Arthritis home remedies

Arthritis is the inflammation of joints. There are two theories for the cause:

   1. Infection
   2. Body's own defenses go out of line and attack its own tissues.

Experts believe that emotional stress plays an important role in the cause of arthritis.
The most severe case of this crippling disease is RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS. Factors relating to it are fatigue, shock, injury, and exposure to cold and dampness. At times nodules may show up under the skin, around the elbows, wrists, and fingers, and occasionally on the ankles. The control of this particular type of arthritis may require the cooperation of a physician, a physical therapist, an orthopedic surgeon, and often the physician who specializes in psychosomatic diseases. Rest is considered one of the most essential factors in treatment including emotional rest. Diet need not be too restrictive, but should be rich in animal proteins, calcium , iron, and adequate in vitamins. At present, many arthritic patients have been taking aspirin as a temporary pain-reliever with good results in some cases. Some patients also are given physical treatments with heat and water (bathing and whirlpools), finger-tip massaging, and other methods which an expert physiotherapist may use.
The following HOME-REMEDIES have been tried for treating arthritis in general and rheumatism.

100 aspirins dissolved in a pint of rubbing alcohol will relieve sore joints rubbed on three times a day.

Two parts pure olive oil and one part kerosene makes a liniment to rub afflicted joints.

Mix camphor, methyl salicylate, eucalyptus oil and menthol to make a rubbing mixture.

2 oz. each of eucalyptus oil, oil of wintergreen, rubbing alcohol, and witch haze. Mix, rub on ache.

Oil of origanum, oil of lobelia, oil of capsicum, mixed with coconut oil for a good rub.

1 oz. of oil of wintergreen, 3 oz. chloroform, and 12 oz. of rubbing alcohol makes a good rub.
cucumber juice controlles arthritis.

2 tablespoons mullein, 3 of granulated slippery elm bark, one of lobelia, 1 teaspoon cayenne. Mix thoroughly. Use boiling water to make paste. Spread on cloth and place on swollen joints.

Alternating hot and cold compresses on the painful area every 5 minutes.

Rub the acAfter heat treatment, rub down the sore sports with a mixture of 1/2 cup of wintergreen mixed with 1-1/2 cups camphor and soap liniment. hing joints with hot vinegar before going to bed.

A tablespoon of fruit pectin in a small glass of cranberry juice every morning.

Dissolving 4 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses in one quart of cranberry juice and
drinking one glass everyday.

Add one tablespoon cod liver oil to the juice of one orange, whip, and drink before retiring.

Two teaspoons apple cider vinegar and 2 teaspoons of honey dissolved in a small glass of warm water
taken once or twice a day brings relief.

Steep six ounces of sassafras root in fifth of whiskey for 24 hours. Take one tablespoon three times a day before meals.

Mix fresh carrot juice with equal parts of lemon juice. Take one large spoonful everyday.

Steep 1 cup alfalfa seed in 1/2 gallon boiling water for 20 minutes. Strain, put in jar, take small glassful
three times a day.

One tablespoon of fresh lime juice in two tablespoons of water nights and mornings.

Mix equal parts of the following herbs: black cohosh, genitian root, angelica, colombo, scull cap, valerian, rue and buckthorn bark, and take one heaping teaspoon in a cup of boiling water. Let steep, and drink three 1/2 cups per day.

Drinking sarsaparilla tea.

Alfalfa tea twice a day.

Taking herbs like wild oregon grape, birch, bitter root, bark burdock, elder, skunk cabbage and wintergreen.

Mixing 3 lemons and 3 tablespoons epsom salts in one pint of warm water and taking one teaspoon morning and night.

Cod liver oil, calcium, vitamin D, iodine, vitamin B, B-12

Bone meal and Vitamins A, D, and C, 3 times a day.

Therapeutic doses of vitamins.

Butazoldin tablets.

3 wild cherry roots, 3 burdock roots, 3 oregon grape roots, washes them, chops, covers with a gallon of water, simmers for 30 minutes, strains liquid into bottle and takes a half glass every morning before breakfast.

HOMEOPATHIC REMEDIES FOR HORSES All remedies are at potency 6c which is the most appropriate strength for everyday use:

BRYONIA  arthritis (which is worse for movement); rheumatism; navicular disease (to reduce pain and inflammation during acute, early stages); bone spavins (to reduce inflammation where the joint is tender); asthma; bronchitis; cough (which is the worse for exercise and better for rest).

