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Arthritis sufferers - How to improve your quality of life!

Updated on March 24, 2013

Diagram of a joint, showing cartilage

Diagram of a bone joint, showing cartilage.
Diagram of a bone joint, showing cartilage. | Source

General concepts about arthritis.

Arthritis literally means “joint inflammation”. The term covers many varieties and usually affects the muscle-and-skeletal-system at the joints, that is where two or more bones meet. The problems caused by arthritis include pain, stiffness, inflammation and damage to the joint cartilage, which is the tough, smooth tissue that covers the ends of the bones, and that allows them to rub against one another without effort or pain.

When the joint cartilage gets damaged, the joint can become weak and unstable, and can cause difficulty when walking, climbing the stairs, cutting your food, writing, and so forth. Therefore, arthritis can be considered a very disabling affliction and in fact is the cause of work absenteeism, high medical expenses and loss of independence.

Some of the principal causes are (a) trauma to the joint produced by a fall, or a lesion of some kind, also (b) infection of the joint, and (c) age.

The main symptom is pain, which can become worse through (a) daily wear and tear, (b) muscle strain caused by inadequate movements, (c) repetitive movements, and (d) fatigue.

Arthritis may appear suddenly or gradually, and it may feel different to different people. Some persons feel a sharp, burning, or grinding pain, while others may feel a pain like a toothache. The same person may feel it at some times as pain, and at other times as stiffness. Arthritis may affect not only the joints, but also other connective tissues of the body, like the supporting structures, that include muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and also the protective coverings of some internal organs.

When arthritis is caused by infection, it is usually accompanied by fever, and should be rapidly treated by a health specialist.

The more common type, generally called Osteoarthritis, can be improved by self-help measures, based principally on the guidelines provided by Chinese medicine.

Lumps on the fingers due to arthritis

Fingers deformed by arthritis
Fingers deformed by arthritis | Source

Knee joint with Osteoarthritis

Primary Osteoarthritis
Primary Osteoarthritis | Source

How Chinese Medicine views Arthritis

Chinese Medicine considers that arthritis is caused basically by an imbalance of Qi (pronounced chi), which is now being called bio-electricity, in an effort to make the concept more accessible to Western thought. When this imbalance happens and is not corrected, an illness usually follows.

Some of these initial imbalances can be observed when there are changes in the weather, which cause pain in the joints and stiffness in many people. For Chinese Medicine, this is easily explained by considering the earth’s electromagnetic field, a factor that Western physicians very often ignore.

If for some reason the initial Qi imbalance has not been corrected, the joint can be seriously damaged, and arthritis becomes more permanent. It is useful to call this stage by the name of Osteoarthritis (OA).

When Osteoarthritis attacks, it affects the cartilage of the joint, causing it to wear, tear and even split. Finally the cartilage may even disappear, leaving a bone-on-bone situation that can be extremely painful. Without the protection of the cartilage, the bone cells may proliferate and produce spurs or small lumps. This is the cause of the disfiguring shapes on the fingers.

Another site that can be affected is the neck, usually due to an impact injury. For example, the effect on the passengers when a car brakes suddenly.

Other vulnerable locations are: the hips, the knees, the ankles and the toes, especially in overweight persons.

In an effort to make this complex affliction more understandable, Chinese Medicine refers to various causes of an arthritic condition.

· One or more of the 5 principal internal organs is not functioning properly. These organs are: the heart, the liver, the lungs, the kidneys and the spleen.

· Defective genes. The tendency to arthritis can be hereditary.

· Weak joints, either hereditary or from lack of exercise.

· Injury - we usually suffer minor traumas that nobody pays much attention to. These can develop into arthritis.

· Aging - this process can be slowed down by the proper use of Qigong practices.

· Qi Deficiency. This in turn can be caused by emotional depression and sadness. It can also be caused by the weather, or working for long periods in damp areas or exposing your joints to the cold.

· Tension. This includes both mental tension and physical tension.

Chinese Medicine has studied Arthritis!

