Autoimmune diseases are caused by our own body’s immune system !!! Normally immune system of our body will keep fighting against the disease-causing microorganisms but in rare cases, our immune system will attack our tissue leading to Degenerative transformations that are initiated by inflammatory and immunological factors. Mainly it will affect connective tissues like muscles, skin, and joints. For examples diseases like Rheumatoid arthritis, myasthenia gravis, vitiligo, lupus erythematosus, type 1 diabetes mellitus, and polymyalgia rheumatic. In simple words, our immune system only fights against tissues of our own body and here our body becomes its enemy. It may be due to genetic mutation. In modern medicines treatment modality is too depressing our immune system by giving corticosteroids and immunosuppressants. In autoimmune diseases based on different diseases, symptoms may vary from painful swellings in joints, fatigue, Skin rashes, on and off fever, vision loss, weight loss, and muscle wasting. In Ayurveda science, we consider autoimmune diseases are caused due to excess Ama ( toxic waste material ) dosha in our body. Ama production in our body due to decreased Agni (can be considered as a digestive fire) and decreased Ojas ( can be considered as immunity power). Ama is vital in the Ayurvedic understanding of physiology, pathology, and therapeutic. Ama ( Metabolic toxins) are produced in our body due to impaired digestion, accumulation of unexpelled waste in our body, and physiological impairment in the body. Causative factors for Ama will be the consumption of heavy, dry, cold, and contaminated food in excessive quantity and mental stress. The main deposition of Ama in the body is Amashaya(stomach). Pathology of Ama in the body starts with the formation of ama and the collection of ama in the body, Then Ama will interact with Tridosha(Vata, Pitta, Kapha)- this condition is called Saamadosha avastha. Amavisha will be formed in our body due to the interaction of Ama with Dosha and Dhathu. Then Ama will obstruct srotos(chanells) and interrupt their function, thus causing diseases.
Ayurveda treatment includes various procedure and medication which is helpful in autoimmune treatment which includes detoxification of the body(Ama nirharana) through Panchakarma therapy, improving metabolic activity, and increasing the ojus(immunity power). Yogas like Agastya haritaki Rasayana, Pippali Rasayana, Guduchi Rasayana, and various herbo-mineral medicines have proven Immuno modulator properties. which will help to strengthen the immunity power and decrease the efficacy of Autoimmune diseases. Acharya Charaka mentioned and dedicated the first chapter of his chikitsa sthana to the concepts of Rasayana, showing the importance of Rasayana therapy in all types of diseases. Following proper panchakarma therapy(Ayurvedic body detoxification) regularly, diet, and Rasayana therapy(Immuno modulators), one can win over all types of diseases. If you are diagnosed with an Autoimmune disease and confused with the treatment modality, please visit the Ayurvedic physician and make use of our ancient rooted treatment and observe the difference.