Dr. M. K Sharma
Dr. M.K Sharma completed his master’s degree in physics from Indian Institute
of Technology, Delhi and obtained Ph. D. in quantum optics from the same institute.
He joined Indian forest service in the year 1975 and is presently working as
chief Conservator of forest in forest Department, Bihar.
During the Year 1985- 86, the author suffered from eczema in the palms which
continued for 10-12 years aggravating periodically. The disease could not be
cured with the help of conventional medicine even after best medical antinational.
However, the homeopathic treatment cured the ailment within ten days. After
this incidence he studies and practiced alternative systems of medicine and
has cured more than one thousand patients of different disorders. Further, he
studied Arthritis in depth and helped a large number of persons having this
disorder using Holistic approach.
Smt. Pragya Sharma
Smt Pragya Sharma obtained her master’s degree in chemistry in first class from
Kanpur University in the year 1977. Being a houseful, did not prevent her from
pursuing varied interests and pursuits for knowledge. She completed diploma
in fine arts. Her interest in the field of healthcare made her probe into the
field of nutrition and she successfully completed a certificate course in food
and Nutrition. All these interest and her own experience with Arthritis were
the stepping-stone for the creation of this book, which the author think will
be of great help to the reader
Arthritis is one of the most common and wide spread diseases of old age Know
to mankind from time immemorial. Usually the joints of knees, wrists, elbows,
fingers, toes, shoulders, hips as well as spine are affected by it. Rain, stiffness,
swelling and ultimate disability are the visual symptom of this disease.
Many forms of arthritis such as gout, anklosing spondilities, ouster arthritis
and rheumatoid arthritis are genetically transferred in families. Other factors
causing arthritis include injury &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; infection of the joints and auto immune reaction.
Hence the factors responsible for the disease may be categorized as heredity
and environmental. Further the process of evolution is also responsibly for
common occurrence of arthritis. Different parts of body especially the skeletons
have not yet adjust to the upright posture and two legged existence of the species
Homo sapiens. This is also one of the response that arthritis of neck, back,
and other weight bearing joints like hips, knees and feet are more common .
In conventional medicine non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug and painkillers
are most commonly used medicine for arthritis complains. These drugs in a number
of cases cause drowsiness, constipations, stomach, irritation, ulcers &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; bleeding.
Recently 'designer chaser drugs' have been introduced, which counteract the
side effects of other drugs. However, there is no magic cure for this disease
More and more people are now aware that there are alternative healing methods
available. They would like to explore the possibilities but do not know which
of these therapies would be suitable for them.
'A Holistic Approach to Arthritis and management of chronic pain' is a sincere
effort to help people in the field of complementary therapies. The book deals
with the functioning of joints and Different arthritis disorders in simple terms.
It enables the reader to understand the disease and explain the character sticks
and limitation of different forms of therapies for person suffering from arthritis.
It also deals in a splendid way the management of the disease and the accompanying
pain. The monograph is unique as it deals with synthesis of different systems
of medicine e.g Allopathy, Ayurvedic, Acupressure and Yoga in the management
of rheumatic disorders.
The Author deserve credit for this praiseworthy monograph. This will be a
moon to the pharmaceutical already marketing Ayurveda and Homoeopathic medicines
that are widely used in clinical practice.
I strongly recommend the monograph to all health care workers caring for person
afflicted with arthritis and chronic pain of multi factorial a etiology.
Rheunmatology refers to the study of medical disor disorder of joints and
connective tissues. These disorders include pain, inflammation and stiffness
of joints as well as other supporting elements of muscular skeltal system.
The magnitude of problem is so great that athrities itself is one of the major
causes of disability especially among the elderly. With the enhancement of medical
care and awareness, the life expectancy of an average Indian has increased.
This has resulted in increased occurence of joint problems. The various forms
of arthrities and its management have been dealt comprehensively in this monograph.
The authors have emphasized the benefits and limitations of different disciplines
of medical system e.g. Allopathic, Ayurveidc, Homeopathic, lklAccupressure and
physiotherapy under the heading of Yoga. This difficult subject has been discussed
in a common man's language and in a very interesting way.
This monograph 'A Holistic Approach to arthrities &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp; Management of chronic
Pain' will beof immense help to patients having arthritis, their friends and
Arthritis affects approximately 5-10 percent of adult population in India.
In elderly people especially in those after fifty years of age, its incidence
varies from 15 to 20%. A large n umber of people need daily medication and many
of them consult medical practitioners regularly. However, a large majority suffers
in pain silently as they do not have means to get regular medical attention.
In arthritis there is chronic pain, inflammation and stiffness in joints.
The intensity and severity of pain varies from time but it reminds you its presence
all the time. There are large numbers of drugs, which have been invented and
marketed by industry in different systems of medicine. As a result there are
enormous commercial interests providing services and products to cure the disease
and accompanying pain. This raise hopes and as a result you may spend a fortune
to find cure, which might not be there.
