Ankylosing spondylitis

Ankylosing spondylitis @ Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic

The term “ANKYLO” mean stiffening and “Spondylitis” means inflammation in the vertebral joints.

Ankylosing spondylitis is an auto-immune (Our own immune system attacking the body) chronic inflammatory condition (Inflammation is a condition which arises as a result of the body’s reaction to external trauma or an infection which is usually characterized by redness, swelling, pain and rise in temperature) of the part of the vertebral joint called the enthesis. The inflammation in turn leads to the stiffening of the affected part which may in turn lead to stiffness and low back pain, neck and gradually the entire vertebral column and leads to a hunched back posture.

Causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis

  •  The exact causes of Ankylosing Spondylitis are not known.
  •  However it is understood that the vulnerability to the disease isusually is inherited by virtue of the genes.
  •  Persons who are positive for HLAB27 are particularly at risk.
  •  Other environmental trigger are also known to trigger the condition. Not everyone with a positive HLAB27 develops the disease.
  •  Ayurveda describes, excessive exertion, ingestion of spicy and incompatible foods, stress, lack of adequate, rest and leading a very sedentary life, as factors responsible for triggering the condition.

Symptoms of Ankylosing Spondylitis

  •  Pain and stiffness are the primary symptoms one might experience. Pain may be seen in the regions of low back, hip joint and may last for a period of more than 3 months usually.
  •  Bony fusion is another sign in this condition where the vertebrae fuse together leading to a hunched back posture.
  •  It can also affect the neck leading to inability to turn the neck.
  •  It is also associated with other systemic symptoms like Iritis (Inflammation, redness in the eyes), Fever, Fatigue and Loss of appetite.
  •  In some rare cases it may also be associated with heart and lung diseases.
  •  In chronic cases it leads to restriction in the ability to breath freely.

Ayurvedic Treatment for Ankylosing Spondylitis Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic

At Dr.Garje Ayurved Panchakarma Clinic, with our deep understanding and research, we are providing a very effective treatment methodology based on the classical texts of Ayurveda.

Treatment is usually aggressive, long-term and requires regular and careful follow-ups. The treatment comprises of a series of purification procedures for Detoxification through world renowned Ayurved Panchakarma therapies along with the administration of researched medicines internally.

Ayurveda offers excellent therapies for treating Ankylosing spondylitis. The strength of Ayurveda in the area of spine and joint treatments is globally appreciated. Since it addresses the root cause of the issue, the results are fantastic. Ayurved has in-depth knowledge of causative factors of AS and clearly explained the pathogenesis and line of treatment to be followed.

Ayurveda has a very effective approach to the treatment of inflammations even those of auto-immune nature. The approach is holistic comprising of diet modifications, lifestyle changes, stress management, herbal medication and Ayurvedic therapies, Yoga asanas, pranayama and meditation, that help the body get back to Homeostasis (state of balance and harmony). The approach is even effective as a preventive against further relapses of the condition.

Panchakarma procedures requires around 60 – 90 days based on the severity & chronicity of the disease. Strict diet restrictions along life style modification are essential parts of the therapy. Following the diet as advised not only helps in recovering fast but also in prevents further worsening of the condition.