According to Ayurveda, bodily pain is caused of vata dosha and is basically an air disease. So, the basis of arthritis treatment is to restore the balance of vata dosha.
When ama (a toxin produced by a poor digestive system) accumulates within your body, it aggravates vata. The ama circulates in the body and most often gets deposited in the joint areas. The deposited ama causes arthritis in the affected joints. Hence, to treat arthritis the digestive fire (agni) has to be stimulated while suppressing.
An ayurvedic practitioner prescribes a combination of good diet and healthy eating, herbal remedies, exercise and a spiritual outlook to the patient.
Boswellia (Indian Frankinesense) and Commiphoae Mukul (guggula) in the form of capsules taken three times a day can decrease pain. In addition the herbs may help to decrease inflammation and to strengthen bones and improve flexibility. Triphala herb can help to clean the colon.
Diet modification: Anti-vata diet should be taken. Avoid hot and spicy food, and other foodstuffs like dairy foods, potato, eggplant cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, okra, potatoes etc. Consume plenty of fruits, fruit Juices, homemade soups, green salads and green vegetables.
Massage: Hot baths, compresses or massage with massage oils such as Almond oil, Sesame oil is beneficial in arthritic pain as it reduces vata. Massage vigrously on the most severely affected areas for full benefits.
Physical exercise and yoga: Exercise in moderation daily, too much exercise can cause further aggravation to your arthritic condition.
Ayurvedic treatment for arthritis can help to ease your very painful condition but all of the above methods should be done in moderation that suits your needs and health.