Osteo arthritis – sandhivat

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative joint disease characterized by the breakdown of cartilage in the joints, leading to pain, stiffness, and loss of mobility. In Ayurveda, osteoarthritis is often correlated with “Sandhigata Vata,” which is considered to be caused by an imbalance of the Vata dosha, leading to dryness, inflammation, and degeneration of the joints.

Ayurvedic treatment for osteoarthritis focuses on balancing the doshas, reducing inflammation, nourishing the joints, and alleviating pain. Here are some common Ayurvedic approaches used

Herbal Remedies:

    • Ayurvedic herbs with anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and rejuvenating properties are commonly used to reduce inflammation, relieve pain, and promote joint health. Examples include:
      • Guggulu (Commiphora mukul)
      • Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)
      • Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera)
      • Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
      • Ginger (Zingiber officinale)
    • Maha Ayurved Arthritis kit contains  special decoctions, powders, or tablets .
    • Dr Ravindra Borade is most popular ayurved doctor for osteoarthritis to restore knee health .
  1. External Therapies:
    • Localized treatments such as Abhyanga (Ayurvedic oil massage) and Pinda Sweda (herbal poultice massage) can help reduce pain, inflammation, and stiffness in the affected joints.
    • Specific Ayurvedic treatments like Patra Pinda Sweda (herbal bolus massage) or Choorna Pinda Sweda (dry herbal bolus massage) may be used to alleviate stiffness and improve mobility.
  2. Ayurvedic Panchakarma:
    • Panchakarma therapies, such as Basti (medicated enema), Virechana (therapeutic purgation), and Nasya (nasal administration of medicated oils), may be recommended to detoxify the body, balance the doshas, and alleviate symptoms of osteoarthritis.
  3. Diet and Lifestyle Modifications:
    • Following a diet that pacifies the aggravated doshas, particularly Vata, can help reduce inflammation and support overall joint health. This may include consuming warm, nourishing, and easily digestible foods, as well as incorporating anti-inflammatory spices like turmeric and ginger into meals.
    • Lifestyle recommendations may include practicing gentle yoga asanas (postures), maintaining a regular sleep schedule, managing stress through relaxation techniques like meditation and deep breathing exercises, and avoiding activities that exacerbate symptoms.
  4. Yoga and Pranayama:
    • Gentle yoga asanas and pranayama exercises can help improve flexibility, strengthen muscles, and reduce stress in individuals with osteoarthritis.


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