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Alternative Answers for Psoriatic Arthritis

Arthritis: which means "joint inflammation" is a general term for over 100
different joint disorders with symptoms ranging from mild aches and pains to
severe swelling and crippling pain. Your joints, remarkable and elaborate
hinges, are cushioned by cartilage. They're held together with various other
tissues, including muscles and tendons. Lubrication is in the form of called
synovial fluid, which is released by the synovial lining of the joints. Thinning
cartilage between the bone results in the bones rubbing together and becoming
inflamed. This, in turn, inflames the surrounding tissues, tendons and muscles.

Psoriatic Arthritis is an arthritis that is often associated with psoriasis of
the skin. Psoriatic arthritis is an autoimmune disease. Normally, T cells help
protect the body against infection and disease. In the case of this disorder, T
cells are stimulated by mistake and become so active that they trigger other
immune responses, which lead to inflammation and to the rapid turnover of skin
cells. In about one-third of the cases, there is a family history of psoriasis.
Exacerbations and/or remissions of the joint and skin symptoms often occur
simultaniously. The etiology of psoriasis is unknown in Western medicine,
although it is known that emotional stress, skin trauma, cold weather,
infections, and certain drugs may trigger attacks in susceptible individuals.

Symptoms that seem to be associated with psoriatic arthritis may be wide and
varied or may only involve a few joints and be mild. In some people the disease
may be severe and affect many joints, particularly those at the end of the
fingers or toes, including the spine. When the spine is affected, the symptoms
are stiffness, burning, and pain, most often in the lower spine and sacrum.
People who also have arthritis usually have the skin and nail changes of
psoriasis. Often, the skin gets worse at the same time as the arthritis.


Diagnosing Psoriatic Arthritis

Your doctor will inspect the affected joint(s), checking for swelling, redness,
heat, tender points, skin rashes, and other signs. Determining which joints are
affected and how function is impaired helps determine a differential diagnosis
of psoriatic arthritis from other forms of arthritis.

1. X-rays will confirm the diagnosis of arthritis but will not necessarily
indicate the type of arthritis. (NOTE: not all arthritis will show up on Xrays
and not all painful arthritis means that there is significant joint damage).
Your doctor will look for specific structural signs in the joint(s) that suggest
OA. These signs can include:

* A narrowing of the joint space.

* Bone spurs. Bone spurs are associated with chronic inflammation, which can
cause calcium to accumulate near joints and tendons as seen in arthritis,
tendonitis and spurs. Althought it is nature's way of protecting the joint,
these bony protusions can be painful.

* One-sided distribution (for example, one knee, one hip) of joint
irregularities.


2. Laboratory tests: can be ordered if there is a question about the nature of
joint swelling. The doctor may perform a joint aspiration. During this procedure
a needle is inserted into the joint to withdraw a small amount of synovial fluid
from the joint. The fluid is then tested for make-up, viscosity), blood cell
counts, overall appearance, and microorganisms (if an infection is suspected):

* The fluid from an OA joint is usually clear, whereas in RA, it is cloudy due
to the presence of many white blood cells. The fluid then is tested for crystals
to exclude such diagnoses as gout. Blood and urine tests may be ordered to rule
out conditions such as gout. The blood from people with gout contains a high
level of uric acid, which is associated with the buildup of arthritis-causing
crystals in the joint fluid.

* Sometimes the fluid from an OA joint contains calcium pyrophosphate crystals,
which may cause mild irritation and increase swelling.

* Blood tests may be ordered in certain cases to identify infection, measure
blood cell counts, and pinpoint diagnostic findings such as rheumatoid factor
(RF) and human leukocyte antigen (HLA-DR4 and HLA-DR1), which are more common in
people with inflammatory types of arthritis such as RA and psoriatic arthritis.


Treating Psoriatic Arthritis

Treatment of arthritis depends on the particular cause, a persons individual
needs, which joints are affected, the severity of the arthritis and how the
condition affects your daily lifestyle. Your age and occupation will also be
taken into consideration when your practitioner works with you to create a
treatment plan.

