FIVE HERBS FOR RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS


SCIENTIFIC NAME- Cissus quadrangularis

FAMILY-Vitaceae (Grape Family)

COMMON NAME- Devil’s backbone, Adamant creeper, Asthisamharaka or Asthisamhara, Sanskrit- asthisonhara, vajravalli ; Hindi- Hadjora, Hadsarihari; Bengali-Harbhanga, Hasjora, Horjora; Gujarati- Chodhari, Hadsand, Vedhari; Kannasa- Mangarahalli; Malyalam- Cannalamparanta, Peranta; Marathi- Horjora, harsankar; Tamil- Piranti telugu- Nalleru, Nelleratiga, Vajravalli.

Properties- 

Rasa(Taste) Katu(Pungent), Madur(Sweet)
Guna(Action) Laghu (Light), Ruksha(dry)
Virya(Potency) Ushna(Hot)
Vipaka(taste after digestion) Katu(Pungent)
Dosha effect Vatahara, Kaphshamak

Medicinal Benefits-

  • It is an amazing ayurvedic herb, enriched with valuable minerals and antioxidants, for mending a host of bone and joint-related disorders, For example- Rheumatoid Arthritis, fractures and osteoporosis.
  • It possesses Analgesic, Anti-inflammatory, Anti-osteoporotic properties.
  • It is enriched with antioxidants and having free radical scavenging activity.
  • Bone Healer-It is rich in calcium, phosphorous and phytoestrogen steroids which helps in early regeneration and quick mineralization of bone fracture.
  • Its root is helpful in curing depression.
  • Application of the paste of leaves of this plant on inflamed joints soothes pain, swelling and helps to regain ROM or range of motion in bones and muscles.

PUNARNAVA

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME- Boerhavia diffusa

COMMON NAME- Hog weed,Red hogweed, Tar Vine,Red Spiderling, Wineflower; Hindi: Punarnava, Satha; Assamese- Punarnava, Pananua, Purnanava, Ponounua; Bengali. Gadapushpa गदापुष्‍पा, Punarnova;Kannada- daka utta etc.

FAMILY- Nyctaginaceae (Bougainvillea family) (4’0 CLOCK FAMILY)

Properties-

Rasa (Taste) Tikta (Bitter), Kashaya (Astringent), Madhura (Sweet)
Guna– Qualities Laghu (Light), Ruksha (Dry)
Veerya Potency, Ushna (Hot)
Vipaka– Post-digestion effect Katu (Pungent)
KarmaPharmacological activity Pitta, Kapha

Medicinal Benefits- 

  • It helps to uplift and possesses cleansing actions on the system, thereby improving bone and joint strength in Aamavata or RA.
  • Intake- Add punarnava powder – a rasoushadi, to warm milk and taking it daily after meals offers tremendous merits of fortified bones, reinforced muscles and promoting flexibility in joints.

ERANDA

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME- Ricinus communis

COMMON NAME- Castor oil plant,Castor bean, Wonder tree ; Hindi: Arandeअरंडी ;Sanskrit name- Gandharva hasta; Manipuri- Kege ;Tamil- Amanakku, Vilakkennai Kottaimuttu ; Kannada- Oudla ; Bengali- Veranda ; Assamese- Era-gach; Malayalam- Chittamankku ; Mizo- Mutih etc.

FAMILY- Euphorbiaceae

PROPERTIES

Rasa (Taste) Katu(Pungent), Kashaya(Astringent), Madhur(Sweet)
Guna– Qualities Sukhshma, Snigdha(Unctuous), Tikshna(Sharp)
Veerya Potency Hot or Ushna
Vipaka– Post-digestion effect Madhura-Sweet
Effect on Tridoshas(Humor) Pacifies Vata and Kapha

MEDICINAL BENEFITS-

  • It is an age-old cure for swelling and discomfort encountered in Aamavata.
  • External application- Use luke warm cup of eranda tailam then gently massaging in the affected part, affected joints daily.
  • It pacifies the vata dosha and relievs arthritic pain and inflammation.

RASNA

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME- Pluchea lanceolata

COMMON NAME- Sanskrit-Suvaha, Sugandha, Yukta; Kannada- Chithramoolaka; Marathi- Rasna, Rashna; Sanskrit: Elaparni, रसना Rasna, Rasya, Sreyasi, Sugandha, Surabhi, suvaha, युक्ता yukta ; Telugu: Rasna Etc.

FAMILY- Asteraceae

PROPERTIES-

Rasa (Taste) Tikta (Bitter)
Guna(Qualities) Guru (Heavy)
Vipaka Katu (Pungent taste)
Virya  (Potency) Hot or Ushna
Karma(Action) Vata Kapha shamaka(Reduces vitiated vata and kapha)

Medicinal properties-

  • Jwaraghna- It possesses antipyretic i.e. heat-reducing, laxative and analgesic or pain-lowering properties.
  • For Flushing out Ama or toxins- Mash some leaves of Rasna, then mix it with a glass of luke warm water or lemon juice and ingesting the kashayam on a regular basis helps to eliminate Ama.
  • It enhances digestive power, pacifies joint pain and swelling.

SHUNTHI-

 

SCIENTIFIC NAME- Zingiber Officinale

COMMON NAME- Ginger, Hindi- Adrak; Marathi- Aale, sunth, Alha; Kannada- Alla,Shunthi; Bengali- Ada; Gujarati- Sunth; Nepali- Aduwa; Mizo- Sawthing etc.

FAMILY- Zingiberaceae

PROPERTIES-

Rasa(Taste) Katu(Pungent)
Guna(Qualities) Light, oily(dry powder);Guru (Heavy)-Fresh ginger
Vipaka Madura or sweet (Dry powder);pungent (Fresh ginger)
Virya  Hot or ushna

Medicinal Benefits- 

  • Ginger helps to improve the digestion by eliminated the Ama or indigested food particles.
  • It possesses Anti-inflammatory, Antibacterial properties.
  • It reduces the joint pain and inflammatory conditions associated with Aama vata(RA).
  • It fights against germs, illness and cancer causing molecules take it in your daily diet helps in overall health.