Arthritis is a disease of the joints. People suffering from this disease experience a burning sensation and terrible pain in the affected joints. There is noticeable swelling and stiffness in the joints.
The most common forms of arthritis are rheumatoid, osteoarthritis and gouty arthritis. It is common to give medicines and recommend physical exercises to the patients to cure this disease. But what is not known is that yoga cures this arthritis (moderate type) within two months. In chronic cases, it might take 6 to 8 months. The yogic method involves two steps – intake of proper diet and practicing different asanas.
• Arthritis patients are advised not to take banana, tea, coffee, bread, non-vegetarian, oily and fried food.
• They should drink at least 14 to 16 glasses of fresh water every day.
• They should intake alkaline diet fruits like sweet orange, sweet lemon and pineapple.
• Smoking and alcohol intake is strictly banned.
• Fasting once a week is advised.
A regular practice of Sukshma Vyayama and Asanas will cure arthritis of any type without taking medicines.
For quick relief from arthritis one can try walking, swimming and meditation along with yoga.
Stand erect with your heels together or about 10cm apart. Raise the arms over the head, and place your folded hands together on top of the head. Inhaling stretch your arms, shoulders and chest upward. Simultaneously raise the heels and stand on your toes. Stretch the whole body from top to bottom, without losing balance or moving the feet. Keeping the eyes open and fixing your gaze at some point in front of you stay in the position for a few seconds. Exhaling, slowly come down on the heels. This is one round. Do five such rounds. Breathing should be synchronized with the raising and lowering of the arms.
Benefits: The entire spine is stretched and the spinal nerves are loosened. This asana is good for arthritis patients. It develops physical and mental balance. It stretches the abdominal muscles and the intestines.
Lie down on the back with both ankles and toes together. Fold the knee of the left foot and lift it up towards the chest. Then with both hands fold the knee between both elbows push the knee towards the chin and look straight. In this state the other feet will remain straight similarly practice it on the other leg then on both the legs together. Then both legs should be folded between both arms and place the knees on the chin and look straight ahead. Do it three times with each leg
Benefits: This asana cures knee pain and arthritis. It massages the digestive organs and is therefore very effective in removing wind and constipation. This asana also massages the pelvic muscles and eliminates impotence, sterility and menstrual problem.
People who suffer from slipped disc or sciatica should not practice pawan muktasana.