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Natural herbs to manage arthritis

As with many health conditions, Ayurveda has a bunch of ideas for this one too

brunch Updated: Nov 24, 2018 22:06 IST
Shikha Sharma
Shikha Sharma
Hindustan Times
Ayurveda,arthritis,Natural herbs
Ayurveda has many ways to manage arthritis(istock)

Arthritis is among the many disorders that Ayurveda is able to treat by using medicinal herbs. This incredibly painful condition – and rheumatoid arthritis is even worse – can be chronic in its nature, causing joint dysfunctions as well as reduced flexibility and mobility.

In rheumatoid arthritis, the joints are attacked by the body cells, resulting in redness, heat and swelling. This inflammation is the cause of the pain that every patient of arthritis suffers.

General advice
  • Try to reduce your intake of rice, and refrigerated and old foods
  • Avoid irregular eating times
  • Avoid food combinations like curd and watermelon and meat and milk
  • Avoid pickles and junk foods

Here are some safe and effective herbs recommended in Ayurvedic texts that will manage both arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis naturally:

 Turmeric: Haldi or turmeric is a well-known anti-inflammatory herb. Take it as a decoction twice a day, sipping it slowly while it is still hot. Just add a pinch of haldi to water, and boil till the water turns a golden haldi colour.

Ashwagandha: This herb has a host of benefits from helping your hair shine, to reducing stress and anxiety. For patients of arthritis, ashwagandha’s ability to reduce inflammation is particularly important.

Musta or nagarmota: Another herb with several benefits, nagarmota or musta is often used as a diuretic and to prevent intestinal infections. Like haldi and ashwagandha, it also helps reduce inflammation in the body, which is just what is needed by patients of arthritis.

 Ginger: Prescribed for sore throats, intestinal gas, and indigestion, ginger root also reduces inflammation and improves joint mobility. Boil some in water and sip this decoction while it is still warm.

Ksheerabala taila: This oil is composed of three elements – cow’s milk, a herb named bala, and til oil. This combination reduces the imbalance of air (vata) in the body.

From HT Brunch, November 25, 2018

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First Published: Nov 24, 2018 21:00 IST