Rheumatoid Arthritis(Aamavata)
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Introduction - What is Arthritis


Rheumatoid arthritis or Aamavata is one of the most serious of bone-related concerns. Millions of people all over the world are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and putting up with the problems related to the ailment. Rheumatoid arthritis is almost always a chronic disease, i.e. it can last for several years in the body, though it may not show the symptoms. When the disease symptoms are shown, they are observed as sharp pains in the joints of the body. People with rheumatoid arthritis find it very difficult to perform any physical task, and that includes walking, running, lifting heavy objects or even sitting down in particular postures.

In fact, rheumatoid arthritis is just one of the over hundred forms of arthritis that afflicts human beings. But it can be called as the most popular and the most severe of all forms of arthritis. Unlike its close cousin osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis affects younger people also; it has been seen that people between the ages of 20 to 50 years are susceptible to the disease. Also women are more vulnerable than men.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a very popular ailment, but unfortunately, there is no permanent medical cure for it. However, some Ayurvedic techniques can prepare an arthritic person to lead a fulfilling normal life, despite the disease.

Definition of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata)


Rheumatoid arthritis or Aamavata is an autoimmune disease which causes chronic inflammation of the bone joints.

The human body is protected by an immune system which combats against toxins and microorganisms that attack the body from time to time. This immune system is a system of various complex hormones and enzymes that have to understand the changes that are occurring within the body. But sometimes, there is a misinterpretation of the bodily signals. At such times, the immune system works more than necessary, and this is what causes the immune system to attack the body itself. Such a disease is called as an autoimmune disease.

Rheumatoid arthritis is also an autoimmune disease. The articulation of bones, i.e. the joints, is covered by a membrane called as the synovium. The function of the synovium is to protect lubrication for the movement of the joints. For some reason, the autoimmune cells of the body come to rest in the synovium. An extensive action of the autoimmune cells here causes inflammation, resulting in the condition known as rheumatoid arthritis.

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Types of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata)

Rheumatoid arthritis is itself a type of arthritis, of which more than a hundred types are known. However, since its effects are extensive, other organs of the body can also be involved, leading to what is known as extra-articular rheumatoid arthritis. Depending on which other organ is involved, there are the following types of extra-articular rheumatoid arthritis:-

Type of Extra-Articular Rheumatoid Arthritis
Affected Organ/Part


Nodules present under the skin at the elbow and the knee joints






Heart and related organs




Nervous system

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Causes of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata)

As already explained above, rheumatoid arthritis is caused when the autoimmune system of the body happens to attack the joints of the body causing an inflammation. However, why the autoimmune effectuates this attack is not known very clearly. Thus, to some extent, the reason of the onset of rheumatoid arthritis in humans remains a mystery to medical science.

Though the exact cause is not known, there are some suspected triggers, i.e. risk factors that may cause the condition of rheumatoid arthritis. Some of these triggers are:-

  • Infections by microorganisms, including viruses and bacteria
  • Smoking and alcoholism
  • Genetic propensity

Ayurveda has a slightly different explanation for the onset of rheumatic arthritis. In Sanskrit, aama means rheum, which is a fluid deposited in the cells as a result of improper digestion. When the vata dosha of the body is vitiated, then there is more circulation of aama in the body. This aama settles in the membrane surrounding the joints, leading to pains. This also explains the etymology of the Sanskrit name, aamavata.

In Ayurveda, there are more triggering factors for aamavata than those mentioned above. They are:-

  • Exhaustion for long periods of time
  • Excessive masturbation and sex
  • Emotional disturbances

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Symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata)

The most prominent symptom of rheumatoid arthritis is the pain in the joints which it causes. Though the pain can be felt in almost every articulation of the body, the most common joints are those of the hands and the legs, such as:-

  • The elbow joint
  • The articulations between the carpals, i.e. the bones of the wrist
  • The articulations between the phalanges, i.e. the bones of the fingers and toes
  • The knee joint
  • The ankle joint

The following kinds of symptoms help to diagnose the condition of rheumatoid arthritis:-

Pain in the joints generally arises in the morning after getting up, or after long periods of rest, such as sitting in a particular position.

