Natural herbal & homeopathic remedies commonly recommended in Arthritis

Arthritis
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Natural herbal & homeopathic products for arthritis, chronic arthritis

General description and overview of arthritis, chronic arthritis

"Arthritis" is not just a word doctors use when they talk about painful, stiff joints. In fact, there are many kinds of arthritis, each with different symptoms and treatments. Most types of arthritis are chronic. That means they can go on for a long period of time.

Arthritis can attack joints in almost any part of the body. Some forms of arthritis cause changes you can see and feel - swelling, warmth, and redness in your joints. In some the pain and swelling last only a short time, but are very bad. Other types cause less troublesome symptoms, but still slowly damage your joints.

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Common Kinds of Arthritis

Arthritis is one of the most common diseases in America. Millions of adults and half of all people age 65 and older are troubled by this disease. Older people most often have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or gout.

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common type of arthritis in older people. OA starts when cartilage begins to become ragged and wears away. Cartilage is the tissue that pads bones in a joint. At OA’s worst, all of the cartilage in a joint wears away, leaving bones that rub against each other. You are most likely to have OA in your hands, neck, lower back, or the large weight-bearing joints of your body, such as knees and hips.

OA symptoms can range from stiffness and mild pain that comes and goes with activities like walking, bending, or stooping to severe joint pain that keeps on even when you rest or try to sleep. Sometimes OA causes your joints to feel stiff when you haven’t moved them in a while, like after riding in the car. But the stiffness goes away when you move the joint. In time OA can also cause problems moving joints and sometimes disability if your back, knees, or hips are affected.

However, the causes of OA include increasing age, genetic predisposition, obesity, injury to the joint, history of inflammatory joint disease, metabolic or hormonal disorders, and deposits of crystals in joints.

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What causes Osteoarthritis? Growing older is what most often puts you at risk for Osteoarthritis. Other than that, scientists think the cause depends on which part of the body is involved. For example, Osteoarthritis in the hands or hips may run in families. Osteoarthritis in the knees can be linked with being overweight. Injuries or overuse may cause Osteoarthritis in joints such as knees, hips, or hands. - Natural remedies for Arthritis

Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease. In RA, that means, your body attacks the lining of a joint just as it would if it were trying to protect you from injury or disease. For example, if you had a splinter in your finger, the finger would become inflamed—painful, red, and swollen. RA leads to inflammation in your joints. This inflammation causes pain, swelling, and stiffness that lasts for hours. This can often happen in many different joints at the same time. You might not even be able to move the joint. People with RA often don’t feel well. They may be tired or run a fever. People of any age can develop RA, and it is more common in women.

RA can attack almost any joint in the body, including the joints in the fingers, wrists, shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, feet, and neck. If you have RA in a joint on one side of the body, the same joint on the other side of your body will probably have RA also. RA not only destroys joints. It can also attack organs such as the heart, muscles, blood vessels, nervous system, and eyes.

Scientists still do not know exactly what causes the immune system to turn against itself in rheumatoid arthritis, but research over the last few years has begun to piece together the factors involved. Some of the usual culprits considered are genetic factors, environmental factors, cigarette smoking, medications like Interferon-alpha, and certain hormonal changes, as the ones taking place during pregnancy.

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Gout is one of the most painful forms of arthritis. An attack can begin when crystals of uric acid form in the connective tissue and/or joint spaces. These deposits lead to swelling, redness, heat, pain, and stiffness in the joint. Gout attacks often follow eating foods like shellfish, liver, dried beans, peas, anchovies, or gravy. Using alcohol, being overweight, and certain medications may also make gout worse. In older people, some blood pressure medicines can also increase your chance of a gout attack.

Mostly, the cause is genetic in nature. 20% of gout patients have a family history. It is more common in men than in women and more common in adults than in children. Renal insufficiency and lead exposure are also some of the plausible reasons.

Gout is most often a problem in the big toe, but it can affect other joints, including your ankle, elbow, knee, wrist, hand, or other toes. Swelling may cause the skin to pull tightly around the joint and make the area red or purple and very tender. Your doctor might suggest blood tests and x-rays. He or she might also take a sample of fluid from your joint while you are having an attack.

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Other forms of arthritis!!

