Aspirin – is not without its side-effects

How many people have you met, that have an Aspirin deficiency? Yet people are taking Aspirin every day, with its negative side-effects. Some use Aspirin as a blood thinner and others as a painkiller. Yet nature has provided us with substances that can thin the blood and kill pain and bring with them a whole host of positive side-effects.

Aspirin – many older people are on a long term low-dose aspirin, taking it everyday for many years.

“Many Adverse Drug Reactions (ADRs) are caused not by the drug directly but by drug-induced nutritional deficiencies. One glaring example of this concerns aspirin. Marketed and prescribed for daily use to prevent heart attack, aspirin depletes the body of the life-saving nutrient folic acid, as well as iron, potassium, sodium, vitamin C, and more. The very nutrients needed to protect the circulatory system. Symptoms of folic acid depletion include anemia, birth defects, elevated homocysteine (a risk factor for heart disease), headache, fatigue, hair loss, insomnia, diarrhea, and increased infection. This warning should not be taken lightly. Studies show that the side-effects of aspirin are so severe they can increase the risk of death in people who take it regularly”.– Jon Herring

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.

Rosehip ‘better than painkillers’ for arthritis

From The Telegragh by Kate Devlin, Medical Correspondent

Rosehip could be more effective than painkillers at easing the pain of arthritis suffers, scients claim

The pain-relieving properties of rosehip, which has previously been linked to reduced inflammation in osteoarthritis, have been suggested for decades. Now scientists have found that powder made from a wild variety of rosehip, Rosa canina, is better at reducing pain in patients than paracetamol.

It is hoped that the fruit of the plant could bring relief to the more than two million sufferers of osteoarthritis in Britain, many of whom suffer acute pain.

A review of studies, published in the medical journal, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, looked at the effect of the powder on more than 300 patients who were given different pain-relieving medications for an average of three months.

They found that rosehip was almost three times more effective than standard paracetamol at relieving pain. It was also almost 40 per cent more effective than another common therapy, the drug glucosamine.

Rosehip powder also did not have the side-effects associated with other pain medications, including constipation and
drowsiness.

The team which conducted the study, led by Dr Robin Christensen, of the Frederiksberg Hospital in Copenhagen, believes the powder works by also tackling the inflammation associated with osteoarthritis.

Dr Kaj Winther, an inflammation specialist at the Frederiksberg Hospital, said: “This is very exciting news for arthritis sufferers. Some of the main advantages of taking an alternative medication such as rosehip to reduce pain are that, firstly, it is readily available over the counter and, secondly, unlike traditional painkillers, it does not produce unpleasant side-effects.”

Osteoarthritis can occur in any joint in the body, although it is most common in the hands, knees, hips and spine. The disease is caused by the slow deterioration of the joint over many years and tends to run in families.

Lupus Awareness May – Drug induced Lupus the bad news and the good news

The Bad News – It has been reported the there are dozens of medications that can trigger systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). The drugs most lightly to cause “drug-induced lupus” –

Hydralazine for blood pressure

Quinidine and Procainamide used for abnormal heart rhythms

Phenytoin used for epilepsy

Isoniazid used for tuberculois

D-penicillamine used for rheumatoid arthritis

The Good News – These drugs are known to stimulate the immune system and cause SLE. Usually drug-induced SLE accounts for about 5% and generally the symptoms subside when you stop taking the medications.

Lupus Awareness May – The symptoms and signs of lupus (under the Arthritis umbrella)

The symptoms and signs of Lupus (under the Arthritis umbrella)

There are no hard and fast rules – systemic lupus erythematosus SLE can develop a different combination of symptoms, with various parts and/or organs involved.

The most common symptoms –

Fatigue

Low-grade fever

Loss of appetite

Aching muscles

Mouth ulcers

The butterfly rash

Hyper-sensitivity to sunlight

Inflammation of the mucus lining of the lungs

Pericarditis of the heart (inflammatory condition)

Raynaud’s – poor circulation to fingers and toes

Complications involving organs, the severity of the disease will depend on which organs are involved –

The Skin only – discoid lupus. The skin rash is often found on the face and scalp. Inflammation is typically red with no pain no itching, however these rashes can scar but more often than not heal with permanent scarring. can scar more often than not. When the scarring occurs on the scalp, hair loss is possible, generally not permanent. It is thought that about 7% of discoid cases can develop into SLE.

