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Anti-inflammatory Herbs for Arthritis

If you were born in the baby boomer years when you see the word “herbs,” marijuana might be one of the words that come to mind. Well, medical marijuana is listed as one of the Anti-inflammatory Herbs for Arthritis; however thank goodness it is not the only herb with anti-inflammatory characteristics. Since medical marijuana requires a prescription from a doctor to be legal, I am providing you with links to my research nevertheless, this will not be the main focus within this hub.

Prior to listing the anti-inflammatory natural herbal remedies that my research has revealed that do not require a prescription; let’s take a look at the crippling disease of arthritis. Delve into Google Health and you will learn that arthritis is inflammation of the joints which results in pain, swelling, stiffness, and limited movement.

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  • CDC - Arthritis Home Page
    Arthritis is the most common cause of disability in the United States, limiting the activities of nearly 19 million adults.
  • Arthritis Foundation
    The Arthritis Foundation is the only national not-for-profit organization that supports the more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions.

Symptoms and Causes of Arthritis

Please note that rheumatoid arthritis is only one type of arthritis there are over 100 different types of arthritis and the depilating symptoms can be:

  • pain and or warmth around a joint
  • redness of the skin and or reduced ability to move the joint, and
  • stiffness or swelling of one or more joints

Causes of this joint inflammation may occur for numerous reasons including:

  • general “wear and tear” on specific joints
  • a broken bone and or serious injury to the joints
  • an autoimmune disease in which the immune system tricks the body into believing there a foreign body part and attacks the joints in that location, or
  • infection which can be caused by viruses or bacteria

The type of treatment one receives is determined by the cause of the arthritis, the severity, which joints are affected and how the condition affects your daily activities. Your doctor should take into consideration your age and occupation as well. There are numerous prescription drugs available to treat arthritis, however if you are like me, and many others you might prefer to explore alternative medicines prior to taking strong prescriptions. For me this is a personal preference that has to do a lot with my heritage of which perhaps I will discuss in another hub, and what happened to my dad. But for now let’s take a look at the numerous places arthritis can attack your body and the anti-inflammatory herbs for arthritis information I’ve discovered.

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Doctors’ for Herbal Remedies

Jacob Teitelbaum, MD article titled The 6-Week Arthritis Cure asks,Don’t want to be one of the over 16,500 Americans who unnecessarily die yearly from arthritis medications?” Of which, I’m sure that most people would prefer not to be a part of such statistics.

Unfortunately, it's been less than a year since my dad died from complications generated from what my family and I believe resulted from too many prescription drugs for arthritis. Hopefully this hub will assist others from having to endure such a tragedy.

Dr. Teitelbaum’s theory about curing arthritis consists of a program devised to decrease inflammation and help to mend the affected joints. The components of his program are:

  • To repair the joints by taking a combination of glucosamine sulfate, MSM, and Chondrotin along with a good multi-vitamin.
  • To restore function through movement by begin to stretch, exercise, lose weight if necessary, and the application of heat.
  • To rule out and treat infections and food allergies, which can cause inflammation and aggravate arthritis symptoms.
  • To reverse inflammation by taking natural anti-inflammatory herbs to assist in reducing swelling thus eliminating pain.

Natural Arthritis Herbal Remedies and Foods

I’ve include the video to the right because it reveals that there are numerous ways to reduce inflammation without prescription drugs; one means is by monitoring one's diet. and including anti-inflammatory foods.

Now for the anti-inflammatory herbs remedies that Dr. Teitelbaum recommends are boswellia, willow bark, and cherry. In addition, to those I have discovered there are a few more anti-inflammatory herbs for arthritis:

Salai Guggal

Salai Guggal

Boswellia Serrata

Boswellia is a moderately large branching tree found in the dry hilly areas of India. The tree trunk is tapped and a gummy oleoresin is exuded. A purified extract of this resin is used in modern herbal preparations and has anti-inflammatory action much like conventional nonsteriodal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

  • What is Boswellia?
    Boswellia is a purified extract of this resin is used in modern herbal preparations.
  • Boswellia Reduces Inflammation
    The ancient herb boswellia has been used for thousands of years to treat conditions that, in recent years, have been found to be caused by inflammation
Salix alba

Salix alba

White willow or Willow bark

The ancient Egyptians used white willow for inflammation. The white willow tree is a native to Europe and Asia. This arthritis herbal remedy can be used instead of ibuprofen or aspirin because it does not appear to be an irritant to the stomach lining.

