Treatment for Arthritis
There are over 100 different forms of arthritis. The most common form, osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease) is a result of trauma to the joint, infection of the joint, or age. Other arthritis forms are rheumatoid arthritis, psoriatic arthritis, and autoimmune diseases in which the body attacks itself. Septic arthritis is caused by joint infection.
The major complaint by individuals who have arthritis is pain. Pain is often a constant and daily feature of the disease. The pain may be localized to the back, neck, hip, knee or feet. The pain from arthritis occurs due to inflammation that occurs around the joint, damage to the joint from disease, daily wear and tear of joint, muscles strains caused by forceful movements against stiff, painful joints and fatigue.
The most important factor in treatment is to understand the disorder and find ways to overcome the obstacles which prevent physical exercise
Ayurveda advises that you avoid hot and spicy food and other foodstuffs that can aggravate bodily gas like cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, okra, potatoes etc.
It also advises that stuffs like coffee, tea, sugar, yoghurt amongst others should only be enjoyed in moderation. This is too aid the purification of the digestive system.
The best foodstuffs to consume to achieve purification are: Fruit Juices, homemade soups, fresh fruit, green salads and cooked vegetables like pumpkin and squash.
These are readily and cheaply available and can be easily added when cooking most foods.
Other herbal remedies are Guggul and Contra-Indications which can be ingested by adding a small dose to a cup of warm water twice daily.
But note Contra-Indications is dangerous to those suffering from kidney ailments and should be taken if you are.
Fasting is another method used in Ayurvedic arthritis treatment. It goes without saying that if taken too far this can be very dangerous, but if done in moderation it is a wonderful way, even if you choose only to partly fast, to purify the body of all its toxins.
To achieve this safely you should take into account the age of the person and the seasonal local weather conditions and to fast for only about one day out of seven.
Arthritis Natural Remedies
Light exercise. But don’t go overboard, know your limits and don’t exercise too much that it causes further aggravation to your arthritic condition.
Regular intake of orange juice or other vitamin C based beverage, as the goodness of the vitamins helps combat skeletal pain.
Regular body massages in mustard, sesame oils or by-products of reduces vata which thus reduces the pain. Rub harder and longer on the most severely affected areas for full benefits.
If you are an arthritis sufferer then the Ayurvedic way is probably the healthiest way to ease your very painful condition. All the above methods should be done in moderation and to suit the individual needs and health. To get the best results it is best to do a little bit of each one.
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