Arthritis is a Latin phrase that simply means "inflammation of a joint," which means that the joints of a person are painful, red, and swollen. That's a good description of symptoms for a disease that affects 22.7% of adults in the United States. This means that 52.5 million people have been medically diagnosed with this condition in some way.
Could you overcome arthritis?
In the minds of most arthritis sufferers, the question 'Is there a Cure for Arthritis? The vast majority of people with arthritis feel that it is incurable and that there is nothing that can be done to treat it other than to take pain relievers. While this may make movement easier, it does nothing to cure the condition, and the pain drugs themselves can have unsettling side effects.
That is why individuals must be aware that they have other options. To properly address this shockingly frequent disease, which is estimated to affect 25% of the population (or 67 million people) by 2030, we must look beyond the symptoms and understand the causes, which is what we will explore in this month's herbal hour.
We'll go through the two main varieties of arthritis, osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, as well as some of the minor types. We'll look at the disease's underlying mechanical, nutritional, and lifestyle causes, as well as what may be done about it.
We'll look at safer, more natural options to pain relievers, but we'll go beyond that to look at things a person may do to actually help joints heal. We'll look at nutrients that are important for bone and joint health, as well as things you can do to eliminate the causes of irritation that are creating joint inflammation in the first place.
So, if you or someone you care about suffers from arthritis, make plans to attend this month's Sunshine Sharing Hour and hear how arthritis can be treated.
Different Types of Arthritis
Is there a Cure for Arthritis? Most people are at least somewhat familiar with two of the most common forms of arthritis, which include:
Is there a cure for arthritis? - This question is pertinent as over 15 million Americans suffer with osteoarthritis, which is most common in the elderly. The cartilage that coats the ends of the bones in our joints begins to break down in osteoarthritis, triggering a vicious cycle of injury, diminished function, and health, which leads to additional damage. It is not a systemic disease, but rather the outcome of injury to a single joint caused by local wear and tear, trauma, surgery, or infection. It can also be caused by the side effects of other disorders.
Osteoarthritis symptoms include:
- Pain in the affected joint(s) during frequent use, particularly later in the day.
- Swelling, discomfort, and stiffness that subsides with movement and exercise after long periods of inactivity, such as sleep.
- Advanced osteoarthritis causes constant discomfort, even at rest.
Rheumatoid arthritis, on the other hand, is significantly more uncommon, affecting fewer than 1% of the population. Unlike osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune illness, which means that the body's own immune system attacks the tissues that surround and cushion the joints. This occurs throughout the body, not only in joints that have seen wear and strain. It usually appears between the ages of 25 and 50, but it can appear at any age and affects women three times more than males.
Rheumatoid arthritis symptoms include:
- Swollen, heated, and painful joints, especially after prolonged inactivity.
- Fatigue and fever on occasion.
- Inflammation in a symmetrical pattern—if one wrist is involved, the other will be as well.
- Small joints (hands, fingers, feet, toes, wrists, elbows, and ankles) are frequently the first to be damaged.
As the condition advances, the joints frequently become distorted and may freeze in one position, making movement difficult.
Other Forms of Arthritis
There are some other recognized kinds of arthritis in addition to these most common.
Allergic arthritis is caused by an allergic reaction, as the name implies. This type of arthritis was created in the lab by injecting research volunteers with allergic chemicals. The relationship between allergies and arthritis becomes clearer when we realize that both of these disorders are caused by inflammation in the body, and that inflammation can become chronic when an individual is regularly exposed to allergenic substances over time.
- Gonorrheal arthritis is joint inflammation caused by gonorrhea infection.
- Gouty arthritis was the most well-known kind until the twentieth century. It is caused by a uric acid imbalance in the blood and produces joint inflammation. It usually affects one joint at a time.
- Hemophilic arthritis is caused by bleeding into a joint in a hemophiliac. This frequently leads to joint stiffness and inflammation.
- Menopausal arthritis might develop as a result of hormonal abnormalities during menopause.
- Tuberculous arthritis is joint inflammation caused by tuberculosis infection that has spread to the joints.
