Sunday, March 2, 2008

Home Remedies for Arthritis

Arthritis is defined as the inflammation of one or more joints. Serious deformities occur in the bones and joints. These may occur in the form of tumours, swellings, and new growths. It occurs usually during the later years of life but it can occur at any age. One or two joints may become completely deformed.

Exact cause of the arthritis is not known. Germs, which cause the tuberculosis, pneumonia can also affect the joints.

Syphilis and gonorrhea can be another cause for arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is the most serious condition that involves the joints but also the muscles, tendons and other tissues of the body. It begins slowly with mild swelling, pain and tenderness in the joints of the fingers, wrists, knees and feet. Joints of both side of the body are involved in this disease. The joints feel red and warm. During the early phase of the disease the patient complains of fatigue, weakness and pain.

During the time of pain the patient should take rest for one or two hours in a day. The patient must not lie in bed for too long. It will aggravate the symptoms.

Exercise is important in rheumatoid arthritis. It will help to prevent the stiffness of muscles.

Osteoarthritis is a chronic form of arthritis involving any joint but it mainly occurs in largejoints such as fingers. It mainly occurs in women after the menopause, but it may occur in young age also.

In osteoarthritis the cartilage of the joints is destroyed and the bone surfaces become rough and enlarged. This disease begins slowly and with some pain in the joints. The main complaint is pain, which is severe after exercise.

There are several drugs that are used for the pain and inflammation of arthritis, but most of them are not very effective, because they cause lot of side effects. For example ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen (Aleve), and even other more powerful prescription drugs, causes severe gastrointestinal problems, such as, bleeding ulcers, acidosis, stomach pain, and they interfere with the synthesis of collagen, which is fundamental for the formation of cartilage, if cartilage is not rebuilding itself, more damage is going to occur in the joints.

"There's no one magic food or diet that's going to do away with arthritic pain," says Art Mollen, D.O., director of the Southwest Health Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. "But if a person is overweight and helose weight, it will reduce the stress and pain in spinal column, knees, hips, ankles, and feet."


  • Vitamin C is a good home remedy for rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Bog bean is another remedy. It works as an anti-inflammatory, eating this herb or taking the herb in a supplement form can help in combating arthritis.
  • Ginger is also known for its properties in fighting joint pain and stiffness.
  • Take two teaspoons of lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey in a cup of warm water twice daily. It is highly effective for the treatment of arthritis.
  • Half teaspoon of turmeric powder taken with warm water twice a day is also beneficial in curing arthritis.
  • Drinking alfalfa tea twice daily is also helpful for the treatment of arthritis.
  • Radish juice mixed with sugar is also helpful to fight with arthritis.
  • Drinking 15 grams of fresh bathu juice daily with an empty stomach without adding any salt or sugar to it helps in reducing the symptoms of arthritis.
  • A cup of papaya seed tea taken six or seven times daily for two or three weeks gives relief in the joint pains.
  • Eat porridge of 2 teaspoonfuls of winter cherry with ghee and molasses with an empty stomach for 15 days. This is an effective home remedy for arthritis.
  • A tablespoon of fruit pectin in a small glass of cranberry juice taken every morning gives relief.
  • A person suffering from arthritis should eliminate sugar, white flour, macaroni, pie, cake, and sweet drinks from diet.
  • A drink consisting of four raw finely sliced beets soaked in a quart of berry wine for one day. Drink one small glass of this liquid before meals, three times a day.
  • Dissolve 4 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses in one quart of cranberry juice and drink one glass everyday. This is also an effective home remedy for arthritis.
  • Two parts pure olive oil and one part kerosene makes a wonderful solution to be applied on the affected joints.
  • Add one-tablespoon cod liver oil to the juice of one orange, and drink before going to bed for arthritis treatment.
  • Rubbing the aching joints with hot vinegar before going to bed also gives relief to the pain.
  • Mix 2 tablespoons mullein, 3 of granulated slippery elm bark, one of lobelia, 1-teaspoon cayenne. Use boiling water to make paste. Spread on cloth and place on swollen joints.
  • Bake one or two egg- plants. Mash and fry in about 2 tablespoons of castor oil. Spices like cumin, coriander, turmeric, garlic and salt can be added while frying. Take once daily for two to three months for relief.
  • Another herb known as Guggulu is very helpful in curing arthritis. If available, eat half a teaspoon twice a day after meals with warm water. ·Paste of 1 teaspoon red chilies and fresh ginger mixed in half a cup of sesame oil and strain. Gently rub this oil on the affected joints. ·Camphor, wintergreen and cinnamon oils are also beneficial for external application.
  • A vegetable-juice fast significantly reduces pain for many patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Carrot juice, celery juice, cabbage juice, or tomato juice can be used
  • Application of hot packs and ice packs for 10 minutes also provides relief from joint pains.
  • For arthritis natural treatment, soak Spiegel seeds in water, make a paste and apply it on the joints for quick relief..
  • Omega 3 fatty acids reduce inflammation of joints. Omega-3 fatty acids can be found in salmon, sardines, other oily fish, walnuts, flax, soy, olive oil, nuts, and avocados

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