The goal in treating arthritis is to focus on eliminating the underlying (root)
cause of the arthritis. However, the cause is NOT necessarily curable, as this
is often a degenerative disease often associated with aging. The treatment goal,
should address the reducing of pain and discomfort and preventing further
disability. It is possible to greatly improve symptoms and other long-term types
of arthritis without medications. In fact, making lifestyle changes without
medications is preferable for osteoarthritis and other forms of joint
inflammation.

The goal in treating psoriatic arthritis is similar but attention to psoriasis
breakouts is imperative, as well. Excercise, diet, internal/external herbs and
topicals and lifestyle changes are extremely important in treating this
disorder.


1. Acupuncture: Acupuncture has been shown to be extremely affective for long
term problems with arthritis. Acupuncture is a therapeutic modality that has
shown good benefits in the outcome measurements of pain relief for arthritis.
Electroacupuncture had shown even greater results with pain threshold, regional
pain scoring and sleep quality. A combination of both high frequencies,
associated with serotonin release - short-term effects and low frequencies,
associated with endorphin release - cumulative effects are optimal for pain
relief.

2. Exercise: Exercise conditioning and stretching can improve certain pains with
stretching such as painful, stiff muscles and joints by increasing blood flow to
these areas. Walking and weight baring exercises are beneficial for improving
strength , bone density and circulation. Restoring movement and normal function
to an injured area is critical. Learn to stretch to improve your flexibility.

3. Proper Diet: A poor diet can be a nutrition zapper that robs the body of
proper vitamins, mineral and sufficient amino acids that are important for
energy product. A balance of fresh vegetables, complexed carbs, whole grain, as
well as, fruits, nuts, seeds and protein are very important for maintaining
proper energy levels. A diet consisting mainly of plant based foods like fruits
and NON-night shade vegetables (eggplant, tomatoes, potatoes...) have shown
great results with those suffering from arthritis. Avoiding fried foods and
refined carbohydrates are a must. Difficulties with the digestive tract such as
thirst, gas, bloating, nausea, vomiting, acid reflux are symptoms of poor
assimilation of food. The delicate balance of our digestive system can affect
our whole system in so many ways. Decrease your intake of excess protein,
carbonated drinks and coffee.

4. Reducing Stress: People who have things in their lives under control will be
better pain managers than people who don’t. Recent research confirms the
importance of psychological attitude on arthritis pain relief. It is no secret,
if you are hurting and you are tense, you hurt more. Look at your attitudes and
emotions. The mental and emotional aspects of healing have a direct connection
between you and what you are experiencing. A positive mental and emotional
attitude and can be created and maintained by focusing on your purpose for being
healed. Idle joints can become painful joints. If you focus on pain, it hurts
more, but if you are doing things that are important to you, or focused on you,
then you are less likely to feel it.

5. Supplementing: Take additional vitamins, minerals and herbal supplements can
help to supplement major deficiencies. Deficiencies of vitamins and minerals in
our diet have proven to be the culprit of much pain and suffering. We often do
not get enough of the required amounts of calcium, magnesium, selenium, zinc and
essential fatty acids. Asian herbal formulas have also been an extremely
important key to restoring balance in the body.

6. Work with herbal remedies: There are great herbal solutions to relieving pain
naturally, improving circulation, elimination and assimilation. There are great
herbs to help you sleep and regulate your entire body system. The herbal
remedies are even more helpful when the arthritis is further divided into
location of pain, worse with cold/damp or damp heat or if it is more affected by
wind. (see Chinese medicine).

7. Topcial Care: 89% of patients suffer from some type of morning stiffness.
Apply a muscle ointment at night before going to bed will relax the musculature
around the joiuts, decrease inflammation as it gives you a psychological boost
as well. This boost tends to help people with arthritis to feel much better all
day if they aren't stiff when they wake up in the morning. Consider such
topicals as Zeel, Chinese massage oil, UI Oil, White Flower Oil or Taoist Oil.

