“It is just too difficult to get out of the bed in the morning.” This is a common complaint from my yoga students. Should we believe that it is a disorder for only the elderly? No. I have seen young people suffering from arthritis pain. When acid wastes accumulate in the fluid, which lubricates our joints, they get swollen and the ends of the bones become rough and stiff. The cartilage becomes dry, brittle after the secretion dries up completely, and the bones rub against each other. In this condition, the body becomes stiff in our joints and muscles and the pain starts. This pain is, ‘Arthritis’ pain.
Actually, arthritis is a chronic syndrome of inflammation of the joints, which slowly increases the destruction of these structures. It does not appear to be one disease. It looks as if a person is suffering from many physical disorders. Doctors say they first have to diagnose it as arthritis, because there are many different diseases, which we described as arthritis. There are two most common types, one is osteoarthritis and the other is rheumatoid arthritis.
Arthritis is an inflammatory condition, also known as a degenerative condition where a bone or joints of the body are affected. In this condition, the inflammation attacks the surrounding of the lubricating fluid in the joints. The entire structure is affected and it creates swelling, fatigue, stiffness, and fever, pain in fingers, wrists, knees, ankles and spine. It sometimes may bring a crippling condition too.
The second condition is osteoarthritis, which been related to the wear and tear of aging and deterioration of the cartilage at the end of the bone. This causes acute pain. This mostly applies to one area of the body such as the neck, knee, and sometimes hips.
Yoga helps eliminate arthritis pain, breathing exercise, and meditation help calm the mind, emotions, mental and physical pains.
Early in the morning, drink one liter of water sitting on a chair. Water is a wonderful cleanser and excellent moisturizer. Repeat this water therapy in the evening again two hours before eating your dinner every day. Do not drink water late as it may interrupt your sleep. For arthritis patients, it is important to sleep through the night, because the body repairs itself while asleep. Water will lubricate your joints decreasing your discomfort. We all need to drink a lot of water, because human body contains 70% of water, and if we do not drink adequate portion of water in a day, our body cries for it.
Recipe to eat:
· Consume half a teaspoon of Giloye powder and one teaspoon of Amla powder with warm water first thing in the morning and before going to bed daily.
· Swallow one teaspoon of Triffla (a mixer of dried baherha, amla, and hararh powder – these are fruits, grown in India, and are available at Oriental and Indian stores) with water first thing in the morning and at bedtime. It detoxifies the human body and sets metabolism.
· Take one teaspoonful of castor oil, mix with one teaspoon of ginger powder, and swallow this with warm water at bedtime. You may put the mixture on the tongue and swallow with warm water each night. Continue this process for three weeks and this will clean your intestines.
· Ajwain powder
(Indian wild celery seeds powder) ½ tsp
Turmeric powder ½ tsp
Yellow mustard seeds powder ½ tsp
Ginger powder 1 tsp
Gurh (raw sugar) 1 tsp
Mix the first four ingredients well. Put gurh in a pan, heat with a few drops of water; add mixed ingredients when gurh melts, and stir continuously. Turn off the heat and make three tiny balls, when cold. Swallow one herbal tiny ball with water three times a day. Make it in bulk so that you may consume it for one week or one month and continue this process for at least six months. Use either, first two or last two recipes at a time, whatever convenient.