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Any damage to the joints from disease or injury can interfere with the movement and causes joint pain. Many different conditions can lead to painful joints, including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, bursitis, gout, strains, sprains and other injuries.

According to Ayurveda, it is a condition which is caused by aggravated vata and accumulation of ama (toxic by-product of improper digestion). The first type is associated with poorly nourished joints or low bone density and overall weakness in the joints. This kind of problem starts with some discomfort, a cracking sound, and if not taken care of, results in immobilization of the joints. Because of poor nourishment, it starts to degenerate. The second kind is associated with a toxic overload in the joints. As ama (the sticky, toxic waste-product of incomplete digestion) accumulates in the joint, it first creates stiffness and heaviness. If it stays there for a long time, the joint can become swollen and painful.

Causes :

The following medical conditions are some of the possible causes of joint pain as a symptom.

  1. Joint injury
  2. Joint strain
  3. Joint sprain
  4. Previous joint injury
  5. Degeneration of joint tissues
  6. Infections - many infections cause aching joints and aching muscles
    • Viral infection
    • Common cold
    • Flu
    • Bacterial infections

Treatment :

  • Abhyanga(oil massage)-Massage therapy helps relieve joint pain by improving circulation and soothing inflammation. Regular massage can reduce pain, stiffness and improve the range of motion in the affected joint.
  • Swedana- kizhi, nadi sweda, etc helps to reduce the stiffness
  • Shodhana – useful in case of ama related conditions. Shodhana in the form of virechana(purgation) or basti(medicated enema)
  • Internal medicine – which helps to improve the digestion (in case of joint pain because of ama) and to nourish the joint (in case of vataja origin) vati, kashaya are prescribed
  • Regular exercise helps in the normal adaptation of injured joint tissues.


  • Dr. Raghava Gowda
    Ohio, USA
    Thank you very much for your guidance and excellent treatment at your clinic. Special thanks to therapist Mr. Vijay for the excellent massages and Yoga Guru...

  • Dr. Shail Gowda
    Ohio, USA
    Thanks to therapists Ms. Savitha and Ms. Shyamili. Thank you for some wonderful treatments.