Herbs for Arthritis Pain Relief

 

Arthritis comes in different forms. There is knee arthritis, hand arthritis, and so on.  The type of arthritis experienced by a patient is dependent on the part of the body where the sickness is felt most. However, irrespective of the types of arthritis being experienced, arthritis comes with severe pain.

All arthritis causes pain and if not properly taken care of, these pains can impede the proper functioning of the patient. Although there are some drugs and medical treatments used for the sickness,  studies have shown that herbs are potent remedies for arthritis pain. This article focuses on seven great herbs for arthritis.

 

India Frankincense

India Frankincense is popularly known as Boswellia. It is rated as one of the most potent herbs for the treatment of arthritis among traditional herbal doctors.

 

According to a review published in 2011. Boswellia acid contains some anti-inflammatory compounds that can help to relieve arthritis pain and inflammation.

 

Another study on the effect of the herb on humans revealed that when arthritis patients use a frankincense capsule regularly. They would experience a significant reduction in their pains and morning stiffness. Also, they would experience improved physical functionality.

 

These two studies show that India frankincense is a great herb for arthritis. However, it is noteworthy that when using the Boswellia capsule, the dosage should not be more than 1 gram. A high dosage can affect the liver.

 

Boswellia is available in capsule and topical creams.

 

Cat’s claw

Cat’s claw is a very popular herb in South and Central America. It is another effective herb for the treatment of arthritis and often used as a traditional remedy for pain and inflammation and also to boost the immune system.

 

In a small study conducted in 2002, Cat’s claw was used to treat about 40 patients suffering from arthritis, the result shows a reduced joint swelling up to 50%.

 

In addition to this, in a study conducted by the Arthritis Foundation, the result shows that just like many conventional drugs for arthritis, the cat’s claw helps to suppress tumor necrosis factor (TNF).

 

However, there are some side effects of using the herbs. This include:

  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Nausea and Dizziness
  • Headache

 

Also, if you have any of these health issues, do not use the herb:

  • Tuberculosis
  • Thin blood
  • On medications that suppress the immune system.

 

Cat’s claw is often taken orally.

 

Eucalyptus

Eucalyptus is another great herb used by many people for the treatment of different health-related issues. Among the different health issues that eucalyptus can be used for is arthritis.

 

Eucalyptus is said to contain a compound known as tannin. This compound helps to reduce pain and inflammation in arthritis.

 

Eucalyptus is often applied in topical form to the affected arthritis area. But before applying it, ensure you dilute the herbs in an essential oil or carrier oil. Also, do a patch test before applying it to the affected area.

Do the patch test by applying a small amount of the herbs on the affected area, leave this for 24 to 48 hours. If there is no significant reaction, it means the herbs are safe to use.

 

Green tea

Though green tea is often taken as a beverage, the antioxidant in it can help to reduce pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. There are different ways of using green tea for arthritis:

It can be taken as a beverage

Supplement

By sprinkling it in food or smoothie

 

There is still more research to reveal how well green tea can work for arthritis. Nevertheless, it is advisable instead of consuming other kinds of beverages, an arthritis patient can consume green tea.

 

Turmeric

Turmeric is another great herb for the treatment of arthritis. Although it is often used as a spice for cooking because of its rich flavor, the benefits of this yellowish spice go beyond adding flavor to foods.

 

Turmeric contains curcumin referred to as curcumin. Lots of studies have revealed that curcumin is a great compound for the treatment of arthritis. The compound helps to reduce the enzymes that cause pain and inflammation in the body.

 

Therefore constantly using turmeric can help to reduce arthritis pain and inflammation to the barest minimum. Turmeric can be used both in topical form and in oral form.

 

Ginger

Like turmeric, ginger is often used as a spice for cooking. Ginger contains a component called gingerol. The gingerol component in ginger has been revealed as one of the best cures for arthritis pain and inflammation.

 

In fact, some researchers revealed that ginger could one day be an alternative to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

 

The author of one review in 2016, predicted that in the future ginger can be used to form the major ingredient for pharmaceutical treatment used for arthritis. The reason for this is because ginger does not only help with the arthritis pain but also helps prevent bone destruction.

 

Ginger is often taken orally by chewing it, blending it, and taken as a tea or by using it as a spice for cooking. For arthritis, it is advisable that the patient constantly use it in all these ways.

 

Thunder god vine

Thunder god vine is one of the ancient herbs often used for the treatment of different health issues. In ancient times, thunder god vine is usually used by Chinese and Japanese and Korean for the treatment of arthritis and inflammation. The herbs can be applied to the affected area as topical or taken as a dietary supplement.

 

When using thunder god for the treatment of arthritis, it is important to note that extract from other parts of the vine except the root can be poisonous. Also, the exact dosage to use when using as a supplement has not yet been determined, hence it is advisable to use it in small quantities. Taking it in high doses can be harmful to health.

 

Willow’s bark

Like thunder god vine, willow’s bark is another great ancient herbs for the treatment of arthritis pain. It is usually taken orally either by chewing it in its raw form or by cooking it and taken as a tea. However, when using the herbs for arthritis, it is important to take note of the side effects. Some of them include:

  • High blood pressure
  • Stomach upset
  • Bleeding or stomach ulcer as a result of an overdose
  • Allergic reactions, especially if you are allergic to aspirin.

 

To avoid any of these side effects, it is important to first seek your doctor’s guideline. Also, take the herb in small quantities.

 

How Stretching Relieves Arthritis

 

Arthritis does not prevent you from stretching your joints, knees, hands, or body muscles. One of the good ways to treat arthritis at home is by stretching. There are lots of results revealing that stretching the muscle and joint can help to alleviate arthritis pain and morning stiffness. Arthritis patients who practice stretching their legs, joints, and knees experience less pain than patients who does not. Irrespective of the type of arthritis you are suffering from, stretching is among the best ways to take care of it. There are different ways an arthritis patient can practice stretching his or her body, these different ways include:

Standing Quadriceps Stretch

This is one of the simplest exercises for anyone who is suffering from arthritis. To do this:

  • Stand beside a wall and rest your left hand on the wall. Next, bend your right knees so that it would be easy for you to lift your foot up.
  • Next, reach behind you with your right hand and grab your ankles. Without stressing your ankle, pull it up and back slowly. Ensure that your ankle does not touch your buttock when stretching it.
  • Relax after the first practice before doing the same with the second leg.
  • Do this exercise for at least 10 minutes but ensure you rest at intervals.

