How Does Ayurveda Help with Rheumatoid Arthritis? 

 November 14, 2022

By  Linda Rook


Ayurveda is short for Ayurvedic. It is one of the oldest historical and traditional ways that the Indians practice the holistic approach for healing conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

It's created for the health and wellness of a delicate balance between body, mind and spirit. The goal is to encourage good health and not fight diseases.

Your life energy.

Studies in the United States believe that if your spirit, body and mind are in harmony with the universe, you are in good health.

But if something disturbs the balance, then you get ill. The things that can disrupt the balance could be genetic or congenital disabilities, injury, climate and seasonal change, your age and your emotions.

The people who practice Ayurveda believe that everyone is made up of five elements that are found in the universe: space, air, fire, water and earth.

These five elements are combined in the body to form three energies that are called doshas. Doshas are alleged to circulate in your body to govern functional activities, which differ from person to person and determine the person's temperament and physical composition (unbalanced). In other words, it controls how the body works. The three doshas are:

  • Vata dosha for space and air.
  • Pitta dosha for fire and water.
  • Kapha dosha for water and earth.

Everybody inherits a unique mix of these doshas, and one is usually more potent than the other two.

Vata Dosha.

People who practice Ayurveda believe that this one is the most powerful. The Vata dosha controls your body functions, for example, how the cells divide and controls the mind, breathing, blood flow, the role of the heart, and getting rid of waste through the intestines.

The things that can imbalance this may be eating too soon after a meal, fear or grief, or going to bed too late.

The symptoms of this could be anxiety, asthma, heart disease, problems with the skin, and rheumatoid arthritis RA.

the vata dosha controls the bodies function
the pitta dosha controls the bodies digestive system.

Pitta Dosha.

The pitta dosha controls your digestive system, metabolism (how you break down your food), and some hormones that link to appetite.  

The things that can imbalance this include eating sour or spicy foods or staying out too long in the sun.

The symptoms could result in Crohn's disease, IBS, heart disease, high blood pressure, or infections.

Kapha Dosha.

The Kapha dosha relates to controlling muscle growth, your body's strength and stability, also the immune system.

The things that imbalance this last one is sleeping during the day, overeating sweet foods, or drinking/eating things with too much salt or water.

If this last one is your primary life energy, you may develop asthma or other breathing disorders, cancer, diabetes, nausea after eating, and obesity.

the kapha dosha controls muscle, strength and stability.

The treatment.

The ayurvedic practitioner will make up a treatment plan designed just for you. They will want to know your physical and emotional makeup, your main life force, and the balance between all three doshas.

The treatment's main aim is to cleanse the body of the following:

Undigested foods can stay in the stomach and leads to illness.

Reducing your symptoms and reinstating balance and harmony is called 'panchakarma'.

For the end result, the practitioner may do the following.

  • Blood purification.
  • Massage.
  • Medication oils.
  • Herbs.
  • Enemas or laxatives.
  • Diet.

    Food and drinks to avoid.

    Ayurvedic practitioners believe many people have a dietary habit that may worsen Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms.

    These could be the following:

    • Drink alcohol.
    • Hot and spicy foods, like chili powder and cayenne pepper.
    • Or eating excess salt in their meals.
    • Overeating sour and fermented foods like hard cheese, sour cream, pineapple, grapes and grapefruit.
    • Consuming raw or hard-to-digest foods such as raw radish, turnip, onions, apples, broccoli or brussels sprouts.
    • Or eating foods that give them acid reflux.

    Food and drink that is recommended.

    The recommended diet for living with RA is similar to ayurvedic, known as Amavata. Amavata is referred to joint disease such as Rheumatoid Arthritis.

    Foods that are recommended are:

    Recommended Tofu
  • Grains are easy to digest, such as cooked rice, oats, and cream of wheat.
  • Legumes – these are lentils, dal and tofu.
  • Vegetables – especially green leafy veggies.
  • Fruit – any berries.
  • Buttermilk.
  • Wild animal meat.
  • Aged wine – but in moderation.
  • Overall, you should eat fruit and vegetables that are stewed or cooked. You should look for sweet fruits and vegetables, for instance: squash, sweet potatoes, cooked raisins or soaked, cooked apples.

    Limit the spices in your foods; they should not be fiery hot. Instead, replacing them with a warm spice such as cinnamon, nutmeg, or turmeric is a good idea.

    Also, don't drink cold water; it should be room temperature and try nut milk or almond milk warm with honey.

    Herbs and supplements.

    The practice of ayurvedic often use herbs and supplements for treating symptoms.

    Some of the herbs that are often used to treat RA include.

    • Boswellia (Indian frankincense).
    • garlic.
    • ginger.
    • Ricinus communis (castor oil).
    • Ashwagandha.
    Boswellia or Indian frankincense.

    Spices and herbs that are full of anti-inflammatory foods, meaning it will help with the inflammation are:

    • Ginger. Garlic and turmeric.
    • Aloe vera.
    • Cats’ claw.
    • Thunder god vine and ashwagandha.

    They also help with digestive system.  As well as preparing special oils that are make from herbs, that people can massage the oils on the area in which they are having problems.


    Yoga is essential and can help you with RA to be more active and reduce stiffness and pain. In addition, doing yoga can relieve mental stress.

    The exercises that are recommended by the ayurvedic are gentle movements like:

    Yoga, tai chi, swimming or walking.

    Also recommended are deep breathing and meditation daily.

    In a 2015 study, they found that yoga for arthritis helped the physical pain and the overall health of the person; they gained energy and their mental health, like their depression, was reduced.

    But before you start doing any new activity, you must consult with your doctor. The doctor will tell you if it is safe for you to do based on your symptoms.

    Other changes that the practitioner recommends to help with your symptoms are:

    Going early to bed will help with your symptoms.

    If you wake up with pain, the following should help:

    • It would help if you went to bed early.
    • Avoid napping in the afternoon.
    • Before going to bed, have a warm bath or shower.
    • Before going to bed, try ashwagandha or warm milk.
    • Eating dinner 2 – 3 hours before bedtime.
    • Try doing meditation or yoga to relax you.
    • With sesame oil, massage the sole of your feet, then after 15 minutes, wipe it off, or wear bed socks.

    Other lifestyle changes that ayurvedic practices may help your RA are:

    • Try herbs and other supplements.
    • Oil therapy.
    • Predicational rituals.
    • Castor oil.
    • Cold compress.
    • Hot therapy or saunas.
    you could hep yourself with oil therapy.


    The Ayurveda comes from the ancient medical method from India.  It focuses on the balance of the body, mind, spirt and environment.

    The ayurvedic changes may ease your symptoms of RA.

    The foundation of the practice is to follow a diet rich in herbs, spices, and cooked vegetables. Also, gentle exercises like yoga and swimming and getting into healthier habits.

    ALWAYS talk to your doctor to learn more about ayurvedic treatment that can be safe with your treatment plan.

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    Linda Rook

    Linda is now retired and has suffered from Osteoarthritis for about 40+ years.  She struggled with her weight until she found the correct one that also helped with her arthritic pain.  Linda was in terrible pain until the physician thought her right hip needed replacement. 

    Now Linda has an artificial right hip, which has left her with the left leg shorter than the right.  Therefore, her spine is now wonky, and has arthritis of the lower back, also it seems to be going all over the body, her pain is now in the knees, elbow, wrist, fingers and both hips.

    Linda now spends her days writing information to help others with the same conditions, so they do not suffer like Linda.

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