Topic of the Month
Joint & Muscle Pain
According to Ayurveda mostly Joint & Muscle
pains are caused by the aggravation of vata (air) dosha. It is a
condition which is caused by accumulation of ama and aggravation
of vata. (Ama is a toxic by-product of improper digestion. )This
ama circulates in the whole body and deposits or gets collected at
the sites which are weaker. When it deposits in the joints and at
the same time there is aggravation of vata , it results in a
disease called amavata that all results of Joint Pains.
The main symptom of this disease is severe
pain in the affected joints. The tissues in and around the
joints become inflamed and movement of the joint becomes
extremely painful. Untreated arthritis may lead to permanent
deformity of the affected joints.
Immense pain & stiffness in affected muscles,
specially stiffness and pain (i.e., fingers, wrists, elbows,
knees, ankles) in the morning.
Excruciating pain and stiffness in the
Root Causes :
The following medical conditions are some of
the possible causes of Joint pain as a symptom. There are likely
to be other possible causes.
:: Joint injury
:: Joint strain
:: Joint sprain
:: Previous joint injury
:: Infections - many infections cause aching joints and aching
- Viral infection
- Common cold
- Bacterial infection
Causes include both internal and external factors. Ama associated
with Vata (internal moving body air) quickly moves to different
parts of the body and accumulates where circulation is sluggish or
slow such as the hands, knees and other bone joints filling the
blood vessels with a waxy type material. It is also more common in
old age when Vata naturally increases in the body. Meat diet,
foods such as ice cream, to much concentrated dairy such as aged
cheese or goods of sour cream or cheese with your meals, cold
foods especially during cold weather which weaken the digestion,
heavy cakes, pastries and candies, packaged and processed foods
with little fiber are the main dietary causes. Gas producing
vegetables and legumes also create more internal air which moves
the toxins to different parts also the condition. This ama blocks
tissue pores and passages. This causes heaviness and weakness of
the heart which becomes the seat of the disease.
Most common type. Severe, throbbing and cutting pain that is
variable and migrating. This becomes worse in cold weather or when
cold water comes in contact with the affected joints.
Other symptoms include dry or scaly skin, stiff
or cracking joints, bone deformities, gas, abdominal distension,
low back pain, nervousness, fear, anxiety and insomnia.
The pain is relieved by heat. Constipation is
usually a symptom. Body types will usually be thin. Best to live
in a tropical climate and follow a
Second common. There will be a burning sensation with redness and
inflammation which becomes worse in hot weather or from hot water.
Diarrhea, loose stool, anger, sweating, fever, irritability are
usually present. With Pitta
type it is recommended to use bitter herbs along with the Guggulu.
Least common. There will be itching, swelling or loss of movement
and edema without inflammation around the joints. It becomes worse
in cold, damp or wet weather. Other symptoms may be heaviness,
aches, oily skin, congestion or mucus in the stool. Pain is
relieved by heat or hot-dry weather. Best to live in a hot-dry
climate and follow a Kapha
Herbs which is useful :
Guggulu (Commiphora mukul gum) :
the most effect herb used in the Ayurvedic treatment of arthritis.
Guggulu has strong rejuvenating, purifying, medicinal and healing
qualities. Guggulu is perhaps used more than any other herb in
Ayurveda. Vata (under-weight) and Kapha (obese) types benefit the
most from this herb. Guggulu increases the white blood cell count,
dis-infects secretions in the body. Guggulu has been used
extensively for similar health disorders such as rheumatism, gout
Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)
Boswellia Serrata is an ancient Ayurvedic herb from
India and known among herbalists as a treatment for arthritis. It
is also beneficial in helping inflammation and joint health.
Extracts of Boswellia serrata have been clinically studied for
osteoarthritis and joint function, particularly for osteoarthritis
of the knee. Extracts of boswellia serrata have natural
anti-inflammatory activity at sites where chronic inflammation is
present by switching off pro-inflammatory cytokines and mediators,
which initiate the process. Analysis of the ingredients of these
extracts revealed that the pentacyclic triterpenes boswellic acids
possess biological activities and appear to be responsible for the
respective pharmacological actions.
Rasna (Vanda roxburghii):
The root of the plant is found Effective in inflammations,
rheumatic disorders, osteoarthritis and allied disorders. It has
been used for indigestion also.
Lohsun / Garlic (Allium sativum) :
has been demonstrated as effective for high blood pressure, high
blood cholesterol and as an anti-infection agent. It has more
recently been found to be effective against rheumatoid arthritis.
It may used singularly or in combination with the usual
Indian Gooseberry (Emblica Officinalis Gaertn) :
treat rheumatism a teaspoon of the powder of the dry fruit mixed
with 2 teaspoons of jaggery can be taken twice daily for a month.
Indian Aloe (Aloe vera):
Indian aloe is useful in lumbago, sciatica, gout and rheumatism.
The pulp of one leaf is taken daily for relief.
Avoid curd & all sour items pulses (except
moong dal), rice, meat, fish, white bread, sugar, refined
cereals, fried foods, tea or coffee.
Have potato & lemon juice
Celery seeds, bitter gourd are highly
Ayurvedic Supplements :