Arthritis is a way of referring to joint pain or joint disease; which means it is an inflammation of the joints.
Symptoms generally include joint pain and stiffness. Other symptoms may include redness, warmth, swelling, and decreased range of motion of the affected joints.
In TCM, practitioners believe that joint pain such as that of arthritis are caused by a blockage that prevents the smooth flow of Qi through-out your body. Because this blockage is associated with the bones, it is called Bone Bi. Bone Bi is a blockage that impacts the bones and joints.Within TCM, the belief is that the cause of Bone Bi is environmental. Specifically, the wind, cold, and dampness can penetrate your bones, muscles, tendons, and joints – causing pain, reduced mobility, and stiffness.
In some people the cold weather triggers pain or swelling, others find humidity and heat makes them feel worse. So, both have POS, but the patterns are different. The Cold pattern needs warming, moving the stagnation of QI or blood. The Heat pattern would need a treatment to eliminate excess heat and move the stasis (blockages) locked in the joints causing pain.
ARTHRITIS is a dis-ease that comes from a constant pattern of criticism. First of all, criticism of the self, and then criticism of other people. Arthritic people often attract a lot of criticism because it is their pattern to criticize. They are cursed with “perfectionism,” the need to be perfect at all times in every situation. ” YOU CAN HEAL YOUR LIFE ~ Louise Hay
The main causes:
- infections ( bacterial and fungus)
- certain foods ( sugar, wheat and milk if there is a sensitivity )
- microbiota imbalance ( dysbiosis)
The best natural remedies:
- stretches: when you have arthritis, dynamic stretches can help increase your range of motion and keep your joints lubricated, which can ease some of the stiffness and pain associated with the condition. “Yoga offers gentle stretching and flexibility, but the breath work can be incredibly helpful for people with arthritis because it improve chest expansion,” said Diana Zotos, PT, a certified yoga instructor and physical therapist in the rehabilitation department at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. Yoga’s deep, diaphragmic breathing supports posture.”
- Devil’s claw (Harpagophytum procumbens): is a plant native to South Africa. It was discovered by indigenous people in the Kalahari .Healers of those tribes were the first to perceive the therapeutic potential of Harpagophytum procumbens and especially of its roots. They began to use these roots to treat various diseases. In particular, they noticed benefits to relieve joint pains, muscle aches and digestive disorders. Traditionally, the roots of this plant have been used to treat a wide range of ailments, such as fever, pain, arthritis, and indigestion. In particular, devil’s claw contains iridoid glycosides, a class of compounds which has demonstrated anti-inflammatory Nowadays, harpagophytum is mainly recommended to relieve joint pains, muscle aches and digestive disorders.
- Boswellia (Boswellia serrata): also known as Indian frankincense, is an herbal extract taken from the Boswellia serrata Resin made from boswellia extract has been used for centuries in Asian and African folk medicine. Boswellia helps lower inflammation and prevents autoimmune diseases. Inflammation is the response of bodily tissues to any form of irritation, injuries, infections or disorders of the immune system. Whenever you feel pain, redness, swelling and sometimes loss of function, this is inflammation attempting to heal you. Researchers concluded that the anti-inflammatory, anti-arthritic and analgesic activities of boswellia make it a promising treatment for decreasing knee pain, increasing knee flexion and increasing walking distances in those prone to frequent swelling in the knee joints. Boswellia interferes with autoimmune disease development, since it seems to help control the production of immunoglobulins, or antibodies, which are made by the immune system to fight potential threats: bacteria, viruses, fungi and toxins.
- Methylsulfonylmethane ( MSM): it’s a sulfur-containing compound found naturally in plants, animals and humans, widely used in the alternative medicine field and by people looking for a natural way to relieve joint pain, reduce inflammation and boost immunity. Studies have shown that MSM significantly reduces inflammation in your body. It also inhibits the breakdown of cartilage, a flexible tissue that protects the ends of your bones in joints. Research shows that many patients with arthritis, joint pain, stiffness, knee/back problems and a limited range of motion experience a reduction in symptoms and improved quality of life when taking an MSM supplement. MSM supplements may help treat arthritis because they help the body form new joint and muscle tissue while lowering inflammatory responses that contribute to swelling and stiffness. Sulfur also impacts the immune system and facilitates normal cellular activity.
- Turmeric: contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is also a great infection fighter, having antiviral, antibacterial and antifungal properties, helps the liver to detoxify and is remarkably non-toxic even at relatively high doses. Turmeric comes from the Curcuma longa plant, which grows in India and other Southeast Asian countries. It is a member of the ginger family. The dried root of this plant is ground into the distinctive yellow powder, giving it the name golden spice.
- Querctin: is an antioxidant that belongs to a class of water-soluble plant substances called flavonoids, which are present in certain fruits and vegetables. Arguably, red onions are one of the most potent sources of quercetin, and it’s said that onions can absorb quercetin twice more than tea, and thrice more than apples. Quercetin is a known anti-inflammatory, and can assist in fighting chronic diseases that may affect your body. Quercetin can help stop damaging particles in the body known as free radicals, which negatively impact how cells work — including damaging cell membranes, changing the way DNA works, increasing cell mutations and causing healthy cells to die. It can also reduce expression of inflammatory genes such as interleukin.
- Ashwagandha: it’s classified as an adaptogen, meaning that it can help your body manage stress. The ashwagandha plant is a small shrub with yellow flowers that’s native to India and North Africa. Ashwagandha is considered a pain reliever that acts on the nervous system to prevent pain signals from being sent. It’s also thought to have some anti-inflammatory properties. For this reason, some research has shown it to be effective in treating forms of arthritis. Ashwagandha has been noted in Ayurvedic manuscripts as well as modern medicine as being an effective remedy for both rheumatoid arthritis (Amavata) and osteoarthritis (Sandhi-gata Vata). In addition, ashwagandha was found in animal studies to be more effective against inflammation than phenylbutazone or hydrocortisone.
- Meadowsweet: containing salicylic acid is an effective herb against inflammation. It is now thought that most diseases can be traced back to chronic low-level inflammation, making this herb an extremely useful tool in your natural health kit. The salicylate content in Meadowsweet lowers joint inflammation and its analgesic activity eases the pain in the body. It also promotes the health of connective tissues. Salicylates provide an anti-inflammatory property that is effective for rheumatic pain.
- Krill oil contains inflammation-fighting omega-3 fats and an antioxidant called astaxanthin. Krill oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids like docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), which have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties. According to one study out of the University of Tehran in Iran, supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids for just eight weeks was able to significantly reduce levels of inflammatory markers in the blood. Krill oil also contains astaxanthin, a natural pigment that can help fight the free radicals that cause chronic inflammation. In addition to lowering the risk of chronic disease, the anti-inflammatory properties of krill oil could have far-reaching benefits that extend to nearly every aspect of health, from slowing aging to protecting against certain autoimmune conditions.
- White willow: dating all the way back to the time of Hippocrates, people have chewed on white willow bark to help naturally dull pain and inflammation. Today we know from studies that willow bark has the capability to reduce inflammation and oxidative stress and increase antioxidant activity, including glutathione.