The following combination has been highly effective for
many people, myself, my friends and my
relatives for various forms of joint
pain and arthritis like conditions:
1) Plant Minerals- minerals are the building blocks of
the enzymes necessary for the utilization of all other
vitamins, etc. (rock minerals are a waste of money since
only 5-15% can be broken down by the body before being
eliminated. Minerals already digested by plants are
potentially 100% absorbable.)
2) Colloidal Gold - gold has even been used by
mainstream medicine to treat severe joint pain and arthritis.
3) MSM, Glucosamine, Chondrotin, Collagen (all of these
are available in a product called Liquid Life Joint
Care, which also contains aloe).
Silica (from horsetail and/or shavegrass)
5) GTF Chromium (GTF Chromium is a complex known as
Glucose Tolerance Factor and is made by fermenting
nutritional yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae) with
5) Colloidal Silver- some joint pain is believed to be
viral related and colloidal silver is an extremely good
anti-viral agent. Colloidal silver also helps
bone, tissue and nerve regeneration.
Black cherry juice is
often good for joint pain and is particularly
effective against gout. Take two glasses of this juice
twice a day (each glass contains four ounces of
juice diluted with four ounces of water).
Include juices high in the anti-inflammatory
nutrients. These nutrients include beta-carotene
(found in parsley, broccoli and spinach) and copper
(found in carrots, apples and ginger).
juice. Pineapple is a rich source of the enzyme
bromelain, which has strong anti-inflammatory
Other Useful Juices:
Carrot, celery, and
cabbage juice. Add a little parsley.
Potato juice (If you
are not allergic to this.)
Take juice of half a
lemon before every meal and before going to bed.
Carrot, beet, and
During acute stage,
one pint to one quart celery juice daily.
Caution: Certain juices may cause adverse reactions in
people with osteoarthritis. Avoid citrus fruits, and be
careful with vegetables from the nightshade family,
including potatoes, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.
Citrus seems to promote swelling, and nightshades
contain psyllium alkaloids, which cause problems for
Mix equal parts of
the following herbs: black cohosh, genitian root,
angelica, colombo, scull cap, valerian, rue and
buckthorn bark, and take one heaping teaspoon in a
cup of boiling water. Let steep, and drink three 1/2
cups per day.
archangelica): Angelica is an herb that has been
used in European folk medicine since antiquity. The Western variety
of angelica has 12 anti-inflammatory constituents,
ten antispasmodic (muscle relaxant) constituents,
and five anodyne (pain-relieving) ones. The Chinese
sometimes use their native variety of the plant
(Angelica sinensis) for the same purpose. The
Chinese species is sold in North America under the
names dang gui or dong quai. Place 1 tablespoon of
the cut roots of either species of angelica in 1
pint of water and bring to a boil. Cover and boil
for two minutes. Remove from heat and let stand,
covered, until the water cools to room temperature.
Strain and drink the tea in 3 doses during the day
for two to three weeks at a time. Then, take a break
for seven to ten days and start the treatment again
Boswellia has unique
anti-inflammatory action, much like the conventional
non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) used
by many for inflammatory conditions. Unlike NSAIDs,
however, long-term use of boswellia does not lead to
irritation or ulceration of the stomach.
graveolens): The remedy of eating raw or cooked
celery seeds or large amounts of the celery plant arrived in North America with the
European immigrants. Using celery to treat
rheumatism persists today in North American
professional herbalism. Various parts of the celery
plant contain more than 25 different
anti-inflammatory compounds. And, taken as a food,
celery is rich in minerals: A cup of celery contains
more than 340 milligrams of potassium. (A potassium
deficiency may contribute to some symptoms of
arthritis.) Dosage: Place 1 teaspoon of celery
seeds in a cup. Fill the cup with boiling water.
Cover and let stand for fifteen minutes. Strain and
drink. Drink 3 cups a day during acute pain
Devil's claw is a
good anti-inflammatory agent. Take 1,000 milligrams
(1 gram) twice daily.
Epsom Salt (magnesium
sulfate): Magnesium has anti-inflammatory properties and it can be absorbed
through the skin. Magnesium is one of the most
important of the essential minerals in the body, and
it is commonly deficient in the American diet. Try a hot bath of Epsom
salts. The heat of the bath can increase circulation
and reduce swelling. Fill a
bathtub with water as hot as you can stand. Add 2
cups of Epsom salts. Bathe for thirty minutes,
adding hot water as necessary to keep the
temperature warm. Do this daily as often as you
like. (If you are pregnant or have cardiovascular
disease consult your doctor before taking very hot
Feverfew has been
used for centuries for joint pain and arthritis. Some studies have
found that the anti-inflammatory effects of this
herb are greater than those achieved by NSAIDs. Take
250 milligrams once or twice daily.
officinale) In one study, Indian researchers gave
three to seven grams of ginger a day to 18 people
with osteoarthritis and 28 with rheumatoid
arthritis. More than 75 percent of those
participating in the study reported at least some
relief from pain and swelling. Even after more than
two years of taking these high doses of ginger, none
of the people reported side effects. Many people
drink ginger tea for osteoarthritis. A ginger
compress is also beneficial for arthritis.
