In my professional career as a Vaidya, I have seen people of all age groups dealing with knee pain. It all starts early with the weakening of joints that we often ignore for so many years. With our fast paced lives, we ignore our joint pains and think of it as temporary hurdles that can be overcome within a day or two.
As youngsters we start ignoring the early signs and keep the slight joint pains and injury at back burner. As we start aging, the poor condition of joints aggravate and they start showing some major distress signs. These signs can be constant joint pains, trouble with random movements, stiffness, swelling and inflammation around them. This situation also takes the shape of permanent disease form such as Arthritis etc.
As time passes, we accept the painful condition of joints as a part of our lives and start living a more compromised life. We start becoming less and less active, suffer during seasonal changes and develop more lifestyle diseases because of this.
It’s hard for us to accept that it starts at a very young age when we ignore the early signs of toxicity in our body. This negligence turns to a more severe and irreversible situation when we grow older.
According to Ayurveda “The weakening of Joints are caused due to the accumulation of Ama (toxins)’’. With this prolonged aggregation of toxins, the joints are inflamed and lose strength overtime. Similar is the case with knee joint.
The main underlying cause of this knee pain can be an injury, sudden injury, an overuse injury, infection, dislocated kneecap, and tendonitis or inflammatory conditions such as arthritis to name a few.
Some people of old age lose the elasticity of bones which causes the bones to become stiff and restricts the movement around the knee area. Thereby it causes knee pain and swelling.
If you are using the modern allopathic treatment, that focuses on pain management on a superficial level. It does not treat the main cause of knee pain for long-lasting benefits.
In my opinion, people with Knee pain can benefit a lot from the use of Ayurvedic Treatment. Ayurveda is an age-old science of herbs that is time tested and has no side effects for the end-user.
Ayurvedic treatment for knee pain can be focused on two types of problems:
- Weak Joints and Bones
This happens when you have weak and poorly nourished joints. This can lead to abrupt cracking or gradual discomfort in the knees. This can also render the knee to eventually immobilize over a period of time.The density of the bone also decreases which leads to overall weakness in the joint.
This second situation can occur when you have toxins in your body. Ama also known as toxins get accumulated in the joints and cause stiffness and heaviness in the joints. Prolonged accumulation of toxins (Ama) results in swollen and painful joints
Common Indian Home remedies for knee pain
1.A message with Pirate Oil
Pirant oil a herbal formulation that can be used for acute and chronic knee pain. The formulation of Pirant Oil contains Garlic, Sunthi, Guggul, Pippal & other herbs. This ayurvedic oil is particularly effective for arthritis patients with knee swelling and pain. It plays a key role in neutralizing the toxic effects of Ama (Toxins) which is a major cause of joint pain. It is recommended to give a daily message to the painful knee and get rid of the Vata Dosha.
It is advised to take Pirant Tablets in addition to the application of oil.
Pirant tablets are for people with inflamed joints and pain. These tablets particularly reduce inflammatory swelling in arthralgic joints and help in muscle relaxation. This is the easiest and all-natural way for any person suffering from knee pain to deal with swelled up joints.
- Turmeric tablets/ Turmeric
Turmeric is an Indian Spice that is readily available in Indian Kitchens. Turmeric contains an important ingredient called Curcumin that offers anti-inflammatory benefits for joints and knee pain.
- Carom Seeds/Ajwain
Carom seeds offer anti-inflammatory and anesthetic properties for arthritis pain. It can especially help during the winter season. You can easily soak your aching joints in warm water having Carom seeds. Also, carom seed water can be taken for anti-inflammatory benefits.
It is an Ancient Ayurvedic warm oil treatment that offers relief from joint pain.
- Guggul/Commiphora Mukul
This herb is found in the gum of the Mukul tree and is famous by the name of Guggul. This extract when used regularly promotes healthy tissues and rejuvenates them by eliminating toxins.
This potent root is also found and used in kitchens around the world. Daily consumption of Ginger offers antiseptic properties that help reduce joint pain, swelling, and inflammation. It can be used easily by using in tea, consuming in powdered form, applying in the paste form on your joints, and in the oil form also.
