Chai Tea is wonderfully spicy – powerful anti-inflammatory properties

Chai Tea

Wonderful aromatic tea, a drink traditionally found in India and Nepal.

Place three mugs full of water or 50:50 water and rice milk or oat milk into a pan. Add a few crushed cardamom pods, whole cloves, cinnamon bark or powdered, and a few slices of fresh ginger. Bring to a boil gradually, simmer for a short while, then remove from the heat and add some green tea, allow it to steep for a couple of minutes. Try not to sweeten with anything. Only if you have to sweeten your tea add a little Stevia (easy to find in most supermarkets).

How osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis differ

Rheumatoid Arthritis is a systemic inflammatory disease, which means this disease is throughout the body and not just with the joints. The joints do suffer inflammation but not degeneration. In rheumatoid arthritis there is inflammation in the tissue that surrounds and lines the joint and this inflammation causes stiffness, pain and swelling (fluid build up). People with rheumatoid arthritis have much more stiffness in their joints than somebody with osteoarthritis.

On awakening stiffness can last for about 2 hours after getting up.

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.

Shou-xing (Balls of Eternal Health)

Since ancient times, the Chinese have written about healing therapies to the hands. I am sure you have all seen the Chinese Shou-xing balls. This idea was created five hundred years ago during the Ming Dynasty, Shou-xing means Balls of Eternal Health. The Emperor’s physician had advised him that in order to treat his failing health he would need to exercise all his vital organs and at the same time reduce his hypertension. Hence the Balls of External Health were made. Since then generation after generation has benefited from the practice. How do they work?

Your liver, help it help you reduce pain.

Your liver, help it help you reduce pain.

Our liver is underrated, over worked and taken for granted. Yet this organ serves several very important functions, not least detoxification. However, there’s a limit to what the liver can take on a daily basis year after year. Especially these days of ever increasing demands from foods and drinks that contains unnatural substances in ever increasing quantities. This continual bombardment eventually causes the organ to struggle. A struggling liver can contribute to all sorts of conditions like arthritis and over the longer period you might end up with conditions like cirrhosis or hepatitis to varying degrees.

Give your liver a break, take the load off by reducing the amount of artificial substances that give your liver an extra work load, as these substances are difficult to break down and take up extra resources.

Important elements to consider –

Arthritis Intolerances and Allergies

Arthritis Intolerances and Allergies

Chronic joint pain of arthritis maybe due to or triggered by allergies or intolerances. The pain and inflammation can be a direct consequence of a health problem or a symptom of another condition. Allergies can be misunderstood or confused with intolerances. Anyone can suffer chronic joint pain and inflammation but generally rarer in children, people can be young but are more likely to be middle aged or elderly adults. Arthritis in its many forms is the main cause of chronic joint pain and inflammation. It cannot be ignored just hoping the condition will simply improve on its own. There is much that can be done to protect yourself from further degeneration.

As you have probably read there are a whole host of treatments that can be prescribed for the relief of chronic joint pain, and they include not only traditional medication but herbal and mineral supplements as well as stress management techniques, special physical therapy, massage, suitable exercise and diet. For extreme conditions there are numerous types of braces and supports that are meant to reduce osteo-skeletal pressure and thus relieve chronic joint pain.

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.

12 Things for Chronic Back Pain Relief

12 Things for Chronic Back Pain Relief

Chronic pain is pain that you have suffered for some time, unlike acute pain which is something you have just suffered from maybe due to a recent injury. Chronic back pain can be frustrating and tiring to deal with, often disturbing sleep and making everything worse. It can certainly stop you enjoying life to the full. Though I can’t make any guarantees I can say that if you take some or all the measure below you will get relief from your pain to some degree. Some have had much more relief that they expected while others have had less depending on how bad their case was and how much they incorporated.

1) Acupuncture has been known to help treat back pain for many generations. Many people have managed their chronic back pain without medication. However, the treatment would be far more effective if while you are undergoing acupuncture you took a few more measures listed here. Acupuncture is believed to calm the nervous system while releasing chemicals (hormones) that will help heal the body.