How to get rid of Arthritis with natural remedies.

Arthritis: Symptoms, causes and treatment

Overview
Arthritis is the inflammation of one or more joints. The word, “arthritis,” covers a number of disorders.
   The most common forms are Osteoarthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Gout, and Ankylosing Spondylitis. Other diseases which also infect the joints include Lupus, Lyme disease, Psoriatic Arthritis, Sjogren’s syndrome and Reiter’s Syndrome. Untreated Lyme disease can lead to chronic arthritis.


Symptoms
Swelling in one or more joints. Body stiffness and pain in joints, especially during damp weather, in the morning or after strenuous activity. There may be a sharp burning or grinding pain or it may feel like a toothache. There may be stiffness and/ or pain when moving a joint. Recurring pain or tenderness in any joint. Inability to move a joint normally. Obvious redness and warmth in a joint. Unexplained weight loss, fever, or weakness combined with joint pain. Symptoms such as these that last for more than two weeks.

Causes
   The various types of arthritis affect the synovial (movable) joints. These are fingers, toes, wrists, elbows, hips, and knees. There are also joints between the bones of the spine. Each joint has cartilage covering over the end of the bone; it is continually bathed in synovial fluid in a capsule.

Osteoarthritis: Cartilage is a smooth, soft, pearly tissue. Among other places, it is found on the ends of the long bones; it provides a smooth surface for the bones in the joints to slide against.
   As a result of years of wear and improper diet, this cartilage becomes pitted, thin, and may even disappear. There is pain and stiffness. Older people experience this most often; and it generally occurs in the weight-bearing joints (hips and knees).
   The connecting ligaments and muscles, which bold the joint together, become weaker. The joint may become deformed. There may be pain, but usually no swelling. Bony outgrowths may later develop.
   Osteoarthritis rarely occurs before 40; but it affects most people after 60. Sometimes it is so mild as to be unnoticed. Women have it three times as often as men.
   Here is a brief comparative overview:
   In Osteoarthritis, the cartilage at the end of bones wears down and produces rough, hard edges of bone which causes trouble. This generally begins after 40.
   In rheumatoid arthritis, the cartilage at the end of bones is destroyed; and it is replaced with scar tissue. Then swelling occurs; and the joints may eventually fuse together. While osteoarthritis only affects individual joints, rheumatoid arthritis ultimately affects all synovial joints in a person’s body. This problem usually begins between 25 and 50.
   Gout produces extreme pain, usually starting in a big toe (or other smaller toe or finger joint). This generally does not begin until 40 or after. Most occurs in men.
   The spondyloarthropathies affect the spine, causing pain, stiffness, joint fusion, and changes in posture. The most common is ankylosing spondylitis. These difficulties generally start between 20 and 40. Men have it over twice as often.
   Infectious arthritis is the result of viral, bacterial, or fungal infection within a joint; it is most frequently bacteria or fungi, especially from Candida. The infection can come from injury, surgery, or disease. There are body aches, chills, and fever, along with throbbing pain in the affected joint. The pain and infection may spread to other joints. It may strike at any age.


Helpful and useful herbs
1.Helpful herbs include black cohosh, parsley, slippery elm, alfalfa, peppermint, buckthorn bark, ragwort, burdock root, and chaparral.

2.Researchers in India gave 1½-3½ tsp ginger to patients with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. More than 75% experienced some or a lot of relief from pain and swelling. None showed any ill effects after taking these high doses for 2 years.

3.Cayenne interferes with pain perception, when placed on the extremities or trunk. It triggers the body to release endorphins, which reduce the pain. But do not get it in your eyes. Some people are too sensitive to cayenne to put it on their skin.

4.Turmeric is a yellow spice from India. It works as well as a pain medication, to reduce arthritic pain and inflammation; and it does not have side effects.

5.Kombucha tea has nutrients needed to strengthen connective tissue; so it tends to relieve pain, increase energy, and improve mobility in arthritics.

6.Chaparral, according to Indian folklore, it has anti-rheumatoid properties. They used it extensively. The primary constituent, NDGA (nordihydroquaiaretic acid), possesses analgesic (pain relieving) properties.

