Aloe vera beverages are said to help. It's anecdotal, however a friend with severe arthritis swears by this treatment.
Bad Diet Promotes Arthritis
There is no question that diet plays a large role in the development and continuation of arthritic symptoms. The standard American diet, full of refined foods, is a pro-inflammatory regimen.
Inflammation is what causes the redness, warmth, swelling, and joint destruction associated with arthritis. Eating pro-inflammatory foods will not only create the environment for arthritis to begin, it will fuel the illness once developed. these pro-inflammatory foods, Refined sugar, salt, oil, and flour. these are staples of most packaged foods and much restaurant fare and nearly all fast food.
The first step in any holistic plan is to clean up the diet. Eliminate refined foods. Eat a whole-food diet including unrefined sugar, salt, oil, and flour, and as much organic produce as possible. Also, drink adequate amounts of water. How much water? Take your weight (in pounds), and divide by two. The resulting number is the amount of water, in ounces, you should ingest daily. It is impossible to overcome arthritis in a dehydrated condition.
Holistic Arthritis Treatments Many arthritic patients have common food allergies such as dairy and gluten. Also, many arthritic patients need to avoid nightshade plants such as
tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant. Nutritional supplementation is important.
Most arthritic patients have multiple nutritional deficiencies, including lowered levels of vitamins A, B6, B12, and C. Glucosamine sulfate can help. Ensuring adequate levels of minerals such as magnesium and selenium is also important. Finally, detoxification should be part of any arthritic patient’s holistic plan. Most arthritic patients need detoxification from heavy metals such as mercury. Avoid obesity
Physical exercise Exercise is vital to good health, but the wrong exercise can destroy health. As we age, many of our muscles begin to atrophy from lack of use. This is
especially true for leg muscles. Weak muscles lead to increased stress on joints and for this reason, regular walking is important as a preventative measure, especially as we age. If you have access to a health club or have home equipment, you should do leg strengthening exercises especially those that exercise the quadriceps, hamstrings, and
muscles of the hip area. Damaging exercises include high-impact exercises, aerobics, and jogging long distances, especially on hard surfaces. I like walking and the use of cable or free weights. Start with no weight and gradually work up to heavier weights.
For the elderly and those with more advanced osteoarthritis, I suggest avoiding weights
and instead use calisthenics. As you improve, you can add some light weights. Regular exercise will not only improve joint stability but will also aid in weight control. Exercise also reduces inflammation. Avoid smoking and excessive alcohol consumption.
Both of these bad habits increase free radical generation and inflammation. Smoking interferes with blood flow to the tissues around the joints, increasing the destruction.
Glucosamine-chondroitin sulfate these two supplements. A number of large-scale, double-blind clinical studies have demonstrated the ability of these supplements to alleviate pain and aid joint reconstruction. In fact, some arthritis experts say they should be a regular part of arthritis treatment.
Supplements to Repair Joints Hyaluronic acid, MSM, Collagen type II,Tart cherry extract
Supplements to Reduce Inflammation Curcumin, Quercetin, Borage oil, Natural vitamin E (Unique-E), Buffered vitamin C (calcium/magnesium ascorbate), Vitamin/mineral supplement, Magnesium citrate or citrate/malate, Stinging nettle extract, a topical cream capsaicin cream,
There is another treatment, however it can be dangerous. DSMO (medical grade only) diluted and applies with a sterile swab (from a medical dressing). Make sure the surface of the knee is generously washed with soap and water and thoroughly rinsed.
DSMO is an extremely powerful anti-inflammatory, however it causes the transdermal transmission of any toxin on the skin into the blood stream. This is the reason to only use a medical grade DSMO. The industrial grade may contain carcinogens.
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There are many natural antiinflammatories. Some have been mentioned. None will cure arthritis per se, but if you're one of the lucky ones, if you can control the inflammation, the body can repair itself. Proteolytic enzymes, those that digest protein (most well known is bromelain, but there are formulas such as Inflazyme by American Biologics and Woebenzyme) help to digest the crust that forms around inflammation so nutrients can get back to the spot and repair it. As to what's already been mentioned, glucosamine and chondrointin sulfate help some, don't help others, but when they work, they work well. They help to repair the tissue, as does collagen in the proper form and vitamin C. Turmeric (circumin is an active ingredient in turmeric), ginger, devil's claw, red mussel, boswellia, green tea, freeze dried stinging nettle leaf (not the root), are just a few anti-inflammatory herbs. And diet is important -- sugar, white flour, anything that metabolizes to sugar quickly, stress both physical and mental of the wrong kind, dairy, wheat, anything you're allergic to -- all can produce more inflammation. Massage and acupuncture can also help some to break down the blockages and allow nutrients to regenerate tissue. All may work, depending on how far the arthritis has progressed and where it is -- some tissue, for example around the middle of the meniscus and some other hard tissues, don't get much blood low and thus don't allow for regeneration. Seeing a naturopath for an integrated approach wouldn't hurt, and remedies tend to be a bit different for rheumatoid vs osteo-arthritis. Good luck.
The natural alternatives for arthritis are pranayam, ayurvedic and light exercises, which are all described below.
The Yoga Pranayam (breathing exercises) will help you relax and also help with the arthritis.The systems in the body will start doing their jobs better and in turn will get you better.
Build up your timing gradually. If you feel tired or dizzy, stop and resume after 1 minute.
Bhastrika pranayam- Take a long deep breath into the lungs(chest not tummy) via the nose and then completely breathe out through the nose. Duration upto 5 minutes.
Kapalbhati pranayam -(Do it before eating) Push air forcefully out through the nose about once per second. Stomach will itself go in(contract in). The breathing in(through the nose) will happen automatically. Establish a rhythm and do for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day. Not for pregnant women. Seriously ill people do it gently.
Anulom Vilom pranayam–
Close your right nostril with thumb and deep breath-in through left nostril
then – close left nostril with two fingers and breath-out through right nostril
then -keeping the left nostril closed deep breath-in through right nostril
then - close your right nostril with thumb and breath-out through left nostril.
This is one cycle of anulom vilom.
Repeat this cycle for 20 to 30 minutes twice a day.
You can do this before breakfast/lunch/dinner or before bedtime or in bed.Remember to take deep long breaths into the lungs.You can do this while sitting on floor or chair or lying in bed.
Bhramri Pranayam -Close eyes. Close ears with thumb, index finger on forehead, and rest three fingers on base of nose touching eyes. Breathe in through nose. And now breathe out through nose while humming like a bee.
Duration : 5 to 12 times
Once you are better, continue the pranayam once a day.
1) Mix turmeric powder(haldi), Fenugreek powder(Methi) and ginger powder in equal quantities and keep in a bottle. Take one teaspoon of this mixed powder in hot water twice a day.
2) Use mashed cabbage in poultice and apply to knee, and keep for upto 4 hours.
Light exercises -
1) Place your hands above the knees, and swing round both knees , ten times in one direction, then ten times in opposite direction.
2) Sit on the floor, with the legs straight and hands on the floor behind you.
a) Lift the knees up and down,10 times, touching the floor with a thud.
b) Push the knee caps down and release, 20 times.
c) Bend and release the toes of both feet 10 times.
d) Bend both feet, forwards and backwards, 10 times.
e) Rotate both the feet 10 times in one direction, and 10 times in reverse direction.
If you have benefited from these methods, please post your feedback here.
April 19 ,2011
My husband takes Arthro7 and MSM for arthritis in his knee. The result is no pain and no swelling. These are over-the-counter supplements. There are no side effects.
Thank you to all the members who contributed answers to my posted question. I have obtained a lot of useful advice, which I will be following up on. Thanks once again!