Treatment of Arthritis in India
Arthritis is a very painful joint disorder which involves inflammation of one or more joints. There are over 100 different forms of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It is an age related disorder occurring in people over 55 years of age.
There are 5 categories of arthritis medications: NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), corticosteroids, analgesics, DMARDs (disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs) and the newer biologics which give temporary arthritis pain relief but have side effects and adverse reactions. To lead a healthy life the best option is to choose an alternative treatment for this chronic disease. There are several natural cures for rheumatoid arthritis and arthritis in general. Holistic options such as chiropractic medicine, acupuncture etc. help reduce the arthritis pain. Ice and heat therapy is quite effective. Ice reduces inflammation and swelling and heat relaxes muscles and stiff joints by increasing blood flow. Gentle exercises such as swimming increase the flexibility and strength and maintain weight. Supplements such as glucosamine/chondroitin sulphate, hyaluronic acid and cetyl myristoleate are anti-inflammatory and act as effective joint lubricant. Avocado Soyabean Unsaponifiables(ASU) made from avocado and soyabean reduce inflammation. Ayurveda advocates a change in dietary habits and inclusion of body healing foods and herbs such as ginger, turmeric, garlic, commiphora mukul(guggulu), Paederia foetida(prasarani), Ricinus communis(eranda), Vitex negundo(nirgundi), Strychnos nux-vomica(kupilu) etc. which have been used for centuries to deal with arthritis and its pain.