Monday, May 19, 2008

Home Remedy for Arthritis

Arthritis is a disease caused by inflammation of the joints. It was derived from two Greek words: athron, meaning joints; and itis, meaning inflammation. There are many types of arthritis; most common being the osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease commonly found in the senior population. Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is a severe case that affects not only the joints of the fingers, wrists, hips, knees, and feet, but also the muscles, tendons and other tissues of the body.

Symptoms of Arthritis

Main symptoms are stinging pain and stiffness of the joints that increases after every exercise. Rheumatoid arthritis is often called the ‘cooked food disease’. It develops gradually for several months, with the pain and stiffness persisting in one or more joints until the whole body is affected.
Other symptoms include anemia, colitis, constipation, deformed hands and feet.

Causes of Arthritis

Osteoarthritis is the outcome of structural changes in the articular cartilage in the joints, such as the spine and knees.

Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammation in the lining of the joints or synovium accompanied by swelling and eventually leads to the deformation of the body and limb. It may be caused by shock, physical and emotional stress, injury, infection, severe fright, or hormonal imbalance.
For having this condition, there is also the possibility for the Hereditary factors to be responsible.

Treatment / Home Remedies for Arthritis

Treatment using Potato Juice:

Raw potato juice has been used and applied in native medicines for centuries. To prepare potato juice by using the traditional method; cut a medium-sized potato into thin slices, without peeling the skin, before place the slices overnight in a large glass filled with cold water. Drink the water used for soaking in the morning before breakfast. Extracted juice from potatoes can also be used as tonic drink. Another alternative is to dilute a medium-sized potato cup of water then drink it first thing in the morning.

Treatment using Other Raw Juices:

Mix one cup of juice out of any green leafy vegetables, with carrot, celery, and red beet juices in equal proportions. It dissolves deposits around the joints and other tissues with its alkaline properties. The bromelain enzyme in a cup of fresh pineapple juice reduces swelling and inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Treatment using Sesame Seeds:

Soak a teaspoon of black sesame seeds in a quarter cup of water and leave it overnight. Drinking the soaked seeds with the water first thing in the morning will help put off frequent joint pains.

Treatment using Copper:

Use a copper container when storing drinking water leave it overnight; it will accumulate traces of copper, which is said to strengthen the muscular system. The patient can also wear a copper ring or bracelet to achieve the same effect.

Treatment using Calcium:

Studies have shown that joint pains can be relieved or may disappeared entirely after taking calcium in the form of calcium lactate. Take two teaspoons of calcium lactate three times daily with water, before meals for at least four months. Each teaspoon contains 400 mg of absorbable calcium.

Treatment using Garlic:

Garlic when consumed raw or added in meals, contains an anti-inflammatory property which is also known as an effective treatment of this disease.

Treatment using Bananas:

Bananas are a rich source of vitamin B6. A diet consisting of only bananas for three or four days is advisable for treating this condition. The patient may eat eight or nine bananas daily during this period and nothing else. Follow a strict diet consisting only of bananas for 3-4 days. Within this days, consume about 8-9 bananas each day.

Treatment using Lime:

The citric acid found in lime is a solvent against uric acid, which is the primary cause of some types of arthritis. Make limejuice diluted in water, may be taken once a day, preferably first thing in the morning.

Treatment using Alfalfa:

Make a tea out of the seeds from the alfalfa herb. Add one teaspoon of alfalfa seeds to one cup of water. Drink about 3-4 cups of this tea daily for at least two weeks.

Treatment using Green Gram Soup:

Green gram soup can help in relieving pains in the joints. Prepare this soup by mixing one tablespoon of green gram in a cup of water, and then add two crushed garlic cloves. It should be taken twice a day.

Treatment using Castor Oil:

Make a castor oil treatment as described by a Spanish doctor. Boil two tablespoons of castor oil using a stove burner. Pour the boiled oil into a glass of fresh orange juice. Take this medication before breakfast everyday until all the signs of the disease disappear. It is advisable continue this medication for three weeks, then skip the other three weeks and then resume for the next three weeks. It is also advisable to undergo an alkaline diet while undertaking of treatment to achieve optimum results.

Treatment using Coconut or Mustard Oil:

For massaging stiff and aching joints, mix warm coconut or mustard oil with 2 or 3 parts of camphor oil. Camphorated oil is an ancient rubefacient that is effective in increasing the blood supply, and reduces inflammation and stiffness.


Make a proper and extensive dietary plan for arthritic patient so as to produce alkalinity in their blood. This plan should include fruits and vegetables in the form of salads, and, at least, two cooked vegetables. It would be advisable to undergo a raw vegetable juice therapy 3 x a day, for about a week, for severe cases of arthritis. Juice diets are highly recommended at an interval of every two months.

Other Treatments

The whole body should be kept warm all the time to encourage normally regulated blood flow. Refrain from bandaging the joints so as not to limit the patients movements and to allow the free circulation of blood. Allow indirect ventilation in the bedroom. A complete body rest is advised when there is acute inflammation in the joints.

Sea bathing allows the body to come in contact with iodine, which is naturally present seawater. It is said to relieve arthritis pain. Iodine balances the alkalinity in the blood and tissues, repairs and regenerates worn out tissues and nourishes the skeletal structure. The thyroid gland uses the iodine to cleanse internal toxins.

As an alternative for sea bathing, make a salt bath by filling the tub with warm water, then mixing it with a cup of common rock salt. Let the patient relax in it for thirty minutes every night. The skin will easily absorb iodine and other important minerals in the water. This will help correct an internal imbalance.

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