AYURVEDIC MANAGEMENT OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS: A CASE REPORT
Assistant Professor, Panchakarma, Gurukul Kangadi State Ayurved College, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India.ABSTRACT
Rheumatoid arthritis is a commonest disorder with varied clinical signs and symptoms related to multiple organ systems, being both articular and extra articular. On the basis of clinical presentation, it is close to an entity described as Amavata in Ayurvedic texts. Presently, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are the support of treatment in this condition; however, they have serious adverse effects and have limitations for a long term therapy. Hence, there is a need for drugs having good efficacy with low toxicity profile in this debilitating disorder. Ayurveda has always given the best solutions for chronic disorders. Author has tried to give solutions to this problem through a specific treatment modality called as Vaitarana Vasti described for the treatment of Amavata. But it is only a part of therapy. The whole treatment includes Deepana, Pachana and Vatanulomana as described in the Chikitsasutra of Amavata. Drugs and combinations like Shunthi kwatha with Erandataila, Panchakola for Deepanapachana and Balachurna, Guduchichurna, Guggulu, Triphala churna as Balya and Rasayana after completion Vasti were also incorporated in the treatment. Thus the case described in this article was treated with the same guideline of Amavata Chikitsa in Ayurveda and results were obtained. Though a single case is not enough to prove the efficacy, author has tried to share his experience through this article to state that Ayurvedic treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis is very effective and enhances the quality of life of patient without creating any side effects.Keywords: Ayurveda, Amavata, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Panchakarma, Vasti, Vaitarana.
Dr. Abhinav, Assistant Professor Dept. of Panchakarma Gurukul Kangdi State Ayurved College, Haridwar, Uttarakhand, India. Mob: +919450247216