Arthritis Causes and The Raj Arthritis Treatments
The Raj Health Spa Arthritis Program - Causes and Treatments
The Raj arthritis program is based on Maharishi Ayurveda, which is the world's oldest and most complete system of natural health. The Raj arthritis program provides the most comprehensive and natural approach available today, both in terms of identifying the causes of arthritis and providing treatments.
Understanding the Root Causes of Arthritis, from The Maharishi Ayurveda Perspective
Healthy, flexible joints rely on strong digestion and metabolism. Poor eating habits and weak digestion allow impurities to accumulate, circulate, and build up in the joints. This inhibits joint function, mobility, and comfort.
Since impurities can develop faster than the body's ability to eliminate them, cleansing alone is not enough. The key to preventing a toxic build up is to create healthier cells, one's that can easily and efficiently eliminate harmful toxins from the body. The raw material for building healthy joints and bones is nutrient plasma. Plasma flows throughout the body — like the sap in a tree — delivering vital nutrients to cells. The body uses these nutrients to build tissues, including joint tissue.
Your program at The Raj is designed to improve digestion and metabolism, which then forms nutrient plasma that is more pure and easy to assimilate. This helps to create proper lubrication of joint tissue, helping impurities flow out of the joint cells for elimination, and allowing nutrients to flow in.
Ayurveda medicine assesses and treats the level of the body's inner intelligence that creates and controls the material structure and function of the physiology. The organizing principle within the body which controls the level of activation and sensitivity of the nervous system is called Vata.
Anything that aggravates, or overly activates Vata, will increase the sensitivity and experience of pain in the body. Therefore, an important component in treating arthritic pain is to balance and stabilize Vata.
In summary, the Ayurveda approach:
- Strengthens the metabolic pathways that prevent circulatory channels to joints from becoming blocked by impurities.
- Strengthens digestion to create nutritional plasma that is pure and easy to assimilate.
- Improves the lubrication of joints.
- Balances nervous system function and its sensitivity to pain.
A Natural Treatment Approach to Arthritis
The Ayurveda Assessment of Balance and Imbalance
During an in-residence stay, the Ayurveda Health Consultant will use pulse assessment and other Ayurveda evaluation tools to determine balance and imbalance in the body's inner intelligence.
This assessment is not an evaluation of the state of cells and tissues but an evaluation of a deeper level of physiological functioning that controls the healing and self-repair mechanisms of the body. Disruptions on this level are the root cause of disorder.
People can have arthritis for different reasons and need different programs to heal the condition. Your Ayurveda Health Consultant will not be just matching treatments to the condition of arthritis, but will individualize the program to the specific imbalances that are causing arthritis in you. This is the value of the Ayurveda assessment of balance and imbalance at the start of your program.
The following section describes the classic Ayurveda approaches used at The Raj to reduce Vata imbalance, to eliminate toxin buildup and provide relief from stress, thereby removing the root causes of arthritis.
a) In-Residence Cleansing Treatments
The Maharishi RejuvenationSM treatments are the most important and powerful feature of your Maharishi Ayurveda program for arthritis.
The daily three-hour treatment program of massage, heat treatment, and mild internal cleansing, is the cornerstone of your in-residence stay at The Raj. The combination of these three treatments received every day (for 5 to 21), days creates the ideal internal environment for healing joint inflammation.
b) Herbalized Oil Massage
Your Ayurveda Health Consultants will choose a specific herbalized oil that is individually prepared for your condition. You will also be instructed in the technique of Ayurveda massage, which includes using specific strokes over joints, ligaments, muscles, and different parts of the body.
The motion of massage creates heat and friction that enhance circulation and help cleanse the areas of chemical impurities that could be aggravating and hypersensitizing nerve and joint tissues. The various herbs that have been boiled into a base oil, and the oil itself, are specifically chosen for their Vata balancing influence. The oil allows the herbs to deeply penetrate the tissue beds, thereby balancing tissues in the affected areas.
Your program involves two types of Ayurveda herbalized massage:
- Your home program involves herbalized self-massage for 5-10 minutes in the morning before you take your shower. Daily herbalized oil massage provides a deeply soothing and balancing effect to the entire physiology.
- During the in-residence portion of your program, highly trained Ayurveda technicians daily perform very specialized massage for you, using oils in which as many as 50 herbs have been cured. These special oils are only available as part of the in-residence program. Daily oil massages are a powerful cornerstone of the in-residence cleansing process.
c) Diet, Nutrition, and Digestion
Arthritis can be created by, and aggravated through, improper diet. Some foods can make Vata highly active, thereby increasing sensitivity to pain and aggravating arthritis symptoms.