Ginseng Liquor (Panax
quinquefolius). Ginseng contains constituents called
ginsenosides, which have a variety of
pharmacological actions. It is an adaptogen - it
increases the body's ability to handle a wide
variety of stresses. Chop 3.5 ounces of ginseng and
place in 1 quart of liquor like vodka. Let the
mixture stand for five to six weeks in a cool dark
place, turning the container frequently. Strain and
take 1 ounce of the liquid after dinner or before
bedtime every night for up to three months. Then,
take a break for two weeks before starting the
Notes: Be sure to use American ginseng, not Asian
ginseng (Panax ginseng) for this remedy. Asian ginseng
can actually aggravate joint pain. If you are
prone to gout, the alcohol may aggravate your condition.
In that case take ginseng tea without alcohol.
Hop Tea (Humulus
lupulus): The hop plant contains at least 22
constituents that have anti- inflammatory
activities, including several that act through the
same cellular mechanisms as steroid drugs. Four
constituents have antispasmodic properties, and ten
may act as sedatives. The fresher the plant, the
better. Today, hop tea is a popular remedy for
rheumatism. Place 2 or 3 teaspoons of hop leaves in
a cup and fill with boiling water. Cover the cup and
let stand for fifteen minutes. Drink the tea while
it's warm. Drink 1 to 3 cups between dinner and
bedtime as needed.
Licorice acts in the
body like cortisone, without the harmful
side-effects. Licorice is believed to enhance the
action of bupleuri. Licorice also has significant
anti-inflammatory and anti-allergy activity.
Licorice components are able to bind to
glucocorticoid receptors on cells and exert
glucocorticoid-like effects. It has been used
historically in the treatment of inflammation,
allergy, asthma and other conditions that put added
stress on the adrenals. Long-term use of licorice
can cause an elevation of blood pressure. Take 2
vulgare). Oregano, is a powerful antioxidant. The
antioxidant activity of oregano and other medicinal
mints is due in large part to rosmarinic acid, a
compound with antibacterial, anti-inflammatory,
antioxidant and antiviral properties.
Bromelain, a chemical in
pineapple, helps prevent inflammation. Athletic
trainers have been reportedly recommending pineapple
to athletes to prevent and treat sports injuries.
Bromelain can help the body get rid of immune
antigen complex and it also helps digest
fibrin, another compound suspected of being involved
in some types of joint pain.
officinalis). Rosemary tea is an American folk medicine practice. The
plant's leaves contain four anti-inflammatory
substances-earnosol, oleanolic acid, rosmarinic
acid, and ursolic acid. Carnosol acts on the same
anti-inflammatory pathways as both steroids and
aspirin, oleanolic acid has been marketed as an
antioxidant in China, rosmarinic acid acts as an
anti-inflammatory, and ursolic acid, which makes up
about four percent of the plant by weight. Put 1/2 ounce of rosemary leaves in a
1-quart canning jar and fill the jar with boiling
water. Cover tightly and let stand for thirty
minutes. Drink a cup of the hot tea before going to
bed and have another cupful in the morning before
breakfast. Do this for two to three weeks, and then
take a break for seven to ten days before starting
the treatment again.
Curcumin, the yellow pigment of
turmeric, has significant anti-inflammatory action.
Curcumin has been shown to be as effective as
cortisone or phenylbutazone in certain models of
inflammation. Curcumin also exhibits many beneficial
effects on liver functions. The typical dosage of
curcumin is 400 to 600 mg 3 times daily. Curcumin is
sometimes given in combination with an equal dose of
an extract of the pineapple plant called bromelain,
which appears to possess anti-inflammatory
properties of its own. Curcumin is thought
to be quite safe. Side effects are rare and are
generally limited to occasional allergic reactions
and mild stomach upset. However, safety in very
young children, pregnant or nursing women, and those
with severe liver or kidney disease has not been
Wild Cucumber Bark Described as "the
best plant for treating rheumatism and arthritis"
according to herbalists. It can be put in drinking
alcohol or made as a tea. Dosage: Take a teaspoon
of it three times a day and one tablespoon at night.
Note: Wild cucumber is a laxative. When taking wild
cucumber bark, the dose should be kept below that
which loosens the bowels.
Wild Yam (Dioscorea
villosa): Wild yam contains diosgenin, a steroid
constituent with anti-inflammatory properties. Wild
yam tea is a popular folk remedy for muscular
rheumatism. (Some eat the root of the wild yam
instead.) Place 1 ounce of wild yam root in a
1-quart canning jar. Add a few slices of fresh
ginger root. Fill the jar with boiling water, put
the lid on tightly, and let the mixture stand until
it reaches room temperature. Drink 2 to 3 cups of
the tea each day for three to six weeks, then take a
break for seven to ten days.
