Ankylosing Spondylitis


Disease Description


Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. This is a chronic inflammatory arthritis that commonly affects the sacroiliac joint in young men. The onset is usually rapid with recurring episodes of low back pain and stiffness, which radiates sometimes to buttocks or thighs. Characteristically the symptoms are worse in the early morning and following inactivity. The vertebrae may grow or fuse together resulting in rigid spine. These changes may be mild or severe and may lead to a stooped posture. Early diagnosis and treatment helps in controlling pain and stiffness and may prevent significant deformity. Although it can occur at any age, ankylosing spondylitis most often strikes men in their teens and twenties. AYURVEDIC VIEW:- According to Ayurveda, ankylosing spondylitis is caused due to agrrevated vata causing an imbalance in vata dosha. This imbalance causes a type of arthritis of the spine and may even lead to disability in the long term. In this autoimmune disorder tthe disc between the vertebrae gets swollen up causing limitation of movement. The problem gets starts in late adolescence. . Ayurvedic treatment involves detoxification and elimination of toxins and prescription of right diet, lifestyle and herbal preparations. Also panchkarma techniques Kati vasti, sarvang Dhara and patra pinda swedana are beneficial for this disease.

Cause


The complete cause of Ankylosing spondylitis is still not understood in modern medical science. It is believed to be partly related to genetics and is more common in people with a family history of this disease. It is an autoimmune disorder in which the body's own defense system destroys the body tissues.

Symptoms


1. Low back pain 2. Stiffness in back and lumbar region

Treatment


Diet & Life Style


1. Ensuring proper evacuation of bowels. Constipation should be avoided at all cost. 2. Include ghee in your diet 3. Applying heat at affected areas will help to relieve pain and stiffness 4. Take light foods and avoid excess oily foods and curd. 5. Avoid day sleeping 6. Yog asanas each as Pawana muktasanas, bhujangasana, dhanurasana, paschimottanasana, vakrasana are beneficial for this disease. 7. Practice pranayama such as nadi shodhana, chandrabhedi, sheetali and bhramari.


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Dr. Akhilesh Shrivastava
B.A.M.S. ,M.D.(Ayu)