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Symptoms of arthritis, chronic arthritis

You might have some form of arthritis if you have:

Lasting joint pain,

Joint swelling,

Joint stiffness,

Tenderness or pain when touching a joint,

Problems using or moving a joint normally, or

Warmth and redness in a joint.

If any one of these symptoms lasts longer than 2 weeks, see your regular doctor or a rheumatologist. If you have a fever, feel physically ill, suddenly have a swollen joint, or have problems using your joint, see your doctor sooner. Your health care provider will ask questions about your symptoms and do a physical exam. He or she may take x rays or do lab tests before suggesting a treatment plan.

   

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Herbal & homeopathic remedies useful in arthritis, chronic arthritis

Arthritis treatment is specifically aimed at providing pain relief. It is important to discuss the medications with your physician as many of these agents have damaging side effects, especially when used long term as is the case in chronic conditions like arthritis.

More and more arthritis sufferers, particularly those with chronic conditions, are turning to natural and holistic treatments because conventional medicine has failed to produce the desired results. Natural arthritis pain relief can be obtained with treatments such as herbal and homeopathic remedies that are gentle and mild, yet effective and offer symptomatic relief. Ingredients such as Glucosamine can be used to provide natural arthritis pain relief and to repair cartilage and maintain joint mobility while Boswellia acts as a natural anti-inflammatory.

Clinical studies have proven the effectiveness of Devil's Claw in treating joint conditions like osteo-arthritis, fibrositis, rheumatism and small joint disease. Other useful herbs for natural arthritis pain relief like Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) can help to soothe the affected area, in a gentle manner without harsh side effects – helping with the recovery process. Cayenne can also be used in an infused oil to rub into arthritic joints for added relief.

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Herbal & Homeopathic remdies for Arthritis - Dandelion  or Taraxacum officinalis is a very rich source of vitamins and minerals, including Vitamins A, D, C, and B and iron, silicon, magnesium, zinc and manganese.

Harpagophytum procumbens ('Sengaparile,' 'Devil's Claw' or 'Duiwelsklou') is known for the claw-like shape of its fruit. For thousands of years, the Khoisan people of the Kalahari Desert (in Southern Africa) have used Devil's Claw to support healthy joints as well as for a digestive tonic. Clinical studies have demonstrated the effectiveness of Devil's Claw in supporting joint, cartilage and back (especially lower back) health. In a study by Brady et al, (1981), serum cholesterol and uric acid levels were shown to be reduced after treatment with Devil's Claw. Scientific studies have also indicated that it is also an effective immune system tonic.

Glucosamine is naturally manufactured in the body and scientists know that this simple substance is found in relatively high concentrations in the joints and connective tissues, where its function is to repair cartilage and maintain joint mobility. Although we know that the body can manufacture small amounts of glucosamine, this is not generally sufficient to sustain joint health, which makes supplementation very important. As a supplement, Glucosamine sulphate is derived from the shells of shellfish, crabs and oysters where it is found in high concentrations. Glucosamine is approved for the support of joint health in more than 70 countries around the world and has been the subject of many clinical studies which attest to its benefits. Because glucosamine is naturally occurring in the body it is generally very safe and well tolerated without side effects.

Boswellia serrata is an extract of resin from a tall tree found in India. Boswellia has been used for thousands of years in traditional Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine. Modern science has verified its excellent benefits for joint health. With regular use, blood supply to the joints is also maintained, keeping soft tissue nourished and viable. Recent research into Boswellia is at the forefront of developments in the field of natural joint health and studies suggest that this natural substance can help to support the health and integrity of cartilage in the joints.

Taraxacum officinalis (Dandelion) was commonly used in Native American medicine and is found in many parts of the world today. It contains bitter principles that have a tonic effect on the liver and digestive system. In recent studies, Taraxacum officinalis was shown to have an effect on the body weight of laboratory animals. It is also known to support liver and gall bladder functioning and may help to maintain healthy blood pressure within the normal range as well as natural fluid balance in the body.

