Ayurvedic Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

rheumatoid-arthritis Ayurvedic Management of Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis is the disorder that affects the joints and at times it affects the multiple joints and is called Amavata in Ayurveda. The weakened digestive fire inside the body will produce toxic materials which are called Ama in ayurveda and these toxic materials in turn is carried by vayu and get deposited in different parts of the body especially in joints. These deposits will produce swelling, pain and redness in and around the joints. Rheumatoid arthritis spread gradually and will affect all joints and at times may affect the other organs also.

In ayurveda provide good treatment for managing the joint disorders. The treatment includes drug therapy, detoxification process, dietary regimen and life style modification. The recommended treatment will be different for different people.

Life Style Modification

Rheumatoid arthritis patients have to change their life style. They have to avoid the cold breeze and wind as this will affect their health badly. They have to bath in warm water and have to completely avoid the cold water bath. They are recommended to do light and regular exercise. They are not supposed to take water just after consuming food. They are also recommended to take a gentle walk after taking food.

Dietary Regimen

The rheumatoid patients have to be particular about their diet. They have to include wheat, horse gram, butter milk, old rice, garlic, bitter gourd, ginger etc in their diet. Along with this they have to avoid certain foods like oily foods, junk foods, Chinese foods, fast foods, salty, sweet, sour items, dairy products, ice cream, jaggery, cold drinks, fish, black gram etc. Gooseberry, sweet lime juice and orange juice will improve the efficiency of anti rheumatoid drugs.


The drugs offered by Ayurveda include a lot of herbs that has the ability to control the inflammation and can remove the toxic materials from the body. castor oil is also found to be beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis.  The herbal medicines that are used in ayurveda are Terminalia chebula (Haritaki), withania somnifera(Ashwagandha),  Alpinia galangal(Rasna), Commiphora wightii(Guggulu), Operculina turpethum(Trivert),  dry ginger (sunthi) etc. The most widely used medicine for rheumatoid arthritis is Commiphora wightii.


In ayurveda therapies are widely used to ward off the toxic accumulations in the body. There are different types of therapies and some of them are

Snehana is a kind of therapy in which the entire body is subjected to oleation by giving more concern to the affected parts.

In Swedana the affected parts are applied with steam and sometimes with sand bag fomentation. This will relieve the pain and inflammation.

Virechana Karma is a therapy that uses herbal preparations which o consumption will help you to purge your body and there by removes all the toxins accumulated in the body.