Ayurvedic fix

Soothing: Using Panchakarma, you can detoxify and destress your body to get relief from joint pain

Ayurvedic fix

Panchakarma, a specialised line of Ayurvedic therapies, is one of the most effective means of treating chronic pains. Since arthritis is a degenerative disease, rejuvenation should be an important part of the treatment.

A combination of various mind-body healing techniques will help cleanse toxins from the body and clear the blockage in channels. This will lead to proper movement of vata (which is the prime cause of Arthritic pains), thereby bringing the patient’s condition closer to curability.

Benefits of Panchakarma:

  • Eliminates toxins from the body
  • Relieves body pains and aches
  • Strengthens the immune system
  • Restores constitutional balance, improving health and wellness
  • Reverses the negative effects of stress on the body and mind
  • Improves strength, vitality and mental clarity
  • Enhances the potency of medicines


The following procedures are recommended for arthritis patients:

Vasti (medicated enema)

This therapy is aimed at the removal of excess body waste and toxins from the colon. It nourishes and rebuilds the tissues, strengthening their function and restoring the body’s immunity. It is also useful in cleansing the channels and ensuring proper circulation of air in the body, thereby giving relief from joint pains.

Abhyanga (full body massage)

This massage fosters pacification of vata and detachment of toxins from the deeper tissues. Regular abhyanga protects an individual from stress, exhaustion and vata-related disorders. It nourishes the body, enhances sleep and serves as a great means of relaxation for the entire body.

Potli (poultice massage)

This massage with medicated herbal juice acts as a pain killer, relaxes the muscles, and gives relief from aggravated vata. The herbal potlis (tiny linen buns) used in this process are prepared with a combination of herbs and medicated powders. These are then warmed in medicated oils and used to massage the entire body. This treatment is very effective for osteoarthritis, spondylitis, and for relieving joint pains, muscle cramps and stress.

Pizhichil (rich oil massage)

This invigorating therapy is highly recommended for rheumatic diseases and joint pains. Pizhichil protects the body from illnesses. In this therapy, the whole body is subjected to streams of lukewarm medicated oil with simultaneous gentle massage. This relieves tension, provides peace of mind and keeps stress under check.

Svedana (steam bath)

This procedure is highly recommended for treatment of painful muscles and joints, arthritis, gout and backache. It helps soften and dilate the body channels and remove toxins.

(The author is director, Jiva Ayurveda)

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