The pains will occur symmetrically. Meaning that, joints on both sides of the body will be affected at the same time.

There is a loss of sensation in the joints.

The muscles attached to those particular joints become weak and cannot be used to do any kind of heavy work.

There is a constant tired feeling, which may become too extreme when there is a sharp bout of pain.

There may be fevers when the pains are acute.

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Complications due to Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata)

Rheumatoid arthritis or Aamavata is a chronic disease, i.e. it can persist for several years. Naturally then, it can cause several complications in the long run. Some of the complications that rheumatoid arthritis can cause in the human body are as follows:-

If rheumatoid arthritic pains continue for a long time, it may cause deformity of the joints. Thus a person must seek treatment as soon as possible.

Small lumps are formed over time under the skin at the regions of the joints. These lumps are called as subcutaneous rheumatoid nodules. Generally these nodules are not painful, but they can cause deformities. Nodules are mostly formed at the elbows, knees and at the Achilles’ tendons.

Rheumatoid arthritis does not confine itself to the bones and joints alone. Over time, several complications can arise in different parts of the body. The following is a list of the critical complications that rheumatoid arthritis can cause in parts of the body other than the bones and joints:-

(i) Lungs – Fibrosis can be caused.

(ii) Kidneys – Amyloidosis can be caused.

(iii) Heart and Vascular System – Complications such as pericarditis, endoscarditis, valvulitis, fibrosis and failure of the left ventricle can be caused.

(iv) Eyes – Xerophthalmia, i.e. the dry eye condition can be caused.

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Transmission of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata)

Since the cause of Aamavata is shrouded in mystery until now, it is not easy to say what the transmitting factors of the disease are, and whether it can actually be transmitted from one person to other. The contribution of viruses and bacteria in spreading the disease are being surveyed and also the role of hereditary factors is under study.

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Prevention of Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata)

Rheumatoid arthritis or Aamavata is not a very difficult disease to control. A health-conscious person can easily keep the problem at bay by taking a few general precautions.

Regular Exercise – Regular exercise keeps the different joints of the body active and generates the necessary lubrication required for them. This drastically reduces the chances of having rheumatoid arthritis in the future. It has been observed that Aamavata is more prominently seen in people who do not exercise much and lead a sedentary lifestyle. Hence, keeping active may be the key to keep rheumatoid arthritis at bay.

Keep weight under control – People who are obese have much more chances of getting rheumatoid arthritis than slimmer people. This is because, in obese people, there is more stress on the bones and the joints. Hence, keeping a proper tab on the weight reduces the chances of Aamavata.

Proper Diet Aamavata is one of those diseases that can be avoided just by having a nutritious diet. For the ideal diet for arthritic persons, see the next heading below.

Taking medication on time – People with problems with Aamavata must take regular medicines as prescribed by their doctors. The common mistake done by arthritic persons is that they take medicines only when there is a flare-up of the pain. This makes the pain more severe. Taking regular medicines will ease the severity when there is a flare-up.

Using cold packs – For temporary relief, cold packs can be placed on the areas where the pain occurs more severely. Cold causes the affected area to become numb and thus it desensitizes the pain when there is a flare-up.

Heat therapy – Alternately, heat can also be used to get temporary relief from the arthritic pains. Heat makes the tissues tender and allows better blood circulation. This eases the pain.

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Diet during Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata)

Diet is one of the most important prophylactic (i.e. preventive) rheumatoid arthritis treatments. An orderly diet can just nip the pains in the bud, as suggested by Ayurveda. The following foodstuffs are potent in keeping aamavata at bay:-

Both sugar and salt must be reduced.

Fried and gassy foods such as potatoes and pulses must be kept at a minimum.

Fats that are consumed must be of plant, and not animal, origin.

Cut short on the intake of chilies, peppers and tomatoes.

Only castor oil has the capacity to reduce the aama. Other oils must be avoided.

At least one bitter and pungent dish must be included in every meal. This controls vata and relieves aama.

Ginger tea with lemon and honey is good when there are flare-ups of pain.