Pelargonium reniforme is a medicinal plant known to generations of Khoi/San descendants and Xhosa traditional healers for its health-supporting properties. Also known as 'Umckaloabo', it is traditionally used for a range of therapeutic functions and is well known for its supportive capacity on liver functioning and as a digestive tonic. This species of pelargonium is indigenous to the Eastern Cape of South Africa and grows wild, sending out long bulbous roots deep into the ground. The active ingredients are found in the bitter tasting root of the plant. Recent studies have shown indicated this herb can be beneficial in supporting the body’s ability to maintain balance between various body systems.

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Enfūz - Joint Support

Enfūz Joint not only provides for a person's basic nutritional needs, but this program contains powerful ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, msm and Celadrin to support healthy joints and bones. It is especially for anyone who is interested in improving the overall health of their joints and bones.

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Dietary recommendations in arthritis, chronic arthritis

With the exception of several specific types of oils, there is no scientific evidence that any specific food or nutrient helps or harms people with any kind of arthritis. However, an overall nutritious diet with enough-but not an excess-of calories, protein, and calcium is important. It can also minimize your risk of developing other health problems.

It is usually recommended that you lose weight (to those who are overweight); limiting alcohol consumption; and avoiding or limiting high-purine foods, which can increase uric acid levels.

Drink plenty of nonalcoholic fluids, especially water. Nonalcoholic fluids help remove uric acid from the body. Alcohol, on the other hand, can raise the levels of uric acid in your blood.

Drinking ordinary black tea can help ward off an attack of gout, possibly due to flavones it contains, which inhibit xanthine oxidase, an enzyme that is involved in the synthesis of uric acid.

Avoid foods that are high in purines (especially, if you have gout) such as anchovies, asparagus, beef kidneys, brains, dried beans and peas, game meats, gravy, herring, liver, mackerel, mushrooms, sardines, scallops and sweetbreads.

Other foods to avoid include refined carbohydrates such as white flour; oats; yeasty foods such as beer and baked goods and vegetables like cauliflower and spinach.

There are reports of people with RA who experienced an improvement in their symptoms when they switched from a typical Western diet (high in animal protein and simple sugars) to a vegan diet with lots of uncooked berries, fruits, vegetables, nuts, roots, seeds, and sprouts. Vegan diets contain no animal products and obtain protein from vegetable sources.

Nutritional recommendations in arthritis - Some people may need to be careful about drinking alcoholic beverage because of the medications they take for rheumatoid arthritis

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Antioxidants appear to significantly ease oxidative stress and inflammation caused by free radicals and may slow the progression of OA. Free radicals can be produced in the joints and have been implicated in many degenerative changes in the aging body, including destruction of cartilage and connective tissue. Antioxidants appear to offset the damage caused by free radicals. Although further evidence is needed to substantiate these claims, studies of groups of people observed over time suggest that the following antioxidants may help reduce the symptoms of OA:

  • Vitamin A and beta-carotene

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin E

Foods rich in the above vitamins are-

    - Vitamin E: Cold-pressed vegetable oils, including olive, corn, safflower, soybean, cottonseed, and canola and products made from these oils, wheat germ, nuts (almonds, hazelnuts, and walnuts), dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale, egg yolks, seeds (Sunflower seeds), whole grains liver, corn-oil margarine, mayonnaise, greens (beet, collard, mustard, turnip), sweet potatoes, avocado, asparagus, yams.

    - Vitamin A: In the form of retinyl palmitate, is found in beef, calf, chicken liver; eggs, and fish liver oils, whole milk, whole milk yogurt, butter and cheese. Vitamin A can also be produced in the body from beta-carotene and other carotenoids (fat-soluble nutrients found in fruits and vegetables). Most dark-green leafy vegetables and deep yellow/orange vegetables and fruits (sweet potatoes, carrots, pumpkin and other winter squashes, cantaloupe, apricots, peaches, pink grapefruit, broccoli, spinach and mangoes) contain substantial amounts of beta-carotene.

    - Vitamin C: Since vitamin C is not produced by the body, it must be obtained from fruits and vegetables. Some rich sources of vitamin C are oranges, green peppers, watermelon, Rose Hips, papaya, parsley, grapefruit, cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwi, mango, broccoli, tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower, currants, cabbage, and citrus juices or juices fortified with Vitamin C. Raw and cooked leafy greens (turnip greens, spinach), red and green peppers, canned and fresh tomatoes, sweet and white potatoes, winter squash, Acerola Berries, raspberries, blueberries, cranberries and pineapple are also rich sources of Vitamin C. As vitamin C is sensitive to light, air, and heat, it is advised to eat fruits and vegetables raw, or minimally cooked in order to retain their full vitamin C content.

