Arthritis is a disorder that involves inflammation in one or more joints. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 70 million people are affected by arthritis in this country. In fact, arthritis is the leading cause of disability in the United States.
Studies show that emotional factors play a big role in the development of arthritis. The emotions associated with arthritis are usually unexpressed anger, resentment, aggression, criticism (of self and others), lack of support, and fear. Experts suggest that one reason women are afflicted with rheumatoid arthritis four times more frequently than men is because women are taught from early childhood not to express anger.
Types of Arthritis
There are various forms of arthritis. The most common form of arthritis is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease that causes your cartilage to break down and for bone to rub against bone.
Symptoms of osteoarthritis may include pain and stiffness that develops gradually. The most commonly affected joints include your fingers, knees, hips, and spine. Osteoarthritis less frequently affects the wrists, elbows, shoulders, and ankles. When it does affect one of these joints, it’s usually due to a history of injury or repetitive stress to that joint.
Another common form of arthritis is rheumatoid arthritis. This form of arthritis is an autoimmune disorder. It affects the soft tissue in the joints, and may also affect other tissues and organs.
Symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis include painful swelling, inflammation, and stiffness in the middle joints of the fingers and the large joints in the body such as wrists, elbows, shoulders, hips, knees, and ankles. Rheumatoid arthritis normally occurs in the same joints on both sides of the body.
Drugs for Arthritis and their Risks
The standard of care for someone with arthritis includes OTC pain relievers and prescription drugs. The most commonly used drugs are non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS.)
NSAIDs – including brand names such as Advil, Motrin, Midol, Aleve, Mobic, and many others — treat pain and also help reduce inflammation temporarily.
They are available over the counter and in prescription strength. Acetaminophen (such as the brand Tylenol) is another pain reliever often used for arthritis. While it may reduce pain temporarily, it has no effect on the underlying inflammation.
Of course, all of these medications have a long list of side effects including everything from stomach irritation to ulcers and even death. NSAIDs affect the kidneys so they should never be used by patients with kidney disease.
They have also been linked to cardiovascular risks, such as heart attack and stroke and increased blood pressure. Acetaminophen is highly associated with liver toxicity and acute liver failure even at a standard OTC dosage!
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are typically prescribed a variety of drugs, including steroids, TNF Alpha Inhibiting drugs (Humira and Remicade), disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs (DMARDs) such as methotrexate (Trexall) and hydroxychloroquine (Plaquinil), and Biologics, which suppress your immune system. These drugs are some of the most dangerous medications on the market.
They have significant side effects, including high blood pressure, weight gain, high blood sugar, bone loss, nausea, headaches, fatigue, eye damage and liver damage.
While the many forms of arthritis have very different causes, risk factors and effects on the body, they all share a common symptom—persistent joint pain.
Natural Remedies for Arthritis
1. Improve your food intake – remove the sugary and highly processed foods. Eat more natural foods including whole grains, fruits and vegetables. Juicing fruits and vegetables is an excellent way to get more nutrients into your body. Also cut down on meats as they are highly acidic.
2. Take herbs that treat inflammation. These include burdock root which contain fatty oils. Flaxseed is one of the best vegan sources of Omega-3 (ALA), which is so important to a strong immune system and for fighting inflammation. Turmeric is an extremely effective anti-inflammatory herb, and thus an effective pain reliever. It contains at least two chemicals (curcumin and curcuminoids) which decrease inflammation.
3. Do emotional work to release negative emotions. Wherever there is pain in the body, there is negative emotions stuck in the tissues. Figure out what type of negative emotion have you suppressed in that part of the body. When you have identified the emotion, release it. If you have difficulty in this area, HijamaHerbs provides emotional counseling that helps to identify and release negative emotions stuck in the body.
4. Do Hijama regularly. Arthritis arises due to blockages in the energy flow of the body. Lifeforce needs to flow along the body channels like a river that irrigate the body and nourish the tissues. Any blockages in these channels is like a dam that blocks vital energy flow, creating pain and diseases. Hijama opens up the blockages by pulling out the dirty blood that has stagnated in the blockages. When the blockages are opened up and the dirty blood released, energy and blood is able to flow naturally throughout the body and nourish and revitalizes the internal organs, thereby restoring health and well-being to the person. As such, Hijama can have an amazing ability to naturally relieve arthritic conditions thereby reducing pain and inflammation of the joints.
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