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Ayurveda views Osteoarthritis as a clinical condition which requires replenishment of lubrication around the affected joints, achievable through the process of bṛṁhaṇa (satiation). Ayurvedic Osteoarthritis treatment emanating from natural remedies for Arthritis involves internal medications and external therapies, which are patient-specific and guided by the stage of the disease. The patient's response to treatment is determined by the duration and degree of the manifested disease, as well as their age and the cause of the condition. For example, Osteoarthritis of a degenerative cause and of recent onset can be reversed through natural treatment for osteoarthritis using specific medications and exercises, while patients with later-stage chronic symptoms will, at a minimum, see greatly reduced pain and an increased range of movement. At all stages, the progression of the deterioration can be arrested using Ayurvedic treatment for Osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis Vs Rheumatoid Arthritis, the main difference is the cause behind the joint symptoms. Osteoarthritis is caused by mechanical wear and tear on joints. Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease in which the body's own immune system attacks the body's joints. Similarly, it should be clearly understood at the very outset that Osteoarthritis and Osteoporosis are common but two different conditions. While Osteoporosis causes bones to become fragile and prone to fracture, Osteoarthritis is a common, crippling and age-related degenerative condition, where the cartilage cushioning the joints wears down over time. It is the most common articular disease worldwide and one often hears of Osteoarthritis knee, Osteoarthritis ankle etc. Osteoarthritis typically affects joints of knees, spine, hips and hands. Osteoarthritis symptoms develop slowly and worsen over time. These include:

 

  • Pain, including knee pain, in the affected joint during or after use, or after a period of inactivity
  • Tenderness in the joint.
  • Stiffness of the joint is experienced more while the person wakes up early in the morning or following a period of inactivity.
  • Grating sensation while moving the joints
  • Swelling in some cases

While treating Osteoarthritis with ayurveda, the joints are the seats of śleṣaka kapha (lubricating substance), which facilitates the appropriate and effective mobility of these joints. Due to the aging process and other degenerative causes the vāta (one of the three humors that is responsible for all types of movements) increases generally, and in these sites. This in due course of time desiccates the lubricating substance. This is a condition termed as sandhigata vāta(osteo arthritis). This limits the range of activity of the joints, causing stiffness and pain, reflected in conditions such as Knee Osteoarthritis.

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