Arthritis is not a single disease, but a collection of physiological symptoms loosely referred to as joint pain. There are over 100 different types of arthritis and related conditions. This disease is usually due to a progressive autoimmune disorder. Arthritis can cause pain in joints, stiffness, inflammation, swelling, redness, and difficulty moving due to the discomfort it presents. It can also get worse in cold or humid weather.
Another contributor to rheumatoid arthritis is due to a living amoeba called E. histolytica, and other opportunistic pathogens which can take up residence in your body. They make their home their due to the levels of toxicity in the body which makes it very comfortable for them to live there. They then distort the joints by being present in the bloodstream. As toxins collect in our soft tissues, where the pathogens reside, they cause swelling, redness, inflammation, and pain.
When arthritis advances, the nerves cannot pass signals to the brain effectively, and hence the condition becomes aggravated, making movement excessively painful.
What Causes Arthritis?
Why are so many people suffering from arthritis? It isn’t just because we have more people than ever living well into their 80s, 90s, and even 100s.
Arthritis seems to be on the rise in nations where the Standard American Diet is favored. This is a diet full of refined sugar, and carbohydrates, unhealthy, highly processed fats, and vitamin deficiency. Though people are eating more than ever, causing an obesity epidemic, they are starving for nutrition! This combination of factors is causing the rates of rheumatoid and osteoarthritis to skyrocket.
This only stands to reason that our diet and lifestyles are causing arthritis! Our joints also weren’t meant to carry the extra weigh many people are carrying, thus compounding the problem of painful, red, swollen, arthritic joints.
In case of arthritis it is advisable to get the following checked to have a better diagnosis(all can be done via a single blood test at any diagnostic centre):
- R A Factor
- Uric Acid
This will help determine what kind of arthritis it is to help pick a proper line of treatment.
Allopathic medicine offers several pharmaceutical remedies for arthritis and its associated conditions, divided into two main categories: non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), and anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) to manage your RA condition.
However, there are is a long list of serious side effects which accompany the use of these medications:
- Internal bleeding
- Continued joint pain
- Stomach ulcers
- Wheezing and upper respiratory conditions
- Abnormal heart beat
- Ringing in the ears
- Liver or kidney problems
- Stomach upset
NSAIDS and DMARDS also do not solve the underlying cause of your arthritis, which is typically an overly acidic body and toxic build up which causes chronic, low-level inflammation and infection.
Many natural cures that are offered are also just common sense for your overall health. Advice such as staying active, and eating fewer processed foods will naturally begin to return your body to a more alkaline state. Maintaining a healthy weight, and reducing stress will also change your body’s physiology and reverse the inflammatory response. Other natural arthritis-care suggestions include:
- Eating more high fiber foods (to increase the health of the gut).
- Increase the intake of Omega 3 fatty acids (reduces inflammation).
- Increase your antioxidant intake by eating more fresh fruits and vegetables. Just changing your diet can help to reverse severe arthritis conditions by lowering the oxidative stress on your body.
- Eat more foods containing sulfur, a form of methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) that reduces joint inflammation and helps rebuild your tissues.
- Take proteolytic enzymes. They help to reduce immune deficiencies which can contribute to chronic inflammation that lead to arthritis.
- Include ginger and turmeric as often as possible in your diet, or take them in supplement form. They each contain important plant compounds which have been proven to be much more effective than pharmaceutical meds for reducing joint pain and inflammation.
Chinese Traditional Medicine for Arthritis
There are many TCN practitioners offering remedies via Chinese herbs and acupuncture for pain associated with arthritis. One such remedy, called Wangbi Chongji has been used widely, but its entire formulation is unknown. This herbal remedy, as well as many others aim to address the causes of arthritis from a Chinese Traditional Medicine standpoint:
- Kidney revitilization and warming herbs: rehmannia, drynaria, dipsacus, psoralea, epimedium, aconite
- Blood revitalizing herbs: carthamus, peony, red peony, achyranthes, pangolin scales
- Wind-chill and wind-damp dispelling herbs: tu-huo, clematis, siler, red atractylodes, ma-huang, cinnamon twig, pine node, lycopodium
- Other general tonics: anemarrhena, gleditsia, scolopendra
Acupuncture is also widely used to help generate the flow of qi (life force energy) and to clean the blood. It is thought that chronic inflammation ensues when the energy channels are obstructed.
Herbal Medicines for Arthritis
Acidim balances the pH of the entire body seamlessly even when we make mistakes in our diet or have difficult being active due to current arthritic pain.
The second medication, Oronerv, helps synchronize the vascular and nervous systems to ensure overall health and the lessening of joint swelling and pain.
Stomaid, the third medication, works to detect and eradicate sub-clinical amebic and enteric infections, usually present in bodies that are overly toxic and have an imbalanced gut flora.
GC, the fourth all-natural, FDA-approved medication works by regenerating liver cells so that they can do their important work of creating bile which helps to reduce toxins held in our body’s fat cells.
Finally, Activiz is the only researched based formulation on the market that helps restore complete balance to your immune system and syncs your body in such a way that they carry out their physiological functions in harmony.
These medicines work to remedy the root cause of your arthritic suffering. They aim to restore your body’s natural immune system, gut health, ideal pH, and intestinal health while all supporting the internal organs responsible for reducing chronic inflammation, an immune system response, that causes your arthritis.
Although it can take some time for these medicines to reverse life-long eating and lifestyle habits you can help them along by eating better, getting exercise, reducing acidity in your body and lowering stress by practicing regular meditation, yoga, deep breathing, or simply spending time in nature. Once the body’s toxic overload is reduced, the joints start to experience their original functionality and strength.
Myths About Arthritis
There are common myths perpetuated about arthritis which you should be aware of to better treat your condition:
Myth 1 – Cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis. Cracking of the knuckles happens when the synovial fluid which normally lubricates your joints is temporarily moved out of place. The release of gas also located in your joints can also cause a “cracking” or “popping” sound. Arthritic joints can make sounds caused by the loss of smooth cartilage and the resulting roughness of the joint’s surface, but cracking your knuckles won’t result in arthritis.
Myth 2 – All join pain is caused by arthritis. This is untrue. Sometimes our joints can ache just like our muscles from excessive physical exertion. This is usually a temporary condition, though. Other causes of joint pain include tendonitis, bursitis, lupus, and Lyme disease.
Myth 3 – Being inactive is the best remedy for arthritis pain. Often, arthritis sufferers don’t want to be active and get exercise because their joints are causing them discomfort, but this is the worst thing to do. Exercise helps to bring fresh blood flow to the joints and increase synovial fluid which keeps the joints lubricated and functioning properly.
Myth 4 – Yet another misconception is that arthritis cannot be cured. Allopathic medicine is quick to provide “solutions” to this disease, while giving only limited advice as to how to cure it for good. Arthritic can be reversed in many cases once the underlying cause in the body is addressed.
Myth 5 – So many people assume that just putting some topical ointment on their painful joints will help to stop the pain forever, but even salves made from capsaicin, the plant compounds found in chili peppers can’t stop arthritis pain for a prolonged period, unless of course, the body’s chronic inflammation is reversed.
Myth 6 – Another myth about arthritis is that it only affects the elderly. Sadly, people are experiencing arthritic pain at younger and younger ages, mostly due to lifestyle choices, diet, and the exposure to toxins which cause in imbalanced pH and chronic, low-level inflammation, along with the depletion of the immune system.
There is a story of one young woman, a talented classical pianist with a promising career ahead of her, who became so stricken with pain in her hands from arthritis, that she had to halt her conservatory training. This disease affects people of all ages.