(Last Updated on : 06/07/2017)
Arthritis is a degenerative disease of the joints and a joint disorder
featuring inflammation. This disease is common in elderly and obese
7 people. Though, it is mainly the disease of mature age but nowadays it also affects younger people. Arthritis is painful inflammation of joints affecting large weight bearing joints like knees, hips and also spine. The disease induces joint stiffness, pain, swelling and limitation of motion. Pain increases with motion and decreases with rest.
History of Arthritis
The arthritic disease has a history that dates back to the ancient period. The mention of this disease has occupied pages in Atharva Veda
and Charaka Samhita
. According to his observation these pioneers were well conversant with the fact that blood circulating through circulatory channels served as a vehicle for the spread of toxic material in the entire body.
Types of Arthritis
Arthritis is basically a complex of a wide family of musculoskeletal disorders of more than 100 different conditions that can affect people of all races, ages and genders. Most of these diseases fall into one of two categories: degenerative arthritis, such as osteoarthritis
, or inflammatory arthritis, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
Causes of Arthritis
There are many reasons behind this disease depending on the form of arthritis. The reasons behind the disease include injury (leading to Osteoarthritis), metabolic abnormalities (such as Gout and Pseudogout), hereditary factors, infections, and unclear reasons (such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus). This disease is common to the people whose bodys accumulation of morbid matter is of acidic nature. Due to the alkaline nature of bones, acidic morbid matter has a tendency to move towards the bones so that it could be neutralized by their alkalinity. In this process, it usually gets deposited in the joints and the symptoms of swelling and pain begin. In accordance with Yoga
, this disease may be the result of wrong eating, living and thinking habits.
Symptoms of Arthritis
Symptoms of arthritis include pain and limited function of joints. The symptoms of Arthritis that are considered as primary include;
Stiffness of joints
Aching pain in the bones and joints
Spasticity of hands, back and head
Limping and lameness
Atrophy of the limbs
Diagnosis of Arthritis
Proper diagnosis of arthritis is needed for apposite treatment of this painful disease. The diagnosis will be based on the pattern of symptoms, the distribution of the inflamed joints, and any blood and X-ray findings. If diagnosed properly, arthritis can be treated, though the process may take some time to bring effective results.
Treatment of Arthritis
Several treatments which have been offered for this disease encompass Naturopathic treatment, Yogic therapy and Ayurveda
. Naturopathic treatment includes Water Treatment
, Dietary Supplementation and changes in diet
, Injections, Herbal Medicines and Magnetic Therapy
. In Naturopathy gentle massage
is done with red oil to relieve pain, prevent recurrence and disability. This particular treatment implements well researched natural treatments such as diet, herbs
, vitamins and other holistic therapies that reduces the side effects of medications, reduce symptom severity and frequency. Treatments are different for the patients who are in the primary stage of arthritis and for the patients who suffer from acute cases of arthritis. Yoga for Arthritis
can be helpful to cure the disease by practicing
some Yoga Asanas