In general, arthritis is an inflammation of joints. Osteoarthritis, one of the most common type of arthritis, occurs due to the breakdown of cartilage in joints. It can occur in any joint of our body, but commonly occurs in the weight bearing joints of the hips, spine and knees. It may affect fingers, neck, large toe and thumb.
Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
The common symptoms of osteoarthritis are listed below:
- Soreness of joints which results due to overuse of inactivity.
- After a rest, stiffness occur that usually goes away quickly when you are active again.
- Stiffness during the morning, that usually lasts not more than 30 minutes.
- Pain in affected area.
- Joint pain, less in the morning and more in the evening.
- Difficulty with walking due to pain and stiffness.
- Swelling in the joints.
Causes of Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis is not caused by any single reason, but several factors are there which increases the chances of developing this disease. These factors include advancing age, obesity, overweight, family history of osteoarthritis and history of joint injury.
Effect of Weight on Osteoarthritis
Healthy weight, in general, helps to maintain the overall health of the body. Osteoarthritis can be prevented by maintaining a healthy weight. If you are overweight, then losing weight can help prevent osteoarthritis of hips, knees and spine because losing weight reduces the stress on these weight bearing joints of our body.
Effect of Exercise on Osteoarthritis
Exercise is must for a healthy body. Exercise helps to improve our mood and helps to relieve from stress. In case of osteoarthritis, exercise improves movements of the joints. It helps to strengthen the muscles that surround the joints. Exercises such as swimming and walking on flat surface are recommended for osteoarthritis patients, as these exercises are less stressful for our joints. An exercise like jogging and high impact aerobics should be avoided as these exercises increases joint pain. In short, the exercises which strengthen the muscles that surrounds the joints, reduces the pain in osteoarthritis patients and hence recommended for them.
Who can Get Osteoarthritis?
Osteoarthritis can occur at any age, but mostly affects middle aged and older people. Women are at higher risk of developing this disease than men. In general, the risk of this disease increases with age.
Osteoarthritis is known as "Sandhivata", in Ayurveda. "Sandhi" means the joint. According to Ayurveda, osteoarthritis is known to be caused by the vitiation of Vata dosha. Vata dosha is one of the tridoshas of the body which symbolizes wind or air and governs all the movements of the body. As vata is dry in nature, it usually absorbs the fluid from any part of our body and hence causes destruction of the cartilages by reducing the fluid (synovial fluid) inside the joint.
Vata dosha may get imbalanced by consumption of cold, stale and dry food, poor sleeping habits and exposure to severe dry and cold weather. Degeneration of cartilages which occurs due to aging, strain on the joint, injury to the joint are some of the frequent causes of osteoarthritis.
Herbal Remedies for Osteoarthritis
Planet Ayurveda offers best combination of effective herbal remedies such as Joint Support Pack for ayurvedic treatment of osteoarthritis. These herbal remedies are prepared from using best quality herbs and strictly follow the principles of Ayurveda.
- Bone Support - 1 Capsule twice daily with lukewarm water, after meals.
- Boswellia Curcumin - 1 capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.
- Yograj Guggul - 2 tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.
- Coral Calcium Complex - 1 Capsule twice daily with lukewarm water, after meals.
1. Bone Support
Bone support capsule has natural calcium extracts obtained from the natural, herbal sources of calcium. Each capsule contains standardized extract of herbs like asthishrinkhala (Cissus quadrangularis), Shudh Laksha (Laccifera lacca), Sahijan (Moringa oleifera), Arjun (Terminalia arjuna) and mineral source, Praval pishti (Corallium rubrum).
Bone support can be taken as a great health supplement to support joints and bone health.
2. Boswellia Curcumin
Boswellia Curcumin is a capsule formulation by Planet Ayurveda which consists of standardised extract of herbs Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). Osteoarthritis is a condition in which there is aggravation of vata dosha which leads to degradation of affected joints. So Boswellia Curcumin capsules have wonderful antioxidant and vata pacifying properties effective in managing this condition.
3. Yograj Guggul
Yograj Guggul being one of the best joint supporting classical Ayurvedic formulations assist in managing osteoarthritis too. This is prepared by Planet Ayurveda in tablet form under the strict guidance of M.D Ayurveda practitioners. This formulation consists of various properties such as analgesic, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant which assists in managing various symptoms such as pain, stiffness, inflammation in the affected joints.
4. Coral Calcium Complex
Coral calcium complex from the house of Planet Ayurveda is a combination of natural plant and vegetable extracts that effectively help in supporting the skeletal system.
These capsules are purely vegetarian and made from the best quality and purified coral and plant extracts which are rich in many minerals such as Phosphorus, Magnesium, Silica, Vitamin D etc.
All these minerals together help to support healthy bones and joint support in the body. The ingredients of coral calcium complex are as follows:-
Praval pishti, Akik pishti, Jwar mohra pishti, Kamdudha rasa, Mukta pishti, Giloy satva.
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