Calf Stretch

Calf stretch is another great exercise for arthritis patients. Constantly practicing this exercise helps to relieve the pain in the joint and avoid earthly morning stiffness. To do calf stretch:

  • Stand facing the wall, but ensure that the space between you and the wall is at least two paces away. Next, place your two hands on the wall.
  • Take a step forward with your right foot while keeping your left leg straight and extended backward.
  • Next, try to lean forward until you can feel the pull at the back of your left calf. Keep yourself in this position for at least 10 seconds. Repeat this process three times for each leg.

Hip Flexor Stretch

Hip Flexor is also a very great stretching exercise for arthritis patients.  To do this:

  • Knee with both feet on the floor. Your knee should be bent on the floor and your right shin should be positioned in such a way that it is flat on the floor and further back than your shoulders.
  • Place your hands on your right knees as if you are resting them on it. Keep your back straight and try to lean a big forward. However, ensure that you don’t lean more than the end of your toes. Try these exercises for each leg and hold yourself in this position for at least 20 seconds.

 Forward Folds

Forward folds are a knee and leg exercise. This exercise is designed to strengthen the bone muscle and allow easy flow of blood in the body joints. To get started with this exercise:

  • Stand with your knee shoulder widely apart. Next, try to bend forward from your waist. While trying this ensures not to bounce and keep your legs as straight as you can.
  • This exercise is best performed if you can reach the floor, however, if you can’t, there is no need to worry. With regular practice, you would be able to do the exercise. Hold yourself in this position for at least 3 seconds.

Stretch Your Shoulders, And Arm Muscles

  • Stand the same way you would when doing any of the legs and knee exercises explained above. Clash your hand together behind your back. While doing this, ensure that your back is as straight as possible.
  • Next, roll your shoulders down and back. Repeat this exercise consistently. For at least 10 mins.
  • Ensure to relax at the end of each rolling for the first few seconds and repeat the exercise until it is up to 10 mins.

Things To Avoid While Practicing Stretching Exercise

Although stretching is a good exercise for arthritis patients, this might not yield any result when done the wrong way. Some of the caution to avoid when practicing any of the stretching exercises include:

  • Do Not Stretch A Cold Muscle

Amy Ashmore, Ph.D., an exercise physiologist with the American Council on Exercise states that stretching exercise should only be performed after a five to ten minutes warm-up exercise. Stretching a cold muscle can intensify pain and make the exercise very difficult to practice.

  • Use Dynamic Stretching Exercise To Warm-up

Dynamic stretching exercises include the different types of warm-ups often used by sports players. Practicing dynamic exercise before starting any of the stretching exercises help to improve blood flow and enhance the temperature of the body muscles and joints. Dynamic exercise also makes it easy to move the body. Some of the dynamic exercises that can be practiced as warm-ups include:

  • Tennis players’ warm-up exercises. This exercise includes side and front lunges. Tennis players use this as a way of practicing how to reach for the ball.

Before starting any of the stretching exercises, try the tennis player warm-ups for at least five minutes.

  • Walk around your surrounding for at least 10 minutes. However, start at a very slow pace and subsequently pick up your pace as you progress.
  • Practice squatting as your warm-up exercise. You can start with a half squat or full squat. Do this until you are thoroughly warm up and ready for the stretching exercise.
  • Practice the warm-ups used by footballers. These include jogging, kicking, and squatting. Do this for at least 5 minutes before starting your main exercise.
  • After practicing any of these warm-ups, proceed to the main stretching exercises.

Discomfort Is Inevitable

If you are new to the stretching exercise, be prepared to experience some discomfort while practicing it. However, it is advisable that during stretching exercise, do not stretch to the point of pain, only stretch yourself to a point of mild tension. If after the exercise you are experiencing some pain, this is very normal. But if the pain should exceed 2 hours, then try reducing the duration of each exercise. When stretching becomes an easy feat for you, you can increase the time.

It is noteworthy that before stretching, consult your doctor. The doctor understands your health and knows the best way to calm you.

 

Knee Osteoarthritis Alternative Treatment

 

Many sufferers of knee osteoarthritis believe surgery is the only solution, however, little do they know there are alternative treatments for arthritis. Thanks to medical experts who had availed humanity with these revelations. The paragraphs below explain these alternative treatments to knee osteoarthritis.

 

Yoga

Medical Experts emphatically stated that yoga is one of the best alternative treatments for knee osteoarthritis. Yoga is a system of exercises that involves breathing, stretching, and relaxation. It is targeted to enhance the overall health of the arthritis patient. Yoga also helps you to build your muscles, gives balance to the body, and at the same time eases off the stressful pains around the knee joints. Apart from this, yoga makes the body to become flexible and improves sleep.

 

In a study carried out by Haas in 2010, 75 osteoarthritis patients were randomized to an 8 weeks standard yoga program. The yoga class was held once a week and lasted for one hour. However, participants were advised to practice the exercise on their own for at least once a week. The patient was mostly women and within the age of 52. After eight weeks, participants experienced a significant reduction in the pain and improvement in physical functioning. Participants also experienced improved mental health and well-being. There was no adverse effect reported.

 

Just like the common parlance ” too much of everything is not too good”, too much of yoga may aggravate pains, thereby providing the reverse results. In fact, before you try yoga, consult a doctor to check your body and recommend necessary specifications.

 

Acupuncture

Another alternative treatment for knee osteoarthritis is acupuncture. Acupuncture is a Chinese method of treating pain and illness using special thin needles which are pushed into the skin in particular parts of the body( knee region in this context). Research had shown that this alternative treatment for knee osteoarthritis works for some people but doesn’t work for some. So doctors advise that if after adopting the acupuncture treatment and there is no improvement, the method should be discarded for another method. In all, ensure that you consult a certified practitioner.

 

Massage

Massage is another alternative method for treating knee osteoarthritis. Massage is the action of rubbing and pressing a person’s body with the hands to reduce pain in the muscles and joints. Massaging your leg helps to loosen the muscles that control your knees. However, the key part of reducing the pains of knee osteoarthritis depends on how far one can bend the joints. Doctors said that the potency of this kind of alternative treatment for knee osteoarthritis relies on the sufferer’s ability to do it at least one straight hour per week.

