Arthritis Treatments from Nature
Nature has provided a boundless variety of helpful herbs to
deal with Arthritis. Diet can be the
most important thing you change if you are diagnosed
The term Arthritis literally translates to “joint
inflammation.” The four most common are:
- Osteoarthritis which is the most common, affecting
around 16 million Americans with an average age of 45. It
usually will attack weight bearing joints like knees, hips,
and ankles but has been found in the fingers, neck and
spine. Each of our joints is cushioned by cartilage, a very
dense, sponge-like substance.
Osteoarthritis attacks that cartilage and gradually wears
- Another type of arthritis is Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Extremely painful and inflammatory, it strikes the
lining of the joints and causes sever swelling with or
without pain. It afflicts over two million
Americans beginning as early as their 20's thru
the early 50's .
- Spondyloarthropathies (which includes psoriatic
arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and Reiter's syndrome) is
not as well known as the previous two, but actually eats
away at the joints and can also manifest as psoriasis on
the skin. This group tends to affect the spine, causing
pain, stiffness, inflammation and posture changes.
- Gout effects approximately one and half million men
over 40. I believe this number is growing steadily to
correspond with the rising rate of obesity. Gout is well
know for the sudden onset of extreme pain and swelling in a
big toe. It can however affect other joints.
If you suffer from any of the different types of
Arthritis listed above, chances are you have taken drugs to
combat the effects or tried other home remedies.
Arthritis Treatments - Old Home Remedy
If you haven’t yet tried “Urtication,” it might be helpful.
The term “Urtication” comes
from the botanical name, Urtica dioica and dates back some
2,000 years to biblical times. Urtica dioica is “Stinging
The treatment is to grasp the nettles in a gloved hand and
swat the sore joints with the nettles. This may seem bizarre,
but the practice has proven to be so effective for some
sufferers of arthritis that they now maintain a nettle plant on
their window sill.
Arthritis Treatments - Tried and True
Here are a few more herbs that
are used effectively for Arthritis treatments:
Also known as Black Snakeroot, Bugbane, Rattleroot,
The dried root is the part used. This is a powerful relaxant
as well as being extremely effective with easing painful
menstrual cramps. Ovarian cramps will be relieved as well as
bringing on a delayed menstrual cycle.It is also effective
in the treatment of arthritis, osteoarthritis, rheumatic pain
and neurological pan. In small doses, appetite and digestion
are greatly improved and is very beneficial for the nervous
system in general. This should never be used during
pregnancy. Some studies show that it also lowers blood
pressure so be sure to talk with your physician if you are on
any medication for blood pressure or cholesterol.
Use dried ripe fruits to use as an anti-inflammatory,
anti-rheumatic, diuretic or anti-spasmodic. Great for treating
rheumatism, arthritis and gout.
Very useful in cases of acne, arthritis, chronic backache,
skin conditions of warts and blotches. Also one of the best
Use the leaves to treat migraine headaches, arthritis,
dizziness and tinnitus. This is a great pain relieving herb but
do not use during pregnancy.
The is the herb referred to earlier and is another one
of those “universal” plants. They are found all over the world
and they strengthen the entire body. Rheumatism, arthritis,
eczema, nosebleeds, arteries, lessen blood pressure are just a
few applications. Nettles contain calcium, chlorine, iron,
iodine, magnesium, potassium, silicon, sodium, sulfur, and
vitamins A and C. It is available in capsules. Sulfur is
needed for the rebuilding of bone and cartilage and it aids in
A natural hydrochloric acid (utilizes sugar of fruits and
oils), thus helping arthritic joints get rid of the uric
acid which holds the calcium deposited in the joints. Also
reduces lactic acid build up. Good for measles, skin, scarlet
fever and perspiration.
Hope for arthritis sufferers. The extract from this plant
has been used with surprising success on
arthritis and rheumatism.
This is the anti king - antibiotic, anticancer,
anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. You can buy curcumin
capsules. Turmeric is also found in curry powder.
All of the herbs mentioned here should be available at your
local health food store along with suggestions on how to
prepare them for use. Some applications will be best in teas
and others will be used for creating topical
ointments. Of course, almost all will be available in capsules
but teas are usually quicker in the short term.
No matter what natural remedies you choose please consult
your physician to make certain that your choices do not
interfer with any perscriptions you are taking. Herbs are
powerful and can negate or intensify your perscriptions.
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