Ayurvedic Treatment For Knee Pain

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The knee is one of the most complex joints in the body. It is also one of the most worked joints in the body. Knee stability is maintained by the four ligaments, the muscles and the complex joint structure. On a day to day basis, the knee is constantly pressed into service, from simple body movements like standing or sitting to exerting motions like running, dancing and exercising. The knee constantly experiences a range of movements and motion like twisting, bending, straightening through the day. In addition, the knee also supports the body weight.

The knee injuries can be classified as Acute injury and Overuse injury. Acute injury refers to the torn ligaments and torn cartilage and caused by twisting the knee or falling. This type of injury is common with players and wrestlers. The overuse injuries that include muscle strain, tendonitis and bursitis are more common than acute injuries. Such injuries gradually and often cause mild pain at initial stage.

Knee osteoarthritis is also a common cause of knee pain. Osteoarthritis is a form of arthritis involving degeneration of the cartilage. People with knee osteoarthritis may also need to take pain medications and/or other complementary pain treatments.

The most common cause of knee pain was old age or injury, today however knee pain can be caused by a variety of illnesses, the most common being arthritis (especially septic arthritis, osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis), ligament injuries, tendinitis, injuries to the cartilage, injury to the fluid sacs around the knee caps (bursitis), dislocation, hyperextension of the knee, etc.

Ayurvedic Remedies for Knee Pain

  1. Oil massages have traditionally been hailed as the ideal treatment for aches and pains. Take half a cup of oil, you can use coconut or olive oil, warm it up slightly and massage it onto the affected knee. The oil and circular movements of the massage eases inflammation around the knee and also improves blood flow to the region, easing the pain.
  2. Six drops each of Chamomile essential oil can be added to four ounces of Carrier oil such as Soyabean, Sesame, Avocado or Almond. These can be added to warm bath and the painful area can be soaked for a few minutes.
  3. Turmeric, a member of ginger family, has great medicinal properties and heals inflammation and mild joint pain. Ayurvedic experts are of the opinion that turmeric reduces joint pain to a great extent.
  4. Drinking ginger tea at bed time is particularly recommended for Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  5. Regular stretching exercises, yoga and meditation are also beneficial.
  6. For joint pain that is not associated with Arthritis, stretching exercises, warm bath massages and rest are recommended.

If the pain becomes more severe, better consultĀ  a doctor for an effective treatment plan.

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