A regular practice of yoga asanas such as Sukshma Vyayama and Pawan Muktasana can cure arthritis of any type without taking medicines.
Arthritis is a disease of the joints. People suffering from this disease experience a burning sensation and terrible pain in the affected joints. There is noticeable swelling and stiffness in the joints.
The most common forms of arthritis are rheumatoid, osteoarthritis and gouty arthritis. It is common to give medicines and recommend physical exercises to the patients to cure this disease. But what is not known is that yoga cures this arthritis (moderate type) within two months. In chronic cases, it might take 6 to 8 months. The yogic method involves two steps – intake of proper diet and practicing different asanas.
• Arthritis patients are advised not to take banana, tea, coffee, bread, non-vegetarian, oily and fried food.
• They should drink at least 14 to 16 glasses of fresh water every day.
• They should intake alkaline diet fruits like sweet orange, sweet lemon and pineapple.
• Smoking and alcohol intake is strictly banned.
• Fasting once a week is advised.
A regular practice of Sukshma Vyayama and Asanas will cure arthritis of any type without taking medicines.
1. YOGIC SUKSHMA VYAYAMA
For quick relief from arthritis one can try walking, swimming and meditation along with yoga.
- Toe Bending- Bend the toes of both feet forward and backward slowly for 10 times. Keep the feet upright and ankles relaxed and motionless.
- Ankle Bending-Be in the starting position slowly move both the feet backward and forward bending them at the ankle joints. Repeat 10 times.
- Ankle Rotation - Remain in the original position with both feet together. Rotate both the feet together in clock wise direction a few times. Rotate them in anti-clockwise direction.
- Leg lifting-Remain in the original position. Now lift the left leg parallel to your right leg big toe. And remain in the position for a few seconds. Repeat on the right leg for a few seconds.
- Finger bending- Straighten the arms in the front level with the shoulders. Stretch the fingers and thumbs of both hands and then bend them closing the fists. Bend each flange of the finger and thumbs like a cat closing its claw. Do it at least 10 times.
- Finger Spreading - Stretch and spread the fingers of both hands as for as possible. Keeping the thumbs inside, make a fist clenching your teeth. Do minimum 10 rounds of it.
- Wrist Rotation - Stretch your arms in the front at shoulder level. With fists of both hands bring the wrists together. Rotate the wrists a few times in clockwise direction and then the same number of times in anti-clock wise direction.
- Wrist bending-Stretch the arms in front of the body at shoulder level. Keep the palms open and fingers straight throughout the entire practice. Bend the hands backward from the wrists as if pressing the palms against a wall with the fingers pointing toward the roof top. Bend the hand forward from the wrists so that fingers point toward the ground, keep the elbow straight throughout the practice. Repeat 10 times.
- Elbow Bending - Stretch the arms in front of the body at shoulders level. The hands should be open with palms facing up. Bend the arms at the elbows and touch the fingers to the shoulder. Straighten the arms again. Repeat 10 times.
2. TADASAN (PALM TREE POSE)
Stand erect with your heels together or about 10cm apart. Raise the arms over the head, and place your folded hands together on top of the head. Inhaling stretch your arms, shoulders and chest upward. Simultaneously raise the heels and stand on your toes. Stretch the whole body from top to bottom, without losing balance or moving the feet. Keeping the eyes open and fixing your gaze at some point in front of you stay in the position for a few seconds. Exhaling, slowly come down on the heels. This is one round. Do five such rounds. Breathing should be synchronized with the raising and lowering of the arms.
Benefits: The entire spine is stretched and the spinal nerves are loosened. This asana is good for arthritis patients. It develops physical and mental balance. It stretches the abdominal muscles and the intestines.
3. PAWAN MUKTASANA
Lie down on the back with both ankles and toes together. Fold the knee of the left foot and lift it up towards the chest. Then with both hands fold the knee between both elbows push the knee towards the chin and look straight. In this state the other feet will remain straight similarly practice it on the other leg then on both the legs together. Then both legs should be folded between both arms and place the knees on the chin and look straight ahead. Do it three times with each leg
Benefits: This asana cures knee pain and arthritis. It massages the digestive organs and is therefore very effective in removing wind and constipation. This asana also massages the pelvic muscles and eliminates impotence, sterility and menstrual problem.
People who suffer from slipped disc or sciatica should not practice pawan muktasana.
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