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Rheumatism characterised by intense pain and inflammation of the muscles, ligaments, tendons and / or the joints, it is termed 'Amavata' in Ayurveda. Divided into chronic muscular rheumatism (affecting muscles) and chronic articular rheumatism (affecting joints), if neglected, it may even affect the heart.

Symptoms :

  • Immense pain & stiffness in affected muscles in case of chronic muscular rheumatism.

  • Excruciating pain and stiffness in the joints in case of chronic particular rheumatism.

  •  Fever

Root Causes :

  • Accumulation in the joints of toxins (ama), formed due to improper digestion, metabolism or excretion.

  • Infections from teeth, tonsils and gall bladder.

  • Aggravated by exposure to cold weather.  

Vata type:

Most common type. Severe, throbbing and cutting pain that is variable and migrating. This becomes worse in cold weather or when cold water comes in contact with the affected joints.

Other symptoms include dry or scaly skin, stiff or cracking joints, bone deformities, gas, abdominal distension, low back pain, nervousness, fear, anxiety and insomnia.

The pain is relieved by heat. Constipation is usually a symptom. Body types will usually be thin. Best to live in a tropical climate and follow a Vata diet.

Pitta type: 

Second common. There will be a burning sensation with redness and inflammation which becomes worse in hot weather or from hot water. Diarrhea, loose stool, anger, sweating, fever, irritability are usually present. With Pitta type it is recommended to use bitter herbs and follow a Pitta diet.

Kapha type: 

Least common. There will be itching, swelling or loss of movement and edema without inflammation around the joints. It becomes worse in cold, damp or wet weather. Other symptoms may be heaviness, aches, oily skin, congestion or mucus in the stool. Pain is relieved by heat or hot-dry weather. Best to live in a hot-dry climate and follow a Kapha diet.

Few common allied diseases of Rheumatism :

Gout:    ....................for more details please click here........

This is painful metabolic disease characterized by recurrent attack of acute pain and swelling at first affecting only one joint, usually the metatarso-phalangeal joint of the big toe, later becoming polyarticular (Gradually other joints are involved and the patient experience difficulty in walking, taking and even moving)., inflammation and chalky deposits in the joints due to disturbance of the purine metabolism in the body.

In Ayurveda this is known as Vatarakta.

Join & Muscle Pain: ...........................for more details please click here........

According to Ayurveda mostly Joint & Muscle pains are caused by the aggravation of vata (air) dosha. It is a condition which is caused by accumulation of ama and aggravation of vata. (Ama is a toxic by-product of improper digestion. )This ama circulates in the whole body and deposits or gets collected at the sites which are weaker. When it deposits in the joints and at the same time there is aggravation of vata , it results in a disease called amavata that all results of Joint Pains.


Arthritis isnít just 1 disease; itís a complex disorder that comprises more than 100 distinct conditions and can affect people at any stage of life. Two of the most common forms are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

These 2 forms have very different causes, risk factors, and effects on the body, yet they often share a common symptomópersistent joint pain. The joint pain of arthritis can appear as hip pain, knee pain, hand pain, or wrist pain, as well as joint pain in other areas of the body. If you have joint pain, stiffness and/or swelling for more than 2 weeks.


Osteoarthritis is a condition in which low-grade inflammation results in pain in the joints, caused by wearing of the cartilage that covers and acts as a cushion inside joints. As the bone surfaces become less well protected by cartilage, the patient experiences pain upon weight bearing, including walking and standing. Due to decreased movement because of the pain, regional muscles may atrophy and ligaments may become more lax.

Rheumatoid Artharitis:

Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic disease, mainly characterized by inflammation of the lining, or synovium of the joints. It can lead to long-term joint damage, resulting in chronic pain, loss of function and disability.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) progresses in three stages. The first stage is the swelling of the synovial lining, causing pain, warmth, stiffness, redness and swelling around the joint. Second is the rapid division and growth of cells, or pannus, which causes the synovium to thicken. In the third stage, the inflamed cells release enzymes that may digest bone and cartilage, often causing the involved joint to lose its shape and alignment, more pain, and loss of movement.

Herbs which is useful :

Guggulu (Commiphora mukul gum) :

It is the most effect herb used in the Ayurvedic treatment of Rheumatism. Guggulu has strong rejuvenating, purifying, medicinal and healing qualities. Guggulu is perhaps used more than any other herb in Ayurveda. Vata (under-weight) and Kapha (obese) types benefit the most from this herb. Guggulu increases the white blood cell count, dis-infects secretions in the body. Guggulu has been used extensively for similar health disorders such as arthritis, gout and lumbago.

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Lohsun / Garlic (Allium sativum) :

Garlic has been demonstrated as effective for high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol and as an anti-infection agent.  It has more recently been found to be effective against rheumatoid arthritis.  It may used singularly or in combination with the usual medications.
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Rasna (Vanda roxburghii ):

The root of the plant is found Effective in inflammations, rheumatic disorders, osteoarthritis and allied disorders. It has been used for indigestion also. The decoction of the plant has been used traditionally in arthritis. The leaves are aperients and used as a laxative, analgesic and antipyretic.

Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera):

Ashwagandha is one of the most reputed drugs in Ayurvedic Pharmacopoeia for its tissue building properties. The root of the plant is found Effective in rheumatic disorders, osteoarthritis and allied disorders. Ashwagandha is considered a premiere anti-aging herb due to its rejuvenation and longevity enhancers. Its anti-inflammatory and pain reducing properties help with arthritis.
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Diet :
  • Avoid curd & all sour items pulses (except
    moong dal), rice, meat, fish, white bread, sugar, refined cereals, fried foods, tea or coffee.

  • Have potato & lemon juice

  • Celery seeds, bitter gourd are highly beneficial.

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