There was a time when arthritis was told to be an age-related disease. But not anymore! There was a certain study conducted in 2015 where it was found that about 91 million people suffered from arthritis and 1/3rdof this population fell among the age group of 16-60 years. This was a worldwide study conducted. However, a recent study done in India has shown that every 1 out of 6 Indians is suffering from arthritis. In modern times, arthritis has become more like a lifestyle disease.
Among the 100 different types of arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are the most common ones affecting people. Although arthritis is not completely curable, a change in lifestyle can help relieve symptoms to an extent and improve quality of life.
12th October celebrated as World Arthritis Day every year is aimed at raising awareness on the symptoms of musculoskeletal and rheumatic diseases. The day also stresses why early diagnosis is important and the chances of easy treatment.
Arthritis is directly associated with weight gain. Obesity is one of the primary risk factors of arthritis. Here are a few other reasons why arthritis is becoming an epidemic even among the younger generation -
- Calcium/Vitamin D deficiency
- Stress on joints due to vigorous exercise
- Wrist pain due to constant use of keyboards / Occupational stress on bone joints
Today, we will let you know some Ayurvedic remedies and herbs that will soothe arthritis symptoms:
A number of recent researches have been done on the health benefits of Turmeric and the results have been astounding. This herb had been used for centuries in cooking, for beauty, to treat wounds by the older generations. And scientific researches have now proved that besides having healing properties, turmeric is loaded with anti-inflammatory properties to treat arthritis and joint pain. The two chemicals curcumin and curcuminoids decrease inflammation of the joints. It also boosts weight loss.
We all know the many benefits of ginger on health. Its anti-inflammatory properties relieve pain caused by arthritis. You can massage ginger oil daily on joint pain caused by arthritis for comfort and relief. Have a cup of ginger tea daily to promote healthy weight loss.
Ayurveda considers Ashwagandha as an important herb and the extract of it can be used as an anti-inflammatory medicine. This herb has the properties of weight loss too; hence it is effective to prevent obesity.
Triphala has amazing healing properties and the concoction of herbs in Triphala is considered in Ayurveda as one of the best to treat joint inflammation and helps in healing. Triphala flushes out all the uric acid that might cause inflammation and thus relieves joint pain, gout, and arthritis. It also helps you to lose weight.
Shatavari contains anti-inflammatory properties that reduce arthritis-related symptoms. Besides, this herb also aids in metabolism and weight loss by improving digestion and flushing out toxins from the body.
Before adopting any herbal remedies for arthritis, make sure that you consult a specialist doctor for advice.