While arthritis is typically an ailment senior citizens experience, younger people may also experience arthritis because really this is a deterioration in the tissue, either due to inflammation, disease, or repetitive trauma to that joint.
There are many different types of arthritis. Senior citizens commonly experience rheumatoid or osteoarthritis, but did you know that aggressive chiropractic adjustments can cause arthritis as well? Especially in the hips area. Constant aggressive manipulations to the hips or any part of the body can cause rubbing of the bones which leads to wear and tear and that can lead to inflammation which in turn eventually leads to arthritis.
Calcium and Vitamin D Treatment of Arthritis
Arthritis can cause a constant aching and especially during the colder winter months. Wobenzym is absolutely amazing at treating inflammation. So if you are experiencing achy joints, first you need to take care of the inflammation before healing can begin. Wobenzym is a natural, plant based enzyme supplement that works to reduce the inflammation and help support the muscles in that area. Authentic (because there are knock-offs) Douglas Labs Wobenzym can get expensive. The cheapest place I’ve found for this product is at Healthy Plant Canada. I recommend buying this product from them. A lot of people are on drugs for their arthritis, but I encourage that you can go without. Along with the Wobenzym, you should up your Calcium intake (750 mg) and Vitamin D (six capsules a day).
As I noted above, arthritis is an erosion of the bones. This erosion causes the inflammation in the body. The weakening of the bone aggravates the condition or makes it more painful.
Here are two Herbal Treatments for Arthritis:
Comfrey Treatment of Arthritis
- Comfrey Poultice – Comfrey is an herb, more commonly used in cold remedies as a tea. To make a poultice from this herb, you will need to grind up several leaves very fine, spread this mixture on a cloth adding water if it seems to dry and bind it around the area with arthritis covering with plastic if need be. Tape this all together and let sit overnight. In the morning, take it off and repeat this for at least two weeks or more till the pain is gone. You shouldn’t have to do this again after two weeks but apply as often as needed.
Starwest Botanicals Inc. sells excellent quality, organic Comfrey.
Alfalfa Treatment of Arthritis
- Now, this treatment is made with the seed, not the leaves.
- Use 1 oz alfalfa seed (untreated) with 1 1/4 pints of hot water. You don’t want this boiling, but hot enough to cook. Use an enamel or glass pan, and not metal.
- Cook with the lid on for 1 and a half hours.
- After cooking, strain and squeeze, pressing the seeds dry.
- Cool and refrigerate as soon as possible.
- You can add honey to taste, although I prefer no honey in my tea.
- To use daily, you just mix a strong base of tea with half water (or to taste) for hot or cold tea.
- Drink four or five glasses a day for at least two weeks to start to feel relief.
“Alfalfa seeds can provide a broad spectrum of nutrition with a vast array of vitamins and minerals…. Alfalfa is an herb rich in chlorophyll, which helps to purify the blood and eliminate uric acid. This can help relieve joint pain. Folk medicine gives high regard to this herb in cases of arthritis, rheumatism and other inflammation. Dr. Gary Null also includes alfalfa in his herbal recommendations for easing arthritis.” – Livestrong
Keep in mind the following caution when consuming this tea….
“Alfalfa tea made from leaves is most likely safe, but tea made from the seeds may cause harm if taken for a long period of time. Consult your doctor before taking alfalfa tea if you have an autoimmune disease, are pregnant or breast-feeding, have had a kidney transplant, have a hormone-sensitive condition or have diabetes. Do not take alfalfa tea if you are taking blood thinners such as products containing warfarin. Talk to your doctor about taking alfalfa tea if you are taking other medications or supplements.” – Livestrong
Starwest Botanicals Inc. sells premium, organic alfalfa seeds.
Including Vitamin C in the diet and removing certain foods helps as well.
- Vitamin C Treatment of Arthritis – 3,000 mg of Vitamin C daily (I’ve heard of this being really good for those with rheumatoid arthritis)
Not all Vitamin C supplements are the same and I would recommend avoiding anything that is synthetic and not naturally derived from a plant source. If you are going to take a Vitamin C supplement, I highly recommend Pure Synergy Pure Radiance Wholefood Vitamin C. It is wildcrafted from berries and provides a great source of Vitamin C. Now you’ll have to take quite a bit of these to achieve 3,000 mg a day (1 capsule is 120 mg), but you’ll find that with most Vitamin C products you buy. Unlike some other vitamins, you can’t take “too much” or overdose on Vitamin C. Your body will simply eliminate any extra Vitamin C taken in that is not absorbed.
Can’t afford a Vitamin C supplement? Load up on organic fresh fruits such as bananas, kiwis, oranges, and grapefruit! All excellent sources for Vitamin C.
Additional Causes for Arthritis
Environmental Sensitivity – Some scientists believe that arthritis may be caused by special sensitivity to the environment which is why I think most older people migrate to warmer areas during winter months. But this may include, not only the temperatures at which you are exposed to, but the food you eat, the chemicals you’re exposed to, and/or drugs you may have been taking.
Food Sensitivity – Some people have relieved their arthritis pain by simply removing foods from their diet. This would include sugar, bread, citrus fruits, etc. You can experiment on your own with a food journal, but this search can also be facilitated by a nutritionist or allergist.
Years and years ago, a scientist by the name of Dr. Norman Childers, came up with a theory that symptoms of arthritis could be helped by eliminating all food members of the nightshade family. Whether this is true or not, I’m unsure. Keep in mind, with elimination diets this must be done for at least a month at a time and maybe longer to achieve results.
On a final note, when buying vitamins, please don’t go cheap! Make sure you are buying a vitamin product that is not synthesized, but rather taken from a whole food or plant source. These are much better for you.
I hope one of these treatments work for you. If you try one of the treatments I’ve presented, please let me know your experience – I’d love to hear them!