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Ayurveda to Manage Arthritis, Joint Pain and Musculoskeletal Disorders

Experience relief with the age-old treatment and herbs of ayurveda to combat arthritis, joint pains and musculoskeletal disorders. Explore and discover the magic of pain relief with ayurveda, its natural supplements and adopt a holistic approach to life.

Edited By : Health Desk | Updated: Apr 20, 2024 14:28 IST
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Ayurvedic remedies for managing joint pain, arthritis, and musculoskeletal disorders

Joint pain, arthritis and musculoskeletal disorders are a common problem these days. Are you suffering from any of them? If so, here is a small write up that could help you manage your pain and lead a healthy life.

Remedies for Joint Pain, Arthritis

Ayurveda, an ancient healing system concentrates on treating diseases with an all-comprehensive method of taking specific nutrients and supplements that are aided by yoga and meditation.

Also read – Ayurvedic Treatment for Arthritis: Exploring Your Options

Herbal Supplements

Guggul, known as Commiphora wightii is a herb that is highly recommended in such patients. It can be consumed in 1-3 grams twice daily with warm water just after meals. However, people with certain allergies and kidney ailments should not take this. So it is best to start the herb under the recommendations of an expert.

Other known herbs include:

  • Ginger helps in treating not only arthritis, but it is also beneficial for neurological and musculoskeletal disorders. Consuming 5 grams of ginger three daily helps with digestion and arthritis.
  • Turmeric, whose main component is curcumin, has anti-inflammatory qualities that reduce morning stiffness and aids in better walking. As an Indian, it is part of their daily diet; however, it can also be consumed by adding a pinch of it in milk and taking it directly.
  • Garlic, a very common part of the diet of everyone everywhere around the world, is also another recommended herb. Its components help the prostaglandins to control inflammation and related pain.
  • Fenugreek seeds are another good remedy. A teaspoon of it can be soaked overnight and consumed in the morning. It reduces inflammation, stiffness and joint pains. The water is good for diabetics.
  • Triphala, a herbal formula, is effective for arthritis. A teaspoon of it with warm water at bed time is not only known to be beneficial for pain, but it also boosts overall health.

Diet and Lifestyle Modifications

The diet should include plenty of citrus as Vitamin C is vital for such people. It is essential in minimising the pain that one suffers in such conditions. Thus, fruits like orange, amla (Indian gooseberry) and all fruits loaded with Vitamin C are recommended.

Panchakarma Therapies

Here is a list of panchakarma therapies that work for arthritis:

  • Virechan where the gastrointestinal tract, gallbladder and liver are removed of toxins with frequent bowel movement. Then is the period of fasting followed by a light diet. T helps with gout, arthritis and many other ailments.
  • Abhyangam is self-massage with medicated oils. It lubricates the joints and tones muscles supporting the joints. The massage should be done for 40-45 minutes with strokes and pressure in a synchronized motion. This helps in arthritis, paralysis, spondylosis, insomnia and boosts immunity.
  • Basti is the cleansing action of the colon where an oil enema or concoction is induced in the rectum. It treats arthritis, gout, rheumatism, headaches, muscle spasms, and numerous other diseases.
  • Upanaham is for joint pain in arthritis. A warm medicated herbal paste is applied on the affected areas and bandaged with a piece of cotton cloth for a few hours. It promotes circulation and strengthens the muscles to relieve joint pain and swelling.

Yoga and Meditation

According to ayurveda, exhaustive and high-pressure exercises are not at all recommended. They need to do exercises that are not taxing and grueling on the joints and bones. Even simple exercises and yoga can be done to tide over that period. Depending on the ability of the person, the exercises and yoga should be specified and regulated. The volume and intensity can be decided on the basis of that.

Home Remedies

The application of ajwain or carom oil on the joints alleviates pain. Castor oil with 1 teaspoon of turmeric also reduces pain when applied on the affected areas.

Musculoskeletal Disorders

Musculoskeletal disorders are a condition where certain muscles, tendons and nerves are affected and they cause pain. The most common disorders include pain in hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders and the neck. The most common affected area is the entire vertebrae. However, there are ayurvedic remedies to tackle such pain. Ayurveda suggests the following remedies:

  • Restricted movement – It means to avoid movements that are the cause of that pain. Splints can also be used to give the required support to avoid pain.
  • Heat and cold applications – Ice can be applied to the affected area as soon as the injury takes place and can continue for a few days after that. It relieves the pain and swelling and enhances blood circulation. It also helps to drain excess fluid. However, if there are muscle spasms and stiffness, ice should not be used. Heat is suggested to relieve the pain and improve blood circulation. However, even that should not be done if there is inflammation or swelling.
  • Exercising – It is another good way to relieve pain. Stretching exercises are beneficial but after consultation with an expert.
  • Proper diet – Healthy meals at regular times are recommended by ayurveda. Herbs like ginger, cinnamon and pepper should be included in the diet. Omega-rich foods like mackerel, tuna, sardines for fish lovers and chia & flax seeds for non-fish eaters.
  • Medications – Herbs like ashwagandha, bala, rasna, dashmula and guggulu are helpful.


Ayurveda is an effective remedy for arthritis and numerous other diseases related to arthritis. You can try if you are suffering.

First published on: Apr 20, 2024 02:28 PM IST

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