Natural Herbal Remedies For Arthritis – Understanding How to Get Rid of Arthritis

Natural Herbal Remedies for Arthritis That Really Work; Understand how to get rid of Arthritis by following these natural herbal remedies for Arthritis.

Swedish Bitters is recommended for rheumatism.

Devil’s Claw (Harpago) works by detoxifying the body and strengthens the immune system. It may cause nausea in certain people, depending on how toxic the body is. Allow 4 to 6 weeks of taking devil’s claw before assessing its effect. Boil ½ to 1 teaspoon of root in a cup of pure water for 15 minutes and drink 3 times a day. It is anti-inflammatory and is especially helpful for osteoarthritis.

Comfrey tea should be taken daily. Comfrey grows very easily in the garden and it would be advisable to have several plants of it. It multiplies quickly in moist soil. The ancient name for comfrey was bone knit and it is a wonderful tissue healer. For arthritic pain dip a large comfrey leaf in hot water to soften it and wrap around the afflicted area. Comfrey tea is made with a ¼ cup of shredded herb (taken from a fully grown leaf only) and filling the cup with boiling water. When cooled a little, strain and drink. Honey or barley malt may be used to sweeten.

Evening Primrose seeds are used for degenerative diseases like rheumatoid arthritis and MS.

Salmon oil is highly beneficial as it provides Essential Fatty Acids (omega 3) to help the body produce natural anti-inflammatory chemicals. Purslane (Portulacaceae), also known as claytonia, miner’s lettuce or pigweed, is another source of omega 3. Add it to a salad. The full beneficial effect takes about 3 to 6 months, so persevere.

Hemp seed oil contains omega 3, 6 and 9 oils and is high in GLA. These properties are rarely found in balance in any one plant, making hemp seed oil an excellent choice for arthritics.

To prevent the body drawing calcium from the bones and teeth to counteract the high acid levels in the blood (almost always the case with rheumatics), make a tea of edible celery seeds and/or dandelion root. Boil pure water and wait 30 seconds before pouring over 1 teaspoonful of herbs in a cup. Allow to stand for 10 minutes before drinking.

For pain relief make tea of valerian as above, or of chickweed (which grows wild in places) using 2 teaspoons of dried herb. Allow to stand for only 5 minutes. Fresh chickweed can be used in salad.

Feverfew is rather unpalatable as a tea but, three times per day, eat a chopped up leaf masked in a sandwich. It may take up to 6 months to bring results, but it has brought relief not only to arthritics but to migraine sufferers as well. Start now and persevere. Do not use during pregnancy.

To aid circulation in the affected area, make tea of cayenne pepper and use in a compress.

A 1/4 teaspoonful of ground ginger in a cup of boiled water first thing every morning will begin to pay off in about 3 weeks. This is a cure used in Chinese medicine. Ginger discourages the white blood cells forming around the joint, consequently there is a marked reduction of pain.

Nopal Cactus Juice And Rheumatoid Arthritis – Can This Really Help Relieve Pain For You?

Something that many people need to know about is nopal cactus juice and Rheumatoid. If you suffer from arthritis pain, then you have to be aware of the ways that this juice really will be able to help relieve your pain.

The cactus juice comes from the nopal cactus, which is also referred to as Opuntia ficus-indica and is also known as the prickly pear. This cactus is located in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico and in the southwestern US.

It has been proven to provide many health benefits for anyone that drinks the juice made from it.

It is made with magnesium, vitamin C and calcium. Plus, it also has the amino acid that is known as taurine, it is has antioxidant proteins referred to as betalains and is also rich in flavonoids.

These are all good things to put into your body that will help provide you with many health benefits. One of the biggest benefits is that it will help to reduce inflammation that is being caused by your arthritis.

You will notice a reduction of inflammation in many different areas. Some of those areas include:

– Muscles

– Arterial

– Gastrointestinal

– Bone inflammation

– Cardiovascular

So, if you suffer from inflammation in any of these areas of the body, you can use this juice to help you reduce the pain and the swelling.

There have been a number of ethanol extract studies done on the fruit that this juice is made from that show that ingestion of this fruit can help to inhibit white blood cell migration. This is the key to the development of disease involving inflammation.

