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Rheumatoid arthrits is an inflammatory disorder that adversely affects the joints in your hands and feet. The disease affects the lining of your joints causing a painful swelling that may eventually lead to bone erosion and deformity. Rheumatoid arthritis may some times affect other vital organs of the body such as skin, eyes, lungs and blood vessels.

Rheumatoid Arthritis is an autoimmune disease, which means that disease results from your immune system attacking your own body tissues.rheumatoid-arthritis

As rheumatoid arthritis can affect multiple organs of the body, this condition is referred as a systematic illness and it is sometimes called a rheumatic disease that has the potential to cause functional disability.

Although rheumatoid arthritis is common in people over 40 years of age, it can appear at any age. The disease is more common in women than in men. Genes, environment and hormones might contribute to the causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis.

In the Ayurveda texts, rheumatoid arthritis is described as “ Ama Vata”. It says that if the “ama vata” gets aggravated, it becomes most difficult disease.

Ayurveda recommends following treatments for Amavata (Rheumatoid Arhritis)

  • Langhanam (Fasting)
  • Sodhana Chikitsa (Body purification)
  • Shamana chikitsa (Symptom relief treatment)

Authored by Dr. RANI GUPTA

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