Natural and holistic remedies, diet and emotional causes of arthritis and other inflammatory conditions of your joints and ligaments.
By Javier Ramon Brito
You can heal inflammatory conditions in your body naturally and holistically. All you need to do is resort to natural remedies, change your diet, understand the emotions and inner conflicts behind your illness and adjust your lifestyle in a healthy manner.
Start by taking the powerful, natural anti-inflammatory remedies that nature offers. Here are some of the best for Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions of your joints:
• Stinging nettle (decreases swelling; for painful muscles and joints).
• Turmeric (a potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant).
• Devil’s Claw (has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties in rheumatic conditions affecting the joints, ligaments, tendons, bones, and muscles).
• Ginger (also an anti-inflammatory, reduces swelling in rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis).
• Thyme (has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and may also reduce inflammation).
• Autumn colchicus (good for gout cases)
Watch and manage your mineral intake carefully. The right minerals are very important to beat Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions effectively.
Understand that in the case of Osteoarthritis, which is a degenerative type of Arthritis, and a Vata disease according to Ayurveda (1), there is a usually a deficiency of Calcium and Phosphorous. The degeneration of the bones in Osteoarthritis can be corrected by the administration of non-allergic sources of calcium like bone meal, which has a natural balance of Phosphorous and Calcium. Oyster Calcium is also satisfactory. (2)
However, in the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is an inflammatory condition of the joints and a Pitta disease according to Ayurveda (3), there is a degeneration of Phosphorous in the body and a tremendous abundance of Calcium, so you have Calcium oozing through the joints. Hence you feel the stiffness in the joints. One of the reasons that explain the depletion of the right density of phosphorous in the body is the use or abuse of refined sugar in your diet, since refined sugar burns up the Phosphorous in your body. (4) Of course, you need Magnesium to melt the bone spurs that may be connecting the joints. Manganese is also a mineral that is healthy food for your connective tissue.
The appropriate balance of Sodium and Potassium in your body is always important. You might be surprised to learn and discover that Arthritic pains on the right side of your body can be diminished by the administration of Potassium (some good sources are Bee pollen, Alfalfa, and Burdock), while pains on the left side of your body can be diminished by the administration of Sodium (I am not talking about table salt but organic sodium coming from sources like spirulina, celery, watercress, dulse and Irish moss). (5)
In some cases, Rheumatoid Arthritis symptoms can be caused by heavy metals or impurities in the muscle tissues due to toxemia and a way to excrete these would be through the herb Devil’s claw. The amino acid L-methionine is also useful. And one of the best known natural pain killers for Arthritis is the herb White Willow. (6)
There is also even a Bach Flower Remedy called Willow, which is also very useful for Arthritis and other inflammatory conditions, if you are aware of the power of the Bach Flower remedies to heal your emotions and physical symptoms that are related to them.
You cannot heal Arthritis naturally if you do not adjust and make changes in your diet. “Arthritis is a digestive problem also,” as some naturopaths would say. (7) Here are 8 important tips for a diet to reduce Arthritis:
1. Increase your intake of Omega 3 Fatty acids by eating healthy cold-water fatty fish, such as salmon, mackerel, tuna, herring, and sardines. Flaxseed, chia seeds, and walnuts are another known sources of Omega 3 Faaty acids, which are anti-inflammatory.
2. Eliminate Omega 6 Fatty acids from your diet, because they are inflammatory. One key to reduce Arthritis inflammation and pain is precisely the elimination of Omega 6 Fatty Acids from your diet. For this you have to avoid any type of vegetable oils in your diet, with the exceptions of extra virgin Olive oil and Coconut oil. So you have to eliminate the Soy oil, the Sunflower oil, the Safflower oil, the Cotton Seed oil, the Corn oil, etc. Let them go.
