What is Sandhivata?
Osteoarthritis is called Sandhigata Vata / Sandhivata in Ayurveda. It means a condition in which morbid Vata is located in the joints and destroys the joints. According to Ayurveda, Osteoarthritis occurs due to aggravation of Vata Dosha at the joint and called as Sandhivata. Sandhi means the joint and Vata stands for Vata Dosha. The condition of Sandhivata is caused when the activities of vitiated Vata increase inside the Sandhi or joints. Because Vata is dry & destructive in nature, it causes damage or destruction of the cartilages and reduction in the Synovial Fluid inside the joint capsule. Osteoarthritis is a type of a joint disease that manifests due to degenerative changes in the joints. The most commonly affected joint is the Knee Joint. The other joints that are affected are the wrists, fingers, toes, back, neck and hips.
Dr. Dipti Patel is the Sandhivata Specialist in Mumbai. She has vast experience in treating conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis, Psoriatic Arthritis, Gout, Osteoarthritis, Ankylosing Spondylitis, Fibromyalgia and other complex inflammatory joint disorders as per the latest clinical guidelines and evidence-based medicine. She is the best Sandhivata Doctor in Mumbai.
Signs and Symptoms of Sandhivata
- Shula (pain)
- Atopa (abnormal sounds due to damage of joints or crepitus)
- Vata purna driti sparsha – Sounds resembling that made when we rub against a balloon or transparent container filled with air
- Shotha – Swelling
- Prasarana Akunchanayoho pravritti savedana – Painful movement of the joints including extension and flexion.
Causes of Sandhivata
- Excessive consumption of dry, cold or stale food.
- Exposure to severe cold and dry weather.
- Excessive use of joint.
- Joint injury.
- Heredity and old age are the main causative factors.
Treatment of Sandhivata in Mumbai
The main key for treating osteoarthritis or Sandhivata is improve digestion & balancing the vata dosha. Plan of treatment starts with diet modifications, lifestyle changes, weight management, herbal medication, panchakarma therapies, exercise therapy, electrotherapy, dry needling. Our treatment of osteoarthritis not only prevents further deterioration in the joints but also rejuvenates damaged cartilages. Vata alleviating treatment through specific herbs (shallaki,nirgundi,rasna, etc.) are also suggested for pain relief, lubrication and swelling of joints. Dr. Dipti Patel is the Best Rheumatologist in Mumbai and she provides the best Treatment of Sandhivata in Mumbai.