(Osteo-arthritis & Rheumatoid Arthritis)
Ques. 1 What is Arthritis?
Ans. Arthritis occurs as a pain or inflammation and/or a wearing away of the joints, this being of two types Osteoarthritis and Rheumatoid Arthritis.
Ques. 2 What is osteoarthritis?
Ans. Osteoarthritis is a deformation produced when the cartilage between the bones wears away to the point where the cartilage can disappear, causing the bones rub up against one another, particularly in the extremities.
Ques. 3 What is Rheumatoid Arthritis?
Ans. Rheumatoid Arthritis, which is different from osteoarthritis in that it extends to the whole body, inflames the cartilage and synovial membrane, where the bones join. This causes a loss of synovial fluid (oily liquid that serves to lubricate and protect against friction and deterioration away of the bones).
This illness is not common but when it occurs it requires medical attention.
Ques. 4 What are the symptoms of Arthritis?
Ans. Symptoms of Arthritis: Inflammation and joints pain, usually beginning in the hands or feet but can also occur in the spinal column or in other areas. The cases of spinal column are more prevalent amongst the younger generation working in jobs which require continuous sitting on desk i.e. computer professional, data entry, software developers, bank employees etc. It is mainly because of continuous sitting in abnormal postures. Humid climate and cold weather increase the pain. It can become difficult to move and also can cause a deformation in the affected area of the body (hands, feet, etc.).
Ques. 5 Which suggestions are recommended in terms of Arthritis?
Ans. It is recommended to eliminate red meats, alcohol, cigarettes and toxic elements. Allergies to certain foods can produce inflammation in the joints. The most common are: flour, sugar, whole milk, potatoes and black pepper. (Try these with caution to see if any produce an inflammation in the joints). Avoid butter and fried foods.
Red meat contains fatty acid called Aracidonic acid. This acid contributes greatly to the inflammation of the tissues.A non-vegetarian diet impedes and blocks the process.
Benefits have been found by consuming fish oil from cold fresh water fish which contains polyunsaturated fatty acids (EPA, beneficial fats) like Omega-3 and Omega-6 or oleic acid found in olive oil.
Ques. 6 What kind of fruits are recommended for Arthritis?
Ans. It has been found that cranberries, from the same family as blackberries, strawberries and cherries, principally of a dark violet-blue color, contain bioflavonoid, which act as anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing agents.
It is strongly recommended to consume this type of fruit in large quantities. Same treatment is recommended for gout.
Ques. 7 Which elements are effective against rheumatoid arthritis?
Ans. Selenium is a powerful anti-oxidiser that plays an important part in blocking the production of inflammatory prostaglandin. Vitamin E, when combined with selenium, makes it more powerful.
Ques. 8 List some Suggestions in terms of Arthritis?
Ans. The Following suggestions are recommend-
(i) Do not consume red meats.
(ii) Take fish oil with Omega-3.
(iii) Increase consumption of codfish, sardines, tuna and olive oil.
(iv) Plenty of oranges of grapefruit (Vitamin C).
(v) Lots of raw vegetables in salads.
(vi) Large amounts of strawberries, cherries of cranberries.
(vii) Minimize intake of salt, sugar and flour.
(viii) Drink 1 or 2 glasses of low fat milk daily (has large quantities of calcium which is important).
(ix) Eat cottage cheese and whole wheat.
(x) It is recommended to take vitamins A, B1, B12, C and E and the minerals: Selenium, manganese and calcium.
(xi) Do exercises like low impact aerobics, but do not over exert yourself. These exercises will help make the joints more flexible.
Ques. 9 Which Homoeopathic Remedies are useful in Arthritis?
Ans. Biocombination No-19 is recommended for general Rheumatism. Apart from this Urtica Urens is suggested for accumulation of Uric Acid. RhusTox, caulophyllum and pulsatilla can be taken symptomatically.
Prepared by : Dr Pooja, Bhopal