Yucca -Yucca has long
been used to reduce joint pain. A double-blind
clinical trial indicated a saponin extract of yucca
demonstrated a positive therapeutic effect. It was
suggested that effects were due to indirect effects
on the gastrointestinal flora. It is possible that
yucca decreases bacterial endotoxin absorption thus
reducing this inhibition of cartilage synthesis.
alfalfa tea, cucumber juice and gelatin have all
been reported as successful remedies.
Vitamin and Nutrition
low-cholesterol diet filled with the complex
carbohydrates found in vegetables and grains may be very helpful. This type of diet reduces the
fat in the tiny arteries that supply blood to the
joints, allowing more oxygen.
Vitamin therapy may
relieve certain symptoms. Beta carotene
(vitamin A) has an antioxidant effect on cells,
neutralizing destructive molecules called free
radicals. Vitamins C, B6, and E, as well as zinc,
are thought to enhance collagen production and the
repair of connective tissue. Vitamin C may also be
advised for people taking aspirin, which depletes
the body's vitamin C balance. Niacin (vitamin B3)
may also be helpful, although excessive use may
aggravate liver problems.
Boron plays a major
role in bone health. It helps the body regulate
calcium, keeping it from leaving the body and
weakening the bones. Epidemiological studies from
several countries have shown that in areas where the
soil contains more boron and people are presumably
eating boron-rich foods grown in that soil, there is
less osteoarthritis. When boron supplements were
given to hospitalized arthritis patients, some 90
percent reported "complete remission" of symptoms.
Apples, nuts and green leafy vegetables are good
sources of boron.
Bromelain, an enzyme
derived from pineapple, has a notable
anti-inflammatory action. Take 200 to 400 milligrams
three times daily, between meals.
Black currant seed
oil, borage oil, evening primrose oil, fish oil, and
flaxseed oil contain essential fatty acids that
increase the production of anti-inflammatory
prostaglandins. Take 500 to 1,000 milligrams of any
of these oils twice daily. It may take several weeks
to notice an improvement in symptoms.
people are deficient in manganese, a
trace element that activates important enzymes and
is necessary for normal skeletal development. Take 5
milligrams twice daily for one month.
Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM), a natural source of
sulfur, can help maintain
joint health. Sulfur is an essential component of
make up connective tissue. Take 500 milligrams three
or four times daily, with meals. Sulfur is naturally
found in meat, milk, poultry and fish.
Omega-3 fatty acids
(SAM or SAM-e) is an amino acid derivative that has
been shown in clinical trials to be comparable in
effect to the combination of glucosamine and
chondroitin. Like glucosamine, SAM plays a role in
the formation of cartilage. It also exerts a mild
analgesic effect. In one study, it was shown to be
even more effective than Motrin in treating the pain
of arthritis. Try taking it as follows:
Week 1: Take 400
milligrams three times a day.
Week 2: Take 400
milligrams twice a day.
Week 3: Reduce to
a maintenance dosage or 200 milligrams twice a
Selenium is a
powerful antioxidant that fights free-radical
damage. Take 200 micrograms of selenium daily.
You'll find selenium in almonds, barley and oranges.
Vitamin E protects
against muscle-wasting and is essential in cellular
respiration, thus helping remove toxins. Vitamin E,
like the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs used
for arthritis, inhibits the prostaglandins that play
a role in pain. When 50 patients were given either
400 IU of vitamin E or a placebo, the vitamin E
group reported greater pain relief and had to use
less pain medication. In another study, 29 patients
were given either vitamin E or a placebo for 10
days. Then the groups were switched without their
knowledge, so that the vitamin E group was getting a
placebo and the placebo group the vitamin E for an
additional 10 days. The vitamin E produced "good"
pain relief in 52 percent of the patients, compared
to 1 percent for the placebo. Wheat germ, nuts and
tomatoes are natural sources of Vitamin E.
Choose a product
containing mixed tocopherols and start by taking 200
international units daily, then gradually increase
the dosage until you are taking 400 international
units twice daily, once in the morning and again at
Caution: If you have high blood pressure, limit your
intake of supplemental vitamin E to a total of 400
international units daily. If you are taking an
anticoagulant (blood thinner), consult your healthcare
practitioner before taking supplemental vitamin E.
Vitamin C is important for the synthesis of collagen
and the repair of connective tissue.
Vitamin B6: Many
older people are found to be deficient in B6. The
first symptoms of a deficiency include tingling,
pain, and stiffness in the hands. Arthritis patients
are recommended to take a supplement of B6 in
addition to the B6 that's in your recommended daily
antioxidant vitamin/mineral supplement.
Vitamin A and the
minerals zinc and copper are crucial to the
formation of collagen and connective tissues. Be
sure that your daily multivitamin contains at least
the minimum RDA of these.
Capsaicin ointment, made from fiery cayenne peppers, can
make your joints feel as good as new by interrupting
pain signals. Rub the ointment into your joints every
few hours. You may feel a mild burning sensation in your
skin when you first apply it, but any discomfort should
subside in a few minutes. Be sure to keep your hands
away from your eyes until you've washed them thoroughly.
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