Ayurvedic treatment for Rheumatoid arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis

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Rheumatoid arthritis


Rheumatoid arthritis is managed with lifestyle changes, therapies, medicines, and in rare cases, surgery.1

Ayurveda manages the condition by focusing on correcting the metabolism (amapachana). This is achieved by increasing the digestive fire (agni) either through fasting, deepana (appetizers) and pachana (digestive medicines), and also through panchakarma or cleansing therapy. 3

Panchakarma or shodhana therapy

It is a purification therapy. The aggravated Doshas from the body are expelled out in this procedure, thereby eliminating the internal causative factors of the disease. Metabolic process causes generation of large quantities of toxic byproducts in the body. Toxins deposited in various tissues vitiate Dosha, Dhatu etc and thereby causes diseases. Shodhana therapy removes toxins from body and restores the equilibrium of Dosha. Shodhana therapy consists of a three-stage purification process as follows:1

  • Purva Karma – preparatory purification prior to the main purification
  • Pradhana Karma – the main five purification methods (known as Panchakarma treatment)
  • Paschath Karma – post rejuvenation therapy

Additionally, Ayurveda also recommends a combination of healthy diet (ahar) and lifestyle changes (vihar) in order to manage rheumatoid arthritis effectively. These include:2,3

Diet Recommendations (Aahar)

  • Practice dieting (langhanam) or consume light diet to reduce weight, as it helps in reducing the burden on joints
  • Increase intake of garlic, ginger, neem leaves, karela, methi, cumin, old rice and vegetables
  • Castor oil should be taken during bed time to help eliminate the harmful toxins from the body
  • Mild laxatives should be taken to help regulate the bowel habits. These include harad, triphla, etc
  • Good Ayurvedic Plants for you: eranda, guduchi, punarnava, rasna, and gokshura
  • Consume light khichari (gruel) with multiple spices like ginger, turmeric, cumin, asafetida and coriander
  • Avoid certain foods such as-
    • Heavy or fatty foods
    • Spicy foods
    • Fried foods
    • Sweet foods
    • Fermented foods
    • Tea, coffee and refined sugar
    • Alcohol

Lifestyle changes (Vihar)

  • Follow a systematic daily way of life (Dincharya)
  • Avoid activities that cause both mental and physical stress
  • Avoid excessive exercise and physical activities
  • Avoid suppressing your urges (vegavidharan) to urinate, defecate, etc
  • Indulge in regular dry massages
  • Fomentation with hot sand bag or electric pad are beneficial in reducing pain and swelling
  • Indulge in yogasanas that help maintain range of movements, such as:


Virabhadrasana    Baddha konasana            Utthita Parshvakonasana             Uttanasana 

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