 Prunus

Prunus

Cherry

Cherries can be found in America, Europe, and Asia. The University of Michigan researchers have performed a recent study that has revealed that a cherry-enriched diet reduced inflammation markers in animals by up to 50 percent. Other studies have indicated that the anthocyanins in cherries may be beneficial for arthritis, including a range of other inflammatory-related conditions.

Zingiberaceae -Circuminoid

Zingiberaceae -Circuminoid

Curcumin

The rhizomes of the turmeric plant are boiled for several hours and then dried in hot ovens, and then are ground into a deep orange-yellow powder commonly used as a spice in curries and other South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisine.  It is said to stimulate blood circulation, solves blood clot, is an antioxidant and an anti-inflammatory agent that relieves pain. Curcumin is an active ingredient that has an earthy, bitter, peppery flavor and a mustardy smell.

  • curcumin arthritis
    Nathan Wei is a nationally known board-certified rheumatologist and author of the Second Opinion Arthritis Treatment Kit.
  • Curcumin & Arthritis - General Information
    A University of Arizona physician and a UA plant scientist have determined that turmeric root can prevent the onset of rheumatoid arthritis.
Zingiber officinale

Zingiber officinale

Ginger

This underground stem or knobby rhizome has been grown in Asia, India, and Arabia since ancient times. It is known to aid digestion, treat an upset stomach, and nausea for more than 2000 years. In recent years it has been found to reduce inflammation.  In a study of 261 people with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, when the ginger extract was used twice a participants experienced less pain and required fewer pain-killing medications.

  • Ginger
    In addition to providing relief from nausea and vomiting, ginger extract has long been used in traditional medical practices to reduce inflammation.
  • arthritis pain relief - rheumatoid arthritis symptoms and remedy
    Full strength natural alternative medicines, health remedies and organic health supplements. Numerous articles and a newsletter with health news and tips.
Harpagophytum procumbens

Harpagophytum procumbens

Devil’s Claw

This herb comes from the southern portion of Africa. The active ingredients are believed to be iridoid glycosides called harpagosides found within the secondary root. The Rheumatology journal published a study that compared devil’s claw extract to the anti-inflammatory prescription drug Vioxx (now off the market, but one of the drugs my dad was on for years). Within six weeks the devil’s claw was deemed as effective as the Vioxx for reducing pain and it also appears to work in the same manner as the Cox-2 anti-inflammatory drugs such as Celebrex (another one of the drugs that my dad took for years).

Symphytum officinale L

Symphytum officinale L

Comfrey

Comfrey cream – Comfrey is an herb with a plant origin in Asia and Europe. It is a perennial with oblong dark green leaves that is full of vitamins, minerals, and chlorophyll. Chlorophyll acts as a catalyst, to promote healing within the body and is a valuable blood purifier. Comfrey cream has been taken off the market as an oral supplement however; it can be used as a topical cream containing comfrey extracts.

The herb comfrey contains potentially dangerous levels of pyrrolizidine alkaloids (a toxic substances) so it is not to be taken orally any longer. Studies have shown that individuals using comfrey extract cream during a three week period showed an improvement in mobility and pain.

  • Comfrey
    Description of comfrey, its habitat, medicinal uses, and other useful tips.
  • The COMFREY Herb
    Widely used throughout its native Europe and Asia, comfrey is powerful herb that contains substances that can reduce
Cannabis -photo from commons.wikipedia

Cannabis -photo from commons.wikipedia

Medical Marijuana

Marijuana requires a prescription to use for medical reasons otherwise it is illegal to use. Most of the articles that I read revealed that this herbal drug showed improvement in movement, less pain, better sleep and a reduction in inflammation. However, this drug is still illegal in many states and research is still being done to determine how and what this drug will be prescribed for.

Other Alternatives for Arthritis

Ending Notes…

In summary I would like to say that the purpose of this hub has been to inform readers that at times there are alternative medicines that can assist an individual through pain and illnesses just as well as prescription drugs. For years doctors, the government, and the FDA have been against herbal medicines. However, within recent years numerous doctors have began researching and recommending some alternative medicines. Personally, I feel blessed to have found a doctor that works with me and meets me halfway when it comes to prescription verses herbal drugs.

