AS is a form of chronic inflammatory arthritis that primarily affects the spine and sacroiliac joints. It often starts in your sacroiliac joints, where your spine connects to your pelvis. It can affect places where your tendons and ligaments attach to bones. It can also cause your vertebrae to fuse together resulting in a hunched-forward posture.
Usually, at first there can be low back pain and stiffness which is worse in the morning. There might also be tiredness, loss of appetite, swelling in your joints and neck pain. Gradually, the symptoms might worsen, improve or stop at irregular intervals.
AS has no known specific cause, though genetic factors seem to involve. In people who have a gene called HLA-B27, there is a greater risk of developing the condition.
Classical samhitas of Ayurveda explains certain factors as triggering elements of the condition. They are:
- Excessive Exertion
- Ingestion of Spicy and Incompatible Foods
- Lack of Adequate Rest.
- Sedentary Lifestyle.
According to Ayurveda, ankylosing spondylitis is caused due to aggravated vata dosha (basic element of body). This imbalance causes degeneration &inflammation of the spine and may even lead to disability in the long term.
Ankylosing spondylitis treatment is most successful during the initial stages before the disease causes irreversible damage to your joints. Ayurveda aims at digesting the ama (unwanted toxins) by usage of herbs and also by balancing the aggravated vata.
Kooplicat Ayurveda hospital has a very effective approach to the treatment of inflammations even those of auto-immune nature. The approach is holistic comprising of diet modifications, lifestyle changes, stress management, herbal medication and Ayurvedic therapies, Yogaasanas, pranayama and meditation, that help the body get back to state of balance and harmony. The approach is even effective as a preventive against further relapses of the condition along with enhancing the quality of life as well.