If you are suffering from arthritis, then the above information is definitely important to know, but it is also a good idea to try this juice for yourself. Many people have found pain relief from it because of the benefits it provides to your body and because it helps them relieve the pain.

You want to be smart and do your own research about it, so you can be as informed as you possibly can before making the final decision to give it a try. This way you feel comfortable using the juice and understand exactly how it is going to benefit you and relieve your pain.

Now that you are more aware of nopal cactus juice and Rheumatoid arthritis, you just need to decide for yourself if this is something worth trying. Just remember that other people have found relief from their pain using it and this means that if you give it a chance, you can also.

Arthmender – The Ayurvedic Cure for Arthritis and Its 6 Benefits

Millions of people suffer from arthritis, but can Arthmender – the ancient Ayurvedic formula – hold the key to a natural cure for conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and other types of joint problems?

When we are born, we have 300 bones and as we grow older, the bones fuse together and we are left with 206 bones as an adult.

Our bones or the skeletal mainframe is the support system that keeps us afloat over the years, till we go old and our bones turn brittle and we die a natural death. But when we are here and still can, it is essential to maintain good bone health.

Arthritis or joint inflammation is a serious health issue because the bone inflammation keeps on damaging healthy tissues and this damage can adversely affect the joints by making movement hard and painful. Over 100 kinds of arthritic problem can affect different areas of the body and research studies show that children and adults alike are susceptible to this disease.

Health officials in USA estimate that by 2030, 294,000 children and 67,000,000 adults will suffer from arthritis. In such a situation, it is common sense to take preventive measures and not let arthritis affect you. Apart from conventional health medicines, the Ayurvedic formula in Arthmender is a supplement that promotes healing, reduction of joint inflammation and maintains long term joint health.

The benefits of Arthmender can be visible only after four to six months of regular consumption. Along with this arthritis cure, you need to follow a diet, exercise and lifestyle guidance plan for joint care. To bring your body back into equilibrium, you must lead a healthy lifestyle. The Singapore Health Services Authority, and the FDA of India and USA have certified that the botanicals used in arthritis supplement are not known to have any side effects. Further, the supplement works to prevent blood clotting in your body so if you are presently having any anti-coagulants, you should use Arthmender with caution. Even better – consult with your physician before adding Art mender.

Proven Benefits of Arthmender Supplement:

  • Makes your joints supple and protect against sudden injuries. In other words, you become more agile.
  • Reduces pain and inflammation from your joints, making you relax with relief
  • Ayurvedic herbs remove harmful free radicals from the system and detoxify your body. With detoxification, pain and inflammation subsides too.
  • Helps to build bone and muscle strength so that it is able to withstand pressure
  • Arthritis means you are bound to have broken tissues; the supplements accelerates tissue repair
  • Arthritis reduces your immunity level to a large extent and the Arthmender supplements counteracts this autoimmunity

The Arthmender proprietary supplement is made with 12 potent Ayurvedic herbal extracts that directly works on the musculoskeletal system and helps to regain your joint health. It consists of 269 natural phytonutrients that exert 514 synergistic activities on your skeletal system to reduce toxins, control free radical activity, prevent blood clotting, smooth the joint structures, relax the muscles, tone the muscles and improves calcium absorption in the body. Ayurvedic doctors suggest that the supplements should be taken twice a day and as said earlier, the dosage should continue for at least 6 months, if you want long term permanent benefits.

Apart from consuming this supplement, you can reverse the damage by increasing and decreasing the intake of Omega – 3 and Omega – 6 respectively. You should increase fiber concentration in your food and eat as many fruits rich in Vitamin C as possible. Always remember that prevention is better than cure!

Osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and giant cell arthritis are some of the common forms of joint pain that Arthmender helps you find relief from. Thousands of people all over the globe find Arthmender to be very helpful in preventing and even curing these conditions.

Arthritis -Start the Healing Process

The first Western disease I was ever familiar with as a little boy was arthritis. My beloved paternal grandmother, Bertha Cooper, suffered from this pathology for many years. She had it very bad in her wrists and joints. I remember her asking me if I would go to the corner liquor store on the corner of 101st Street and Avalon Boulevard in Watts, California, and buy her some Ben Gay, a white pharmaceutical anti-inflammatory rubbing cream. She would rub Ben Gay on her wrists and joints and her tendons as well.

