Herbs for Arthritis
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In herbal medicine, Celery seed is the
chief anti-rheumatic. It has a mildly diuretic effect meaning it
eliminates excess body fluids, including excess from around swollen
joints. Plenty of fresh water is also recommended to flush the system.
Six to eight glasses of purified water a day is one of the best
overall health tonics there is.
The herb Guaiacum is also recommended for all forms of arthritis and
gout (another form of arthritis in which crystals of uric acid form in
the joints), particularly where there is much inflammation and pain.
White willow bark (nature's aspirin) and Devil's claw are both
anti-inflammatory and are gently effective for the pain of arthritic
Echinacea is an important herb for all-round immune system support.
Echinacea is known as a 'blood purifier' and lymphatic tonic which, in
the case of arthritis, helps eliminate the chronic inflammation of the
joints. It is what herbalists call an 'alterative' - a herb which
gradually restores proper functioning of the body and generally
increases health and vitality. Sarsaparilla, which helps remove uric
acid from the blood (and is also used for scaly skin conditions such
as psoriasis), Burdock (another alterative) and Yellow dock, which
acts on the liver to aid elimination of toxins, should be taken
together with Echinacea to assist in arthritis.
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