 

It is noteworthy that there are different types of therapeutic massage for osteoarthritis patients. They include Swedish, trigger-point, and neuromuscular massage. Among these three, in a study on the effect of Swedish massage on osteoarthritis patients, the result revealed that this type of massage is an effective alternative treatment for osteoarthritis. The study was conducted by Perlman et al. (2006) and involved 68 osteoarthritis patients who were randomized to a Swedish massage for 8 weeks. The patients were between the age of 50 to 70. In the first four weeks, the patients were massaged twice a week, while in the last four weeks, they were massaged once in a week.

 

After the eight, participants experience a significant improvement in pain and joint stiffness. Also, the physical functioning of the patients improved.

 

There is limited evidence supporting the use of massage therapy on older patients with knee osteoarthritis. However, there is no study on the long term effect of this treatment on patients, there is also no evidence of the extent of its effectiveness when compared to other alternative treatments. The efficacy of the treatment in minority elders is yet to be known.

 

Tai Chi

The popular Tai Chi steps is another alternative method of treating knee osteoarthritis. Tai Chi ( popular known as Tai Chi Chuan in China) is a Chinese system of exercises consisting of sets of very slow controlled movements. Studies have shown that taking at least an hour Tai Chi class for at least twice a week can help strengthen your muscles and improve the stability of your joints. In a particular study that was conducted in China, people who took Tai Chi classes twice a week for twelve weeks felt better up to a year later.

 

In one study that compares the effectiveness of tail chi and another alternative treatment for osteoarthritis, the result shows that both alternative treatment are very good

 

Chiropractic Adjustment

Furthermore, Chiropractic adjustment can also serve as an alternative treatment for knee osteoarthritis. This involves the treatment of some diseases and physical problems by pressing and moving the bones in a person’s spine or joints. This method of treatment can only be effectively carried out by a chiropractor. Research shows that chiropractic adjustment helps to relax the nerves and improves locomotion around the knee joints. According to a medical doctor in San Diego (Dr. Ryan Curda), One may need frequent adjustment at first, then drop to one to two times a month.

 

There are lots of study backing up the claim that all the above mentioned alternative therapy are very good for the treatment of osteoarthritis. However, there is no study showing which among the alternative therapies can be used together for effective results. Also, research on the effectiveness of the therapist did not reveal the duration of the sickness. This is an important area of study.

 

Apart from the methods above, other methods that can also yield positive results includes Meditation, Heat and cold method and Glucosamine, and Chondroitin.

 

In conclusion, Knee osteoarthritis( a form of Arthritis) is a pathological disease that mostly affects older people. It is caused by chronic degeneration of the cartilage and synovial membrane of the joints, leading to pain and stiffness.

 

 

Diet for Arthritis Treatment

 

Despite the severity of Arthritis, there are several diets that can help prevent its prevalence. These diets are simply good foods that we are familiar with but might not know their awesome benefits to arthritis patients. Below are seven best diets to eat regularly if you have Arthritis:

 

  1. Fatty Fish:

Mackerel, salmon, and sardines are some of the best fatty fishes that are known for their high supply omega-3 fatty acids. These nutrients have been rated as very good anti-inflammatory properties. Therefore, regular consumption of any of these fish will significantly reduce pains and inflammations in arthritis.

 

In one small study, 33 patients were fed some of these fishes for eight weeks. The fish was given to the patient four times per week. The result reveals that the enzymes that trigger inflammation in the body reduced significantly.

 

Another study involving 17 patients revealed that regular consumption of  omega-3 fatty acid supplements reduces the occurrence of joint pain, morning stiffness, and arthritis generally.

 

Aside from being a good source of omega-3 fatty acids, fish is also a good source of vitamin D. Multiple studies show that a low level of vitamin D can aggravate arthritis pain.

 

For the treatment of arthritis, the American Heart Association recommends that fatty fish should be included in the diet of the patient at least two servings per week.

 

  1. Garlic:

Garlic is jam-packed with lots and lots of health benefits.

In some test-tube studies, it was revealed that garlic has cancer-fighting properties. and also contain compounds that can help to reduce the occurrence of dementia and heart disease.

 

More importantly, garlic contains anti-inflammatory properties that can help to reduce pains and inflammations in arthritis.

Therefore including garlic in your diet is an effective way to treat arthritis. Aside from using it as a spice for cooking, including it in your diet can also help to strengthen the immune.

 

  1. Ginger:

Besides adding a burst of flavor to soups, teas, and sweets, ginger is another great substance that can be added to the diet of arthritis patients.

In 2001, a study on the effect of ginger on arthritis was carried out on 261 patients with knee osteoarthritis. Ginger was added to the diet of the patient and administered on them as a supplement. After six weeks, all patients experienced significant improvement in their knee pain.

This shows that adding ginger to your diet and consuming it both in the fresh and powdered form helps to reduce pains and inflammation in arthritis.

 

  1. Broccoli:

Broccoli has been rated as one of the healthiest foods for the good development of the human body. It is loaded with amazing nutrients that not only boost the body’s immune system but also help to reduce arthritis.

 

In a study on the effect of broccoli on arthritis pain, 1,005 women with knee-related arthritis were given cruciferous vegetables like broccoli. After six weeks, each participant experienced a significant reduction in knee-joint pain and inflammation.

Also, broccoli contains important components that help to fight against arthritis pain. Some of these compounds include sulforaphane. Test-tube studies on this compound show that sulforaphane blocks the formation of a type of cell involved in the development of rheumatoid arthritis development.

Another animal study shows that sulforaphane helps to reduce the production of the enzymes that trigger inflammation and pain in rheumatoid arthritis.

These tests and studies show that including broccoli in the diet of an arthritis patient is an effective way to reduce the symptoms of the sickness.

 

  1. Walnuts:

Walnuts are another great food that should be included in the diet of arthritis patients. Like fatty fishes, walnuts are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to be an effective cure for arthritis.

In one study involving 90 patients with rheumatoid arthritis, the result backed up the claim that walnut is very effective. In the study, the 90 patients were split into two, one group was given omega-3fatty acids and the other group was given olive oil. The result shows that the group that was treated with omega-3 fatty acid supplements experienced a significant reduction in their pain than the group treated with olive oil.

Since walnut is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, consuming it regularly is an effective way to reduce arthritis symptoms.

 

  1. Berries:

Berries are loaded with tons of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help to reduce the symptoms of arthritis pain and inflammation.

 

In a study involving 38,176 women suffering from arthritis, the result shows that berry is very effective. The women were given at least two servings of strawberries per week for four weeks. The result shows a significant reduction in the elevated level of inflammatory markers in the blood of the patients.

