Monday, November 12, 2007

"OSTEO-ARTHRITIS" in Siddha Medicine -Doctor's Diary

What is Osteoarthritis?

  • Osteoarthritis is a common type of arthritis that is caused by the breakdown and loss of the cartilage of one or more joints.
  • Cartilage is a protein substance that serves as a "cushion" between the bones of the joints
  • Osteoarthritis is also known as degenerative arthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis commonly affects the large weight-bearing joints, such as the hips and knees.Hands, feet & spine also affected.
  • Primary osteoarthritis is arthritis which have no known cause.
  • When the cause of the osteoarthritis is known, the condition is referred to as secondary osteoarthritis.
  • Osteoarthritis of the knees is often associated with obesity or a history of repeated injury.
  • The most common symptom of osteoarthritis is pain in the affected joint(s) after repetitive use.
  • Joint pain is usually worse later in the day.
  • There can be swelling, warmth, and creaking of the affected joints.
  • Pain and stiffness of the joints can also occur after long periods of inactivity.


X-rays of the affected joints,Arthroscope.

Modern Treatment approach:
  • There is no specific treatment to halt cartilage degeneration or to repair damaged cartilage in osteoarthritis.
  • The goal of treatment in osteoarthritis is to reduce joint pain and inflammation while improving and maintaining joint function.
  • NSAID-s are used to reduce pain and inflammation in the joints.
  • Glucosamine and chondroitin,relieve symptoms of pain and stiffness.
  • Total hip and total knee replacement surgery are now done in the orthopaedic hospitals nowadays commonly. Thanks to Medicine


  • In siddha system, Osteoarthritis is compared with "Azhal Keel Vatham".
  • Usually the patients who like to take Siddha medicine are with very advanced damage in their joints.
  • Many patients seek Siddha medicine,when the modern Orthopaedic experts suggest them for surgical correction after a long period of conservative management.
  • It's really difficult and irritable to deal with these patients.
  • The patients ask hundreds of cross questions like "Can you cure this?","Have you ever cured like these?","Will Siddha medicine cause negative side-effects?".
  • Though it is not a task of a doctor to convince the patient before treatment,Siddha experts do that because the basic of Siddha Medicine is to treat the patient physically and mentally.
  • The psychological stress of the patient is treated first with councelling and the physical treatment done later.
  • In my Clinic I have treated hundreds of severely damaged Osteoarthritis patients with great success with effective Siddha medicines.
  • Severe swelling and pain in the joints come to control in a short period of 40'days.
  • According to the condition the duration of treatment varies from 40 days to 3 months or more.
  • Strict dietary regimen is advised to the patient.
  • Cool items,tamarind,fried items & substances which digest hardly are strictly to be avoided in these cases.


1 comment:

Priyanka Suri said...

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