RHUS TOX  arthritis (which improves with movement); tendon and ligament strains/sprains; inflammation of tendons; bone spavins; conjunctivitis; skin infections/eczema; hot swollen joints
RHUS TOX & BRYONIA rheumatism; pain/stiffness (in neck or lower back); dry coughs; arthritis
(which neither improves or deteriorates with exercise).

The following nutritional supplements can be beneficial for animals with arthritis - Spirulina,
alfalfa and green barley are high in chlorophyll and are beneficial in helping to balance excess acidity in
the body. Dolomite powder is a natural source of calcium and magnesium, & Kelp is rich in many minerals, iodine and vitamins. NATURPET NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENT POWDER for dogs, cats and horses contains these ingredients in specific blends which are simply added to your pet' s meal daily or Missing Link Plus.

Flaxseed oil, evening primrose oil and fish oils are rich in essential fatty acids. (Use only good quality oil that is kept refrigerated to prevent rancidity). OMEGAPET LIQUID contains a blend of EFA.

Apple cider Vinegar (use only good quality vinegar made from whole apples, not just the peelings)- A
teaspoon can be added to water bowl daily or 1-2 tablespoons in feed for horses.

Shark Cartilage is a rich natural source of micronutrients such as glucosamine, chondroitin sulphate and
hyaluronic acid. These nutrients are essential for the maintenance and repair of joint tissues including
cartilage, joint fluid, tendons and ligaments. When supplied in larger amounts in the diet, they can
accelerate the natural healing and repair of damage to these tissu es as in arthritis and damaged tendons
and ligaments.

Green Lipped mussel extract - This contains high levels of glycosaminoglycans, chondroitin and
glucosamine sulphate as well as many amino acids, antioxidants, lipids and minerals. It has proven very
bene ficial in treating arthritis, especially when used in combination with shark cartilage. ECOVET TABLETS or POWDER contains shark cartilage & green lipped mussel extract & more.

MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane) -This is a natural form of biological sulphur found throughout the body; it is needed for proper cell function and wellbeing. All pets th at have been fed on cooked and processed foods need this essential element.

Ester C is a non-acidic form of vitamin C, which has proven very beneficial in reducing inflammation and helping in arthritic, conditions generally.

Nutrients That Help
Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Pantothenic acid, Copper, Iron, Mangenese, Selenium, Sulfur, Zinc, Bromelain, Omega-3 fatty acids, Superoxide dismutase.

Beneficial Juices
Parsley, broccoli and spinach - sources of vitamin C
Spinach, carrot and tomato - sources of vitamin E
Broccoli, lettuce and cabbage - sources of vitamin K
Brocoli and kale - sources of pantothenic acid
Carrot, ginger root and apple - sources of copper
Parsley, beet greens and brocoli - sources of iron
Spinach, beet greens, carrot, turnip, orange and grape - sources of manganese
Ginger root, parsley and carrot - sources of selenium
Cabbage and kale - sources od sulfur
Ginger root, parsley, garlic and carrot - sources of zinc
Pinapple - the ONLY source of bromelain
Dark green vegetables - sources of omega -3 fatty acids

Homeopathic remedies
Help provide effective relief from the symptoms. Some of the most common ones used are: APIS In the early stages, where the joint is swollen with an increase in synovial fluid. RHUS TOX: Lameness associated with stiffness of muscles and tendons, which improve with exercise. BRYONIA: When the condition is worse on movement and pressure on the joint brings relief.

"...for relief of pain and improve mobility. Bellis Perennis, Rhus Tox, Arnica Montana, Kali Carbonicum, Lymph"
"...for relief of muscle spasm in all specie animals whatever the cause. Cuprum Metallicum 50Mx, Lymph30C, Lactic Acid 50mx, Mag Phos 30C"
"...for relief of pain and muscle spasm of disc protrusions. Ruta Graveolens, Hypericum Perforatum, Lymph"
"...for acute pain, and swelling due to early injuries to tendons and ligaments.Ferrum Phosphoricum,
Arnica Montana, Phosphorous, Bellis Perennis, Lymph"
"..for helping reduce hard calcification deposits in joints and on bones. Calcarea Flourica, Hekla Lava, Silicia, Lymph"
" help strengthen weakness in limbs due to pesticide and heavy metal poisoning, Hip Dysplasia, osteoarthritis, and pinched nerves from spinal alignment problems"
"...for relief of pain and muscle spasm of disc protrusions. Ruta Graveolens, Hypericum Perforatum, Lymph"

There are many herbs that have anti-inflammatory actions that can greatly benefit arthritis sufferers. A few of the more common ones used are - Guaiacum- is especially beneficial for rheumatic complaints showing inflammation and pain. Celery seeds- have long been used in the treatment of rheumatism, arthritis and gout, and are often combined with juniper to ease pains in the joints and muscles. Devils claw- is beneficial in some cases of arthritis to reduce inflammation and pain. Meadowsweet -is an effective pain-reliever that is also beneficial for the digestive system.