Please do not view this as a pro herbal remedies and con prescription drugs rant; however in some ways it might should be. Over the years I’ve watched my dad suffer badly with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) I was under the impression that he had been taking some herbal remedies and getting relief from them. However, it was not until he was on his deathbed that I realized the numerous harmful prescription drugs he was continuously taking. My dad’s last days were spent bleeding profusely from all major organs because of previous side effects from the medications he had taken over the years.

He spent his last days having numerous blood transfusions and dying a slow painful death as he was taken off of all previous medications that relieved pain and reduced swelling. I am not a doctor, or an herbalist; I am just a daughter that loss her dad way too soon. And the saddest thing is that if my dad had lived through this ordeal, his doctors were talking about possible herbal remedies that could be suggested for him; to assist in elevating the pain and suffering associated with RA. The doctors knew he could NO LONGER be on the prescription drugs that he had been using for so many years. Now that is an example of the full-circle of bureaucratic crap that is centered around natural remedies and alternative medicines.

Common sense to me would have deemed to have Dad on herbal remedies first and used the prescription drugs as emergency alternatives. Anyway, hopefully someone else can benefit from this story. So please keep an open mind to herbal remedies that might have less harmful side effects than some prescription drugs. And by all means whatever you are taking be it prescription or natural herbs take time to research, ask questions, and research some more to find out what the product is doing to your body.

If you like this hub and want additional information; you will find the below link helpful as well:

Natural Anti-Inflammatory Remedies for Arthritis

Disclaimer:

This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. Before engaging in any complementary medical technique, including the use of natural or herbal remedies, you should do your own research, and then consult your present physician. If your doctor does not believe in alternative medicines and you would like to give them a try then find a reputable doctor familiar with natural herbal remedies for arthritis that can assist you in deciding what treatments might meet your specific needs.

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Comments

Gail Meyers from Johnson County, Kansas on February 13, 2013:

Wow, this is an amazing hub! It is very informative and helpful. Thanks! Voted up, awesome, linked and shared.

Chloe from Aust on November 10, 2012:

What fantastic information you have provided. It will come in very handy. I've been drinking ginger & Turmeric tea everyday which so far is helping with my health.

Katherine Olga Tsoukalas from New Hampshire on September 01, 2012:

This is a very informative hub! Lots of great info here. My favorite herb to use for inflammation lately is ginger and I appreciated that you mentioned it.

Hudson Pierce from United States on March 18, 2012:

Great info. My mother has RA and I will recommend this article to her. I certainly do not want the same thing to happen to her that happened to your dad. Thanks :)

Voted up!

louromano on March 11, 2012:

Nice article. thanks for sharing this. It's helpful for me.

how-to-make from India on January 30, 2012:

Ginger really works great in arthritis. I have seen its effects. Thanks for sharing this great hub. i like it.

Joel Durant from Canada on November 18, 2011:

Herbs are great for so many things. I get a lot of use and benefit from my herb garden every year.

doodlebugs from Southwest on October 16, 2011:

Turmeric is actually working very well for my arthritis pain. Great tips.

Inquilab on September 02, 2011:

Good information and great hub...

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 03, 2011:

Thx for providing your insight. :)

JohnT on July 24, 2011:

Alkaline water provides an antioxidant and electron rich medium for consumption, and the acidic water provides oxidizing water that works like an antibacterial and cleanser for external use.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 20, 2011:

@wheelchairs - Thanks for stopping by for a read.

@Susanjk - My grandmother believed in treating with herbs before going to see a doctor. I could not appreciate this tactic as a child but now I really believe that I've been blessed with good health because of her treatments. :)

@Philipo - Thanks for the condolences of my dad and thanks for taking the time to learn more about anti-inflammatory herbs for arthritis.

Philipo from Nigeria on July 07, 2011:

This is a well reearched hub. Sorry about the loss of your dad. Indeed, herbal medicines are useful and effective treatment of various sicknesses. Thanks for sharing.

SUSANJK from Florida on July 06, 2011:

Thanks for this information. I am a believer in herbal remedies.

wheelchairs on June 16, 2011:

I really appreciate your post and you explain each and every point very well.Thanks for sharing this information.And I’ll love to read your next post too.

