Arthritis: symptoms, causes, all remedies

Arthritis is an inflammation of the joints, associated with pain, swelling and stiffness. It may depend on a degenerative disease but also on trauma . Let's find out better.

Difference between a healthy hand and one suffering from rheumatoid arthritis

Arthritis manifests as inflammation of the joints, with pain in the wrists and small joints in the hands and feet, as well as stiffness on waking for more than 30 minutes. The inflammatory disease is distinguished, according to the course, in acute arthritis or chronic arthritis.

There is a difference between arthritis and arthritis, often mistakenly confused. Osteoarthritis (in the Anglo-Saxon environment called osteoarthritis), presents an inflammatory component, but it is not an inflammatory morbid process but a chronic degenerative disease characterized by alterations of the cartilage of the synovial joints.

In addition to rheumatoid arthritis there is psoriatic arthritis, and septic arthritis .

Symptoms of arthritis

The first symptoms of the disease to appear are tiredness, a feeling of widespread malaise and lack of appetite.

When the inflammatory process of large or small joints is acute, other signs can appear such as swelling, pain, redness and heat to thermo-touch, up to functional impotence.

Too these symptoms are often excessive or prolonged joint loads, but also changes in weather and temperature.

Causes of Arthritis

The causes of arthritis can be different. The pathology, in fact, can:

  • be infectious in nature
  • depend on more or less prolonged traumas
  • have a rheumatic origin
  • be, as in the case of rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease.

Furthermore, there are also cases in which chronic inflammation of the joints depends on connective tissue disorders, such as Systemic Lupus Erythematosus.


Nutrition in case of arthritis

Not overloading the joints is very important, so we advise you to avoid overeating, to keep away any possible risk of obesity that would end up burdening the entire musculoskeletal system.

It is also essential to feed on foods that favor a good cardio-circulatory function. Go ahead for natural supplements.

The omega-3s they are indispensable but also taken in combination with glucosamine. It is a precursor of glycosaminoglycans, which is an important constituent of articular cartilage, and this explains why it can help prevent cartilage degeneration that occurs with osteoarthritis.

For the treatment of arthritis, discover the hemp seeds, rich in omega 3

Herbal remedies

Among the herbal remedies for arthritis there are valid anti-inflammatories among which we mention:

  • Aloe vera : it contains steroids with anti-inflammatory properties, similar to that exerted by synthetic steroid-based drugs, frequently used in rheumatologic diseases of autoimmune origin, but without all the toxic side effects of the chemical molecules in question. For this reason it helps with osteoarticular problems, such as arthritis, rheumatism and joint pain.
  • The devil's claw has an analgesic and anti-inflammatory action. In fact, the Harpagosides contained in the root justify its use for the treatment of arthritis. The devil's claw has proved particularly active especially in situations that cause pain and inflammation such as tendinitis, arthrosis, back pain, toothache, neck pain and sciatica.
  • The spirea: the plant has an anti-inflammatory, analgesic and antipyretic action, because it inhibits the synthesis of prostaglandins (PGE2), which are responsible for the pain and inflammation of the tissues. Without damaging the stomach walls, it also relieves osteoarthritis, joint pain, toothache, back pain and cervical pain.
  • Boswellia: planted with powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-arthritic qualities, it improves blood supply to the joints and restores the integrity of the spasm-weakened vessels. And all without the side effects to those observed with the traditional drugs of choice.
  • Mud: for external use, the recent acquisitions on their pharmacological activities not only confirm but justify their use for the treatment of arthritis, arthrosis, dermatoses, gout, lesions and fractures, thanks to the anti-inflammatory and protective action of the cartilages .

You can learn about all the herbal remedies for arthritis

Bach flowers

Among Bach flowers we recommend the one that works positively against the general states of fatigue, even chronic.

In fact, Oak also fights contractures and is useful for back, shoulder, neck pain, lumbago, sciatica, rheumatism.

Specific for diseases of an autoimmune nature, with a tendency to chronicity, such as rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, both rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis are called Bi (or 'block') syndrome. The Qi is blocked at the joints by one or more of the following factors: Cold, Wet, Heat and Wind. In most cases, the patient's internal disharmony framework indicates the external influence to which he is most sensitive, but the weakening of the whole body's Qi can be the predisposing factor. Acupuncture can help a lot in the treatment of this condition.

Ayurvedic medicine, which we treat here only as a traditional treatment method such as TCM, is also giving excellent results in the treatment of osteoarthritis. Ayurvedic treatments bring the subject back to a state of equilibrium using natural techniques using ayurvedic herbal and mineral remedies, the traditional Ayurvedic Abyangham massage, purification techniques (internal and external) Panchakarma , relaxation and meditation techniques, pranayama and a correct feeding according to the individual physical constitution.

Essential oils

Excellent a massage with essential oils such as those of Gaultheria procumbens, Juniperus communis and Eucaliptus citriodora, diluted at 10-20% in any vegetable oil.

Homeopathy in case of arthritis

Homeopathic remedies for the treatment of arthritis include the frequent use of Rhus toxicodendron 15 CH to use 3-4 granules 2-3 times a day for therapeutic cycles of about one month serenely repeatable during the year. Especially recommended in the event of arthritis after a period of inactivity.

However, it is good to point out that the remedy varies a lot from case to case and therefore it is important to rely on the homeopath.

Scientific research confirms that homeopathy gives excellent results in the case of rheumatoid arthritis. Recent is a study conducted by D. Oct. Sarah Brien, Senior Research Fellow in complementary medicine at the University of Southampton.

The researchers recruited 83 people with rheumatoid arthritis from the Southampton, Poole and Winchester clinics for the study. Each patient received a series of homeopathic consultations for a period of 24 weeks between January 2006 and July 2008, while continuing their conventional treatment. Patients and doctors have reported a significant reduction in a variety of symptoms including a reduction in the disease activity index (DAS, a sort of score to establish its progress), fewer swollen joints, reduced pain and an improvement mood.

In particular, the approach of the doctor, the way in which he finds himself listening to the patient, seems to have considerable relevance. Homeopathic consultation becomes of fundamental importance and is what differentiates it from conventional treatment.


Yes to everything you need to maintain good mobility and muscle tone . A correct and continuous physical exercise is essential. Go- ahead to active and passive kinesitherapy without exceeding the pain threshold, swimming, passive gymnastics relaxing in water (excellent hydro-kinesitherapy ), postural gymnastics.

Rely on a personal trainer or yoga teacher (as we have said, along with all the Ayurvedic treatment system) or taiji you trust; try to perform the exercises or postures in peace, to preserve or limit functional damage.

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