There is nothing that dampens motivation
quite like pain. The pain of injury or
over-doing may be tolerable. But chronic pain,
joint stiffness, swelling and inflammation
that persist can be very discouraging. Pain is
our body's most effective way to get our
attention alerting us that something is wrong.
Once alerted it is important that we listen
and take the appropriate action to resolve the
cause. Unfortunately, slick advertisers have
educated us that the best way to deal with
pain is to take a pain-relieving drug. Most of
us have become savvy to the fact that most
drugs are designed to manage or control
symptoms and NOT assist in the healing or
recovery process. While a pain reliever may
help you make it through the day or through a
long night, what you really want is something
that you can do to improve, not cover up.
Fortunately, there is hope and there can be
While there are over 100 different kinds of
arthritis, there are two main types:
Degenerative arthritis also called
Osteoarthritis and Inflammatory arthritis also
called Rheumatoid Arthritis. The treatment
recommendations are very similar, with only a
few variations, but those who are willing to
make a few changes can literally get their
life back. An active life without joint pain
is pretty wonderful.
is the result of progressive wearing away of
cartilage and other structures that cushion
the bones where they meet. As these tissues
wear away, the bones at the joint begin to
erode and no longer move smoothly and easily.
The body responds to this irritation by
depositing minerals or calcium at the joints
forming bone spurs. The person with
osteoarthritis becomes cold and stiff down to
the bones. Whether this degenerative arthritic
condition is the result of an old injury
(post-traumatic arthritis) or "wear and tear"
from many years of hard use or even lack of
use, the tissues need to be nourished and
restored to eliminate the pain. What is needed
by the person with this type of arthritis is
warmth, flexibility and an increase in the
body's power to dissolve the excess minerals
deposited in the joints. If we can increase
the body's dissolving forces, we can loosen
the grip of excessive mineralization, thereby
dissolving the painful deposits affecting the
Rheumatoid Arthritis Inflammatory
arthritis can be considered the opposite of
osteoarthritis. This type of arthritis
includes rheumatoid arthritis, lupus,
psoriatic arthritis and Reiter's syndrome.
Think of these types of arthritis in terms of
stagnation. Inflammatory arthritis is the
condition in which our tissues, in particular
the tissues of our muscular and skeletal
systems, become waterlogged and have
unhealthy, stagnant pockets of fluid that
become stiff, achy and inflamed. The
inflammation settles into the cartilage and
cushioning structures of the joints and if
left untreated will eventually destroy the
While there are many common factors in the
treatment of these two types of arthritis,
some of the remedies are specific to the type.
Our first objective is to get some relief from
the painful and inflamed joints that you are
suffering with. As follows are some of the
herbal remedies that we have found to be very
effective in relieving pain and inflammation
associated with arthritis, bursitis,
tendonitis as well as many diseases and
illnesses that have an inflammatory component
(such as Alzheimer's - inflammation in the
Anti-Inflammation Formula - 3 capsules -
twice daily. This powerful yet safe product
will effectively reduce and eliminate the
inflammation and pain of arthritis, irritable
bowel complaints such as IBS and Crohn's
Disease. In addition, studies even show that
the herbs turmeric and boswellia (the main
herbs in this formula) benefit many other
conditions ranging from Alzheimer's, diabetes
and can even be cancer preventing.
Calm Formula - both a
sedative and anti-spasmodic designed to relax,
sedate and relieve tension and muscle spasm
associated with pain.
Relief Formula - Non-narcotic
pain relief, particularly suited for chronic
pain. Relaxes and calms nervous irritation
associated with pain.
Heat Ointment - This deep and
penetrating product warms and soothes aching
joints and muscles. These products can be
intensified by applying after a hot shower or
Oil/Extract - Used topically
to relieve pain associated with injury or
White Willow bark Extract or Capsules
- The very first aspirin (salicylic acid) used
by Native Americans. Unlike the
over-the-counter drug, white willow bark
contains all of the supporting nutrients that
will prevent unwanted side-effects such as
Secondly, some modifications of your diet
will allow your body to heal and become more
flexible and active. Almost all arthritis,
joint pain and inflammation respond positively
to a healthy, nourishing, wholesome diet.
