Nature of the disease
Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that is characteristic of the elderly. The reason is that with age, human joints become less active. This is due to their wear and destruction of cartilage tissue. Over 40 years everyone has some changes, and at a later age they may worsen.
Medical reports indicate that women are more likely to suffer from osteoarthritis . It is estimated that men are three times less likely to have such complaints. The disease progresses slowly, but timely measures and diagnosis are decisive for positive treatment.
Main symptoms and prerequisites for osteoarthritis
Depending on the development of the disease the symptoms vary from mild to severe pain in the extremities. The greater the joint damage, the more noticeable the osteoarthritis. Among the main complaints are swelling, stiffness, tingling.
As with most diseases, hereditary causes are one of the prerequisites for the development of the disease. Most often it is a congenital anomaly of the spine.
In other cases external factors are the basis for the development of symptoms. These may be trauma, overweight, overwork, prolonged immobility, age of the patient and other causes.
Before proceeding to a specific treatment the disease must be established by a doctor. The presence of characteristic symptoms is not a sufficient argument of the specialist, so additional tests are needed.
Modern medicine deals with X-rays, ultrasound imaging, magnetic resonance imaging. Only after the results of the tests are clear, the attending physician can assess the extent of the damage.
In the presence of osteoarthritis, medical treatment is applied together with additional therapies. Therapeutic exercises help to recover the victims. Physiotherapy with a set of procedures is often prescribed.
Physiotherapists can soothe pain with a series of physical activities and massages with analgesic gels. The goal is to relax certain muscle groups, to overcome pain and a feeling of heaviness in the limbs or lower back .
How does Ayurveda help with osteoarthritis?
Ancient Indian healers preached harmony with inner and outer peace, which is the basis of Ayurveda. This millennial philosophy of life views the human body as an energy field. When the balance is disturbed in him, one begins to suffer.
According to Ayurveda, the three Doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kafa are in individual proportion in each person. They predetermine the three main body types.
In fact, doshas are the basic energies and besides them there are five elements – water, air, fire, earth and space, from which the whole Cosmos is built. Restoration of disturbed harmony, which leads to health problems, is achieved with therapies and practices.
Modern Ayurveda therapists apply nature-friendly approaches that are tailored to the individual condition. It is characteristic of Ayurveda that it is not only the specific disease that is treated, but the goal is to improve and overall strengthen and get used to a healthy lifestyle.
Indian medicine is looking for the root cause of a disease or condition. The presence of osteoarthritis can be due to impaired blood circulation, problems with nerve impulses, metabolism, muscle spasms, lack of vitamins and minerals, which hinders the proper functioning of joints.
The reasons can be reduced to two main – The first is lack of useful nutrients, which is expressed in pain, cramps, discomfort, impaired motor activity. The second is related to the accumulated toxins in the body and the need to dispose of them so as not to make the body sick.
Appropriate diet, herbal decoctions, massages, balanced physical activity and useful therapies are some of the methods used by Ayurveda in people suffering from osteoarthritis.
Many of the treatment approaches are spiritual practices and rules for achieving a quality and environmentally friendly way of life.
The food we eat has a basic bearing on our health. If there are not enough fruits and vegetables, fiber, probiotics on our table, the body begins to suffer. Ayurveda pays significant attention to products that improve digestion and proper absorption of useful ingredients from everything that is on the table in raw or cooked form.
According to Ayurveda, the six main tastes should not be absent from the menu. They are salty, sweet, sour spicy, bitter and astringent. However, the first three flavors are recommended to prevail over the last three.
People with osteoarthritis should not consume products that lead to obesity, metabolic disorders, indigestion and stomach problems. From the Indian kitchen very suitable is kitsch .
This is a nutritious dish with a very beneficial effect on the body . It is easy to digest and well digested. Guitars are believed to give strength, health and beauty. Highly recommended for accumulated fat deposits, for cleansing the joints and removing toxins. Prepared with red lentils and white basmati rice.
How to cook kitsch – For four servings you need 100 grams of red lentils, 50 grams rice, 3 tablespoons ghee, salt to taste, a pinch of black pepper, half a teaspoon of turmeric, mustard seeds and cumin, 1.5 liters of water.
Heat the purified oil in a saucepan with spices, then pour the lentils and rice plus water. The dish is cooked on low heat for about half an hour. Salt is added at the end and after the stove is turned off, the pot is covered for about 10 minutes. Consume hot.
In the menu of those suffering from osteoarthritis it is good to have more legumes such as quinoa, bulgur, rye. Dairy products – yogurt, cottage cheese, goat cheese, yeast. Green leafy vegetables and fruits are useful.
Herbal decoctions also have an excellent effect on joint problems. In Ayurveda, there are combinations of plants that contain the necessary substances for nourishing the joints, better absorption of calcium and overall toning.
Therapeutic massages are another approach to treatment in Ayurveda, which is applicable in osteoarthritis. Warming procedures are preferred, in which healing oils and herbal sachets are used. They have a calming, relieving and stress relieving effect.
Trained therapists apply Abyanga massage, which is most suitable for joint diseases. It has a healthy effect on the main muscle groups, waist, back and shoulders, which are related to the nervous system and stiffness in osteoarthritis.
The herbs and oils used contribute to the restorative effect . The massage is also applied to completely healthy people after a busy daily life and accumulated tension. After the procedure a person feels toned, charged with positivism, and the pain disappears.
For a long-lasting effect, the procedure needs to be applied several times within ten days and after a certain period of time or in case of pain to repeat a series of massages. Abyanga also helps digestion and improve blood circulation.
Along with massages and maintaining a healthy diet osteoarthritis can be overcome with therapeutic gymnastics. Balance is a combination of physical, mental and emotional state.
Yoga exercises are a way to move and at the same time achieve harmony with inner peace. Doctors recommend them for movement, against stiffness and tingling, as well as spasms.
In addition, proper breathing is extremely useful for both meditation and proper release of negative thoughts, accumulated tension and harmful accumulations in the body. The postures Warrior, Dolphin, Bridge, Camilla will lead to soothing of the diseased joints.
The change to a green lifestyle will affect the quality of sleep, improve posture, the ability to recharge and properly overcome health problems.
It takes a little more willpower to change your diet and get used to systemic physical activity . Even without health problems, one needs to follow basic rules to protect oneself from disease.