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Herbal Home Remedies For Arthritis
One authority in the field feels that arthritis is a catchall term that includes rheumatism (inflammation or pain in muscles, joints or fibrous tissue), bursitis (inflammation of shoulder, elbow or knee joint) and gout (joint inflammation caused by an excess of uric acid in the blood). Another specialist believes that arthritis is a form of rheumatism. Still another claims there is no such ailment as rheumatism, that it's a term for several diseases, including arthritis.
No matter what it's called, everyone agrees on two things-the pain... and that all these conditions involve inflammation of connective tissue of one or more joints.
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, arthritis is the leading cause of disease in the United States. Approximately 70 million Americans are affected by arthritis-which has over 100 different forms.
Knowledge Is Power!
Check your local library and the Internet for books on arthritis (and there are lots of them). Also contact the Arthritis Foundation in Atlanta for more information. Learn about non-chemical treatments and low-acid diets.
These Veggies Are a Pain
There are foods that have been classified as nightshade foods-white potatoes, eggplants, green peppers and tomatoes are the most common ones-that may contribute to the pain of some arthritis sufferers.
Consider being professionally tested by a nutritionist or allergist for sensitivity to the nightshade foods. Work with a health professional to evaluate your condition and to help you find safe, sensible methods of treatment for relief.
Here are remedies that have been said to be successful for many arthritis sufferers-that is, former arthritis sufferers.
NOTE: These remedies are not substitutes for professional medical treatment. Talk to your doctor before trying any natural remedies.
It's the Cherries
Eat any kind-sweet or sour, fresh, canned or frozen, black, Royal Anne or Bing. And drink cherry juice! It is available without preservatives or sugar added, and also in a concentrated form, at health food stores.
One source says to eat cherries and drink the juice throughout the day for four days, then stop for four days and then start all over again. Another source says to eat up to a dozen cherries a day in addition to drinking a glass of cherry juice. Find a happy medium by using your own good judgment. Listen to your body. You'll know soon enough if the cherries seem to be making you feel better.
WARNING: Eating an excess of cherries may cause diarrhea in some individuals.
Dose: Drink 1/2 cup of parsley juice before breakfast, 1/2 cup before dinner and 1/2 cup anytime pain is particularly severe.
If so much roughage is rough on your digestive system, place the tops and tough parts of the stalk in a non-aluminum pan. Cover with water and slowly bring to a boil. Then simmer for 10 to 15 minutes. Strain and pour into a jar.
Dose: Take 8 ounces three times a day, a half-hour before each meal.
You can vary your celery intake by drinking celery seed tea and/or juiced celery stalks, or do as the Romanians do and cook celery in milk. Remember, celery is a diuretic, so plan your day accordingly.
Mix 1 tablespoon of cod-liver oil (emulsified Norwegian cod-liver oil is nonfishy) in 6 ounces of milk.
Dose: Drink it on an empty stomach, a half-hour before breakfast and a half-hour before dinner.
NOTE: Cod-liver oil is a source of vitamins A and D. If you are taking A and D supplements, check the dosages carefully. The daily recommended dosage of vitamin A is 10,000 international units (IU), for vitamin D, 400 IU. Do not exceed these amounts.
Applying cod-liver oil externally is said to help relieve the popping noises of the joints.
Topical Treatments For Relief
Dig a Potato
Get a Rosy Outlook
Temporary Relief-for Women Only
Arthritic pains often disappear when a woman is pregnant. As soon as researchers find the reason for this, they may also find a permanent cure for arthritis.
Bitter Makes It Better
Apple cider vinegar has been used in various ways to help arthritis sufferers. See which of the following remedies is most palatable and convenient for you. Have patience-and give it at least three weeks to work.
Or, before each meal (three times a day), drink a glass of water containing 2 teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.
Or, between lunch and dinner, drink a mixture of 2 ounces of apple cider vinegar added to 6 ounces of water. Drink it down slowly.
Rub Salt on the Wound
Grapes Are Good, Too
If it's not fresh-corn season, buy corn-silk extract in a health food store. Add 10 to 15 drops in 1 cup of water and drink. Dried corn silk can also be used. Prepare it as you would prepare an herbal tea. You can get dried corn silk at most places that sell dried herbs and spices.
We're not in favor of drinking coffee, but who are we to argue with success?
In that study, 60% of the patients taking yucca tablets showed dramatic improvements in their arthritic condition. While it doesn't work for everyone, it works for enough people to make it worth a try.
Starting with the first set of directions, you will see why this is usually considered a "last resort" remedy.
Bring a couple of truckloads of ocean sand to your yard. (What did we tell you?) Select a sheltered spot away from the wind. Dig a hole about 12 feet by 12 feet and about 3 feet deep, then dump the sand in it.
You will, obviously, need help in setting up this arrangement. You will also need help in carrying out the treatment. Incidentally; treatment should take place on hot summer days.
Wear a brief bathing suit, lie on your stomach with your face to the side (so you can breathe, of course), and have your body completely covered with sand, except for your head. Have your assistant put sunscreen on your face. Stay in that position for 15 minutes. Next, turn over on your back and have your body completely covered with sand, except for your head and face. Stay that way for 15 minutes.
Then get out of the sand bath, quickly cover yourself with a warm flannel or woolen robe and head for the shower. Take a hot shower, dry off thoroughly and go to bed for several hours (three to four) and relax. During all of this, make sure there's no exposure to the wind or to any drafts.
According to an Asian saying-"Rheumatism goes out from the body only through sweating.".
During the next couple of hours in bed, you may have to change underwear several times because of the profuse sweating. This is good. Be sure to keep re-hydrating yourself by drinking lots of water.
One sand bath a day is sufficient. For some people, one week of treatments has been enough to help heal the condition completely.
NOTE: The sand bath must have dry sand and be in your yard, in an area that's sheltered from the wind. The beach is too wet, too breezy and usually too far from home.
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