Rheumatism or Rheumatic disorder is a non-specific term for medical problems affecting the heart, bones, joints, kidney, skin and lung. The study of, and therapeutic interventions in, such disorders is called rheumatology.
The term “rheumatism” is still used in colloquial speech and historical contexts, but is no longer frequently used in medical or technical literature; it would be fair to say that there is no longer any recognized disorder simply called “rheumatism”. The traditional term covers such a range of different problems that to ascribe symptoms to “rheumatism” is not to say very much: arthritis and rheumatism between them cover at least 200 different conditions.
A vast number of traditional herbal remedies were recommended for “rheumatism”. Modern medicine, both conventional and complementary, recognises that the different rheumatic disorders have different causes (and several of them have multiple causes) and require different kinds of treatment. Most sources dealing with rheumatism tend to focus on arthritis. However “non-articular rheumatism”, also known as “regional pain syndrome” or “soft tissue rheumatism” can cause just as much discomfort and difficulty.
The major rheumatic disorders currently recognised include:
Bursitis/ Tendonitis, Shoulder pain, wrist, biceps, leg, knee (patellar), ankle, hip, and Achilles
Rheumatic heart disease (a long-term complication of Rheumatic fever)
Systemic lupus erythematosus
Temporal arteritis and Polymyalgia rheumatica
Although these disorders probably have little in common in terms of their epidemiology, they do share two characteristics: they cause chronic (though often intermittent) pain, and they are difficult to treat. They are also, collectively, very common.
Initial therapy of the major rheumatological diseases is with paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), members of which are ibuprofen and diclofenac. Often, stronger analgesics are required.
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.
Root Causes in Ayurveda:
Accumulation in the joints of toxins (ama), formed due to improper digestion, metabolism or excreation.
Infections from teeth, tonsils and gall bladder.
Aggravated by exposure to cold weather.
Ayurvedic Healing Options:
Ayurvedic Supplements: 1. Yograj Guggul 2.Rashnadi Guggul 3Maharashnadi Kada 4.Rumartho
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.
Lifestyle : Bowels should be cleansed daily
Soak the affected parts in hot water containing Epsom salt .Then apply Mahabishgarbh Oil. Hot water bag to the affected area is extermely beneficial. Avoid damp place and exposure to cold weather. Don’t indulge in day-time sleeping.
Limit yourself to restricted exercise
Ayurvedic massage: 1. Mahanaryan Taila 2.Mahamas Taila 4.Saindhavadi Taila 5Rhuma Oil
Disclaimer: This information is not meant to be a substitute for professional medical advise or help. It is always best to consult with a Physician about serious health concerns. This information is in no way intended to diagnose or prescribe remedies.
Source: en.wikipedia.org and Allayurveda.com