This book is primarily written for people suffering from arthritis, their
relatives and friend. This, however, does not preclude other people to read
it as they would find it very interesting and useful in many ways. There is
deliberate repetition of facts at a number of places, which has been done to
make the reader understand the next without referring to other chapters or even
section of the same chapter.
The treatment of pain is usually based on the assumption that the underlying
physical cause must be found out and corrected. This approach is useful when
we are treating acute pain but when pain becomes chronic as in case of arthritis,
the treatment should not be confined to pain only but to the person as a whole
i.e his suffering, his behavior and the environment around him. After treating
all these factors you will find that pain is not such an obstacle as you think
and can be managed successfully.
The best way to manage arthritis is to educate the patient to handle his own
handicap and manage his own pain and to teach him how to use various medicines
available to the best of his advantage. The doctors must have a clear understanding
of patient's conditions and properties, limitations and side a effects of all
forms of treatment in use. They must be prepared to part with there knowledge
and be willing to educate the patients. The patients on their part should be
willing to learn and be prepared on take full responsibility of their health
and handle their disease themselves intelligently and correctly. They should
understand the enormous values of preventive measures and be willing to use
alternative system of medicine, which have been proved to be very useful in
controlling chronic pain without side effect.
The book has been written on the insistence and advice of my wife who was
benefited immensely in managing her chronic pain by the holistic approach using
medical care based on the synthesis of Allopath and other systems of medicine.
The book has been organized in three chapters. Chapter one deals with causes
of arthritis different arthritis, different arthritic disorders and misconceptions
regarding the disease. In chapter two, different systems of medicine viz. Allopathy,
Ayurveda, Homoeopathy, Acupressure and Yoga are discussed. The characteristics
of different systems and medicines, their limitations and after effects are
also discussed here. The last chapter is the synthesis of different systems
of medicine. Here plan for the management of chronic pain is given in eleven
steps. The remedies discussed and recommended are simple, practical and with
in the reach of common men.
I do not claim to have invented anything new in this book but have made a
synthesis of different systems of medicine and have arranged the existing knowledge
on the subject in such a way that even a layman can fruitfully use it. The remedies
recommended are simple and cost effective and hence even those persons who do
not have means to get regular medical care can use them. I am confident that
this book will immensely benefit persons suffering from arthritis and chronic
pain. The relatives and friends of the patients will also find the book equally
useful, as they will be in a position to understand the disease, appreciate
the sufferings of the patient and his behavior. The psychological and moral
support from relatives and friends will help the patient in better management
of his disorder and accompanying pain and his ultimate rehabilitation.
The one common factor that underlines all the alternative systems of medicines
described in this book is the belief in the inherent healing power of the body
to cure itself. It also brings out the fact that orthodox medicine and complementary
therapies are not mutually exclusive as both have role to play. A judicious
use of different types of remedies will go a long way towards promoting the
integrated medicine of new millennium.
It took me more than twenty long years to recognize the culprit, which was
slowly making day-to-day life difficult for me. During my student days, I had
to stand two to three hours continuously in chemistry practical’s. After the
practical, unlike other students, I used to feel exhausted with pain in legs.
The complains in this regard to my parents used to be brushed aside as they
considered me a delicate girl. Later in life I developed chronic pain in sole
of one foot, which continued for few years. I also had pain and stiffness in
the lumber region. Initially, I did not bother much. At times I contacted doctors
who prescribed vitamin B complex capsules and Calcium tablets. In spite of medication
the pain and stiffness continued, however, its intensity varied from time to
time. Slowly my condition deteriorated further and it became difficult for me
to stand for a long time at a stretch, Even during cooking I had to sit or lie
down a number of times in one session and used to get tired after walking even
for a short distance. Blood tests revealed nothing except that hemoglobin in
blood was 10 mg% or less. The doctors prescribed iron capsules in addition to
calcium and B complex. However, with all this medication neither did my physical
condition improve nor the hemoglobin in blood became normal.
Pain and stiffness in lumbar region, continuous heaviness in legs and chronic
pain in the sole of one foot made me feet that something was wrong somewhere.
Finally, there was a severe pain in the right pelvic joint which radiated through
thigh, knee and leg to the foot. I got my pelvic joints X rayed and the report
revealed sclerosis in pelvic joints right affected more then left very earnestly
I consulted a orthopedist who diagnosed arthritis. The doctor suggested painkillers
and calcium tables saying that there is no medicine for this disease in allopathy.
I was thoroughly disappointed and due to restricted mobility started feeling
a bit depressed. However, my husband took it as a challenge. He studied other
systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Acupressure, Yoga and of course Homeopathy.
The study revealed different types of arthritis and many more ways to combat
this nagging ailment. The experiments started and after few sessions of acupressure
and yoga, I started getting relief in pain. Ayurvedic medicines were taken to
control constipation and indigestion. Besides, specific homeopathic medicines
based on symptoms were taken. At times when pain was very severe mild painkiller
was also used. After taking the above medicines for more than one and a half-year,
my condition improved a lot. Now I can stand for a long time, take long train
journeys, and can walk briskly for more than half an hour without feeling much
fatigue. I have started leading a normal life again. However, I still take following
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