 

These juicy fruits are packed up with great nutrients such as quercetin and rutin. These two compounds provide a huge number of benefits to human health.

 

Some of the berries that can be consumed for the treatment of arthritis include blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries.

 

  1. Spinach:

Leafy greens like spinach are packed up with nutrients that help to reduce the incessant pain and inflammation associated with arthritis.

 

There are lots of studies that have shown that spinach and other vegetables like cabbage can help to block the enzymes that trigger inflammation and pain in arthritis patients.

 

Spinach contains an antioxidant referred to as kaempferol. This compound helps to reduce and block the enzymes that trigger inflammation and pain in rheumatoid arthritis patients.

 

Adding this vegetable to the diet of arthritis patients is a sure way to help alleviate the symptoms of the sickness.

 

In conclusion, Arthritis is a monster that must not be allowed to ravage human bones and joints. However, The diets explained above are handy diets that can ameliorate it.

N.B: Other diets that can also improve the devastating effects of Arthritis are Olive oil, Grapes, and Start cherry juice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Naturopathy Helps Rheumatoid Arthritis

 

Pain does not just occur out of the blues. It is a sign that something has gone wrong on your internal system. Most times, we do the wrong thing by concentrating on the pain and not the cause. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a kind of pain that requires focusing on not just the pain alone but also the cause of the pain Rheumatoid Arthritis range from mild joint discomfort to severe pain that can become unbearable. Although it is believed that sickness is a chronic condition with no cure, some naturopathic remedies can help reduce the pain to the bare minimum.

Naturopathy remedies include the use of herbal medicine and integrated complementary therapies for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Naturopathy doctors are professionals licensed to carry out the profession. They view the sickness as something triggered by some internal factors such as diet, allergies, excessive inflammatory properties, and so on. Hence, they focus on reducing these internal factors to avoid increasing or worsening the situation of the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. The various naturopathy remedies used for rheumatoid arthritis include herbal medicines, diets, complementary therapies, and supplements.

Diet

One of the foundational naturopathy treatments for rheumatoid arthritis is diet. The benefit of eating food is not limited to the development and growth of the body alone. Food can be taken as a medicine when taken the right way. The diet of the patient who has rheumatoid arthritis can be modified to food that is a rich source of anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving compounds. Studies have revealed that processed food, fatty oils, red meat, and refined grains can trigger the body’s inflammatory enzymes. These types of food would only do more harm than good to the body of the patient. Hence, the diet of the patients who have rheumatoid arthritis is replaced with high-fibers like whole grain such as wheat and oat and natural omega-3 foods like fish.

However, it is important to note that not all fish are rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids. The type of fish rich in this nutrient include salmon, halibut, mackerel, herring, trout, and tuna. Aside from the omega-3 fatty acids, some of these fishes, like salmon, are a rich source of vitamin-D nutrients. Omega-3 fatty acids contain the polyunsaturated fatty acid that helps to reduce inflammatory proteins in the body.

The diet of the rheumatoid arthritis patient is replaced with fruits that are high in micronutrients, polyphenol antioxidants, and fiber-like berries, cherry, pineapples, apples, walnuts, chia seed, and flaxseed. Patients are also encouraged to consume more of the vegetables belonging to the Brassica family. Some of these vegetables include cabbage, broccoli, mustard green, arugula, and kale. These vegetables are rich in nutrients that help to block the activities of the enzymes, causing pain and inflammations.

Proper nutrition is key to improving joints health. When rheumatoid arthritis patients include the foods mentioned above in their diet and take this consistently take t for two weeks, their health would improve significantly.

Exercise

Although it seems counter-intuitive to advise a patient with rheumatoid arthritis to walk around and exercise, this can be a great cure for the intense joint pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Joints pains in rheumatoid arthritis tend to intensify when the joints are not exercised regularly. This is one of the reasons why patients feel more pain and stiffness early in the morning.

Therefore part of the naturopathic remedy administered to rheumatoid arthritis includes movement such as Tai Chi exercise and Yoga. These exercise helps to trigger the flow of natural energy in the joint. Tai Chi is a body-mind exercise that includes slow movement of the body, meditation, relaxation, and deep breathing. It originated from traditional Chinese society and handled by professionals. Yoga is similar to Tai Chi, as it is also a body-mind exercise. These two exercises have been known to help improve physical movement mobility and manage stress. Patients who engage in any of the two exercises at least once in a week and for 30-60 minutes start experiencing relief within one month. When movement is combined with diet, the result is tremendous. Exercise also helps to slow down the progression of the sickness.

Aside from the pain and inflammatory relief, constant exercise also has a significant effect on the patient’s mental health.

Homeopathic Consultation

Aside from the pain and physical challenge experienced by RA patients, the psychological impact can also pose a threat to their health. Consequently, addressing the psychological impact of sickness is necessary. One of the major naturopathy treatments used to treat the psychological impact of rheumatoid arthritis in patients is homeopathic consultation. A study of the effects of this treatment on the patient’s overall health revealed that patients experience more sense of empowerment and an increase in well-being. The only negative impact shown in the result is the patient’s agitation and discomfort in revealing their personal information.

A homeopathic consultation is face to face 60 minutes of consultation that often lasts for 24 weeks. During this period, the consultant tries to determine other factors contributing to the rheumatoid arthritis sickness and select the best remedy to treat the sickness. These remedies are applied to further naturopathic treatments administered to the patient.

While homeopathic consultation might seems like a regular consultation, RA patients see this as a holistic and individualized approach. This inadvertently empowers them on how well to cope with their situation. Homeopathic consultation offers psychosocial support for patients with RA.

Supplements

The most widely used supplement during naturopathy treatment for RA patients is Gamma Linolenic Acid. Gamma-Linolenic acid is rich in the omega-6 fatty acid supplement, which can help alleviate RA symptoms through its conversion to dihomo- γ-linolenic acid (DGLA) serves as a source of anti-inflammatory prostaglandin E1. Gamma-Linolenic acid is gotten from natural plants like black currant seed, borage seed, and evening primrose.

While some studies revealed that a low dose of GLA like 500mg can have a tremendous effect on RA patient’s morning stiffness and physical mobility, others revealed that only dosage from 1400-2800mg can yield this positive effect. Irrespective of the dosage that is administered, GLA is safe. Its side effects include gastrointestinal effects like diarrhea, soft stool, and belching.

Aside from GLA, fish oil is another supplement that can be used to alleviate the rheumatoid arthritis condition. Fish oil is rich in omega-3 and can help to relieve the pain associated with RA.

