N.A.S.S Dingwall Branch Information
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Herbs & Arthritis
There are four common forms: osteoarthritis, or wear and tear on the joints, mainly
occurs as pan of the ageing process, rheumatoid arthritis mostly
affects women of all ages and is often crippling; ankylosing
occurs mostly in young men and can result in a "frozen
A form of
arthritis can follow injury
SYMPTOMS Painful joints, restriction of movement
in the joints disability and some degree of deformity.
- Bladderwrack capsules,
tablets, or powder used regularly may prevent the
progress of the disease.
- For aching joints, try a
liniment made with tincture of comfrey and a few drops of black pepper
- Dandelion root and horsetail tea or
tincture is recommended for degenerative arthritis.
- For inflamed joints in the
hand, take a decoction or tincture of devil's claw.
- Siberian ginseng is
beneficial for rheumatoid arthritis.
FROM THE LARDER
- There is some evidence to
show that the antioxidants ACE vitamins, plus selenium may have
beneficial effects on arthritis.
- Magnesium is required to form the synovial
fluid, which surrounds the joints, and an adequate intake
will promote health.
- Eating nettles or drinking
nettle tea is an old remedy for arthritis. The
"stings" in stinging nettles contain
histamines, which are anti-inflammatory.
- Vinegar and honey is
another old remedy.
- Copper may help relieve the
symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis, and many sufferers use
- Bladderwrack should be
avoided by anyone suffering from an overactive thyroid.
- Devil's claw should not be
used during pregnancy; it is best avoided if you suffer
from stomach acidity or ulcers.
- Do not use Siberian ginseng
during pregnancy unless advised to do so by a qualified