflammation and the breakdown of the cartilage amongst the bones of the weight bearing joints. There are many causes of this disease, among which the common ones are aging, poor metabolism of calcium in our body, obesity, over-weight, and lack of proteoglycones.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis
The following signs are seen in the patients suffering from osteoarthritis.
- One of the most common symptoms of this disease is the pain while walking.
- Cracking sounds created in the joints
- Chronic pains that becomes even more serious during nights and in cold weather.
- Difficult to bear any kind of weight in the knee joint.
Ayurvedic herbal treatment
Currently, no effective cure has been found for this degenerative disease, however, the Ayurvedic herbal medicine has delivered excellent results in this regard. The Ayurvedic medicines are very helpful in reducing inflammation, strengthening the muscles, reducing pain, and strengthening the bone cartilage. The Ayurvedic treatment can provide substantial relief to the people suffering from this disease in a short time of one to two months. Nevertheless, the treatment duration ranges from almost six to twelve months and the medicines are reduced gradually once the patient gets relief from pain. Besides herbal medicines ointments, oils, and fomentation therapy etc are also used as oral treatment.
The Ayurvedic treatment is very beneficial for both chronic and advanced osteoarthritis. There are millions of people all around the globe that suffer from this disease. Typically, this disease is considered to be life-long, painful, and a comprehensive treatment is quite necessary. Although joint replacement is very effective in treating the intractable pain of advanced osteoarthritis, but this option is not able to restore the full mobility of the joint. At the same time, this treatment is considered to be cost prohibitive.
The Ayurvedic treatments are also very useful for the people who are not able to bear the expenses of surgical procedures. The Ayurvedic treatment for this disease is normally based on the principles of strengthening, cleansing, and relieving. In this treatment, the diet suggested for the people suffering from osteoarthritis is very healthy and various useful ingredients are also included in the diet. In the same way, the lifestyle of such patients should be very active and healthy. For instance, they are strictly recommended not to misuse the joints. Besides oral medicines, the patients suffering from this disease are also given Ayurvedic massage oil which is to be applied on the joints before going to bed. This massage oil or relief oil proves to be very useful in protecting the joints. However, it is quite necessary to foment the joints properly after the application of massage oil.. in addition, a herbal steam bath is also advised for more better results.
1 in 2 individual develop the symptoms of osteoarthritis by the age of 86 in U.S.
2 in 3 obese people can have symptomatic knee osteoarthritis in their lifetime.
1 in 4 people may suffer with painful hip arthritis in their lifetime.