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Ayurveda can help with rheumatic diseases

Rheumatism is a disease that shows many different clinical pictures in western and ayurvedic medicine. There is no such thing as one rheumatism. In both medical worlds, up to 450 different clinical pictures are known, which can be divided into four groups: 1. degenerative rheumatic diseases 2. inflammatory rheumatic diseases 3. soft tissue rheumatic diseases 4. pararheumatic diseases. All forms of the rheumatic disease have one thing in common: pain when moving. In conventional medicine, rheumatism is treated with drugs that have severe side effects. A cure is considered impossible. Ayurvedic medicine sees it in a different way!

Rheumatism can be cured from an Ayurvedic point of view

In Ayurveda, every joint, every cartilage, every tissue is regarded as vital tissue.
Where there is life, change is also possible. While conventional medicine sees rheumatism as an inflammatory process,
Ayurveda knows that rheumatism is caused by too much Ama and increased Vata. Ama is the Sanskrit term for the metabolic residues that remain in the body when they could not be metabolized. This happens when the wrong thing was eaten at the wrong time.
If the food that is difficult to digest is eaten in the evening, it can no longer be completely metabolized, because Agni, the digestive fire, recedes in the evening. And this has the consequence that Ama remains in the body and clogs the fine body channels.


When the digestive fire is too weak

Agni, the digestive fire, burns strongest at noon. This is when the main meal should be eaten, because Agni, the digestive fire, now has real power and can digest the lunch meal well. The prerequisite here, however, is that the midday meal is also chosen according to the type of dosha.
You can think of Agni as a fire. It is located in the middle of the body and regulates digestion.
In the morning it is not yet so strong, which is why Ayurveda recommends an easily digestible breakfast, preferably a warm porridge. At noon, like the sun, it unfolds its full power and, in the evening, the digestive power decreases again.
Traditional Ayurvedic cuisine recommends a light vegetarian meal in the evening.
However, since many people only have time to eat in peace in the evening, and they often feel they have to reward themselves with a meat meal because they push themselves too hard during the day, too much ama is created. And ama is the reason why Agni becomes weaker and weaker.

Rheumatism = weak Agni and increased Vata

However, weak Agni alone does not cause rheumatism. But if the Vata dosha is increased, it mixes with ama and the Vata-ama develops.
Now the development of the disease rheumatism really takes off, because the Vata-Ama also combines with Kapha and spreads into the bone tissue.

Vata is bioenergy and stands for lightness, movement, and imagination. It increases if one does not take care of one's strength.
If you permanently overstrain yourself, sleep too little, work a lot on the computer, hectic is part of everyday life and you are constantly busy with your smartphone, then Vata increases. The result is that sleep becomes worse, restlessness and nervousness increase, fears and worries spread, and decisions can no longer be made. When these symptoms occur, and it is really enough if only a few of them become noticeable, then the Vata dosha is increased. Add to this the unfavorable eating habits and the way is paved for rheumatism.

Ayurveda strengthens Agni, the digestive power

In order to treat rheumatism with Ayurveda, the first step is to work on the digestive power. In Ayurveda, rheumatism is effectively treated with a Panchakarma cure. A Panchakarma cure first strengthens Agni, the digestive fire, then Ama is drained. Unlike conventional medicine, Ayurveda attaches great importance to the connection between diet and lifestyle. Unlike conventional medicine, Ayurveda assumes that an acquired imbalance can also be brought back into balance. The appealing thing about it is that no pharmaceutical drugs are necessary for this and that no side effects can spoil life. An experienced Ayurvedic therapist will put together the appropriate diet to revive Agni, the digestive fire.
This requires about three to five days.

Panchakarma cure and rheumatism

After this preparation, ghee, the clarified butter, is used. Ama that has accumulated in the cells is dissolved out by taking ghee. Enemas also help to remove the dissolved waste products from the intestines. Stamp massage is found to be particularly pleasant, as it cools the inflamed joints very comfortably and at the same time releases Ama from the cells.
A Panchakarma cure is actually a detox cure. Toxic deposits are deeply released from the cells and eliminated through normal metabolism. Drinking hot water, which is constantly available to you during the Panchakarma cure, is particularly helpful.

With oil massages to freedom from pain

The oil massages are the royal highlight of every Panchakarma cure. They are prescribed individually as people are individuals as well. Disease patterns also differ from patient to patient and so the Ayurvedic therapist decides which oil massages are the most suitable. If rheumatism is still in an early stage, even a single Panchakarma treatment can lead to freedom from pain. However, it is a prerequisite that the patient follows the Ayurvedic dietary and lifestyle recommendations after the cure. But even in the case of long-standing illnesses that required the use of cortisone or methotrexate, an improvement can be expected in any case. If you repeat the cure two or three more times, and if you follow the Ayurvedic recommendations in the meantime, there is a good chance of significant relief. At the very least, it is very likely that the medication can be reduced to a much lower dosage. This alone is a goal worth striving for.

Panchakarma cure in Europe

A Panchakarma cure for the diagnosis of rheumatism should last 14 to 21 days on average, 21 days are better in any case in order to bring about a profound change. Since rheumatism is usually caused by an increased Vata dosha and long flights also increase the Vata dosha, it is advisable to take a Panchakarma cure in Europe. Traveling by train is the ideal form of travel. Read more about the advantages of taking the beneficial Panchakarma cure in Europe.
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