Book on Ayurvedic & Herbal Remedies for Arthritis
The book, Ayurvedic and Herbal Remedies for Arthritis provides an in-depth knowledge of Arthritis with their causes, symptoms and diagnoses. It primarily focuses on the use of Ayurvedic and Herbal medicines in the treatment of Arthritis and allied conditions. The important aspect of this book is that it takes care to give a detailed description of the herbs available in India and outside India. Hence, the readers from all over the world will find this book interesting and valuable in curing the problems of Arthritis and allied conditions.
More than 35 herbs are mentioned in this book on the basis of their therapeutic value. Monograph of the plants are also given so that the common man can identify them easily. The uniqueness of this book is its special reference on Yoga asanas (with illustrations), Allopathic drugs and pathological tests that are used in the treatment of Arthritis.
Dr. Narendra Jain, the author of this book is a research scholar in Ayurvedic and Herbal medicines. He holds a doctorate in Alternative Medicine. He has done extensive studies in Allopathic medicines as well.
Dr. Narendra Jain is the founder President of the National Council of Alternative Medicine and Research Centre that organizes free medical camps for the underprivileged people.
Part - I : Anatomy of Bones and Arthritis—Its Causes, Symptoms and Diagnosis
1. Anatomy of Bones
2. Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA)
5. Ankylosing Spondylitis Syn: Rheumatoid Spondylitis or Marie Strumpell Disease
Part - II : Ayurvedic and Herbal Medicines in Arthritis
8. Herbal Medicines
Part - III : Yoga and Diet to Cure Arthritis
9. Yoga Therapy
10. Nutritional Therapy
Part - IV : Allopathic Drugs and Pathological Tests
11. Allopathic Medicines
12. Test For Arthritis and Spondylitis
Part - V : Different Names of Common Herbs
13. Common Herbs
AN EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK IS AS FOLLOWS:
Anatomy of Bones
There are different types of Arthritis that may affect different parts of the body. It is necessary to know the anatomy of bones in order to understand how Arthritis affects the various joints of the body.
The osseous system or bony system consists of a large number of bones, which constitute the skeleton, and form a strong framework, which supports and protects the softer structures of the body. The human skeleton consists of 206 bones. They are:
1) Upper limb
2) Lower limb
3) Vertebrae– 26
Bones of the upper extremities are classified as follows:
• Ulna and Radius
• Carpal or wrist bones
• Metacarpal bones
• Phalanges or finger bones
The bones of the lower extremities are classified as follows:
• Pelvic or hipbone
• Femur or thighbone
• Patella or knee-cap
• Tibia and Fibula (bones of the calf)
• Tarsal or ankle bones
• Metatarsal and Phalanges
The bones are connected together in such a manner as to form joints or articulations and are bound firmly together at these joints by strong white fibrous bands called ligaments. The muscles are united to the bones by other bands called tendons. The difference between ligaments and tendons is that ligaments bind bone to bone whereas tendons bind muscle to bone. Inside the joint, the bones are covered with a slick, smooth material that is called articular cartilage. Articular cartilage is the material that allows bones to move against one another in the joints of the body. The cartilage lining is about ¼-inch thick in most weight-bearing joints such as the ankle, hip or knee. It is soft enough to allow for shock absorption but tough enough to last as long as it is not injured. This cartilage is again covered with a membrane called the synovial membrane. From this membrane, a fluid called synovial fluid comes out to lubricate the joints.
As bones are connected together to form joints, these joints can be classified as movable or immovable. Immovable joints are those in which bones are in actual contact such as joints in the skull. Movable joints are
those in which bones forming them are capable of moving against each other. Movable joints are again divided into two types: perfect and imperfect joints. Perfect joints are of four types:
• Gliding joints in which bones slide over each other, e.g., ankle and wrist joint.
• Ball and socket joints having a round head that rotate in a hollow socket, e.g., shoulder and hip joint.
• Hinge joint that allows motion in one plane only, e.g., elbow and knee joint
• Pivot joints in which a projection of one bone serves as a pivot for the rotation of the other, e.g., atlas and axis.
In imperfect joints, the bones do not move on each other but all motion is due to flexibility of the layer of cartilage between them. The vertebrae with intervertebral cartilages form such joints.