Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, progressive, inflammatory, autoimmune disease. It is more common in females than in males. It affects people of all ages, including children, although the commonly susceptible age is between 35 and 55 years.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a system disorder. The inflammatory changes, in this disease, not only affect synovial joints, but also many other sites such as the heart, blood vessels, and skin.
How to treat Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Some Yoga asanas, if regularly practiced, can fully cure or relieve rheumatoid arthritis. It may be painful for a patient to do asanas if the disease has progressed too much. Hence, it is advisable to start yoga treatment at an early state.
The following yogic postures and pranayamas are recommended:
They help in two ways. The regular practice of yogic asanas increases the acetylcholine content of the cerebral cortex. This produces tranquility of the psychic center of the brain. As a result, the limbic system, the hypothalamus, and sympathetic nervous system are not overstimulated. Thus, the outpouring of catecholamines is prevented.
The second line of action is through the regulated secretion of corticosteroids. Steroid-therapy is done for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. It is suppressive by virtue of its being anti-inflammatory, but it is not curative. Its dose is gradually increased in the course of treatment. Higher doses create a number of problems. Yogic posture, however, regulates the secretion of the right quantity of corticosteroids as and when needed by the body.
How does pranayama help the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis?
Any obstruction to the flow of Prana-Vayu* in the small joints of the limbs is the fundamental cause of rheumatoid arthritis. Agonizing and prolonged psychic stress is an aggravating factor only; it is not the primary cause. Similarly, genetic inheritance is a predisposing factor only; it is not the primary cause. Pranayama ensures the free flow of prana through the Sushumna, the ida, the pingala, and the branching channels. Prana-sanchalana kriya also facilitates the free flow of prana. If prana is not obstructed and if it flows freely, there is no occasion for rheumatoid arthritis to occur.
Treatment by Yoga-Nidra
If you suffer from any of the three joint diseases – gout, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis get it properly diagnosed by the doctor. You may undergo medical treatment and simultaneously treat yourself with yoga. Some specific asanas, mudras, kriyas, and pranayamas are definitely beneficial. Continue the yoga practices even if you are cured. This would prevent the recurrence of the disease. Practice yoga-nidra with different types of sankalpas for each type of the three joint diseases. The following sankalpas are recommended.
For Gout: “My body cells, retard the catabolism of DNA and RNA to form uric acid. No deposition of sodium urate in my joints.”
For Osteoarthritis: “My knee joint/my hip joint, be healthy. Let the degeneration of the joint cartilage be retarded. Let the regeneration of the joint cartilage be accelerated.”
For Rheumatoid arthritis: “I am free from worries. No autoimmune response in my joints. I order my adrenal cortex to secrete enough cortisone.”
*Prana-Vayu – The prana in flowing motion that activates and vitalizes the body.
*Prana – The evolvent of heat; all forms of energy.
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