I do not have arthritis, however, I have experienced joint pain from mild to severe for several underlying reasons over the years. Yours may be similar so I have put together a list of products and things to do that I have used to help alleviate joint pain. You will want to discuss things with your personal physician. Please bear in mind that these are items based on my own personal experience. We are each individual and yours may be completely different problems. I am sharing because you may have some of the same problems but may not have known about some of these products that can heal and eliminate pain.
First, pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to heal you and guide you. Miracles are real and this is a place to ask. Ask others to pray for you. Continue to pray for wisdom in the care of your body and joints.
Next are some things you may want to consider to help your healing process along and to maintain the health of your body and joints.
Magnesium is good for many uses in the body and many people are nutritionally deficient in this mineral. Many years ago I was very tired so decided to have a hair analysis done to find out more about my body. Calcium was going off the charts but I was depleted of Magnesium. The Magnesium helps the Calcium do its job of absorbing into the bones rather than staying outside to deposit in soft tissue and joints.
There are many forms that I’ve tried. When my body was very depleted from a systemic fungal infection (Candida), I needed to take this mineral at very high doses. Magnesium is a stool softener so it was difficult to take it at the high doses I required. Fortunately, I found Jigsaw Health created a Magnesium that is timed-released. It allows you to take it at high doses without the problem of very loose stools because your body is allowed to absorb more of the Magnesium since it is time-released.
We are affiliates with Jigsaw Health now although this has no bearing regarding why we promote their products. I began to use their products to heal. The quality of their products are great and some of the ingredients in some of their products are hard to find. They also use “sustained release technology” (time-released) for some of their supplements and this can be hard to find elsewhere. When we started this Web site we discovered they would allow us affiliate status if we shared their products. Jigsaw Health shares a lot of information regarding this mineral on their site. These images provides a link to their information and to their Magnesium that you can purchase if you are interested. They have a money back guarantee if you decide you would like to do a return.
2) Green Drink
So much of the Standard American Diet can lead to a body with a PH is is too acidic. Green drinks can help to alkalize the body and keep the acidity at bay. I’ve noticed when my body is overly acidic (I keep PH strips on hand to test my saliva), I am more apt to have pain. Acidosis is a condition where the body has a tendency to stay in an acidic state. When working through Systemic Candida, this can happen. As the bad stuff (fungi) is dying off, they give off toxins that make it difficult to keep the PH more alkaline. Once the Candida is back in balance, it is easier to not be so acidic.
Green drinks along the way are helpful. They can help you alkalize and not feel so much muscle and joint pain. Sometimes the green drinks can be very distasteful. My favorite green drink product is, “Amazing Grass Superfood.” It is not all that delicious but I can tolerate it. I like to put it in a smoothie and blend with frozen raspberries or blueberries, but I don’t overdo the fruit because I also add some delicious coconut butter to keep the sugar content down. My favorite brand of organic coconut butter is Artisana.
This is a product developed by my doctor, Dr. Gonino. As I was going through treatment for the Candida, I kept dragging my feet as far as taking this each night to balance my PH. It is specifically designed to bring your PH into alignment. When I asked one of his nurses one day how other patients balanced their PH, she told me they take this each night. Once I began to do this more regularly, my system became alkaline and it also made the process for balancing and healing my body go more quickly.
It says on the container that it is good for Body PH Balance, Sports Injuries, Dance Injuries and Early Aging Symptoms. You can learn more about the product and order it from this “AlkaSalts” site.
4) Possible Food Allergies
The herb Stinging Nettles (must be in the freezed-dried form) may help for keeping food allergies in check. It has helped me on occasion. Take after the meal that contains the possible food allergen. Wholefoods carries this. My favorite brand for Stinging Nettle is Eclectic Institute but Wholefoods now carries it under their own label and they both work well.
Here is the Eclectic Institute “Stinging Nettles” on Amazon.com.
5) Vitamin D3, Vitamin A and Vitamin K2
Strengthens bones and may distribute the calcium to the right places in the body more readily. We have an article that focuses on nail health but this combination of supplements may also strengthen bones and teeth.
This is a natural anti-inflammatory. We have an article about imported Extra Virgin Olive Oils carried in specialty stores. These are better than the ones you will find in a supermarket.