As a little boy, I didn’t understand disease. I didn’t know how my grandmother developed arthritis. All I knew is that she had it (and claimed it too).

However, when the Universe bestowed its Akashic Records of health knowledge upon me in the late 1990s, I finally understood why Grandma Sis (Bertha) developed and suffered from arthritis. You see, my grandmother was originally from the South, Mississippi to be exact. The ideal dinner was “soul food.” My grandmother was an excellent cook and I never tasted any food back in my deaf, dumb, and blind days and years that tasted better than my paternal grandmother’s food/cooking.

However, while this so-called food, soul food, tasted good, I now understand that taste is not the criterion or measuring stick for what is healthy or nutritional. It was Grandma’s good tasting soul food that did her in with arthritis and tendonitis. Yes, all that cornbread, collard and mustard greens, salt pork, candied yams, fried chicken, liver, catfish, pork chops, rock Cornish hen, neck bones, ham, white rice, etc. eventually did her (and the rest of my family members) in. Not to mention eating all that white, refined Webber’s and Wonder bread, flap jacks (pancakes), syrup and biscuits, bacon, sausages, jelly cake, jelly sandwiches, saltine crackers, Vienna sausages, potted meat, Spam, hog’s head cheese, liverwurst, etc. And what about all that hot cocoa, coffee (laced with white sugar and dairy cream), butter milk, pet milk, Kool-Aid, and soda pop that she drunk?

She didn’t smoke cigarettes like her five sons, but she would roll up her own smokes with Prince Albert brand tobacco and Zig Zag paper. My childhood friends thought my grandmother smoked marijuana. It was a little embarrassing until they found out what it was she was really smoking.

I mentioned all of the above to let you all know that my grandmother’s arthritis was caused by what she ate and drank on a daily basis through ignorance, tradition, and habit.

All that meat converted into uric acid in my grandmother’s joints and ligaments. The starches broke down into carbonic acid and also made its way into her joints. And so did the lactic acid from the brake down of the dairy products she consumed.

The smoking also created an over acid condition in my grandmother as well. She also had bouts with gout, which is nothing but arthritis in the ankle area.

You see, arthritis is a condition of inflammation of the joints. That’s all it is. The Latin word “Arth” means “joints,” and the English suffix, “it is” means “inflammation.” What is inflammation? A burning! What causes this burning or inflammation? ACID!!! Plain and simple!

Grandma Sis was lucky, eventually dying from degeneracy (that doctors call natural death). However, her sons (and daughter-in-laws, nephews, nieces, and grandchildren) were not so lucky, dying from the insidious cancer, including my father from lung cancer in 1994 and my mother from pancreatic cancer in 1999.

My family could not, would not, and to this very day, still will not believe that what they put into their mouths cause their pathologies and eventually kills them. It was easy to write me off when I was a Muslim and member of the Nation of Islam in the early 1990s, simply saying “that boy is mad at white folks and the world!” But today as a Naturist, what’s their excuse? Nothing but ignorance and traditional paralysis! Soul food is a tradition, Djehuty! Yes, a tradition that leads to an early grave!

One of the greatest contributors of arthritis is collard and mustard greens. Sorry Black folks, Negroes, and soul food lovers! But this is true! Greens are laced with “oxalic” acid and this oxalic acid is greatly produced when you cook the greens. This is true! And for you rat feces-laced chocolate lovers out there, your precious chocolate also contains oxalic acid.

Now, I don’t want you thinking soul food is the cause of arthritis, because a lot of white folks, Mexicans/Latinos, and Asians also suffer from arthritis. Like soul food, the Standard American Diet will also cause arthritis. Arthritis is an American disease!

If you understand arthritis, you should understand tendonitis and gout. They are acidic fluid build up problems in the joints that cause inflammation (pain).

Most modern day suffers of arthritis (and tendonitis and gout) are fighting the symptoms of these inflammatory diseases with pharmaceutical grade drugs. Even though God instructed Bible believers to heal themselves with herbs (Revelations 22:2, Ezekiel 47:12, and Pslams 104:14), in their strange obedience to God, they take the enemy’s pharmaceutical drugs that prolong the arthritis. Why and how? Because pharmaceutical grade drugs, though made from alkaloids, eventually break down into ACID (especially ascetic acid, which eats your red blood cells up) in the body, and acid produces inflammation, so how intelligent is it to take something to target the symptom which eventually lengthens and worsen the initial condition?