7.Sarsaparilla has been found to be an effective treatment for rheumatism. This is due to the saponins in it.
8.Here is a good tea for arthritis; Mix equal parts black cohosh, chamomile, bearberry leaves, cascara sagrada, pokeweed root and sassafras. Steep 1 ½ tsp. mixture in 1 cup boiling-hot water for 10 minutes. Take 1 cup in the morning and evening. Sweeten with honey, if desired.

9.Apply packs of warmed castor oil, moistened comfrey tea leaves, or grated raw potato to the affected area.

10.Mix eucalyptus oil with water and rub on the affected area. Wrap the joint in plastic wrap, and apply moist heat with hot towels.

11.To promote circulation: mix 2 parts ginger root, 1 part cayenne, and ½ part lobelia. Make a paste (as described above). Apply either as a poultice, fomentation or liniment. Also use this for rheumatism.

Arthritis is the result of a complex of nutritional deficiencies, so good diet is effective in treating and preventing it.
1.European clinics have treated arthritis with a diet of raw food and fresh juices for over 75 years. Drink 1-2 glasses daily of any combination of raw juices of beets, carrots, celery, parsley, or alfalfa.

2.A dietary calcium / phosphorus ratio of 2:1 is ideal; yet it can be attained by taking calcium supplements. Meat is especially bad; it has a ratio of 1:12. Organ meats, such as liver and kidney, are even worse: 1:44. So the more meat you eat, the more calcium you need. It is as simple as that. To really help solve the problem, stop eating all types of meat!

3.In addition to the calcium problem, meat is also heavy in purines and uric acid, both of which are extremely acid. Eventually this hodgepodge of acids collects in the joints to such a degree that the bone is eaten away, the bursa becomes inflamed, etc.

4.The sulfur-containing foods (asparagus, garlic, and onions) help repair bone, cartilage, and connective tissue. They also aid in the absorption of calcium.

5.Eat green leafy vegetables, whole grains, oatmeal, and brown rice. These supply vitamin K.

6.Eat fresh pineapple frequently. The bromelain in it is good for reducing inflammation. It must be fresh, since freezing or canning destroys the enzyme. Canned pineapple contains aluminum, which can lead to Alzheimer’s. An alternative is to take 6-8 bromelain tablets. Research studies found that bromelain reduced or eliminated swelling and inflammation in the soft tissue and the joints affected by rheumatoid arthritis.

7.The most beneficial vegetables include celery, parsley, alfalfa, wheat grass, garlic, comfrey and endive.

8.The most beneficial fruits include bananas, pineapples, sour apples, and sour cherries.

9.Foods containing the amino acid, histidine, include wheat, rye and rice. Histidine helps remove metals; and many arthritics have high levels of copper and iron in their bodies.

10.Eat some form of fiber (such as oat bran, rice bran, flax-seed, etc.) Take 1 Tbsp. flax-seed oil daily. It is a good source of omega-3 fatty acid, which helps alleviate arthritic problems.

11.Vegetable juice therapy is especially helpful for arthritics especially those with rheumatoid arthritis.

12.Repeated juice fasts of 4-6 weeks are recommended, along with about 2 months of an extremely nourishing diet. The alkaline action of raw juices and vegetables broth dissolves the accumulation of deposits around the joints and in other tissues. Underweight people should not fast as long.

13.Daily green juice, mixed with carrot, celery, red beet juice, and vegetable broths are specifics for arthritis and other rheumatic diseases.

Hydrotherapy to relieve pain and morning stiffness
1.If you are unable to exercise your joints because the pain is too great, do the exercise program in a tub of warm water (93o-98o F.)-

2.Place cold gel packs on inflamed joints, to relieve pain. Alternate with applications of heat.

3.Charcoal poultices may be applied to affected joints.

4.Hot packs applied to stiff joints tend to decrease morning stiffness.

5.Hot tub baths also provide relief.

6.In the morning, take a hot shower, to help relieve morning stiffness.

See also; Symptoms, causes and treatment of Gout (Arthritis) with natural remedies.

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