Rheumatoid Arthritis

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RHEUMATOID – INTRODUCTION

Aam Vata is a disease of joints (Sandhi Vikar). Toxic byproducts of impaired digestion (Aam) and aggravated Vata are the causative factors of Aam Vata.

TYPES

Aam Vata can be classified in two different ways:

Depending on the dominant dosha/s [Sharangdhar poorvakhand 7:41]

  • Vataj
  • Pittaj
  • Kaphaj
  • Sannipataj / Tridoshaj

Depending upon the severity of the symptoms

  • Acute stage
  • Chronic stage

Acute stage is characterized by:

  • Intense pain, swelling and burning sensation in the affected joint. The pain can be compared with the pain caused due to a scorpion sting.[Ma.Ni.25:8][Ma.Ni.25:7]
  • Loss of function of the affected joints
  • Loss of appetite
  • Distaste in mouth
  • Increased saliVataion
  • Increased thirst
  • Constipation
  • Gurgling sound in abdomen
  • Heaviness and stiffness in the whole body
  • Laziness
  • Increased urination
  • Unconsciousness

These symptoms may get aggravated during night time, cold weather, rainy season and periods of emotional stress.

Chronic stage is characterized by:

  • Mild symptoms
  • Joint deformities