Natural Anti-inflammatory Remedies for Arthritis is a continuation from the hub Anti-Inflammatory Herbs for Arthritis that revealed a list of herbs that can assist with the pain and swelling of arthritis. There were numerous comments on the first hub that offered natural remedies for arthritis that are working for individuals; hence I decided to compose this hub to provide more information on finding remedies for the arthritic pain and swelling.
CDC Statistics reveal that there are over 100 different types of arthritis that affect an estimate of 46 million people a year in the United States alone. Estimates reveal that approximately 1 out of every 5 Americans have been told by a doctor that they are suffering from some form of arthritis; it can occur at any age, and more women are affected than men.
So to avoid boring you with duplicate information, Natural Anti-inflammatory Remedies for Arthritis is going to touch lightly on anti-inflammatory nutrition and foods that were not listed on the first hub, vitamins and supplements, but not herbs. If you have not read, Anti-Inflammatory Herbs for Arthritis, I suggest that you might want to read it once you finish with this hub.
What Causes Arthritis?
Naturopathy ( also known as naturopathic medicine or natural medicine) has two areas of focus: one is empowering people to make lifestyle changes necessary to improve overall health and the other is taking or doing things that supports the body’s own healing abilities. Naturopathic remedies for the pain and stiffness of arthritis can include dietary changes, vitamins and supplements, injections, hydrotherapy, and or herbal medicines. Naturopathy in its modern form is not totally new.
Its history can be traced back to the 18th century where hydrotherapy (water therapy) was popular in Germany and natural cures based on food, air, light, water, and herbs were being developed in Austria. A German immigrant founded the first American School of Naturopathy in 1902. For some reason history states that there was a decline in naturopathic medicine between the 1920s thru 1950s; however, I’m not sure what statistics this was based on. If I had to guess, it would be probably because this was during the industrial revolution in which people began working for industries and having access to doctors that leaned more toward prescription drugs.
Natural Anti-inflammatory Remedies for Arthritis and Naturopathy Treatments
Nutrition - Make Dietary Changes
Probably one of the most important and the easiest ways to start fighting against arthritis is to make changes within one’s diet. Eastern medicine practitioners have always advocated choosing a diet that is high in green leafy vegetables, contains fruits that are rich in anti-oxidants, and has sources of lean protein. Such dietary changes can provide the proper nutrients needed to repair damaged joint tissue and eliminate foods that can damage joint tissue.
The Journal of Neurological and Orthopedic Medical Surgery posted an article in 1993 by researchers that stated the nightshades plant family (includes tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tobacco) should be removed for the diets of arthritis sufferers. Researchers stated that the nightshade foods contain alkaloids (a plant constituent called solanine) that may interfere with joint repair and increase inflammation in “sensitive” individuals.
- Eat almonds, artichoke, barley, blackberries, black currants, black mission figs, celery, cherries, gelatin, kale, lettuce, limes, millet, mustard greens, olive oil, pineapple, and turnip greens.
- Avoid foods that aggravate arthritis such as sugar, dairy products, refined foods, fried foods, junk food, caffeine, spinach, asparagus, rhubarb, and the nightshade family (tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, and tobacco).
- Eliminate food sensitivities from the diet. Keep a journal of food intakes to determine foods that might be contributing to inflammation.
- Drink 1/2 ounce of water per pound of body weight daily (i.e., a 150 lb person would drink 75 oz of water).
Please note that western doctors will agree that changing to a healthier diet is good for anyone; however, many will agree with April Chang-Miller, MD, a Mayo Clinic rheumatologist that states there are no scientific evidence that proves one food or another affects joint inflammation and pain. The above list is based on alternative health practitioners and arthritis sufferers. This is an example of how important it is for an individual to learn and know what helps or hurts your body. Again, one way to accomplish this would be by keeping a food journal for a few months and notating what was eaten and whether or not different foods aggravated arthritis.
