Arthritis Treatment in Ayurveda

Arthritis – Inflammation of one or more joints,cusing pain and stiffness.

Different types of arthritis exits and for that, there are different Arthritis Treatment in Ayurveda, each with different causes including wear and tear, infections and underlying diseases and Most Common types of arthritis are Rheumatoid arthritis,Osteo arthritis

According to Ayurveda mostly pains are caused by the aggravation of vata (air) dosha. Arthritis is a condition which is caused by accumulation of ama and aggravation of vata. (Ama is a toxic by-product of improper digestion. )This ama circulates in the whole body and deposits or gets collected at the sites which are weaker. When it deposits in the joints and at the same time there is aggravation of vata , it results in a disease called amavata. This amavata is arthritis.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

  • Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory arthritis in which all the major and minor joints are involved associated with pain and stiffness.
  • Women are 2-3 times more prone than men.
  • It is an autoimmune disorder.


  • Small joints of fingers,toes,hands and wrist are inflamed.
  • Morning stiffness more than 30 minutes or much longer is seen with mild fever.
  • Stiffness or restricted range of movement and painful joints.
  • Swelling is present.
  • Rheumatoid nodules are seen in posterior aspect of elbow and in sacral region .


  • Low Hb.
  • High ESR.
  • RA may or may not be positive.

Ayurveda Perspective:

  • RA comes under vata rakta spectrum of ayurveda
  • it is called khuddam because joints are involved and vata balasam because vata is very strong in this disease.
  • vata has got the quality of ruksa and cala guna.
  • Rakta has got the quality of sara and tiksna guna.
  • Ruksa produce degeneration tiksna and vidahi produce inflammation.
  • it's like the combination of fire and wind in the forest and the patient gets vatarakta.
  • As described above ama and vata are the main causes, so efforts should be made to digest ama and to reduce the vata. The digestion should be improved so that no further ama is produced. Efforts should be made to relieve the pain and inflammation. This is the line of treatment according to Ayurveda.