Knee pain, one of the prevailing problems, which millions of people are confronting these days. It was general among elderly, but now it doesn't discriminate people on the basis of age or gender, as it affects all. Sore knees though not a serious problem can be cured with minor care, but if left untreated, in some cases it may require surgery.
Knee is the largest and most complicated joint in the body. Knee joins four bones and it is like a junction of the body. Cartilages act like a padding system between the joints. Ligaments are the tissues around the bone joints and the tendons are fibrous connective tissues. These structures together assist in leg mobility.
If you are interested to know how to keep bones and joints pain free with Ayurveda, keep reading this article. By the end of this article, you will find your answer. So, without losing time, let's get into the topic.
What Attributes to Knee Pain?
- Overexertion of knees: The wear and tear caused due to overuse or repetitive articulations like kneeling and bending. Some jobs require one to stand for a long time, sports demand persistent jumping and running, all these might result in knee pain due to overexertion.
- Injuries: Injury to ligaments, tendons, cartilages, or meniscal tear can cause knee pain.
- Dislocation: The malposition of the kneecap or the sliding of kneecap from its position may lead to knee joint pain.
- Osteoarthritis: Knee joint aches, and there is swelling and stiffness to the knees.
However, the most common knee joint pain is due to tissue degeneration, which is more often related to old age.
What Ayurveda has to say about knee pain?
Ayurveda states that the body is constituted of five elements. The combination of these elements makes humor or doshas. There are three doshas - Vata, pita and kapha. Vata coordinates different parts of the body, and it governs movement. Musculoskeletal structures are governed by vata and disturbances in vata cause musculoskeletal disorders.
There are several herbal remedies available that may relieve knee pain, but a few have only stood the test of time. One among them is Harjod.
Harjod or bonesetter is a plant that's been used for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It has specific components present in it that inhibits activity of inflammatory protein thereby reducing joint pain and inflammation related to arthritis.
Harjod therapy is prepared by strictly adhering to Ayurvedic principles and formulas. Harjod along with 19 rare herbs are combined to form this therapy.
Harjod Arkdhara is an ancient Ayurvedic procedure in which warm stream or dhara of Ark is poured over the knees. The vapors from Arkdhara opens the pores of the skin and the medicine penetrates deep into the joints and affects bones and ligaments. It removes toxins accumulated in the blood and bone marrow. Arkdhara is so effective that after the initial day of therapy, patients admit having a major relief from knee pain, knee swelling and stiffness.
After the Arkdhara, swelling subsides, stiffness resolves and the effect can be seen instantly. The 19 powerful ingredients in Arkdhara include Loghra, Kaalmegh, Mochras and Pashan bhed/Parvat bhed, Semalkand, and Jamlashi.
Harjod Arkdhara is followed by application of Harjod oil. The Arkdhara aids in deeper diffusion of oil into the joints and lubricates it thoroughly. One of the ingredients of Harjod oil, Vansh lochan is a rare species of bamboo. It provides flexibility and strength to the knee joints. Furthermore, Harjod acts as an analgesic.
Ayurveda is a science that has potential to cure any disease in its entirety and not just the symptoms. Harjod is an ancient time-tested remedy for knee pain. An appropriate balance among diet, exercise and lifestyle is focused upon in Ayurveda. As the base of all remedies and for its effectiveness, a holistic approach is called for. Every disease has a cure, but its efficacy and success depend upon choosing the right cure at the right time.