Regards

wheelchairs

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on June 06, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

Rob on May 30, 2011:

I love this hub! this is great info. I think a good anti-inflammatory is a type of vegan diet or raw food diet. You can add this with the herbs and if you do this everyday, you can prevent it.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on February 23, 2011:

Thanks for the compliment and thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

Rebel54 on February 23, 2011:

This has to be one of the most impressive hubs I have seen. You have obviously put tons of work into it.

I would like to add something useful. In addition to the valuable herbs and spices, there are many everyday foods that have strong anti-inflammatory properties, including vegetables (particularly green leaf vegetables like spinach - Popeye knew a thing or two!), fish and fruit.

You can see a comprehensive list at:

www.stoparthritispain.co.uk

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on February 22, 2011:

You are welcome, and thanks for stopping by. :)

James on February 20, 2011:

Great info, it is helpful, thanks for sharing. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on January 09, 2011:

Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

Thifa Herbal Online on January 03, 2011:

I think it is a rheumatic disease that is very disturbing. And one of the alternative medicine for that is Habatussauda (nigella sativa). Do you want to get one with the spesial price? I am in Nganjuk, Eastern of Java, Indonesia. visit our store....

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on January 03, 2011:

Thanks Linda for leaving such kind comments. I hope you and your family had a great holiday season and have a very prosperous New Year! :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on December 23, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on October 29, 2010:

Thanks so much for providing the info about ginger. I love ginger. Recently discovered a ginger jam that I love to use in my tea everyday. Definitely will be looking to get some powdered form as well. Thanks for sharing. :)

Attention Getter on October 29, 2010:

Nice hub. I haven't heard about many of these but my understanding is that when you dry ginger you change the chemistry of it and it has different properties for healing. When you dry it you form shogaols which is a compound that has a more powerful anti-inflammatory and analgesic effect. So people with arthritis and other inflammatory ailments may get much more benefit for dried ginger or powdered ginger than from fresh.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on October 09, 2010:

LOL! Great point, it amazes me too. Especially because some of them have to be peeled and prepared in so many special ways. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

TheMMAZone from Kansas on October 09, 2010:

Some of the best herbs are the scariest looking plants. I wonder about the first person that thought to themselves, "wow that plant looks awesome to eat"... :)

Great Hub

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on October 07, 2010:

Hi Veianet - You are welcome, thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

Veia on October 07, 2010:

This information is very helpful, thanks Money Glitch. job well done and informative too.

Love your hub!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on October 06, 2010:

@quuenieproac – Hello, you are welcome, glad you found the information useful, thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

@PZigney – Thanks for stopping by for a read and leaving the compliments. :)

PZigney on October 06, 2010:

Mom used to make us drink comfrey tea so this brought back memories. Thanks for the info. very valuable. Another nice informative hub!

quuenieproac from Malaysia on October 05, 2010:

An exhaustive research and well presented information.

Good work, keep it up. I obtained valuable information here Thanks.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on October 04, 2010:

Hi lex123, what a cute little avatar.:) Thanks for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)

lex123 on October 04, 2010:

You have done a wonderful job of presenting such an informative hub about the use of herbal medicine for arthritis. to the hub community and others Thanks for sharing it. I'm sure it will be helpful to many.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on October 03, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

April Seldon from New Orleans on October 03, 2010:

very informative hub

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 30, 2010:

@xboxliveforxbox - Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. While you are correct that herbal medicines are more natural, I would like to add that one has to do research and make sure that you are dealing with a reputable company.

Because there are some companies that sell less quality herbal products just like some drug companies do. And I'm glad that you are enjoying my hubs and thanks for all the compliments. :)

@rmills123 - Hello, thanks so much for the read and the compliment. :)

rmills123 from Ecru,Ms on September 30, 2010:

Great hub keep up the good work.

xboxliveforxbox on September 30, 2010:

@sonyericson - yeah right. I very much agree with you. Because herbal medicines are much cheaper and natural. You're sure that no chemicals are added.