Curcumin

Curcumin is another great supplement that is often included in the naturopathic treatment for rheumatoid arthritis. Curcumin works the same way the anti-TFL medication administered to rheumatoid arthritis patient works but does not include the severe side effects associated with anti-TFL. The major spice rich in curcumin is turmeric.

Curcumin helps to slow down the occurrence of pain by blocking the enzymes associated with joint pains in the body. When this substance is consumed consistently, it can reduce rheumatoid arthritis pain to the barest minimum.

Some studies encourage the patient to take the curcumin supplement alongside GLA. These combinations have little or no side effects and can hasten the recovery of rheumatoid arthritis in patients.

Complementary Therapies For Osteoarthritis

 

There has been a growing increase in the use of complementary therapies for the treatment of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis or OA is a severe condition that has contributed to most cases of disability we have in the world today. This sickness comes with pains in the joints, muscles, and other areas in the body. Like arthritis, osteoarthritis can lead to weakness, fatigue, fever, stiffness, and inflammation. This is why treatment against this condition is often directed at reducing pain in the joint and other related areas in the body.

While medical and home remedies can be very effective for the treatment of this sickness, some complementary therapies are very effective. These complementary therapies are also without any adverse side effects like some medical treatments such as analgesic medications. The complementary therapies examined in this article include acupuncture, massage, yoga, and Tai Chi.

Tai Chi Therapy

Tai Chi is a Chinese mind-body exercise used to promote overall body wellness. The exercise is often done in a group-based format, and include meditation, gentle movement of the body, and deep breathing. Tai Chi class occurs two to three times a week, and each class lasts for one hour. The class often begins with warm-up exercises and gradually progress to deep breathing and meditation. After this, specific movements are practiced for a while, and the class is concluded with a directed cooldown.

Studies like the Wang et al., 2009 and Fransen, Nairn, Winstanley, Lam, & Edmonds, 2007 revealed that Osteoarthritis patients that practiced the group based Tai Chi program at least once in a week for a minimum of eight weeks record great success. The studies focused on the effect of Tai Chi on OA patients who practices this for 24-48 weeks. Most of the patients used for the study are adult women. The result shows significant improvement in quality life, reduced pain and stiffness in joints, reduced inflammatory conditions, reduce the fear of falling, and improved physical functions.

In another study that compares the effect of practicing Tai Chi and other related exercises for the treatment of OA, the result shows a significant reduction in joint pain and stiffness. This combination also helps to improve physical functioning and reduce depressive symptoms.

More importantly, there is no reported side effect of using Tai Chi as a complementary therapy for osteoarthritis. Hence, it is safe and can be administered to both adult and young males and females suffering from osteoarthritis.

Acupuncture Therapy

Acupuncture is a wellness therapy that originated from traditional Chinese society. It is also one of the complementary treatments administered on osteoarthritis patients. This therapy is practiced by professionals who are both certified and licensed to practice it.

Acupuncture includes the use of small thin needles to puncture some anatomical points in the body. This practice is usually carried out with or without electrical needle stimulation. The number of acupuncture per session ranges from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 8, and the duration of treatment is 2 to 26 weeks. The practice is believed to unblock natural energy pathways referred to as meridians.

Similar to acupuncture is another practice called acupressure. Acupressure is the use of pressure to unblock natural energy pathways. While acupuncture entails puncturing, acupressure does not include puncture.

On the effect of acupuncture on osteoarthritis, studies have revealed that acupuncture is an effective complementary therapy. Notable among these studies are Selfe & Taylor, 2008, Foster et al., 2007 and Manheimer et al., 2010. In the study by Manheimer et al., 2010. About 3,500 OA patients were taken on a consistent 11 times acupuncture therapy. The result reveals that acupuncture can significantly reduce the pains associated with osteoarthritis. Also, the treatment helps to improve physical function and body flexibility. On the risk of the therapy, Manheimer et al., 2010 revealed that the adverse effect is 0.05 per 10,000.

Therefore, acupuncture is a safe complementary therapy for the treatment of osteoarthritis.

Yoga Therapy

Yoga is a mind and body exercise used to promote mindfulness, relaxation, body strength, and overall body wellness. Yoga programs often include stretching, relaxation, deep breathing, and exercises. Some of the programs can be channeled at specific body postures and poses. Yoga is usually done in groups and handled by a certified coach.

There is two notable research on the effect of yoga on osteoarthritis: Garfinkel, Schumacher, Husain, Levy, & Reshetar, 1994 and Haaz, 2010. Garfinkel et al. ‘s study examined 17 patients suffering from hand OA and within the age of 52 to 79. The patients were split into different groups, where they undergo a specific Yoga class for eight weeks. The class lasted for 60 mins and is done once every week. After the eight weeks, the result reveals that all patients experience a significant reduction in hand joint pain. The patients also experience an overall reduction in hand tenderness and increased strength to engage in more activities.

Similarly, in the study conducted by Haas (2010), it was revealed that yoga is an effective therapy for osteoarthritis. Haas study was carried out on 75 patients with rheumatoid arthritis or OA within the age of 50-70. The class lasted for 60 mins and occurred twice a week. The patients were also advised to repeat the program once a week. After eight weeks, all the patients experienced a significant reduction in body and joint pains. The patients also experience increased body flexibility, reduced depression symptoms, and improved physical functions.

From the result, it can be inferred that yoga is a very effective complementary therapy for osteoarthritis.

Massage Therapy

Massage is a therapeutic practice that involves kneading, pressing, and rubbing the body. Massage also includes the manipulation of tender body muscles and the compression of specific natural energy pathways known as a meridian. This practice is done with the hand and fingers. There are different massaging techniques. The most common ones are neuromuscular massage, Swedish, and trigger-points.

Some studies on the effect of massage on osteoarthritis revealed that this therapy is very effective. The two notable studies on this are Perlman, Sabina, Williams, Njike, & Katz, 2006 and Yip & Tam, 2008. According to Perlman et al. (2006), 68 OA patients within the age of 50-80 were administered to eight weeks of massaging therapy. During the first four weeks, all patients underwent a one hour massage twice a week; then, the massage was reduced to once a week in the final four weeks. After eight weeks, the patients experienced a significant reduction in joint pain and stiffness. They also experience an increase in physical activities and overall body wellness.