More on Arthritis and Diet
More about Naturopathy Medicine
Naturopathy, or naturopathic medicine, is a system of medicine based on the healing power of nature.
- Health Center | What is Naturopathy
Naturopathy is a form of alternative medicine based on the idea that the body has an innate capacity to fight disease and heal itself.
- American Association of Naturopathic Physicians
The most comprehensive directory of Complementary and Alternative Health Professionals in the United States and Canada.
Develop an Exercise Routine
Benefits of Exercise for Arthritis Sufferers
According to the WebMD’s Osteoarthritis Health Center a tailored exercise program for an individual’s specific type of arthritis can help to relieve pain, fatigue, and assist in preserving joint structure and function. Exercise can assist in improving mobility, muscle strength, overall physical conditioning, and help to lose and or maintain a healthy weight.
Exercises should be geared around 3 types of exercise, which are range of motion, strengthening, and endurance. The benefits of such exercises are:
- Assists in maintaining normal joint movement
- Increases muscle flexibility and strength
- Supports sustaining weight to reduce pressure on joints
- Assists in keeping bone and cartilage tissue strong and healthy
- Improves endurance and cardiovascular fitness
Vitamins and Supplements Regimen
As you know from the numerous warnings prescription drugs are harmful to the body. An individual might be taking a prescription drug to assist the heart only to have side effects that damages the liver or some other vital organ.
No, I am not totally against prescription drugs if all else has failed; however, I do advocate that one should seek a natural pathway to healing whenever possible. As I've stated previously, my ideal doctor is one that has knowledge of both western and eastern medicines that offers the best alternatives for their patients.
Of course, it’s best to consult with a naturopathic or alternative medicine practitioner to get a specific vitamin and supplement regimen created for your specific needs. However, the below list from Dr. Jacob Teitelbaum of the Dr. Oz show will most likely be the foundation of such a regimen.
Always begin with a good daily multi-nutrient vitamin supplement that consists of:
- Vitamin A—Take 10,000 IUs daily.
- Vitamin B-5—Take 12.5 mg daily.
- Vitamin B-6—Take 50 mg daily.
- Vitamin C—Take 1-2 grams daily.
- Vitamin E—Take 400-800 IUs daily.
- Selenium—Take 200 mcg daily.
- Zinc—Take 45 mg daily.
In addition an individual should include:
- Omega 3s or Essential fatty acids (flaxseed or fish oil)—Take 1-2 tbsp daily.
- Glucosamine sulfate—Take 500 mg 3 times daily or 750 mg 2 times daily. Glucosamine sulfate is believed to rebuild the cartilage in joints.
- Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) —Take 2,500 mg daily.
- Women should take calcium every day as a preventive measure and or to assist with osteoporosis that is present.
Most doctors agree that within about six weeks, an individual should notice some improvement of symptoms. And again, depending on your practitioner and or doctor there maybe additional natural remedies suggested along with this basic vitamin and supplement regimen.
Additional Natural Anti-inflammatory Remedies for Arthritis
Natural Remedies that Has Worked for Others
I felt that it might be useful to include a section for miscellaneous information that I've learned while researching remedies for arthritis. Some of the suggestions have come from other readers that are either sufferers of arthritis or know someone that does.
Sea cucumber is not actually a cucumber nor is it a vegetable. It is a marine life that is related to the starfish and sea urchins family. This animal is known as trepang throughout Asia and is known to be high in anti-oxidants as well as having anti-aging agents.
Sea Cucumber has been used to ease joint pains and arthritic conditions, it is believed that its rich mucopolysaccharides (mainly chondroitin sulfate), acts as a cartilage builder and often lacking in people with arthritis and connective tissue disorders.
Modern researchers theorize that Sea Cucumbers improve the balance of prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that act as chemical messengers in many bodily functions), which regulate the inflammatory process and are beneficial for musculo-skeletal inflammatory diseases.
For centuries the combination of honey and cinnamon has been used in Eastern medicine. For arthritis apply a paste made of these two ingredients and massage slowly on the affected body parts.
