Ankylosing spondylitis is a type of arthritis that affects the spine. This is a chronic inflammatory arthritis that commonly affects the sacroiliac joints in young men. The onset is usually rapid with recurring episodes of low back pain and stiffness, which radiates sometimes to buttocks or thighs. Characteristically, the symptoms are worse in the early morning and following inactivity.

The vertebrae may grow or fuse together resulting in a rigid spine. These changes may be mild or severe and may lead to a stooped posture. t can cause inflammation or injury to other joints away from the spine, as well as to other organs, such as the eyes, heart, lungs, and kidneys.Early diagnosis and treatment helps in controlling Pain and Stiffness and may prevent significant Deformity. Although it can occur at any age, ankylosing spondylitis most often may occur in men in their teens and twenties.


It is believed to be partly related to genetics and is more common in people with a family history of this disease. Ankylosing Spondylitis is an autoimmune disorder in which the body’s own defence system destroys the body tissues.

  • Inflammation of the spine, joints, and other organs.
  • Stiffness in the low back, upper buttock area, neck, and the remainder of the spine.
  • In advanced condition, progressively worsens with loss of range of motion noticeable over months.
Ayurvedic view of Treatment

According to Ayurveda, Aankylosing Spondylitis is caused due to aggravated vata causing an imbalance in vata dosha. This imbalance causes a type of Arthritis of the Spine and may even lead to disability in the long term. In this autoimmune disorder the disc between the vertebrae gets swollen up causing limitation of movement. This problem generally starts in late adolescence.

Ayurvedic treatment involves Detoxification and Elimination of Toxins and the Prescription of the right diet, lifestyle and herbal preparations. Panchakarma techniques such as kati vasti, sarvangadhara and patrapinda svedana is beneficial for this disease. As rheumatic pains are caused to the formation of toxins (ama) in the body, Ayurvedic treatment aims at digesting the ama by giving herbs and balancing aggravated vata. Herbs like dry ginger (saunth), guggul, turmeric, fenugreek, ashwagandha and giloy are effective in managing ankylosing spondylitis.

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