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					How To Treat Arthritis Naturally

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Information about treating arthritis naturally, without drugs.


Keywords:
arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, joint pain, DJD,
degenerative joint disease


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There are three common types of arthritis. They include osteoarthritis
(the most common), affecting around 16 million Americans with an average
age of 45. Osteoarthritis, also known as degenerative joint disease
(DJD), usually attacks weight-bearing joints like the knees, hips, and
ankles. It is also frequently found in the fingers, neck and back. Each
of our joints is cushioned by cartilage. Osteoarthritis attacks that
cartilage and gradually wears it down.

Another type of arthritis is known as rheumatoid arthritis. Extremely
painful and inflammatory, it strikes the lining of the joints and leads
to severe joint destruction. It attacks millions Americans, many in their
younger years.

Psoriatic arthritis is not as well known as the previous two, but
actually eats away at the joints and can also manifest as psoriasis
lesions on the skin.

The term arthritis literally translates to "joint inflammation." If you
suffer from any of the different types of arthritis listed above, chances
are you have taken drugs (either prescription or over-the-counter) to
combat the pain, or tried alternative or "home" remedies.

If you haven't yet tried "urtication," it may offer some help. The term
"urtication" comes from the botanical name, Urtica dioica and dates back
some 2,000 years to biblical times. Urtica dioica is also known as
stinging nettle. The treatment is to grasp the nettles in a gloved hand
and swat the sore joints with the nettles. This may sound quite bizarre,
but the practice has proven to be so effective for some sufferers of
arthritis that they now maintain a nettle plant on their window sill.

Here are a few more natural herbs that are used by many people to treat
arthritis:

Black cohosh: Also known as black snakeroot, bugbane, rattleroot, and
squawroot. This herb is a relaxant as well as being extremely effective
in easing painful menstrual cramps. It is also effective in the
treatment of osteoarthritis, rheumatic pain and nerve pain. In small
doses, appetite and digestion are greatly improved and it can be very
beneficial for the nervous system in general.

Bogbean: Useful for treatment of rheumatism, osteo-arthritis and
rheumatoid arthritis. Also has a stimulating effect on the colon.

Celery Seeds: Use dried ripe fruits as an anti-inflammatory, anti-
rheumatic, diuretic or anti-spasmodic. Great for treating rheumatism,
arthritis and gout.

Chapparal: Useful in cases of acne, arthritis, chronic backache, warts
and skin blotches. Also alleged to be one of the best cancer-fighting
herbs.

Feverfew: Use the leaves to treat migraine headaches, arthritis,
dizziness or vertigo, and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

Nettle: This is the herb we referred to earlier and is another one of
those "universal" plants that is found all over the world. Rheumatism,
arthritis, eczema, nosebleeds, high blood pressure are just a few
applications. Nettles contain calcium, chlorine, iron, potassium,
silicon, sodium and sulfur.

Saffron: A natural form of hydrochloric acid, saffron helps arthritics
get rid of the uric acid which holds onto the calcium deposited in the
joints. Also reduces lactic acid build-up. Said to be good for measles,
skin problems, scarlet fever and perspiration.

Yucca: Hope for arthritics. The extract from the plant has been used with
surprising success on arthritis and rheumatism sufferers.

All of the herbs mentioned here should be available at your local health
food store along with suggestions on how to prepare them for use. Some
applications will be to ingest in teas while others may require the
creation of a topical treatment.

No matter what natural remedies you choose please consult your physician
to make certain that your course of treatment does not interfere with any
other medications that your doctor has prescribed for your treatment.

				
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