According to Ayurveda, ankylosing spondylitis is caused due to aggravated vata causing an imbalance in vatadosha. This imbalance causes a type of arthritis of the spine and may even lead to disability in the long term. In this autoimmune disorder, the disc between the vertebrae gets swollen up causing limitation of movement. This problem generally starts in late adolescence.
Ayurvedic treatment involves detoxification and elimination of toxins and the prescription of the right diet, lifestyle and exercise. Also Panchakarma techniques such as kativasti, sarvangadhara and patrapindasvedana are beneficial in this disorder, to prevent the aggravation of the disease.