RheumatismWhat is Rheumatism?

Rheumatism comes from “rheuma”, a Greek word that literally means swelling. Rheumatism is regarded as a serious condition, which debilitates people. It is known to cripple individuals, hampering their movement and their regular daily activities.


Although this is a serious body ailment, it is very seldom that you could hear an individual dying from rheumatism.


What Causes Rheumatism?

Rheumatism is mainly caused by acid wastes that poison the blood. This is actually brought about by a lowered vitality in the body and the imperfect elimination of waste from the blood. Because of a lack of alkaline mineral salts in the foods that one eats, the acid wastes present in the blood are not neutralised easily. When this happens, the acid-alkaline balance is no longer in its ideal state, which then leads to acidosis. When the body’s vitality is high, these acids are ejected from the body in the form of colds or fevers. On the other hand, when vitality is low, these acid wastes tend to become concentrated in the body’s storage structures like the joints. This then becomes the basis of rheumatism.

Some underlying causes that tend to produce a lot of acid wastes in the blood are the following:

  • Taking in meat on a daily basis
  • Eating foods made up of large amounts of refined sugar
  • Eating a lot of acid-forming foods
  • Excessive consumption of fatty foods
  • Hormonal imbalance
  • Infections in the teeth

Diagnosis, Signs and Symptoms of Rheumatism

Some of the common symptoms of rheumatism are the following:

  • Fever
  • Rapid pulse
  • Intense soreness
  • Pain
  • Sensitive tissues. This is more prevalent with the acute muscular type of rheumatism, wherein even the simple weight of bed clothing can worsen the pain that one feels.
  • Swollen liver
  • Stiffness of muscles
  • Increasing pain whenever muscles are moved
  • Swelling of affected area


Treatment, Remedies and Cure for Rheumatism

Some of the best ways of treating rheumatism is to have the patient eat a healthy diet and to make sure that patient also undergoes a healthy lifestyle change.

Helpful Lifestyle Suggestions

  • Do some light outdoor exercises. This could benefit your body, especially the affected area.
  • Try to do deep breathing exercises.
  • Avoid areas that are damp and cold, as this could aggravate the problem.
  • Apply hot packs to the affected areas.
  • Take a hot tub bath. It could help in soothing tired and swollen muscles.
  • Hot Epsom salt baths taken twice a week is also very beneficial. Do this for three consecutive months. After 3 months, you could reduce the frequency of the baths to once a week.

Diet for Rheumatism

  • Fasting on orange juice and water is very beneficial. Do this for 3 to 4 days.
  • After fasting, you could opt for a strictly healthy diet for around 14 days. You can have grapefruit or orange for breakfast. Raw salad could be taken for lunch along with figs or dates. Two steamed vegetables for dinner would be ideal. You can have carrots, spinach, cauliflower and many others. All throughout the diet, starchy foods like potatoes or bread have to be avoided.
  • An all fruit diet could help patients suffering from chronic rheumatism. Sticking to this diet for 4 to 5 days would be highly beneficial for the patient.
  • Take fresh vegetables and ripe fruits most of the time.
  • Buttermilk should be taken too.
  • Avoid red meat, sugar, white bread, refined cereals and the like.
  • Coffee, tea, alcohol, pickles, condiments and sauces need to be avoided too.
  • Raw potato juice is a very effective remedy for rheumatism.
  • Aside from raw potato juice, the skin of the potato is rich in mineral salts that could benefit sufferers of rheumatism. You can boil potato peelings in water, just make sure that the peelings are cleaned thoroughly. The water should be taken 3 or 4 times each day.
  • Celery is also an effective remedy for rheumatism. Instead of going for the raw vegetable, try to go for the fluid extracts of the seed. The latter is deemed more powerful in treating rheumatism. It also acts as a tonic for the kidneys and the stomach. 5 to 10 drops in hot water, taken before meals is the most suitable regimen.
  • Juice extracts of 2 to 3 lemons are also good in treating rheumatism.
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