RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: AN AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVEAbstract
Ayurveda, an ancient system of medicine explains well about joint disorders like vatarakta, sandhivata, amavata etc. Among these, amavata is a disease which is caused due to hypo-functioning of digestive fire. Rheumatoid arthritis is the disease which keeps clinical similarity with amavata. Ama is main pathogenic factor in the disease amavata. Factors causing formation of ama have direct impact on gastro-intestinal system. So, GI regulation is the mainstay of Ayurvedic therapy in amavata (RA).There are mental factors too which cause formation of ama & hence the disease. Modern system of medicine uses anti-inflammatories, DMARDs, immuno-suppressive agents. But these drugs have bad impact on the quality of life & have so many side effects. In Ayurveda, there are pharmacological and bio-purificatory measures which remove the toxins (ama) from the body without any side effect. Among pharmaco-therapy there are herbal, herbo-mineral preparations & various decoctions. Ayurveda also emphasizes on healthy life style and dietary behaviour to check the pathogenesis of the disease. There are researches which prove, that an Ayurvedic line of management is a better way to improve quality of life in an RA affected patient.
Pramod Kumar Mishra* and N.P. Rai
Department of Kayachikitsa, Faculty of Ayurveda, Institute of Medical Sciences, BHU, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India
25 November, 2013
08 January, 2014
09 March, 2014