Working with Arthritis
All of these types of arthritis have one thing in common: the joints have been subjected to some kind of stress, whether mechanical, biochemical, or viral. Stress produces irritation of the tissues, which results in inflammation. Irritation and inflammation cause physical and chemical changes in the joint(s), sending it(them) into a downward spiral of breakdown fueled by toxicity, more irritation and inflammation, and more breakdown.
Irreversible distortion and degeneration may have happened in advanced cases of arthritis. Even in these cases, the basis for healing is breaking the vicious cycle by ridding the body of the toxins that caused or resulted from tissue damage. After then, nutrition can be employed to enhance the body's ability to mend itself.
One of the misconceptions regarding bones is that they are associated with the bleached-white and dried-out bones of dead species. Living bones are made up of living tissue and are not static, dead objects. As a result, they are capable of growth, change, and repair. In fact, if joints were not alive, they could never get inflamed. Recognizing that bones and joints are living tissue allows us to understand that they are capable of self-repair if we remove the sources of aggravation and provide them with the tools they require.
Consider an engine that hasn't had its oil changed in a long time: as it becomes dirtier and dirtier, it begins to function less and less effectively until it eventually fails. To extend the analogy, an engine that has been "stressed" by impurities or low-quality fuel, or by being driven at high speeds or under high loads, would eventually fail.
Understanding Joint Health: Toxins, Inflammation, and Nutrients
Joints are designed to withstand some wear and tear, but when toxins and inflammation are present, it causes additional friction in the joints (much like filthy oil in a car). Furthermore, when nutrients required for joint health are lacking, repairs cannot be formed, making the joint more prone to damage and inflammation.
Three things must be done to aid in the healing of arthritis. First, we must identify and eliminate sources of stress, whether mechanical, biochemical, or viral. Second, we must reduce inflammation and tissue toxicity, which is analogous to replacing old oil in an engine with new oil. Finally, we must provide the nutrients required for joint health in order to assist the body in repairing itself.
1. Remove Sources of Irritation
Reducing mechanical stress on the joints is critical in osteoarthritis. Mechanical tension is frequently the outcome of unbalanced recurring patterns of movement and posture. Stretching, yoga, massage, and other forms of bodywork that correct structural alignment will help to relieve mechanical stress on joints and allow for better blood flow and alignment. Losing weight will clearly assist if extra weight is causing joint tension. Mild activity that does not place strain on the joints will increase blood and lymph flow, bringing healing energy to the joints. Self-massage improves blood and lymph flow as well.
When there is an infectious cause, the infection must be treated with whatever medicines are appropriate for that sort of infection. Improving the diet is critical when the cause of stress is biochemical, as in rheumatoid, allergy, or gouty arthritis. Here are some things to think about.
Acidity levels in the body have been linked to an excessive inflammatory response. According to research, we can alkalize our body chemistry by substituting acid-forming meals like meat, dairy, grains, nuts, and legumes with alkaline foods like fruits and vegetables. These also have higher levels of naturally occurring antioxidants, which are required to combat inflammation.
Wheat, dairy, and corn, in particular, have been linked to the development of arthritis by a process known as "chemical onset toxicity." Except for extremely alkalizing lemon juice, acidifying citrus fruits and nightshade vegetables including eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes, and green peppers should be avoided. Both coffee and smoking have been related to an increased risk of arthritis.
Gentle fasting, juice diets, and mild food diets can all serve to boost the body's cleansing ability and remove the toxins that cause inflammation. Cooking with herbs like ginger and turmeric, which have been demonstrated to have anti-inflammatory effects, can help combat inflammation. Oily fish, such as salmon, as well as walnuts and freshly ground flax seed, are high in omega-3 fatty acids, which help to reduce inflammation.
2. Reduce Inflammation
Because arthritis is an inflammatory disorder, anti-inflammatory medications are an obvious place to start. Think of Thai Go or Super ORAC.