8. Touch Therapies: have shown helpful in studies on arthritis. Massage therapy
improves circulation and joint mobility. Massage strengthens the immune system,
treats musculoskeletal problems, reduces blood pressure, helps relieve
tension-related headaches and effects of eye-strain. Massage therapy promotes
deeper and easier breathing, improves circulation of blood and movement of lymph
fluids. Osteopathic or chiropractic treatments are recommended to relieve any
pressures that may be hindering circulation and decreasing eliminations. This is
vital , your spine and its nerve pathways can have an enormous influence on how
you feel and the functioning of your body.

9. Hydrotherapy: has a number of uses. Warm water will relax spasm, while cool
can decrease inflammation. Studies have shown that floating in specially
designed floatation tanks, also known as isolation tanks, can relieve arthritic
pain. Moist heat can be helpful when feeling stiff or having pain. Hydrotherapy
has been useful in treating such conditions as muscular strains and sprains,
muscular fatigue, joint swelling and arthritis.

10. Improving Elimination results when food moves too slowly through the
gastrointestinal (GI) tract. Poor elimination is usually diagnosed when bowel
movements occur fewer than three times per week on an ongoing basis. Other signs
occur when the stool is hard, dry or there is excessive straining. The stool can
often be described as "rabbit pellets" or like "toothpaste squeezed from the
tube". Sometimes it is painful to pass. Sometimes the patient does not feel
complete after a bowel movement. Start with a heathy detox. Detoxifying is the
process of releasing accumulated toxins and waste products that build up
throughout our system. Our body does much of the detoxification process through
urination, defecation and perspiration. As our bodies age and our immune systems
weaken from illness, poor diet and/or addictive substances, we sometimes need to
give our system an extra helping hand. That is why conscious detoxing is a great
way back to optimum health.



Nutritional Advise

In many cases good nutrition can play a big part in controlling arthritis. Some
arthritis suffers might find relief from their symptoms by keeping a food diary.
The onset of painful symptoms can be the result of food allergies. While most
food allergies can cause the sniffles and a runny nose, it can also cause
inflamed joints. It can be two to three days after eating a particular food to
aggravate arthritis.

Water should be a very important part of any nutritional program. Distilled
water is best. 6-8 8 ounces per day. Water allows for the cleansing and free
flow in the system. Water helps cushion and lubricate your joints; it also helps
flush uric acid out of your body before it can set off painful inflammation in
your joints.

Have dietary control over high fat, hydrogenated, partially hydrogenated and
high saturated fat intake. These fats convert into a compound called
prostaglandin, which promotes inflammation and pain.

Limiting the amount of fat to no more than 25 to 35% of daily calories is
recommended to promote good health.

A low-fat diet also helps lower high total and LDL (the bad) cholesterol levels,
a risk factor for coronary artery disease.

The type of fat consumed is important. There are three types: saturated,
monounsaturated, and polyunsaturated.

Saturated fats are found in meats, non-skim dairy products, and artificially
hydrogenated vegetable oils. The more solid the product, the higher the
proportion of saturated fats.

Monounsaturated fats are found in olive oil and canola oil.

Polyunsaturated fats include omega-3 fats, contained in deep-sea fatty fish
(such as mackerel, salmon, and tuna), and omega-6 fats, contained in vegetable
oils. The ideal combination of types of fats is unknown. However, a diet high in
saturated fats is known to promote coronary artery disease, and a diet high in
monounsaturated or omega-3 fats is less likely to do so. Therefore, eating fish
regularly is recommended. Dark greens like spinach and kale, along with flaxseed
and cold-pressed flax oil, raw walnuts and walnut oil, all contain plentiful
amounts of the fatty acids known as omega-3s. Many fatty fish like salmon, tuna,
mackerel and herring also contain these valuable oils. Omega-3s convert in the
body into hormone-like substances that decreases inflammation and pain.