Mother Nature has provided healing for arthritis and other inflammatory diseases. To heal from arthritis, all one needs to consume is certain herbs. Herbs that are anti-inflammatory in nature are the best to heal from arthritis. These herbs include Meadowsweet, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Birch, White and Black Willow Bark and Balm of Gilead.

However, other certain herbs work synergistically with the herbs supra. Personally, no healing from arthritis can take place efficiently without the following herbs: Devil’s Claw, Boswellia (Frankincense), Uva Ursi, Mullein leaves, Saffron, Cayenne pepper, Feverfew, and Guaiac wood.

Devil’s Claw, Boswellia, Uva Ursi, and Mullein are the paramount arthritis herbs. They greatly counteract mucus, which is the byproduct of acid, which causes inflammation.

Organic sulfur, commonly called MSM Sulfur, is also great in healing arthritis. So is Noni juice!

You can make your own healing salve as well from a base butter or oil such as shea or cocoa butter, coconut, olive, or almond oil (or any other good oil) and add in a few drops (10-15 drops) of the following essential oils: Peppermint, Clove, Wintergreen, Eucalyptus, Birch, and/or Spearmint.

You can rub this salve directly on your joints or other problems area. It is very soothing and healing.

And of course, as an herbalist, I have formulated my own Joint Formula that consists of all the herbs mentioned above that is a powerful little formula that works wonders for me when my wrists start to hurt from excessive typing (typing up all that legal pleading).

I can’t forget about magnet therapy as well for arthritis. Magnets make a problem or injured area alkaline and also enhances circulation to the problem area so that healing can begin.

My good friend and brother, Mark Lomax, a musician, healed himself from serious bouts of gout, another acid condition. It’s been a few years now since he had gout. What did he do? First, he detoxified his body on our Full Body Detox. Then, he did a daily regimen of our Electric Greens Cell Food (pure alkalinity), Joints Formula and Black Cherry Juice Concentrate. You wouldn’t recognize this brother if you knew him 3 years ago. He also lost more than 70 lbs on these herbs. This man is a walking example of healing!

I should also mention the importance of pineapple enzymes called Bromelain for the healing of arthritis and other acid conditions. Bromelain or pineapple enzymes are anti-inflammatory in nature and effect and therefore provide healing for arthritis. They taste just like candy and are chewable and you can chew as much as you like, although 3-6 tablets after dinner ought to get the job done. You can find Bromelain at most good health food stores.

Soaking inflamed body parts in hot water and essential oils of Peppermint and Eucalyptus is also beneficial for arthritis.

But most importantly in fighting arthritis is modified diet. Cut out or cut down on meat and dairy products. These are two of the biggest culprits in causing arthritis. A vegetable cocktail consisting of celery, parsley, apple and/or carrot (for sweetness and base) 3-4 times weekly will greatly remove acid buildup in the joints. By all means, avoid all acidic beverages (beer, soda pop, milk, orange juice, wine, coffee, etc.).

Man, life is so wonderful when you know how to heal and prevent disease. The understanding of diseases is just as important. Sometimes I’m full of grief and sorrow from my knowledge and knowing that people suffer from a lack of knowledge (and insanity too). See Ecclesiastes 1:18 and Hosea 4:6

However, the children of the future, including my son, Asim, and daughter, Layla, and other Conscious Minds offspring – Nadya, Najee, Elijah, Asar, Sunshine and the newest edition from Melia and Obea, and the others (out here on the West Coast in Los Angeles) will all benefit from this profound knowledge of proper diet as well as from my suffering and grief, as well as their parents. I’m also quite sure that many children around the nation will also benefit from their parents’ reading and applying this health information and knowledge that is freely distributed.

As much as I loved soul food and my relative’s cooking back in my death (Negro) days, you couldn’t put a gun to my head and compel me to eat a piece of chicken or pork today, and I mean that! I love myself too much to harm my temple of God. My children are beautiful (and highly astute and precocious) because of what their parents ate before and while conceiving them. You can do it too!

Make the change people! Taste is not the criterion for what is healthy. Nutritional content is!

Peace and love, readership!

