Anti Inflammatory Drugs In Ayurveda

Inflammation is taken as the symptom of another disease. The process of inflammation is nature’s way of combating the exertion caused to the body by mechanical and traumatic impact. During inflammation the white blood cells of body act against the foreign particles in order to protect the body. There is increased blood supply and aggregation of related chemical. This results in swelling and pain in that particular area and there may be temperature rise. The anti-inflammatory drugs are used in the treatment to reduce inflammation.  

According to Ayurveda, certain conditions are responsible for inflammation which is known as dosha, a combination of which determines the body constitution. The commonly noticed conditions are tendonitis, arthritis, hepatic complications, nephritic syndrome etc. These traumatic conditions are fever, stress, fatigue, and muscular stiffness. Often the inflammatory conditions may indicate a sign of a severe systemic aliment as found in renal failure, nephritis, or hypertension. In myocarditis Swelling in leg may be noticed in myocarditis and diarrhea and craps may indicate colitis.
In Ayurveda “shopha” is the name given to the process of inflammation. Shopha is a result of the contamination in the vata dosha and pitta and kapha are engaged in it. Shopha is treated in Ayurveda is by the use of shanshamna and shodharam.  

What are the signs of inflammation?

Pain, Heat, Redness, Swelling and Loss of function are some of the signs of inflammation. Pain may not show as the primary symptom in some of the inflammatory disease because many organs lack pain-sensitive nerves.  

The inflammatory conditions can be divided into following types

Acute inflammation, Catarrhal inflammation, Chronic inflammation, Exudative inflammation, Granulomatous inflammation, Interstitial inflammation, Parenchymatous inflammation, Proliferous inflammation, Pseudomembranous inflammation, Purulent inflammation, Serous inflammation, Sub acute inflammation, Superlative inflammation, and Ulcerative inflammation. These inflammations are described in Ayurveda as sign and symptoms of shopha and its many divisions.  

Anti-inflammatory drugs in Ayurveda

Depending upon the condition of the patient, Ayurveda has formulated different kinds of treatments. Ranging from fumigation namely dhoopan to draining of the contaminated blood known as raktavisravan. There are many Ayurvedic drugs for Shoshanna. Preparations known as Upnaah and long shaped pills called vatis, jatidyatadi ghrita are some other anti inflammatory drugs in Ayurveda.
Most of the drugs contain vata shamak properties. Diuretics such as Punarnava, gokshur, pahsnabheda are used in controlling swelling caused by nephritic syndrome. The anti inflammation drugs in Ayurveda are called Shopha hara drugs. They are Agnimanth, Bilba, Brihti, Gokshur, Kant Kari, Kashmarya, Nirgundi, Patala, Prishnaparni, Shalparni and Shyonaka are other Ayurvedic medicines for inflammation.
In Ayurveda the drugs used for treating inflammation contain Vata shamak property. There are many other processes and ways of treatment for inflammation depending upon the condition of the patient and the extent of inflammation.

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