Ankylosing is an inflammatory rheumatic disease of the spine and sacroiliac joints. It’s a chronic disorder in which the vertebrae fuse because of chronic inflammation and irritation of the spinal joints.
Ankylosis is a devitalising condition that leads to decreased movement of the spine and loss of spinal mobility thus adversely impacting the health. Ankylosing spondylitis can spread to other joints in the body (like hips, knees, or shoulders) as it is a systemic rheumatoid disease.
Causes and Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis
Ankylosing Spondylitis is a debilitating condition that can affect the entire body. The various symptoms associated with the disease are listed below:
The exact cause for this condition is however unknown but the presence of below listed factors can increase the probability of its occurrence.
Ayurveda is an ancient science of healing that uses natural herbs to treat various kinds of diseases. According to Ayurveda rheumatoid pains are caused due to the formation of toxins in the body called ‘Ama’. These toxins can be correlated to auto-antibodies that are body’s own defence system attacking the body’s tissues, according to the modern medicine.
So, basically the ayurvedic treatment digests the ‘ama’ by administering different kinds of herbs thus treating the disorder. According to Ayurveda, a disease occurs when there in an imbalance of doshas. However ankylosing spondylitis involves an imbalance of Vata, the kinetic energy of the body. This can be regulated by regular massage with ayurvedic oils.
After years of research some of the herbs that are known to be very effective for the cure of ankylosing spondylitis are as follows:
Guggul (commiphora mukul) - This is an anti-inflammatory herb that helps in stopping the progress of spondylitis.
According to a research by Sarvesh Kumar Singh et al, guggulu forms an important constituent of triyodashanga guggulu that is very effective in reducing tendon and ligament stiffness associated with ankylosing spondylitis.
In another research by Prasad Mamidi et al, guggulu panchapala churnam, if admimintered twice a day after food showed positive results for this painful rheumatic disease.
Giloy (tinospora cordifolio) - This herb is very effective in treating rheumatoid pains.
Ashwagandha (withania somnifera) -This is also an anti-inflammatory herb that helps ease the pain.
According to a research by Vijayalakshmi N, Withania somnifera (besides other herbs) forms an important part of ‘kalka’ an ayurvedic paste that is helpful in the treatment of AS.
Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)- A research by Shyama Kumar et al, states the uses of Boswellia serrata for inflammatory diseases like ankylosing spondylitis. It is an effective painkiller and it can also prevent the loss of cartilage.
Sometimes the pain caused by this disorder is so acute that relieving the pain at that time instantly becomes a priority. In such cases Ankylosing Spondylitis herbal treatment involves use of herbs like dry ginger, turmeric, ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), fenugreek, sallaki (Boswellia) and giloy (Tinospora cordifolia). The extracts of these herbs are very effective in mitigating the pain and inflammation caused by spondylitis arthritis.
Besides the above mentioned herbs, dasmoola, rasana (Pluchea lanceolata), erand (Ricinus Communis) are used to alleviate the pain and inflammation caused by this disease. Punarnava mandoor tablets are very effective in decreasing the inflammatory oedema around the joints and rebuilding the strength.
To restore the vata dosha, massage with ayurvedic medicated oils and consumption of cow’s ghee medicated with herbal tablets like kaishore guggul is also advised. Constipation must be avoided strictly as it leads to vata imbalance that can worsen the pain.
Therefore, if the treatment is followed diligently and all the suggestions of the doctor are adhered to ayurvedic treatment is indeed the best treatment for ankylosing spondylitis.
A thumb rule to keep the inflammation and pains at bay for AS patients is to keep the weight under check. Carrying too much weight can strain the already painful and inflamed joints. Some points to ponder are mentioned below:
Yoga is an ancient mind, body and soul healing therapy. Yoga is very helpful for ankylosing spondylitis as the asanas can not only ease the pain and stiffness in the lower back but, they will also help strengthen the muscles thus improving the spinal flexibility.
Aasanas like Padahastasana, Ardha chakrasana, Ardhakatichakrasana, Dhanurasana, Paschimottanasana, Vakrasana are very effective for this disease.
Pranayamas like Nadishodana and Bramari pranayama are also very effective. Besides this Kapalbharti is also very beneficial.
Some other treatments and natural remedies that can provide relief from this disorder are:
With the passage of time ayurvedic treatment is becoming popular for its innumerable benefits. If you have been diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis you must try the treatment offered at Pure Herbal Ayurvedic Clinic in Melbourne. We offer a custom-made treatment for every patient as every individual is different with a unique constitution.
The herbs that we use are sourced carefully so that we can offer a quality product every single time. We focus on providing a treatment that not only cures the patient’s disease but also increases the vitality and immunity. Our experienced team of Ayurveda doctors believes in helping the people in distress with a smile. We have achieved a great deal of success in treating many people suffering from ankylosing spondylitis and that, indeed gives us immense pleasure.
It is gratifying when some of our patients say that we are the best Ayurvedic doctors in Melbourne. Panchakarma detox is an indispensable part of our ayurvedic treatment. It is the ultimate mind and body healing therapy that cleanses the body. But, panchakarma needs to done under the supervision of an experienced Ayurvedic practitioner as each stage and step is important.
1.Sarvesh Kumar Singh, Kshipra Rajoria, ‘Ayurvedic approach for management of ankylosing spondylitis: A case report’, Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/303503314_Ayurvedic_approach_for_management_of_ankylosing_spondylitis_A_case_report?opdsd=1#pf4
2.Prasad Mamidi, Kshama Gupta, ‘Ayurvedic Management of Ankylosing Spondylitis–A Case Report’, Research Gate, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/321488316_Ayurvedic_Management_of_Ankylosing_Spondylitis-A_Case_Report
3.Shyama Kumar, Divya Bhosle, Akshay Janghel, Amit Alexander, ‘Indian Medicinal Plants Used for Treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis’, Research Journal of Pharmacy and Technology, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/281573305_Indian_Medicinal_Plants_Used_for_Treatment_of_Rheumatoid_Arthritis
4.Vijayalakshmi N, ‘Ayurvedic Management of Spondyloartropathy with Sacrolitis’, Homeopathy & Ayurvedic Medicine, https://www.omicsonline.org/open-access/ayurvedic-management-of-spondyloartropathy-with-sacrolitis-2167-1206.1000119.pdf
Dr. Gurnam Saini
Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery
MD Alternative Medicine
Panchkarma Detox Expert
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