Herbs and Arthritis and Inflammation
Answered by: Conrad Richter
Question from: [No Name Given]
Posted on: August 22, 1998

I would like to know which herbs would be helpful in treating arthritis and inflammation. I have heard feverfew can help, but would like more suggestions or information on any herbs that would alleviate the inflammation symptoms and pain.

Arthritis can be caused in several different ways. It is important to seek the advice of a health care provider to determine which type of arthritis you have and what treatment approaches are appropriate. An effective treatment program may include herbs, dietary changes, and lifestyle changes.

An excellent little guide to treating arthritis is C.J. Puotinen’s "Herbs to Relieve Arthritis" (available from Richters). This book discusses conventional treatments, foods, allergies, and of course, herbs. These herbs include alteratives ("blood purifiers"), analgesics, anti-inflammatory herbs, anti-rheumatic herbs, circulatory stimulants, nervinces, rubefacients and sedatives, all of which may be used in the treatment of arthritis, depending on the nature of the individual’s condition.

Some of the herbs discussed are cats claw, cayenne (capsicum), chamomile, devil’s claw, feverfew, ginger, horsetail, meadowsweet, nettle, prickly ash, turmeric, white willow, wintergreen and yarrow.

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