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Arthritis Symptoms And Treatments

If you have arthritis, or know someone who does, you know how painful and debilitating the disease can be. The best way to deal with arthritis varies depending on how bad the disease is, where it hurts and how much of an impact it has on your daily life.

Pains in your joints should not be ignored and if you have been experiencing these pains for longer than a few days, don’t ignore them. Your doctor will ask you some questions that will give him more information about the problem. Some questions to be prepared for are how long you have been experiencing the pain, how did it start and what kinds of activities seems to make it worse. Other clues to the problem are what kinds of things makes the pain feel better. For example, you may feel better after a nights sleep.

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Healthy Foods Can Help Avoid Arthritis

The human body has a normal way of coping with the pains it experience. Pains caused by viruses, infections, tissue degeneration, arthritis, among others can be naturally overcome by the body’s natural defenses. However, it is necessary to maintain a healthy body to help it cope up with whatever it may experience. Eating the right kind of foods, at proper intervals, and in moderation is one of the best ways to keep the body healthy.

The major complaint by people on arthritis is pain. Arthritis is involving the damage of the joints in the body. It is an inflammation in joint of people who have this disease. It can be muscle strain due to forceful movement against stiff and over fatigue.

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Reishi Extract And Joint Inflammation

The use of Reishi as an herbal remedy dates back longer than any other medicinal mushroom in historic literature. The first written record can be found in Shen Nong’s Herbal Classic, dating back two thousand years. Reishi (a.k.a. Ganoderma or Ling Zhi) is often considered a panacea ” cure-all ” in Traditional Chinese Medicine. While it may not be literally accurate to refer to Reishi as a cure-all, the fact that it appears to act as an inflammation modulator may be one of many reasons for its age-old veneration in the Orient.

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Supple Beverage Review

Supple Drink is an American beverage that is advertised quite heavily on TV. It is advertised as a joint pain relief drink and is best used as part of a balanced diet and healthy lifestyle. With the search for arthritis relief being common place there are many products out in the market that claim to take away all your joint relief.

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Banish Osteoarthrits Pain with Frankincense

The Natural Health Remedy Frankincense has been shown to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis sufferers in as little a seven days. Researchers gave an enriched extract of the Indian herb Boswelia Serrata, known also as Frankincense, to 70 men and women with osteoarthritis of the knee for 90 days. Pain and stiffness were improved by up to two thirds according to the published report.

The herbal remedy is free of the severe side effects such as gastric irritation and ulceration that are normally associated with long term use of pain killers and anti-inflammatory drugs that are often prescribed for the treatment of arthritis.

This comes as no surprise to Ayurvedic doctors as Indian Frankincense has been used as a herbal remedy in traditional Indian Medicine for the treatment of inflammatory condition such as arthritis, asthma and colitis for thousands of years.

But this was the first time that researchers had used an extract of the herb that was enriched with a type of Boswellic acid that is thought to be the most active part of the plant.

The use of this gummy resin substance extracted from the native Indian Boswellia tree is not new to practitioners of Alternative Medicine as it is often included in natural health remedies for arthritis. Boswellic Acids have proven anti-inflammatory effects and the remedies containing it have been used for a variety of inflammatory conditions.

Although it was generally believed that osteoarthritis did not involve much inflammation the blood tests on the participants of the study showed that it blocked enzymes that are involved in the production of leukotrienes which contribute to inflammation.

An additional benefit is that the extract, 5-Loxin, can inhibit the enzymes that break down cartilage and collagen in the joint that causes the pain. Boswellia has also been found to improve blood supply to the joints.

All natural Health remedies work better if the person also adopts certain diet and lifestyle changes. For example certain foods can contribute to inflammation and others can have anti-inflammatory effects.

Avoid these foods that promote inflammation:

  • Red meats from corn-fed, antibiotic/hormone laden animals
  • Saturated fats such as lard and meat fats
  • Fried foods
  • Partially hydrogenated (trans fats) found in margarines, chips, candies, cereals and baked goods
  • Cooking oils that are exclusively corn, safflower, sunflower or soy based
  • Soft drinks (both high sugar and diet varieties)

Concentrate on these foods:

  • Include a colorful variety of fruits & vegetables
  • Wild seafood or organic farmed fish (much fish is high in mercury and other toxins)
  • Lean poultry, pulses
  • Wholegrains and seeds such as amaranth and quinoa
  • Walnuts, flax seeds, pumpkin seeds
  • Virgin Olive is a source of oleic acid, another anti-inflammatory
  • Use natural anti-oxidant herbs and spices such as turmeric, ginger, garlic, oregano
  • Drink plenty of pure water, fresh fruit and vegetable juices, herbal teas and green tea.

