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  • Writer's pictureAntje Hepkema

The qualification of joint pain according to Ayurveda

Updated: Dec 9, 2021

In my last blog I explained Osteoarthritis condition in general according to Ayurveda. In this blog I would like to focus on the qualification of the joint pain. This explains why there in not one solution for everyone to relieve the pain. The advice for each person is different.

Ayurveda qualifies pain according to the elements of nature (doshas): Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (water). To make a short description of each type of pain:

Vata (air) type of pain

The Vata type of pain is very sharp kind of pain. The pain is relieved with heat and increasing when applying cold. Often the pain is also relieved when taking rest. The joints are not swollen.

Pitta (fire) type of pain

Pitta type of pain is a burning (inflamatory) pain. The joints are often red and swollen and feels hot when being touched. The joint is even painful without mouvement. The pain is relieved when applying cold and aggevating when applying heat.

Kapha (water) type of pain

When Kapha is involved the joint becomes stiff and swollen (full of water), it feels cold and clammy rather than hot. The pain is rather relieved when doping some movements. The application of heat also relieves the pain. Cold and damp weather aggravates the pain. The pain can be qualified as dull, achy, heavy and localized.

The joint pain you experience could be qualified according to one or multiple of these descriptions.


How does ayurveda treat these different type of pains? First of all we are not only looking at the pain but we diagnose the person as a whole to determine the dosha(s) out of balance. The overall strategy will be to remove from diet and lifestyle of the client what could aggravate the situation. Like for a Pitta out of balance: remove spicy, ascid, oil from diet but also activities that increase the heat in the body. In addition we add the opposite: cooling, refreshing, softness, both in diet and lifestyle - but still respecting the nature of a person - prakriti.



About the author:

Hi! My name is Antje. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog!

I am an Ayurvedic and Orthomolecular health and lifestyle advisor and a yoga teacher. I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis in October 2019, at 49 years old, and I was struggling like you: I had to lay down after each little walk, I had problems to get to sleep because of the pain in my hip. Thanks to Ayurveda I learned to overcome the pain and currently I am living and active life full of energy.

Please visit Ayurveda By Antje to read more about my story and about Ayurveda.

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