Products that can start the healing process: MUCUS BUSTER, MSM SULFUR, ACID BUSTER.

Arthritis – Yes It Can Be Cured

There are over 100 types of arthritis. It is a disease that limits everyday movements such as walking, standing or holding onto a key and trying to open a door. The effects of arthritis range from slight pain, stiffness, and joint swelling, to crippling discomfort.

Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent form of arthritis. An estimated 20.7 million Americans are affected by this disease.

According to Dr. Hulda Clark “…in osteoarthritis the joints have bacteria living in the deposits left there… More research is necessary to explain this. My suspicion is that there are toxins, like mercury, thallium, cadmium, lead, as well as solvents, distributed through the body, lowering immunity and allowing the tiny larvae to reside there. Once the pathway (routing) to these organs has been established, it continues to be used by other parasites as well. Soon a variety of parasites, their bacteria and viruses, and pollutants are all headed toward these organs”.

Osteoarthritis causes the breakdown of cartilage which is what protects the ends of bones from rubbing against each other. As the disease gets worse, along with the loss of cartilage bone spurs and abnormal bone hardening will develop, and create severe pain as there is no more cushioning for the bones. As a result, bones become more brittle and susceptible to fractures.

There are two types of osteoarthritis: primary and secondary. Primary OA is arthritis due to an unhealthy aging process. Secondary osteoarthritis is not so common, and is caused by, injury, previous congenital joint misalignment, trauma, infection, surgery, or prolonged use of medications.

Causes of Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is can be brought on by general wear and tear on the body through the process of living, excess weight, and a lifetime of inadequate diet. Additional causes can be skeletal defects, genetic factors, and hormonal deficiencies (as evidenced by the many women who get osteoarthritis after menopause), toxins, and microbes. There are still other environmental and even dental factors that have also been found to bring on the disease.

Biomechanical changes, especially excessive tissue acidity, can also contribute to the development of osteoarthritis. This is why watching your pH for your acid, alkaline levels is so important, (you can get more information on pH, and acid and alkaline at www.drclarkuniversity.org click on books and products, then the University book store, then click on Alkalife). When joints lose their full range of motion due to stress, injury or lack of activity, the cartilage is decreased. As a result, motion is hindered and the and pain ensues. The body replaces the deterioration in the joints with calcium, which then forms hard, inflexible deposits, which cause joint stiffness.

There are some things you can do to avoid this disease or remove it from your life. One would be to follow Dr. Clark’s recommendations, some of which are below, and more information about her treatment and suggestions can be found in her book the Cure For All Diseases, found at www.drclarkuniversity.org [http://www.drclarkuniversity.org]

“Arthritic deposits contain a large amount of phosphates combined with calcium. This calcium came from some other bone, such as the base of your spine or the wrist. Here the bones are getting weaker due to this calcium loss. Calcium was taken out of your bones for the simple purpose of neutralizing the excess phosphate in your diet. Reduce phosphate consumption (meats, soda pop, grains) by half, eating fish, milk, vegetables and fruit instead. Drink three cups of milk a day. If you are allergic to milk, do several liver cleanses, switch brands of milk, use milk digestant, and use it in cooking and baking. Cheese and cottage cheese are not substitutes for milk (the calcium stayed in the whey). Dairy products must be boiled before consuming and should be no less than 2% butter fat. It takes bile to make calcium absorbable, yet bile with less than 2% butter fat does not trigger the gallbladder to empty it’s bile at mealtime”.

When joints are painful it is a simple matter to kill the bacteria with an electronic zapper. Treat yourself with a zapper daily until the pain is gone, (more info on the zapper at www.drclarkuniversity.org [http://www.drclarkuniversity.org] and in the Cure for All Diseases). Maybe it will stay away, but chances are the bacteria will have a steady source of toxins to become re-infected. Pick up the Cure for All Diseases to learn how not to re-infect yourself.

