Arthritis is one of the common problems in developing as well as developed countries and according to statistics about 25% of the world population are affected by this disease. In medical terms it is referred as `pain and swelling in the joints which may lead to disability of the joint or limb if untreated properly`. The word `arthro` means joints, hence, `arthritis` means pain or inflammation of joints. The condition mostly affects menopausal women in developing countries, however, it can affect anyone irrespective of age, sex, or occupation.
Management with Yoga Therapies
Most Yoga texts and experts recommend the following Yoga postures for arthritis.
e. Simple Pranayama to strengthen the immunity
Management with Ayurveda
Arthritis can be better managed with Ayurveda rather than any other systems of medicine. This therapy includes internal medicines and external therapies like application of medicated oil, pouring medicated oil, and application of medicated herbal rice mixture.
In India, people prefer Ayurveda for any kind of arthritis related problems.
Management with Diet and Nutrition
Food and drinks rich in minerals, vitamins, and proteins
Fiber rich fruits
Raw vegetable juices
Common Home Remedy
Consuming milk processed with fresh ginger
Drinking water processed with cumin seeds
External application of oil processed with camphor
Consuming raw juice of white radish once a month
Application of hot vinegar on the affected areas
Intake of coconut milk as well as external application
Naturopathy experts claim that taking lemon juice with honey in empty stomach is effective in reducing the arthritis pain and inflammation. Similarly, fresh juice of cucumber, pumpkin, and carrot help relieve arthritis pain. Tribal medicine practitioners claim that taking water or milk with turmeric juice is effective. And in cold areas, crushed garlic can be applied to reduce pain and inflammation.
Arthritis can be effectively managed by Complementary and Alternative systems of medicines such as Ayurveda, Yoga etc. There is no requirement for continuous intake of antibiotics, pain killers, or steroids which may lead to other unwanted complications such as liver disorders, cancer, etc.
However the only way to prevent arthritis is through proper diet and physical exercise.