Arthritis & Natural Remedies

When we think of arthritis, we tend to imagine elderly people with gnarled hands and bent backs who hobble slowly from one place to another. But this debilitating condition can strike people of any age, regardless of gender or occupation, greatly reducing their mobility.

Arthritis presents itself in 150 varieties; therefore, a treatment that works for one person may be entirely ineffective for another.

Arthritis is ancient Greek for inflammation of the joint. But not all arthritic conditions are due to inflammation. Some are due to wear and tear on the cartilage, possibly from incorrect use or overuse. Maybe you’ve been running too many kilometres in the wrong shoes.

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Other forms, such as osteoarthritis, are due to wear and tear on the bones. Have you been eating enough calcium and exercising lately? Still others, such as rheumatoid arthritis, are due to inflammation of the muscles, tendons and membranes that surround the joint.
So you can see, arthritis is a very broad term for a wide range of symptoms. But take heart; there are a myriad of things you can do to help yourself while taking your prescribed medication.
Alternative therapists will often suggest that rheumatoid arthritis is due to the body’s environment being too acidic. If you cut down on the caffeine consumption, go easy on the sugar, swap from white bread to something more seedy and brown, as well as making sure you only eat the roma type of tomatoes – as opposed to ordinary ones – you may find some relief. Also, only eat potatoes, eggplant and capsicum in moderation.

Reiki healing is also a great way to relieve the pain. If you are having trouble getting a good night’s sleep, this form of energy healing can switch off the pain messages in your brain. If you are carrying any blockages in your energy body, these may have manifest themselves biologically as arthritis. Reiki can help clear these blockages. This is a gentle non-invasive form of energy healing, and most people fall blissfully to sleep at the touch of the therapist’s hands.

Bowen therapy is a unique form of healing that combines osteopathy with energy healing. It was first developed as a method of treating football players with musculoskeletal problems. This Australian therapy is now available all over the world. Therapist Noela Corby says that after three treatments you will feel a world of difference.

Traditional Chinese medicine has been dealing with arthritis for thousands of years. Acupuncture and moxibustion, applied to the appropriate points on the body, can reduce swelling and pain. Moxibustion takes a little getting used to, but you will hardly even feel the acupuncture needles.
To keep your joints in top condition try adding a joint food to your diet. Glucosamine and phenylalanine are two such supplements and their current rise in popularity is testimony to their effectiveness. Glucosamine is an amino sugar that is naturally occurring in the body and is used to build and maintain joints – the perfect food for arthritis sufferers! It takes a couple of weeks for the effects to accumulate but it’s worth the wait.
Osteoarthritis is best prevented by regular exercise and adequate calcium intake. The greatest source of calcium is the sesame seed. Try some tahini on your toast in the morning. Regular exercise will encourage your bones to lay down more calcium making them strong and dense. It takes a couple of months for this to happen so make exercise a part of your daily life, and remember to stretch. And what better way to stretch than with yoga.