Ayurvedic Treatment of Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Muscle pain or myalgia is very common nowadays and almost everyone experiences discomfort around their muscles. This type of pain can be experienced anywhere in the body but when this condition becomes chronic it gives rise to a condition called Polymyalgia Rheumatica. It is mainly characterized by myalgia in the proximal regions especially hip and shoulder girdles. Almost 15 percent of the total population suffering from Polymyalgia Rheumatica develops Giant cell arteries (GCA) and 40 to 50 percent of cases with (GCA) are mostly associated with PR. Through this article, we are going to discuss this health disorder Polymyalgia Rheumatica more in detail and its treatment through herbal remedies.
What is Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
If we define Polymyalgia rheumatica it is simply an inflammatory disorder that causes stiffness and pain in muscles of various parts of the body. The most common sites affecting PR are the neck, arms, hips, and shoulders. The symptoms appear suddenly and may worsen in the morning. It is commonly seen in people ages above the age of 65 and rarely seen at the age of 50.
Polymyalgia Rheumatica mostly occurs in Women as compared to Men. Northern European people are at higher risk of developing PR. This condition also causes swelling of the blood vessels especially seen in the arms, neck, and scalp. If not treated properly it will lead to pain in the jaw, headaches, and in some cases blindness.
What are the Signs and Symptoms?
Pain and stiffness around the shoulder are common symptoms and the stiffness may gradually spread from one area to the other. The other signs seen in this disease are: –
- Loss of appetite
- Weight loss
- Low-grade fever
- Decreased motion
The symptoms may develop quickly or some might take several days to appear. Some people suffer from symptoms overnight and in some cases, the condition becomes worse in the morning. In some cases when the condition becomes severe, it is difficult for them to move or perform different activities. It is also difficult for them to sleep due to pain and stiffness.
What are the Causes for Polymyalgia Rheumatica?
The main cause for Polymyalgia rheumatica is still not known but there are certain genes that increase the risk of developing PR.
There are some environmental factors that are known for the development of the condition. In some cases, it is seen that people with Polymyalgia suffer from seasonal pains or can be triggered by some viral infection. But rapid onsets of the symptoms might be triggered by infection but there is no proven link for this.
How Polymyalgia Rheumatica Can Be Diagnosed?
The symptoms might appear similar to inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis or lupus. It is important to do the physical examination and several tests can be done.
Physical examination is done where arms, neck, and legs are carefully tested where the ranges of mobility are done. The physician may show some sign of inflammation in the body.
Other Tests that can be done are
- ESR (Erythrocyte sedimentation rate)
- C-Reactive protein levels (These tests may appear high in a patient with PR)
- The biopsy can also be done by taking small samples of tissue from the artery present in the temple which might show inflammation in the blood vessels.
According to Allopath’s there is no cure for the disease but can be managed through corticosteroids like prednisone which will reduce inflammation. Long-term use of this medicine will lead to the risk of developing side effects like diabetes, weight gain, depression, high blood pressure, and many more.
According to Ayurveda Polymyalgia Rheumatica is considered as Vata Vyadhi and causative factors are considered to be eating dry or cold foods, excessive running, jumping, fear, and many more. So, herbal medicine helps in treating the patient naturally and reducing the symptoms without any side effects.
Herbal Medicine Provided by Planet Ayurveda for Polymyalgia Rheumatica
Planet Ayurveda provides herbal medicine that will naturally treat the disease and it is made from 100 percent pure herbs. All herbal medicines are vegetarian as well as free from chemicals and preservatives. Each and every herbal remedy is made under the supervision of an MD Ayurvedic Doctor making it safe to use and free from side effects. Here are the list of herbal medicine for Polymyalgia Rheumatica
- Rumogin 5
- Boswellia Curcumin
- Yograj Guggul
- Aamvatantak Churna
- Joint Aid Plus
- Energo Plan Syrup
1. Rumogin 5
This herbal medicine is prepared from herbs like Haridra (Curcuma longa), Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Maricha (Piper nigrum), Sonth (Zingiber officinale) and Pippali (Piper longum). It is very beneficial in treating muscles or bone disorders as it helps in reducing pain as well as fatigue feeling. It also helps in relaxing the muscles and treating spasms. Rumogin 5 will also reduce the swelling or inflammatory condition of the muscles.
Dosage: – One capsule twice daily with water after meals.
2. Boswellia Curcumin
This herbal medicine is filled with the anti-inflammatory property as it contains two excellent herbs like Shallaki (Boswellia serrata) and Curcumin (Curcuma longa). They both are proven to be best for reducing inflammatory condition of the muscles by improving circulation. They contain an analgesic property that helps in treating pain in the affected area.
Dosage: – One capsule twice daily with water after meals.
3. Yograj Guggul
It is made from the formulation of herbs like Guggulu (Commiphora mukul), Pippali (Piper longum), Chitraka (Plumbago zeylanica) , Jeera (Cuminum cyminum), Mustaka (Citrus rotundus), and many more. This herbal medicine is well known for treating stiffness, joint pain, and swelling as well. It is also very useful in treating ailments like fever, weakness, inflammation of blood vessels and many more.
Dosage: – Two tablets twice daily with plain water after meals.
4. Aamvatantak Churna
It is made from the herbs like Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Suranjaan (Colchicum autumnale), Gorakhmundi (Sphaeranthus indicus), Haridra (Curcuma longa), and many more. It helps in maintaining the health of muscles and joints as well, also manages all kinds of autoimmune disorders. It has proven to be best for treating ailments like tenderness, inflammation of joints and gives relief to the patient as well.
Dosage: – One teaspoonful twice daily with water after meals.
5. Joint Aid Plus
This supplement is one of the best herbal combinations containing herbs like Shallaki (Boswellia serrata), Nirgundi (Vitex negundo), Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera) and many other herbs. All these herbs help in getting rid of the inflammation and treating painful situations of bones. These capsules are also very beneficial in purifying the blood and also strengthening the bones as well as muscles.
Dosage: – One capsule twice daily after meals with plain water.
6. Energo Plan Syrup
This syrup contains herbs like Amalaki (Emblica officinalis), Shatavari (Asparagus racemosus), Gokshura (Tribulus terrestris) and many others which work together to provide energy. It will help in removing all the feelings of fatigue and weakness as well. It has been proven best for any kind of muscle or joint disorder.
Dosage: 1-2 teaspoon twice a day or as prescribed by Ayurvedic Practitioner.
Article gives all the information about Polymyalgia Rheumatica and how it restricts movement as well. Allopath’s will provide medicine that will only reduce the symptoms but won’t treat the disease fully. Herbal medicine provided by Planet Ayurveda as mentioned above will not only reduce the symptoms but also removes the root cause of the disease.
Dr. Vikram Chauhan
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