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How to deal with monsoon related body aches

Most people love the relief that monsoon brings from summer, but some poor souls find themselves besieged by aches and pains. These could be pains in the joints, increased stiffness and a feeling of pain in old injuries.

brunch Updated: Jul 22, 2017 22:46 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
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Though many studies have tried to find a scientific reason for the rise in sensations of pain during a weather change, nothing conclusive has been found so far(Getty images)

Most people love the relief that monsoon brings from summer, but some poor souls find themselves besieged by aches and pains. These could be pains in the joints, increased stiffness and a feeling of pain in old injuries.

Though many studies have tried to find a scientific reason for the rise in sensations of pain during a weather change, nothing conclusive has been found so far. One body of modern research says that increased pains are due to the drop in atmospheric pressure, due to which the fluids in the body swell, causing pain symptoms. Another school of thought describes rainy weather pains as psychosomatic.

Ayurveda describes the rainy season as the time when two kinds of energies work together negatively: vata energy, which causes movement and also body pains and gas formation, increases, while digestive energy decreases, leading to higher chances of indigestion. Here’s what you could do to avoid these:

If you have rheumatoid arthritis

∙ Avoid foods like curd, sweets, rice, pickle, tomato ketchup, brinjal and sour drinks.

∙ Reduce joint pain and inflammation with this ginger and honey drink: Crush some ginger, boil it in three cups of water till it’s reduced to two cups, and add a teaspoon of honey. Drink it warm twice a day.

∙ Add garlic to your food. Garlic is anti-inflammatory.

∙ Drink turmeric milk: Add a pinch of turmeric to boiling milk, consume just before bedtime.

∙ Warm sesame seed (til) oil and massage the knee joint.

For aches in bones and muscles

∙ Add a few drops of peppermint oil to warm til oil and massage.

∙ A hot fomentation is particularly useful in this season.

∙ Avoid salt in your dinner on particularly painful days.

∙ Ensure you have a calcium-rich diet. Seeds (til, sunflower, flaxseeds) and nuts are rich in calcium, and so is paneer.

∙ If the pain is severe, check your Vitamin D levels.

∙ Avoid using the air-conditioner continuously as it aggravates body pain.

From HT Brunch, July 23, 2017

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First Published: Jul 22, 2017 22:46 IST