Rest is considered one of the
most essential factors in treatment which includes emotional
rest. Diet need not be too restrictive, but should be rich in
animal proteins, calcium and iron adequate in vitamins.
At present, many arthritic patients
have been taking aspirins as a temporary pain-reliever with good
results in some cases. Some patients also are given physical
treatments with heat and water (bathing and whirlpools), finger-tip
massaging, and other methods which an expert physiotherapist
Remember this - PEOPLE DO NOT
DIE OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS BUT RATHER WITH IT!
Since so many people in this
country (over 150,000 a year) are afflicted with this excruciating,
deforming disease, many HOME REMEDIES have been tested and used
with some degree of effectiveness. Listed below are OLD-HOME-FOLK
REMEDIES that have been tried by various people for treating
arthritis in general and rheumatism.
- Mrs. G. had arthritis for
years until she found relief taking alfalfa tea twice a day.
- Mrs. O. got relief by taking
therapeutic doses of vitamins.
- Mrs. B. found relief by taking
a tablespoon of fruit pectin in a small glass of cranberry juice
- Another lady found relief
by gently exercising the afflicted joints in tub full of hot
- After learning self-control
and how to avoid emotional upsets, Mrs. L. found that her pain
had greatly lessened.
- Mrs. J.G. was greatly relieved
when she eliminated sugar,white flour, macaroni, pie, cake, and
sweet drinks from her diet.
- Mrs. H.B. prepared a drink
which helped her and consisted of four raw finely sliced beets
soaked in a quart of berry wine for one day. She drinks one small
glass before meals, three times a day.
- Mrs. G. W. recommends dissolving
4 teaspoons of blackstrap molasses in one quart of cranberry
juice and drinking one glass everyday. She also says 100 aspirins
dissolved in a pint of rubbing alcohol will relieve sore joints
when rubbed on three times a day.
- Mrs. P. takes equal parts
of epsom salts, cream of tartar and ground rhubarb root, mixes,
fills gelatin capsules, and takes one after each meal.
- Mrs. E.M. says two parts pure
olive oil and one part kerosene makes a wonderful liniment to
bathe afflicted joints.
- Add one tablespoon cod liver
oil to the juice of one orange, whip and drink before retiring.
- Another says rub the aching
joints with hot vinegar before going to bed.
- Mr. L. gives this poultice
for swollen joints: 2 tablespoons mullein, 3 of granulated slippery
elm bark, one of lobelia, 1 teaspoon cayenne. Mix thoroughly.
Use boiling water to make paste. Spread on cloth and place on
swollen joints. He also recommends oil of origanum, oil of lobelia,
oil of capsicum, mixed with coconut oil for a good rub.
- Two teaspoons apple cider
vinegar and 2 teaspoons of honey dissolved in a small glass of
warm water taken once or twice a day brings relief.