@Money Glitch - thanks for sharing all these hubs. A lot of people have richer thoughts now just by reading your hubs. Thanks very much!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 29, 2010:

@InfoFinder – You are welcome InfoFinder, thanks for stopping by. :)

@sonyericson – Thanks for stopping by and commenting and you are right many people have started looking for natural remedies, including some doctors. :)

@RTalloni – Thanks for the read and stopping by. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 29, 2010:

@TroyM – I agree Troy it seems for years now the doctors and drug companies have attempted to find cures and remedies through chemicals. I’m glad to see now that some scientists and doctors have decided to look to nature to find remedies like our forefathers did for centuries before.

@Tatjana – Mihaela - Hi Tatjana, thanks for stopping and sharing your insight. :)

@Phil Challis – Hi Phil, thanks for the read and for sharing your thoughts. :)

RTalloni on September 29, 2010:

Interesting with some good info on the herbs.

sonyericson from U.S.A on September 29, 2010:

It's true that herbal medicines will help.Lot's of people nowadays are trusting herbal medicines.

InfoFinder on September 29, 2010:

Nice hub on this very painful condition. A lot of info here on natural remedies. Thanks.

Phil Challis on September 29, 2010:

Very useful information and I like the lean away from prescribed drugs which cause more harm than good.

The answer is always natural and non toxic!

Tatjana-Mihaela from Zadar, CROATIA on September 29, 2010:

Just great!

Even without marijuana, all mentioned herbs are extremely helpful in addition to diet. Marijuana works on the way that activates endorphines in brain so pain ceases, but does not have anti-inflammatory properties.

Thank you for great Hub!

TroyM on September 28, 2010:

Very thorough! THanks for the helpful info. One might think science is a bit more advanced for arthritic cures today. Wishful and hopeful thinking :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 28, 2010:

@maruthirp - Hello maruthirp, I am a writer and not a doctor. And besides when have you every known a doctor to diagnose a person over a website. :) Please go see your family doctor for an accurate diagnosis. Thanks for the read. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 28, 2010:

@D.Virtual.Doctor - Wow Doc, thanks for the kind comments. I do spend a lot of time researching info before I write a hub. And if you notice I do believe in providing plenty of additional information. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

maruthirp from Hyderabad on September 28, 2010:

All my joints around my shoulder are giving too much of pain and I can feel inflammation around them. Are these symptoms are of Arthritis? When I wake up I will not have any pains but will have low inflammation. But by evening the inflammation increases too much and gives too much of pain? Does this show me to have arthritis?

Funom Theophilus Makama from Europe on September 28, 2010:

Hello Money Glitch....

Now I see what I have been missing, not joining this great community long ago. Keep up the good work and I want you to know that you need not go to rural development centers or villages or little communities before you render community services. What you have done here is truly more than enough. Well informative and very clear and transparent. I will be hoping to read more of your hubs.

Great hub I must say....

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 27, 2010:

Hi Benjo1, thanks for the read. :)

Benjo1 on September 27, 2010:

This hub is very ethical.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 25, 2010:

Hi Wyatt, the picture is very grueling to look at but just imagine having a loved one who's hands looks like that. While my dad's never got that bad it was hurtful to watch a love one be in so much pain. Thanks for the read and sharing your thoughts. :)

Wyatt Fleming from Colorado on September 24, 2010:

Yeesh... that first picture of Rheumatoid arthritis kinda weirded me out!

This Hub is very informative and helpful... as someone who knows many people with arthritis, this knowledge means a lot to me. Thanks for sharing!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 15, 2010:

Thanks Dr. Raj Gopal. V. it is great to meet you and I'm glad that my hub meets your approval. Having loss my dad too soon due to being over medicated on drugs for RA, I felt it necessary to share my research. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

rajgopal from Diani, Kenya on September 15, 2010:

Hi MG,

Great hub! I am a medical doctor and to see such a comprehensive review about Arthritis and natural remedies here is really brilliant! Keep it up and make more such informative hubs!

