Natural Pain Remedies # 1 covered headaches. This time we have a simple daily approach to controlling pain in arthritis and preventing further joint damage. If it’s hot, cool it. We will cover easily available homeopathic medicines and neem a miracle herb from India.
Inflammatory arthritis responds to ice. Harmful OTC (overthecounter) drugs like aspirin, Advil and other ibuprofen, and acetaminophen (Tylenol) are anti-inflammatory. The pain that they treat may respond to ice. Don’t place an ice pack on your heart, over the kidneys (on the back around your waist) or around the sexual area because that can cause cramps or other unpleasant side-effects. Besides arthritis usually attacks the big joints knees, lumbar vertebrae in the lower back, ankles, elbow, and fingers or toes. Not internal organs.
If joint pain is worse with anger, hot spicy foods, hot weather, dehydration (joints and muscles need lots of water) then applying ice may bring temporary relief. Use an ice pack for no more than 20 minutes at a time.
To soothe inflammatory pain, you need to adjust your diet to include more greens and alkaline foods. Avoid coffee, sugar, cola drinks, sweets and candy, hot spices and alcohol to stay alkaline.
The broccoli cure, recommended by Dr. Saracoglu, described in my article “Protect your prostate” on this website works quickly and effectively to detoxify the blood and reduce excess acids that underlie joint, muscle, and nerve pains. Boil a handful of broccoli for 10 minutes in at least 2 cups of water and drink half first thing in the morning and the rest before bed. Add no spice and do not eat for at least 20 minutes after drinking the broccoli water. It will clear complexion blemishes, aches, bad moods, and constipation. It is also highly recommended for preventing and treating urinary and sexual discomforts.
Walking is one of the best exercises. Swimming is the best. During the day, stand on one bare foot for a moment, breathe calmly then switch to the other bare foot. Standing quietly barefoot, your leg may wobble, a sign of muscle weakness. That sends a message to the brain to improve your week leg muscles.
It is wise to first stretch and warm up a painful area. After a workout or a walk, you might apply a warm heating pad or tiger balm to improve circulation. Then apply the ice. Then switch back to warmth. That change in temperature brings blood circulation to stiff muscles and troubled joints. Or switch back and forth from a hot tub to cool swimming pool.
Homeopathic remedies that treat acute inflammation that feels like a sting, or swollen joints that are red and mean, include:
• Homeopathic apis mel. 30C that’s homeopathic honey bee. Its easier to take one dose (3 pills of homeopathic apis 30C) than to bother a bee. Bee stings are unpredictable, though many people value bee venom as a treatment against chronic arthritis. People in cities lack bees. Apis improves any sharp pain that is red, irritated, swollen and acts like a bee sting. It improves gout symptoms (red, swollen, very painful big toe sometimes up to the ankle, insomnia and irritability from pain) but does not eliminate its cause.
• Homeopathic nat. phos. 6X and 30C for respectively chronic and acute excess acid symptoms is also recommended for gout, which can develop when the kidney cannot adequately eliminate uric acid. Nat. phos. 6x or 30C, a treatment for excess acid which underlies any sort of excess acid ** gout and many cases of arthritis.
If you could find a tree that eliminates poisons, skin rashes, and parasites, kills viruses and reduces inflammatory arthritis pains, you would say it’s a miracle. It is Neem or the Margosa tree a botanical cousin of mahogany. The latinized name Azadirachta indica from persian means India’s free tree. Neem grows wild in India and anywhere in the tropics (even southern Florida.) I once walked through a neem forest in a Manhattan loft lit with grow lights. Some neem trees live to be 150 – 200 years old. Universities from Bangalore to Baltimore are validating ancient traditions with research on neem for disorders ranging from arthritis and diabetes to psoriasis, ulcers and viruses, including AIDS. Neem enhances the “Killer T” cells that are the body’s first defense against infection.
The earliest Sanskrit medical writings describe the benefits of neem’s fruits, seeds, oil, leaves, roots and bark used in the Indian Ayurvedic and Unani (Graeco Arabic) Medicines. Neem bark is cool, bitter, astringent, acrid and refrigerant and is useful for fatigue, cough, fever, loss of appetite, and worm infestation. Neem powder heals wounds when applied externally. Taken internally, neem reduces skin diseases, excessive thirst, and diabetes. Neem leaves are beneficial for eye disorders and insect poisons. It’s fruits are a bitter purgative for reducing hemorrhoids and expelling worms. In India, neem has been used for boils, wounds, jaundice, leprosy, skin disorders, stomach ulcers, chicken pox, septic sores, and infected burns. You can apply a poultice (the powder mixed with water) or a decoction (the powder boiled in water) for boils and eczema. Neem oil is used for scrofula and ringworm.
In Ayurvedic medicine neem is used to treat malarial fevers. Recent experiments have shown that one of the neem’s components, gedunin (a limonoid), is as effective as quinine against malaria.China has adopted neem for its anti-malaria operation. Neem oil treated mosquito nets and mosquito-repellent are also popular in India. In the United States you may find botanists and home gardeners who use neem spray as a natural safe for humans and pets insecticide.
Neem and Arthritis:
Neem is widely used for treating fevers. Neem has a long history of relieving inflamed joints and now is supported by recent scientific studies. Most anti inflammatories, such as aspirin and ibuprofen, irritate the stomach and may be the major cause for upper GI bleeding. Neem is comparably effective, anti inflammatory and does not adversely affect the stomach. The active constituents in its leaves relieve pain by acting on the prostaglandin mechanism.
Several studies of neem leaf extracts show that it reduces inflammation. One suggested that the phenolic compounds containing catechin (which possess anti inflammatory properties) may produce the anti-inflammatory effects. Another investigation found that quercetin, an antibacterial compound, exists in neem leaves. Other studies have shown that the polysaccharides in neem reduce the inflammation and swelling that occur in arthritis. Not only does neem help reduce inflammation; it also has pain suppressing properties. Neem can also help create a balance in the immune system, directly affecting the progression of arthritis. For more information on neem see www.neemfoundation.org located in Mumbai, India. Tel: + 91 22 26206367 / 26207867 / 26231709.
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