Ayurveda suggests that arthritis is caused primarily by an excess of Ama (undigested products) and lack of Agni (The Fire chemical needed to dissolve it) This can be caused by colon problems, resulting in the accumulation of undigested food and the buildup of waste matter. Poor digestion allows toxins to accumulate in the body, and problems with the colon allow the toxins to reach the joints. So, the way to treat arthritis is to stimulate the digestive fire (agni) and to suppress the ama.
Ayurveda distinguishes three categories of arthritis which relate to vata, pitta, and kapha. To treat this condition properly, it is vital to carefully diagnose which type you have.
Types of Arthritis according to Ayurveda
Types Of Arthritis
If arthritis is due to vata, your joints will crack and pop. They become dry and are not swollen as they may be if excess vata is not the cause.
The arthritis is characterized by inflammation. The joint becomes swollen and is painful even without movement. It often looks red and feels hot to the touch
In kapha-type arthritis, the joint also becomes stiff and swollen, but it feels cold and clammy rather than hot. A little movement, rather than aggravating the pain, tends to relieve it.
General Treatment of Arthritis
Depending on a person’s lifestyle, diet, and emotional pattern, either vata pitta or kapha goes out of balance. Then that particular dosha slows down agni (digestive fire), resulting in the toxic, sticky by-product of inadequate digestion known as ama.
Vata, the main active dosha, brings the ama into the colon, and from there it travels through the system and lodges in the bone tissue and in the joints, giving rise to the stiffness and pain characteristic of arthritis.
Ayurveda attempts to remove the ama from the joint and bring it back to the colon, and then to eliminate it. To do this, we need to keep the colon clean. It is best to determine the type of arthritis and manage it for the remedies recommended for the specific type.
Ayurveda works with the body as a whole unit so there are other things to consider such as diet but Ayurvedic massage is an amazing way of moving stuff around so that toxins are eliminated more effectively.
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