Honey and apple cider vinegar can be mixed and used as a cleansing drink to help relief joint pain as well. Prepare a tonic by mixing two teaspoons of vinegar and two teaspoons of raw honey into a glass of warm water and drink 3 times daily. It is believed that this detox drink works by eliminating body toxins, inhibiting bacteria, and helping the body to maintain its vital acid-alkaline balance.
Vitamins and Supplements
Scientific studies has revealed that pomegranate has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. A study conducted in 2005 at Case Western Reserve University reported that pomegranate slowed the progression of osteoarthritis. It was concluded that consumption of the pomegranate fruit extract may assist in protecting cartilage from the adverse effect of Interleukin-1b (a pro-inflammatory protein molecule that plays a role in cartilage degradation) and to slow the deterioration and destruction of human cartilage.
Borage oil can be found within a supplement form. The recommended dosage of GLA is 360 mg daily. The active ingredient, GLA can be found in evening primrose and black currant seed oil supplements. An individual may experience a GLA deficiency as a result of aging, glucose intolerance, dietary fat intake, and other problems or reasons unknown.
Borage oil is an omega-6 fatty acid, and is one of the few oils containing gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) (makes prostaglandins of the one series). These prostaglandins are hormone-like substances that are anti-inflammatory and counteract the pain-producing, inflammatory, vaso-constrictive properties of the two series.
DMSO or (dimethyl sulfoxide) & MSM or (Methylsulfonylmethane) are two compounds that have been reported as being a magic bullet for treating arthritis pain and or inflammation; however, both are very controversial based on my findings. MSM is organic sulfur that is found in all living organisms. MSM is a sulfur compound that can be found in fresh fruits and vegetables, milk, fish and grains, but quickly destroyed when foods are processed. Critics states it’s just a form of DMSO and individuals should be leery of its claims.
DMSO is formed as a by-product of wood pulp processing and used for anything from a prescription drug to antifreeze to prescription drugs. The medical grade of DMSO is used to protect human tissue (stems cells, or bone marrow) when frozen storage; and is approved by the FDA as drug called Rimso that is used for some bladder conditions.
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Many of the natural remedies for arthritis may not work for everyone. That is the beauty of using natural alternatives, if something does not work then you can simply move on to another alternative that might be a better fit to your body’s needs.
As stated on Anti-Inflammatory Herbs for Arthritis, my dad unfortunately suffered with rheumatoid arthritis and died from being over medicated on prescription drugs for years. Since some forms of arthritis can possibly be hereditary or genetic my sister and I started studying and researching natural alternatives for this disease. We both have always been prone to seeking natural alternatives, however, for me our dad’s death was a ‘rude wake-up call’ to just how harmful prescription drugs can be. So my thoughts are now that if I can find something naturopathic to remedy aches and pains of the body that will be my first preferred step.
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 alternative medicines that can assist you in deciding what treatments might meet your specific needs.
add'l info on Arthritis
- Arthritis-Foods That Trigger Symptoms - Alternative Medicine
Some arthritis suffers might find relief from their symptoms by keeping a food diary.
- Arthritis Foundation | Symptoms Treatments | Prevention Tips | Pain Relief Advice
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- The 6-Week Arthritis Cure | The Dr. Oz Show
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Sam on January 30, 2014:
My grandmother has Rheumatoid arthritis. I feel bad for because she loved to sew. Now it is pretty impossible for her to even hold a fork let alone a needle. http://www.reedorthodonticsnaples.com
Suhashini on April 03, 2013:
I am 26, from India and have knee pain and mild to moderate osteo arthris. For past one year I am taking omega 3 fish oil capsules 1200mg daily and 10 mins yoga daily. results are great no extra pain killer is required. If I forget taking tablet for even a day again pain starts back. I have tried many supplements before taking omega 3 but this helps to a great extent and is really cheap. Hope this helps atleast some.