Ashwagandha is an ancient ayurvedic herb used in various ayurvedic medications. This herb has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that act as an immunomodulatory system. It strengthens the joints and bones when used on a regular basis.
This ayurvedic herb offers amazing properties for pain relief. This herb can benefit people with chronic knee pain.
This herb offers anti-inflammatory and lubricating properties for painful joints including knees.
- Naag Kesar
Joint and knee pain are caused mainly by Vata imbalance in the body. Nagkesar herb or its oil helps to reduce bone and joint pain when applied to the affected area. Applying Nagkesar or its oil helps to reduce joint pain by balancing Vata due to its Ushna (hot) potency.
The use of Eucalyptus Oil for the treatment of Arthritis pain is common and is also used in giving relief from knee pain also. It helps in reducing the swelling of the knees and ultimately provides pain relief.
This herb helps in keeping your joints strong and relieve them from any pain. It provides relief from pain, reduces swelling, and helps in making the joint more mobile. It is usually available in the form of oil that can be directly applied on the knees or other painful joints.
“Dashmool” means a combination of 10 herbs or ten roots, out of which five roots are of trees and five are of shrubs. This herbal combination is particularly effective in inflammatory conditions in the body or Vata Rog. It has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, analgesic, and sedative properties that help in joint pain.
Nirgundi is one of the most common herbal remedies used for painful knees and joints. The plant is easily available and is known to reduce swelling as well as excessive pain. Its potent anti-inflammatory, anti-convulsing, and anti-oxidant properties help the joints in many ways. The leaves, stems, and seeds of the plant are useful for their medicinal value. Nirgundi extract l can be directly applied to the painful knees. Also, it can be applied directly to the joints in the paste form.
Knee Pain Treatment with Ayurveda:
Here are some frequently asked questions that many of you ask. Let us answer them one by one.
Q.What is the home remedy for knee pain?
A.Some things that can offer instant relief are-
- Give your knee some rest.
- Application of ice to reduce swelling,
- You can wear a compressive/support bandage
- Keep your knee elevated.
- Don’t overlook your weight.
Q.Which ayurvedic oil is best for knee pain?
A.One tried and tested ayurvedic oil for knee pain is Pirant Oil. This Oil relaxes muscles and reduces inflammatory swelling. Pirant oil is recommended to prevent these kinds of joint problems because it helps settle Vata dosha.
Q. Can knee pain be cured permanently?
A. It entirely depends upon the underlying condition that has caused knee pain. You need a thorough check-up of your knee and the extent of damage that has occurred. Upon deep analysis only, the Vaidya can suggest you a steadier and long term solution.
Q. Which oil is best for knee pain?
A. Any ayurvedic formulation that offers natural herbs is best for knee pain and any kind of joint pain. It will help in reducing the swelling at the joint and provide you long term pain relief. One such formulation is the Pirant Oil that helps in reducing the ama in the inflamed joints.
Q.Do I need an Ayurveda Consultation for knee pain?
A. Yes, it is always advised to consult a Vaidya or certified ayurvedic practitioner to analyze the depth of the injury or knee condition. Based on your previous pain history and other health conditions, Vaidya will prescribe you the best treatment available.
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Q.How can I treat Osteoarthritis with Ayurveda?
A.Ayurveda offers in-depth root cause treatment for Osteoarthritis which is free from any side effects. This treatment will help to reduce pain, inflammation, swelling, and toxins ( Ama) from within, thereby giving you steady and long term
Q.What should I do if I am facing a cracking sound in my knee when I try to move?
A.You need to aim at repairing the painful knee and strengthening it from within. You can use the Pirant Oil to reduce the pain and swelling at the knee. Also to reduce the body toxins that cause weakening of the knees, you need to take ayurvedic Pirant Tablets. These will help you to reduce inflammation and swelling.
Q.It’s very difficult for me to move from one sitting position to a standing one. What should I do?
A,You are facing the issue of weak knee joint. If not cared for properly, you can injure it further. If you are facing painful joints, then you can try the ayurvedic Pain Relief Combo by Maharishi Ayurveda. It will help you to reduce the pain and swelling, thereby making it comfortable for you to move.