Chinese healers and sages have been studying the causes and effects of Arthritis for hundreds of years.

This study was especially important for the well-being and effectiveness of active warriors!

Chinese treatment of Arthritis

The first method is to prevent it from happening. This is one of the reasons why you will always see many Chinese people practicing Qigong and Tai Chi in parks every day.

Massage is another way of treating arthritis, as it improves circulation in the area of the injured joint.

Acupuncture can temporarily reduce pain, and also increase the flow of Qi to the affected joint.

Herbal Treatment. There are several interesting herbs that are indicated for arthritis.

Cavity Press or Acupressure, which uses the fingers instead of the needles used in acupuncture.

Qigong exercises. There are whole series of simple exercises for this purpose.

It is not possible for me to develop all these methods of treatment in this article. However, I will try to reduce the scope to the simplest and most practical treatments, that I myself have experimented with, and which have allowed me to maintain my independent form of life, in spite of constantly suffering severe arthritic attacks.

The practice of Qigong is well worth the effort!

I highly recommend a more complete study of Qigong practices, for which a qualified teacher is needed.

The knowledge of Qigong can be complemented by the use of several excellent books, most of which are sold by Amazon.

Details of the five healing sounds

These "healing sounds" have been used for centuries by Chinese practitioners of Qigong for medicinal purposes.

There are five principal sounds, each related to one of the five principal organs: Lungs, Kidneys, Liver, Heart and Spleen

My methods.

1.-Improving the balance of Qi with reference to the 5 principal internal organs.

For this purpose it would be necessary to develop the whole basic sequence of Qigong exercises, and I cannot do that in an article like this. My suggestion would be to contact a qualified Qigong instructor.

There is one simple short cut to this situation, and that is to use the “healing sounds”. For this, you sit on the edge of a chair, knees slightly open no more than hip width apart, and the feet firmly and flatly placed on the ground. Rest your hands lightly on your thighs. Try to keep your back as upright as possible without tensing up. Take deep breaths, inhaling slowly, and when exhaling, use the outgoing breath to make the special sounds.

You should repeat each sound three, then six, then nine times, as you practice more and more. Another good idea is to consult an anatomy chart of these organs, so that you can visualize them more or less in the right place! There is no need to be too exact, just so you distinguish what is on the right, what is on the left, what is in front, at what is at the back!

2.- The details of the healing sounds .

Lungs - sound SSSSSSSSS. Visualize your lungs as you make the sound.

Kidneys – sound - CHIIIUUUUUUU – Visualize your kidneys as you make the sound

Liver - sound - SHHHHHHH like a train letting off steam. Visualize the liver as you make the sound.

Heart - sound HAAAAAAAAW, which we do automatically when we feel hot. Visualize your heart.

Spleen - sound WHOOOOOO Visualize the spleen when you make the sound.

These sounds should preferably be accompanied by movements of the arms and the body, but my teacher started me off just by sitting, breathing and making the sounds. You need to concentrate and keep relaxed, and that is enough for a start.

The effects of these activities are slow, but if you persist, you will notice a definite improvement in you vitality and well being.

3.- The use of herbs.

For a time, I was prescribed the new drugs, chondroitin and glucosamine. I did find an improvement, but after prolonged use, I started to have trouble with my digestion, and my colon was affected, so I stopped using them.

Now I rely on an herb called Chuchuhuasi!


The Maytenus (Chuchuhuasi) Tree

Showing the tall trunk of a Maytenus tree
Showing the tall trunk of a Maytenus tree | Source

Maytenus Tree

The tree showing the white flowers
The tree showing the white flowers | Source

Maytenus Berries

Some Maytenus Berries
Some Maytenus Berries | Source

Preparation of a Chuchuhuasi Infusion

Using the red Chuchuhuasi bark to prepare an herbal infusion
Using the red Chuchuhuasi bark to prepare an herbal infusion | Source

About Chuchuhuasi

Chuichuhuasi is an enormous canopy of the Amazon rainforest, that grow to 30 meters high. It has large leaves, small white flowers, and very thick, heavy reddish-brown bark. It has several names, the most common being Maytenus. Thus we can read Maytenus laevis, or Maytenus macrocarpa, and several others, but they all refer to the same tree.

