Arthritis is a prevalent ailment that affects over 54 million adults in the United States, which is approximately one in five individuals. The condition manifests itself in the form of joint pain in various parts of the body such as the knees, hips, fingers, ankles, and shoulders. Arthritis is a common cause of joint pain and can lead to a reduction in the quality of life for those affected.

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What is arthritis?

"Arthritis" literally means joint inflammation. It can cause pain and swelling, which can make it challenging to move or perform physical activities. Arthritis has several types, each with distinct symptoms and treated in unique ways. While it is most common in older adults, it can develop in anyone regardless of age or gender. Fortunately, Ayurvedic medicine offers hope through its array of therapeutic options. Let’s take a closer look at how Ayurveda can be used to bring relief and respite from the painful effects of arthritis.

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What are the different types of arthritis?

The most common types of arthritis include:

  • Osteoarthritis, or “wear and tear” arthritis- There are many types of arthritis, but it is the most common. In this joint cartilage breaks down under repeated stress.
  • Ankylosing spondylitis, or arthritis of the spine (usually your lower back).
  • In juvenile arthritis (JA)- the immune system attacks the tissue surrounding joints, typically affecting children 16 or younger.
  • Gout- it is a disease that causes hard crystals of uric acid to form in your joints.
  • In people with psoriasis, joint inflammation known as psoriatic arthritis can develop due to an autoimmune disorder that causes skin irritation.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis- it is a disease that causes the immune system to attack synovial membranes in your joint
What are the symptoms of arthritis?


Certain types of arthritis are genetic and can be inherited from your parents or siblings.


As you age, your risk of developing conditions such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gout increases.


If you have had a joint injury while playing sports, it can lead to the development of arthritis in that specific joint.


Overweight or obese individuals are at a higher risk of developing arthritis.

What are the ayurvedic treatments for arthritis?

Nutritional Advice

In Ayurveda, the balance of doshas is emphasized through diet. It often recommends anti-inflammatory foods for arthritis.


Medicinal Herbs

There are several ayurvedic herbs used to alleviate arthritis symptoms. The herbs used include ashwagandha, guggul, turmeric, and boswellia.

Oil Massage

Regularly massaging warm sesame or mustard oil into affected joints can alleviate pain and stiffness.



This is a detoxification process in Ayurveda. It is used to treat severe cases and also involves therapies like Virechana (purgation) and Basti (enema) to remove toxins and balance the doshas.


Gentle yoga postures and stretches can help improve joint flexibility and reduce pain.


Lifestyle Modifications

Ayurveda promotes the importance of maintaining a balanced lifestyle that includes sufficient rest, effective stress management, and proper sleep

Hot or cold compress

Applying hot or cold compresses to the affected joints can help alleviate pain and inflammation.


Meditation and Pranayama

It helps to reduce stress and improve mental well-being, which can indirectly reduce inflammation.