Arthritis is broken down into two main types, osteoarthritis
and rheumatoid arthritis. Osteoarthritis develops as a result
of the constant wearing away of the cartilage. Symptoms are sore
joints and body stiffness during damp weather, in the morning, or
after heavy exercise. Rheumatoid Arthritis is a chronic inflammatory
condition that effects the entire body but especially the joints. It
is an "autoimmune disease" meaning that the body's immune system
attacks its' own tissue. The affected joints will be quite warm,
tender and swollen.
The herb Yucca is helpful due to the plants' high content of steroid
saponins. Some feel that the Yucca saponins improve the body's
ability to produce its own cortisone by supplying the needed nutrients
to the adrenal glands. Yucca is also used to reduce inflammation,
swelling and stimulate circulation. Pine Bark (pynogenol) is also
helpful for increasing circulation while reducing inflammations.
It has been found that exercise is important in the prevention and
treatment of arthritis because unused joints can become stiff.
Reducing salt to avoid water retention as well as increasing dietary
fibre to keep the colon clean is also helpful. Be aware of your food
intake. Some doctors believe that food allergies are the cause of
most arthritis cases.
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