Focus of specific herbs for Anti-inflammatory and Arthritis use

The usual reaction to muscular pain is to reach for a painkiller, such as a Paracetamol, which quickly lulls the body into pain free comfort. Pain, however, is only a symptom of an underlying problem. Pulled muscles and strained tendons need restricted movement to heal and the pain reminds us to keep movement to a minimum.

Herbal remedies can do more than just deaden pain. Many plants repair the damage of injury or regenerative disease, and provide symptomatic relief; some act as muscle relaxants, others as anti-spasmodic or anti-inflammatory. A herbal approach to arthritis for example, may involve comfrey ointment to help repair damaged and degenerating bone, with anti-inflammatory herbs such as White Willow Bark, Devil’s Claw or Meadowsweet and Turmeric, to help relieve pain, and cleansing plants such as celery seeds to eliminate toxins and uric acid that can collect in the joints and contribute to discomfort.

All foods digested in our bodies leach an ‘ash’ that is acid, neutral or alkaline. The PH or acid-alkaline balance of our blood plasma must remain at a steady 7.35 – 7.45; an excess either way tips us into crisis, even death.

To preserve this vital balance, acids are neutralized in our bodies by the alkaline salts, sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium and others found in fruit and vegetables and other food groups.

If there is a healthy balance in our diet between alkaline and acid foods and drinks, estimated at a ratio of 4:1 then we enjoy excellent health. Imbalance spells trouble; the most common in balance is excess acidity, when our alkaline reserves are grossly depleted. Unneutralized acid wastes from our diet join cell debris and other metabolic wastes produced by normal metabolic processes.

Stress and long spells of overwork produce further acid wastes, all of which pile up in body cell structures and tissues. The resulting condition is called Toxemia and is considered to be responsible for many health problems and for degenerative diseases, such as arthritis, rheumatism and gout, even cancer.

The first concern of the herbalist or natural health practitioner for such conditions is to ensure that wastes are efficiently and speedily eliminated, and the system restored to a healthy balance. Cleansing and Nourishing needs to take place before building and restoring the body back to a healthy state. Herbs that improve general metabolism, usually by cleansing the blood and boosting elimination are required.

Good examples are Celery Seed, Meadowsweet, Dandelion leaf and root and others.

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Read more information about Toxemia and the seven stages of disease.