The indigenous people of the Amazon region, from Peru, Bolivia, Colombia, Venezuela, Brazil, have been using the bark of this plant as medicine for centuries. The word Chuchuhuasi actually means “trembling back”, which illustrates its long-term use for arthritis and back pain.

Chuchuhuasi is a powerhouse of interesting plant chemicals, and its prolongued and relatively successful use has motivated diverse research groups to study its qualities, the most prominent of which have been American pharmaceutical researchers, and also Japanese teams.

I have been using capsules made in Chile, that contain powdered Chuchuhuasi, shark cartilage and white willow, this last being a form of aspirin. I calculate I have been consuming them for about two years. It is not a miracle drug, but the arthritis seems to have slowed down, at least it’s not getting worse, and my life is livable! The best part is that I have had no secondary effects so far.

The best tip is the following: if you visit Amazon.com, open the drop down menu of sections, and choose “health and personal care”, an entry to chuchuhuasi will bring up 4 results! There’s a packet for making an herb tea, and some tinctures.

My methods (continued)

4.- Some Qigong exercises that can be described in this article.

Some time ago, when I was having ultrasound and heat treatment for a very bad arthritis flareup in my right hand, I acquired some tips from the practitioner. I commented to her that when the pain was very bad, I was afraid to move the afflicted part for fear of producing more pain. She explained that that was a common reaction, but that I had to do the opposite, that is, move the joint and push against the pain with care. In this way I would get an increased flow of blood to that specific region, and that would help to heal the joint. I found this very interesting, because according to the Chinese principles, the flow of blood and the flow of bio-energy move together. On this basis, I isolated several of the special Qigong movements as they relate to the joints. These I will list on this article.

5.- The basic idea is to rotate the joints, one by one SLOWLY!

Initial idea 1 .Most of the movements are done standing, with the legs shoulder width apart, the knees very slightly bent so that they don’t “lock”, and the feet planted looking straight forwards (not turned out at an angle!). Try and distribute the weight of the body evenly on all parts of each foot. The breathing should be very slow, deep and relaxed. The movements should try to follow the speed of the slow breathing!

Initial idea 2. For the first, preparatory movement, lift your arms out in front of you, without any straining, as if there were some threads attached to the back of your wrists, pulling them up. The hands hang limply down. At should height, stop and let them fall like two floating sheets of paper. Repeat as many times as you wish, all the time breathing in when your arms rise, and out when they fall, very, very slowly!

6.- Now start rotating those joints!

Shoulders. It’s easier to concentrate if you separate them, moving first one and then the other. Rotate first backwards, and then forwards, 3 times each way. (12 rotations in all)

Neck. Turn your head to the right shoulder, and let it drop to the center of your chest, and then up to the left shoulder. Pause and then come back, drawing a semicircle each time. Repeat three times each way, very loosely and slowly.

Elbows. Bend them up and down, in a relaxed way, in any position that feels comfortable. Repeat a minimum of three times each.

Wrists. Move them together or one by one as is most productive for you. With your arm out in front, turn the wrist one way and then the other.

Thumbs. Rotate without moving the other fingers.

Fingers. Turn your hands into animal claws, and close the fingers into the palm, as if you were scratching a tree, like a cat. Alternate clawing and stretching, but carefully, without tension.

Hips. Separate your legs a bit more, until the position feels comfortable. Place your hands at your back as if holding your kidneys, and make wide circles with your hips. First in one direction and then the other.

Knees. Place them together and crouch down a little, placing your hands on your knees. Look slightly ahead, not down! Your feet should be planted side by side and flat on the floor. Rotate your knees very slowly, changing direction after at least three turns. This is not easy, but can be done with practice. One of the good points is that you are massaging your feet at the same time!

Ankles. Rotate them one at a time, either sitting or standing, whatever is more comfortable. Don’t forget to change direction!

