Pain and stiffness are often associated with changes in weather, especially with falling temperatures in winter. Understanding why some people respond to weather changes and others don’t is unclear, but there are a few steps you can take to feel more comfortable and reduce your risk when the weather gets cold.
In Indian culture, winter is characterized as Vata Dosha (dry and cold) and has a detrimental effect on the joints. With age, problems such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, idiopathic arthritis or ankylosing spondylitis become common and winter causes a lot of pain.
Today we will talk about whether the pain in the joints in autumn and winter is accidental or due to some other reasons, and whether we can cure the aching joints through alternative medicine Ayurveda.
What are the joints?
Joints are the connections between the bones in the body that connect the skeletal system as a whole. They are designed to allow different types of movements. Some joints, such as the knee, elbow and shoulder, are self-lubricating, almost friction-free and are able to withstand compression and maintain heavy loads while performing smooth and precise movements.
The connection between the tooth and the jawbone is also called the joint and is described as a fibrous joint known as gomphosis. The compounds are classified both structurally and functionally.
And what is the alternative method of Ayurveda treatment?
Ayurveda translates as “knowledge of lifestyle” or “science of longevity.” In Sanskrit, “Ayur” means “life” or “way of life”, and “Veda” means “knowledge”.
Ayurvedic medicine uses:
- detoxification and purification techniques
- medicines based on herbs and minerals
- breathing exercises
- massage therapy as methods for holistic treatment.
Ayurveda has been widely practiced in India, but continues to gain new followers in the West today. It treats the whole person, not just the patient’s health problems.
Types of energies and diagnostics in Ayurveda treatment
In Ayurveda, there are three main types of energies flowing in the human body:
- Cotton wool – blood circulation, heartbeat and respiratory tract of the body.
- Pita – the metabolism of the human body.
- Coffee – the immune system and the development of the human body
There are eight main ways to diagnose Ayurveda:
- Nadi – is used to diagnose the pulse.
- Mootra – used to diagnose urine.
- Small – used to diagnose stool.
- Alive – serves to diagnose the tongue.
- Shabda – serves to diagnose speech.
- Sparsha – used to diagnose touch.
- Print – serves to diagnose the vision.
- Aakruti – serves to diagnose the appearance.
Why does the common cold cause pain and stiffness?
There is no single explanation for why falling temperatures affect the joints. One theory concerns the drop in barometric pressure that causes tendons, muscles, and surrounding tissues to dilate. Due to the limited space in the body, this can cause pain, especially in the joints affected by arthritis.
Are some people more susceptible than others?
Everyone’s body responds to fluctuations in barometric pressure, but people with arthritis and those with chronic pain are more vulnerable to discomfort. Bad weather can also affect people’s moods; if you are sad or depressed, the perception of pain may be increased.
- Strong pain. The main symptom is severe pain in the affected joints. The tissues in and around the joints become inflamed and the movement of the joint is extremely painful. If we continue, untreated arthritis can lead to permanent deformity of the affected joints.
- Mild fever. Severe pain and stiffness in the affected areas, especially stiffness and pain (ie fingers, wrists, elbows, knees, ankles) in the morning. Pushing pain and stiffness in the joints.
- Physical trauma
- Viral strain
- Old joint injury
- Infections – Many infections cause joint pain and muscle aches
- Virus infection
- Bacterial infection
- Improper diet and lifestyle
When should you consult a doctor?
If you have any unusual or new joint symptoms – such as constant swelling, redness, difficulty pressing or using the joint – it is a good idea to consult your doctor. If you have persistent or severe pain that becomes debilitating, seek medical attention immediately.
Reduce the risk of joint pain
- Relieve the shock of cold weather on your body by dressing in layers to stay warm.
- Build muscle and bone strength through exercise. This reduces the pressure on your joints so that they are less prone to injury.
- Maintain a healthy weight to reduce stress on the joints, especially the knees.
- Avoid excessive strain on the joints during daily activities.
- Apply warming pads on painful places. The heat helps to relax your muscles.
- Get up, take a walk and be active indoors and outdoors. Stretch before going outside to loosen stiff joints. Increased activity in winter keeps your muscles and joints healthy.
- Sleep well at night, eat healthy and maintain a positive outlook.
Coffee foods for joints
Sleshaka Kafa (synovial fluid) is located between the bone joints and helps the smooth movement of the limbs. Kapha is responsible for maintaining tissues, body fluids, lubrication, flexibility and firmness in the body. They are important for the proper functioning of the joints and therefore it is important to include more foods to balance Kapha, especially in winter.
Okra, sprouts, pumpkin seeds, spinach and black beans help to restore Sleshka Kafa in the body and facilitate painless movement of the joints.
Warm Ayurvedic massage by Potali
Ayurveda warm paw massages are useful for promoting muscle and joint relaxation The paw, known as Potalis in Ayurveda, can be prepared at home and used for frozen shoulders, spondylitis pain, arthritis and all kinds of joint and muscle pain .
How to prepare a homemade paw?
Pack in clean muslin or cotton cloth:
- 1 cup rice powder
- 3 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
- 1 teaspoon cardamom powder
- 1 teaspoon cloves powder
- 1 teaspoon rock salt.
Tie it in a bag. Take a glass of sesame oil and heat gently in a pan. Dip the bag in warm oil. Check the heat of the joints and apply gently to the joints. This will relax the muscles around the joint, promote blood circulation and provide incredible pain relief.
Yoga to relieve pain, flexibility and strength
It is known that Marjariasana (cat pose), Balasana (child pose) and Gomukhasana (cow pose) keep the joints flexible. However, these asanas should not be done when you are in pain. Doing these yoga asanas regularly gives the joints flexibility and smoothness and strengthens the joint muscles.
Fenugreek is a high quality antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties, which makes it a preferred choice for the treatment of joint pain.
- How to use:
Swallow a teaspoon of fenugreek powder mixed with honey and drink a glass of lukewarm water with it. Do not swallow all the liquid from the glass at once! Take slow sips. You will soon notice a difference in the severity of the pain you are experiencing.
- Joints are in good health with the same healthy diet as the heart and brain, with fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, whole grains and oily fish that help reduce inflammation and keep them healthy.
- Fruits and vegetables are the main dietary source of vitamin C, which is necessary for the synthesis of collagen in cartilage, as well as for its anti-inflammatory antioxidant effects.
- Celery seeds and bitter gourd are very useful.
- It is also important to drink enough fluids and especially water to maintain joint hydration.