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Arthritis responds extremely well to herbal supplements. One of the recommendations
however is that herbal treatments for arthritis, especially the rheumatoid type of
arthritis, be administered by a tincture preparation of recommended herbal components.
Basically a tincture is made by soaking the herbs in potable alcohol. This draws
out the active anti-arthritis elements of the herbs. You then deliver the tincture
with a dropper. You should never use rubbing alcohol or any alcohol not intended
for consumption to prepare a tincture. Herbalists believe that tinctures allow the
beneficial components of the herb to be more effectively absorbed into the body.
You can buy tinctures at most health shops or have your herbal remedy custom prepared
by a skilled herbalist.
5 Herbal Supplements for Arthritis
1. Milk Thistle
Milk thistle (Silybum marianum) has an ancient reputation for clearing out body toxins
and since these toxins are involved in rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, milk thistle
is a good herbal remedy for arthritis. The anti toxin effects come from the antioxidants
in milk thistle. It is native to the Mediterranean, North Africa and the Middle East.
2. Knotgrass Complex
Knotgrass Complex is another herbal supplement that is made of a combination of herbal
products including knotgrass, birch, goldenrod, horsetail and nettle. One of the
suspected causes of arthritis is the crystalline deposits in joints. Knotgrass Complex
cleanses accumulated toxins from body fluids and in so doing, rinses out the crystalline
deposits that cause joint inflammation. It also acts as a diuretic which has the
benefit of keeping uric acid from building up and settling its crystals in the soft
tissue of the joints.
Birch (Betula species) can be used on its own even though it is also used as a component
of knotgrass complex. On its own, it is usually made into a tea. It works on arthritis
because of its anti-inflammatory effects. One of the components of birch bark is
salicylate, which is also found in aspirin, and this is where the anti-inflammation
and pain relief comes from. There are several variety of birch and it is available
as leaf, bark and oil. If the American species (Betula lenta) is used do not ingest
it. It comes as an oil.
4. Stinging Nettle
Stinging nettle (Urtica dioica) is also used on its own as an anti-arthritis pain
treatment. It works by reducing uric acid levels and other acid metabolites. In addition,
it contains silica which has a very positive impact on the soft tissues of joints.
Stinging nettle also has a high potassium, calcium and magnesium content and these
elements promote good health in the body’s immune system. There is a new extract
from stinging nettle leaf, hox alpha, contains an anti-inflammatory element that
lowers the cytokines in inflamed joints.
Silica is found in a lot of herbal treatments for rheumatoid arthritis. It is found
in knotgrass and stinging nettle. It also comes as a supplement derived from bamboo.
In its natural form it helps arthritis, osteoporosis, and circulatory health. Whether
it strengths the bones in the joints, or the blood supply to the soft tissues, it
has a salutary effect on arthritis.
Herbal Supplements for Arthritis: Notes/Safety Advices
Herbal treatments for arthritis have been studied and found to be very effective.
However it is best to seek herbal expertise rather than prescribe for yourself as
some of the best herbal treatments are potent and someone with inadequate knowledge
can overdo it. This is why tinctures are the such a good way of absorbing the best