Author: Dr. Vikram Chauhan

Natural Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a common debilitating autoimmune disease in which body’s immune systemthat is meant to produce antibodies against any foreign pathogens like virus orbacteria,start attacking its own system by fault, causing inflammatory and painful condition in joints and causes inflammation, swelling, pain and stiffness in the joints. It is progressive, that conditions get worse with time and leads to deformity.

Amavata is its Ayurvedic name.

Causes

The cause of RA is not known exactly but combination of Genetic and Environmental factor may be the reasons.

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Symptoms

Generally it starts with fatigue, morning stiffness (might last for more than an hour), extensive muscle aches, and loss of appetite and weakness and joint pain start appearing. If joint is not used for a while, it can become warm, tender, and stiff. Joint involvement is symmetrical that is on both sides of the body, and affected areas are like wrist, knees, elbows, fingers, toes, ankle or neck.

Other symptoms include:

  • Shortness of breath with chest pain
  • Dryness of  eyes and mouth (Sjogren syndrome)
  • Eye burning, itching, and discharge
  • Rheumatoid nodules formation (usually a sign of more severe disease)
  • Numbness, tingling, or burning in the hands and feet
  • Difficulties in sleeping.

Natural Cure for Rheumatoid Arthritis

This chronic inflammatory diseaseis common disease and it is to be treated seriously to get rid of the pain and lead a healthy life. Rheumatoid arthritis is a hereditary disorder which cannot be completely cured, but with effective management of the symptoms, the progression of the disease can be easily controlled. Planet Ayurveda has herbal remedies for rheumatoid arthritis that is capable to alleviate the pain and get relief at the earliest and which is extremely beneficial.

Product Description

1. Joint Aid Plus (Capsules)

Joint Aid Plus is an herbalpreparationavailable as capsules. A perfect amalgamation of standardized extract of amazing Ayurvedic herbs that work synergistically to reduce pain and inflammation of joints up to a vast extent.

The herbs present in this formulation are:-

  1. Nirgundi (Vitex nirgundo) – Nirgundi is a small plant aromatic herb whose flower, fruit and leaves are used for its medicinal properties. It has anti-histamine, anti- inflammatory properties and is a muscle relaxant. It acts as a mild topical analgesic and helps in inducing natural sound sleep.
  2. Shallaki (Boswellia curcumin) – Boswellia is an herb that consists of boswellic acids which can fight against inflammation and is helpful in treating arthritis. Boswellia has an anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic action in acute and chronic conditions of inflammation. Does not have analgesic effect but suppresses inflammation. Boswellia is effective herb in reducing joint swelling, arthritic pain and morning stiffness and increases the mobility.
  3. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – Ashwagandha is a natural herb with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. It maintain balances of tridosha, specially kapha and vata. It is an amazing herb for keeping the joints healthy. Ashwagandha in combination with other herbs supports Osteoarthritis and other similar inflammatory conditions of the joints.
  4. Sonth (Zingiber officinale) – Zingiber officinale south, commonly known as ginger. It is commonly known as dry ginger. Dry Ginger is also one more useful anti-inflammatory herb and very potent analgesic that improves appetite and good for digestive and respiratory system.
  5. Guggulu (Commiphora mukul) – Guggulu herb has analgesic and anti-inflammatory action that providesnatural remedy to reduce joint pains and swelling. Ayurvedic texts have defined it as one of the useful herb for rheumatoid arthritis.Guggulu has property that reverses the degenerative effects occurring in bones and joints and relieves pain in arthritis.
  6. Giloy (Tinospora cordifolia) – Giloy is the herb having antipyretic and anti-inflammatory property which makes it to be used in fever and general debility. It balance the three doshas.

Dose: 2 capsules, daily two times with water after meal.

2. Boswellia Curcumin (Capsules)

Boswellia Curcumin is a combination of natural extracts of 2 herbsvery well known for their actions and properties. Boswellia Curcumin Capsules are effective to bring relief in inflammatory and painful conditions that makes its successful use in rheumatoid arthritis. These besides reducing pain and swelling also improvelocal blood circulation and flexibility of your joints.

Herbs are:-

  1. Shallaki (Boswellia curcumin) – Boswellia herb having boswellic acids reduces inflammation and arthritis. Boswellia is a resource of anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties and is effective in reducing joint swelling, arthritic pain and morning stiffness and increases the mobility.
  2. Haridra (Curcuma longa) – It is an extraction of rhizomes of Curcuma longa. This herb with medicinal nature has anti-inflammatory effects and ishelpful to treat the Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis.

Dose – 2 capsules daily for two times with water after meal.

3. Ashwagandha Capsules

Ashwagandha capsules are herbal formulation that is 100% vegetarian is beneficial in debilitating conditions. Its regular use can bring the strength back to muscles, relieves the muscles and calmsdown the nervous system. These are prepared from the standardized extracts of pure herb

Ingredients:-

  1. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – This Ayurvedic herb having medicinal values that gives anti-inflammatory effects resulting in reduction of swellings and restoring blood supply and is also rich in natural alkaloids providing relief from stress, anxiety relief, improves the stamina, and ability to maintain physical effort. Ashwagandha is a good forrejuvenationand helps togive nourishment of the tissues, mainly of muscles and bones.Results with very beneficial effects are seen in diseases like Amavata (rheumatoid arthritis)

Dose – 2 capsules daily two times with water after meal.