Massage can offer relief in many instances and as long as there is no broken skin, massage daily with
HERB GEL. This contains a unique blend of herbal extracts, homeopathics and much more.

As you can see form the above, there are quite a few options avai lable for treating arthritic conditions safely and effectively without having to rely on drugs which can have adverse side effects to the long-term health of your pets. In most cases, by simply making some dietary changes and adding one or two nutritional supplements to the diet with homeopathic or herbal treatment, you can have your pet on the road to recovery in no time. I have seen many dogs, cats, horses (and people) who have been struggling to get around.

Homeopathy for Horses - by Ginnie Felling, Equine Therapist

 The principle of homeopathy is "like treats like". To explain this in terms that we can understand without a deep knowledge of homeopathy is to give a good example. Dr Hahnemann, the founding father of homeopathy discovered that if he fed himself the bark of the quinine tree, it produced the symptoms of malaria. So he deduced from this that the bark of the quinine tree might treat malaria, which proved to be the case. He then started experimenting with different herbs and plants to see what effect they had and documented these effects which we now know as 'provings'.

The original substance is taken and diluted, and then succussed (shaken) to give the various potencies, and very simply, the potencies of 3. 6. and 30 are used in acute cases like flu, infections, inflammations etc, and the 200, m and cm's are used for chronic (long standing) conditions, like arthritis, etc.

The remedies trigger off the body's own healing mechanisms and often bring to the surface the condition that is being treated. This is considered a good thing, as anything that is supressed stays in the tissues or cells and can reappear again, and homeopaths say that everything must come 'out' before true healing can take place. Often patients are alarmed at the appearance of the symptoms thinking they are getting worse, not better, and they should be advised that this can happen and it is just a process in the healing.

Homeopathy treats the whole person or horse. A case history is taken, going into fine detail about past ailments, injuries and the likes and dislikes, for instance, cold or hot weather, and the emotional aspects should be taken into consideration. From this the homeopath will be able to select a remedy that will treat the person/horse, and while 3 horses may exhibit similar symptoms, they may all be treated with a different remedy. This is where the skill of the homeopath comes in, in selecting the appropriate remedy. The homeopath knows that symptoms are indicative of a disturbance in the vital process of the person/horse and that their system is reacting to the stimulus of a disease-producing agent and the body is trying to combat that disease. Homeopathy, instead of supressing those symptoms, stimulates the body's defences by natural means.

Remedies are obtained either in pillule form, tablets or liqueds. For horses, the tablet or pillule is better as the liqued remedies are preserved in alcohol.

One should not think that homeopathic treatment can replace veterinary treatment. But there are conditions that will respond very well to homeopathic remedies, and in an ideal world, a vet would recommend homeopathic remedies for some conditions, and we do in fact now have quite a few vets who treat homeopathically.

Bruising, swelling and inflammation can be treated successfully, and most people now know the value of arnica in treating bruising and also before and after operations. Rhus Tox and Symphitum work well with tissue, connective tissue  and old scar tissue and joints, and bone (symphitum being the homeopathic form of comfrey which is well known to help heal bones.) Calendula is a wonderful antiseptic, and can take its place in one's first aid box.

One of my clients horses exhibited a very strange lameness behind. I suggested she call the vet, and the horse was  diagnosed with a blood clot. There is not much that can be done for a blood clot, but we put the horse on a homeopathic remedy, and allthough the vet did not hold out much hope for the horse, she recovered and is back in work, the blood clot is gone but we keep a very close eye on her.

With scar tissue from old injuries which so many horses have, and which is often not discovered until the horse is put under pressure in its work, I find homeopathic remedies work really well. With chronic conditions like arthritis, remedies can make the horse more comfortable for quite a long time, and I believe that even navicular disease has responded to homeopathy.

The thing to keep in mind about this type of treatment, is that, for the treatment to be successful, a proper case history should be done, and this needs to be done by a homeopath, preferably one who is familiar with horses, or a vet who is also trained in homeopathy.

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