What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is one of the most common diseases that require the aid of a Siddha physician in order to treat it. It is important to know the symptoms of the disease in order to understand how bad the situation is. For some, the symptoms might be as mild as morning stiffness but for many others arthritis can be a disabling disease. This is where Siddha medicine comes in. Siddha medicine refers to a physical and spiritual state of well-being.
Process of the Disease
According to Siddha medicine, arthritis pains result from the aggravation of vata (air) dosha. In Siddha arthritis is considered to be keel vayu. Siddha writings describe 10 different types of keel vayu. In order to receive the proper treatment for the condition it is necessary to diagnose exactly which dosha is more imbalanced. Just like in modern medicine, each type of keel vayu has its own group of symptoms which can be correlated with modern medicine diagnosis.
The first type is called vali keel vayu and it coincides with rheumatic fever and arthritis.
The second one is called azhal keel vayu and it is generally caused by the vitiation of pittham. It is normally correlated with osteoarthritis.
Lyya keel vayu has similar characteristics with tubercular arthritis and gonococcal arthritis is known as iyya vali keel vayu according to Siddha medicine.
Siddha medicine generally recommends the same type of foods that modern medicine does. You should choose foods which are easily digestible such as vegetable juices and soups. Other foods that are very good for treating arthritis include coriander, ginger, asafetida, garlic, fennel and turmeric.
It is recommended that you avoid eating any hot, spicy and fried foods and also sweets or wind forming foods such as cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, okra and potatoes.
Another remedy that you can use in order to help you deal with arthritis pain is ulunthu (black gram). You can grind it into a fine paste in water and apply it on the paining joints in order to relief you from pain.
It is indicated that you lose weight if you are obese or just a bit overweight because it reduces the stress applied to your joints you will become more mobile and active.
Try body massages using sesame oil because it helps reduce the vata and therefore the pain.
You can boost the efficacy of anti-rheumatic drugs by raising your intake of orange, sweet lime juices or Vitamin C.
In order for the Siddha therapy and herbal combinations to work properly they need to be personalized for each person. This is why it is very important to know exactly what type of arthritis you have. There are various Siddha medicines being used for treating arthritis which you can get really easy.