Herbal Supplements
Arthritis and Herbal Remedies

General

The second leading cause of people’s work disability is nothing else but arthritis (after the heart disease, being the first). And as the consequence – economy loses millions of dollars. But our concern is not an economy, but the arthritis itself and possible ways to handle this disease.

Arthritis is the condition caused by the damaged body joints, most frequently affecting thumb, finger, knee, foot, hip, neck, back or shoulders. There are various subtypes of the arthritis, depending on the symptom and causes. The most common are rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and gouty arthritis.

Symptoms

Symptoms also vary within subtype, but most common arthritis feature is pain. Patients also experience stiffness and swelling of joint cartilage, inflammation, warmth and redness of overlying skin, and limited range of motion.

Causes

The cause of arthritis is still unknown to the modern medicine. It is assumed that disease is triggered by the combination of factors in the body and the environment. Moreover, gender can be also a disease defining factor – women experience it 2-3 times more often than men. Arthritis is an autoimmune disease. It is connected with the condition when human body attacks itself. Abnormal immune system response is the case when the system mistakes the body’s healthy tissue for a foreign invader and attacks it.

Medical Approaches

Traditional medicine, however, found the ways to treat arthritis. Options depend on the type of the disease the patient experiences. Traditionally, physical and occupational therapy together medications targeted on the fighting the symptoms caused by disease are used. Arthroplasty is the last resort option when there is the need of joint replacement. It is generally truly effective which is proved by the fact that 90% of patients remain satisfied.

Homeopathy is often prescribed to the patients with rheumatoid arthritis. This kind of treatment is based on the principle “like cures like”, when the small doses of the substances that would cause disease symptoms (in larger doses) are used to produce a remedy effect.

Alternative Approaches

So what does the herbal medicine have to suggest? For the arthritis pain angelica, ginger and boswellia are claimed to be beneficial. These botanicals are widely used in European and Ayurveda medicine for treating the inflammatory conditions.

The varieties of angelica (also known as dong quai) contain ten antispasmodic (muscle relaxant) constituents, 12 anti-inflammatory constituents, and five anodyne (pain-relieving) ones.

Ginger compress and ginger teas are widely known uses of arthritis treatment. The potential effectiveness of ginger is advanced by the fact that its use during the years doesn’t result in any obvious side effects.

Boswellia’s anti-inflammatory action is similar to that of conventional non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. The herb usage is more beneficial, since it doesn’t produce the irritation or ulceration of the stomach.

Some other commonly used herbs known to treat arthritis are alfalfa, feverfew, hop plant, oregano, rosemary , sesame seeds and curcumin.

 

Testimonials
Diane
2010-10-16 08:58:48
How much tumeric do you recommend taking? In capsule form or in food?
shirl82@msn.com
2007-04-15 16:28:47
My main herb is Turmeric- for pain and Arthritis , since 2002 I've taken both and have NO Pain or anti-inflammatory problems anymore.. My heart DR. started me on Hawthrone berry also. These Herbs are wonderful.
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