9 Foods For Rheumatoid Arthritis, According To Ayurveda

9 Foods For Rheumatoid Arthritis, According To Ayurveda

Foods for Rheumatoid arthritis should pacify Vata dosha and reduce Ama, accumulated toxins. We’ll explain.

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disorder which causes chronic inflammatory and symmetrical polyarthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis correlates with the condition of Amavata in Ayurveda as the features of Amavata are much identical to RA.

Amavata is a disease in which vitiation of Vata Dosha and accumulation of Ama take place in the joint(s). In this disorder whenever Ama gets localized in the body tissue or joints, it can lead to the production of pain, stiffness, swelling or tenderness in the related joints.

Ideally foods for Rheumatoid arthritis should ignite the digestive fire (Agnideepan), enhance digestion of undigested material (amapachana), should be carminative (vatanulomaka), and should pacify vata (vatashamaka).

Foods For Rheumatoid Arthritis (Amavata): Inflammation Of The Joints

For those suffering from Rheumatoid arthritis the following food should be included in the diet.1,2

1. Grains

Grains like one year old variety of rice (long grain rice), red variety rice (Rakta shali) or red rice available now in health food stores, rice harvested in 60 days or short grain rice (Shasthika), barley (Yava ) and millets (kodo or fox millet) are good for foods for Rheumatoid arthiritis. These foods are light and easy to digest. Barley kernels and other products made from barley lowers inflammatory markers.

2. Legumes And Pulses

In particular chickpeas and horsegram are good foods for Rheumatoid arthritis. You’re probably familiar with chickpeas, as hummus and other snacks are widely available here in the U.S. Horsegram is a hearty grain full of fiber and you can find it at Indian markets.

3. Lukewarm Water

Drink lukewarm water or water boiled with ginger root. This helps in digestion and the removal of toxins (Ama). Regular drinking of hot water helps to bring lightness to the joints and improves flexibility in Rheumatoid arthritis.

4. Fruits And Green Leafy Vegetables

Green leafy vegetables and fruits contain a variety of polyphenols, bioflavonoids, catechins, carotenoids, vitamin C, riboflavin, vitamin E, and low molecular weight compounds. These constituents have antioxidant, fibrinolytic and anti-inflammatory characteristics. Vegetables with a bitter taste like neem (Azadirachta indica), bottle gourd, bitter gourd, pointed gourd, brinjal, drum stick and goose foot (chenopodium) are recommended. You can also find the bitter taste in arugula, dandelion greens, radicchio and kale.

Fruits like berries (strawberries, tart cherries, red raspberries), avocados and watermelon are beneficial foods for Rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Spices

Beneficial spices include ginger, turmeric and garlic, which helps in preventing arthritic changes of the bones. Spices add flavor to your food and also have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties besides their digestion promoting impact.

6. Buttermilk

Two garlic cloves with 2 ounces of buttermilk is an excellent daily drink and home remedy for rheumatoid arthritis.

7. Wild Animal Meat

Meat of Jungle bush quail prepared with traditional buttermilk is an excellent food for Rheumatoid arthritis.

8. Old Wine

In modest amounts of course.

9. Castor Oil

Mix a tablespoon of castor oil into a glass of milk and take it at bed time. Castor oil is a purgative. Be forewarned, loose stools may naturally result from taking castor oil.

1 Prof. Sidhinandan Misra, Bhaishajya Ratnavali, Chapter 29 verse 226-228.
2 Sri Lakshmi pati Shastry Yogratnakar chapter Amavata Pathya Apathya Chowkhamba Prakashan, Varanasi.


Mallika Varma, holds a bachelor’s degree, B.A.M.S. from State  Ayurvedic college and Hospital, Lucknow and a postgraduate degree M.S. in Kshara Sutra Avum Anushastra Karma from Sri Venkateswara Ayurvedic College, Tirupathi. She brings more than 7 years of experience in the field of Ayurveda.  She is specialized in Ayurvedic general surgery, parasurgical procedures (Kshara Jalauka, Siravedhyan, Agni Karma) and in the treatment of anorectal disorders. She is also experienced in the treatment of gastro, respiratory, genitourinary, skin and lifestyle disorders through natural herbal medicine, Yoga and Panchkarma. She has participated in many national and international seminars in the field of Ayurveda and has also presented best awarded papers on Ayurveda.


  1. My ra factor is positive. .now what should be the next step I have to take

    • The Ayurveda Experience

      Hi Neetu, sorry to hear about this. You should consult a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner who will help you out in this situation.


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