Are there natural remedies for arthritis?
Are any of them proven to work? Is there different remedies for different types of arthritis?
I wish there were...it is an autoimmune disease your body thinks that it is being attacked by something else, a foreign body, which is incorrect......there is a fine balance between getting rid of foreign materials in your body and itself "thinking" that it is being attacked by itself...
Good nutrition, enough rest, enough exercise..
Cutting wheat and certain other foods from your diet can help some people. A diet high in protein veggies and low in starchy foods can do amazing things for your body.
My wife had an attack of Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) 5 years ago, and has recovered 90%. She can dance and do whatever she wants. Her joints occasionally ache, and she gets tired easily. That's all.
As we researched people, we found that many people have left arthritis behind, including the more difficult RA. But their stories are left out of the medical literature - even when the people who healed themselves were doctors!
As we researched holistic and alternative solutions, we found these five, which have worked for different people:
- Prayer. My wife made a prayer, "Lord, may I serve you by inspiring others. If it be your will, let me be healed, and inspire people that way. If not, let me be an inspiration in how I live with my illness."
- Sun. Spending time in natural sunlight with no sunscreen, but not in the middle of the day. If it seems right, also take Vitamin D supplements.
- Eliminate foods that make you ache. For my wife, that included trans fats, saturated fat (that is, animal fat), and wheat. Artificial flavors, colors, and additives should go, too.
- Herbs. My wife found curcumin (an extract of turmeric) very helpful. Other remedies work for other people.
- Intestinal cleansing or juice fasting. My wife did only a little of this. But, back in the 1920s, Dr. Bernard Jensen not only eliminated RA, but also reversed crippling spinal arthritis using juice fasts.
- Appropriate exercise. My wife dances on a mini-trampoline, and rides her bike to work in the sunlight every day.
Many other things have helped, too. I'm a Reiki master, and give her energy healing. I teach qigong (Chinese healing exercise), and we're using that to increase her energy and get rid of the last pain in her joints. There is no certainty in life or healing, but the experience of those around me is that arthritis, RA, and many other autoimmune disorders can be much improved, or even driven into remission, by natural, spiritual, and healthy means.
It is possible to deal with arthritis effectively. It's really important to keep the joints healthy. Diet is the first thing. Removing wheat and dairy and any foods that cause inflammation is a good place to start.
Many traditional healers believe that stiff joints reflect stuck energy/prana/ki/chi in the body. So things like simple exercise, reflexology and acupuncture or Reiki can be helpful. Movement is also really important. Simple exercises that rotate and loosen the joints can help move stuck energy and relieve stiffness. Swimming is good as well. Many wellness centers have arthritis pools and special water exercise classes for just this purpose. Gentle yoga can also help. So can chiropractic treatments.
Some healers also believe that arthritis and deeply buried anger are connected. So talking about feelings and owning up to being angry or any other negative emotion that might get buried can help as well. Many times women don't express these emotions easily, so journaling can be very helpful. So can just talking honestly with those you love.
A prayer that asks for the root cause of the problem to be revealed and removed is also good. Another good practice is to love the affected joints and to talk to them. Ask them what it is they need to be well. Listen from the heart for the answer. It may not make sense at first, but follow the guidance they give. Our bodies are natural healers. They know what needs to be done if we are willing to work with them.
The other thing that can be very helpful for dealing with any illness is keeping a gratitude journal. Just write down five simple things at the end of each day for which you are grateful. This practice has tremendous healing power.
As for the pain and stiffness only, having a jetted tub or spa can be a great relief. In just 10 - 15 minutes you will feel much better if not completely pain free in some cases. Diet is also important as for every extra pound you carry, your joints (such as knees) act as if they are carrying 4 extra pounds. Another biggie is not being sedentary. Arthritis does not make being more active or exercising a walk in the park but it must be done particularly if you are not in your 90's and don't have much life left to live.
A lot of people of all ages resist moving around and let moderate or slight stiffness or pain get in the way of even low impact exercise such as taking a walk, house cleaning, or gardening. As any arthritis sufferer's Dr. will tell them, becoming sedentary only makes arthritis worse. I am not saying that you need to do strenuous workouts but getting more active will help prevent worsening of arthritis and it's pain and stiffness.
My Dad is currently trying grated ginger tea which my sister has found very useful for her joints. Will let you know how it goes!
I use cumin,ginger and cayenne in anything I can stand it on to fight arthritis pain. Limiting my intake of certain things like wheat products and lowering my calorie count in general have helped as well. I have found that when I'm not over full, I move easier. I also do quite a bit of exercise including yoga. In general with arthritis, there are supplements you can do, but I find that just being more active, striving to stay flexible, and using the dietary measures above have been a huge help.
As far as remedies being proven...studies can prove almost anything, depending on who is funding the research. The only real proof is what works for you. While I follow energetic healing practices, I know some don't. I personally believe that whatever path one follows, spirit requires just as much attention as the physical in healing.
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