Natural Pain Relief – Supplements For Arthritis, Inflammation and Joint Conditions

Pain Relief Complex has the important natural pain relief ingredients of Boswellia and Safflower extracts to promote joint and muscle healing, particularly after exertion.

o Boswellia, from the frankincense family, is one of the oldest and most venerated herbal extracts in ayurvedic medicine used in India and Asia. It has been shown to provide natural pain relief through potent anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and analgesic activity with virtually no side effects. Laboratory studies have shown that natural phytoacids from the Boswellia plant can deactivate triggers for inflammation and pain. Hormonal mechanisms may stimulate the growth of cartilage, increase blood flow to joints and encourage the repair of blood vessels damaged by inflammation. The natural pain relief properties of Boswellia make it an ideal supplement for those experience chronic joint pain as well as for the “weekend warrior” type of person who is likely to experience overexertion of both muscles and joints.

o Safflower has been used in Asia for its health benefits for many years but is just now being recognized in the western world. Safflower is high in Vitamin E which has anti-inflammatory properties by its ability to scavenge free radicals and prevent tissue oxidation. This property makes it a healing vitamin. Safflower oil is also high in oleic and Linoleic acids which are thought to provide joint lubrication and aid in the formation of healthy cartilage tissue and other cells such as muscle and skin cells. Safflower extract is able to lower the production and increase the clearance of lactic acid. Lactic acid is a primary cause of post workout pain and lowering its formation and presence can easily provide natural pain relief.

Joint Health Complex is a supplement designed to support the cartilage and proper functioning of the joints with Glucosamine, Cat’s Claw and trace elements.

o Glucosamine is well known for its ability to protect cartilage in the joints and increase formation of new cartilage. It has been well studied and is so effective at limiting joint damage and actually reversing cartilage loss that even the traditional medical system has accepted its use. Glucosamine HCl is the most concentrated form of the natural substance and contains no sodium, making it ideal for the older patient who may often need to limit sodium intake.

o Cat’s Claw, also known as Una de Gato has been used in South America for centuries to treat and prevent a variety of health conditions including arthritis, inflammatory conditions, bowel disorders and in some cases, cancer and HIV. The addition of Cat’s Claw extract dramatically increases the natural pain relief properties of Glucosamine It is anti-inflammatory in nature, having been shown to have a number of naturally occurring plant sterols which closely resemble anti-inflammatory steroids. Clinical studies have shown that it may reduce swelling by up to 50 percent.

o Trace Elements including Boron, Zinc, Copper and Manganese are all necessary for maintenance and production of cartilage and the synovial fluid that provides joint lubrication and cushioning. They are also important building blocks to anti-inflammatory agents and enzymes necessary to maintain joint health.

These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

The Major Cause of Arthritis and How to Relieve It

The problems associated with arthritis can largely be avoided if people take more notice of prevention rather than seeking a cure. There is no relief if the joints affected are inflamed but what causes that condition is usually a health issue and diet is a big part of it. Women are often major sufferers because they provide the meals for their families. These usually include the very substances they need to avoid.

A healthy joint is one that moves freely with no restrictions. The bones glide over one another because of the articular cartilage that buffers the bony surface. This is lubricated by synovial fluid which is rather thick and is absorbed by the cartilage when the joint is at rest. When flexed into movement the fluid is squeezed out of it to again do its job.

The simplest way of explaining this is to think of a hinge that is oiled. If it rusts up one must replace the oil to free it again. But if it is corroded there is no way of fixing it.

Joints are hinges and when damaged, either by a break or a simple knock, they leak the synovial fluid out and it is replaced by substances that pass through the blood barrier. These include refined foods, such as ground flour, rice, or cornflour. Sugar also plays a part.

The beat way to preserve the joints is to protect them when playing sports and to seek immediate treatment for injuries. After that it is a case of good diet and constant awareness of what brings on arthritis and the food we need to avoid in order to prevent it. As with any medical condition there are always others causes and effects so there can be no guarantees.

Use it Or Lose It – Is Arthritis Making You Feel 90 Before Your Time?

Madonna turned 50 and is still strutting her stuff, thinking nothing of doing the splits during her routine. Who would guess she reached the half-century mark?

This observation supports the argument that if you use it, you won’t necessarily lose it. Unfortunately most of us don’t have the flexible joints that Madonna has. As we age, most of us feel old before our time because of the aches and pains that often develop into arthritis, which can be painful and debilitating.

Arthritis is the single biggest cause of disability caused by the body mistakenly attacking healthy joints and tissues. In the United States alone, it is estimated that between 30 and 60 million people suffer from arthritis.

Osteoarthritis vs rheumatoid arthritis-what’s the difference?

