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Cayenne-Ginger Hot Compress

For external use only to relieve minor aches, pains, and stiffness in the back.

  • 1 tsp cayenne, powder
  • 1 tsp ginger, powder
  • 1 tsp lobelia (optional), powder

Add powered herbs to a bowl of very hot water and stir together until blended and dissolved.  Place a clean washcloth in the water so that the herbs soak in.  Lightly wring out excess tea.  Place on area of back that is causing discomfort.  Allow washcloth to set until the heat is gone.

Fill a separate bowl with ice and water.  Dip a clean washcloth in the water.  Wring out excess water and place on same area of back.  Allow washcloth to warm to body temp.

Repeat several times, ending with hot tea compress.

Glucosamine Chondroitin for Arthritis Pain

There are a lot of people that swear by the supplement that combines glucosamine and chondroitin to relieve joint aches and pain.  And, then there are others that have found they have little or no results from taking this supplement.  So, the question becomes “to take glucosamine chondroitin or not to take it?”

After a little research, I’ve found some very interesting and useful information on this supplement.  Two things stuck out to me:

  1. “A major study of glucosamine and chondroitin published in The New England Journal of Medicine concluded that how much relief a person gets depends on how severe his or her arthritis pain is to begin with.” Reference: Harvard Health Publications (click the link to read the full article)
  2. A recent JAMA study revealed that among overweight and obese adults with knee osteoarthritis, following an intensive diet and exercise program led to less pain and better function, along with better physical health-related qualify of life scores.” Reference: Fitness Peak (click the link to read the full article)

After reading these two articles it became pretty evident to me that unless you have severe arthritic pain that you should probably not take glucosamine chondroitin.  Your best bet is to increase your activity with exercise and stretching to relieve the minor aches and pains associated with arthritis.  Of course, changing your diet and eating foods that promote health and avoid foods that trigger flare-ups will also help you manage the pain.

However, if you are one of those people that have severe pain and/or have had great success with the supplement, be sure to check the labels and choose a brand that is high quality with few to no fillers.  As a side note, always choose supplements in capsules or gel caps over hard pills.  Hard pills are very difficult for your body to process and end up as waste more often than as a benefit.

7 Diet & Lifestyle Tips for Reducing Pain Associated with Arthritis

14363578_sThere is a huge misconception that arthritis only occurs in the elderly.  That is just not true.  In our clinic, we’ve seen several young people that have been diagnosed with arthritis.  So, whether you are young or old, you’ll benefit from reading this article.

Arthritis is joint inflammation and the pain can be debilitating.  But, there are some things you can do to reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and rebuild joints.  And, better yet, none of the things require prescription drugs.  In fact, the high doses of asprin, NSAIDS, and cortisone that is typically suggested to reduce pain can decrease the integrity and strength of the bones in your body.

Here are 7 natural ways to combat arthritis:

  1. Change your diet – avoid foods that trigger arthritis like sugar, flour, corn, wheat, rye, bacon and pork, beef, eggs, coffee, oranges, milk, colas, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes, mustard, and chocolate. Include foods like cherries, cabbage, brown rice, cold water fish, fresh fruits, vegetables, garlic, flax seed oil, ginger, parsley, sweet potatoes, and squashes.
  2. Exercise regularly – while it may be painful in the beginning to move, it is important for the health of your joints to have strong muscles.  Those muscles will actually act as shock absorbers and reduce pain.  Start out slow and easy for only 5-10 minutes each day until you build up enough strength to do more.
  3. Increase your Vitamin D – your body needs the Vitamin D so get outside and let the sun rays soak into your skin for 15 minutes each day.
  4. Reduce pain – rub Arnica gel on sore spots; soak hands in oatmeal for 15 minutes; take Epsom salt baths
  5. Reduce inflammation – take a supplement like Transformation’s Protease IFC that is designed to support healthy muscular system.
  6. Stimulate natural cortisone – drink Aloe Life Aloe Gold as directed on bottle
  7. Repair joints – take Omega-3 flax or fish oil, SAMe, or CoQ10