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Selenium: Selenium is found mainly in plants, and is most common in foods grown or raised in a selenium rich environment. Brazil nuts are the best source of selenium. Brewer's yeast and wheat germ, liver, butter, fish (mackeral, tuna, halibut, flounder, herring, smelts) and shellfish (oysters, scallops and lobster), garlic, whole grains and sunflower seeds are all good sources of selenium.

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Dos and don'ts and precautions in arthritis, chronic arthritis

Treating Arthritis

Each kind of arthritis is handled a little differently, but there are some common treatment choices. Rest, exercise, eating a healthy, well-balanced diet, and learning the right way to use and protect your joints is key to living with any kind of arthritis. The right shoes and a cane can help with pain in the feet, knees, and hips when walking. You can also find gadgets to help you open jars and bottles or to turn the door knobs in your house more easily. Along with exercise and weight control, there are other ways to ease the pain around joints. You might find comfort by applying heat or cold, soaking in a warm bath, or swimming in a heated pool. In addition, there are also medicines that can help with the pain and swelling. Acetaminophen can safely ease arthritis pain. Some NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), like ibuprofen and naproxen, are sold without prescription. Other NSAIDs must be prescribed by a doctor. But in 2005, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warned people about the possible side effects of some NSAIDs, both those sold with or without a prescription. You should read the warnings on the package or insert that comes with the drug. Talk to your doctor about if and how you should use acetaminophen or NSAIDs for your arthritis pain.

Some treatments are special for each type of arthritis

Osteoarthritis

    - Medicines can help you control OA pain.
    - Rest and exercise will make it easier for you to move your joints.
    - Keeping your weight down is a good idea.
    - If pain from OA in your knee is very bad, your doctor might give you shots in the joint. This can help you to move your knee and get about without pain.
    - Acupuncture & Yoga are extremely effective, especially Yoga. Recent studies suggest that Chinese acupuncture may ease OA pain in some people.

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Rheumatoid Arthritis

    - With treatment, the pain and swelling from RA will get better, and joint damage might slow down or stop. You may find it easier to move around, and you will just feel better. - In addition to pain and anti-inflammatory medicines, your doctor might suggest anti-rheumatic drugs, called DMARDs (disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs). These can slow damage from the disease.

unproven remedies for arthritis - Many people with arthritis try remedies that have not been tested or proven helpful. Some of these, such as snake venom, are harmful. Others, such as copper bracelets, are harmless, but also unproven. You can you tell that a remedy may be unproven if the scientific support comes from only one research study or the label has no directions for use or warning about side effects.

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Gout

    - If you have had an attack of gout, talk to your doctor to learn why you had the attack and how to prevent future attacks. The most common treatment for an acute attack of gout uses NSAIDs or corticosteroids like prednisone. This reduces swelling, so you may start to feel better within a few hours after treatment.
    - The attack usually goes away fully within a few days. If you have had several attacks, your doctor can prescribe medicines to prevent future ones.

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Exercise Can Help

Along with taking the right medicine and properly resting your joints, exercise is a good way to stay fit, keep muscles strong, and control arthritis symptoms. Daily exercise, such as walking or swimming, helps keep joints moving, lessens pain, and makes muscles around the joints stronger.

Three types of exercise are best if you have arthritis:

    - Range-of-motion exercises, like dancing, relieve stiffness, keep you flexible, and help you keep moving your joints.
    - Strengthening exercises, such as weight training, will keep or add to muscle strength. Strong muscles support   and protect your joints.
    - Aerobic or endurance exercises, like bicycle riding, make your heart and arteries healthier, help prevent weight   gain, and improve the overall working of your body. Aerobic exercise also may lessen swelling in some joints.

 

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Herbal & homeopathic products recommended for arthritis, chronic arthritis

 

Enfūz - Joint Support

Enfūz Joint not only provides for a person's basic nutritional needs, but this program contains powerful ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin, msm and Celadrin to support healthy joints and bones. It is especially for anyone who is interested in improving the overall health of their joints and bones.

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