Final words.

The writing of this article has been a long journey for me! It has taken me through the causes of my present condition, the various procedures and cures I have tried out while searching for a way to control this ailment, and finally to an overview of the elements that have given me a measure of success, and allowed me to maintain my independent way of life.

I consider that I have been successful! I’m still teaching, I can hold a pen in my hands and write, I can walk without the help of crutches or walking sticks, I can even run a little if necessary! My X-rays are showing that the deterioration of my various joints has practically stopped! I no longer suffer complicated side effects due to strong medication that really doesn't help much. I really can’t ask for more, except maybe to be strong in patience which has never been one of my better characteristics! You do need to be patient with yourself while practicing some of the recommendations I have included here.

I hope this information will be of use to my readers, and for the younger generation, I will say: It’s never too early to take preventive measures! Practice and be comfortable and happy!

© 2012 joanveronica (Joan Robertson)

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      Dean Reese 2 years ago

      I had no idea that arthritis was caused by an imbalance of Qi. My dad has terrible arthritis and we are trying to find everything to help him. Do you know of any specialists we could take him to that could possibly help his situation?

      Dean Reese http://www.drsoloway.com/default.aspx?id=21

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 3 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi again Glenn Stock so happy you found the Hub so useful! As I get older I've made an effort to rely less on strong medication which is never the best idea, and it takes me great pleasure to share my findings. You're very welcome, all the best!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 3 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi again Glenn Stock so happy you found the Hub so useful! As I get older I've made an effort to rely less on strong medication which is never the best idea, and it takes me great pleasure to share my findings. You're very welcome, all the best!

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      I don't have major arthritis problems, but I do have beginning stages of Rheumatoid Arthritis that bothers me from time to time. I tried the healing sounds and found this to be very relieving of stress.

      Then I tried the joint movement excercises. This also brought great improvement.

      The information you provide here is extremely useful. And you described every step very well so that one can understand and follow your guidelines with success. Thanks.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 3 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hey DDE many thanks for your visit and copmment! Arthritis is a really tough experience, it can be very disabling. We sufferers must just learn to make the most of a bad situation!

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Arthritis sufferers - How to improve your quality of life very helpful points here about arthritis and from your experience it sounds most interesting to know of how one can take care of themselves. Very informative and a useful hub on this topic.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi there! I loved your comment: "one day at a time"! isn't that the truth? It's such a terrible feeling, especially when the joints go click, click. I sometimes feel as if I'm coming appart. But.. one day at a time! Thanks for the visit and the comment! See you!

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      James E Cressler 4 years ago from Orlando, Florida

      Joan, thanks for sharing your secrets of how to live with arthritis. I have it in my spine and have found acupuncture and exercise to work best for me. I do have a salad bowl full of pain meds too....awe...one day at a time!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Patkay, coming from you this is praise indeed! My day is now looking better for it! So thanks so much for your visit and your comment, and I'll see you soon!

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      Patrick Kamau 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      This hub is very useful and well written. I believe so far it has helped many people out there. Thanks for taking much of your time to help others. Glad to know that you have managed to control this ailment. May you be strong in all ways. A big thank you all the way from Kenya.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi the coffe.. so nice to have you visit and to read your very supportive comment. You are quite right, we all have to face old age! And it's not verycomfortable. I have been using the Chinese principles for some time, and I think they are wonderful. So I'm glad they may be of use to you too. I hope to see you around this site!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      We journey to one road - the road normally leading to old age. The weaknesses, the pains, the sufferings we have to endure. This hub is useful and interesting. There is always a bright hope in Chinese treatment. I'd like to keep in mind The Five Healing Sounds. I'm bookmarking this hub and sharing. Thank you for sharing, joanveronica. Always keep well. Cheers!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, M.Tips! thank you for your visit and your kind words. Please do try some of the methods I wrote about, I am happy to say my affliction is not progressing like it was, and I have less pain! Arthritis can be very hard on a person, so you need all the help you can get! I seem to have stopped it somewhat, which is good news for me! See you!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi midget! So happy for your visit and your comment! It's wonderful to get such positive feedback from an authentic Chinese person. I learnt QiGong for a couple of years, but I'm no expert. Many thanks for your support, and have a good day!

