Arthritis is a medical condition in which the joints are inflamed. Pain, swelling and inflammation are the common symptoms of arthritis. According the Arthritis Care charity there are more than 200 types of arthritis or musculoskeletal conditions. The following are the most common forms of arthritis.
- Rheumatoid Arthritis
- Pseudo gout
- Anklylosing spondylitis
- Juvenile Idiopathic arthritis
Although arthritis is generally associated with older people, however, it affects people of all ages including children. There are 10 million people suffering from the disease in Britain. According to NHS UK, around 12000 children under the age of 16 are suffering from the condition. In the United States the number of sufferers is said to be around 46 million but according to the Centers for Diseases Control, the figures are much higher and there are approximately 70 million people suffering from the disease. This figure also includes 300,000 children.
General medical treatments disappoint many patients as they do not find permanent or considerable relief from the medication and treatment. As a result, people turn towards alternative and complimentary therapies. There is good evidence from patients that alternative and complimentary or home remedies work effectively either in treating the disease or, at least, helping to relieve the symptoms. In countries like India, China, Japan, Pakistan, Indonesia and other Asian countries, the use of such alternative treatments is not something new. People in the East have been using thousands of natural remedies and treatments to cure many diseases including arthritis. The success rate from the anecdotal evidence has recently spread the alternative medication to Europe and USA. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine reports that 38 percent adults in the USA alone use some form of complimentary or alternative medicine.
Sarah Gall’s story has been published in many UK newspapers such as the Daily Mail, The Telegraph, Manchester Evening News and others. She suffered from arthritis for many years and all her medication and treatment from the doctors failed. Crippled by the conditions and disappointed by the treatments she received, she turned towards alternative therapies. It was by chance that her daughter found a book called Treating Arthritis: The Drug Free Way by Margaret Hill. Following the book and making her own diet she was able to recover from the dreaded disease and her long sufferings. The main elements of her tonic are apple cider vinegar and honey. Other people around the world have followed Sarah’s examples and found the treatment successful.
Apple Cider Vinegar and Honey
When taken together, apple cider vinegar and honey creates an alkalizing effect which helps to create the right environment in the stomach and boosts the digestive process. It detoxifies the system by eliminating toxins from the body. It contains minerals such as potassium, pectin, natural silicon, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and tartaric acids. Taking honey with vinegar maintains a healthy acid alkaline balance.
How to prepare the tonic?
- Boil the water and leave it until it is moderately warm.
- Add two teaspoon of vinegar.
- Add one tablespoon of raw honey.
- Stir to mix.
- Drink and repeat twice a day for several weeks.
Honey, Cinnamon and Green Tea
Honey and green tea are anti-oxidant and help in reducing inflammation. When honey and green tea are added to cinnamon, it turns into a useful tonic. Most sufferers report that it helps a lot to drink the mixture while some user reported that drinking the mixture and massaging the inflamed joints with it has a great soothing effect.
- Pour boiled hot water into a cup.
- Add some green tea.
- Add one teaspoon of cinnamon.
- Add two tablespoon of raw, organic or manuka honey.
- Cover the cup and leave for 5 minutes.
- Stir so everything mixes up well.
- Drink it twice a day.
Bee Stings for Arthritis: Bee Venom Therapy (BVT)
According to a BBC report Nelson Honey & Marketing sought approval to market bee venom for treating arthritis. According to the company, when two teaspoons of honey is added to bee venom, it has a great anti-inflammatory power to soothe joints. Bees’ sting is also called venom therapy.
Gloria Havenhand in her book Honey, the Nature Golden Healer, writes that it hardly happens that a week passes and her customers do not come to ask her getting them near the bees and get stung! She further writes that so many people who suffered from conditions like MS, rheumatism, tendonitis, shingles, gout, and arthritis beg her to be inflicted with bee stings. Many of her customers report to have got bee stings and felt better by the venom injected by the stings.
There are some clinical practices which provide bee venom therapy. Although, there is considerable evidence from sufferers who have reported relief by using bee stings, there is no sound scientific or research evidence to support BVT. According to Professor Alan Silman of the Arthritis Research Campaign, it is difficult to postulate the action of honey bee venom on arthritis because of the lack of any scientific evidence. The available evidence is only anecdotal. But a lot of sufferers claim benefit.
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Treating arthritis with Beeswax
Many patients of arthritis have reportedly found relief by using beeswax as a soothing tonic to the inflammation of joints and muscles. The following beeswax remedy has been adapted from Jenny Fleetwood Book.
- Place beeswax and mineral oil and heat it in oven until the beeswax completely melts. Make sure that the mineral oils and beeswax blend together.
- Remove from the oven and allow to cool. While it is still warm, dip the effected part and remove. Repeat thrice.
- Wait till the mixture is cool on you’re the part you are treating and forms a thick coating. Once cool peel the wax off.