Pain Relief

Anti-Inflammatory, Pain Relieving Diet

There are four basic pain centers: 1: cerebro-spinal area, (nerve, lower back, cramping); 2: frontal lobe area, (ear, tooth and headaches over the eyes); 3: base of the brain (migraines, tension headaches); 4: abdomen, (menstrual cramping, digestive, elimination).  Common paths to pain: Poor posture, poor nutrition, an acidic diet that eats away protective tissue, adrenal exhaustion, injury or surgery, tumors or growths, even repressed anger. All of us have suffered with some degree of pain in our lives, but did you know you can use your diet for pain relief, too? Here are some tips.

Nutritional therapy plan:

1. A vegetarian diet, low in fats, high in minerals is the best support for all kinds of pain - back and menstrual pain, migraines, arthritis, muscle aches.

2. Eat plenty of complex carbohydrates and vegetable proteins for strength: whole grains, broccoli, peas, brown rice, legumes, seafoods, etc. Fermented soy foods like tempeh, miso, natto and tofu are a specific for inflammation relief.

3. Add anthocyanin foods like cherries and berries as anti-inflammatories (often up to 10 times better than aspirin).

4. Add high mineral foods to the diet. Emphasize magnesium and calcium foods for muscle strength. Include bioflavonoid-rich foods, like fresh fruits and vegetables.

5. Have a vegetable drink like Knudsen’s Very Veggie or • Systems Strength broth mix, and a green leafy salad every day. Note: Dehydration worsens chronic pain. Be sure to drink 8 glasses of water daily. Try • Penta bottled water (highly recommended).

6. Avoid caffeine, salty and sugary foods to eliminate an overacid condition.

Bodywork:

• Acupressure: pinch and massage webs between the thumb and index finger.

• Meditation is a proven pain killer. Just 20 minutes of meditation a day can completely change your perception of pain and even alleviate pain sensitivity.

• Chiropractic adjustment, biofeedback, acupuncture, magnet therapy, and massage therapy control pain. • Prolotherapy injections help in reducing pain and improving range of motion. Contact American Assoc. of Orthopedic Medicine at 800-992-2063 for referral.

• Pain-relieving compresses: Plantain-marshmallow; Wintergreen-cajeput oil; Comfrey leaf; Lobelia.

• Topical pain relievers: Arnica gel

 

If you have arthritis, try a therapeutic detox bath for relief

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An arthritis elimination sweating bath can release a surprising amount of toxic material that aggravate your joints. Epsom salts or Dead Sea salts, and herbs with a diaphoretic action, can play a big part in the success of the bath.  Here’s how to take the arthritis bath:

Make a tea of elder flowers, peppermint and yarrow. Drink as hot as possible before the bath. Then pour about 3 pounds of Epsom salts or enough Dead Sea salts for 1 bath into very hot bath water. Rub arthritic joints with a stiff brush in the water for 5 to 10 minutes; try to stay in the bath for 15 to 25 minutes. On emerging, do not dry yourself. Wrap up immediately in a clean sheet and go straight to bed, covering yourself with several blankets. The osmotic pressure of the Epsom salt solution absorbed by the sheet will draw off heavy perspiration. Your mattress should be protected with a sheet of plastic. The following morning the sheet will be stained with wastes excreted through your skin - sometimes the color of egg yolk. (This is a strong detox procedure and it happens relatively quickly. Take care if you have a weak heart or high blood pressure.)

Improvement after an arthritic sweat bath experience is notable. Repeat the bath once every two weeks until the sheet is no longer stained, a sign that the body is well cleansed. Follow up with a Hot Seaweed Bath to continue cleansing. Drink pure water throughout the procedure to prevent dehydration and loss of body salts.

-Sarah

Arthritis Nutritional Therapy Plan

The term arthritis (joint inflammation), refers to over 100 diseases that attack joints and connective tissue. Degenerative joint and rheumatic diseases include gout, lupus, ankylosing spondylitis (arthritic spine), psoriatic arthritis (skin and nail arthritis), infective arthritis (bacterial joint infection), fibromyalgia and rheumatism. Today more than 40 million Americans are afflicted by one or more of these crippling conditions, now the leading cause of disability in the U.S. Arthritis is the country’s number one crippling disease, affecting up to 80% of people over 50. Estimates say arthritis cases are rising... over 60 million people in the U.S. will be afflicted in the next two decades. Add to that, people suffering from arthritis-like diseases—gout, bursitis, tendonitis and lupus, and the figure becomes staggering. Arthritis Nutritional Therapy Plan from my bestselling book, Healthy Healing 14th Edition.

1. Change to a low-fat, mostly vegetarian diet - the single most beneficial thing you can do to control any kind of arthritis, even in long-standing cases.

2. Avoid arthritis trigger foods: corn, wheat, rye breads, bacon and pork, beef, eggs, coffee, oranges and milk. Nightshade foods like peppers, eggplant, tomatoes and white potatoes;  colas, chocolate. Diets high in hydrogenated oils and refined sugar aggravate flare-ups.

3. Cut down on: alcohol, fried foods, dairy foods, black tea, salty, highly spiced foods.

4. Add body balancing foods: green tea, artichokes, cherries, cabbages, brown rice, oats (not for rheumatoid arthritis), shiitake mushrooms, cold water fish, sea greens, fresh fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, garlic, onions, olive oil, flax seed oil, sweet potatoes, squashes, ginger and parsley.

5. Arthritis Veggie Special: add to a bottle of vegetable juice, 4 tbsp. each: wheat germ, lecithin granules and nutritional yeast flakes. Take 8-oz. twice daily.

Add ginger syrup (a COX 2 inhibitor) with 1 pinch cayenne pepper, 1 pinch turmeric powder to any healing drink. (Highly recommended.)

Topical applications:  Arnica gel for soreness; Boswellin creme; Capsaicin creme, cayenne-ginger compresses;  Emu oil; Soak hands in oatmeal for 15 minutes for relief.

To Life-long health,

Linda Page