Consultations with The Raj Ayurveda Health Consultants, along with daily educational meetings, will help you understand which foods are the most clogging and obstructing to circulation and which are the hardest to digest. These foods have the potential to create toxins (undigested food not only clogs the channels in the body, but actually becomes toxic) and needs to be avoided. You will also learn which foods can easily be digested, creating micronutrients that are then assimilated into the tissues, rebuilding their strength and balance.
Just as important as what you eat is how well you digest, metabolize, and eliminate food. Your Ayurveda Health Consultants will also provide programs to improve digestion, metabolism and elimination, which will build a strong foundation for your healing process.
The Raj cooking classes will provide you with knowledge of how to prepare foods in ways that create maximum nourishment for the body and that prevent incomplete digestion and clogging of circulation.
In summary, improper nutrition can create and aggravate arthritis, but proper nutrition can go a long way to curing and preventing it.
d) Stress Management and Improved Mental and Emotional Function
It is well documented that arthritis is often worsened by heightened stress, anxiety, and mental fatigue. There are hormonal changes and other biochemical responses to stress that can aggravate the nervous system and the inflammatory response. The sleep disturbance that is often created by arthritis symptoms increases fatigue, which increases one's susceptibility to stress, in turn aggravating the arthritis condition (creating a downward spiral). The Raj Ayurveda Health Consultants recommend practice of the Transcendental Meditation® program to remove the stress component of arthritis, pain, and insomnia.
*Please refer to the link at the bottom of the page to learn more about the published articles on the effectiveness of TM practice for both pain relief and insomnia.
If you choose to learn meditation during your in-residence stay at The Raj, highly trained teachers of the Transcendental Meditation® program are available to instruct you. The TM technique has a wealth of scientific research verifying its effect on reducing many of the mental and stress factors influencing arthritis. Research shows it creates virtually the opposite physiological response that stress does and helps the body recover more quickly from stressful stimuli.
Practice of the TM technique twice a day is an ideal stress management program for arthritis. The TM program at The Raj gets you off to a superb start with your practice and your instructor will help connect you with the local TM program center in your home area for any follow-up that you may desire.
e) Lifestyle and Daily Routine
One of the most important factors for balancing Vata and maintaining stability in the nervous system is to have a lifestyle that does not disrupt natural bodily rhythms. When we eat, sleep, and exercise in constantly fluctuating and disturbing patterns, the body loses its natural balancing cycles and cannot cleanse or heal itself as effectively. Therefore, regularity in our daily routine can be extremely effective in reducing the Vata imbalances at the basis of arthritis.
Your Ayurveda Health Consultant will review your daily routine and provide information you need to create a daily schedule that will actually increase balance in your nervous system and aid in healing your body.
f) Ayurveda Herbs and Reduction in Free Radicals
During your consultation, the Ayurveda Health Consultants select the appropriate herbal formulas for aiding the healing process, strengthening digestion, and helping the body purify itself of toxins and free radicals.
Free radicals are highly irritating to the physiology and their presence creates and worsens many disorders, including arthritis. When appropriate, our Ayurveda Health Consultants recommend Ayurveda herbs that research has shown to be powerful anti-oxidants (1000 times more powerful than vitamin C or E) and free radical scavengers. These herbs can also have a holistic influence of balancing and nourishing the entire physiology.
Traditional Ayurveda theory says that herbs are most effective after a person completes an internal cleansing program. The cleansing and rejuvenation treatments that you will receive daily are the main focus of your in-residence stay. Once this program is finished, you are ready to gain maximum benefits from your herbal program.
g) Exercise and Flexibility Education
Stretching exercise is known to have a positive effect on many chronic conditions. During your in-residence stay at The Raj, we offer Yoga classes to teach you a simple but profound set of postures that can be practiced daily to create a healthy flexibility throughout the body. We also instruct you in individualized Yoga breathing practices that create a state of restful alertness in mind and body. Our in-residence courses give you knowledge you can continue to apply after you leave The Raj to maintain your progress in alleviating the symptoms of arthritis.
The Raj in-residence program provides the most comprehensive approach in natural health care to remove the imbalances at the basis of arthritis.
For detailed information on program structure and fees see Program Overview.
Wishing you perfect health,
Natural Arthritis Treatments
Arthritis: Causes & Treatments
Arthritis: Program Overview
Arthritis: Ayurveda Health Consultations
Arthritis: In-residence Treatments
The Transcendental Meditation Program
Maharishi Vedic Vibration Technology Consultations
Scientific Research on our in-residence Treatment Programs
Research on the Transcendental Meditation Technique