The term arthritis means inflammation of the joints. It is also used for other ailments that affect joints. Arthritis is not one disease; it is referred to numerous disorders related to joints. Arthritis is extremely common among women and elderly people. It can be mild, moderate or severe and may stay the same for a lot of time but is capable of progressing over time. Arthritis can cause degenerative changes of joints which become a cause of restricted movement and also cause difficulty in climbing stairs. Arthritis is of different types and certain types affect the lungs, kidneys, heart, and skin also.
It is an autoimmune disease which means when your immune system starts attacking your body instead of protecting it where as normally the immune system guards your body against the foreign bodies. Arthritis along with being an autoimmune disorder is also a result of toxin deposition in the body. In this case, Panchakarma is a great solution since it is known for detoxifying and rejuvenating the body. Panchakarma aids in balancing the doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). Vata is the air element, Pitta is the fire element and Kapha is the water element.
Patra Pinda Sweda is a miraculous therapy which involves leaves and other herbs cooked in medicated oil tied in a piece of cloth to form a bolus. This bolus is further dipped into warm medicated oil and applied on the body with appropriate pressure to get rid of inflammation and pain. The warm oil and potli open up the pores of the body which help in better absorption of the oils giving a better result. This treatment if taken regularly can reverse arthritis by reducing stiffness, pain, inflammation and other symptoms. Noticeable changes are seen in joint health by preventing the morbidity caused due to dosha imbalance along with improvement in the blood supply to the affected areas.