Ayurvedic perception of Amavata



  • Every disease is described in terms of imbalance of humours – vata, pitta and kapha – in human body, according to Ayurveda. Arthritis, one of the very prevalent diseases, is also described in such terms by this medical system and the arthritis ayurvedic treatment has proven to be very effective in many
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    Ayurveda states that arthritis is caused by accumulation of ama and aggravation of vata. While vata is associated with air, (one of the main elements of nature), ama denotes a toxic byproduct of improper digestion. `` It is very interesting to know how Ayurveda explains a disease like arthritis. According to ancient texts, the toxic substance gets circulated throughout the body and sometimes deposited in the joints. This situation combined with an imbalance in vata humour results in arthritis. In Ayurveda, this disease is called amavata,’’ says Hitha Udayan, an Ayurvedic student.

    Ayurvedic remedies mainly focus on controlling these two factors – ama and vata, says Ranjith, another Ayurvedic student. The Ayurvedic therapies focus on digesting the toxic elements as well as reducing the vata. At the same time, therapies will also be conducted to help patients relieve pain and inflammation. Fasting, diet control, body massage with oil, etc will help reduce ama and the pain related to the disease.


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