What is Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis: A Complete Guide

By Dr Mukesh Sharda In Joint Pain

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is a form of joint disorder that affects kids. It is called juvenile arthritis because it mainly affects children in their young ages i.e. below 16 years of age. This type of arthritis mainly appears in childhood, but it can also resurface during adulthood. It affects 1 in every 1,000 children. However, it is more common in females than males. It affects the patients for over 6 weeks and involves joint pain and painful joint-restricted movements.

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in kids can affect various joints in the body. Kids who develop this disorder may suffer from it for a lifetime. The growth of the child is disturbed and their bodies are not able to develop.  However, Juvenile arthritis treatment with Ayurveda is an effective approach to managing this disease. Ayurvedic treatment can help you in the management Juvenile RA with natural remedies and herbs. 

Juvenile arthritis is known as “Amavata Vyadhi” in Ayurveda. It is a result of an imbalance of doshas in the body. There are three doshas as per ayurveda namely Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Vata dosha imbalance mainly causes pain. Pitta dosha imbalance causes a burning sensation and reddish discoloration. And, Kapha dosha imbalance causes rigidity in the joints, heaviness, and itching.


During juvenile arthritis connective tissue, joints, tendons, and ligaments of the body begin to be damaged. There can be pain, swelling, and stiffness in the joints which slowly keep growing as the disease progresses.
The main symptoms of Juvenile Arthritis are: 

  • There can be swelling and pain in the joints, which can worsen especially in the mornings.
  • There can be a recurring fever which may come and go at times. In most cases, a high fever is the first noticeable symptom.
  • The child may experience a loss of appetite and the food you eat may not digest properly. 
  • There can be rashes on the arms and legs of the child.
  • It can become difficult to move the affected joint because of stiffness. The child may even start limping.
  • In most cases, it mainly affects knees and elbows and then it can also affect other joints like hips wrists, or ankles.

The severity of these symptoms can vary from person to person. However, juvenile arthritis does not cause permanent damage to the joints. There are periods when the symptoms come down significantly or completely disappear, this is known as remission. On the other hand, there can also be times when the symptoms are worse, it is known as flare-ups. Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis in minors affects their height and overall growth is badly affected. The child grows slowly and they may also develop some joint deformities. 

Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis is mainly an autoimmune disorder in which the body gets confused and starts attacking itself. Improper digestion and weak metabolism are the main reasons for the accumulation of toxins in the body. It makes the functioning of the body difficult. There can be various reasons for the accumulation of toxins in the body.

Reasons for waste products (toxins) in the body:

  • Poor lifestyles like staying lazy, lack of physical activity, and no sleep, or eating schedule can also result in the formation of toxins in the body. 
  • Eating excessively sour, pungent, saline, hot, or uncooked food is difficult for the body to digest. This leaves undigested food particles which form toxins in the body.  
  • Incompatible food combinations like milk with fruits or vegetables or curd with bitter foods do not properly digest in the body. 
  • Excessive intake of oily foods or spicy foods is also very harsh on the body. They even cause acidity or a burning sensation in the body. 
  • Sugars like sweets, packed juices, and chocolates are also not good for your body. Sugar increases your blood glucose levels and it becomes really difficult for the body to break it down. 
  • Poor eating habits like overeating, eating without huger, eating too frequently, or having heavy meals at night are also the major reasons for the formulation of toxins in the body. 

These are some of the reasons that can harm your child's body and growth. Preventing these causes is the first step in the treatment of juvenile arthritis. There are various kids living with Rheumatoid arthritis across the globe. But, no children will have the same symptoms or root causes. The degree and severity of this disorder will vary from individual to individual. These children often have growth abnormalities. Poor nutrition and a sedentary lifestyle is the main reason responsible for rheumatoid arthritis. 

So juvenile arthritis treatment aims at reducing joint pain and swelling. Ayurveda is the best way to manage juvenile arthritis as it focuses on detoxifying the body. Removal of toxins from the body will treat the root cause of the disease. Ayurvedic medicines are based on natural products so they are free from side effects. Along with medicines, it makes changes in your diet and lifestyle, so it is best to choose Ayurveda for long-term benefits.


  • Also, take a sunbath for at least 30 minutes daily. It will give you Vitamin D and also strengthen your bones and muscles. 
  • Avoid warm water baths and prefer to shower with cold water or with water at room temperature. 
  • You can also take a steam bath. It will help in a healthy flow of blood in the body. 
  • Make a good sleep routine and have ample amounts of rest and sleep.
  • Add yoga and gentle stretching to your routine. It will help in the healthy flow of blood and the removal of toxins.
  • Massage your body with Ayurvedic oils like sesame oil, or jojoba oil. It will help in reducing the stiffness and removal of toxins from the body. 


  • Eat your food in the daytime and avoid eating food at night. You can eat a light meal or supper at night. 
  • Use vegetable oils for cooking like mustard oil, coconut oil, sesame oil, peanut oil, or flaxseed oil. They are low in trans fats and are healthy for your body. 
  • Limit the use of spices and use rock salt, pink salt, or black salt instead of regular salt. 
  • Eat a lot of vegetables and fruits. It will help you provide essential nutrients to your body. But, avoid starchy vegetables like potatoes, arbi (taro root), or lady finger. 
  • Limit the use of legumes and eat only horse gram or green gram. You can also sprout them as it increases their nutrition. Do not eat chana, chickpea, or rajma. 
  • Add soaked or baked nuts and seeds to your diet, it will increase the strength and immunity of your body. A better immunity will help you heal faster. 


There are various herbs that have various healing properties. Herbs that have properties like anti-inflammatory and immune-modulatory are used in the treatment of juvenile arthritis. They help in reducing the swelling and stiffness. These herbs will help in detoxifying the body A few such herbs are:

  • Shallaki (Boswellia serrata)
  • Nirgundi (Vitex negundo)
  • Turmeric (Curcuma longa)
  • Haritaki (Terminalia chebula)
  • Methi (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
  • Pippali (Piper longum)
  • Sunthi (Zingiber officinale)
  • Gokhshura (Tribulus terrestris)
  • Guduchi (Tinospora cordifolia)
  • Punarnava (Boerhavia diffusa)

These herbs can be taken in the form of tablets or they can be added to the diet. You can also make herbal teas and then consume them. 


Ayurvedic treatment for amavata or juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is the best way to manage this disorder. If you are someone looking for a long-term solution then consult Dr. Sharda Ayurveda and take ayurvedic medicines. Natural medicines made with herbs will treat the root cause or strota of the disease. The body will heal from the inside and you will not have to depend on medicines for your life, So choose Ayurveda for a healthy life.                              

Article By:

Dr Mukesh Sharda

Dr. Mukesh Sharda (BAMS, Ph.D.) founder Dr. Sharda Ayurveda is a worldwide renowned Ayurvedic doctor withholding more than 15+years of experience in treating autoimmune disease patients. The root cause treatment and its effectiveness make this clinic stand out from others. Dr. Mukesh Sharda is serving mankind through its various widespread branches in India and globally through telephonic and video consultations.