Hypothyroidism can be an underlying cause of pain. This subject will eventually have its own article on this site. There is too much to cover in this article. I will provide a link as soon as I can get the article written. I have had Hypothyroidism and suspected it for years before I was properly diagnosed. Many doctors use a test scale of the thyroid hormones that is too wide and many people go undiagnosed as I did. I used to take medication but now support my thyroid with the natural supplement Thyromin and EndoFlex oil from Young Living Essential Oils under the supervision of my doctor, Dr. John Gonino.
8) Hormonal Imbalances
For me, without a balance of estrogen and progesterone, there is more pain in my joints. The hormonal imbalances were extremely severe when I was dealing with the Systemic Candida and required the intervention of a doctor. I used to take medical, bio-identical hormones but now manage them with products that I get without a prescription.
Now I use Progessence Essential Oil and add a roll-on top from Young Living Essential Oils which only requires a small “dab” in the morning and evening. I saw Barbara Hoffman on the T.V. station, Daystar, and know friends who have used her product, “Pro-Help,” which is a bio-identical progesterone cream and now use that as well.
This brings relief that can be caused by many things including the results of having had a Systemic Candida infection which can break down several things physically. It seems to help to heal achy joints, achy muscles and a variety of pain in the body. I usually purchase this at Dr. Gonino’s office but Amazon.com carries it, too. This will take you to Repairzyme on Amazon.com.
10) White Willow
This is the herb that contains the active ingredient that aspirin is made of — salicin. The precautions are the same as aspirin.
You may be asking, if White Willow has similar ingredients as aspirin, why not take aspirin? This article on How.com will explain why and it has more detailed information on safety.
Our favorite brand is Nature’s Way. You can find this at Wholefoods and other natural health food stores. Here is the link to White Willow on Amazon.com.
My husband reports that the Young Living Deep Relief roll-on works well for achy joints, muscles and ligaments. We have both benefited from the trio of Wintergreen, Pane Away and Cypress Young Living Essential Oils. To order, please check out our page on Young Living Essential Oils.
12) Drink healthy liquids and eat foods high in liquid content
Water helps draw out impurities in our body that may be creating some of the pain in our joints. I also think of liquids and water as a cushioning in our bodies although I am not so sure this has any scientific basis.
13) Eliminate sodas
Yes, this is a liquid that can be grouped under #12 but I felt it needed more attention so it “made the list.” The sugar, caffeine and carbonation in the sodas do not build up or heal our bodies — they pretty much have the opposite effect. Choose pure water instead.
14) Warm showers
These will hydrate and circulate blood (unless there is swelling and inflammation, see #15).
15) Cold compresses
You will want to elevate the joint and put on cold compresses if there is swelling and inflammation.
16) Stretch before getting out of bed
Be like a cat. Stretch your arms and legs slowly. Pull your arms up over your head as you are still lying down. Curl up into a little ball slowly to help flex your spine.
17) Glucosamine and Chondroiton
Glucosamine is usually made from shellfish. I am allergic to some seafoods. Shrimp and lobster are not my friends. If I eat too much shrimp my finger joints swell up and sometimes I’ve had the experience of them not straightening out for a few days. I choose to stay away from them. Fortunately, sea scallops (I love them) are in a different category and do not bother me. The shellfish that Glucosamine is made from is an allergin for me.
However, if you are not allergic to shellfish, Glucosamine and Condroiton supplements may benefit joint health. Wholefoods and several health food stores carry these supplements.
18) Heavy Metal Toxicity
This can be a source of joint pain. I am still exploring the best way to rid my body of toxic metals. My doctor, Dr. Gonino, uses chelation therapy. I have used the Bentonite clay baths from EvenBetter Now, and, as part of the detox regimen at WholeApproach.com, I have used the liquid Bentonite that is specifically made to drink (it’s important not to drink too much as it can be constipating). A doctor can perform blood tests and urine tests to determine if you have heavy metal toxicity.
I am still exploring this area myself so if you have recommendations you would like to share, please do in the Comments section below or in the Contact form on this site.
This list is not meant to be followed all at once verbatim and I am sure there are more that readers, like you, can share in the Comments. These are some potential solutions that may help. Look and see what might be best for you. Work with your doctor. Perhaps there are some things you never considered. When I was suffering with a lot of joint pain many years ago, I had a doctor tell me to read up on joint health and learn as much as I could.
For the most part, I have come a long way from joints that are so painful that it was difficult to get through the day. I am so thankful for the healing that I’ve experienced and pray the very same for you!
Perhaps you have found solutions that help with joint pain that you would like to share. Be sure to tell us in the Comments section below.