Edbroad on May 01, 2012:
I have gradually been able to reduce my use of anti inflamatories and pain killers by taking a daily regular dose of Glucosomine and fish oil.
I hope this helps fellow hip and knee sufferers. HowtoTreatArthritis.net
SKYBLUE2012 on April 27, 2012:
Thank you for your information.very helpful
jamila sahar on April 14, 2012:
greetings, my condolences about your fathers untimely passing, thankfully you have turned a painful event and used it to help and educate many others. i too have used the penetrex and your natural healthy methods when i had an injury. boswellia, turmeric as well as drinking lots of pure vegetable juices and doing hot yoga made a trmendous difference to my health and healing the injury but these changes increased the quality of my life. thanks for sharing voted up and useful
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on June 15, 2011:
Thanks for stopping by :)
Home Remedies for Scabies on May 26, 2011:
Great hub...beautiful layout, very nice work.
Contractor Accountants on May 16, 2011:
Great hub post
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on May 09, 2011:
Hi zippot, Yeah prescription drugs can really do as much harm as they do good. As you know, in many situations they relieve pain or other symptoms while causing damage to other major organs.
I'm not familiar with your particular disease; however, since I begin taking the vitamins suggested above, diet, and exercise, I have eliminated most minor pain and swelling that was developing. The gin and raisins helped a friend of mine with their arthritis symptoms. I hope that you find a natural remedy that can assist you as well. Take care!
David Knowles from Wellingborough on May 06, 2011:
Hi I stumbled on your hub just as I am waiting for a new drug for my ankylosing spondlytis the last drug made my kidneys function 70% less. but for 10 months I have had only pain killers but they dont touch it only take off the edge.
I am only 49 and for 25 years I have struggled with this disease but i thought my recovery may be on the horizon. now im not so sure. But thank you for writing a real thought provoking hub
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on April 27, 2011:
So sorry Tom to hear that your father has RA, and it is difficult at times to get a loved one to try natural remedies that may help them verses the prescription drugs that are usually very harmful to other parts of the body. Best wishes to you both.
Tom989 from Philadelphia, PA on April 22, 2011:
My father has rheumatoid and we try to get him to give some natural remedies a shot but he is stuck in his ways.
Weber Genesis E320 on April 22, 2011:
Thanks for the very important info
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on April 13, 2011:
Thanks for the read. :)
SUSIE405 from Delray Beach, Florida on April 12, 2011:
Your hub is well researched and well written. Thanks
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on March 11, 2011:
Thanks for stopping by. :)
NutraHealth on March 10, 2011:
Thanks for the nice info. sharing!
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on January 31, 2011:
I agree that exercise definitely does help for those spots that you've injured years ago. Thanks for sharing your experience and what has worked for you in the past. Much continued "wellness" to you! :)
wordspiller from Tucson on January 26, 2011:
Very informative article! I suffer from arthritis of the back due to a fall 20+ years ago. I can honestly say that exercise has helped me the most, along with taking Omega 3 fatty acids. Thanks for sharing :)
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on January 26, 2011:
@Diana Adair - Thanks for the read and for sharing your story. It is great to learn of what natural remedies has worked for others. :)
@Spiritual Growth - I really think that taking preventive actions now will perhaps assist with RA as we get older. I like the commerical that talks about how important it is to "keep moving." Thanks for sharing your story and much success on your journey. Namaste'
Caroline Nettle from Bristol, England on January 24, 2011:
Thank you for that, it is really helpful. Just about to find out with tests what I already know about having rheumatoid. Watched elderly relatives really suffer so I am hoping to begin now so that old age is less painful.
Voted up. Thanks
Diana Adair on January 23, 2011:
Lots of useful information here. I broke my knee several years ago and had it in a cast. I took MSM and glucosamine to keep down the swelling. They both worked great. I will share this information.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on December 31, 2010:
I suffered a knee injury several years ago and now when it rains or turns cold suddenly I sometimes have trouble. During such times I load up on the Bing cherries and lots of ginger to get me through the stiffness and occassional pain. Good luck on your quest in finding things that can assist you as well. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)
thayak on December 30, 2010:
Thanks for the great tips! I suffer hand issues myself.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on December 28, 2010:
@fionadeog – Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)
@antonrosa – Thank you :)
@Loveslove – So sorry to hear that you have learned that you have this disease. My suggestion is to read and learn all that you can; ask questions to your doctors and don’t assume anything. Wishing you wellness and peace.
