Ankylosing spondylitis:

Symptoms: It starts with bouts of pain in the lower back. Pain and stiffness are worst at night, in the morning, or when one is not active. The pain can be so intense that it can break oneⳠsleep. The pain reduces during exercising, doing yoga or any other physical activity, and even if one sleeps in the correct position. The pain can cause loss of mobility (in the lower spine). Other symptoms include fatigue, pain and stiffness in the heels, pain and swelling in the joints (shoulders, knees, ankles), loss of appetite, slight fever, weight loss etc.

Tests may include: CBC, ESR, HLA 27 antigen, X-rays of the spine and pelvis, MRI of the spine.

Treatment: Fast (see sam-niram fundamental), massage, swedana (heat therapy), basti, virechana, yoga, exercise, appropriate posture for sleeping.

Medicines: Ginger juice, lasunadi ghrut, lasunadi vati, chitrakadi vati, sinhanad gugal, vatvidhvansan ras, agnitundi vati, etc.

According to modern science, the course of the Ankylosing spondylitis is unpredictable. But according to Ayurveda, Ankylosing spondylitis is curable, as the following case shall show:

My name is Krishna Rathi (a resident of Cuttack, Orissa). I was diagnosed to be suffering from Ankylosing Spondylitis in June 2002. The test for HLA 27 was positive (at the age of 21). It had started with pain and stiffness in the lower back at the age of 14. Sometimes, I experienced pain in my heels, hip joints, shoulders etc. It subsided by consuming analgesics. I also had an attack of measles, along with high fever, when I was 18, although the fever had subsided at the time. Doctors also said that I had osteoporosis (when I was 21).

Doctors told me that there is no permanent cure for Ankylosing Spondylitis, except exercising and taking steam baths to relieve pain and stiffness, along with the use of analgesics. My condition was worsening day by day.

However, I consulted Vaidyaraj Amrutbhai on November 2005 (when I was 24). I was advised to undergo fasting for three days (consuming water prepared by ayurvedic method only) and Panchakarma therapy. It has been six years since I took the prescribed medicines along with the appropriate diet for a year. My health has been fully restored since then.

Jay Dhanvantari.

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