For thousands of years, salicylate-containing herbs have been utilized to relieve arthritic pain. Salycilates, forerunners of modern aspirin, reduce joint swelling and inflammation while also relieving pain. The most well-known of these salycilate-containing plants is white willow bark, which has been used for arthritis since Hippocrates' time. Black cohosh and wintergreen are two other plants that contain salicylates. These natural anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving substances are used in herbal blends such as APS II with White Willow Bark, Triple Relief, and IF Relief. They can be used as an effective natural alternative to NSAIDs without the negative side effects. It goes without saying that short-term pain alleviation must be complemented with efforts to address the underlying causes of the pain.
Certain plant seed oils that include the fatty acid GLA (gamma-linolenic acid) can help relieve arthritic pain and suffering. GLA is found in oils such as evening primrose, borage, black currant, and flax seed. It is crucial because the body converts it to chemicals that have powerful anti-inflammatory and immune-regulating properties. Super GLA is an excellent GLA supplement that may possibly be beneficial for arthritis. Omega 3 Essential Fatty Acids are also advantageous.
Anti-Inflammatory Herbal Capsules
There are anti-inflammatory herb capsule blends that not only assist reduce inflammation and discomfort, but also aid in tissue detoxification. Toxin reduction reduces irritation and inflammation, which helps to moderate or even reverse the downward spiral of damage. Paavo Airola, a well-known nutritionist, devised Joint Support, an anti-arthritic combination that decreases inflammation, alkalizes the system, and aids in detoxification.
Joint Health is a traditional Ayurvedic herb combination used to treat arthritis. It performs comparable functions as Joint Support. Whole Leaf Aloe Vera, Devil's claw, and yucca are some other medicines that can help with arthritis inflammation.
3. Provide Nutrition to the Joints
Nutrition is important even in osteoarthritis, where the initial load is mechanical. Healthy joints necessitate proper diet. When joints receive the nutrients they require, they have a stronger ability to resist or heal from harm. As a result, with all types of arthritis, appropriate supplements should be explored.
Minerals are particularly important in joint repair. Silica strengthens joints, making them less prone to harm. Horsetail, dulse, and HSN-W contain it.
Essential Nutrients for Joint Health
Calcium is necessary for joints, but taking calcium supplements won't assist unless additional elements, such as vitamin D, silica, boron, and magnesium, are available for digestion and use. Skeletal Strength is the finest calcium supplement for joint restoration because it contains all of these nutrients. Nonetheless, many people benefit from the herbal calcium included in Herbal CA, which also promotes bone and joint healing.
EverFlex, which includes MSM, glucosamine, and chondroitin, is an excellent supplement. Sulfur compounds include MSM (MethylSulfonylMethane). Sulfur, the human body's eighth most prevalent element, has a long history of use as a therapeutic agent. For millennia, people have bathed in sulfur-rich mineral hot springs to alleviate a range of diseases. MSM contains sulfur that is biologically active. It aids in liver cleansing and has been shown in trials to help relieve arthritic pain in many people.
Glucosamine and Chondroitin for Joint Healing
Glucosamine is an amino sugar present in the human body that serves as the foundation for the formation of mucous membranes, ligaments, tendons, and synovial fluid in the joints. It promotes joint healing and can help them become more fluid and lubricated.
Chondroitin is a lengthy chain of carbohydrates that occurs naturally in joints and connective tissues. It promotes the formation of new cartilage and protects existing cartilage. Chondroitin aids in cartilage repair by interfering with enzymes that degrade cartilage molecules and enzymes that inhibit nutrients from reaching the cartilage.
Another important supporting tissue in the human body is collagen. Collagen is the main component of cartilage, ligaments, and tendons. This indicates that the collagen in Collatrim can help prevent damaged cartilage from hardening and promote healing.
Understanding Arthritis: Causes and Effects
Looking closely at the causes and effects of arthritis reveals both the complexity and simplicity that lay beneath its symptoms—complexity in the sheer number of variables to consider. Simplicity because all of the variables and symptoms eventually come down to some very simple notions. If we remove the pressures that cause the sickness, purify our bodies from the disease's effects, and strengthen our systems to be able to more effectively combat the disease, we will have gone a great way toward not only eradicating the symptoms, but also generating health for ourselves on all levels.