Dr. Parulkar Geeta
M.D.(Chikitsa) (Mum), Phd(Mum), Professor(Chikitsa)
R.A. Podar (Govt.) Medical College, Worli, Mumbai-18, Maharashtra, India.
What is Rheumatoid Arthritis? (Modern view)
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a disease of unknown etiology, characterized by a chronic polyarthritis mainly
affecting the smaller peripheral joints, accompanied by general ill health and resulting eventually in varying
degree of crippling joint deformities and associated muscle wasting. 
What is Amavata? (Ayurvedic view)
According to Madhavnidana, Adhyaya No.25, Shloka No 6, Clinical features of Amavata are Angamarda
(Bodyache), Aruchi (Tastelesness), Trushna (Thirst), Alasya (Laziness), Gaurav (Heaviness), Jwara (Fever),
Apaka (Indigestion) and Anganam Shunata (Swelling of body)
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2. Shri Sudarshan Shashtri, Madhav Nidanam Purvardha, Trutiya Sanskaran, ChaukhambhaPrakashan, Varanasi 2012, p-511.
3. R. Alagappan, Manual of Practical Medicine, 4thedition, Jaypee brothers,2011, p- 696,699,700.
4. YP Munjal, API Textbook of Medicine,11thedition, Association of physician,2012, p-1389.