I just recently turned 56. A few years ago, I had some x-rays taken of my back. The doctor said I had mild to moderate arthritis from my neck to my tailbone, some degenerative and some spondylitis; which means inflammation in the joints of my backbone.
I wanted to know for sure, because I would often wake up hurting in my lower back. Sometimes, I would get muscle spasms. When I got those, then I really felt like an old woman.
I did not want to “have” to take prescription drugs or even over-the-counter drugs for that matter. Because I wanted to function at work, I did start taking Ibuprofen and then Naproxen. I only used them when I really need them and then only until I found a natural solution that worked for me. Well, I found the best treatment for arthritis pain – Turmeric and Boswellia.
The following is take from a booklet my father and I put together to inform the reader the basics of herbs called Herbal Descriptions.
Herb: TURMERIC ROOT
Botanical name: Curcuma longa
Therapeutic actions: Anti-bacterial; Antioxidant; Anti-coagulant; Antibiotic; Anti-fungal; Anti-inflammatory; Anti-viral; Antioxidant.
Nutrients: Calcium, iron, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C.
Drug Interactions: No known Drug Interactions.
Description: It is considered a cleansing herb for the whole body. It stimulates bile flow, reduces blood clotting and protects the liver.
Internal uses: It has been used as a digestive aid, fevers, infections, dysentery, intestinal parasites, arthritis, jaundice, and liver problems. It fights free radicals, inhibits platelet aggregation, aids circulation, lowers cholesterol levels and improves blood vessel health. It has also been used to fight cancerous tumors, Crohns disease, HIV, low back pain, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, atherosclerosis and bursitis.
External uses: Sprinkle on cuts and scrapes after cleansing.
Suggested Dosage: 250-500 mg 3 times daily. Tincture– .5—1.5 ml 3 times daily.
Caution: May cause stomach upset. Do not use in large quantities. Consult doctor if you have gallstones before taking Turmeric.
Botanical name: Boswellia serrata
Therapeutic actions: Anti-arthritic; Anti-fungal; Anti-bacterial; Analgesic; Anti-inflammatory; Anti-tumor; Anti-carcinogenic.
Drug interactions: These interactions have not been studied in humans, but in theory, boswellia could reduce the effectiveness of some anti-inflammatory pain relievers, such as aspirin, ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil) and naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve, Anaprox). Laboratory and animal studies suggest that boswellia may increase the effects or toxicity of some drugs. Examples include some drugs used to treat asthma, such as montelukast (Singulair), some anticancer drugs, cholesterol-lowering drugs and some antifungal drugs.
Description: Boswellia has a long history of use in folk medicine as a remedy for several inflammatory diseases, such as arthritis, osteoarthritis and bursitis.
Internal uses: It is also prescribed for such conditions as respiratory diseases and diarrhea. It has been used to repair blood vessels damaged by inflammations. German Doctors and Naturopaths are getting excellent results in reducing cancerous brain tumors. It has been used for lowering cholesterol. Other uses: gout, low back pain, myositis, fibromyalgia, obesity, diarrhea, dysentery, pulmonary diseases, ringworm and boils.
Suggested dosage: 400—500 mg 3 times daily.
I take them as a Tincture
A Tincture? What is that? A tincture is a liquid comprised of the herb soaked in water and alcohol, and then extracted. So, in a sense, it is a concentrate. Some people are leary of taking anything with alcohol in it. This is safe since the alcohol helps extracts the herbal constituents (the good stuff) from the plant. Typically, 10 drops is approximately 500 mg. There are 5 reasons I take tinctures over pills or capsules:
- It absorbs faster.
- I can regulate the dose
- It lasts years.
- It not only absorbs, but assimilates better.
- A lot more economical.
NO Pain the natural way
The bottom line is this: I have no more pain. What is even more exciting for me is that I am back running again after 3 years of not being able to. I had to stop running because after the first half mile, my back would tense up so much so that I had to lay down on the ground, right there, to let it ease up. How embarrassing!
I am starting slow, but it was just about 6 years ago that I ran a 1/2 marathon in a 7:36 pace! I will never do that again, but if I can just go out on a leisurely jog 2-3 days a week, I will be a very happy person!
Let me know what works for you. Have you tried tinctures? Have you ever used Boswellia or Turmeric? What for? Leave your comments down below. If you have any questions, leave those too, and I will get back with you pronto.
Good Health to You