The most prevalent forms of arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Of the two, osteoarthritis is by far the most common form of arthritis, usually effecting people over the age of 50, with some 10 per cent of those over 60 being affected.

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease, thought to be the result of wear and tear on the cartilage of affected joints over many years. Repeated injuries and/or surgeries are also considered to be contributing factors to this form of arthritis.

When you have osteoarthritis you face the loss of the protective surface of cartilage over the ends of your bones. This can lead to the growth of tiny bone ‘spurs’, which grate together on movement, causing pain and leading to swelling of the joint, most easily seen in the joints at the ends of the fingers and in the knees. As well as these joints, the hips, base of the thumbs and the spine are commonly affected.

Osteoarthritis of the fingers is more common in women, and is particularly likely to run in families. Obesity is strongly linked to osteoarthritis of the knee and to a lesser extent of the hip.

Rheumatoid arthritis is warm to the touch

Rheumatoid arthritis, a painful, inflammatory type of arthritis affecting almost 400,000 people in the UK, occurs when the body’s immune system attacks itself.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a common type of chronic arthritis where there is much swelling and pain in both small and large joints. The hands, especially the large knuckle joints, are most commonly affected.

The joint swelling, which is often red and warm to the touch, is due to considerable inflammation of the synovium, a thin layer of tissue surrounding many joints, responsible for the production of the lubricating synovial fluid. In rheumatoid arthritis much of the swelling is due to an increase in this fluid.

Possible triggers are infections, food allergies and genetic factors. About 1 per cent of the population world-wide suffer from rheumatoid arthritis, with women being three times more likely than men to suffer. The most common age of onset is in the forties, with it being more likely to start in the winter months.

Ways to control arthritis pain

Although there is no cure for osteoarthritis, there are ways to control or lessen the pain and reduce the degree of disability.

Most people will be prescribed a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen, which will temporarily mask the pain of arthritis, without addressing the root cause of it.

Recent studies have shown encouraging evidence that glucosamine and chondroitin supplements can provide long-term help with treating osteoarthritis, the most prevalent type of wear-and-tear arthritis. However, more research must be completed to confirm the findings.

There are other things you can do to minimize the progression and improve symptoms of osteoarthritis. Simple things like weight control, exercise and modifications to your diet can help in the treatment of arthritic problems.

Perhaps Madonna should be our poster child for the arthritis society.

Will Pain Management Help Your Arthritis Pain?

Arthritis is debilitating for many Americans. The pain is so debilitating it is a life-changing. It puts severe limits on their daily activities for leisure as well as employment. When asked, an arthritic patient will tell you that if they have to place their level of pain on a scale, it would rank seven to 10, and some would rank theirs off the scale.

There are over 100 different types of arthritis and other diseases that are related to it. The main types of arthritis are:

• Fibromyalgia

• Gout

• Osteoarthritis

• Psoriatic

• Rheumatoid

Each of these can cause a person different pain in different ways and this is where professional pain management is helpful. The symptoms of pain can range from having a fever or experiencing a rash.

As painful as it is, there is a purpose to having pain. It is you body’s way of providing to your brain that something is wrong. It is telling your brain that is has a problem and needs attention. Pain is your body’s natural protective response.

Arthritis Pain Causes

With arthritis and its related diseases, pain is commonly felt in the body’s joints. Each person will experience it in different ways from a burning sensation to a tight or tingling sensation. It may be a dull pain consistently or frequent sharp pains. Regardless of what type of pain you are experiencing, pain management is something that each person seeks.

The following can cause arthritis joint pain:

• Joint and tissue inflammation common in psoriatic arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis

• Bone rubbing together because cartilage and lubricating fluids are depleted causing the bones to rub against each other, common with osteoarthritis

• Joints inflamed from uric acid crystals build up common with gout

The National Center for Health Statistics reports that over 76 million of Americans are suffering from chronic pain with over half of them said to be from some form of arthritis. So with such a widespread problem, you have to wonder if anything can be done in the way of pain management.

Well, there are medications galore, both prescription and over-the-counter that will provide pain management. They need to be used properly and when they aren’t, which is very common, the possible risks are astounding. Even when taken as directed, many of them can cause damage after a period of time.