About 50% of SLE sufferers develop a red, flat facial rash over the bridge of their nose, called the butterfly rash becaise of it shape. Most patients with SLE will develop arthritis during the course of their illness. Arthritis in SLE commonly involves swelling, pain, stiffness, and even deformity of the small joints of the hands, wrists, and feet.

Sometimes, the arthritis of SLE can mimic that of rheumatoid arthritis.The more serious this inflammatory condition is when the brain, liver, and kidneys are affected. White blood cells and blood-clotting factors also
can be characteristically decreased in SLE, which can increase the risk of infection and increased risk of bleeding.

Inflammation of muscles causing muscle pain and weakness.Inflammation of blood vessels that supply oxygen to all the cells in the body causing a derterioration to nerves, the skin, or internal organs.

Inflammation of the lining of the lungs causing pain.

Inflammation of the heart can cause sharp chest pain.

Inflammation of the kidneys can cause fluid retention, high blood pressure, and even kidney failure.

Inflammation of the brain can cause personality changes, strange thoughts, seizures or even a coma.

Damage to nerves can cause numbness, tingling, and weakness of the involved body parts or extremities.

Some patients with SLE also have Raynaud’s phenomenon poor circulation to fingers and toes. The tips can look as if the blood has completely drained out, often accompanied by pain and numbness in the exposed
fingers tips and toes.

3 effective exercises/disciplines for Arthritis

FELDENKRAIS METHOD“Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself” — Moshe Feldenkrais. The Feldenkrais Method is recognised for its demonstrated ability to improve posture, flexibility, coordination, self-image and to alleviate muscular tension and pain. The effectiveness of the Feldenkrais Method is in its ability to access the nervous system’s own innate processes to change and refine functioning. Feldenkrais is based on principles of physics, biomechanics and a complete understanding of human development. As a form of somatic education, the Feldenkrais Method uses gentle movement and directed attention to improve movement and enhance human functioning. This allows increased ease and range of motion, improved flexibility and coordination, and a re-discovery of efficient, graceful movement.

8 Natural Arthritis Pain Relief Tips on a Budget

There are some ingredients provided by nature that can help you reduce some pain. When we talk about pain relief for something like arthritis there is no one miracle potion, potion or concoction. You need to implement several of these listed below into your daily life. Natural arthritis pain relief can bring about that added help to give your body a break from so much pain. Some of the ingredients recommended are fresh others are dried, for these dried ingredients go on the internet and order them in bulk (non-branded) this is a far cheaper way of buying what you need.

1) Epsom Salt (magnesium sulfate) in a hot bath or if you don’t have a bathtub then a foot bath is excellent alternative. The magnesium is absorbed by through the skin and the feet are highly absorbent. Magnesium is sadly lacking in the average diet these day so people are generally deficient. Magnesium has anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic properties helping greatly to relieve suffering. Put two cups of Epsom salt in the bathtub or one cup in a foot bath with hot water and soak your feet for 30 minutes, topping up with hot water if you need to. If you have heart or kidney problems I would ask your physician about using Epsom Salt. Use Epsom salts two to three times a week. Magnesium sulphate can help with cramps, will nourishment for the joints (as the magnesium is absorbed through the skin) and helps detoxify the body in general

Arthritis suffers – baths are therapeutic.

Most people have stopped having baths or even had their bathtubs removed, as most people have a “quick shower”. They are considered cleaner, more cost effect, time saving and showers take up far less space. So plenty of reasons to take a shower. However, you are missing out on an extremely therapeutic tool especially if you have arthritis. Baths can be used to de-stress your life and treat various conditions especially painful . Most people are too busy getting ready for to work in the morning so showers are the only answer. After a particularly hard day at work with aches and pains especially from arthrits, its good to relax in a warm bath, especially if you have trouble sleeping.

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Fenugreek seeds ease muscle spasm and helps arthritis

It is one of the oldest medicinal herbs held in high regard by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. The seeds smell a little like celery but have a mild bitter/sour taste and are often used in curries.

Studies have shown fenugreek seeds help to stabilize blood sugar levels, very useful when you are trying to change to a healthy diet. This helps reduce cravings for certain foods enouraging you to make better food choices. A very important aspect in reducing pain and inflammation.

It helps lung congestion aiding in bringing up mucus, this is why opera singers use to use it to clear phlegm.