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Ayurvedic Treatment for Rheumatoid Arthritis (Aamavata)

Doctors all over the world are leaning to Ayurveda for the rheumatoid arthritis treatment . This only goes to show the effects of Ayurvedic medicines in the treatment. A list is given below of the commonly used Ayurvedic herbs and their potency in the human system.


Ayurvedic Name of the Herb

Biological Name of the Herb

Common English Name of the Herb

Action on the Human Body


Curcuma longa


Oil obtained from the fresh rhizomes of turmeric is beneficial as an anti-inflammatory agent.


Ferula assafoetida


Asafetida can be either taken with coconut oil or with ginger paste to get relief from problems with inflammatory diseases.


Allium sativum


Garlic has been proven to have immense anti-arthritic properties. Garlic taken daily in small doses helps to strengthen the immune system and clear the aama.


Zingiber officinalis


Ginger is prescribed traditionally for the treatment of arthritic pains. One way of taking ginger is as an infusion while going to bed, and then sleeping with a blanket to allow perspiration. Ginger can also be applied externally as a paste over the joint.


Glycyrrhiza glabra


Licorice has been used since ancient times for the treatment of all inflammatory diseases. Just chewing a piece of licorice is effective in allaying the pains.


Mahayogaraja Guggulu is a very potent Ayurvedic remedy for the treatment of aamavata. It contains about 24 pungent herbs that can control the vata dosha and hence clear the aama buildup in the bone joints. It also contains minerals for better pain-relieving effect. A lighter version of it is Yogaraja Guggulu, which does not contain mineral supplements.

Ayurveda also has some beneficial oil preparations for external application over the affected parts. Oils like Sahacharadi tailam, Vishagarbha tailam, Kshirabala tailam and Dhanwantara tailam have been used over arthritic pains since centuries.

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hii,i m a physiotherapist,n it is so useful for the primery introduction of RA.for the students...
#1 - dr.usha rathore - 02/15/2011 - 09:24
pain, real bad , in my elbow. sharp pain for ten seconds every fifty to sixty seconds. almost crying its so bad. typing with one hand, waiting for codine to kick in.
#2 - ra - 02/24/2011 - 08:59
Exellent article...well explained...quite a lot beneficial for the affected ones..thanks a lot for this dedicatedly written article.
#3 - Arathy.K.Nair - 03/07/2011 - 02:52
thanx for helping me plan my diet.
#4 - mrs kajal amesar - 03/30/2011 - 00:10
Information is very useful and valuable for arthritis patients.
Thanks again
#5 - DattatrayOgale - 04/07/2011 - 15:30
hii, i m suffering from RA from last 4 years.... i want to know which type of medicine should i take....pls reply
#6 - rishi kumar gupta - 07/06/2011 - 01:05
Hi i am student of B.A.M.S.3rd year.it is a usueful instruction of RA for student of ayurveda
#7 - Dr.Motilal sharma - 07/22/2011 - 05:55
Hell, I am student of B.A.MS.finel year. it a very usuefull information for many ayurveda's students
#8 - DrRajeshyadav - 07/22/2011 - 08:45
it is very good for permenant treatment
#9 - dr rajesh dalvi - 10/20/2011 - 11:17
its great
#10 - dr.riaz shaikh. - 11/11/2011 - 14:06
its very useful for treatment
#11 - reju - 12/01/2011 - 08:52
Very well written. Crisp yet complete. Suggest adding Ayushveda treatment plan, schedule and places.
#12 - Nandini - 04/02/2012 - 08:39
This is most effective article I have ever read on the subject matter . I am also suffering from this diseases, today I feel that this article will certainly help me to overcome from this disease.
#13 - Devender Kumar - 07/10/2012 - 12:15
The author has discribe the RA very deeply by an Ayurveda. I think globally no one had given such information on Internet.