This is why more and more people are willing to explore alternative therapy and treatment to find that pain relief. And fortunately, there are many options today, some of which we’ll review here:

1. Topical Medications

• Creams, gels, and patches are popular. They are applied to the area of the body where the pain is experienced and supply sodium channel blockers like lidocaine or prilocaine. These are available over-the-counter and there are also prescription NSAIDs that come in the form of drops, gels, patches or sprays as well.

2. TENS (Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation)

• TENS unit is a pocket-sized device, making it great because it is portable, that sends electrical current by way of electrodes and wires that are placed on the areas of pain. This is not a recommended pain management method for anyone that has infections, open wounds or a pacemaker.

3. The right footwear

• Over thirty percent of those suffering from osteoarthritis are not wearing the right shoes. What researchers have found is that shoes that are flat and flexible such as flip-flops or sneakers reduce the amount of force that exerted on knee joints as much as 15 percent.

4. Steroid injections

• Corticosteroids or steroids as they are more commonly known. They are the synthetic version of the hormone cortisol and reduce inflammation, providing pain management.

These are just four ways for a person suffering from arthritis to find pain management help. A pain doctor may prescribe one or more of these at the same along with prescription medication.

Getting Over Arthritis Pain

Arthritis is a common global problem. Arthritis starts out as a small discomfort. Worsens with time and soon becomes something overtakes life and makes simple everyday tasks difficult. You can prevent these things from happening so long as you carry out these tips.

It may show exercise for arthritis relief may cause too much pain. But the exact opposite is true. If you don't exercise your joints, your arthritis will worsen because your joints get tired. Flexibility and stretching workouts are great for people who suffer from arthritis. It obliges you to have a greater range of motion.

If you find your arthritis is becoming worse and cannot comprehend. Consult a doctor and explain the exact medicines you are using. Accept it or not, one of the side consequences of multiple common medicines is arthritis flare-ups. If the problem for you, the physician may change your medication.

Cigarettes can cause flare-ups of arthritis and contribute a loss of flexibility. It may be hard to quit smoking but isn't as hard as living with the intense arthritis pain you'll experience if you don't quit.

See a doctor, find out what arthritis you have if you believe you are suffering from arthritic symptoms. Because of different arthritis and knowing specific. Doctors will understand how to help to take care of yourself.

Relaxing music can ease off troublesome symptoms of arthritis. Your body becomes relaxed with soothing music, and a few aches and pains from arthritis will relieve. Notice this music can encourage sleeping.

Eat nutritious snacks. Protein bars shakes, or fruit can give you the energy the body needs. Without, forcing you to believe you ruined your health. Healthy snacks will give you the best nutrients to keep the body healthy and strong, necessary for anyone with arthritis.

Consume plenty of protein. Though you may be unaware of it, protein consumed more by those with arthritic conditions. If you do not crave to eat meat, find alternative sources of proteins to help decrease the inflammation.

Celebrate the small stuff! Arthritis can slow your movement! If you could not get to your mailbox six months ago, and now you can throw yourself a celebration! Keep yourself happy and positive, can help you and others. You are not a helpless creature working hard to reach your goals! Don't stop!

Don't become hesitant to consider surgery. Many people who suffer from arthritis will balk at having surgery done to correct an issue. Let your doctor coach you on what may be the best method of treatment. If surgery is an effective choice, try not to dismiss.

Buy heated slippers. A person who suffers from arthritis has on their feet and other areas. For convenient pain medicine in the feet, take heated sandals, and apply them whenever you affirm it necessary. These can now reduce pain and swelling, and best of them slipped in the microwave.

Make sure you are wearing fitting footwear that does not bind, pinch or rub your feet to help keep arthritis symptoms at bay. Poor shoe fitting can irritate your joints causing the problem stay with you for the rest of your life. Have fitted shoes to avoid these effects?

Vitamins A, C, and E, and omega fatty acids, a great step to help fight against arthritic pain. But experts do not recommend taking every vitamin had known to man. Instead, a good multivitamin or two doctors suggested individual vitamins can do the trick.

This may not be a cure for arthritis, but these simple daily changes can lead to stopping common causes of pain. Many people develop the problem because of everyday task. Such posture, or the way they walk. As described in this article, change these activities into something you can. Instead, it protects your joints from a lifetime of pain.