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Ayurvedic rheumatoid arthritis treatment in Kerala

Rheumatoid Arthritis ( known as Amavata in Ayurveda) is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic inflammation of the joints. It can also cause inflammation of the tissue around the joints, as well as in other organs in the body. It occurs by the body tissue’s immune system, the body’s tissues are mistakenly attacked by their own immune system.  Patients with autoimmune diseases have antibodies in their blood that target their own body tissues, where they can be associated with inflammation. Arthritis can also affect multiple other organs of the body. Ayurvedic treatment for rheumatoid arthritis in Kerala, India, offers a comprehensive and holistic approach to managing the condition. Kerala, known for its traditional Ayurvedic practices, provides a serene environment for healing and rejuvenation

According to Ayurveda, most pains are caused by the aggravation of vata (air) dosha. Arthritis is a condition that is caused by the accumulation of ama and aggravation of vata.  Ama is the toxic material caused due to weakening of the digestive fire (i.e’mandagni’) in the alimentary system, which leads to poor digestion and stagnation of undigested food material. ‘Ama and ‘Vata travels all along the body and finds convenient places such as joints, which is the seal of ‘Kapha’ and deposit itself there, causing an imbalance of ‘Kapha’ ‘Kapha is the basic element responsible for strengthening the body and also provides lubrication to joints.  As this process continues, all the joints are gradually affected resulting in excruciating pain, swelling, and morning stiffness of joints resembling arthritis.  When pitta also gets aggravated, it causes a severe burning sensation around the joints and later causes deformities.

Ayurvedic Treatment Approaches for Amavata (Rheumatoid Arthritis)
  • Langhanam ( Fasting)
  • Shodhana Chikitsa ( Purification of the body)
  • Shamana Chikitsa ( Treatment for subsiding the symptoms)


Langhanam – Langhanam is done by means of complete absence of food, or by giving green gram/rice/ barley soups.

Shodhana – shodhana is done through panchakarma therapy. Through this procedure, toxins are eliminated from the body.

Snehana – Internal and external oleation to the body/ affected parts is given as a preliminary process.

Swedana – This is done by the application of steam on the affected parts. It helps in reducing inflammatory conditions in the body. Especially in ‘Amavata‘ fomentation with a sandbag is recommended. 

Virechana – It is a type of purgation that is induced by oral intake or herbal compound preparations. By the process of virechana, the ‘ama’ is eliminated from the body. Also, the bowel is cleansed which results in proper absorption and assimilation of the medicinal preparations properly.

Vasthi – This is done by administration of an herbal enema. It is helpful in chronic cases.

Shamana Chikitsa – shaman chikitsa is done by using very effective and time-tested ayurveda formulations including medicines, diet regimen, and lifestyle.

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