4. Aamvatantak Churna

Aamvatantak churna is purely a natural herbal remedy with a good blend of a number of herbs. The ‘Aam’ actually means endotoxins and this churna helpin digestion of ama (endotoxins) in body. This herbal formulation gives beneficial effects particularly in condition where joints are stiff in the morning and there is severe joint pain and brings reduction in the symptoms of local pain, swelling and stiffness. This also boosts the immune system and improves the blood flow of affected joints.
Its unique herbs aredescribed in Ayurveda as best anti-inflammatory, detoxifying herbs. So it is an effective remedy for Rheumatoid arthritis and joint pains due to other reasons.

Ingredients:-

  1. Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) – Ashwagandha is a medicinal herb.It is an anti – inflammatory and relieves the joint pains naturally. Ayurveda has explained the use of this herb in severe cases of crippling rheumatoid arthritis in ancient time especially in case of deformity in the joint structure due to erosions. It prevents the depletion of calcium from the joints, and lessens the pain and helps in building the body strength. Much effective in case of swollen joints, inflammatory conditions of joints. Ashwagandha is therefore very useful herbal remedy for RheumatoidArthritis.
  2. Methi – Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum) – Fenugreek is an aromatic herb that acts as a herbal remedy for Rheumatoid arthritis. As Ayurvedaexplains that ‘Aama’& ‘Vata’ are responsible in causing joints problem and severe joint pains.
  3. Suranjan – Autumn Crocus (Colchicum automnale) – This herb is not only useful in Rheumatoid Arthritis but also effective in disturbed uric acid metabolism. Ayurveda has made this herb useful for painful joints swollen due to imbalance in uric acid metabolism. Due to presence of ‘Colchicine’, it reduces the pain and inflammation in the joints naturally. Found to have great use for rheumatoid arthritis and joint pains due to other reasons.
  4. Gorakhmundi (Rice Field Weed) – It is another valuable herb for normalizing the uric acid metabolism and is as well helpfulin managing the painful joints. It is worthwhile in cleansing the system and reducing symptoms of Rheumatoid arthritis.
  5. Haridra (Curcuma longa) – This medicinal herb known to have anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antioxidant and immunity booster properties thatgive relief by lessening the pain, tenderness, inflammation of the joints. It Providesnourishment to joints and gives strength to the joints as well as to body. It is beneficial for overall health.
  6. Sonth (Zingiber officinale) – Usually called as ‘Dry Ginger one of the major herbs that makes the removal of ‘ama’ acting as a detoxifying. It is aneffective pain killer as well as anti-inflammatory herb. The great natural remedy to reduce joint pains and swelling. Ayurvedic medicine for rheumatoid arthritis.

Dose – 1/2 to 1 teaspoonful twice daily, with plain water or Aloe Vera juice or Kumari Saar after meals.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Slipped Disc

Nowadays life is moving at a fast pace. People are using their bodies like a machine. Without proper maintenance thismachine develops many degenerative changes which are painful and also decrease the functional efficiency of our body, A slipped disc is also one such disease.

The intervertebral discs are tightly packed between two vertebrae and these act as protective shock absorbing pads between the bones of the spine. When a disc herniates or ruptures, it may create pressure against one or more of the spinal nerves which can cause weakness, pain or sometimes numbness in the area of the body served by those nerves. Slipped disc affects the spine in which a tear in the outer, fibrous ring (anulus fibrosus) of an intervertebral disc allows the soft, central portion to bulge out beyond the damaged outer rings.

A slipped disc is also known as a herniated disc or prolapsed disc and ruptured disc. Slipped disc is usually due to age-related degeneration of the anulus fibrosus. Other Factors that lead to slipped disc include Poor posture combined with the habitual use of incorrect body mechanics, hard physical labour ,Post-delivery in women, lifting heavy objects, especially accompanied by twisting or turning; excessive strain, and sudden forceful trauma. A herniation may develop suddenly or gradually over weeks or months.

Slipped disc can occur in any part of the spine but it is more common in the lower back especially at the L4-L5 and L5-S1 levels. It is called lumbar disc herniation. This is because the lumbar spine carries most of the body’s weight. The second most common area is neck region mainly at C6-C7 levels. It is called cervical disc herniation. The area in which you experience pain depends on what part of the spine is affected.

Degenerative disc disease deals with normal changes in your spinal discs with the progression of age. Spinal discs are soft, compressible discs that separate the vertebrae that make up the spine. The discs act as shock absorbers for the spine.I t allows spine to flex, bend, and twist. Degenerative disc disease can take place throughout the spine, but it most often occurs in the discs in the lower back (lumbar region) and the neck (cervical region).