Evening primrose, grapeseed and borage seed oils contain a fatty acid similar to
omega-3 called gammalinolenic acid (GLA). Because these oils are not found in
foods you normally eat, you have to get them from supplements. The effective
dose is 1 to 2 grams daily.

Consider alternative, natural sweetners such as stevia or agave.

Consider juice therapy. Blend these fruits and vegetables for amazing juice
combinations. Treat acidity with: grapes, orange, mosambi, carrot and spinach.
Treat arthritis by blending together : Sour cherry, pineapple, sour apple,
lemon, grapefruit, cucumber, beet, carrot, lettuce and spinach. Make these
delicious remedy juices twice a day for 30 days. A vegetable-juice fast
significantly reduces pain for many patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Consider
this juice fast. Carrot juice, celery juice, cabbage juice, or tomato juice can
be used. Fast on nothing but the vegetable juice for one day during the first
week to get started. Follow that by alternate fasting for two days during the
next week (i.e., Monday and Wednesday) and three days during the third week
(Monday, Wednesday, and Friday)

The power of green whole foods is essential for all day energy, greater focus
under stress, sense of well-being, strengthened immune system, fewer food
cravings and optimum synergistic balance of essential nutrients for total
health. Green whole foods contain antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, amino acids,
active enzymes, bioflavinoids, chlorophyll and other phytonutrients necessary
for optimial cellular metabolism, repair and protection! These ingredients
contain the most powerful combination of nutrients ever known in any grain, herb
or food. They contain almost all of the vitamins, minerals, proteins and enzymes
necessary for the human diet, plus chlorophyll.


Balancing pH Levels

When the body is too acidic resulting from an intake of acid forming foods,
mucus forming, high fat foods, and toxic food residues, disease and infections
are encouraged. This is especially true in cases of arthritis and rheumatic
situations. Most foods are alkaline by nature, but often the more processed the
foods are the more acidic they become. It is important to balance each meal with
a ratio of 75% alkaline to 25% acidity in order to maintain better health.
Perfect body pH is 6.4, above is alkaline and below is acidic. It is important
that your daily dietary intake of food naturally balances your body pH.
Balancing the body’s pH is achieved by avoiding foods that create acidic
conditions in the body, which can help lessen pain and inflammation.

Foods that create acidity in the body include, meat, dairy, hydrogenated fats,
wheat and sugar.

Foods that help restore balance include fruits (when eaten on an empty stomach),
vegetables and legumes.

What You Should Avoid:

Research has shown the foods most often thought to aggravate arthritis include:

*corn, wheat, pork, oranges, milk, oats, rye, eggs, beef, tomatoes, eggplant and
coffee.

*processed, packed and fast foods. Hydrogenated fats, margarine, shortening,
lard, or products made with them such as cookies, pies, and packaged food.

*dairy products, yogurt, ice cream, cottage cheese, butter and cheeses

*wheat products

*alcohol

Eliminate: butter, all fried foods, margerine, red meat, shellfish, shortnings
or tropical oils (such as coconut and palm oils).

Limit foods that have little or no fiber such as ice cream, cheese, meat, snacks
like chips and pizza, and processed foods such as instant mashed potatoes or
already-prepared frozen dinners. Too much white flour and refined sugar.

What you don't eat may be even more important than what you do eat. Avoid
alcohol and sugar, because they tend to worsen the situation.

Curb your caffeine. One or two cups of coffee can work to kick you into gear in
the morning, but its benefits usually end there. Too much caffeine (more than 24
oz a day) is just as bad as too much of anything. Drinking it throughout the day
for an energy boost can actually backfire. Caffeine makes you feel like you have
more energy, but you really don't. Cut back on caffeine to reduce the high and
low effect. Excess coffee robs the bones of precious minerals.

