Do You Suffer With Arthritis...Try These
Are you one of the nearly 4o million Americans who suffer from arthritis? If so, there is help. Many people feel they have to live with the pain and difficulties of this disease with minimal help from drugs. This is not true. According to the Arthritis Foundation and "ARTHRITIS- The Alternative Medicine Definitive Guide" there is help.
Arthritis is a general term used to describe a grouping of health conditions which manifest symptoms of pain and stiffness, causing a decrease in function of normal everyday activities. There are several forms of arthritis that can be diagnosed; osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis (autoimmune involvement), gout, psoriatic arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, fibromyalgia and infectious arthritis like Lyme's disease. The medical world likes to assign patients to a certian catagory of arthritis depending on symptoms. However, many patients have a set of symptoms that overlap no matter which catagory of arthritis they are diagnosed with. So I would like to look at the overlapping symptoms and some possible ways to treat these sympotms. In my two previous posts I discussed toxicity, how it is on the rise, and how it is effecting us. Toxic waste products in the body are a large contributor to arthritis. On the website www.naturalnurse.com they do a great job of going into detail on this subject. I would like to give you an abbreviated overview. In Traditional Chinese Medicine toxicity is referred to as phlegm, while in the Ayurvedic system from India, it is called AMA. Both phlegm and AMA are equated to our modern world's concept of toxicity such as allergens and toxin from environmental sources which lead to the creation of what is known as circulating immune complexes or CIC's. In many forms of arthritis, pain and inflammation are caused by an overabundance of the CIC's. These CIC's are formed in the body when larger than normal molecules escape through the gastrointestinal tract due to decreased integrity of the lining. Other antigens can be introduced into the body via environmental pollutants using other mechanisms. These molecules are not suppose to be in our body therefore, the body recognizes them as invaders and sets up an immune response of antibodies to team up with the antigen forming a CIC. In a healthy person these would be rounded up and dealt with, but in some individuals they accumulate and begin working overtime burdening the elimination organs (primarily the liver and kidney) . These organs, being fatigued from overuse, shunt the CICs to the connective tissues of the body, including the joints. That is when pain, inflammation and stiffness set up housekeeping. Also, at this point it is very difficult for the body to differentiate between CICs and healthy connective and joint tissues. Therefore the body begins to break down even its healthy connective tissue, then the disease begins the characteristics of an autoimmune disease. Alternative non-toxic herbs and lifestyle changes can make a significant difference, assisting the organs of detoxification and elimination to remove these toxins and to stay toned and healthy in the process. These herbs can be combined with practices of lymphatic drainage, cleansing, diet, colon hydrotherapy, saunas, and homeopathic medicine. Herbs including Milk Thistle is good for decreasing inflammation, Dandelion and Burdock, used for liver support have all three been collaborated in modern medicine studies and are extremely beneficial to the body. Sulfur containing supplements such as MSM, SAMe, and the amino acids cycteine, methionine, glutathione and taurine support the enzymes needed for the liver to handle the high levels of toxins. Once the toxic load has been sufficiently decreased the bodies energy can then be used to heal versus used for crisis management. Most people suffering from auto immune diseases have leaky gut syndrome. The non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents (NSAIDS) often taken for pain, contribute to the leaky gut by worsening the integrity of the lining of the intestines. Alternative herbs used here would be soothing herbs like marshmallow root, okra and L-glutamine, an amino acid which re-establishes the integrity and helps re-grow the villi that has been destroyed. Gingko Biloba, acts to increase circulation to the small capillaries of the GI tract. It also acts as an antioxidant which can help strengthen the intestinal wall. The proliferation of unfriendly bacteria are not widely accepted by modern medicine as a contributing factor in arthritis. However, studies show that the majority of arthritis suffers tested had a significant count of these unfriendly bacteria. Therefore, treating this symptom has often helped pain and inflammation suffers to significantly reduce these symptoms. Barbery Rootcontains berberine which helps the liver filter out bacteria and can inhibit the growth of streptococci and other microorganisms. It has also been known to kill parasites and tonify the intestinal tract. Citrus Seed Extractcontains flavonoids which help to heal irritations to the lining of the intestine and fights against microorganism growth. Black Walnut Hulls is a time honored destroyer of worms. It also kills off parasites. Poor circulation traps stagnant intracellular fluids in the joints and decreases the bodies ability to get nutrients to them. This is were lymphatic massage or a far-infrared sauna will be very helpful.....especially during the detoxing period. When using herbs and natural medicine to correct the cause of the illness versus simply treating the symptoms, it takes time. However, pain management needs to be addressed NOW so that you can participate in the natural medicine and lifestyle changes. Jamaican Dogwood has been used historically as one of the most effective pain relievers. In the Amazon and the Jamaican rain forests, the curanderos or healers, use this plant to treat migraines, joint pain, sprains, pain from broken bones and muscular aches and pains. Also, in Traditional Chinese Medicine, Yan Hu Suo(Corydalis ambigua) has been used for thousands of years for its powerful pain relief qualities. Also check out The Arthritis Foundations website for more information on alternative treatments such as acupuncture and meditation and how it is being used for treatment of arthritic symptoms. You don't have to live in pain. You don't have to struggle to get out of bed, or walk. There is hope. Let us or any other qualified herbal medicine person help you get back to living. It can be done.