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      Shasta Matova 4 years ago from USA

      I am happy that you were able to find treatment that works for you. I will be trying some of these to see if they work for me as well. Voted up.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Excellent, excellent write Joan. I am Chinese and agree that the balance of chi is important to all aspects of health, especially in the treatment of arthritis. My granny still goes for her massages and it relieves her symptoms. And you are so right in saying that weather changes can affect its development! Thanks for sharing!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Cris, your visit and comment has made me very happy! It's so nice to think that the informationa could be useful for someone. I also suffer from this horrible problem, so I can imagine whatyour relatives are feeling! But the tips do work! All the best, and have a good day (or night, I'm never clear on the time zones!)

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      CrisSp 4 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Very informative hub, well detailed and packed with unusual advices. I'm curious about the healing sounds. My late grandmother suffered from it. My mom is currently suffering from it and I think I'd soon be getting it (too bad), considering the extreme cold weather we have here up north. My mom though prefers alternative medicine and sticks to her herbal medications and so this is very useful.

      I'm bookmarking this hub and passing it along.

      Thank you.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, vocalcoach, a pleasure to have you visit! Isn't arthritis horrible? I 've been having trouble with my feet recently too. My fingers are now working OK, but I put quite a lot of effort into that. I'm so glad you found this hub useful, holistic and alternative are definitely the best! Thanks for the visit, the votes and the share! Have a good day!

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I'm a big believer in holistic and alternative medicine. I suffer with arthritis located in the top of both feet and a finger. Thank you for this very informative and helpful hub. I will bookmark it for reviewing. Will share this with others and have voted up, useful awesome and interesting.

      A big thankyou!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Rolly, nice to have you visit! I'm glad you liked this article, I myself suffer from arthritis, so the information is taken from experience! Maybe you will find it useful, or you can share it with someone you know? That would make me very happy, to think it was a useful effort.

      So thanks for the visit and the comment, and have a good day!

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      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      Hi Joan... what an awesome read and so packed with information I have bookmarked this one for further reference... great work here... Thank You

      Hugs from Canada

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 4 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, ignugent, nice of you to visit! I can assure you that the instructions are first class, I have survived thanks to them! It's a hard life being stuck to a computer, and if you don't take care, you can cause irreparable damage to the joints, as I can testify to!

      Have a good day and keep those joints moving!

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      ignugent17 4 years ago

      Hi joanveronica! I have to stop reading and do your instructions. I enjoyed rotating my thumb without moving the fingers. Thanks for this informative hub you shared. Voted up and more.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi TT, sorry to hear about your arthritis condition, I can feel for you! I do encourage you to try Qigong medicine, and some of the breathing exercises I described. One comment, I would never use ice packs, that is contrary to all the principles of chinese medicine, and this oriental focus has helped me a lot! I also have had this condition for some time, and the Qigong has done wonders for me. It is important to find a good guide, somebody who really knows what the techniques are, I was lucky, I found a very good teacher, he practically made me over again, almost new! I wish you all the best!

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      TIMETRAVELER2 5 years ago

      This was extremely interesting. Unfortunately, my Arthritis has been with me for many, many years and I can no longer take Nsaids due to another condition I have. So, I settle for massage therapy, rest, ice packs and heat...they help a lot, but it sure isn't much fun!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi again, Livingabroad, thanks for the follow and the fan mail!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi LA, many thanks for your visit and the share! I'm sorry your mother suffers like I do, it is quite a heavy cross to bear. I have gradually eliminated things that didn't work, and found a sort of balance, for which I am grateful. I hope this will be of use to other sufferers, including your mother! Have a good day!

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      livingabroad 5 years ago from Wales, UK

      Hi Joan, my mother suffers from this arthritis as well as lupus so naturally, I will be posting this to her wall. Great information and advice for all the sufferers out there. Up, useful and SHARING.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, thanks for the visit and the comment! You are very welcome to use this advice, I hope it will be of some use!

