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Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation, swelling and tenderness that can affect one or more joints. There are different forms of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the most common form. Some common symptoms of arthritis include joint pain, swelling and stiffness. These symptoms may worsen with age and affect your day to day functioning. Doctors recommend anti-inflammatory medications and painkillers to fight the discomfort. However, they may cause side-effects if taken for a long time. To improve mobility and efficiency to perform day to day activities, considering Ayurveda for arthritis can be the safest treatment method. There are several home remedies for arthritis pain that are mentioned in Ayurveda. These natural remedies for arthritis can help control pain and inflammation, that too without any side-effects.
5 natural remedies for arthritis
Shallaki herb is known to keep your joints strong and relieve them from any pain. It not only reduces the pain but also helps in diminishing the swelling and further increases mobility. Popularly known as Boswellia serrata, Shallaki is also sometimes used by experts as a substitute for modern pain killers. It is available in the form of essential oil and powder. At Jiva, it is used as one of the primary ingredients of Jiva Pain Calm Tablets.
A common ingredient found in the kitchen, Turmeric is used in Ayurveda for arthritis due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. This is because of its main active ingredient ‘Curcumin’. Adding a pinch of turmeric to the milk and consuming it daily will have several health benefits and provides anti-ageing support. Jiva Turmeric Capsules can also be taken under the supervision of an Ayurvedic doctor for increased joint mobility & flexibility.
Regularly massaging the body with Ayurvedic oils (abhyanga therapy) is an ancient Ayurvedic practise that should be incorporated into the daily routine. It not only helps strengthen the bones and muscles but also rejuvenates the entire body system and keeps your body young and energetic. Sesame oil (til) can be used for gentle body massage on regular basis. You can also store sesame oil mixed with garlic, ajwain and ginger and use it daily.
Sonth (dried ginger)
Sonth possesses medicinal properties and has long been in use in traditional and herbal medicine for the management of several conditions affecting health. For the management of arthritis condition, it is beneficial to consume ½ teaspoon sonth powder with lukewarm water daily, morning and evening. You can also make a powder of sonth, turmeric and methi (fenugreek) and have it twice a day. However, for a complete cure, it is important to consult an Ayurvedic doctor and take root-cause based personalised treatment for arthritis.
Asthi Poshak Diet
Although there is no diet that can completely cure arthritis, it is important to understand that taking a proper nutritious diet is essential to keep the bones and joints nourished. Try to reduce carbohydrate intake and focus on taking a calcium-rich diet (e.g. milk and milk products). Consuming flaxseeds, sesame seeds and pumpkin seeds are also good for bone health. Limit the quantity of wheat and rice and include other grains in your diet.
Please keep in mind that taking ayurvedic treatment for arthritis or any nutritional supplements should be taken under the guidance of a doctor. These tips can help in strengthening your bones and muscles and reduces the chances of further degeneration of the bones but cannot cure arthritis. For complete relief, consulting an Ayurvedic doctor is important. At Jiva, our doctors take a detailed case history of the patients and correct the disease from its root cause with the help of personalised medicines, therapies, customised diet and lifestyle plans. To get to the root of your problem, consult a Jiva doctor.
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