Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment in Kerala:

An Ayurvedic Approach

Dr. Jyothi Gopinath B.A.M.S


Of the several inflammatory diseases, rheumatoid arthritis is a common type of arthritis that is characterised by joint inflammation. The primary symptoms include pain and stiffness. Typically, arthritis is associated with ageing, most commonly affecting individuals aged 50 and above. Arthritis can be broadly classified into two types: degenerative and infective. Both types pose challenges in terms of management.

In Ayurveda, this condition can be correlated with the Ama Vata condition in which vitiation of Vata Dosha and accumulation of Ama occurs in the body.

Degeneration is a natural process that occurs in the body. However, it can be slowed down by addressing lifestyle factors. Sedentary habits and excessive weight can strain the joints, particularly weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, and ankles, leading to faster degeneration. Injuries and improper joint handling can also contribute to the development of arthritis. And thus, here comes the importance and role of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic Treatment.

Understanding Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a chronic auto-immune disorder where our own body’s immune system starts to attack our own body cells and tissues, and it is very commonly seen nowadays, affecting millions worldwide. This disorder primarily targets the lining of the membranes surrounding our joints, called Synovium.  Thus, this chronic inflammation can lead to painful joint damage associated with the appearance of swelling and stiffness.

Ayurvedic Principles for Rheumatoid Arthritis

In Ayurveda, Rheumatoid Arthritis can be correlated with the Amavata condition, which is believed to be caused by indigestion and imbalance in digestive fire and digestive system, which gradually leads to the accumulation of toxins in our body and the condition, called Ama occurs.

This Ama circulates and eventually settles in joints, which later present as inflammation and pain. Thus, Ayurveda, unlike other sciences, says that without healing the root cause, without correcting metabolism and digestive fire, one can’t manage and find relief from RA easily. 

Rejuvenation Techniques

Since Ayurveda always have two modes of approach and treatments, that is Shama Chikitsa ( where Conservative Management) is done by taking internal medications that helps in correcting the imbalance in Tridoshas and enhances and corrects the digestive fire. 

And the other one is Shodhana Chikitsa (purificatory Treatment), where therapies like Panchakarmas are done, after Rejuvenation therapies are necessary at the last phase of Treatment, only after reducing the Ama Condition by removing the Inflammation and toxins from the body. There some treatments like Njavara are done. Rejuvenative treatments are also important to undergo since after the Shamana and Shodhana Chikitsa for regaining the body strength and enhancing the function of the body, Rejuvenative treatments are needed and thus can’t be skipped

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Panchakarma Therapy

Ayurveda always offers a comprehensive approach to managing Rheumatoid Arthritis through personalised treatment plans, therapeutic interventions and lifestyle modifications.

Shamana Chikitsa (conservative management) and Shodhana Chikitsa (biological purification)are the two main modes of treatment used to handle this condition. Among these, Panchakarma ( purificatory treatments) for detoxification, removing the accumulated Ama from the body, enhancing the digestive fire and correcting the imbalance of Tridosha, especially Vata Dosha, is done.

Panchakarma procedures like Vamana (vomiting), Virechana (purgation), Vasti ( Enema), and Nasya (Nasal instillation) are the main Panchakarma are done. Among these, Vasti ( enema) is an important or unavoidable treatment procedure in Ama Vata. 

Along with these Panchakarma procedures, other external treatments, like Dhanyamladhara, Lepanam, and Podikizhi, are done in the first phase, where inflammation and Ama persist. Later, by looking after the condition of the patient, other external treatments like Abhyangam, Elakizhi, Njavara, etc., are done.

Why Kerala for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Kerala is well known for its culture and green natural beauty but is also famous for Ayurveda and its practice. Since this land is enriched and blessed with Ayurvedic culture and well practising Ayurveda and experienced Ayurvedic Practitioners one can experience the authentic Ayurvedic treatments with its whole essence. There are many excellent options available for Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment in kerala.

Dheemahi: Leaders in Rheumatoid Arthritis Treatment

Dheemahi Ayurveda is a pioneer in classical Ayurveda in Kerala with the essence of the past five generations’ knowledge in this science. Our experienced Ayurvedic Practitioners are dedicated to providing compassionate care and guidance for your journey in improving your health and well-being since we prioritise personalised treatment plans and holistic well-being.

Customized Treatment Plans

Each person is different from the other in every aspect. Thus, treatments can also be designed and scheduled according to that. Before starting any Ayurvedic treatments, it is crucial to consult with an Ayurvedic practitioner. They will access your unique constitution and imbalances, which helps in tailoring a treatment plan that best suits your needs. This individualised approach is the key to the successful management of Rheumatoid Arthritis.


In conclusion, even though Ayurveda offers a comprehensive approach towards Rheumatoid Arthritis only with some lifestyle modifications and following a healthy lifestyle and diet even after the treatment along with some internal medications and regular follow-up only one can ensure a cure of Rheumatoid Arthritis and complications and preventing the recurrence up to an extent.

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