Keep me informed for RA
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#14 - Harry - 07/24/2012 - 13:42
Excellent article I have ever read, I am suffering from RA. Can anyone tell me if the the medicine mentioned Mahayogaraja Guggulu can be taken without prescribtion, is anyone taken it and how is the effect? pl. reply back [email protected]
#15 - Wilson Selvaraj - 08/27/2012 - 02:19
Thanks,it's wonderful information about RA.helping me to get proper treatment
#16 - Harsha - 09/07/2012 - 12:33
Thanks a lot, we can well aware from this information.
#17 - Zaverchand - 09/15/2012 - 03:47
what type of Fruits to prefer in r
#18 - Milind S - 10/07/2012 - 02:31
ist so good
#19 - Dinesh kumar - 10/15/2012 - 05:15
I have RA, I started taking mahayograj guggul. Pain is still there after few weeks. I will give it some more time. I am going to avoid eating wheat and citrus fruits to see if it helps.
#20 - Bina - 12/06/2012 - 14:31
Excessive [@] is the only factor I can relate to my RA problem. I am taking Medicine from 2 doctors one in Nizammudin Devendra Triguna And one from Smita Naram of Bombay. Both advised its curable but will take atleast 2 years. Its only been 4 months...Yes there is some improvement. But long way to go. Learning to keep my mind in control.
#21 - Ms - 01/21/2013 - 17:59
i have a question for ms the one who is getting treatment from smita naram and devendar triguna i want to find which of the two in ur opinion is better and also if u did any background check on the two doctors that u are getting treated if any of their patients suffering from ra has been cured.
#22 - mc - 02/02/2013 - 14:47
Very good it is very useful information for RA patient
#23 - Avtar singh Chanouli - 02/23/2013 - 09:27
I am taking medicine for the last 5 yrs but no benifit of ayurvedic
#24 - Gurdial singh Thana - 03/01/2013 - 01:39
I am taking Bosewellia 4 pills a day from last 2 weeks and mahayograj guggul twice a day from last 7 weeks with sunthi and maharasnadi kadha. White willow bark 4 pills a day. I had to take celebrex once last week and once this week. Haven't taken prednisone for a while. All this with 6 methotrexate per week.
#25 - RA - 03/01/2013 - 17:04
I would like to know that I am a patient with suffering from RA disease for two years. But I am unable to decide what I am to take shelter and whether through worship or medicinal use, so please inform me soon.
#26 - Brojendra Basumatary - 03/07/2013 - 10:35
To MC.. I think smita naram has more wide variety of medicines and explains things in better way. She has advised alot on diet as well. Like no sugar, wheat, rajma. Choley, old food etc . Mr triguna just give medicine Nd has no such advise on diet in detail. Both advised desi ghee. I am now 50% better. Give any one a try mate. Stay away from western doctors. [email protected]
#27 - MS - 03/14/2013 - 00:53
My son age 32 years is suffering from RA since 6/7 yrs.Please advise what can be done for him ?
#28 - k tirkey - 03/14/2013 - 01:41
To manpreet Singh It is good u r 50% better quite encouraging.can u share with me as to what all u r eating As she told u no wheat so what do u eat instead also did she advice u to fast and since how long have u had r a.
#29 - Mc - 03/17/2013 - 21:02
Buy whole (sabut) haldi (turmeric)and get it powered at home.add 1tsp of haldi powder in a cup of milk boil it then strain it and drink this milk you will find a difference in 8 days
#30 - To bina - 03/18/2013 - 19:06
Thank you so much for the tip, I will start taking haldi with milk starting tomorrow.
Instead of wheat I eat rice, corn and sorgum.
#31 - Bina - 04/01/2013 - 22:12
I am doing 5 days of fasting every month. Fasting is of moong daal only. So we make normal moong daal with lots of ginger and eat that 3 times of day and nothing else. You will loose weight initially but its good . You should see improvement in 4-6 months. I have RA from 4 years. I dont know what its called in india but she told me to KAMUT atta instead of normal atta. So i eat that. Eat lots of fruits. Avoid all things which causes mucus or " vayee" as called in hindi. Avoid canned food anything with prservatives. No fried food. No milk or yoghurt. All this sound hard but worth a try.
#32 - Ms - 04/05/2013 - 07:09
I am disagree wt above comments ............ it is very badly written as per Ayured
#33 - dr prashant M.D.(Ayu) - 04/23/2013 - 00:16
Mr Prashant

