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Monday, 20 October 2014

Natural Cures for Arthritis 1

Very often I have heard people complaining – ‘I have arthritis’, others will say ‘I have rheumatism’. And I have discovered that sometimes it is either of the two or both that they actually have. In as much as the fact remains that both rheumatism and arthritis are similar and related, there is still a marked or maybe, a thin line separating the two.

Arthritis however is defined as inflammation of a joint or joints, while Rheumatism is defined as any painful disorder of the joints or muscles, or connective tissues. It is also a chronic autoimmune disease with inflammation of the joints and marked deformities. Something (possibly a virus) triggers an attack on the synovium which is a thin membrane or tissue layer, by the immune system, which releases cytokines that stimulate an inflammatory reaction that can lead to the destruction of all components of the joint.

Thus both rheumatism and arthritis can be placed in the same class of inflammatory joint disease(s). It is a combination of these two conditions and the attendant symptoms that is referred to as Rheumatoid Arthritis.  Here, we refer to any of a large group of diseases characterized by abnormal functioning of the immune system that causes your immune system to produce antibodies against your own tissues.

And so I will be discussing these two jointly, and more, as we delve into the issues under the generic name – arthritis, and also proffer time tested remedies by the application of the most appropriate nutritional approach.  As we deal with this generic term Arthritis, we shall be looking at it in two classifications among its two major groupings: The first question for you would be – what kind of Arthritis is confronting you? And so it could either be Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis.