One of the most common diseases of old age is Arthritis. There are two forms of this disease called Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis respectively, the most common form being Osteoarthritis. In this condition, the joints become inflamed, stiff and painful to the point that the patient finds it extremely difficult to do day to day activities like climbing stairs, running or even walking. According to the modern medicine system, since Arthritis is a joint degenerative disorder it cannot be cured permanently but can be managed with Allopathic medication but Ayurveda suggests that using natural Ayurvedic herbs, it can be completely cured. Other non-naturopathic solution sought after nowadays is the Surgical replacement of the joint itself.
Arthritis And Joint Pain Causes
Out of the two forms of arthritis, Rheumatoid arthritis is considered a more dangerous and painful form. It involves minor and major joints of the body like hips, knees, small joints of feet and finger joints and also muscles, tendons and surrounding tissues. Osteoarthritis occurs due to the reduction of cartilage and loss of fluid around the weight-bearing joints of the knees and spine. This loss of lubricating fluid aka Synovial fluid creates friction in the joints causing pain as well as bone degeneration and erosion of opposite bones. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, happens due to inflammation of synovium or the lining of the joints. Rheumatism if not treated timely can cause a severe deformity in the joints.
Ayurveda explains Rheumatoid arthritis with the concept of Ama. Ama is described as toxins produced from undigested food which get deposited in joints and other weak parts of the body causing inflammation and pain.
Ayurveda is well equipped with managing arthritis with the help of natural herbs and supplements. Here are the top 5 herbs for arthritis.
1Parijat (Indian Night Jasmine)
Parijat also known as Harsingar is a plant with a beautiful white flower with an orange centre and a pleasant fragrance. This tree is considered a divine tree in India, with magical healing qualities and the flowers, are used in the worship of Lord Krishna. The leaves of Harsingar are an excellent remedy for arthritis. A decoction made from the leaves if consumed regularly for a few months reduces the inflammation and pain of joints. It is even considered that regular usage can give relief from even many years old arthritis of both kinds.
Method of Consumption
The best way to consume is to get fresh harbinger leaves.
- Take 7 to 8 fresh leaves of Harsingar. Wash and clean them.
- In a mortar, make a paste.
- In a steel pot, add 1 glass of normal water and mix in the paste.
- Heat this mixture on medium to low flame till the water remains half the quantity of the original mixture. Do not use aluminium pots, use only copper or steel pots.
- Let it cool down and then filter the contents.
- Drink this on empty stomach in the morning and evening. Afterwards, do not consume anything for 1 hour.
Doing this for 3 to 6 months reduces the inflammation and pain considerably.
Note: If you cannot find fresh leaves, there are some pharmacies selling dry leaves of Harsingar known as Parijat Kwath. You can replace the leaves and use the kwath by taking 1 tsp and soaking in normal water at night. Boil this water instead and follow the rest of the procedure.