Arthritis refers to over 100 rheumatic diseases including gout and lupus. Arthritis is a connective tissue disease that affects 80% of people over fifty. It can involve the bones, joints, blood vessels, kidneys, skin, eyes, and brain. Gout is a form of arthritis that is caused by build up of uric acid. It causes pain in the feet. Lupus is a form of arthritis that causes the immune system to attack the body's tissues. All forms of arthritis can be helped with herbs and diet changes.
Morning stiffness in damp weather and pain during prolonged activity are common signs of arthritis. Redness, swelling, and burning are also common complaints.
Causes of arthritis are sometimes rooted in lifestyle habits including poor diet. Natural therapies based on lifestyle changes work extremely well when treating arthritis. Loosing weight can greatly reduce some types of arthritis conditions.
Other causes of arthritis are calcium deficiency, gland and hormone imbalance, adrenal exhaustion, prolonged use of aspirin, frequent constipation, anxiety, and stress.
A good alkalizing diet is recommended. Artichokes, cherries, cabbage, cereal grains, cold water fish, fresh fruit, vegetables, leafy greens, garlic, onions, olive oil, sweet potatoes, squash, eggs, alfalfa sprouts, white grapes, apples, celery seed, and parsley should be eaten regularly. Vitamin B, C, and E supplements should be taken daily.
Avoid all members of the nightshade family including peppers, eggplant, tomatoes, white potatoes, and tobacco. Mustard, salt, caffeine, colas, and chocolate should also be avoided.
Many herbs can help arthritis. Ginger, turmeric, and alfalfa can stimulate production of the body's cortisone. Yucca extract, royal jelly, and ginseng are also beneficial. Evening primrose, green drinks, and grape seed oil can work wonders. Sage tea, cider vinegar, and lots of water can reduce symptoms. Creams containing cayenne or cannabis oil can help with pain. Flax seed oil can also help with pain management when taken regularly for three to four months. Warm Epsom salt baths can also soothe arthritis pain.
Applications of aloe vera juice and wintergreen essential oil can often reduce inflammation of joints and bring relief. A massage with diluted lavender essential oil, lemon essential oil, frankincense essential oil, rosemary essential oil, or sandalwood essential oil is also an excellent herbal remedy for arthritis. Other massage combinations include eucalyptus essential oil and chamomile essential oil.
Sometimes warm compresses can give great comfort to aching joints. Soak a cloth in a decoction of prickly ash, celery seed, and rosemary. Apply as needed to the painful area.
The connective membranes become inflamed and damages bone, cartilage, blood vessels, heart, and lungs. Digestive problems, fatigue, anemia, ulcerative colitis, chronic lung and bronchial congestion, and liver malfunction can develop.
Stimulating liver function can help reduce the symptoms of arthritis. Burdock and dandelion tea are excellent for this purpose. Boil 1 tablespoon of dandelion root with 1 tablespoon of dried burdock root in two cups of water for 5 minutes. Gently simmer for 5 more minutes. Strain and sip throughout the day. Honey may be added for taste.
Light exercise can really help arthritis. Swimming is an excellent way to loosen up, restore range of motion, and improve joint health.
*Always consult with your health care professional before taking any herbal remedies.
"The only way to really learn about herbal medicine is to touch and smell herbs, taste them, use them daily, and grow them if possible. Herbal medicine is a way of life. It is not a quick fix." ... Janice Boling, herbalist, web designer, writer, photographer
* Note - the information on this website has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
© 2005-2017 website and all content by Janiceboling