3. Also, it is well known that the so called nightshade vegetables have allergenic properties that can often cause or aggravate Arthritis in many people. So if you have Arthritis, avoid nightshade vegetables all together to be on the safe side, or carefully monitor how your body reacts when you eat each of them. Some people react to all of them and others react only to one, a couple or some of them. You can also do a specific allergy test or use kinesiology to determine which ones are not good for your own body. Nightshades include Tomatoes, Chilli Peppers, Bell Peppers, Tomatillos, Eggplant, Potato, and also Goji berries.
4. Some naturopaths also recommend to avoid red meat (beef, pork) if you suffer from Rheumatoid Arthritis and to choose instead only white meat (chicken, turkey) and fish. This makes sense from an Ayurvedic point of view because Rheumatoid Arthritis benefits from a Pitta-balancing diet, in which you avoid red meat and any pungent food (like chilli or even caffeine) and also acidic foods (like tomato or citrus fruits) that may aggravate the condition. Instead, leafy greens and salads (without nightshades) are highly recommended to reduce the inflammation in your body. (8)
5. Next, be careful with grains. Some experts in metabolism have found in their practice of many years that wheat (gluten), rice and corn are antagonistic foods for many people, and when people with Arthritis suppress them from their diet their conditions improve. (9) This makes sense especially in our modern days where many crops are being genetically modified and subjected to poisonous pesticides like roundup. In any case, it is useful to test for yourself how your body reacts to each of these grains. Some people have developed allergies to the three of them, while others are reactive to only one or two of them. Be very observant on how your body reacts to each of them, or practice a specific trust-worthy allergy test, or use kinesiology to determine if they are antagonistic for you.
6. Soy deserves a special mention here. Many people consider it a healthy food because it has been marketed as such. But independent researchers (not funded by multinationals) have found that soy can actually cause or aggravate Arthritis. (10). In fact, Soy causes calcium to be stripped from the body, suppresses the thyroid gland and contributes to joint pain (Arthritis). Also, a baby fed with soy (soy milk) receives the equivalent of five birth control pills per day. These findings are documented on Elaine Hollingsworth's book "Take Control of your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry". The Soy chapter is available as an e-book from her site. (10)
Besides, most soy that circulates on the planet nowadays is a GMO because it has been genetically modified. And many forests (like the ones in Brazil), are being burned down to cultivate this soy grains. You be your own judge. Watch carefully how your body reacts to it and identify if it is an aggressor for your body and your Arthritis inflammation and pain. If it is, be very careful about reading the ingredient labels of the food products you buy, since soy is added to many of all those foods, from chocolates to sweets and many canned foods and drinks.
7. Some naturopaths recommend to avoid dairy products (milk and cheese) if you have Arthritis, since it is well known that dairy products can have an inflammatory effect on your body. Not all people react equally to dairy. Some people do not tolerate dairy at all, some people react to lactose (the milk sugar) but not to casein (the milk protein), some people do not tolerate both, some people are fine with cheese (which has less lactose) but not with milk and some people tolerate soft light cheeses but not the more fermented ones or viceversa. Check and monitor carefully how your own body reacts to them.
8. One think to keep in mind is that when your body is low in potassium, you do not tolerate well dairy products. (11) So if you eat them, you are more likely to experience an intolerance reaction that includes inflammation in your body and an aggravation of your Arthritis. Hence, some scientists have found that
Potassium diets may benefit patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis. (12) Some good natural sources of potassium are avocados, carrots, cauliflower, asparagus, bananas, lettuce, papaya, green leafy vegetables, apricots, dates and bee pollen as stated above.
Once you have fixed your diet appropriately to reduce and improve your Arthritic symptoms, you are ready for another step, which is addressing the emotional cause behind your Arthritis and inflammatory conditions.
