According to medical experts, Rheumatoid arthritis is considered to be a chronic disease affecting middle-aged men and women. But, it is women who are found to suffer the most from this disease. Even children are said to be affected by it. The synovial membrane, in this disease or the joints’ covering tissues, gets swollen, thereby causing pain, restriction in movement and stiffness. The joints in severe cases might get deformed. This disease is said to be caused due to disturbed immune function.

Rheumatoid arthritis treatment in Ayurveda

Rheumatoid arthritis in Ayurveda is called ‘Sandhi Vata’. If the disease has just been caught, then it is likely to respond properly to anti-inflammatory standard treatment. Although termed to be a chronic disease, it is possible to control its symptoms and to cure it completely. The standard medicine might not prove to be helpful if this disease becomes chronic in nature or there may be experienced side effects from the treatment. For such patients, the cure lies in Ayurvedic herbal treatments that are definitely very effective and useful. The patients can take ayurvedic medicines for a long time without worrying about any kind of serious side effects.

Procedures to treat rheumatoid arthritis by ayurvedic treatment

  • Sweden (local fomentation)
  • Snehan (usage of oral and local medicated lubricants)
  • Anuloman (mild laxative cure offered for a longer time period)
  • Lep (local medication application)
  • Dahan (local heat branding)
  • Raktamokshan (bloodletting)
  • Shaman (symptomatic oral cure)

There are available reputed sites that do sell authentic ayurvedic medicines to treat such conditions. Generally, the oil for cure contains bala oil (sida cordifolia), asparagus racemosus, and Vidarbha oil mainly for snehan procedures. Although the oral application is found to be simple, medicated lubricants that need to be taken orally should be first discussed with the experienced and qualified Ayurvedic practitioner.

It is possible to perform local fomentation in different ways, while Naadi Sweden is considered to be quite effective. Here, medicated steam in jet form is directed at each and every affected joint after snehan procedure. Nirgundi (Vitex negundo) decoction is used for the procedure.

Some of the local medication applications are Dashang lep, lepgoli along with mixture of Daruharidra (Berberis aristata), shrung, rakta chandan (santalum album) and alum. There are also easily available different types of medical herbal based ointments.

Bloodletting helps to reduce local pain which can be achieved by using leeches or syringe. There is withdrawn 50 ml of blood from the vein located close to the affected joint. Some physicians are said to use local heat branding to diminish joint acute tenderness. Also, are used different special metal instruments for the procedure.

Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) and castor oil treated along with castor oil does make excellent prolonged, mild laxative treatment.

Oral medications like Triphala Guggulu, maharasnadi decoction, ashawagandharishta and Guggulu are offered for longer periods. When taking ayurvedic medicines, the patient is prohibited from taking salty, cold (refrigerated) and sour food items including fermented products. Also, garlic and ginger should be used intolerable amounts.