Yoga asanas and treatments for Rheumatism


Yoga therapy is the best and natural way of treatment for rheumatism. Here I am sharing few important asanas and selected natural and yogic way of therapy for rheumatism.

Symptoms of Rheumatism

Swelling in the muscles and joints are one of the major symptoms of Rheumatism. Cramps and pain in the area of joints and muscles where swelling is present.Change of natural shape of the joints are the main symptoms of Rheumatism.

Causes of Rheumatism:

The leading causes of rheumatism are toxins in the body, increase in acidic nature with in the body and vitiation of Vata-humor.

Yoga asanas for Rheumatism:


Utksepa Mudra (bellow’s pose, Mayura asana, Padahasta asana, Uddiyana mudra, Agnisar mudra or Agnisar pranayam are the best yoga asana for rheumatism.

All the rheumatic patients should drink 4 to 5 liters of water.

Bath therapy and Sun therapy is another effective treatment for rheumatism.

Diet tips for Rheumatism:

All the alkaline foods are beneficial in the treatment of rheumatism.

The term “rheumatism” is still used in colloquial speech and historical contexts, but is no longer frequently used in medical or technical literature; there is no longer any recognized disorder simply called “rheumatism.” The traditional term covers such a range of different problems that to ascribe symptoms to “rheumatism” is not to say very much. Nevertheless, sources dealing with rheumatism tend to focus on arthritis. However, “non-articular rheumatism,” also known as “regional pain syndrome” or “soft tissue rheumatism,” can cause significant discomfort and difficulty.[2] Furthermore, arthritis and rheumatism between them cover at least 200 different conditions.

The term “Rheumatic Diseases” is used in MeSH to refer to connective tissue disorders.[3]

Palindromic rheumatism has been theorized to be a form of rheumatoid arthritis.[4]

A vast number of traditional herbal remedies were recommended for “rheumatism”.[7] Modern medicine, both conventional and alternative, recognises that the different rheumatic disorders have different causes (and several of them have multiple causes) and require different kinds of treatment.

Nevertheless, initial therapy of the major rheumatological diseases is with analgesics, such as paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), members of which are ibuprofen and naproxen. Often, stronger analgesics are required.

The ancient Greeks recorded that bee venom had some beneficial effects on some types of rheumatism. Bee and ant stings were known as a folk remedy in the late 19th century, and at least one physician developed a treatment consisting of repeated formic acid injections.[8] Certain Amazonian tribes, including the Zo’é use fire ant stings as a remedy for aches and pains.[9]

Cod liver oil has also been used as a remedy.

Food for patients is similar to that given for as asthmatic patients.

One or two chapaties having brawn and leafy vegetable, boiled vegetable and salad should form the meal. Take lime warm water with honey, soaked raisins . Tea of cardamom, ginger& pepper or, tulasi leaves and may also replace tea etc.

Yoga asanas for Rheumatic diseases or gout:

Yoga asanas like yoga mudra,vajrasana, Suptavjrasana, Uttanpad-asana, Bhujangasana, Makarasana, pawanamuktasana, sarvangasana & matsyasana should be performed up to individual capacity Bhastrika pranayama. Sunbath and massage followed by warm water bath will be very useful.



Vajrasana(The Ankle Pose)
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The asana causes the contraction of legs muscles, stimulates and restores the subcutaneous nerves, rejuvenates the small blood vessels in the hips, knees and pelvis, removes toxins from them. Supta vajrasana increases the blood pressure in the trunk, especially in the abdominal area strengthening and rejuvenating the liver, kidneys, adrenal glands, spleen and pancreas. It rejuvenates the genitalia and has a stimulating effect on the nervous system.