Arthritis

Arthritis is a disease that can occur at any age. Generally it affects any joint with variable intensity. The inflammation of joints cause pain, stiffness, swelling and restricted movements. In most cases there is a deterioration of soft tissues that cover and protect the joints. In some cases excess uric acid is the cause. Also, too much body weight and unhealthy lifestyle may lead to a form of arthritis. Healthy diet is very important for arthritis.
So far we are not aware of complete remedy of arthritis through prescription medicines, though there are medicines to give temporary relief during extreme conditions. Tests carried out at yoga therapy centers around the world  show remarkable results in bringing under control and in some cases even curing arthritis. Though it is a gradual process, yoga-meditation, particularly the breathing exercises, if done regularly it could be the solution to arthritis.
More and more doctors and medical practitioners are coming to acknowledge the role of yoga meditation in curing or managing arthritis. It is an established fact that mind plays an important role in any physical condition, thus it is very obvious and a proven fact that by calming the mind half the battle is won in preventing and curing arthritis.
Regular practice of yoga postures, pranayama or breathing exercises and meditation, calms down and gives strength to the body and mind. Most sufferers feel great relief and are able to manage their affliction, as their fear and anxieties virtually disappear.
Yoga  has a stabilizing effect in body’s immune system. It has been proved that regular practice of yoga meditation increases tolerance to infection and improves the respiratory, digestive and blood circulatory system. After a certain period the patient is able to manage his arthritis better and feels that he is on the way to complete recovery.
Yoga meditation, by reducing anxiety gives the patient access to their own internal experience and helps them to ascertain the exact cause of the ailment and what causes the condition to worsen, which comes more and more through self awareness. Yoga meditation not only increases self awareness, it regulates breathing patterns and improves lung function.
The quality and variety of food intake has a direct effect on the disease. Healthy yoga diet consisting of, fresh organic fruits and vegetables, nuts and seeds, unsaturated fat  and bio yogurts should constitute a major part of the diet. Least quantity of carbohydrate and animal protein and very little sugar and salt should be consumed by arthritis sufferers.
Thus, to sum up, eat pure and simple food, do gentle yoga postures, meditation and breathing exercises for a minimum 20 minutes every day and do positive thinking about gradual improvement of your health and give up worrying. There is no reason why your affliction should not become manageable and eventually be cured.

Is Arthritis Affected by Weather?

 

It is believed that, arthritis joint pain is directly affected by the weather and barometric pressure. In 1960, Dr. J. Hollander, an arthritis specialist demonstrated, how increased humidity and reduced barometric pressure, increases stiffness and joint pain in arthritis patients. He also added, during high barometric pressure, pain in fibromyalgia sufferers increases. But finally, no link between weather change and increase in arthritis pain, were found. Any alteration in weather generates an effect on patient’s mind that, this weather change will make conditions worse.

 

It is believed that cold and rainy season, reduces air pressure. This pressure reduction causes body tissue expansion, that also causes more swelling and pain in inflamed areas. But another theory suggests that with lowering of temperature level, arthritis joint pain reduces. Probably, cold season makes them happy, as they feel comfortable, which makes them active and do exercise and yoga postures regularly, which keeps pain under control. Too often, arthritis sufferers give excuses of weather change for severity  in their level of pain.

 

Several natural factors that are believed to affect arthritis pain:

 

i)  Air Pressure or barometric pressure: Drop in air pressure in stormy weather causes increase in pain and aches.

 

ii) Precipitation: Precipitation means entering of water into ground. Water may be rain water, snow, hail and sleet. This process is also responsible for alteration of air pressure and humidity.

 

iii) Humidity: Humidity is the amount of water vapor present in air. During summer, arthritis pain is promoted by increase in humidity which measures the amount of water vapor related to moisture present in air at certain temperature.

 

iv)Temperature: Changes in air or barometric pressure causes fluctuation in temperature. Cold weather stimulates joint pain and stiffness in arthritis patient.

 

Though some changes in climate promotes pain, stiffness and swelling in arthritis sufferers, there is no scientific proof and explanation of it. 

 

In conclusion, there is no environment, temperature wise or pressure wise, in which one can live without arthritis pain. So far experiments in this field has not arrived at a conclusive result on effect of weather and air pressure on arthritis sufferers. If you are arthritis sufferer, do not worry too much about hot and cold temperatures, whatever the climate, do exercises regularly and more  importantly have nutritious diet in all meal time, which will undoubtedly reduce pain in all kinds of arthritis. Fresh fruits and vegetables, herbs and spices can work wonder in reducing inflammation and pain in a arthritis riddled body, particularly regular intake of turmeric, berries and citrus fruits.

 

Similarly physical exercises have immense advantages in reducing pain and long term healing.

 

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