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Article by Jyothi Menon K

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Improper food, life style and Arthritis, an Ayurvedic view

 

CONCEPT OF HEALTH AND DISEASE IN AYURVEDA

According to Ayurveda, health is defined as a state of equilibrium of functions in the system, integrity of the tissue principles, proper metabolic functions and pleasant state of mind, senses and spiritual well being. This is a balanced state of Vata, Pitta and Kapha (3humors-Tridosha). Disease is a state of imbalance of Vata, Pitta and Kapha.

 

CAUSES OF DISEASE

In Ayurveda the pathological process is related to the following 3 factors ,where the doshas get vitiated in a phased manner to produce a disease

1. Seasonal changes .

2. Improper interaction of senses with environment i.e. over use, under use, misuse and abuse of senses.

3. Exertion of body, mind and words.

ARTHRITIS

The symptoms of Arthritis is inflammation of one or more joints caused by the wear and tear or injury or any infection. It comes from two Greek words, ‘Arthron’ meaning joints and ‘itis’ meaning inflammation. It affects almost

half of the population of the world

THE COMMON CAUSES OF ARTHRITIS

  •  Obesity and overweight

  •  Preceding age

  • Heredity and genetic factors

  •  Hormonal changes

  •  Weather changes

  • Excessive acidity in the body

  •  Nutrient deficiencies

  •  Infections

  • Repetitive stress injury


    AETIOLOGICAL FACTORS RELATED TO DIET IN AYURVED

    Diet causing Vidaha or vitiation of blood eg: Flat been , Citrus fruit, excess salt & oils, fish, prawns, shell meat, beef, chicken

  • IMPROPER FOOD HABITS

    Ayurveda proposes prohibited food habits which can produce severe/fatal illnesses. Typical poisoning effect in the system is developed.

     Adhyasanam : Intake of bulk quantity of food soon after a meal and before the digestion of previous meals.

     Vishamasanam : Untimely intake of food either large quantity or frequently.

    Samasanam: Intake of unwholesome and wholesome food together.

    Often knowing or unknowingly we follow these habits, and it can lead to various disease in a later period of time. More over the following situations are generally created which are much prevalent in the society nowadays. These diet habits can lead vitiation of blood system and Varieties of disorders like skin allergies Persistent fevers, swelling of eye, spleen, blood, liver disease, arthritis and infertility

    INCOMPATIBLE FOOD COMBINATIONS

    The classical texts in Ayurveda lucidly explain the complications of

    Incompatible food combinations. Like the improper food habits mentioned above, these also can lead to various diseases. It can also vitiate the blood system and could be a cause of Arthritis

    Milk is incompatible with; fish, meat, yoghurt, sour fruits and grams

    Honey is incompatible with; ghee (in equal proportions), heating or cooking with eggplant

    Yoghurt is incompatible with; milk, sour fruits, melons, hot drinks, chicken meat and fish.

    Eggs are incompatible with; yoghurt and cheese

    Lemon is incompatible with; yoghurt and milk


    AETIOLOGICAL FACTORS RELATED TO LIFESTYLE


    �� Indulgence day time sleep

    �� Keeping awake at night

    �� Exposure to cold breeze

    �� Sedentary habits

    �� Suppression of natural urges

    �� Excess fasting

    �� Short tempered nature

    �� Smoking habits

    THE FOODS THAT CAUSE FLARE UPS

    �� Caffeine and Alcohol

    �� Red meat (Meat in general triggers arthritic pain)

    �� Dairy products

    �� Processed foods

    �� Sugar and salt

    �� Vegetables of night shade group (Tomatoes, Peppers, Potato, Egg plant )

    �� Preservatives and food additives

    �� Chocolates

    �� Citrus fruits

    �� Artificial sweeteners

    �� Insecticides

    �� Volatile organic compounds


    AYURVEDIC TREATMENTS

    DIET AND LIFESTYLE: The diet and life style modification by the Ayurvedic practitioner according to the dosha state and disease state

    AYURVEDIC HERBAL MEDICINE: For reducing inflammation, pain and stiffness. These medicines remove toxins from the body and increase nourishment

    AYURVEDIC BODY TREATMENTS: Improve blood supply, strengthen muscles, bones and joints, reduce body weight and improve flexibility

    AYURVEDIC PYSIOTHERAPY AND YOGA: For maintaining the health of the joints and overall well being.

9 Feb 2012

Article/Information supplied by Jyothi Menon K

Disclaimer - Any general advice given in any article should not be relied upon and should not be taken as a substitute for visiting a qualified medical Doctor.

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