Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a form of arthritis that causes swelling, weakness, stiffness and loss of function in joints (Deformity). It affects any joint, but common in smaller joints. Rheumatoid is all about the lining of joints getting inflamed. Women are more prone to it more than men. They might suffer from it between 25-55.
Rheumatoid arthritis in Ayurveda is called as “Ama vata”. Ayurveda describes in detail about the disease process (etio-pathology) and its treatment methods. The treatment methods include internal medication as well as external treatments which is known as abhyanga. This is a form of Ayurvedic rejuvenation treatment , swedam (fomentation) etc.
In Ayurveda it is mentioned as,
” Sa Kashtaha Sarvarogaanaam yadaa prakupito Bhavet |
Hastha paada shiro gulpha trika jaanu uru sandhishu ||
Karoti sarujam shopham yatra doshaha prapadyate |
Sa desho rujate atyatham vyaviddha iva vrishchkaihi || ”
It infers that Rheumatoid arthritis is quite painful and a chronic disease. It makes joints of legs, hands, ankle, knee, hip and elbow joints inflamed and the pain caused is likened to a scorpion sting.