Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Publication: Ayurveda - The Science of Traditional Medicine
Author: Vaidya Bhagwan Dash / Suhasini Ramaswamy

Rheumatoid arthritis begins by affecting the joints which become swollen and painful and spreads to other parts of the body.


This disease may cause deformity if not treated immediately. In the initial stage, Mahayogaraja guggulu is useful. In winter, a larger dose is taken than in summer. A medicated oil, namely, Mahanarayana taila should be used for a gentle massage over the joints. In the beginning, this disease affects the small joints in fingers. Stiffness of the small muscle of the hands generally comes next and the fingers tend to get bent and ultimately become frozen. The infection then spreads towards the trunk involving the wrist joints, ankle joints, elbow joints are affected then Brihadvata chintamani, another recipe of medicinal plants, is used. The dosage depends on the intensity of pain and duration of disease. Castor oil should be taken as a purgative every evening. Apart from its purgative effect, castor oil has a therapeutic effect on the patient’s joints.

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