@smarty2pop – Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. Take care of yourself as well. Namaste’
smarty2pop on December 28, 2010:
Very useful, I too will be re0reading this article, very informative.
Loveslove from England on December 27, 2010:
Thanks for a very imformative HUB..I have recently been diagnosed with Rhumatoid Arthritis and will certainly take note of your information.
antonrosa from USA on December 26, 2010:
Very interesting read...
fionadeog from new zealand on December 26, 2010:
Arthritis can be inflamatory or wear and tear. Inflamatory can be caused by autoimmune disease, deposition of uric acid (too much protein) etc. Wear and tear = over use.
Treatment might need to based on the cause. Antioxidant alone might not work well.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on December 24, 2010:
@patlesaux – Thanks for stopping by and commenting patlesaux, I hope you can find some natural alternatives that can assist you with dealing with the pain of arthritis. :)
@burning bush – LOL, yeah when you’ve been in pain for a long time anything that works for you feels like a gift from the gods when it works. Glad your wife has found something that helps to keep her mobile. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your wife’s story. :)
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on December 24, 2010:
@canadadisability – Thanks for stopping by for a read and sharing your knowledge with the readers of this article. :)
@craigmissuea - I agree that exercise is a true asset to many diseases, however many do not exercise until after the onset of a disease. The key is to take preventive measures prior to getting ill. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)
@deblipp – I agree deblipp, thank you for stopping by for a read and commenting. :)
burning bush on December 24, 2010:
My wife thinks glucosamine is a gift from the gods. Her knees had decided that bending wasn't fun anymore but after a 3 month regimin she is able to negotiate stairs (on a good day). Thanks for a great hub, as always.
patlesaux from Ontario, Canada on December 24, 2010:
I had just started a few years back with arthritis in my back and have been taking pain killers or should I say Tylenol Arthritis pain relief. I am now going to follow your blog for better results on my arthritis, thanks.
deblipp on December 24, 2010:
Healthy diet and regular exercise is better for everyone because it helps in various ailments. Thanks for your great effort and help.
craigmissuea from USA on December 23, 2010:
Exercise is good for health and it helps in almost every disease. If you are a regular person who do exercise then you are reducing chance of being ill and increasing your life and health.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on December 21, 2010:
I like mangosteen, thanks for sharing your insight about arthritis. :)
Mary on December 18, 2010:
Your recommendation of pomegranate was interesting to me because I'm a big fan of superfoods. Another superfood that is helpful for arthritis is mangosteen.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on November 26, 2010:
@annieloulaurel - Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)
@drdspervez - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)
drdspervez from Pakistan on November 26, 2010:
An informative and very useful hub on arthritis. I voted up.
DR. DURRESHAHWAR PERVEZ
annieloulaurel on November 24, 2010:
As a therapist, I've learned that once you got it, you'll have it forever. The things that you can do are lessen pain and inflammation, prevent progression, and delay deformity.
Nice hub anyway!
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on November 23, 2010:
@cartloop - This does work for many individuals, but not everyone; it is important to try different remedies, keep a positive attitude, watch one's diet, and exercise until one finds what works for each individual. And if you are under a doctor's care - communication is important as well. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. :)
@marisuewrites - You are so right that inflammation can cause havoc with persons sooner or later. For me certain foods and definitely MSG makes me swell quickly. Thanks for stopping by, sharing your thoughts, and the bookmarking. :)
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on November 23, 2010:
@topdentistfinder - You are so welcome, I'm glad you found the hub informative and btw thanks for being my #1,000 follower. :)
@Debby Bruck - Thanks Debby and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family too. :)
marisuewrites from USA on November 23, 2010:
Very good information! It seems inflammation is not a respector of persons, we all suffer somewhat and sooner or later. I am pleased to see you covered both supplements and natural remedies and meds.
