Joint pain can be caused by Osteoarthritis which is a degenerative joint disease that clinically presents with low-grade inflammation and pain in the joints. Inside the joints there is an abnormal wearing of the cartilage that protects and cushions the joints, as well the synovial fluid which lubricates the joints is decreased.
Sandhigata Vata is an Ayurvedic disorder that is similar to Osteoarthritis. It is one of the most common vata disorders that mainly occurs later in life due to the wearing and tearing of the joint tissue.
Case Study by Dr Vishwanath Guddadar
A male aged 63 years presented with bilateral knee joint pain and swelling. He is a professor and has a history of standing for long periods of time and is also overweight. He has suffered with pain while standing for 4 years. Initially the pain was mild, which later increased while commuting to work and standing for long hours teaching. For one year, the pain and swelling had increased around the joints as well as developing crepitation (creaking sound from the joints) while walking.
His daily activities like standing for long periods and eating unhealthy foods were exacerbating his symptoms. He consulted with an orthopedic doctor and was prescribed pain medication which offered only temporary relief. Over time, the pain and swelling continued to increase while taking the prescribed pain medication.
When the client came into my office, he was experiencing great difficulty walking, sitting in a squatting position, and was unable to climb stairs. A view of the x-rays previously taken by his doctor confirmed both knee joints have osteoarthritis, particularly the left knee.
Goal: improve walking distance and standing time
In this condition, the vata and kapha dosha are vitiated and responsible for the whole pathological process.
Preventive Measures to Help Balance Vata and Kapha
Avoiding or minimizing the use of tikta (bitter), kashya (astringent), katu (pungent), rasa (tastes) and especially avoid sheeta virya ahara (cold foods).
Lifestyle Changes to Help Balance Vata and Kapha
Once osteoarthritis is diagnosed the person should reduce shock to the affected joint. Hammering away at deteriorating cartilage is likely to speed up the degeneration. People in occupations requiring repetitive and stressful movement should explore ways to reduce the trauma to the joints. Adjusting the work area and substituting tasks will help reduce the stress on the joints.
Initially the client was given Triphaldi Churnam and Gandharvahastadi Oil for shodhana for the purpose of detoxification. These two products help to reduce sama kapha dosha (kapha toxin) and sama meda dhatu (toxins in the fat tissue) which are causing obstruction to nourish the joints.
Later adapted with vatahara chikitsa (vata balancing line of treatment). In this we used Dhanwantharam Kwath tablets and Yogaraj Guggulu tablets internally, as well as external application of Dhanwantharam Oil and Karpuradi Oil which are anti-inflammatory and pain reducing.
After administering treatment for 3 months, the pain, stiffness and swelling were reduced. Gradually, after six months of treatment, 70% of symptoms disappeared completely. Client can now walk easier, sit on the floor, and is able to stand for longer periods of time. The success of Ayurvedic treatment allowed the client to return to his daily life with minimal discomfort.
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