Beauty of Garlic ( Allivum Sativum) and the Beast of Arthritis

Garlic, also known as Allivum Sativum or Lehsun  has anti-arthritic properties. It helps in strengthening the immune system and the bones and clearing the ama

 

Garlic is also known to assist in regeneration of bone mass and reduction of pain.

Garlic is a food which is rich in Sulfur, and plays an essential role in collagen production. Collagen is needed to form cartilage tissue, which cushions joints.  In arthritic joints, sulfur levels are low and since the body has no means to produce sulfur on its own, it has to come from diet. The sulfur in garlic helps to repair cartilage and reduce muscle and joint pain by producing an anti-inflammatory analgesic effect on the affected joints.

Garlic is a food that also contains Selenium, which is an antioxidant and helps to fight free radicals. Free radicals can cause damage to the joints.

Taking five cloves of garlic early morning is a good diet remedy for reducing arthritic pains. One can start or eat even one clove if eating more is difficult. Fresh garlic cloves can be peeled and eaten raw or cooked. In order to get the maximum benefit of the herb’s healing properties, garlic should be mashed or roasted.

One must always consult a physician if one suffers from any medical condition or takes any other medication though garlic is not known to have side effects in adults.

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Role of the magical Moringa Oleifera in reducing arthritis pain

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Also known as the Miracle tree, tree of life, drumsticks, sahjan, suranjana- Moringa is one of Nature’s most gifted medicinal tree. Each part of the tree can be used to cure various ailments. It indeed is the magic tree which cures various problems and is a remarkable source of nutrition.

One of the various uses of Moringa is in reducing arthritis pains and inflammations.

Seeds of Moringa are used for their antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties to treat arthritis. The seeds are roasted, pounded and mixed with coconut oil and applied to the affected area.

Moringa seed oil can also be applied locally as a helpful remedy in the treatment of arthritis

The tender beans also have wonderful healing properties for arthritis. They can be boiled in water. The water can then be strained and taken regularly. This water helps to relieve the pain of arthritis and prevent it too.

After removing the skin of one fresh drumstick, cut it into 8-10 pieces, and spilt them open. Add three glasses of water to it, and boil for 20-25 minutes till it reduces to 1/3rd. Drink this water twice/thrice daily. Continue this for a period of two months.

The nutritional value of Moringa can be gauged from the fact that according to a report by The Bureau of Plant Industry,weight per weight, Moringa leaves have

  • Calcium equivalent of 4 glasses of milk
  • Vitamin C content of 7 oranges
  • Potassium of 3 bananas
  • 3 times the iron of spinach
  • 4 times the amount of vitamin A in carrots
  • 2 times the protein in milk

So, let’s make moringa or drumstick or sehjan a part of our daily diet, and before long , it will be a daily habit !! And we will have healtheir lives.

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How can food reduce the arthritis pain

I read many articles on internet and spoke to people who practice the Indian system of healing – Ayurveda for treating Arthritis or reduce the pain of arthritis.

In this blog, I am trying to collect the information at one place. This is by no means, a medical advise. I am trying to make things easy for people like me, who have to go through hundreds of pages.

According to Ayurveda, pain is caused by aggravation of vata ( vata = air ) dosha. And arthritis is caused by accumulation of vata and ama ( ama = toxic by product of improper digestion)

This ama circulates in the whole body and gets accumulated at places which are weaker. When ama accumulates at joints and vata aggravates at the same time, it results in amavata or arthritis.

Remedy for amavata –

  • Improve digestion to reduce production of ama
  • Fast to reduce ama
  • Body massage with seasame or mustard oil to reduce vata ( and reduce pain)
  • Take orange juice/ lime  as Vitamin C reduces skeletal pain
  • Take two spoon lime juice with I glass water and one teaspoon honey – morning and evening
  • Take Guggul ( after meals, with warm water) after referring to an ayurvedic practitioner as it is not recommended for people with kidney disease or acute rashes
  • Add ginger, garlic, drumsticks to your diet

Foods to avoid -

  • Avoid curds, fish, milk, urad dal, jaggery, and constipating food.
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