Rheumatoid Arthritis (Ama Vata)
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a long-lasting autoimmune disorder that primarily affects joints. It typically results in warm, swollen, and painful joints. Pain and stiffness often worsen following rest. Most commonly, the wrist and hands are involved, with the same joints typically involved on both sides of the body. The disease may also affect other parts of the body.
This may result in a low red blood cell count, inflammation around the lungs, and inflammation around the heart. Fever and low energy may also be present. Often, symptoms come on gradually over weeks to months.
While the cause of rheumatoid arthritis is not clear, it is believed to involve a combination of genetic and environmental factors according to modern pathys. The underlying mechanism involves the body's immune system attacking the joints. This results in inflammation and thickening of the joint capsule. It also affects the underlying bone and cartilage.
Ayurveda interpret it as Amavata and has clearly defined its causes and pathogenisis in the classics. So a definite treatment protocol is mentioned in tackling this condition which is being followed by us. The treatment requires regular monitoring of the symptomatic condition and also systemic involvement of the disease. A course of panchakarma with external treatment should be followed in this condition. Rather than following a fixed protocol this disease requires a condition wise approach. Many patient was able to withdraw pain killers and lead a much better living condition through our treatment.