Curb your excess protein intake as this can accelerate bone loss. Excess amounts
include more than 140 grams of protein per day. 140 grams is equivalent to
approximately a pound of chicken beef, pork, fish. This excess causes the body
to excrete calcium and increases the rate of loss of minerals and nutrients.

Decrease phosphorus foods such as soft drinks, which are high in phosphoric
acid, organ meat (liver, kidney), processed meat, which are especially high in
phosphorus, fried foods and vegetable oil, which have a high level of omega 6
and can make inflammation worse. Sugar results in poor absorption of nutrients
as does antacids, which neutralize stomach acid and result in poor absorption of
calcium (heartburn and indigestion are caused by poor eating habits and NOT
ENOUGH stomach acid!)


Herbal Remedies

The medicinal benefits of herbs have been recorded for centuries. Herbs were
extensively used to cure practically every known illness and has been documented
by Egyptian, Roman, Native American, Persians and Hebrews alike. Many herbs
contain powerful ingredients that, if used correctly, can help heal the body. By
using herbs in their complete form, the body's healing process utilizes a
balance of the ingredients provided by nature.

Herbal medicine is a wonderful solution for pain and pain management.
Complications can arise when taking herbal medicine and allopathic drugs
internally, which your doctor has prescribed. Great caution should be used
especially if you are on blood thinners, diuretics or heart related medication.
Consult your doctor with any questions you may have, before taking additional
herbs or supplements, internally.


Arnica Suave is a rich blend of quartz silica, amber resin and the
pain-relieving power of arnica in a special massage-in suave designed by Andrew
for his practice and is a part of his new "Crystal Inspirations" product line.

Bladderwrack (Fucus vesiculosus) may decrease the progression of arthritis. This
dark brown seaweed is a soothing and nourishing tonic. Caution: avoid in
overactive (hyper) thyroid conditions.

Bromelain is a plant-enzyme. Bromelain is not actually a single substance, but a
group of protein-digesting enzymes found in pineapple juice and in the stem of
pineapple plants. Local swelling is the releasing of histamines in a localized
area causes the vasodilation and increased permeability of blood vessels.
Bromelain has an anti-inflammatory effect and is a very effective treatment for
fibromyalgia. It is recommend taking 200 to 400 milligrams three times a day on
an empty stomach at least ninety minutes before or three hours after eating.
Discontinue use if you develop any itching or rash.

Cats Claw Bark (Uncaria tomentosa): A great anti-inflammatory herb. Also called
Una de Gato, the root and bark of this herb, which has cat-like horns or claws,
has been used by since the Inca civilization to treat a variety of health
problems, including osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, stomach ulcers,
many inflammatory disorders, dysentery, and fevers.

Cayenne Pepper (Capsaicin): A cream containing small amounts of Capsaicin can
help relieve pain when rubbed onto muscle pain and arthritic joints, according
to the results of a double blind study. It does this by depleting the nerves of
a pain-mediating neurotransmitter known as substance P. Although application of
capsaicin cream may initially cause a burning feeling, the burning will lessen
with each application and soon disappear for most people. A cream containing
0.025"0.075% of capsaicin can be applied to the affected joints three to five
times a day. The tincture form is used internally as an ayurvedic remedy for
joint pain, especially when affected by cold and dampness.

Dandelion Root (Taraxacum Officinale): is recommended for degenerative
arthritis. This infamous liver tonic is a safe diuretic herb used for all types
of liver problems, promotes good digestion and plays a crucial role in
detoxification. This is helpful for chronic and wasting diseases.

Devils Claw: An analgesic and anti-inflammatory. This tuber is used to treat all
kinds of arthritis. Dosage: one to two grams, three times daily.

Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium): is very helpful as an anti-inflammatory,
antispasmodic and emmenagogue reknowned for the treatment of both migraines and
arthritis. The dosage is 1 teaspoon of tincture, 20-30 drops at the onset of a
migraine. Repeat after 2 hours as needed. For repeated attacks and as a
treatment for arhtritis, take one teaspoon every morning.

