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    Ayurveda and Rheumatoid Arthritis
    warrior555 posted:
    Ayurveda, the ancient science of health, longevity and immortality says that RA is caused by an accumulation of 'ama', or impurities and toxins in the body. When I was diagnosed in '91, I believe that RA was triggered by bursitis in my shoulder. The added inflammation to my already fatigued system seemed to be the 'seed crystal' that crystallized the disease for me (if I can use that analogy). Also, I was living off beefsteaks and beer during the construction season, even though I generally maintain a very healthy diet. When I got food poisoning in Bangkok the same year, I was forced into a water fast where I lost 15 lbs. in 10 days. My strength tripled and my arthritis never came back until 2011. That year I was working long hours, on my feet all day, eating late, and I could feel the inflammation building in my body. By mid-August, my hands started swelling up and the RA came back with a vengeance. I know that I can beat it into remission again. I'm taking Ayurvedic herbal medicine from India right now, along with toxic pharmaceuticals, and try to maintain an anti-inflammatory diet. However, I concur with Ayurveda about a build-up of toxins in the body, even though modern medicine calls it an immune system disease. Ayurveda has been around for thousands of years, when enlightened seers and sages could see the vibrations of plants and even communicate with them. Their main recommendations are: 1) eat your biggest meal at noon when the sun is high and the digestive fire is strongest 2) don't eat after 6 P.M. and get to sleep by 10 P.M. 3) don't eat another meal until the previous one is digested 4) engage in regular cleansing and/or fasting 5) sip warm water throughout the day. The whole idea is the flush your system out daily and eliminate the build-up of toxins in the body.
    "In America, downing a hearty grain dish would not be called fasting. But in India kitchari—a soupy porridge made from rice and mung beans, lightly spiced with ginger, cilantro, and other spices—is considered a fasting food and is used to purify digestion and cleanse systemic toxins.
    Ayurvedic physicians often prescribe a kitchari diet before, during, and after panchakarma, a rejuvenative treatment that cleanses toxins stored in bodily tissues as it restores systemic balance. Kitchari provides solid nourishment while allowing the body to devote energy to healing. You can safely subsist on kitchari anytime in order to build vitality and strength as it helps balance all three doshas. For restless vata, the warm soup is grounding; for fiery pitta, its spices are calming; and for chilly kapha, it provides healing warmth.
    Ayurveda believes that all healing begins with the digestive tract, and kitchari can give it a much-needed rest from constantly processing different foods while providing essential nutrients. The blend of rice and split mung beans offers an array of amino acids, the building blocks of protein. Its mixture of spices is believed to kindle the digestive fire, the Ayurvedic description for your innate digestive power, which can be weakened by poor food combinations."
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