Introduction to Osteoarthritis
The widely seen reason for the occurrence of chronic joint pain is Osteoarthritis, which mostly affects the joints. Rather than being a single disease, this disorder remarks a series of functional failures in different joints all around the human body. About 20% of the total population is affected by this disease. The occurrence of this disease is generally seen in the hands, hips, shoulders, and knees. People who have crossed the age of 45 years are most likely to get affected by this disease. It is also considered the most common and oldest type of arthritis.
Reasons behind Osteoarthritis
Sandhivata is another name for Osteoarthritis that is used in Ayurveda. Here Sandhi stands for joint and vata stands for vata dosha. According to Ayurveda, the main reason behind the occurrence of this disease is the increased amount of Vata dosha. Vata is the symbol of wind or air, which controls all the movements of the body and the mind. When the vata gets increased in the joints then it causes sandhivata. Vata has the property to absorb the fluid from any part of the body because of its dry nature. All the destruction of the cartilages and synovial fluid which is present inside the joint capsule is done by the presence of vata.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
- Usual pain in the joints.
- Muscle weakness
- Loss of flexibility
Home Remedies and lifestyle suggestions for Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis treatment in ayurveda is generally done by following some home remedies. It is very effective and simple to heal the pain of this disease. Some of the most common remedies are :
- It is advised to avoid fried and oily foods.
- Make a habit of taking a nutritious diet.
- Keep you away from cold and dry foods.
- It is advised to have black gram cereal once a week.
- Intake of fresh vegetables, soups of lentils, pulses are very beneficial for the sufferers.
- Make a habit of following a regular sleeping routine.
- It is advised to use hot or cold packs on the affected area.
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