Ginger: An anti-inflammatory. Ginger has been used in Ayurvedic and Chinese


medicine as an anti-inflammatory. Taking 6"50 grams of fresh or powdered
ginger per day indicated that ginger might be helpful. Suggested Dosage: 0.5 to
1 mg of powdered ginger daily

Ginger Tea: Add one grated teaspoon of fresh ginger to a cup of hot water. Take
two times daily.

Ginger Tonic: Ginger supports healthy digestion, promotes a healthy inflammation
response, promotes platelet health and cardiovascular function, and increases
the absorption and utilization of other herbs and nutrients.

Ginseng, Siberian: (Eleuthero senticosus) is beneficial especially for
rheumatoid arthritis. This famous wonder of the world root is widely used and
increase vital energy, works as an adaptogen herb, strengthens the immune
system, helps the body cope with side effects from chemotherapy and is a great
jet lag tonic. Caution: use for short durations only. May aggravate anxiety,
irritability and high blood pressure.

Glucosamine sulfate (GS), a nutrient derived from sea shells, contains a
building block needed for the repair of joint cartilage. GS has significantly
reduced symptoms of osteoarthritis. All published clinical investigations on the
effects of GS in people with osteoarthritis report statistically significant
improvement. Most research trials use 500 mg GS taken three times per day.
Benefits from GS generally become evident after three to eight weeks of
treatment. Avoid if you have any allergic reactions to shell fish.

Glucosamine stimulates the production of the specific elements of cartilage and
protects them. It helps your body repair worn cartilage, reduce pain and improve
function. Chondroitin attracts fluids into proteoglycans, the molecules
dispersed through out the cartilage that give the tissue its shock-absorber
quality, and protects the cartilage against breakdown. These are substances the
body already produces for itself in small amounts.

Glucosamine is found in almost all tissue; it has a role in the repair and
maintenance of joint cartilage. Chondroitin sulfate is a major component of
cartilage and is thought to inhibit the enzymes that contribute to the breakdown
of cartilage.

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense): attributes its healing power to its high content
of silica and zinc. This common weed works well for arthritis, particularly in
synergy with dandelion root.

S-adenosyl methionine (SAMe) possesses anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, and
tissue-healing properties that may help protect the health of joints.SAM-e is
derived from methionine, an essential amino acid; it may promote cartilage
formation and repair. Glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate are usually sold
together. In clinical studies, the supplements had to be taken for several weeks
before providing any pain relief. Don't forget the truly natural and proven
methods for battling osteoarthritis, lose excess weight and exercise.

Turmeric: Turmeric is a traditional ayurvedic remedyand medicine that has been
researched for its ability to promote a healthy inflammation response, support
cardiovascular health, and support normal cell growth. An effective
anti-inflammatory. Dosage: 400 mg three times daily; take on an empty stomach
and combine with 1,000 mg of bromelain

Wild Yam Root (Dioscorea villosa): is very beneficial in the treatment of
rheumatoid arthritis. This dried root is known for its anti-inflammatory and
antispasmodic properties. This root works in wonderful synergy with White Willow
Bark.

White Willow Bark: Anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. White Willow
bark has anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects. Extracts providing
60"120 mg salicin per day are approved for people with rheumatoid arthritis.
Although the analgesic actions of willow are typically slow-acting, they last
longer than aspirin.

Zeel Homeopathic Ointment is effective in relieving symptoms associated with
degenerative arthritis such as osteoarthritis and spondylarthritis. For the
temporarily relief of joint pain, improving joint function and stimulating
normal cartilage performance. Zeel is made up of a combination of 15 all-natural
active ingredients intended to provide relief of arthritic symptoms and support
healthy connective tissue function.


