There is a general perception that Ayurvedic treatments are for rejuvenation, or ‘to get refreshed’. And not for treatments like knee replacement. However, in my recent visit to an Ayurveda hospital, I discovered that ayurvedic treatments heal several diseases.
Many patients, who were rejected by the mainstream doctors, found successful recovery through ayurvedic treatments for diseases like cancer, skin diseases and knee replacement surgeries. Today I would like to share some of the anecdotes about patients. They came there in search of alternative ayurvedic treatment for knee replacement.
They came in search of a last resort to escape undergoing knee replacement surgery, or to escape the huge financial expense incurred in the surgeries.
A nun used to take care of the elderly during her younger days. She used to carry the bed-ridden old people on her shoulder. As a result, she developed pain in her knees when she was around 40 years old. She consulted an orthopaedic doctor and he said that he can only prescribe painkillers for this disease so she should better go for ayurvedic treatment.
So she consulted an Ayurveda doctor and started taking ayurvedic internal medicines and external oil application. Only after she turned sixty, she opted for complete ayurvedic therapy of three weeks followed by 45 days of internal Medicine and oil massage.
Every five years she undergoes the three-week massage therapy that includes various bolus applications administered by masseurs. Now she is above eighty and she is as active as an eighty-year-old should be. She says her timely switching to Ayurveda saved her. She has witnessed many of her friends, who did not treat the disease properly, die of arthritis and rheumatic pain.
A fifty-year-old man, instead of depositing Rs 4 lac for knee replacement surgery, consulted a doctor friend who in turn introduced him to an ayurvedic doctor. The doctor prescribed weeks of ayurvedic therapy followed by 45 days of internal medication and external oil application. After three months of ayurvedic treatment, he completely recovered with no requirement of knee surgery.
A sixty-eight-year-old lady when recommended to undergo knee replacement surgery consulted the ayurvedic doctor. The ayurvedic doctor also recommended knee replacement surgery. But the lady did not have a huge amount to spare so she wanted to undergo Ayurvedic treatment so that she can postpone the surgery for some more time. After undergoing the ayurvedic treatment, the doctor has guaranteed her another five years without going under the knife.
A US journal, Arthritis and Rheumatology, has found that 30% of the knee replacements in the US might have been unnecessary. In India also the condition doesn’t seem to be any different. Consulting an ayurvedic doctor before going for a knee replacement surgery may save money. Also, will help in escaping from going under the knife.