A similar study was carried out by Yip & Tam, 2008. Massage therapy was administered to 59 adults with mild to severe knee aged 60 and above. Each patient underwent six weeks of massage therapy with aromatic oil. The session lasted for 30 minutes and occurred once a week. After six weeks, all the patients experienced a significant improvement in their health and physical activities. Also, no adverse effect was recorded.

These studies show that massage is a great complementary therapy for osteoarthritis.

The above explanation on the effect of complementary therapies like Yoga, Tai Chi, massage, and acupuncture on osteoarthritis revealed that they are very effective with little or no side effects. Also, they can be administered to both young and old males and females suffering from osteoarthritis. However, there is no study on the long term effect of the therapies.

Also, when administering any of these therapies to osteoarthritis patients, it is important to take note of the duration of the sickness. Long term patients of OA who are very aged would find it challenging to engage in Yoga and Tai Chi. All of these should be taken into considerations before encouraging a patient to try out the therapies.

How Acupuncture Can Help Arthritis

Do you want to battle the signs and symptoms of arthritis unconditionally? Acupuncture might be the way. Seeking alternative medicine has now been a common thing throughout the world today. Driven by the aim of getting recovery from arthritic pain and limitations has delved them in seeking help outside orthodox practices. Out of the available options for them, Acupuncture has displayed its colorful wings as it gives them bright hopes. Acupuncture is phenomenal at reducing pain, inflammation, and most of the other signs and symptoms presented with arthritis. It also presents with little or no side effects, thus giving it an edge over the conventional drugs.
This article will discuss how this magical healing modality can improve the signs and symptoms of arthritis.

Benefits of using Acupuncture in arthritis

Acupuncture is an energy-based medical practice that involves the use of needles at strategic places that could connect with the body meridian. This approach signals the body to put on its self-healing mechanisms. In treating arthritis, acupunctural medical procedures are followed in a grand style. It involves placing needles at local points on the joints since the signs and symptoms are restricted to the place. That been said, lets now look into how this magical modality can help arthritis;

Analgesic effect of Acupuncture

People with arthritis often complain of pain, which can be so severe at times. And it has been noted that this level of pain can cause severe limitations in their activities of daily living. Many people opt for natural remedies such as Acupuncture because of the side effects of NSAIDs they use in managing their pain level.

When acupuncture needles are applied to the appropriate acupressure, the needle stimulates the sensory nerves responsible for pain perception, the A and C fibers. In response to this stimulation, the peripheral sensory nerves connected to the localized area of application are activated to block the transmission of pain signals. It shuts down the pain gate and diminishes the level of pain felt. The sensory reflex activity of Acupuncture causes endogenous opioids like Encephalin and Beta-endorphins to be released by the pituitary gland into the bloodstream. It binds with the necessary receptors to bring about relief in the level of pain.

Anti-Inflammatory effect of Acupuncture

Chronic inflammation is implicated in the disease process of arthritis. This inflammatory response often results in some pathological changes at the level of bones and soft tissues surrounding the joints. These pathological changes, which include synovitis, erosion of the bone structures, ligament damages, muscle weakness, etc. brings about the secondary complications associated with arthritis. Because of this, one can only say that it is vital to reduce inflammation to the lowest level possible.

For many years now, Acupuncture procedures have been employed for their anti-inflammatory effects in treating arthritis. It is due to the stimulation of a sensory reflex brought about by the mechanical action of Acupuncture. This stimulation brings about the direct influence on the expression of inflammatory mediators such as Tumor Necrosis Factor-alpha, Interleukin, and some other pro-inflammatory cytokines. Their down-regulation plays a significant role in alleviating inflammatory response caused by arthritis.

Repair of Cartilage

Joint cartilages get degenerated progressively in arthritis, and this makes the joint painful as the structural components directly rub each other. This degeneration limits the joint functional properties such as movement. However, cartilage degeneration has been a significant problem clinically speaking, because of cartilage’s inability to repair itself. It lacks blood supply and potent stem cells.

Acupuncture has been an excellent tool in influencing the repair of cartilage by regulating the action of pro-inflammatory cytokines and growth factors on the chondrocytes’ metabolic activities. Overall, the over expression of growth factors, especially TGF-Beta1 and IGF, can be inhibited with a warm needling treatment to accelerate cartilage repair in people with arthritis.

Improving Joint Range of Motion

Pain and inflammation in an arthritic joint are usually accompanied by Joint stiffness, especially in the morning, which results in a lack of mobility and, in essence, limited daily activity. This stiffness, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, is a result of stagnation of the flow of blood to the soft tissues of the joint. However, Acupuncture can be used to induce an increase in local blood flow to the soft tissues. When needles are inserted into the body, the body responds to it by increasing the blood vessel diameter in a process called vasodilatation. This process will cause more blood flow to the localized area to rejuvenate the flexibility of the soft tissues. This increase in flexibility allows the joint to go a wide range, thus an increased range of motion.

Prevention of Osteophytic growth

In disease conditions such as arthritis and trauma to the joints, the blood flow is usually impaired. This impairment limits the access of Parathyroid hormone for osteoclastic activities. This osteoclastic activity results in bone resorption and remodeling. When blood flow is limited, and the osteoclastic activities are shut down, the bone uses excess calcium deposits to reinforce the stressed part of the bone. This reinforcement results in the formation of bone spurs called osteophytes. This Osteophytes, however, doesn’t cause any problem; the problem arises when they start compressing joint tissues.
Acupunctural procedures employ the ability of Needle stimulation to increase blood flow via increasing the blood vessel diameter. It thus increases the amount of Parathyroid hormone, which would move to the joint area to perform the bone resorption and remodeling activities accustomed.

Reduces Joint Swelling

Acupuncture is also indicated in arthritis, especially Rheumatoid arthritis, to manage the joint’s red, swollen, hot deformity. In response to inflammation, the synovium (lining of the joint) becomes attacked, resulting in excessive production of synovial fluid. While this is going on, the inflammatory process sends an inhibitory signal to the lymphatic vessels, which blocks the lymphatic drainage, and thus delaying removal of the excessive synovial fluid. This excessiveness manifests as a swollen capsule of the joint, which is brought physically as a joint deformity.
However, the meridian approach of Acupuncture is believed to have established network throughout the human body. This network is connected with integrative functions of the body, including lymph drainage by the lymphatic system. Stimulation of the appropriate acupressure point will promote lymphatic drainage and ultimately solve the problem of swelling in an arthritic joint.

