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Naturopathy for Arthritis


Degeneration of joint leads to a condition called Arthritis; it is accompanied with joint pain. Osteoarthritis is the most common type of Arthritis and may be due to poor diet, infections, trauma and overuse of joints. This progressive disorder occurs due to degeneration of hyaline cartilage which allows movement of joints. This condition occurs in both men and women, and occurs naturally as we age. Changes in joints may happen to individuals when they are still in their 20s/30s, and symptoms may become frequent by their 50s/60s.

Arthritis Symptoms: Swelling, Pain, noise from joints upon movement, morning stiffness, restricted mobility.

Arthritis affected Parts: Shoulders, fingers, knees, spine and hips. Arthritis is commonly asymmetrical - it affects joints only on one side.   

Nutrition for Arthritis: Good nutrition helps in repairing damaged tissues. Eliminating food from the nightshade family which includes eggplant, tomatoes, peppers and tobacco, may also be beneficial. These food items contain alkaloids that may increase inflammation and interfere with joint repair. Excessive weight puts pressure on joints therefore losing weight is beneficial in condition of Arthiritis. Consumption of celery, kale, artichoke, turnip greens,lettuce, mustard greens, black mission figs, millet, barley, almonds, cherries, pineapple, blackberries, black currants, limes, olive oil, and gelatin may be beneficial.

Foods to avoid in Arthritis: Lowering consumption of sugar, junk food, dairy products, caffeine, refined foods, rhubarb, fried foods, spinach, asparagus, and the nightshade family may help in condition of Arthritis.
Recognizing diet sensitivities and eliminating food sensitivities from diet helps.

Drink sufficient water: Consuming atleast 1/2 ounce water per pound of body weight is recommended in condition of arthritis.
 
Alfalfa (Medicago saliva) for Arthritis: Tea made of Alfa alfa seeds helps to alkalize residues of food in the body, this helps in condition of Arthritis. Consuming six to seven cupfuls of Alfa Alfa tea everyday for aleast two weeks is recommended.
 
Celery for Arthritis: Celery is rich in organic sodium which helps in keeping lime and magnesia in solution form and hence relieves joint deposits. Celery should be consumed in form of fresh juice extracted from its leaves and stem.
 
Herbs for Osteoarthritis: Black Cohosh, Burdock, Chaparral, Devil's Claw (Harpagophytum procumbens), Juniper, Yucca are used for treatment of Osteoarthritis. Black Cohosh, Chaparral, Devil's Claw and Yucca have anti-inflammatory properties. Please note that Juniper may cause kidney irritation. It must not be used continuously for more than 6 weeks.
 


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