27 Jun 2013

TO HELP REDUCE PAIN AND INFLAMMATION

ELIMINATE

  • Avoid the nightshade family, i.e., potato, eggplant, capsicum and tomato.  Solanine increases perception of pain, and in genetically susceptible people; possibly the alkaloids inhibit normal collagen.
  • Sugar and refined carbohydrates increase acidity of body. Avoid cakes, biscuits, white bread, pastries, and gluten.
  • Avoid acid forming foods such as red meat and sugar.
  • Avoid coffee, trans fats, saturated fats, salt, fried foods, drinks with meals, wheat, alcohol oranges and cigarettes (restricts circulation).
  • Check for allergies – most common allergens are corn, milk, other dairy, beef, nightshade family, oranges. Do a food elimination diet .
  • If taking aspirin take extra Vitamin C – aspirin saps body of vitamin C.

EAT:

  • Cold water fish, ie. mackerel, herring, sardines, salmon – rich sources of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) which competes with arachidonic acid for prostaglandin production resulting in a reduction of inflammatory/allergic response.
  • Eat complex-carbohydrate, high fibre foods.
  • Celery, lettuce, rhubarb, garlic and turnips alleviate Rheumatoid Arthritis
  • Foods high in Vitamin c, eg. apples pears, berries, pawpaw.
  • Foods rich in proteoglycans such as oats, tripe, irish moss, shark fin soup and mussels.
  • Foods rich in silicon – hard nuts, seeds and apples.
  • Ginger and turmeric – anti-inflammatory.
  • Fresh veggies, not processed – have higher potassium:salt ratio than canned vegies.
  • Alkalising  fruits &  vegetables, i.e., alfalfa, cress, celery, bananas, sweet potato, sour cherries, papaya, pineapple, blueberries, grapes.
  • Oxidants promote inflammation, causing arthritis – for anti oxidants look for colour in veges, i.e.  red grapes, red and yellow onions, darkest leafy greens, deepest  orange carrots, sweet potato, pumpkin, also fresh garlic, cabbage, whole fruit (not juice),
  • Fruit – Cherries, hawthorn berries, blueberries, bilberries, pomegranates, acai berries and other dark red-blue berries sources of anthycyanodins – enhance collagen matrix integrity and structure, also bananas, avocado, papaya, pineapple, and grapes.
  • Vegetables – alfalfa, cress, celery, sweet potato, green vegies, seaweed, watercress, parsley, celery, okra, carrots, pumpkin, garlic, potassium broth, kale, cauliflower,
  • Other – virgin olive oil, soy products, kelp, spirulina, millet, brown rice, egg yolk, raw goats yoghurt, dandelion coffee, seeds, figs + molasses, pecans,  flaxseed oil and cod liver oil.
  • Olive Oil – eating cooked vegetables and olive oil is inversely associated with the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.  People who consumed the least olive oil were 2.5 times more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis.  Those who consumed the most cooked vegetables had a 75% lower risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.  High anti oxidants in vegetables, and olive oil is rich in vitamin E.
  • Teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and honey in cup of hot water first thing in morning.
  • Green tea helps remove inflammation and pain.

 RAW VEGIE JUICE FAST – 7-21 days- under supervision –  fastest method of obtaining result-carrot and celery juice, potassium broth, chlorophyll drink, alfalfa mint or seed tea, watercress, celery and parsley juice.

 OTHER

  • Dry skin brushing stimulates circulation, also removes dead cells resulting in improved elimination via skin.
  • Massage with oil of wintergreen
  • Ginger or raw potato juice compress on painful joints
  • Inflamed joint – cool compress of apple cider vinegar.
  • Hot and cold -alternate-compresses-locally
  • Hot compresses – pain relief.
  • Cabbage leaf poultice – acute.
  • Comfrey leaf poultice.
  • Steam baths, epsom salts improve toxin elimination.
  • Alternating hot/cold showers to stimulate circulation.
  • Sauna baths.
  • Cupful of apple cider vinegar in bath.
  • Sea bathing, mineral springs, sulfur hot springs, sweat baths.
  • Massage sandals improve circulation.
  • Reduce stress, relaxation exercises – massage, but not when acute/inflamed.
  • Osteoarthritis-if overweight, lose it to reduce stress on weight bearing joints.
  • Wet grass walks.
  • Osteoarthritis – daily exercise include isometric exercises and swimming (non-weight bearing), walking, rebounding – if no acute inflammation of joints. In osteoarthritis, the cartilage that cushions the joints starts to wear away. Because cartilage does not have its own blood supply, it must get its nutrients from the joint fluid that bathes it. Exercise compresses joints, forcing more nutrient-rich fluid into cartilage. An Australian study showed that people who performed the most vigorous weight-bearing exercise had the thickest, healthiest knee cartilage.

 AROMATHERAPY

Arthritis- 1 drop thyme, 1 drop rosemary, 1 drop juniper, 1 drop sassafras, 1 eggcup almond oil. Rub oil into affected area and wrap in hot, damp towel – 4 tds. Chinese-warming and dispersing oils – ginger, cinnamon, wintergreen, american calamus (acorus calamus-sweet flag) in alcohol based liniment-to encourage circulation of blood and qi.  Scrape back with porcelain spoon to bring blood to the surface.

GINGER COMPRESS – 1/2 cup fresh ginger, grated, tablespoon powdered cinnamon, 2 cups water.  Put in saucepan simmer for 5 minutes-let stand for 15 minutes.  Soak a cloth and apply to stiff muscles until cool, then reapply 2-3 times.  For inflamed muscles, apply ice the first day, then alternating the ginger compress and an ice compress – 4 minutes hot to 1 minute cold).

 

As a rough guide – expect a minimum of three months treatment, plus one month for every year you have had the symptoms.

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