An arthritis is a joint disorder that features inflammation of joints. Rheumatoid arthritis, rheumatic fever, Bechterew’s disease and gout are distinguished.
The causes of rheumatoid arthritis are still largely unknown. It mainly affects fingers and toe joints and is characterized by pain, redness, thickening, the typical morning stiffness. In advanced disease, it can lead to deformation, stiffening and malposition of the affected joints.
Rheumatoid fever is an acute, feverish joint disease that can occur as a result of streptococcal infection. Affected are usually the knee or hip joints. They hurt, are red and swollen. The rheumatic fever has become rather rare today due to the treatment options with antibiotics.
In Bechterew’s disease, the vertebral joints are inflamed. It leads in the advanced stage to the stiffening and ossification of the spine with the consequence of the round back.
Uric acid deposits in the joints, which are caused by hereditary predisposition or a protein-containing diet, can lead to gout. Gout attacks that can be triggered by strenuous exercise, alcohol abuse, or a high-protein meal cause severe pain and reddened and swollen joints. In the advanced stage it comes to bone deformations.
Ask your doctor for help immediately if you have joint pain, especially in the morning, and your joints are swollen and red.
In principle, all joint diseases must be treated with medication. But you can also do some things yourself to slow the progression of the disease or to relieve the symptoms.
Possible measures against arthritis:
Through physiotherapy, massage and active exercise exercises, the joints can be kept moving. The most suitable sports include cycling, swimming and cross-country skiing.
Hay flower sack pads, mud baths or fango packs as well as hot full baths also do the joints well. In the acute phase of the disease, however, you should refrain from it.
In case of acute pain or swelling, ice packs or ice compresses relieve the symptoms. However, they may only be used for a short period of time.
Cold compresses or pads with healing earth, moor or clay can provide relief for acute inflammations.
The acupressure point “Talsenke” promises improvement.
Painkillers are finished preparations from the devil’s claw for oral use.
For external use anti-inflammatory and analgesic ointments and tinctures of arnica, horse chestnut, St. John’s wort or comfrey are recommended.
Diet against joint inflammation is to change old familiar eating habits and, for example, to dispense with all innards such as liver, kidney, heart and brain.
Alcohol is absolutely forbidden, as it prevents the excretion of uric acid and thus increases the uric acid level.
In the pharmacy there are anti-inflammatory teas from horsetail and nettle. Prepare for instructions and drink three cups daily.
If you would like to make tea yourself, brew one teaspoon of horsetail or nettle with one quarter of a liter of boiling water, infuse for five minutes and strain.
If you have no kidney problems, you can chew three juniper berries daily.
Onion pads on the affected joints deprive you of the disease.
For lighter pains, use an envelope with crushed tree drops of goatfoot or yaw, which is best left to work overnight.
Put three tablespoons of black molasses in a large bowl to fill with warm water. Then bathe your joints in them for about twenty minutes. Then they are rubbed with olive oil.
The following envelope is also helpful: Mix 15 grams of nettle herb and 5 grams of chamomile and elder flowers each. Boil this mixture with half a liter of water for about thirty minutes and then cool. Soak a linen cloth in the cold liquid and place it on the joint.