Nice day,

Dr Raj Gopal. V. Oh, BTW as I am commenting for the first time on your hub I have used my full name but in future if you are addressing me or I comment on your hub Raj will do!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 12, 2010:

You are welcome and thank you for taking the time to read anti-inflammatory herbs for arthritis. Namaste' :)

InfinityVal from NNY on September 12, 2010:

Very good hub. Thanks for taking the time to include so much information.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 08, 2010:

@Terrylee5151- Sorry Terrylee, however, I did not feel your comments were about my hub, but more about promoting your blog. :(

Please note that you are given a link to your profile and people can decide to go to your blog from there. Genuine comments are always welcome here at HP, however, lots of comments on everyone's hubs saying "See my blog" are usually frowned up on. I hope you find this helpful in your future commenting. Thanks! :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on September 01, 2010:

@BenjaminB - Hhhhmmmm, I think if you lace your joints with a cherry ginger mixture that might fall under the J.A. endeavors that you spoke of. LOL! why not try them both, but one at a time. LOL! Thanks for commenting and providing a little humor. :)

@revrave - Thanks for your kind comments, I do have a passion for learning about herbal and natural ways of healing and getting healthier. :)

revrave on August 31, 2010:

This is an amazing hub! Your passion for your topics really show in your hubs.

BenjaminB on August 31, 2010:

Although just 35,I often feel the effects of my days as an athlete and my "Jackass" like endeavors long before the acts were made famous by the show.Great suggestions here Money Glitch(should I lace my joints with a cherry ginger mixture for better results?,lol!)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 23, 2010:

@WDR - Thanks for sharing your thoughts and experience. :)

@MarianG - I'm sorry to hear that both your mother and grandmother have painful arthritis. If you decide you do not want to try any of the herbs, be sure to check out my other hub that reveals all natural foods, and exercise one can do to attempt to ease the pain. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

MarianG on August 23, 2010:

I need to look into a lot of your suggestions! My mother and grandmother had very bad arthritis in their hands. I've been worried that I will follow, but so far so good. I do, however, have arthritis in one of my knees which flares up from time to time and is very painful....

I like a lot of your tips! Thanks!

Water Damage Restoration on August 22, 2010:

Thank you for this very pertinent piece of information. I will be visiting my nearest herbal store in the very near future; like tomorrow. At the moment I've stopped taking the prescription medications and I've been doing yoga and walking but some days are better than others.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 20, 2010:

Thanks for the read and stopping by. :)

Uncle Alfie from Doghouse on August 20, 2010:

Seriously great work. So informative Thanks again!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 03, 2010:

@posrestaurants - I agree that a lot of great home remedies come from India. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

@B Stucki - Yes there appears to be a lot of info on arthritis that many people like my dad, did not know; hence the reason I created this hub and the one on natural remedies for arthritis as well. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

B Stucki on August 03, 2010:

This is a very informative hub, with too much information to get it all the first time through! Thanks for the great wirting!

posrestaurants from santa barbara on August 03, 2010:

If you want some herbs you should check out india they got some good home remedies

Restaurnatconsult from LAS on August 03, 2010:

Nice :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 01, 2010:

@Daniel J. - You are welcome Daniel. Celebrex was one of the drugs that my dad took for years. Please be sure that you take note of the side affects and let your doctor know immediately when and if they do occur. Also be sure to read my other hub on natural remedies for arthritis as well. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 01, 2010:

@JudithP - Wow you are brave Judith to have stopped taking the prescription medications on your own. I can imagine that some days would be difficult. Be sure to read my other hub on Natural Anti-inflammatory Remedies for Arthritis also.

It has some dos and don'ts concerning foods to eat, as well as other remedies that have been recommended by the readers of this hub as well. Best wishes as you journey to find a means of improving your health. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story. :)

Daniel J. Neumann from Harrisburg, Pa on August 01, 2010:

Thank you for this informative hub :)

You saved the best for last:

"Marijuana requires a prescription to use for medical reasons otherwise it is illegal to use. Most of the article that I read revealed that this herbal drug showed improvement in movement, less pain, better sleep and a reduction in inflammation. However, this drug is still illegal in many states and research is still being done to determine how and what this drug will be prescribed for."

I take celebrex, but I'll have to try some of these herbs that Big Pharma seems to ignore. Thanks again! :)

JudithP on August 01, 2010:

Thank you for this very pertinent piece of information. I will be visiting my nearest herbal store in the very near future; like tomorrow. At the moment I've stopped taking the prescription medications and I've been doing yoga and walking but some days are better than others.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 31, 2010:

Thanks for stopping by for a read. :)

lahoriamplifier from Lahore on July 31, 2010:

informative article

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 30, 2010:

You are welcome edwardstips, thanks for stopping by for a read. :) Sometimes, it is good to know information in order to be proactive against a disease.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 29, 2010:

Hi bane, I have also written another hub on even more natural ways of easing pain for arthritis as well. I hope that your wife finds this hub as well as the other one helpful in releaving some of the inflammation and discomfort involved with arthritis. As you may know, usually your body after a while gets used to the NSAIDs and then many doctors will prescribe an even stronger medication. Well wishes for you both; and thanks for stopping by. :)

bane.hellister from South Carolina on July 29, 2010:

Great Hub. My wife has arthritis and we have been looking for some alternative treatments to the standard prescription NSAID pain killers.

