Osteoarthritis or OA, as it is commonly called, is considered a long-term state of joints in which the bony process which cushions the ends of bones, slowly and gradually loses the flexibility and starts eroding. Without any protective bony process, the bones start to brush against each other which in turn leads to swelling, stiffness, no movement is experienced by patients. The treatment therapies for this, work only for pain reduction and in controlling swelling to a little bit, but the natural cause, still remains unnoticed. Even the medicines prescribed are not that much effective. The side effects they have is a different story, altogether. Many times, the person has to undergo joint replacement, the person keeps stressing of the cost of the surgery only.
How does Ayurveda come to the rescue?
When the patient does not get any relief from rushing to the doctors and medicines also stop showing any relief, then is the time, person resorts to other things, and starts looking for alternative therapies., including our very ancient therapy, none other than Ayurveda. Let’s quickly have a glance, as to how will this work in the case of Osteoarthritis.
Herbal treatments, offered by Ayurveda
Ayurveda has plentiful herbal treatments, for OA, most of these things have properties that help in healing swelling, without any side effects, which a person has in case of having other medications.
Our very own turmeric or haldi (as it is popularly called by Indians)
Turmeric, commonly found in South Asian and East Asian Cooking. Many used to cure swelling, in Ayurveda, some researchers also suggest that it can protect the stomach from NSAID
Ginger / Adrak
There are many effects of Ginger. Just like Turmeric, even this works on swelling
Another very popular herb in Ayurveda, Triphala has been used in India for many thousands of years for curing osteoarthritis; it contains three herbs, mainly, Amalaki, Haritaki and Bibhitaki.
Another Ayurvedic herb, considered to have a calming effect on the body.
Meditation, in reducing Pain
Yet, another principle in Ayurveda is knowing the importance of both, emotional and spiritual aspects of healthy living. Health is achieved by keeping a balance between body, mind and spirit. Mediation is very useful for this goal. Practising meditation regularly creates physiological changes, one of them being minimum inflammation. Mind-body practices like meditation have a great effect on treatment for people suffering from severe pain.