Hello, Welcome to Planet Ayurveda. We are doctors team from Planet Ayurveda. Today we will talk about Ankylosing spondylitis. Ankylosing spondylitis is a very common type of arthritis where vertebrae get fused. This leads to rigidity in body and restricted movement of body. Patient can’t move freely, increase in stiffness and severe pain is seen in the patient. In this, spinal cord takes S shape, it is more common in men that too especially in teenagers and young adults. It’s reason is not clear yet, but the one gene responsible in it is HLA b27. In it our vertebrae gets fused which leads to stiffness. As in normal structure there is disc in between and gap is there which maintains the proper flexibility and movement. But when they get fused, movements become restricted which leads to stiffness, pain, inflammation and patient can’t move and shape of his back also changes. In it, morning stiffness is also seen. When person changes position after resting for long time then pain is very severe. Inflammation and pain is found in ligaments and tendons. In Ayurveda vata dosha is considered its main cause. There are three doshas vata, pitta and kapha. When ama formation occurs, it vitiates vata. So for its treatment many herbs are there, it is said that there is no treatment but Panchakarma is very effective in it. In Panchkarma, basti karma and massages are done which relieves the stiffness. But heavy massages should not be done as it may increase the fusion, only light massages are allowed. So in it basti karmas are done along with oil pulling. There are many herbs like Shallaki, Ashwagandha, Ginger, Moringa, Curcumin (Turmeric) that are very effective in this. We have coral calcium which is a good calcium substitute in natural form because calcium deficiency can also cause this disorder. In our Planet Ayurveda we have many products like Curcumin, Bone Support, and Joint Aid Plus capsules. Our Joint Aid Plus Capsules contain shallaki, guduchi, ashwagandha and ginger. These all have anti-inflammatory effect and pain relieving effect. For natural calcium we have coral calcium which is cool in nature and include pishtis, which are very effective. In ankylosing spondylitis sacro iliac joint is most affected. Due to which patient feels severe pain in the lower back. So in this we can use oils for massage purpose and in Planet Ayurveda for this purpose ortho vita oil is there, use it for light massage and avoid rough massages. Yoga poses are also very helpful. Like cow pose, cat pose and one can also do swimming, normal walks. Patient should avoid heavy exercises and can do breathing exercises like Pranayama and Meditation. In it you have to take more green vegetables, increase fibre content in your diet. Increase the intake of vitamin D and calcium supplements. Tobacco, smoking, heavy diets, spices that increase Vata dosha should be avoided. Sleep in straight posture. Swimming and walking can be done. Other than this we also have many natural supplements like ashwagandha powder, which can be taken with milk once a day. Turmeric can be taken with milk. So with home remedies keep doing light walk. Patient should avoid sitting for longer time and should walk for 2-3 minutes, which is helpful in reducing pressure on the vertebra. So maintain a healthy lifestyle and increase your physical activity. Stay active and avoid junk food. In stiffness do light exercise. Warm applications are also helpful in relieving pain also. Thank you so much.