The word ‘arthritis’ means ‘inflammation of the joints’. It is, generally, a chronic disease process.
Mostly arthritis occurs as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease which usually occurs in the older age-group.
Rheumatoid arthritis is a serious disease which affects not only the joints of the fingers, wrists, hips, knees and feet, but also the muscles, tendons and other tissues of the body.
Causes and Symptoms
The main symptoms of osteoarthritis are pain and stiffness in the joints. The pain usually increases after movement. It usually develops gradually over several months, with persistent pain and stiffness in one or more joints. Ultimately the whole body is affected.
Given below are a few ayurvedic herbal and home remedies for Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid arthritis.
Potato Juice : The method of preparing potato juice is to cut a medium-sized potato into thin slices, without peeling the skin, and place the slices overnight in a large glass filled with cold water. The water should be drunk in the morning on an empty stomach. Fresh juice can also be extracted from potatoes. A medium-sized potato should be diluted with a cup of water and drunk first thing in the morning.
Other Raw Juices : One cup of green juice, extracted from any green leafy vegetable, mixed in equal proportions with carrot, celery and red beet juices is good for arthritis. The alkaline action of raw juices dissolves the accumulation of deposits around the joints and in other tissues. A cup of fresh pineapple juice is also valuable, as the enzyme bromelain in fresh pineapple juice reduces swelling and inflammation in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Garlic : Garlic is another effective remedy for arthritis. It contains an anti-inflammatory property which accounts for its effectiveness in the treatment of this disease. Garlic may be taken raw or cooked according to individual preference.
Castor oil : Treatment with castor oil has been found beneficial in arthritis. The procedure, as prescribed by a Spanish doctor, is to boil two tablespoons of castor oil over a stove burner. The oil should then be poured into a glass of fresh orange juice and taken before breakfast daily till the disease is cured. This treatment is believed to have been adopted by an American doctor, called Dr. Taylor, in 1990. He advised his patients to take it for three weeks, wait for another three weeks and then repeat it again for another three weeks. It is, however, essential that the patient must take an alkaline diet while adopting this mode of treatment; otherwise the value of the treatment will be lost.
Dietary Considerations : The diet of an arthritis patient should be planned so as to produce alkalinity in the blood. It should include fruits and vegetables in the form of salads, and, at least, two cooked vegetables. In server cases, it would be advisable to put the patient on raw vegetables juice therapy three times a day, for about a week. Repeated juice fasts are recommended at intervals of every two months.
Some more herbal remedies for external use.
Juice of Nochi leaves (Vitex Negundo) applied externally on affected parts brings down pain considerably.
Grind omam using water and make it into a thick paste. Heat the paste and then apply a thick layer of the warm paste on affected parts before going to bed.
Pour one teaspoon of onion juice in mustard oil two teaspoons and apply on the affected parts.
Mix camphor in pudhina (mint) juice and apply on affected parts.
Make a paste of dried ginger (chukku) and heat it. Apply the warm paste on affected parts.
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