This is a great resource hub!! I'll bookmark this one!
cartloop from Sacramento on November 23, 2010:
A friend had really bad arthritis until he quit eating meat.
Debby Bruck on November 22, 2010:
Well done! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
topdentistfinder on November 22, 2010:
Great hub. Very informative. Thanks for all the good information.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on November 22, 2010:
@RachelloAmando – You are welcome Rachello, I hope you will share it with them and hopefully they will find some relief that will help them to have less pain. Thanks for stopping by :)
@Wanda – Hi Wanda thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts and insight on anti-inflammatory remedies for arthritis. :)
@Susie Duzy – This is so true Susie, diet and exercise seems to be the center of having health and wellness. Thanks for commenting. :)
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on November 22, 2010:
@angeegirl - Yeah, it good to start preventive measures earlier rather than ignoring and waiting until nothing but strong prescription drugs will work. You will be surprise what little changes in one’s diet and exercise can do for those minor aches that begin to show up especially when it rains. Good luck on your quest for better health. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)
@Din10 - Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)
@Music and Guitars – Hello M & G, I think you will agree that reminders are good. :) Now you know part of my secret, which is that these hubs serve to remind me and my family of things we should be doing to stay healthy. Thanks for the read. :)
SUSIE DUZY from Delray Beach, Florida on November 22, 2010:
Good Hub. It's a devastating disease and it is good to know that we can help ourselves with diet and exercise. It helps so many things.
Wanda on November 22, 2010:
Indeed, that's a good tip: I will avoid dairy products.
But it is also essential to drink much tea: green tea, cornflower, chamomile tea...
RachelloAmando from New York on November 22, 2010:
I know more people suffering from this illness. Thanks for the fantastic ideas for them!
Music And Guitars on November 22, 2010:
Thanks for a well researched article - it didn't teach me a great deal, but reminded me of what I should be doing, and made me pick up my pack of glucosamine and leave it on my desk to take a couple everyday
Din10 on November 22, 2010:
Great hub. I always like to learn more about natural remedies.
angeegirl on November 22, 2010:
So informative. I have family history of arthritis and have just started noticing in the last couple of years too much joint achiness, especially when it rains. I will use some of the natural remedies. Thanks!
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on November 21, 2010:
@Trinsick -Thanks for stopping by and commenting and thanks for checking with your grandma who has this problem. I wish her wellness until there is a cure. Namaste' :)
@Pollyannalana - Thanks Polly, I'm glad you found it informative. :)
Pollyannalana from US on November 20, 2010:
Will bookmark this , great hub. Polly
Trinsick from Cali on November 20, 2010:
My grandma has this problem, and tries different remedies, I'll have to ask her if she has tried some of these ideas.
Brenda Peffley on October 31, 2010:
Natural Anti-inflammatory Remedies for Arthritis and Naturopathy Treatments ..Natural things Is The Way To Go
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on October 28, 2010:
Hi YogaStrong, Interesting, but I'm not sure about the shark cartilage, I did not run across any info on this one while doing my research for this hub. However, there is so much information out there that it might be possible. :) Thanks for the read. :)
YogaStrong from California on October 28, 2010:
I've heard shark cartilage can be used as an anti-inflammatory. Any truth to that?
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on October 23, 2010:
Phew! Another excellent hub. Are you a medical doctor?? Please leave your comments on my hubs on arthritis pain management. I will know if I am writing well or not!!