If you carefully study either Metaphysics (Louise Hay, Claudia Reinville), Holistic disciplines, Chinese Medicine, Indian Ayurveda, Dr. Hamer’s New German Medicine, Oscar Citro’s Medicina della Nuova Era, or Christian Flèche’s Biodecoding, you will reach the same conclusion: behind any physical illness or symptom, there is always an emotional cause, an emotional inner conflict that needs to be resolved in order to heal the illness directly from its root.
The general emotional conflict behind Arthritis is that you feel unloved, with criticism and resentment, as Louise Hay states, commenting also that arthritic fingers reflect a desire to punish, together with blame and feeling victimized. (13).
In the case of Osteoarthritis, your specific emotional conflict is that you feel “unable to move with changes, ” as Dr. Rudolph Ballentine clarifies, while in the case of Rheumatoid Arthritis, instead, your emotional conflict is that you feel “trapped, unloved, resentful and critical,” says Dr. Ballentine, along the same lines as Louise Hay. (14).
In addition, there is a feeling of devaluation, self-devaluation or loss of self-worth. As Dr. Hamer’s New German Medicine teaches, every disease that involves tendons, ligaments and cartilage involves a light conflict of self-devaluation. And when it involves bones and joints it indicates a severe conflict of devaluation. (13)
This conflict may be common after stressful situations like criticism, humiliation or abuse (verbal or physical) from others. It may also involve a loss (of a person, workplace, status), important changes (divorce, retirement), injuries, feelings of poor performance (athletic, artistic or intelectual) or a sense of failure in any area (relationships) or place (at school, work, or sports), etc. (14) In sum, any experience that is lived by the person with much stress and pain could trigger this conflict.
The important thing is that the person maintains the constant feeing of devaluation and lives it with the tonalities of feeling unloved, with criticism and resentment that Louise Hay mentions. (15)
Criticism is a key word here. The person with Arthritis is very sensitive to criticism by others or by the people they live, study or work with. Arthritic persons are usually people who like to help other a lot. They are helpful people. But they feel deeply hurt when instead of getting the deserved recognition or acknowledgment for their actions they get criticism.
The criticism might be very subtle, as in the case of the housewife that cooks a super delicious soup only to get a comment by her husband that “the soup is good, but it needs more salt and pepper.”
The constant exposure to direct or indirect criticism (which amounts to constantly bombarding a person with the message that “she is not enough”) ends up feeding the feeling of devaluation and loss of self-worth in the person who develops Arthritis.
So it is no surprise that the arthritic person lives her conflict with resentment and ends up feeling victimized, a victim of the situation. This is why arthritic fingers, as Louise Hay says, reflect “a desire to punish, together with blame and feeling victimized”. (16 )
Once you realize this, you need to take action to change or improve the situation, or change your perception of the situation. This implies that you need to change your vibration about it. You need to change how you think and feel about it. This might not seem easy to do, but I have created and recorded these powerful and positive affirmations for HAPPY JOINTS, which can help you change your vibration and therefore improve your condition. Listen to them as much as you want.
(1) Morrison, Judith H. "The Book of Ayurveda." Gaia Books Limited, 1995.
(2) See Lepore, Donald, N.D. “The Ultimate Healing System.” Woodland Publishing Inc., 1985, pp. 267-268
(3) Morrison, op. cit.
(4) Lepore, op. cit., pp. 268-269.
(7) See Suarez, Frank. “Metabolismo TV” channel on Youtube.
(8) Morrison, op.cit.
(9) Suarez, op. cit.
(10) Watch Elaine Hollingsworth's video: https://youtu.be/baLboQqC0hw And read her book "Take Control of your Health and Escape the Sickness Industry". The Soy chapter is available as an e-book from her site. (doctorsaredangerous.com).
(11) Lepore, p. 12.
(12) See the Study conducted by Dr. Rastmanesh in 2009 entitled “Potassium Diets may benefit patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis”.
(13) See https://learninggnm.com/SBS/documents/bones.html#Bones_PCL (14) Idem. (15) Hay, Louise. “Heal Your Body.” Hay House, 1982, p.15.