By Dr. Jiva Ayurveda, Ayurveda
Arthritis patients experience a peaking pain when the temperature drops. There is an interesting underlying question which Ayurveda has answered millenniums ago with the concept of Doshas. Vata Dosha and Pains Coolness, dryness and roughness are cardinal properties of Vata Dosha. It is also the usual suspect in all pains. In fact, in Ayurveda, Osteoarthritis is known as SandhiVata and Rheumatoid Arthritis is known as AmaVata. There is a clear role of Vata in two of the most common joint pain issues. Gout, lumbago, headaches and muscular pains may also be caused by imbalance in Vata Dosha.
Recent Research on ‘The Effect of Weather on Pain’
There are sacs of synovial fluid which cushions the joints and people who are sensitive can detect the subtle changes in these sacs when the temperature, pressure or humidity of the atmosphere change.
At the University of Manchester, a study called ‘Cloudy Pain Project’ is underway to understand what exacerbates pain in winter. 13,500 volunteers are participating in the study and initial understandings point towards a clear connection with the change in temperature.
Incidentally, this is what Ayurveda has already explained 5000 years ago as vitiation of Vata Dosha in the joints.
Herbs for Pain Management
1. Guggulu: Guggulu has been prescribed for pains in Ayurveda for ages. This herb has anti-inflammatory properties and heals pains in joints and muscles.
2. Amla: Indian Gooseberry is used to treat rheumatism. 1 teaspoon of Alma powder consumed with 2 teaspoons of jaggery (gud) provides relief in joint pain.
3. Turmeric: Haldi, or turmeric has curcumin, an anti-inflammatory ingredient which reduces pain. Turmeric can be consumed with milk or applied in the area of pain as a poultice (potli).
4. Rasna: Rhizome (root) of the Rasna plant can be ground to a paste and applied on the pain area for relief. It can also be consumed internally, but only after proper consultation with an Ayurvedic doctor.
5. Ginger: Ginger can also provide effective pain relief. The paste made of olive oil and ginger can be applied on the painful joint for relief.
You can also try Jiva Pain Calm Potali, which is a combination of herbal oil and ‘potli’ effective in bringing relief in a wide range of pains, like neck and back pain, arthritis, shoulder stress, and spondylitis.
Ayurveda suggests treating the root cause of a pain rather than suppressing it with a pain killer. Without proper treatment, pains can become debilitating later on. Get root-cause treatment of your arthritis, gout, lumbago, migraine or muscular pain with Ayurveda.