This Week in Arthritis Natural Remedies News – February 25, 2013

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Interesting, informative and unique arthritis natural remedies news, web-posts and articles for the week. This will be the last Arthritis Natural Remedies news up date for February. We have several interesting articles for you to look at.

Lett’s Set A Spell
Watkins and ‘citified’ remedies to the rescue

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

AlexSandra Lett

Old Arthur had come to visit … Mr. Arthritis, that is. “Only a man could inflict that much pain,” Aunt Gladys would humorously comment. An unwelcome guest, mind you, but one that had to be treated with care — Gladys would reach for an ointment she had made from dried herbs mixed with olive oil to relieve her misery. She said arthritic pains were worse during the cold months and also affected by changes in the weather and phases of the Moon.

Mr. Gout is kin to Mr. Arthritis, only meaner. Grandpa (Puzie Lett) laughed at his own cleverness as he boldly said, “Gout is a royal pain in the ass and the toes, the knees and other places.” He explained that the large toe is usually affected, but gout “hurts like the Devil” in joints in the leg — the knee, ankle and foot — and sometimes, joints in the arm — the hand, wrist and elbow.

This painful affliction was marked by sudden, severe attacks of pain, tenderness, redness and swelling in some joints. He said gout was caused by indulging in too much rich food and/or too much whiskey. Grandpa told me, “They call it the kings’ disease because it curses folks who eat high on the hog.” Cutting back on fatty foods like meat and booze would help gout symptoms, but Grandpa said this sacrifice was worse than the disease.

For a while, Grandpa got excited about a remedy for gout he read about in “The Farmers Almanac” — eating 1/2 to 1 pound of cherries a day. Aunt Gladys would do anything to keep Grandpa happy, or at least shut him up, so she would cook the cherries and drain them so he could drink the juice. She would also make cherry pies topped with fresh whipped cream. Grandpa ate cherries or drank their juice every day for months and said he didn’t hurt as much, but finally got tired of this rigid regime.

WHILE HOME REMEDIES and household products ranked high on their list of cure-alls, Grandpa and country folks were mighty pleased when the Watkins man made their lives easier with his fancy healing aids. When I asked Aunt Gladys about the Watkins remedies, she said they were effective because they contained natural medicine from herbs and trees. “The red liniment had camphor taken from an evergreen and combined with red pepper extract; it created heat, comforting pain, aches, soreness and stiffness,” Gladys told me.

The Watkins theories also related to treating symptoms with heat and/or cold. Another remedy featured menthol extracted from peppermint and worked like a modern-day ice pack, according to Gladys. “We used it on back pain, muscle aches and minor arthritis,” she said.

The overall favorite remedy of the Lett family was the Menthol Camphor Ointment, which they referred to as “camphorated salve.” This colorless salve soothed the stuffed-up congestion of a chest cold and quieted the accompanying cough. It was also used for dry skin, sunburn, windburn, burns and scalds.

The Watkins products came from a salesman who traveled from place to place throughout the countryside. The women loved to gather around the kitchen and watch the Watkins man open his big suitcase of wares, and the men liked to listen too. If the money pouch was low, the salesman was usually willing to take chickens, ham and eggs for trade since he had a family to… [Click here to read more]


The Power of Spices and Herbs

Posted on 19 February 2013 – 04:58pm

Michele Theseira

WHILE our great and great, great grandmothers would have used these in their recipes from long ago, of late, health journals and those from the wellness industry have been recommending the use of spices and herbs, not just to add flavour to our food, but healthy nutrients to our diets.

According to medical research and health journals, there are many health benefits that come with consuming spices and herbs.

Other than its known antioxidant power, anti-inflammatory properties, and weight loss elements, these foods are also said to be able to protect cells from the effects of free radicals, therefore, aiding in staving the onset of many chronic diseases, even promote the body’s natural healing process.

Here are the seven super spices to enhance cooking flavours and promote well-being:

Turmeric – a natural antiseptic and antibacterial agent; said to prevent prostate cancer when combined with cauliflower and consumed; may prevent melanoma; reported to reduce the risk of childhood leukemia; a natural liver detoxifying agent; may prevent and slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease; a potent natural anti-inflammatory drug minus the side effects; a natural pain killer and cox-2 inhibitor; said to aid in fat metabolism and help in weight management; been used in Chinese medicine to treat depression; natural treatment for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis; speeds up wound healing and assists in remodeling damaged skin.

Ginger – fires up digestive juices; improves the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body; clears the micro-circulatory … [Click here to read more]


Goodness of Ginger

Ginger is one of the most important ingredients in Indian cuisine. Boasting of many qualities, ginger is one herb which has loads of nutritional value and helps curb many diseases. It contains anti-viral, anti-toxic and anti-fungal properties and is commonly used as treatment.

Though commonly used for treating cough and cold, eating ginger is said to prevent cancer and some aging disorders too. It contains special enzymes responsible for catalysing proteins in the food, thus aiding in Ginger for Arthritisdigestion and prevention of cramps. It is good for people suffering from constipation too.

As a mood enhancer, ginger may help contribute to stress relief. It is also used to relieve migraine. Ginger along with clove is used for reducing toothaches. Discomfort arising from infection in the upper respiratory tract can be relieved if one consumes some ginger, for it is known for its anti-bacterial properties.

According to Sachi Sohal, dietician with BLK Super Speciality Hospital, “Ginger is great for releasing pain, especially in migraine, since it helps in the flow of blood. This herb is also good for pregnant women who have morning sickness and nausea.” Ginger is also good for cold, cough and arthritis and is also beneficial when it comes to menstrual cramps.
Chewing on fresh ginger can help…[Click here to read more]


 Home Remedies for Common Ailments
Tennis champion Martina Navratilova suggests natural treatments to heal the body

by Martina Navratilova, AARP, February 21, 2013

Growing up in Czechoslovakia, I was treated with traditional folk remedies as well as with conventional medicine. Sometimes we’d go to a lécitelka (female healer) who dealt with various healing teas and herbs. As a result, I learned that often natural treatments work with the body to help it get well, whereas some synthetic arthritis home remediesmedicines only mask symptoms and may even interfere with healing. If you get ill, by all means, see your doctor as soon as you can. With your doctor’s OK, try some home remedies too, in order to support healing. Here are a few of my favorites:
Low energy and fatigue

As a pro athlete and avid exerciser, I need lots of energy! But if I feel an energy crisis coming on, I resort to nutrition. That means real food, not energy drinks, which are loaded with caffeine and create a false sense of energy. I whip up batches of “energy balls” to have on hand when I need natural pep. They’re easy to make…

Joint and Muscle Pain

As an athlete, I always try to push the envelope when it comes to increasing my performance. But like every other hard-training athlete, I tend to overdo things from time to time and succumb to joint and muscle pain.

Certainly, anti-inflammatory drugs can help, but unfortunately, these often come with side effects. One of the best natural anti-inflammatories to try might already be in your spice rack: turmeric. It is the orange-yellowish spice found in curry, as well as in yellow mustard. Its active anti-inflammatory component is curcumin, which has been used for relieving arthritis, bursitis and other joint pain.

One of the easiest (and most tasty ways) to harness the healing benefit of curcumin is to take a can of organic vegetable soup, add some turmeric and heat. Use about 1/2 teaspoon to 1 teaspoon of turmeric to season your soup…[Click here to read more]

As always we hope you find these information updates useful in your search to control your arthritis disease through arthritis natural remedies. Please feel free to comment below and please browse our other pages to find more valuable insights.

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