Sorry rajgopal, but it is against HubPages rules to promote you hubs the way you have. Please see comments below the comment section.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 25, 2010:
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. :)
SUSIE DUZY from Delray Beach, Florida on August 25, 2010:
Great hub. I always like to learn more about natural remedies.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 17, 2010:
Thanks ChloeP for stopping by for a read, commenting, and passing along the info. :)
ChloeP on August 17, 2010:
An excellent hub. I will be sharing this information with my family.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 09, 2010:
Thanks again Trevor for stopping by and commenting. :)
Trevor Paul on August 09, 2010:
What a great hub very informative and helpful. Thank you for all the time and effort! all the best
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 06, 2010:
Hi ocbill, Interesting that certain fingers become unmovable when you are tired. Almost everyone one can always use the suggestions within this hub because they are natural remedies; however, it might be nice to confirm with your doctor that it is indeed the beginning of arthritis and not something else. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.
ocbill from hopefully somewhere peaceful and nice on August 06, 2010:
I didn't know if affected women more. I guess its similar to osteoporosis in that regard. It appears apple cider vinegar and omega 3s are useful as many remedies. I believe I have it in the fingers. If I exert myself too much in a sport and get tired certain fingers would become unmovable.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 05, 2010:
@Moon Dancer - Hi, your message translated into English just fine. I'm sorry that you are one of the millions of people that have been diagnosed with RA.
Thank you for sharing your story of what is working to help ease some of the pain that is caused by this disease. Hopefully, one day soon researchers will find out the cause and find a cure for arthritis. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 05, 2010:
@Tiny Pearls - Hello, it is true that osteo and RA are quite different in the areas of symptoms and the ways that it attacks the body. However, please see the "Understanding Arthritis" chart above; there are some similarities in the disease as well.
Some of the articles that I read addressed both osteo and RA. This hub really provides info for a 'healthy foundation' of eating, exercising, and natural options that can be used to assist with the swelling and pain of arthritis only. Hope I answered your question. Thanks for the read. :)
Moon Dancer on August 05, 2010:
Just read your article and it's great. I have rheumatoid arthritis. I have been all good from the pain a while now since I use many of those things you have in the article and it's alot important to make the joints stronger with easy workouts. Natural medications and to eat healthy and right food will help a lot. Sorry for my bad English :)
Tiny Pearls on August 05, 2010:
Excellent article! I wasn't sure if all of the suggestions apply to both osteo and rheumatoid conditions which I understand are quite different.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 04, 2010:
Thank you! I agree with you. So many times individuals are made to believe that prescription drugs are the only answer and after that there's no hope. Well thank goodness there are people willing to share the natural remedies that has been working for them. :)
Better Yourself from North Carolina on August 04, 2010:
Nice hub,it's wonderful to know there are natural remedies for arthritis.great research for this one :)
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 03, 2010:
@ayuhaki - Thank you! :)
@bd160900 - I agree BD it is an amazing that there could be so many forms of arthritis. I hope some of the remedies will help your mom also. Thanks for stopping by. :)
@Medical Writer - Thanks for stopping by for a read and sharing your thoughts. :)
Medical Writer from Great Britain on August 02, 2010:
Very good indeed. Arthritis is an autoimmune disease and hence reducing inflammation helps. Nice article.
bd160900 from San Diego on August 02, 2010:
Wow! I cant believe there are over 100 different types of arthritis. My mom has it and it has been an issue here whole life. I really enjoyed this and hope I can use some of this info to help me mom. Good job!
ayuhaki on August 02, 2010:
thanks for share.nice work.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 02, 2010:
@winterz - You are welcome hopefully you can find something on the list that can assist with the inflammation and pain that you suffer. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.
@nikitha - Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts, I hope you have found some useful information that will assist your grandmother. Best wishes. :)
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on August 02, 2010:
@Aiden - Please feel free to research the information within this hub. I have provided lots of links just for that reason. This should give you a good starting point.