Exercise

Exercise actually gives you energy. Study after study supports those words,
including one by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

More than 200 federal employees were placed on a moderate, regular exercise
program. The results: 90 percent said they had never felt better. Almost half
said they felt less stress, and almost one-third reported they slept better.

Resistance training is key. At any age, you should be doing resistance training.
Weight training builds and maintains bone density as it prevents osteoporisis
and osteopenia. Weight training does not have to include lifting heavy weight.
It DOES include weight bearing, resistance exercises where your body pushes and
pulls against some type of resistance. This can be your own body weight,
resistance bands or tubes, weight machines or dumbells. The key is to do enough
repetitions to reach muscle fatigue (not necessarily muscle failure).

Energetic exercise, aerobics,a brisk walk "three to five times a week, for 20 to
30 minutes ea ch time and no later than 2 hours before bedtime are extremely
beneficial.



Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is the oldest, continually practiced, and
professionally administered health care system in the world. It is a documented
medical system spanning over 2,500 years based on comprehensive philosophies,
rational theories, clinically tested and empirically verified by over 100
generations of highly educated practitioners. Chinese Medicine is a total system
of internal medicine which is comprised of a diagnostic procedure based on
signs, symptoms and treatment styles including acupuncture, herbal medicine,
exercise, diet and meditation. It’s foundation is based on the principles of
balance; the interdependent relationship of Yin and Yang. Through this balance,
health is achieved and maintained.

Acupuncture and herbal medicine can be an effective complement to your
treatment. Acupuncture redirects your Qi or vital energy into a more balanced
flow. It provides support to the underlying energetic spheres affected by poor
digestion and lack of movement. Acupuncture releases tension in the muscles.
This allows increased flow of blood, lymph, and nerve impulses to affected
areas, decreasing the stress experienced by you. Research has shown that the
mechanism of action occurs when acupuncture needles stimulate the production of
endorphins or natural pain-killing hormones in the brain, and
adrenalcorticotropin, the anti-inflammatory hormone. Acupuncture needles trigger
the body to heal itself by producing hormones that reduce pain and inflammation.
Acupuncture should be used as ongoing treatment to treat this disorder at the
root of the problem and to prevent reoccurrence symptoms of arthritis.

One of my favorite, time-tested herbal formula for joint pain in the Chinese
materia medica is called Du Huo Ji Sheng Wan. This traditional herbal formula
contains herbs that relieve pain, nourish and strengthen the joints and treats
arthritis based on its pattern condition. It has been used by millions of people
over the last millennium. This formula can taken over long periods of time
without worrying about side-effects. Topically for psoriatic arthritis, consider
"Wind Cream". This is an exceptional herbal cream that makes psoriasis disappear
from the skin.


Andrew Pacholyk, MS. L.Ac
http://peacefulmind.com/arthritis.htm
Therapies for healing
mind, body, spirit





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Very good article.

I learned all that through the school of hard knocks....

I have psoriasis, a relavtively mild case. Since supplementing with vitamin D3 all that remains is a dry leasion smaller than the size of a dime on my Right knee.

A number of years ago I developed psoriac arthritis under the psoriasis in that r knee. It was EXTREMELY painful and came up practically over night. I used serrapeptase and it was gone in within 1 week and never returned.

Another product the article misses is CMO. CMO would be my first choice to try in RA and it is reported to help other forms of arthritis also. CMO got rid of arthritis I developed in 94 that had me crippled so bad I could hardly walk. It had me well in after 2 weeks of therapy. I have had to repeat it about 4 times now over the last 16 years, and never more than for 2 weeks.

I had a minor attack this winter that lasted about 8 days for which again serrapeptase did the job.

I would also mention here that all my arthritis problems started when I received a measles vaccination back in 1991. I took that shot in the clinic and was in arthritic pain all over my legs and arms before made it back to my car. It went on for 6 weeks and at the time I used heavy doses of ibuprofen... so for some people, perhaps a lot of people, I suspect that vaccination can cause arthritis as it screws your immune system up into an irrepairable state.
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