HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE OF AMAVATHA- A REVIEW
*Prathibha M., Ananta S. Desai, Dr. Ahalya S. and Basavaraj G. Saraganachari
The historical review involves the careful study and analysis of past events. History is such an important subject and plays a very vital role when it comes to the shaping of society. History offers a storehouse of information about how people and societies behave. It is a critical investigation of events, their development, experiences of past. The purpose of historical review is to gain a clear understanding of the impact of past on the present and future events related to the life process. The verification of old fact guides us to find out the new fact in research work. Amavata is a conglomeration of Ama and aggravated Vata, traveling through Dhamanis and get lodged in various joints and manifested in the form of pricking type of pain, inflammation, and restricted movements, which can be similar to the symptoms of Rheumatoid Arthritis. Amavata (Rheumatoid Arthritis) is not mentioned in Brihattrayi (the greater trio of Ayurvedic literature) as a special chapter and introduced by Acharya Madhavakara, one of the authors of Laghutrayi, in the 7th century A.D. in his treatise „Madhavanidana‟ (a treatise on ayurvedic diagnostics),. Hence, the present work focused on the historical review of Amavata as it reveals the evolution of the disease, which helps to a better understanding of the etiological factors that changed the lifestyle of that people drastically, thereby it helps in plan the treatment protocol in a more precise way.
Keywords: Amavatha, Ama, Rhueumatoid arthritis, Vata.
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