In conclusion, Acupuncture offers a lot of benefits to people with arthritis. It can set on the physiological functions of the body to bring about healing. This self-healing response of the body tackles the symptoms yielding signs of arthritis that can limit our day to day activities. This includes severe pain, inflammation, reduced joint motion, soft tissue compressing bone spurs, and reduces joint swelling. It can also get rid of toxic chemicals in the body and help produce necessary antioxidants.Also, this form of modality offers no severe side effects as compared to the conventional drugs used in treating arthritis, such as NSAIDs and glucocorticoids. However, it could be unsafe and serve as an infection point if an old needle is used. Because it involves breaking the skin, Acupuncture is contraindicated in some conditions. It should not be used in the area of poor skin condition, pregnancy, diabetic patients, immune-suppression cases, stroke patients, and patients with cancer.

Alternative Treatment for Osteoporosis

Statistics have shown that a significant percentage of humans are likely to have bone loss leading to osteoporosis, at one point or the other in their lives. Although most of the treatment drugs for the condition have shown excellent results in patients, there are still ever-increasing numbers of people who want to try and stick to alternative treatment routines. Note that over the years, there have been reported cases where alternative treatment options for osteoporosis, produced remarkable and sustained results.

Although there is still more research going on to see how useful some of the options are, experts are already beginning to see more prospects in natural/non-pharmaceutical composed remedies. This is not to mean, however, that they would necessarily serve as a total replacement for all the drugs already used for treating the condition. While some alternative treatment options may significantly replace the use of some medications, others may help boost the treatment effect of the drug and may be used as complementary options.

Alternative treatment for osteoporosis involves the use of non-synthesized, natural ingredients, and methods for managing or significantly improving the condition in people. The effects of these alternative treatment options include helping to stop or significantly reduce bone loss, as well as providing specific pain relief effects.

Since there is no definite cure for osteoporosis, it is reasonable to compare the treatment and management options, to see which are the most effective with lesser or no side effects. One of the biggest reasons people are beginning to seek alternative treatment options for osteoporosis is the associated side effects of drug remedies. For instance, some of the side effects of commonly used bisphosphonate drugs are becoming of much concern.

Asides an acknowledged significance in osteoporosis treatment, patients seek remedies that also have very less ill consequences, and this is basically what alternative treatment for osteoporosis aims to achieve.
Alternative treatment options and ingredients for osteoporosis
Usually, most of the alternative treatment options are easy to implement and use on your own. However, it is advisable to inform a physician on your intended course of action, so that they can give more useful instructions.

Here are four useful alternative treatment options and ingredients for osteoporosis

Consumption of soy products

Estrogen has been identified to enhance the activity of bone producing body cells known as osteoblasts. In older women, estrogen production is significantly reduced, and this is considered as one of the underlining triggers for osteoporosis in women. Hence, as the reduced production of this hormone takes effect, there seems to be a corresponding decline in bone production.

However, soybeans have been identified as a natural source of Isoflavone components, which produce some similar effects to estrogen- in terms of bone production. This component is quite similar in structure with the regular estrogen. Several expert studies have suggested that increased or consistent addition of soy proteins to a woman’s diet should be implemented at least a few years before menopausal onset. The idea behind this is that the vital marker that helps prevent the condition is built and accumulated in the body over time, and this could help.
Hence, adding soy products to your daily diet can go a long way in improving your bone conditions. Now, while this works for osteoporosis in women, it may also show similar results in men. Asides soybeans, other important Isoflavone-producing foods include lentils, chickpeas, kidney beans, etcetera.

Engaging in exercise routines

Even if you’ve got osteoporosis, this doesn’t mean you cannot engage in some exercise routines. Exercises have a significant way of helping you retain your bone mass, and hence making your bones less brittle. The patient would also be building their muscles in the process, which also acts to shield and protect the bone from easily getting fractured. Exercise in conditions like this also has their way of gradually relieving the individuals of their pain.

Asides these, regular exercise helps the individual build their balance again, and thus reduces their chances of falling when they move about. Since osteoporosis tends to be more pronounced as a person’s age advances, exercise routines are, in fact, essential for people as they grow old. It is one of the most important alternative treatments for osteoporosis.
Before booking your exercise sessions with a coach, however, always remember to consult with a doctor and also let them know how you’re doing. Make sure to find out what exercise types are right for you, and this is what you should stick to.

Black cohosh herb

The ancient black cohosh herb is another alternative treatment that is being explored for managing osteoporosis in persons. Although not so much scientific research has been done to ascertain the therapeutic effect and safeness of this herb, it has been in use for many decades- especially by the native American populace. In 2008, a study group made some findings using rats for the test. It was discovered that the active component in the herb (phytoestrogen) improved bone formation in the rat, over a period of about 48hours.

Studies have shown that estrogen and any other component like it would have some positive effect against osteoporosis. However, not so much is yet known on how effective phytoestrogen is in humans. Another claim supporting the use of this herb as a management option for osteoporosis is that it was also used in treating postmenopausal symptoms associated with reduced estrogen supply.

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is not a new term for many people, but you probably did not know it could also have a significant effect on reducing the impact of osteoporosis. This method makes use of contact with strategic points and locations of the human body. If you’re adopting acupuncture as an alternative treatment for osteoporosis, you should see someone who knows how this applies to the healing of the bones.
Additionally, acupuncture may necessarily require the individual to make use of other treatment options together with the method. This is because acupuncture practice is only used mainly as a complementary treatment option for osteoporosis.

Note that although this method is entirely acknowledged by several individuals who have suffered from the conditions, it is one of the alternative techniques still under investigation. However, if you want to try what is natural and is believed to have worked for several hundreds of people, then why not.

Other essential alternative treatment for osteoporosis

Now, there are some basic things that an individual must know when treating osteoporosis. Most times, osteoporosis is caused by insufficient calcium and vitamin D elements in the body. An essential thing to do is adjust your diet to incorporate more calcium and vitamin D producing foods.

Calcium is supposed to be the most abundant element in the human body. They are essential in maintaining bone health, and even its formation. Sometimes, however, a supposed calcium deficiency is an inability of the body to absorb sufficient levels of the element. This is why you also need to take vitamin D rich food as a complement for your calcium-rich foods.

Fortunately, many calcium-rich foods also provide some vitamin D. Hence; you can add more components like spinach, tuna, collards, egg yolk, salmon, orange juice, etcetera to your meals.

On the other hand, to prevent inhibition of vitamin D absorption, patients must avoid using drugs that have shown this tendency. This includes antacid medications, as well as steroids like prednisolone.

