Arthritis is characterised by an inflammation and or pain in a joint or joints. There are many different forms of arthritis, the two most common are Osteo-arthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis
Osteo-Arthritis is the most common and is usually attributed to wear and tear of the joint causing it to stiffen and become painful and usually manifests from middle age onwards
Rheumatoid Arthritis is a more serious disorder, being in the category which is known as auto-immune disease. The immune system becomes unable to distinguish between invading organisms and normal body cells, and tissue around the joints is destroyed.
Arthritis is one of the most common diseases treated by natural therapists, and one that we can offer positive curative therapies even in fairly advanced cases. It’s a joy to be able to restore mobility and life to stiff and immobile limbs which have rendered the sufferer a bundle of misery.
This complaint can be cured through correcting diet, cleansing the liver, blood and bowels, using positive mental attitudes and a naturopathic lifestyle. But it takes determination, patience and perseverance and it is not an overnight therapy, and sometimes you'll feel that you are not getting anywhere. It pays to consult a qualified Naturopath who will guide you on the correct procedure for your specific needs, as we are all different, and therefore our deficiencies and needs will be different.
Arthritis is an acid condition in the joints that has developed over the years by the accumulation of unwanted toxic fluid that the body cannot cleanse through the normal elimination processes. The pain comes from the depositing of this toxicity as it crystallizes and settles, increasing in size over the years to misshape the joints. As the acidity levels increase crystallization takes place and this settles into the joints creating pain and inflammation.
There is a strong link with food allergies and Arthritis; I have had cases of arthritic patients improving dramatically once the allergens have been removed from the diet, only to worsen almost immediately after re-exposure to the foods concerned.
The most common of these foods would be the 'Deadly-Night Shade' family (i.e. - Potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, peppers, chilly, capsicum, & tobacco). Other common foods are citrus fruit, dairy foods, wheat, eggs & chicken. As it is difficult to know whether you have an allergy or not to certain foods, it pays to see a Naturopath to get some tests done.
- Remove allergic foods from diet.
- Eat more Alkaline foods i.e. - Salads, green leafy vegetables, ripe fruit - preferably those in season.
- Cut down on acid foods i.e. - Sugar, meat, eggs, dairy foods, white flour products.
- Drink 6 -8 glasses of pure water per day.
- Drink 1 dspn of cider vinegar in water with honey, 20 mins before a meal.
- Reduce weight, if necessary.
Vegetables: Alfalfa, wheat grass, watercress, celery, parsley, garlic. Fruit such as - Bananas, sour cherries, pineapples, sour apples, papayas, avocado Vitamin, Mineral and Herbal Therapy may assist.
Exercise is essential for reducing pain and retarding joint deterioration.
On a regular basis is beneficial for detoxification, elimination, circulation and for stress management.
N.B. As Arthritis is a condition which develops over a long period treatment may be needed for up to 2 years.
By Tina Pritchard N.D. M.H.D.