HOW TO DEAL NATURALLY WITH THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF RHEUMATISM.
The term rheumatism is derived from the Greek root ῥέω (reo), which means “to flow”, and not by chance it indicates a painful chronic disease which lasts a long time.
Rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases are, among the chronic conditions, those with a higher incidence in the western population.
However, there are some effective natural remedies for rheumatic pains, which can help mitigate this disturbance and make living with it more easily.
Before we browse the plants and other useful devices for this purpose, it is useful to briefly explain what rheumatism are and how they are classified.
WHAT ARE THE RHEUMATISM?
The term rheumatism is used in a rather generic way: with this word, in fact, a number of problems are taken into consideration; in general, we can say that rheumatism (or rheumatic diseases ) are diseases that cause discomfort in the locomotor tract and the supporting tissues (connective tissue) of the body. Some of these difficulties can affect only the joints, bones, tendons and muscles, however, others may also affect tissues and organs.
HOW CAN WE CLASSIFY THE RHEUMATISM?
There are some key points that may be useful to understand the universe of rheumatic pains. You can find, in fact, three types of rheumatism:
- Inflammatory rheumatism (the most common is arthritis);
- Non-inflammatory degenerative rheumatism (related to aging of bones and tissues, among which we highlight the osteoarthritis;
- Non-articular rheumatism, which concerns the “soft” parts like muscles and tendons (among which we remember the fibromyalgia).
Later in this writing, we will focus on inflammatory rheumatism about the locomotor system.
CAUSES AND SYMPTOMS OF RHEUMATISM
Rheumatisms are induced by an immune-mediated inflammatory process: some cells of the immune system (particularly lymphocytes ) invade the lining of the joints and producing inflammatory molecules called cytokines, cause inflammation.
Practically, these cells delivered by the immune system, rather than attacking harmful bacteria, focus on surrounding tissues and joints.
The inflammatory rheumatism are present with a usually constant pain that can affect the joints or muscles, and that can, in part, result in:
- stiffness of the muscular system and skeletal system;
- sense of warmth and redness at the affected area.
The duration of disease can vary: in the short-term acute forms, periods with pain and others without, in chronic forms
7 NATURAL REMEDIES FOR RHEUMATISM
First of all, it should be emphasized that there is no known cure for rheumatism; it is, therefore, important to rely on a specialist who can decode the single pain, make a correct diagnosis and suggest a suitable treatment for the type of pathology.
In the case of an “early detection ” of rheumatism (which aims to identify the signs of a particular issue in its initial phase) you can keep the symptoms under control, in order to prevent complications.
The purpose of the treatment of rheumatism is, therefore, to reduce inflammation of the joints and relieve pain. But how can you achieve these goals?
There are some rules and natural remedies for rheumatic pains that can help you live with these disorders and make sure that they affect in a minimal way the regular activities of daily living. Let’s see them together.
1) DEVIL’S CLAW
The ‘ devil’s claw has an antirheumatic remedy reputation and, especially, it seems to be the perfect remedy for the elderly arthritic.
This property is due to its ‘harpagoside active ingredient isolated in 1962 that has been shown to have an anti-inflammatory activity.
In fact, this plant, in the past, was already appreciated by African tribes for its ability to promote articular functionality and today it is used, sometimes in synergy with other herbs, for the preparation of numerous natural products “to use especially in cases of inflammation and joint or muscle pain.at heal.
Other uses of the Claw of the devil
Gout is a disease caused by high levels of uric acid in the blood, which then is deposited as crystals in the joints, causing redness, swelling and pain. The Devil’s Claw ‘increases the excretion of uric acid and toxins that are deposited in the liquid trapped in the tissues. So it can be used successfully in the treatment of gout and all disorders due to toxin deposit:
2) UNCARIA OR CAT’S CLAW
The cat’s claw ( Uncaria tomentosa) is a plant native to the Amazon rainforest where it has always been used by the natives to cope with various types of ailments, relieve pain and inflammation.
In herbal medicine, the extract of the bark of this plant is used, whose anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties useful for treating arthritic and rheumatic pain are recognized.
The ash (Fraxinus excelsior ) is another plant widely used in herbal medicine to support the well being of the joints; the extract of the leaves in the past was used in folk tradition to deal with rheumatic disorders .
The leaves and the bark of this tree contain flavonoids, coumarins and tannins that give the ash diuretic properties, facilitating the elimination of uric acid, laxative and anti-rheumatic.
Boswellia is a plant belonging to the family Burseraceae , spread in different regions of India, which produces a special resin used to make scented incense and herbal purposes.
Among the natural remedies for rheumatismIts, the boswellia extract, thanks to the presence of characteristic active principles, is useful to promote the well-being of the joints ; in particular, in the presence of inflammatory conditions of the musculoskeletal system.
Clay has been exploited for centuries for therapeutic purposes to cope with various types of disturbances, both internally and externally .
To soothe joint pain, for example, localized packs are recommended; clay, in fact, in rheumatic forms is mainly used by external application. The clay packs must be applied cold in diseases characterized by an inflammatory or infective process..
The applications of clay packs can last from a few minutes to over an hour. It is recommended to never reuse the clay after it has been used for this purpose.
6) OMEGA3 RICH FOODS
Among natural remedies for rheumatism, some studies have shown that a diet rich in Omega-3 (present in high concentration in fish oil ) can bring different benefits; in particular it was noted that in populations of Arctic countries, who consume plenty of fat fish (salmon, mackerel etc.), there is a ‘ significantly lower incidence of problems caused by metabolic disorders.
Also, studies implemented on Greenland Eskimos in 1930 have highlighted the rarity in these populations of rheumatic diseases). Moreover, more research has shown that omega-3 fatty acids have a strong anti-inflammatory action.
7) MEDICAL GYMNASTICS IN WATER
To cope with joint pain, also rheumatic, and restore mobility, it is often recommended the so-called medical gymnastics, preferably in heated water. A specific exercise program, especially designed by the physiotherapist, may have the aim of encouraging the coordination and functional rehabilitation while helping muscle relaxation; in particular, the walking tub offers attractive possibilities when degenerative changes in the joints and the spine are present.
We recall also that the use of natural extracts, as opposite to anti-inflammatory drugs, can help you cope with the localized stress and with the painful conditions affecting the joints without presenting any kind of side effect.
The intake of natural supplements is therefore absolutely secure and free of specific counterindications. To allow time for the active principles of plants to act, and to get better results, we should take the extracts for at least a month continuously. Ideally, then, to take them by the cycles for 3/4 times a year.
Until next time.