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      My mother has this problem. I'll be coming back to this hub to remember the advice.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, Cesar, I'm glad to hear from you and to know you are still using your English! I'm glad you found this article interesting! Have a good day and be happy!

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      César Alvial 5 years ago

      Dear Joan

      Thanks for the info, it is important to know what are the causes and effects of this disease, I am pleased that in your case the controlled arthritis.

      Regards,

      César Alvial Rivera

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Susana, it's a pleasure to have you visit! I'm so glad you like this article, and if it is of use to your aunt, that would be wonderful! I would be very happy to know that my experiences and ideas have been of use to somebody! Have a good day and be happy!

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      Susana 5 years ago

      Wonderful article Joan. I really enjoyed it. And had some very useful tips. I will tell about them to my aunt who last week was diagnosed with arthritis.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Brett, it's a pleasure to have you visit my article! I do agree with your comment about the exercises being done before the problems start, that was one of my mistakes! I will be looking out for your new hub with interest!

      Thanks for the visit, the comment and the share! Have a good day and be happy!

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Bookmarked this hub. Although I don't suffer from it yet, some of the exercises you mention would be worth doing, especially for computers users! This has also given me an idea for a hub, as a friend of mine believes he has found an almost perfect cure ... a natural supplement. I'll have to research it a bit first...

      Shared, up and useful.

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      John Sarkis 5 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi joanveronica, what an insightful hub this is. My Mom and other elder relatives suffer from much of what you mention in your article. I believe in Chinese medicine. I'm in the medical industry and I'm happy to see that some health insurances are now paying for acupuncture treatment when they wouldn't before. I think Chinese herbal medicines are great!

      Thanks for this useful hub - voted as such

      John

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi p1okabhijita! Nice to have you visit! Thank you for the comment and the share, I do appreciate this! I have tried very hard to make the contents understandable, as they are not simple ideas. I hope this information will be of use! Have a good day and be happy!

      Hi DF, thanks for your visit and the comment! I worked very hard on this article! Be happy!

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      DFiduccia 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      Thanks for sharing your own experiences, research, and remedies in a hub. This is interesting and will be useful to those with similar problems. I’m a definite believer in alternative medicine and methods of healing.

      …voted up—DF

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      Abhijit Aswath 5 years ago from India

      This is one of the most useful hubs I have seen here. This will be very useful to people with Arthritis. Marked useful and shared it :)

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi ki force! I'm happy to meet you on Hubpages! You are aware that Qigong is the Chinese Yoga, so really we are talking the same language, sort of. I have always found Qigong easier to work through than Yoga, but I accept that both have the same roots, so are about equaly effective!

      I'm glad you have found some process to help you, the affliction can be a really heavy cross to bear. Thanks for your visit and comment. Be happy!

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      kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

      joanveronica..awesome hub and research...the fact you wrote from personal experience will help others to hopefully take note. I have been doing yoga excercises in warm water hot tub/pool, it has helped my balance and less discomfort in my joints. Circulation is the most important process in the human body...just as we maintain our car..so should we our body...thanks again for sharing..

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi, glad you liked this hub! My deepest motivation for writing it was hopefully to provide other people with some good solutions. And don't forget you need to prevent! Thanks for the comment and the visit!

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      Living Well Now 5 years ago from Near Indianapolis

      I'm glad you found something that works for you, JV. An interesting and well-written hub.

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      Joan Veronica Robertson 5 years ago from Concepcion, Chile

      Hi Pavlo! How did you get to that article so fast! About my tips, I spent a long number of years looking for something to help me, and believe me the tips may sound strange, but they work!

      Thanks for the visit, and remember, you need to prevent this ailment, not wait for it to happen, which was the mistake I made! Have a good day and be happy!

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      Pavlo Badovskyi 5 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

      Somewhat unusual advises. I mean healing sounds. So far I do not have such a problem but it comes to that earlier or later. It was interesting.