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Acupuncture & Rheumatoid Arthritis

Acupuncture treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis is now becoming more prevalent but having your skin poked with a series of long needles doesn’t exactly sound like ideal comfort, especially when you are already living with arthritis, a rheumatoid disease characterized by it’s trademark stiffness and pain.

The ancient Chinese would beg to differ. An estimated fifteen million Americans have tried the ancient Chinese needle therapy known as acupuncture. Around the Asian continent, acupuncture has been used for generations to alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain like arthritis.

How does Acupuncture for Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis work?

Bigwigs of Western medicine aren’t exactly sure just how acupuncture works to fight Rheumatoid Arthritis and similar diseases, but the skilled acupuncturists who administer the therapy have an idea or two. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine philosophy, pain is the result of a blockage of one of life’s essential energies called “chi” or “qi”. Stimulating certain points will put the flow of chi back in balance again, thus alleviating chronic pain in the process.

Treatment has been shown to cause the brain to release endorphins and encephalins (natural pain killers), boost the immune system and calm the nervous system. A 1999 study even found evidence that acupuncture works as a natural remedy to improve sleep.

During acupuncture therapy, very thin needles are inserted into precise points in the skin known as acupoints. Studies demonstrate that some of the designated acupoints are actually connected to sensitive bio-trigger points rich in nerve endings. And further studies show that tinkering around with those triggers can cause a host of biological responses. One of the many responses being the chemical release of endorphins, natural painkillers and nature’s answer to Advil, Tylenol and Motrin.

In addition to being poked and prodded, acupoints also react to magnets, currents of electricity, acupressure (hand pressure), lasers and even bee stings. Acupuncture practitioners often administer their natural health remedy herbs along with some advice on making lifestyle changes at the conclusion of a session.

Natural Remedies for Arthritis

If you don’t fancy the needles then you might want to hear how Nancy MacGranahan cured herself of crippling arthritis in one month, without any of the harsh prescription drugs, over-the-counter products, or strict diets, and changed her life forever.

She will show you the fast and easy way to get rid of your inflammation, stiffness, and pain, whatever the type of arthritis. Her natural methods will help you whether you have osteoarthritis, gout, rheumatoid arthritis, or just joint pain so you too can increase your energy again and get out
there to LIVE your life…without the restrictions dealing with arthritis.

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Reduce Pain of Osteoarthritis with Pine Bark Extract

A natural remedy of Pine Bark extract can reduce the pain of osteoarthritis. Some new research showed that Pycnogenal, well researched pine bark extract, reduced knee pain by 56%. The pine bark extract which has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties allowed sufferers to reduce their pain medication quite dramatically.

The patients received 100 mg of Pynogenol daily for 3 months and had much less stiffness and were able to walk further without pain. The reduction of the anti-inflammatory medication could greatly reduce the side effects caused by this type of pain relief.

Osteoarthritis is a type of arthritis that is caused by inflammation and degeneration of the protein substance called cartilage that acts as a cushion between the bones of joints. The loss of cartilage causes pain, and stiffness and limitation of movement in the joint as friction occurs between the bones.

Wear and tear from mechanical stress, excess weight on the bones and aging can cause the degeneration but as it is sometimes found in families a hereditary factor could be involved as well.

Osteoarthritis effects about 7 million people in the UK and more than 16 million in the USA with 10 million suffering with osteoarthritis of the knee.

It is often treated with non steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs which is associated with a number of side effects. A newer type of anti-inflammatory, known as COX-2 inhibitor, also has serious side effects as it blocks the enzyme that creates protective fatty acids in the body.

Pycnogenol that is extracted from French maritime pine tree bark, is a welcome natural remedy that been used for centuries which can calm down inflammation without side effects.

Other natural remedies such as Glucosamine and Chondroitin in doses of 1200-1500 mg daily can then be used to help repair the cartilage. They are often combined with other natural substances like MSM and boswelia. Studies have also shown that supplements of Omega 3 can also reduce inflammation.

Natural remedies work better when combined with a healthy diet and lifestyle. Exercise is important to improve circulation to the joint although one of the effects of pine bark extract is to dilate (widen) blood vessels which helps with circulation.

Nutritional approaches include:

  • A diet high in fruit and vegetables to supply antioxidants and repairing nutrients.
  • Identification and avoidance of food sensitivities.
  • Removal of nightshade family (tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant (aubergine), tobacco) as they can inhibit repair of the cartilage.
  • Avoidance of saturated, trans fats and hydrogenated fats found in many processed foods.
  • Reduction of refined carbohydrates and sugar.
  • Weight loss.

Nancy MacGranahan who suffered with arthritis for 19 years found freedom of pain, stiffness and inflammation after trying a natural program for just 1 month. Her eBook “Arthritis Free For Life” gives clear, concise, and easy to follow step-by-step directions so you can be free too. To read more about it Click Here!

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