As stated within the hub, most of the suggestions within this hub was provided by the readers of my hub titled Anti-inflammatory Herbs for Arthritis. I sincerely hope that you can find additional solutions that works for your wife's RA.
nikitha p from India on August 02, 2010:
yes this is one of the best hub I ever read, Actually I was searching the same topic,Because my grandma has the same problem.
winterz on August 02, 2010:
This has got to be one of the best sources of information about looking after arthritis that I've ever found. I suffer from arthritis in my shoulders and I reckon my knees as well (although that's not been diagnosed yet), and I have also had problems with gout in the past which is a form of arthritis. I hate taking medication for it, so am always looking for new information! Thanks a lot!
Aiden Roberts from United Kingdom on August 01, 2010:
My wife is a Rheumatoid Arthritis sufferer and all available medications have failed to control the disease so far, in fact she will start Rituximab this week.
On our Professors advice we have always avoided natural and alternative medicines/remedies.
Upon reading your Hub, now I am not so sure that this was entirely the best advice.
I will investigate/research some of your recommendations and see if we can do anything to slow this disease down.
Great hub definitely worth a follow, thumbs and vote up.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 31, 2010:
Absolutely Not! I am an avid researcher and believer in finding natural remedies for what ails one's body; in addition as I stated in this hub these natural remedies came from my readers comments of what worked for them. Also, please see my disclaimer at the end of my hub. :)
S K G Rao. from Bangalore City - INDIA. on July 31, 2010:
Are you a Doctor.?
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 29, 2010:
Yes exercise is one of the keys to successful pain management of arthritis as you know. I'm sure you would also agree that starting an exercise routine prior to serious arthritis symptoms is also necessary. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.
Janelle on July 28, 2010:
As a physical therapist I love the recommendation for exercise. My patients with arthritis benefit greatly from exericse.
For more treatment recommendations for various joint conditions visit:
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 28, 2010:
Hi belliott, I wanted to provide a lot of natural remedies in order for someone to give more than one a try, if necessary. Hope you found something new that might help you or a loved one. Thanks for commenting. :)
belliott on July 28, 2010:
Lots of great information. I will have to go over it several times. Great job.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 27, 2010:
@Karen N - You are welcome, thanks for stopping by. :)
@Entourage - I agree, I think that is a good one to try. As a matter fact, why not just start using it as a preventive method. LOL! But, seriously my sister states she feels better when she takes the soaked raisins on a regular bases. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)
Stuart from Santa Barbara, CA on July 27, 2010:
Wow, So much information in this hub. Thank you Money Glitch. I would like to try the gin soaked raisins - thats an interesting one that I could tell my parents about.
Karen N from United States on July 27, 2010:
Very helpful article. Thanks for all the good info.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 26, 2010:
@lender - Thank you and thanks for stopping by for a read. :)
@Krisstea - You're so welcome and thanks for stopping by and commenting. :)
Christy from Savannah on July 26, 2010:
Nice hub and so much information. Thank you!
lender3212000 from Beverly Hills, CA on July 25, 2010:
Wow, very well researched and presented! Nicely done.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 25, 2010:
@TerriJohnsonRHL - Hi Terri, my adopted mom drinks distilled water only, to remove toxins; however, I did not know that it was helpful in reliving pain. Thanks for sharing your experience in this area; and thanks for stopping by for a read. :)
@candle62 - Hi candle, oooohhhh, arthritis in the spine sounds really painful. I hope some of these tips will help to ease some of the discomfort. As I stated in the hub, all of the remedies have came from other arthritis sufferers that have found natural ways to ease some of the pain. Best wishes to you and thanks for stopping by. :)
candle62 from London on July 25, 2010:
Great information. I have arthritic in my finger, and spin. thanks
TerriJohnsonRHL from Oregon on July 24, 2010:
Great hub. Thank you for sharing. In addition, I've heard that distilled water can be very effective for arthritis. If arthritis is because of an accumulation of inorganic minerals or other toxins in the joints, the distilled water will draw them out. I've switched and have found great relief from pain. Thanks again.
Money Glitch (author) from Texas on July 23, 2010:
Thanks anglnwu, you know I value your opinion, and appreciate you for sharing how one could prepare the sea cucumber. Thanks for the rating as well. :)