AIIMS supports Ayurveda for rheumatoid arthritis

By ThinkNaturalToday Bureau

April 9, 2015: India’s premier medical institution, AIIMS, endorsed that certain Ayurvedic formulations are effective in treating rheumatoid arthritis (RA) that causes irreversible joint damage. RA patients need to take medications throughout their lives.

AIIMS conducted a study on 125 RA patients, and fond that Ayurvedic medicines Ashwagandha powder and Sidh Makardhwaj helped in relieving pain in tender and swollen joints, and increased mobility in a majority of the 125 RA patients.

According to AIIMS doctors, Ashwagandha powder has anti-inflammatory, anti-stress and immuno-modulatory properties that help in improving physical function and joint pain in RA patients.

Ashwagandha powder is derived from a plant while Sidh Makardhwaj is a formulation of herbal and mineral ingredients.

During the study, the RA patients took 5g of Ashwagandha powder twice a day for three weeks with lukewarm water or milk and 100g of Sidh Makardhwaj daily with honey for four weeks. The patients observed decrease in RA factor, and significant post-treatment changes were seen in tender joints, swollen joints, pain assessment score and patients? self-assessed disability index. The study is published in Indian Journal of Medical Research.

AIIMS is also conducting studies to confirm the medicinal values of turmeric, sankhpushpi or Evolvulus alsinoides and stem bark of terminalia arjuna (a medicinal plant used by Ayurvedic physicians) for treating various health ailments.

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