Just for clarification which above comments you are refering to.
#34 - MS - 04/28/2013 - 05:42
Just wondering if you have started any treatment and what kind. Any benefits yet. My symptons are always moving. Back , neck, shoulders, hips. They keep changing from week to week. Something is always hurting. Does anyone gave these kind of symptoms
#35 - Manpreet - 05/27/2013 - 06:05
Hello manpreet I tried Ayurvedic medicine but did not help but now I am under the care of a rheumatologist
#36 - Mc - 08/24/2013 - 11:41
Rehmutologist will prescribe strong drugs i believe and i pray that it works for you but i will suggest strongly try smita or pankaj naram from bombay and give 2 full years of thier treatment for permanent and long term solution

#37 - Ms - 08/31/2013 - 02:58
Hello manpreet how are u feeling also do u get blood work done to see if ur rheumatoid factor and sed rate have gone down. I am taking methotrexate it has helped me some but I am scared of taking other medications like humera and embrel.

#38 - Mc - 10/10/2013 - 22:12
My blood levels have never shown RA as Such. It was only ayurveda vaids who diagnosed it so may be my level was never high. I was feeling good for 2 months but again pain is back and has swelling on my back not going Away. Its like a lump and not going away. I will be coming to india in december and visting ayurveda hospital in delhi for some treatment. Lets see what they say. Life is still struggle and pAinful but i am not loosing hope. Be strong
#39 - Ms - 11/10/2013 - 05:30
manpreet what part of the world u live in.
#40 - mc - 03/19/2014 - 21:56
Yes. Dr.Ortho Oil & Capsule effective for Arthritis, Joint pain and Knee Pain.Use complete therapy of Dr.Ortho.Pour 15-20 drops of Dr.Ortho oil on your palm and gently m[@]age the affected area. M[@]aging twice daily, morning after bath and night before going to bed gives good results. Taking two capsules twice daily along with water/milk will ensure quick relief.
#41 - jimmy - 03/31/2014 - 03:00
I live in Australia
I went to kottakal ayurveda in delhi for 15 day panchkarma. Give panchkarma a try in delhi or mumbai at pankaj naram.
#42 - MS - 08/31/2014 - 00:18
took Turmeric powder, in a spoon with water... something happens in my body as we speak.

in my case i have joint and bones pains and skin itches which travels through body. uncomfortable pains... no sharp pains... still not funny to have.

RA seems the only explanation so far... i am testing HIV tomorrow.... hope for negative.

God bless everyone. Immune system is the highest treasure we have. Take care.
#43 - C - 02/16/2015 - 10:02
ZIam on sulfasalazine & methotroxate..yet it returns....someone pls help
#44 - alex - 03/02/2015 - 03:27
Hi Alex
Try Ayurveda medicines and panchkarma treatments. Worth a try and stick to non Vata diet as per ayurveda
#45 - MS - 03/22/2015 - 05:00
RA factor is reduced from siddha medicines ; enybody have RA plz contact ur near siddha Dr , or cont this no:09865323964
#46 - esai durai - 04/22/2015 - 09:30
I am on methotrexate which really works but is toxic. I am about to drop dairy from my diet. It is meant to help as well
#47 - Suzanne - 05/08/2015 - 21:05
Iam taking you medicine last 4.year imeet also sima naram she told me one year be come ok I have problum lungs knee pain because I have authratic pls dr pnkaj naram when you coming india I wsnt to meet you can give me appoiment I am in dubai when you come bombay I want to see you pls give me appoinment dste
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#49 - Health Stuff - 08/13/2016 - 00:04
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#50 - Renu parmar - 12/16/2016 - 04:58
please tell me how to keep rheumatoid fibrosis (lungs) under control? please recommend some Ayurveda medicines.
#51 - Vijyaben Nanavati - 02/01/2017 - 00:30
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#52 - williamssolis - 03/25/2017 - 02:12
Very informative article and very much useful for patients like me.
#53 - P.Balakrishnan - 03/26/2017 - 05:54
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