Ayurvedic View of Degenerative Disc Disease

According to Ayurveda Degenerative disc disease is vataj disorder which occurs due to dhatu kshaya. With advancement of age vata increases in body and causes many degenerative changes in the body. When vata increases it causes dryness and loss of fluid in your discs. This reduces the ability of the discs to act as shock absorbers and makes them less flexible. Loss of fluid also makes the disc thinner and narrows the distance between the vertebrae. As the space between the vertebrae gets smaller, there is less padding between them, and the spine becomes less flexible. The body reacts to this by formation of bone spurs (osteophytes). These bony growths or osteophytes are called Asthi Dhatu Vridhi due to vitiation of vata in the body. Bone spurs can put pressure on the spinal nerve roots, resulting in pain in the area of the body served by those nerves.These changes are more likely to occur in people who are having vatik prakirti, who smoke cigarettes, those who do excessive physical work and liftheavy objects in routine. People who are obese are also more likely to have symptoms of Slipped disc/ degenerative disc disease.

Signs And Symptoms

Symptoms of a herniated disc can vary depending on the location of the herniation and the types of soft tissue that are involved. A herniated disc can therefore produce symptoms anywhere along the course of that nerve, A slipped disc can produce different symptoms like varying degrees of pain in the back or neck along with numbness or weakness, tingling, paralysisand paresthesia.

Planet ayurveda provides disc care pack for herniated disc problem. This pack helps in relieving spasm of muscles, prevents further protrusion or herniation of disc and reduces inflammation of soft tissue if any.

Disc Care Pack

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1. Boswellia Curcumin

It is packed with pure herbal extracts. Boswellia Curcumin is very effective natural supplement by Planet Ayurveda. It is importantfor maintaining musculoskeletal health. It is a perfect combination of Boswellia and Curcumin.

Boswellia Serrata (salai Guggulu)  is a gum resin extracted from a tree, (Boswellia) has long been used in  Ayurveda. The boswellic acids that are a component of the resin have shown favourable results for various inflammatory conditions. Studies have shown thatboswellic acids, are most potent inhibitorof an enzyme responsible for inflammation,thus making it excellent anti-inflammatory herb for joint pains and herniated disc.

Its Second ingredient Curcumin is having best anti – inflammatory properties and is useful for osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis. It acts best in inflammatory dis orders.

Boswellia Curcumin contains 100% standardized herb extracts.

It is a pack of 60 capsules.

Dose – 1 – 2 capsules twice daily after meals with water.

2. Aamvatantak Churna

Aamvatantak Churna is a blend of ingredients like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera),Haridra (Curcuma longa), Methika (Trigonella foenumgraecum), Surnajan (Colchicum luteum), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus Indicus) and Shunthi (Zingiber officinale). All these herbs act together in a synergestic manner to pacify vitiated kapha and vata ofbody and thus effectively manage joint pains These herbs are having Aama pachak action (toxin clearing action) and vata pacifying action. Gorakh mundi is a pitta pacifying herb in this preparation thus making this formulation usefulfor pitta prakirti people also. Ashwgandha is a potent nervine tonic and relaxes nervous system there fore it is useful to calm down pain along the course of the nerve and relieve pain due to slipped disc.

Dose – 1/2 to1 tsp twice daily with wateror with Kumari saar(juice) after meals

3. Yograj Guggulu

It is a classical ayurvedic preparation for vataj diseases like joint pains and slipped disc.MainIngredients of Yograj Guggulu are Shudh Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica), Pippali (Piper longum), Jeeraka (Cuminum cyminum), Devdaru (Cedrus deodara), Ela (Eletteria cardamomum), Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Mustaka (Cyperus rotundus), Haritaki (Terminalia chebula), Sonth (Zingiber officinale) etc. These are Aam pachak and anti-inflammatory in action. This natural supplement comes in tablets form that helps to maintain healthy muscles and joints. This classical formulation is traditionally used in Ayurveda for painful joints.muscular pain and Slipped disc. It strengthens the skeletal and neuromuscular system.

Yograj guggulu is 100% standardized herbalcombination according to Classical Ayurvedic texts.

It is a pack of 120 tablets.

Dose – 1-2 tablets twice or thrice daily after meals with water

4. Hakam Churna

A wonderful blend of ingredients such as chandershoor (Lepidium sativum), Kalaunji (Nigella sativa), Mehika (Trigonella foenumgraecum) and ajwain (Trachyspermum ammi). This combination is renowned as tridoshic Rasayan. Hakam Churna maintains equilibrium of tridosha and supports healthy body functions. It pacifies vata and kapha dosha in body. It balances digestive fire (jatharagni) in the body.

Chandershoor (Lepidium sativum) is a specific herb in this formulation. Its powder is given to women in Postpartum Phase to pacify vata and to relieve lower backache. Its other ingredients like methi and ajwain are equally important in Postpartum Phase to keep body aches at bay.

There fore Hakam Churna is a unique formulation by Planet Ayurveda for Slipped disc.

Dose – 1 tsp twice daily with lukewarm water after meals.

Pack – It is available in pack of 100gms