Nutrition is based on two things. What you eat
and what you don't eat. You must eat the
health building nutritious foods and you must
not eat the health-robbing foods. The issue is
to focus on quality and stop putting into your
body devitalized, denatured, and chemically
altered processed foods. Don't interpret this
to mean that you can never have ice cream or
desserts again. Think in terms of high quality
foods and treats. What we ask is to eat
healthier, better tasting, better quality food
and get rid of the processed toxic-chemical
laden foods. In essence, what is described
below is the farmers' diet of 150 years ago.
Healthy, robust, very satisfying and
AVOID In Your Diet:
Processed and Junk Foods.
All empty and devitalized foods should be
avoided. Read the labels and don't eat foods
with chemical additives.
Processed Oils. Devitalized
oils (such as most commercial vegetable oils
and hydrogenated oils) interfere with the
body's prostaglandins causing inflammation.
Avoid Crisco shortening, all margarines,
canola oil, corn oil and any oil that is not
cold-pressed, extra virgin.
Fruit juices and sweets made
from corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup.
These not only harm the immune system, but
make the body more prone to inflammation.
Soda pop, especially diet
soda which contain aspartame. Many who suffer
from joint pain and inflammation experience
complete pain relief just by getting off the
dangerous and harmful chemicals that are added
to so many of our foods. Cutting back will not
help. You've got to get completely off these
mass marketed toxins.
EMPHASIZE in Your Diet
- Raw butter and cream: 4
TBS/per day - these unheated fats are the
carriers of warmth in the world of food and
can protect us against the cold, dry
stiffness of osteoarthritis. Butterfat
contains a nutrient known as the
anti-stiffness factor. Animal studies found
that virtually any animal can be made
arthritic by feeding it a low-fat diet,
which includes skim and low-fat milk
products. The animals' arthritis was
reversed by feeding them fresh, raw
(un-pasteurized) cream or butter. Raw butter
is recommended for those with
osteoarthritis, however, those with
Rheumatoid arthritis just need butter
(pasteurized is okay). Think: low-fat equals
pain. Eating healthy fats/oils will
lubricate your joints, relieving pain.
- Lacto-fermented vegetables
(such as sauerkraut and
kim-chi) have been shown to provide the
enzymes that help the body metabolize and
process the anti-stiffness factor.
Sauerkraut is easy to make or can be
purchased in the refrigerated section of the
health food store.
- Organic Eggs - a rich
source of nutrients that help to heal and
rebuild the tissues.
- Bone Broths - beef or
chicken bones/cartilage that is simmered for
6 to 24 hours will be rich in factors that
nourish and repair the cartilage in your
joints. Include this as a daily ingredient
in your soups, stews and sauces.
- Sea Salt should be used
liberally. There are many brands that are
good, just make sure that it is pure sea
salt that has not been refined or processed.
Finally, it is important that we move our
bodies. Surprisingly, more damaging to the
body than hard work is inactivity. An active
lifestyle that includes hard work and hard
play is much less damaging than a sedentary,
careful life. I liken it to a door hinge. The
hinge that is constantly in use, even though
it may require occasional maintenance or oil,
will last much longer than the hinge that
rusts and tightens due to lack of use. So as
follows are a few suggestions for you to
Chiropractic - an adjustment
by a skilled chiropractor can provide
significant relief as you nourish your joints
back to health. Just as the tire on a
misaligned or unbalanced car will wear out
faster than it should, so also will your spine
experience more pressure and wear if your back
is out of alignment. A skilled chiropractor
can find even subtle imbalances and set things
right, relieving the pain and pressure.
Massage therapy - a
skilled massage therapist can not only soothe
aching muscles associated with joint pain but
help to increase the circulation, speeding up
the healing process. Remember, muscles move
bones and bones can pinch nerves. Relax and
balance the muscles and you will feel oh so
much better. In addition, there are great
psychological benefits of a good massage to
calm the troubled mind.
Yoga - stretching combined
with breathing. Begin a daily practice and
experience the benefits of strength and
flexibility enjoyed by so many of the elderly
throughout the world.
Castor Oil packs/compress
- This remedy for many is the first choice for
pain and stiffness of both types of arthritis.
Castor oil supplies stimulating warmth to the
cold, over-mineralized (calcium deposits)
joints of the osteoarthritis sufferer, but
also has an anti-inflammatory and detoxifying
effect for the swollen joints of the
rheumatoid/inflammatory arthritis sufferer.
Simply saturate a cloth with castor oil, place
on the painful joint or area and warm with a
heating pad for 60 to 90 minutes. This can be
done every other day.