Rheumatism is characterized by inflammation and pain in muscles, joints, ligaments, tendon or tissues. Rheumatism may be acute or chronic.
Rheumatism is primarily caused by increased toxicity in the blood which gets concentrated around joints and bones. Rheumatism may also be caused due to infection in gall bladder, teeth and tonsils.
Symptoms of rheumatism
The commencement of acute rheumatism is characterized by pain and fever. The affected area becomes highly sensitive to any external touch or sensation. Acute rheumatism is not treated properly aggravates into chronic rheumatism.
Symptoms of chronic rheumatism
- Pain and stiffness of joints
- Swelling of the affected area
Home cure for rheumatism: acute and chronic
Potato juice: One tablespoon of raw potato juice prepared by mashing raw potatoes, taken before each meal helps reduce toxicity and is an effective home cure for rheumatism. A decoction prepared by boiling skin of raw potato, cooled and taken thrice a day is one of the best home remedies for rheumatism.
Garlic: The anti inflammatory property of garlic makes it a very effective home cure for rheumatism. Garlic has been successfully used for treatment of rheumatism in several oriental systems of medicine and modern medicine is also recognizing its effectiveness in cure of rheumatism. Eating 3-4 garlic pieces, twice a day helps in alleviating inflammation and treatment of rheumatism. The dose can be reduced as severity of condition reduces over a period of time.
Pepper: Pepper is an excellent analgesic liniment and a counter irritant making it very effective in alleviating muscular pain associated with rheumatism. 2 teaspoons of pepper powder, deep fried in sesame oil should be applied externally on the affected parts. This immediately alleviates rheumatic pain.
Castor seeds: Castor seed is a very potent home cure for rheumatism (both acute and chronic cases). A poultice made of castor seeds can be applied on rheumatic swelling for relief from inflammatory pain. Decoction of castor roots can also be administered for treating rheumatism.
Walnuts: Eating thoroughly masticated walnuts is immensely beneficial in treatment of rheumatism. 5-6 walnuts should be included in the daily diet of a person suffering from rheumatism.
Bitter gourd: Bitter gourd juice is a great anti toxicant. Its juice mixed with honey should be taken twice day for at least a month or till the severity of condition reduces is very effective in treatment of chronic rheumatism.
Celery: Extract of celery seeds in hot water has been known to effectively cure rheumatism. A tea spoon of celery seed extract is recommended before every meal.
Lemon: Lemon is a rich source of Vitamin C which helps maintain healthy bones and is recommended for treatment of rheumatism.
Rhubarb: The stalks of this herb crushed and mixed with equal amount of sugar taken one tea spoon a time, 3 times a day is a beneficial home cure for rheumatism.
Safron: Safron is administered to patients suffering from involuntary muscle contraction as a result of rheumatism.
Alfalfa: Tea made of alfalfa seeds helps alkalize toxic residues in the body making it an effective home cure for rheumatism.
Ephedra: Ephedra is used world wide by naturopaths in the treating acute rheumatism. It is however not of much benefit in treatment of chronic rheumatism. Ephedra powder applied locally on inflamed joints is very effective home remedy for acute rheumatism. Ephedra can also be taken orally in the form of powder or as a decoction with water and honey. The decoction can be prepared by boiling approximately 10 grams of ephedra in around a liter of water till it reduces to half its volume. This can be preserved in air tight bottles and mixed with honey at the time of intake. Prescribed dose: one table spoon a time, taken twice a day.
Madhuca (Botanical name: Madhuca Indica): A decoction made of madhuca bark can be taken internally for curing rheumatism. Oil extracted from maduca seeds can also be applied locally on the affected area.
Indian sarsaparilla (Botanical name: Hemidesmus Indica): The paste of its root is applied locally and is very effective herbal remedy for rheumatism related joint inflammations and swellings.
Colchicum (Botanical name: Colchicum luteum): Paste comprising of colchicum, saffron and egg helps alleviate rheumatic swellings. Several over the counter drugs for rheumatism are made from this herb.
Indian squill (Botanical name:Urginea Indica): Indian squll promotes the removal of toxicity from the body. Powder of Indian squill can be applied locally on the affected area. Indian squill can also be taken orally to help remove excess toxicity from the body to help cure rheumatism.
Winter cherry (Botanical name: Withania somnifera): The root of winter cherry has certain antibiotic properties which make it an effective herbal home cure for rheumatism. 4 grams of root powder taken in the morning helps fight body toxicity and is a beneficial remedy for rheumatism.
Indian Senna(Botanical name: Cassia angustifolia): Senna leaves mixed with ginger taken orally once a day are effective in treatment of rheumatism. However Senna is a very strong purgative and the intake should not exceed half a teaspoon a day.
Turpeth (Botanical name: Operculina turpethum ): A single dose of 2-3 grams of Turpeth taken daily is an effective herbal remedy for rheumatism.
Indian Aloe (Botanical name: Aloe barbadensis): Pulp extracted from Indian aloe leave when applied to inflamed joints, provides relief and is an effective herbal home cure for rheumatism.
Rosemary (Botanical name: Rosemarinus officinalis): Vapor bath with the flower tops and leaves of Rosemary induces copious perspiration, which helps remove toxicity from the body and is beneficial home remedy for chronic and acute rheumatism.
Indian gooseberry (Botanical name: Emblica officinalis): Indian gooseberry in rich in Vitamin C and is known to promote vitality that helps fight toxicity in rheumatism. A teaspoon of Indian gooseberry powder mixed with double amount of jaggery taken twice a day is very effective treatment for both acute and chronic rheumatism.
Lemongrass(Botanical name:Cymbopogon citratus):Lemon grass oil mixed with coconut oil (in the ratio 1:2) is a very effective home remedy for acute rheumatism. In chronic rheumatism lemon grass oil should be applied directly without mixing it with coconut oil. Raw lemon grass juice can also be taken orally as it induces copius perspiration which helps cleanse the body of toxicity.
Leadwort (Botanical name: Plumbago zeylanica): Leadwort mixed with little coconut oil is applied externally. Leadwort provides relief from inflammation and is an excellent herbal ointment for rheumatism.
Nutmeg (Botanical name: Myristica fragrans): External application of powdered nutmeg fried in sesame oil, till it turns brown is very effective in relieving rheumatism pain. The oil should be applied after it cools down.
Diet should revolve around total body cleansing. Diet considered beneficial in a holistic home cure for rheumatism includes:
- An orange juice diet for 2-3 days
- Fruits, raw or steamed vegetables
- Milk and milk products
Foods to avoid
- Food made of white refined sugar (candies, pie, cake, sweets etc)
- Food containing starch
- Fish & meat products
- Alcohol, tea, coffee, sauces, pickles and other condiments
- Canned or tinned food
- Food made of white flour
- Warm water enema during fasting period to clean bowel movements
- Hot epsom salt bath taken twice a week helps alleviate joint and muscular pain
- Light sunbath is good for rheumatism treatment
- Exposure to cold should be avoided