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 14, 2010:

@CuencaMan - Hello CuencaMan, thanks for taking the time to share your story. I am not familiar with this specific program, but it does sound interesting. Have not read about quinoa either, but will definitely be researching the two for additional info. Thanks so much for sharing what is working on a natural bases to assist you in finding relief from this disease. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 14, 2010:

@lilfaerie - Hi lilfaerie, thanks for sharing your story. Please check out my new hub on arthritis for additional natural tips as well. Natural Anti-inflammatory Remedies for Arthritis; which was created based on other readers sharing remedies that has worked for them. :)

CuencaMan on July 14, 2010:

My observation from the advice given in this hub is that in general the food/herbs are alkalizing. In my experience, alkalizing has done the best for my arthritis compared with any drug. My first test was drinking lots of alkalized water (PH around 11.0), consuming zeolite (powder & liquid) and increasing my raw food intake. Dr Robert Young's "PH Miracle" program is to go with a 100% alkaline diet for 9 weeks, and then switch to 80% alkaline and 20% acid.

I now also use bicarb soda and lemon juice each day, in order to make sure I keep an alkaline system. In addition I consume a lot of organic quinoa (a "superfood") with my raw food.

lilfaerie from Hemet, CA on July 14, 2010:

Great hub with many options. I've had arthritis for years (I'm 31 now) and not only do meds scare me, but they don't really work. Will look into these treatments. Thanks!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 13, 2010:

@Designerhandbags - Thanks Jenny for stopping, commenting, and the thumbs up rating. :)

@twogroce - You are welcome twogroce. Thanks for the read. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 13, 2010:

@Yoovie - Thanks for the compliment Yoovie and thanks for the read. :)

@propertyman - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

@LeanMan - Hey LeanMan, a healthier lifestyle, might help an individual to avoid arthritis all together. At least it will not hurt trying. Especially since one will wind up with a healthier body. :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 13, 2010:

@birella - You are welcome, birella, thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

@Candice - Hi Candice, based on the info that I gathered from the internet; gout according to WebMD and several other sites, is said to be the oldest form of arthritis. I know it is hard to read, but it is also shown on the big chart about mid way the page.

Be sure to see my latest hub, Natural Anti-inflammatory Remedies for Arthritis. I have listed numerous other natural remedies that possibly can assist as well. Thanks for stopping by. :)

twogroce on July 13, 2010:

Wow, very informative! Thank you for sharing it with us. Great job!!!

Jenny Wolf from Point Pleasant, New Jersey on July 13, 2010:

Thanks for this great hub, it is very well-written, and extremely informative. I rated it UP and USEFUL!!! Keep up the great work!

Jenny

Tony from At the Gemba on July 13, 2010:

Great well researched hub, no wonder it is top of the hubs! I will know where to look if I get arthritis.

propertyman on July 13, 2010:

What a hub your obviously very well researched in what you publish.

Lin Poa from at the beach on July 13, 2010:

WOW, what a huge hub full of quality informations, no wonder it has such a nice score! Keep up the good work!

Candice Brigitte on July 13, 2010:

very interesting stuff, quick question can this help with gout as my mom suffers from it?

birellar from India on July 13, 2010:

Great information about Anti-inflammatory Herbs for arthritis. Thanks for sharing the great stuff!

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 12, 2010:

@bd160900 - Thanks bd! :)

@hair2nv - Thanks so much har2nv for spreading the word! :)

@voyance en direct - Thanks for the read :)

Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 12, 2010:

@Mama Sez - Thanks so much for stopping by for a read and sharing with others the alternative remedies of what works for you and your family. :)

@md-azamkhan - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)

@Rockerzz - You are welcome. :)

voyance en direct on July 12, 2010:

thanks ! great information for a good health