Note that the list of alternative treatments for osteoporosis is a little more extensive, although most are still being researched. The condition of osteoporosis varies in individuals, and while it may be less severe in some persons, it could be quite extreme in others. Many times, people who started early on some of these alternative treatment options didn’t have to progress into more severe osteoporosis conditions. But then, even persons who already did had some remarkable improvements as well.

Boldo is good for your liver, hence good for Arthritis

Any thing that is good the the liver will help your arthritis condition.

The plant is an evergreen tree that grow to about 18 feet with small berries, but it is the leaf that is of most interest and been used for centuries medicinally.  In this case the plant is either male or female, so will need to plant one of each for it to produce.

Legend has it that a Sheppard in Chile noticed when his sheep ate a certain plant (now known as boldo) they were healthier in general and had less liver problems. It’s hard to imagine sheep having too many liver problems – maybe it’s from too much Chilean wine!!!

Anyway the plant is now particularly well known for helping with liver conditions, or as a preventative measure maintaining the health of the liver. Besides its positive effect on the liver it also encourages the gall bladder. Boldo is also known to intestinal worms, rheumatism, cystitis, colds, hepatitis, constipation, gout, and jaundice. In a general sense it helps to protect the liver and encourage the production of bile. This in turn can lower cholesterol and improve digestion.

Boldo contains many plant compounds but one alkaloid in particular is boldine has shown in recent studies to have properties that protect the liver and encourages the production of bile something people have known for centuries. This alkaloid has shown during studies to have encouraged digestive juices. In other research boldine has been shown to be a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and reduce uric acid plus an anti-oxidant with blood thinning properties. Some very new research is indicating that boldine increases heart flow, improving the heart function in general.

However, boldine is one of many plant compounds in boldo that work synergistically, this means it is better in the whole form with all it components in tack. This herb should not be used in high doses or for a long time without a break. If you have a sluggish digestion that makes you feel bloated and full then boldo might be the herb for you. Buy a couple of scrubs and plant in your garden. Make a tea pot of three heaped teaspoons of leaves to three large mug full of boiling water – leave to brew for 10 to 15 minutes. Drink one mug full and put the rest in the refrigerator, drink another cup around lunch time and one in the evening. Those other two cups can be warmed up or just drink cold. The taste is not too bad, the smell is quite distinctive and for this reason some people prefer drinking it cold. Do this for about 6 weeks and then take a break. If this does not appeal, tea bags are easy to find in most supermarkets.

Caution – avoid if you are pregnant as it has abortive properties. Avoid if you are taking a blood thinner like warfarin.

Many arthritis sufferers take antacids

Sonia Jones ND from the Haven Spa and Health Clinic

Some people find the medication they take causes them a lot of digestive problems.

Does eating give you heart burn? Do you reach for antacids that may or may not work, are expensive, have side-effects and only treat your symptoms? Taking antacids can compromise your health and speed up degeneration.

There are alternatives that cost less, have no side-effects and in some cases treat the cause not just the symptoms.

Heartburn can be the result of a weak lower esophageal sphincter (LES for short), the muscle that rings the base of the esophagus. The esophagus is the tube that carries food into the stomach. Swallowing opens the LES allowing food to enter the stomach, otherwise the LES is supposed to stay closed so stomach acid doesn’t seep back up into the esophagus, this is called “reflux”. If your lower esophageal sphincter allows reflux, you get heartburn. If you have ever suffered you will know how very painful it is, some people have suffered so much pain they thought they were having a heart attack.

What do antacids do?

Some antacids reduce stomach acid acidity so it burns less. Others reduce stomach acid secretion so there is less in the stomach to cause problems.

The problem is we need normal amounts of strong stomach acid to digest food properly.

So the situation of lowering secretion or reducing stomach acidity on a regular basis could impair digestion in the long run, setting up all sorts of problems in the future. I am not referring to the very occasional use at Christmas or after a big dinner party when you eat far too much.

Taking regular substantial amounts of aluminium containing antacids can negatively influence the calcium in our bones, encouraging osteoporosis. Also, you need to consider, if you take any other medication, check with your Doctor as regular daily use of antacids can interfere with absorption of some prescription drugs. This is only a consideration if you are taking antacids on a regular basis. In some people antacids can cause constipation.

Practical Advice

If your problem is a weakened LES the following suggestions are definitely worth trying.

Some foods and drinks increase secretion of stomach acids: alcohol, oranges, carbonated beverages, vinegar, spicy foods and tomato-based foods, while other foods can trigger the release of hormone-like compounds that relax the LES. These include chocolate, tea, coffee, alcohol and greasy foods.

Experiment maybe only one or two of these foods are affecting you personally.

  1. a) Avoid all of the above foods and drinks for a few days
  2. b) then gradually introduce one food or drink one at a time and wait to see what happens before introducing another food from the above list.

Other things to consider –

1) Overfilling the stomach with big meals can force acid past the LES. Eat smaller meals more often.

2) Certainly don’t lie down after eating.

3) Extra weight increases physical pressure on the stomach, and can force acid up into the esophagus. That is why heartburn is so common among pregnant women. If you are over weight it is worth considering loosing weight for many health reasons.

4) Don’t smoke. Cigarettes, not only relaxes the LES but also increase secretions of stomach acids.

Herbs

Chamomile is excellent for heartburn.1 dessertspoon per 1 mug of boiled water. Steep (covered) for 10 minutes and then strain. Chamomile is also good for enhancing digestion in general. Drink only when needed. If you want to drink chamomile teas throughout the day make it much weaker. I teaspoon per mug of boiling water.

Ginger works wonders for some. Use 1 teaspoon of fresh grated root per cup. Steep (covered) for 10 minutes and strain. The dried herb can be used, but less per cup. Ginger is not recommended if you often feel hot but would be good for those of you who always feel cold or have poor circulation.

Peppermint tea works really well. I would not recommend peppermint to people who always feel cold otherwise it is a very good remedy. This is a cooling herb so would be good for those of you who feel warm. See instructions for making chamomile tea.

You have nothing to lose by trying the above suggestions if they don’t help you can seek the help of a qualified health practitioner. One way or another you need to stop taking antacids on a regular basis for the sake of your overall health and long term aging plan.

Foods – Keep your diet very simple for two weeks and gradually introduce one food at a time, monitor your reaction to the individual food.

Most people do not have a problem with all these foods – generally only one to three foods set up a problem. If you do have a problem with just about any foods, look up a Naturopath or Nutritional Therapist for help.